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The brothers, known for their catchphrase “To me, to you”, will sit it on lunchtime news conferences at Northern Echo

Figures given to the BBC by exam boards show that about one in 14 who took the exam earlier this year will resit

'Not good enough - must do better': Chief schools inspector says secondary education quality is 'a postcode lottery'

In his first state of the nation report since taking office, chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw delivered a damning verdict

Five men arrested on suspicion of killing cats and wildlife with hunting dogs

Five men were arrested on suspicion of killing wildlife and cats with hunting dogs in a major operation between the police and RSPCA today.

Stockton-on-Tees is the home of Air Fuel Synthesis

Teesside: a powerhouse of industrial innovation

The banks of the river Tees have been no stranger to innovations that have shaken the world.

Student Liam Byrne 'fortunate' to survive parachute failure

A student who ended up stuck in a tree after falling 3,000ft (914m) when his canopy failed to open on his very first parachute jump was “very fortunate”, firefighters have said.

Lots of bite: Duncan Bannatyne presented a probing documentary

Tests confirm Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne didn't suffer heart attack

Tests have confirmed that TV entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne did not suffer a heart attack in a health scare which saw him rushed to hospital, a company spokesman said today.

Fulham's David Stockdale enters the England squad as third-choice keeper

Fulham may loan out goalkeeper David Stockdale

Fulham are planning to send David Stockdale out on loan in order for him to gain more first-team experience, according to goalkeeping coach Hans Segers.

Father drove engine that crushed boy

A seven-year-old boy who died at an open-air museum was crushed to death by a steam engine driven by his father.

Almost 50 theatres on the brink of closure

Almost 50 theatres in Britain teeter on the brink of closure, and a leading preservation group has urged developers and local councils to step in and save them

Ecstasy users 'take lethal gamble

A coroner said ecstasy users were taking a “lethal gamble” today after hearing how a 19-year-old woman died after taking three potent tablets with her boyfriend.

Recall over flawed smear tests

About 1,000 women have been called back to a North East surgery amid concerns that smear tests taken over the past 24 years were botched, health officials said today.

North-south gap divides in home repossessions

A stark north-south divide has emerged in home repossessions, with northern regions seeing a far higher number than their southern counterparts.

North-south gap widens in home repossessions

A stark north-south divide has emerged in housing repossessions, with northern regions of the UK seeing a far higher number of homes being seized than their southern counterparts.

Still no sign of eight-year-old boy after river plunge, hopes 'fading'

Police scouring a swollen river for a missing eight-year-old boy said hopes of finding him alive were "fading" as the operation stretched into a fourth day.

Tories win latest by-elections after swing from Labour

Tories gained from Labour in the latest local by-elections just a day after a massive slump in a London contest.

Paedophile jailed for terrifying attacks on young girls

A paedophile who snatched four girls from the street in the 1980s and 1990s, sexually abused them and then dumped them was jailed for 16 years today.

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
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Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
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Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
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Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

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Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone