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A measure in George Osborne’s 2013 Budget which made no headlines outside the financial pages was the abolition of stamp duty reserve tax on UK-domiciled asset management funds. That may not sound like an attention grabber, but it was manna for Britain’s hedge-fund bosses, who by the Government’s estimate saw £145m drop off their companies’ collective annual tax bill.

16 in hospital after chemical spill

Sixteen people were taken to hospital today after a chemical spill at a business park, a fire service said.

Fire crews extinguish heath blaze

A fire that raged through heathland and took almost 200 firefighters to stop it reaching homes has been put out.

Life by Keith Richards

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Snooker: Confident Williams sweeps Cope aside

Mark Williams, the two-time world champion, is confident he has enough gears to challenge for a third world title after a dominant display here in Sheffield.

Snooker: Allen savours his 'biggest win' after comeback triumph

Mark Allen, a semi-finalist two years ago, pulled off one of the greatest comebacks late last night to keep his World Championship title hopes alive. The Ulsterman looked to be heading out of snooker's biggest tournament having slipped 9-6 down to Welshman Matthew Stevens in their first-round match here in Sheffield.

Sailor charged over nuclear sub shooting

Royal Navy serviceman Ryan Donovan has been charged with the murder of Lt-Cdr Ian Molyneux and the attempted murders of three other crew members on board the nuclear submarine HMS Astute. Able Seaman Donovan, 22, of Dartford, Kent, is due to appear at Southampton magistrates' court this morning.

The week four people vanished – and only one made the news

Joanna Yeates disappeared one month ago today. But what of the similar cases at the time that the public never heard about?

Pupils fail to hit new academic targets

Secondary schools have turned their backs on traditional academic subjects in favour of other options, new league tables suggests.

FA Cup: Nutter sees red as underdogs Dover have their day

On a day of dramatic non-league achievement, Dover of the Conference South and the Conference Premier sides Darlington and Tamworth all beat League opposition in the First Round of the FA Cup, and there were good draws against senior opposition for Woking, Vauxhall Motors, Fleetwood Town, Dartford and York City.

Dartford's Green Army march on to new ground

Britain's first eco-friendly arena will be in the FA Cup spotlight when Port Vale arrive at Princes Park tomorrow

Life, By Keith Richards with James Fox

Afterlife" might have been the working title for Keith Richards' autobiography, given the regularity with which commentators have predicted his demise. As early as 1973, when he was only 30, New Musical Express drew up a list of the top ten rock stars most likely to snuff it. Keith was at the top. "That was the only chart on which I was Number One for 10 years in a row," he writes ruefully. "I was kind of proud of that position. I was really disappointed when I went down [to number 9.] Oh my God, it's over."

Now you see them, now you don't - the British birds at risk

The RSPB says 40 species will not survive unless they receive special protection. Michael McCarthy reports

Your Questions: 'Is it safe to buy a dog online?'

Q. Finally, I'm in a position to own my first dog. I've been doing lots of research on the internet and I was thinking about buying one online. But is this a safe thing to? Do I have to do any checks on the breeders? Joanne, Dartford

Simon Calder: How London got its ring road

The road to hell was, indeed, paved with good intentions. Thirty-five years ago this month, the first stretch of the M25 opened. Britain's fast track to the future, we were invited to conclude, was finally under construction. The Seventies planners envisaged that the messy business of getting through London for families from Luton going for a day out in Brighton, or truckers from Glasgow en route to Dover and onwards to Europe, could be solved by the creation of an orbital motorway – a vast London bypass.

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

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