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River Wye crash: Father David Cox killed as car skids into icy water

A father died when his car skidded into a river just before his wife's vehicle also plunged into the icy water.

As if snow wasn't enough: earthquake hits East Midlands

No damage or injuries were reported following the 'average' sized tremor

Britain’s cricket-loving oldest man retires on 110

Born into a world that would not know of Nazism or the atomic bomb for several decades, Reg Dean maintained that the greatest sadness that had befallen Earth in the 110 years and 63 days he spent on it was the decline of cricket.

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From prisons to caves, concerts fit for a maestro

The cellist Matthew Barley is marking Britten's centenary with an unusual tour

Usman Khawaja in Australia's sights as Michael Hussey retires

With Michael Hussey announcing his intention to quit international cricket just weeks after ex-captain Ricky Ponting retired, Australia could turn to England for a replacement ahead of the Ashes this summer.

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Olympic silver medal pairing Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell split up

Scotsman Patience continuing to seek selection in the 470 dinghy

New police commissioners vow to fight budget cuts

Two newly elected police and crime commissioners in neighbouring police forces have vowed to take on the Government over policing budget cuts.

Mittal pays £272m for plants

Britain's richest man, the steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, has made his first personal acquisition in the UK after agreeing to buy one of the country's largest cement plants in a £272m deal with Tarmac and France's Lafarge.

New plea for information over Derby house fire that killed six children

Several people have come forward with information since the parents of six children who died in a house fire appeared in court last week, police have said.

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Derby fire: Parents deny murders

The parents of six children who died when a fire ripped through their home wept in court today as they pleaded not guilty to six counts of murder.

Man in court over Derby house fire deaths

A 45-year-old man was remanded in custody today after appearing in court charged with murdering six siblings who died after a fire ripped through their home as they slept.

Floral tributes adorn the pavement outside the house in Allenton, Derby

Two men held in connection with Derby house fire deaths

Two men have been arrested in connection with a house fire in which six siblings died.

Keep some perspective, this Savile crisis isn't the worst to hit the BBC

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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