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Ministers are reportedly reviewing laws that would allow fracking to be carried out underneath houses without the permission of the owners.

General views of the Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire, pictured here in 2012

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Mosiuoa Lekota of the political party Congress of the People addresses workers at the Marikana mine

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Riot police at the Markikana mine yesterday

South African police slaughter striking miners after stand-off

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Afghan reality TV show's goal is national unity

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The Market Report: Spotlight on Ithaca as bid talk returns

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