Christmas Shoppers brave rain and thunder storms to hunt for gifts at Oxford Circus

Flooding and gale force winds set to dampen Christmas preparations

A series of severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office

Alexander Litvinenko is pictured at the Intensive Care Unit of University College Hospital in 2006 - secret services allegedly asked the late spy to provide 'expert analysis' on a confidential Foreign Office report

Alexander Litvinenko case: Coroner will not consider Russian involvement in his death

The British coroner examining the death of an ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko has today ruled the question of whether Russia was responsible will be withdrawn from the scope of the inquiry.

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The most underrated players in the Premier League

Armchair pundit Rohan Banerjee considers some of the top flight's unsung heroes

Mark Sampson: 'I am young but I have 15 years of studying and working behind me'

All change as Mark Sampson promises fresh start for England's women

New manager brings in players overlooked by Hope Powell

Prisoners serving less than a year should be allowed to vote, says Parliamentary committee

Prisoners serving sentences of 12 months or less should be given the vote, the Government is today told by an all-party parliamentary committee.

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The series is over in terms of the urn - but there is much to be learned from the final two Tests

UK house prices jump 5.5% driven by London's booming property market

London house prices rose almost twice as fast as the UK average in the year to October, official figures show.

Ben Stokes and Mitchell Johnson confront each other on day four of the second Ashes Test

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England look for the positives as the Ashes slip out of their grasp

England batsman Kevin Pietersen walks off at the Waca after the fall of his wicket

Ashes 2013-14: Geoffrey Boycott hits out at ‘bottler’ Kevin Pietersen

Geoffrey Boycott has accused Kevin Pietersen of “bottling it” whenever he is required to play an innings of patience and concentration.

Lord Roberts of Conwy dies

The life peer has died aged 83.

Former Conservative minister Lord Roberts of Conwy dies, aged 83

Tory former minister Lord Roberts of Conwy has died, aged 83, the Conservative Party has said.

The headquarters of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, on the south bank of the river Thames near Vauxhall Bridge

Iran claims it has captured MI6 spy in Kerman

Iran media reports claim the man was arrested after authorities spent months tracking him down

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