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Ridding Edinburgh's streets of beggars won’t help to solve homelessness

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Man banned from 'all libraries on the face of the earth'

A Wisconsin man has been banned from 'all libraries on the face of the earth' after being charged with misdemeanor counts of lewd behaviour and disorderly conduct.

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Bulgarian who beheaded British grandmother in Tenerife supermarket jailed for 20 years

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Naked body of 'troubled' 13-year-old girl Genelle Conway-Allen found dumped in car park near her home

The seventh grader went missing after school last Thursday

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Call from cross-party peers to legalise 'low-risk' drugs

Some drugs should be decriminalised with the least harmful substances regulated and sold in shops, a cross-party group of peers recommends today in a report set to reignite the legalisation debate.

Birmingham stab victims were Big Issue sellers

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House construction at 90-year low

House construction is set to plunge to its lowest level for 90 years as councils have cut their home-building targets by more than 270,000 in the past two years, a report warns.

More families left homeless at Christmas

The number of homeless families staying in bed-and-breakfast accommodation has doubled in a year, according to official figures.

'Don't give food to the homeless, ring our hotline': minister tells public

The public should not give money or food to the homeless, the Housing minister has said, urging people instead to ring a new "homelessness hotline" which will alert a network of welfare charities who can help.

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Don’t give the homeless money, call this hotline, says minister at charity launch

Giving money or food to a homeless person won’t do them any good, the housing minister has said, as welfare charities launch a “homelessness hotline” billed by the Government as an alternative to hand-outs.

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James Arthur, the 24-year-old singer songwriter from Middlesbrough, has won The X Factor 2012.

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