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Six NHS trusts have “persistently” high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

Mike Farrar has stepped down as chief executive to work as a consultant

NHS chief quits ahead of baby death inquiry

Mike Farrar has stepped down as NHS Confederation chief executive to work as a consultant

Five boys arrested after fire destroys Lancashire school

The fire at Leyland St Mary's Catholic Technology College broke out at around 4pm on Sunday

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X Factor judge Gary Barlow in Glasgow.

Gary Barlow offers to light up Blackpool after Danny O'Donoghue pulls out

X Factor judge Gary Barlow has offered to step in and perform at the turning on of the Blackpool Illuminations after The Voice star Danny O'Donoghue and his band pulled out.

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Simon Kerrigan is unlikely to play in the Oval Test but looks set for a tour place

The career of Simon Kerrigan

Simon Kerrigan was the surprise call-up into the 14-man England squad for the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. The young Lancastrian might be uncapped for England across any format of the game, but the 24-year-old seemingly has the pedigree to make the step up.

Simon Kerrigan could win his first Test cap against Australia in the fifth Test at The Oval

Ashes 2013: Who is Simon Kerrigan? After uncapped Test spinner called up for England squad for fifth Ashes Test

All the information you need ahead of Test debut for the spinner

British bride found hanged in Gambia after African husband told her he is infertile

Simone Jabakhanji told family and friends she was fearful of Mohammed days before her death

Iain Duncan Smith defended the benefit caps

The real cost of benefits squeeze: £1,600 per family

Devastating research finds only one in eight households facing cuts will be able to find work

Hampshire edge T20 thriller

Hampshire scraped through to the Friends LifeT20 Finals Day with a one-run win over Lancashire at the Rose Bowl.

James Anderson celebrates after England retain the Ashes

Steward trampled by police horse during Preston v Blackpool pitch invasion

Blackpool manager Paul Ince furious at pitch invasion, as match steward treated in hospital for shoulder injury

Nick Compton's unbeaten 70 guided Somerset to a draw

County cricket: League leaders escape after rain frustrates Warwickshire

Warwickshire will not yet admit defeat but their chances of mounting a successful defence of their title certainly receded when a rain-wrecked final day at Headingley robbed them of an  opportunity to deal Yorkshire’s prospects a blow.

Prime Minister backs 'exciting' prospect of South East fracking

Spokesman says David Cameron supports energy minister Michael Fallon's comments on Sussex shale gas extraction, as long as it will not damage environment

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Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
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Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
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