Future of the Saxons up in the air despite Churchill Cup victory

England Saxons 37 Canada XV 6

Centre boosts UK detention capacity

The UK will be able to hold up to 3,400 illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers at any one time with the opening of a new detention centre, the Home Office has said.

Luke Narraway to captain England XV against Barbarians

Gloucester number eight Luke Narraway will captain the England XV in Sunday's non-cap game against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Video: Lancaster Bomber flypast over London

A ceremony has been held to commemorate work on a new monument to the RAF bomber crews who lost their lives during the Second World War.

Another university demands top fees

Oxford Brookes has became the latest university to declare its fees for 2012, announcing they will be set at the maximum £9,000.

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Mass graves to shed light on Britain's bloodiest battle

More than 28,000 died at Towton, but the Tudors' PR machine almost wiped it from history. Until now...

Bullseye host Jim Bowen suffers stroke

Comedian and former Bullseye presenter Jim Bowen is in hospital after suffering a mild stroke.

A different kind of project: Wire star Idris Elba is backing a new affordable housing scheme

First-time buyers are still out in the cold – but it's not all doom and gloom. Oliver Bennett reports

Investment Column: SDL can translate into attractive returns

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Three 'outdated' prisons to be closed

Three prisons will be closed with the loss of almost 850 places, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said today.

Brothers sought over care worker stab death

Police want to speak to two brothers over the death of a "gentle" care assistant who was stabbed to death as he held a New Year party at his flat.

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What does the future hold for the Inuit people of Baffin Island?

As climate change makes the Canadian Arctic more accessible, it's not only the rich natural resources that are at risk of exploitation. Stanley Johnson fears for its Inuit people

Man found dead in flat suffered head injuries

A murder victim whose body was found at his flat had suffered severe head injuries, police confirmed today.

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