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Tree-killing spores may have been carried by winds from Europe, say government scientists

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The search for a British schoolboy who disappeared on a holiday island off the south of France has been scaled down.

This year ’s British Matchplay Scrabble Championships were played out over the three days of the Bank Holiday weekend

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Scrabble lovers could soon be racking up double-digit scores with words like quaazy, zowpig and splawder.

Stephen Barnes: “We fear the worst but we still hope that he has survived”

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