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National 'virtual ID card' scheme set for launch

The Government will later this month announce details of a controversial national identity scheme which will allow people to use their mobile phones and social media profiles as official identification documents for accessing public services.

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Great Britain's Shara Proctor made swift work of qualifying for the final of the long jump at the Olympic Stadium tonight.

London 2012: Tomorrow's one-day strike by immigration staff called off

Tomorrow’s one-day strike by immigration staff on the eve of the Olympics has been called off following last-minute talks with the Home Office, the Public and Commercial Services union announced today.

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An increased number of Britons needed consular assistance abroad last year.

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Thousands of staff at the Home Office, including airport immigration workers, have voted to go on strike over jobs, pay and other issues, raising the threat of industrial action hitting the Olympics.

Britain’s busiest airport was inundated by Olympic baggage

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Bosses banked on extra 10,000 passengers today but real number could be much lower

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A father was jailed for at least 26 years today for killing a man for asking if his crying daughter was all right.

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In 1975 Ian McEwan was famous at our school because his short story collection, First Love, Last Rites, was sensationally banned by our doddering headmistress, Miss Gems. After examining a stray copy, Miss Gems set about a full-scale censorship to protect us from what she declared was a shocking, dirty book. Copies were confiscated, detentions issued to those of us who admitted to having read it. We found it hilarious. As a result of the ban everyone saved up to buy a copy.

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