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Southern Water has been fined £200,000 after discharging raw sewage into the sea, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.

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More encouraging signs of Europe’s economic recovery were seen yesterday as the Continent’s car manufacturers reported annual growth for only the second time this year.

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This photo provided by the Toledo, Ohio Fire and Rescue Department shows Pamela Knox's car at the bottom of a sinkhole caused by a broken water pipe in Toledo, Ohio

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Cover queen Rihanna may have clocked up the publicity, but she fails to deliver the goods on stage

Simon Price on Rihanna at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium: Don't mess with the girls from the Valleys

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Wolseley’s shares dive after Europe sales dip

Investors in Wolseley were spooked by deteriorating construction markets in Europe today, despite an otherwise healthy set of third-quarter figures.

Sana Khan, 18, from East London

Record 370,000 want to join apprenticeships

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An abandoned newborn baby cries in an incubator after he was rescued from a sewage pipe at a hospital in Jinhua, Zhejiang province

Mother of newborn Baby No 59 trapped in sewer pipe told Chinese police she 'heard crying' when she raised alarm

Police became suspicious when they found baby toys and blood-stained toilet paper in a rented apartment

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