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Yesterday the Environment Secretary said Somerset Levels residents were ‘right to be angry’

Howling murder: Russian grandma kills wolf with axe

Who'd win in a fight - a wolf or a Russian grandmother? That's no hypothetical anymore, as it's been reported that 56-year-old Aishat Maksudova, out herding sheep and cattle, murdered a wolf with an axe.

Mark Thompson is the incoming chief executive of The New York Times

Is 'something strange' going on at the BBC?

ITV sent letter to BBC chiefs detailing allegations of abuse by Savile, weeks before TV exposé

Savile investigation: appointment of Legal firm linked to BBC questioned

Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, has been asked to reconsider the decision to appoint a legal firm that works for the BBC as the secretariat for the broadcaster's independent inquiries relating to sex abuse by Jimmy Savile.

George Entwistle told MPs today that the culture and practices and the BBC had allowed Jimmy Savile to get away with child abuse

'A busy lunch': Director-General stuns MPs with excuse for his ignorance over Savile investigation

George Entwistle blames his colleagues – and confirms nine more claims of sexual abuse at BBC

Full BBC statement on Newsnight editor Peter Rippon standing aside

The BBC has today issued a correction to the blog by the editor of Newsnight, Peter Rippon.

Former Met boss Sir Ian Blair tells people not to vote in elections for police and crime commissioners

Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair today encouraged people not to vote for police and crime commissioners next month.

Andrew Mitchell's refusal to admit that he had used the word “pleb” led the federation to demand his resignation

'Draw a line' under Andrew Mitchell row, says 1922 Committee's John Whittingdale

A senior Conservative backbencher today said he hoped chief whip Andrew Mitchell will be able to “draw a line” under the row over his clash with police.

Bookmakers suffer as Cameron hits 100,000 Twitter followers

Bookmakers will be counting their losses today after David Cameron defied expectations by racking up more than 100,000 followers on Twitter in a matter of days.

Labour conference: Ed Balls promises Labour government would launch massive construction programme for Britain to build its way to economic recovery

The shadow Chancellor also tore into the Coalition for presiding over a return to recession by cutting too deep and too fast and for failing to invest in economic renewal.

Proud new dad Mo Farah in Birmingham

Mo Farah celebrates birth of twin daughters

Olympic gold medal hero Mo Farah was celebrating his second double success of the summer today after his wife gave birth to twin girls.

Mr Osborne wants the George Osborne’s bold claims have failed the test of time

David Blanchflower: Osborne's 'consensus' has come crashing down

Economic Outlook: The consensus now seems to be that the Chancellor’s policies have resulted in failure

UK troops 'involved in Kenya death'

British soldiers were allegedly involved in the murder of a 21-year-old Kenyan woman, it was reported today.

Jeremy Hunt in Olympic bell mishap

Jeremy Hunt narrowly avoided injuring bystanders today when a bell he was ringing flew off its handle during an Olympics celebration.

Jeremy Hunt defends chancellor's record

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt today defended George Osborne's record in office after a poll suggested nearly half of Britain's voters believe the Chancellor should be ousted.

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