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The new guidance applies to England's primary and secondary schools

Schools to publish what they teach children about sex, drugs and alcohol

Move will 'address changes in technology and legislation since 2000'

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Imelda Marcos, pictured here back in 2012, was notorious for her shoe collection

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Imelda Marcos and her husband's extensive art collection, including Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Michelangelo disappeared after the regime fell

Ed Balls denied the claim that he would go beyond a 50p top tax rate

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Ed Balls has vowed to increase the top tax rate for high earners to 50p

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Nick Clegg has angrily denied "garbage" newspaper reports that his wife influenced his reaction to the Lord Rennard affair which still threatens to embroil his party.

Thousands of seriously ill NHS patients reportedly denied drugs

Thousands of seriously ill patients are reportedly being denied drugs that have been approved for use by the NHS.

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Morrisons treasurer arrested over Ocado insider trading investigation

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The Lord Rennard issue is increasingly being seen as a test of Nick Clegg's leadership of the Liberal Democrat party

Nick Clegg calls on Lord Rennard to apologise over harassment claims

Nick Clegg has declared that former Liberal Democrat chief executive Lord Rennard should apologise over allegations of sexual harassment before rejoining the party's group in the House of Lords.

Professor Dame Sally Davies finds the trend of delayed motherhood 'worrying'

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Let cyclists use pavement to avoid dangerous stretches of road, says Transport Minister

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Teenagers who complained about Lancashire's 'cold and rainy' weather run away from Clitheroe boarding school and fly to Dominican Republic

The two 16-year-olds are known to have taken a taxi to Manchester airport and are thought to have then caught a flight to the Caribbean island

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