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London doctor is held as forced marriage hostage

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Government to defy critics with secret GM crop trials

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Suspects in Meredith murder case confront dead student’s family

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Earn while you learn

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Three face Kercher murder charges

Italian prosecutors have asked a judge to charge with murder three suspects held over the killing of the British student Meredith Kercher.

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Benn gives go-ahead for new GM potato trial

Ministers have given permission for thousands of GM potatoes to be grown in Britain, a decision that is bound to provoke a new confrontation with environmentalists.

The digital age is booming – and so are courses in new media at universities

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Sailing: Pioneer Caffari in her element even when the whole world goes wrong

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Kercher family at court hearing

The family of the murdered British student Meredith Kercher attended a court hearing into her death in Italy yesterday.

County Championship round-up: Vaughan flunks examination at hands of students

Michael Vaughan, not exactly awash with England runs of late, got his Yorkshire season off to the worst possible start yesterday, falling for a duck against the might of Bradford/ Leeds University at Headingley. With the Test series against New Zealand starting in a month the captain needs some big scores to breed confidence but while his team-mates amassed 384 for 6, Vaughan lasted just six balls.

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