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  • Oxfordshire County Council considers inviting donations

    January 14, 2014 7:20 PM 29

    Oxfordshire County Council is considering setting up a web page for people to donate money to the authority. The Conservative-led council is exploring ways to collect funds from residents who are willing to pay more than their share of council tax. Finance councillor Aresh Fatemian said a number of people had already offered to pay more council tax. Residents

  • Appeal after body of woman found at Maidencraig Nature Reserve in Aberdeen

    January 14, 2014 6:58 PM 29

    Police have appealed for witnesses after the discovery of the body of a woman at an Aberdeen nature reserve. The body was found at Maidencraig Nature Reserve in the Hazlehead area of the city at about 11:00. Officers were keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a woman wearing a distinctive bright orange hooded top, walking a black Collie dog, in the Den of Maidencraig

  • Simon Holdsworth murder: Sheffield man arrested

    January 14, 2014 5:35 PM 41

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man found dead in a field last month. The body of Simon Holdsworth, 36, was found off Birley Spa Lane in Hackenthorpe, Sheffield on 17 December. Police said he died from head injuries. He was last seen getting on a bus after leaving work in Intake at about 23:00 GMT the previous day. South Yorkshire

  • French embassy rebuffs UK media swipe at 'socialist' economy

    January 14, 2014 3:37 PM 28

    LONDON (Reuters) - The French embassy in London published a scathing blog rejecting criticism of France's economy from the editor of a British financial newspaper as wrong on various counts, and it took aim in return at Britain's health service. The unusually frank statement responded to an article published last week by City A.M., a free newspaper distributed

  • Rolf Harris arrives at court to enter sex offence pleas

    January 14, 2014 2:35 PM 28

    Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has arrived at London's Southwark Crown Court to enter pleas to 12 counts of indecent assault on girls. The 83-year-old of Bray, Berkshire walked into the building accompanied by his wife Alwen, whom he pushed in a wheelchair, and security guards. He will also enter pleas to four counts of making indecent images of a child

  • India Golden Temple: UK investigates 'SAS link' to attack

    January 14, 2014 11:04 AM 32

    British PM David Cameron has ordered an investigation into an MP's claim that the Thatcher government "colluded" with India on the deadly raid on the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984. MP Tom Watson told BBC Asian Network that documents recently declassified after 30 years backed up his claim. The storming of the Golden Temple was aimed at flushing out Sikh separatists

  • Rescue boat takes flood-hit Muchelney's children to school

    January 14, 2014 7:05 AM 23

    Children living in a Somerset village that has been cut off by flood water have been travelling to school by boat. More than 100 residents of Muchelney have been cut off since 3 January because access roads are under water. The eight-seater boat is run by the fire service and paid for by Somerset County Council. The boat is making three trips a day and is also being

  • Labour needs more 'hard-hitting' policies says Campbell

    January 14, 2014 3:27 AM 30

    Ed Miliband is unlikely to win an outright majority in 2015 and needs more policies to back up his claim that Labour is a One Nation party, Alastair Campbell has said. Tony Blair's former aide, who is now advising the Labour leader, said he expected a Labour-Lib Dem coalition after the next election. He told the Fabian Review Labour needed at least four "hard-hitting"

  • Atheist Afghan granted religious asylum in UK

    January 14, 2014 3:01 AM 36

    An Afghan citizen has been granted asylum in the UK for religious reasons - because he is an atheist. The man fled to the UK from a conflict involving his family in Afghanistan in 2007, aged 16, and was allowed to stay in the UK until 2013. He was brought up a Muslim, but during his time in the UK became an atheist, his legal team said. They said he would

  • WW1 soldier diaries placed online by National Archives

    January 14, 2014 2:50 AM 20

    Diaries from British soldiers describing life on the frontline during World War One are being published online by the National Archives. Events from the outbreak of war in 1914 to the departure of troops from Flanders and France were recorded in official diaries of each military unit. About 1.5 million diary pages are held by the National Archives and a fifth