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Taxi driver arrested over murder of British embassy worker in Beirut

A taxi driver has been arrested over the murder of a British embassy worker in Beirut whose body was found dumped by a motorway.

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Report into Iranian man’s murder finds ‘evidence of institutional racism’

A police force and a council have been accused of institutional racism after “repeatedly siding with the abusers” of an Iranian man murdered after being wrongly accused of being a paedophile.

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The new Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Sarah Elisabeth Mullally (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

New Bishop of London urges more women and minority priests for ‘relevant’ Church

More churches should be led by female priests and those “who come from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups”, the new Bishop of London has said.

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Gravestone of Blackie the war horse (Alun Bull/Historic England/PA)

In pictures: War horse’s gravestone and prehistoric trackway protected by Historic England

A prehistoric timber trackway, a gravestone to a war horse and the gardens where Billy Butlin opened his first holiday camp are among the more unusual historic sites protected this year.

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NHS to use sickness surveillance data to manage winter demand on hospitals

Health bosses will use the latest technology to try to cope with surges in demand on services this winter.

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The Gateway To Wales Hotel in Deeside is engulfed by fire (Danny Lawton/PA)

Probe after hotel on Welsh border gutted by blaze

A joint fire service and police investigation is under way after 47 guests and a number of staff fled to safety as flames ripped through a hotel.

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Princess Charlotte pictured with her brother George on the family Christmas card (Chris Jackson/Getty Images/PA)

Princess Charlotte to start at London nursery school in January

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that their daughter, Princess Charlotte, will begin attending a London nursery from January.

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Crystal Palace footballer Jason Puncheon charged with assault after street fight

A Premier League footballer has been charged with assault and having a weapon after a fight erupted in the street near a nightclub.

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Outgoing Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, left, hands over the chancellery to his successor Sebastian Kurz (Ronald Zak/AP)

Theresa May congratulates new Austria leader amid huge protest over coalition

Theresa May has congratulated Austria’s new chancellor Sebastian Kurz on the formation of his government amid protests against his coalition with the right-wing nationalist Freedom Party.

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Two dead and three others in hospital after fire at luxury Scottish hotel

Two people have died and three others are being treated in hospital after a fire broke out at the luxury Cameron House hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond.

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The CBI reveals the latest data from its industrial trends survey (David Davies/PA)

Manufacturing order books stay near 30-year high

The UK manufacturing industry has kept order book levels near a 30-year high thanks to strong demand for motor vehicles and transport equipment.

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Kieran Creavan outside Leeds Crown Court, where he has admitted sex offences (Dave Higgens/PA)

Paedophile hunters defend methods after TV producer admits child sex offences

A paedophile-hunting group has defended its tactics after a television sports producer who was confronted when he travelled to the UK to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl admitted sex offences.

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Seventy-one people died when a fire tore through Grenfell Tower, in west London, on June 14

Building industry needs cultural shift to prioritise safety, Grenfell probe says

A cultural shift is needed to ensure safety is prioritised over costs in the construction industry, a probe ordered after the Grenfell Tower fire has found.

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Police probe whether embassy worker found dead in Beirut was sexually assaulted

Lebanese police are investigating whether a British embassy worker strangled and dumped by the side of a motorway was sexually assaulted.

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Teesside Crown and County Court in Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Man faces lengthy jail sentence for killing teenage boy in motorbike crash

A man who admitted killing a teenager in a motorbike smash has been warned that he faces a lengthy prison sentence.

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Charles and Camilla’s Christmas card revealed

A picture of the Duchess of Cornwall celebrating her 70th birthday with the Prince of Wales has been chosen by the couple as their Christmas card image.

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Mrs May was boosted by the terms of a statement agreed by the EU27 at the European Council summit in Brussels (Jonathan Brady/PA)

May committed on workers’ rights says No 10, as Brexit ‘war cabinet’ meets

Theresa May is committed to maintaining workers’ rights after Brexit and Cabinet ministers are not expected to discuss EU regulations which limit the working week to 48 hours at a crunch meeting on Monday, Downing Street said.

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The scene of a multi-vehicle crash at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston (Aaron Chown/PA)

‘Happy, loving’ taxi driver killed in multi-car crash on last job of the night

A taxi driver killed in a multi-car crash in Birmingham phoned his wife to say he would be home after his last fare before the horror smash, his brother said.

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Still a chance Nazanin will be home for Christmas, says husband of jailed Briton

The husband of jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe believes there is “still a chance” she may be released from an Iranian prison in time for a dream Christmas together.

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Artefacts from the 18th century Clapham's Coffee House (Cambridge Archaeological Unit/PA)

Artefacts from ’18th century Starbucks’ found in Cambridge University cellar

Relics from a coffee shop described as an “18th century Starbucks” have been discovered in a disused cellar at Cambridge University.

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