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Richard Curtis defends Comic Relief in row over show's lewd humour

Comic Relief co-founder Richard Curtis has defended the use of "frivolous comedy" in the BBC's Red Nose Day telethon.

The show, which included the Love Actually sequel and pop singer Ed Sheeran's trip to Liberia, was criticised by viewers for its lewd humour.

Asked about viewers ...

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Engineering firm CH2M pulls out of deal to provide rail lines for HS2's Phase 2b

The engineering firm handed a £170 million deal last month to develop Phase 2b of HS2 has announced it is pulling out of that section of the project, amid alleged conflicts of interest.

CH2M was chosen by HS2 Ltd last month to deliver two stretches of the high speed rail line, from Crewe ...

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Lord Ouseley urges PL boss to show more 'leadership' on BAME manager issue

Anti-racism campaigner Lord Ouseley has called on Premier League boss Richard Scudamore to show more leadership in the effort to increase the number of football managers from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Only three of England's top 92 clubs have a black manager, a ...

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Susanna Reid wishes happy birthday to 'irritating, divisive ...' Piers Morgan

TV presenter Susanna Reid has poked fun at her "irritating" Good Morning Britain co-star Piers Morgan and mocked his love of starting fights.

On the eve of Morgan's 52nd birthday, Reid presented him with a selection of presents and a greetings card, in which she unapologetically revealed ...

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Westminster attack 'a wake-up call for tech giants over online terror content'

The Westminster attack must be a "wake-up call" for technology giants over their efforts to tackle terrorist content online, the acting head of Scotland Yard has warned.

Craig Mackey delivered a stark message to platforms which have come under fire for hosting extremist material, calling ...

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Jo Pavey upgraded to 10,000m bronze at 2007 World Championships

Jo Pavey is set to receive the first global medal of her career - 10 years late - after it was confirmed she would be upgraded to 10,000 metres bronze at the 2007 World Championships.

The 43-year-old will be promoted from fourth place at the Osaka championships after world governing body ...

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UK constitution no longer fit for purpose, say Labour leaders

The UK constitution is "no longer fit for purpose", Labour leaders have warned, as the party prepares to convene its new devolution taskforce.

The group, set up by Labour to examine how to redistribute powers across the UK, will meet for the first time on the day the Prime Minister ...

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Trainspotters warned to stay off the tracks during iconic engine's visit to Cumbria

Steam locomotive fans are being urged to stay off the tracks when the Flying Scotsman races along the Settle to Carlisle line this week.

The train will officially reopen the line on Friday and British Transport Police and Network Rail are reminded trainspotters about the dangers of ...

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Boats, trains and Roman wall in Cumbrian port’s rich history

Visitors to a fishing village on the Solway Coast will soon be able to appreciate the rich history of the area.

Port Carlisle once played an important part on the waterways and railways of Cumbria and the north of England.

This small village became a hive of activity following the ...

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Mohammad Irfan banned for a year after admitting corruption charges

Mohammad Irfan has been banned from all cricket for a year and fined £8,000 after admitting corruption charges during this year's Pakistan Super League.

The giant left-arm fast bowler was one of three Pakistan international players facing charges in relation to events while playing for ...

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Injuries mount for Everton as Funes Mori becomes latest player to suffer blow

Everton were left counting the cost of another injury during the international break after Argentina defender Ramiro Funes Mori was carried off.

The centre-back was shown holding his left knee as he left the pitch after only 36 minutes of Argentina's 2-0 defeat by Bolivia on Tuesday ...

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Attack must serve as 'wake-up call' for technology giants, police chief warns

The Westminster attack must serve as a "wake-up call" for technology giants over their efforts to tackle terrorist content online, the acting head of Scotland Yard has warned.

Craig Mackey delivered a stark message to platforms which have come under fire for hosting extremist material, ...

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Trainspotters warned to stay off the tracks during iconic engine's visit to Cumbria

Steam locomotive fans are being urged to stay off the tracks when the Flying Scotsman races along the Settle to Carlisle line this week.

The train will officially reopen the line on Friday and British Transport Police and Network Rail are reminded trainspotters about the dangers of ...

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I cannot see the point in retiring, says Dame Joan Collins, 83

Dame Joan Collins has said she does not "see the point" of retiring. 

The 83-year-old actress and author said if the time does come when she is "retired" from film or theatre projects, she will write or design.

She told Good Morning Britain's Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: "Well I ...

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North Cumbria's hospitals 'to come out of special measures'

Special measures are set to be lifted from north Cumbria's hospitals - after nearly four years.

It comes after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission found improvements had been made at both the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital .

North Cumbria ...

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'Pivotal moment' for UK as PM May signs EU divorce papers

Theresa May has gathered her senior ministers in Downing Street as the UK prepares for a "pivotal moment" in its journey to a future outside the European Union.

The Prime Minister has signed the letter that starts the formal exit process and the historic document will be hand-delivered by ...

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I know what I'm in for says George Clooney, as he awaits twins' birth

Hollywood star George Clooney says he is ready to become a father to twins, adding: "I know what I'm in for."

The screen star, 55, and his barrister wife Amal, 39, are expecting their first babies this June.

Clooney told US site Extra that Amal was "doing great".

"She is ...

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Faiths to join hands to mark week since Westminster attack

Police officers are among those expected to join together on Westminster Bridge to mark a week since the attack that killed four people. 

The show of solidarity comes as an inquest for the victims is to open seven days after Khalid Masood launched an 82-second rampage.

American ...

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Caroline Wozniacki too strong for Lucie Safarova in Miami

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki progressed to the semi-finals of the Miami Open with a straight sets win over Lucie Safarova.

The number 12 seed from Denmark was a 6-4 6-3 winner against her Czech opponent.

Wozniacki, who had progressed on Monday when sixth seed Gabrine ...

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Roger Federer to face Tomas Berdych in Miami quarter-finals

Roger Federer's impressive start to the 2017 campaign continued as he beat Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 7-6 in the fourth round of the Miami Open.

The Australia Open champion has lost only one match this year after returning from a five-month lay-off, and claimed the tie breaks 7-5 ...

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Freak accident forces Cumbrian couple to postpone epic China trip

A couple who set out to cycle from Cumbria to the Great Wall of China have been forced to postpone the rest of their trip – after one of them suffered a freak accident.

Peter and Chris Lloyd, of Hallbankgate, near Brampton, were forced to return home after biking all the way to Hungary ...

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