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One million Scots classed as living in poverty, new figures show

One million Scots are living in poverty after they have paid their rent or mortgage, new figures have revealed.

Scottish Government statistics showed that in 2016-17 1,020,000 individuals were classed as being in relative poverty after housing costs had been taken into ...

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I didn’t cause any injury to Ellie, father tells inquest

A father convicted of murdering his daughter 11 months after she was put back in his care has denied causing her “any injury” at an inquest into her death.

Ben Butler beat six-year-old Ellie to death at their family home in Sutton, south London, in October 2013.

He is ...

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William nets basketball hoop as royal couple meet Commonwealth Games hopefuls

The Duke of Cambridge needed three attempts to net a basketball hoop from a wheelchair as he and Kate met Paralympians, athletes and Commonwealth Games hopefuls.

The Duke and Duchess were visiting the Olympic Park’s Copper Box arena in Stratford, east London, for an event held by ...

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Douglas Costa says Russia friendly can boost Brazil’s World Cup preparations

Brazil must make the most of their trip to Moscow so they can hit the ground running when they return to Russia for the World Cup, according to winger Douglas Costa.

The South Americans take on the 2018 hosts at the Luzhniki Stadium on Friday night, a venue which will stage the ...

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London Irish: Director of rugby Nick Kennedy leaves relegation-haunted Exiles

LONDON Irish have parted company with director of rugby Nick Kennedy, the club has confirmed.

Exiles are bottom of the Aviva Premiership and 12 points from safety after winning just two of their 17 matches this season.

Two weeks ago they appointed Ireland's 2009 Grand Slam ...

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Fobney Island wetland nature reserve will host a Family Wild Day

FOBNEY Island wetland nature reserve is playing host to a Family Wild Day this Saturday.

The Canal & River Trust have joined forces with Nature Nurture to run a number of family friendly workshops for residents from nearby Katesgrove, Southote, Minster and Whitley wards of ...

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New government told it must ‘win public trust’ in Slovakia

Slovakia’s president has appointed a new government to replace the one that resigned amid a political crisis triggered by the killings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.

Former prime minister Robert Fico’s three-party coalition stepped down last week following large ...

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Barrister for friend of rape accused rugby stars delivers closing speech

A barrister for a friend of two rugby stars on trial for rape has begun to deliver his closing speech to Belfast Crown Court.

Gavan Duffy QC, representing Rory Harrison, who denies charges connected to the alleged incident in June 2016, told jurors they held a “huge amount of ...

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Clean bill of health for England ahead of Holland friendly

England were given a clean bill of health on Thursday as they completed their final preparations to face Holland.

Gareth Southgate’s squad trained at St George’s Park in the morning before they fly out to Amsterdam ahead of Friday’s friendly.

The Three Lions are only ...

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Woodley charity First Days in desperate search for new home

A CHILDREN'S charity based in Woodley is appealing for help finding a new premises. First Days, which is based in Headley Road East, has been given notice to vacate its current base at the end of June, 18 months earlier than it was expecting. The charity offers practical support ...

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Dragon's Den star Sarah Willingham to appear at The Oracle

A CELEBRITY business woman and star of Dragon’s Den will be calling on Reading residents to support local businesses when she makes an appearance at The Oracle this Friday. Sarah Willingham will be speaking at a pop-up stand alongside the CEO of, Richard Hanscott, a part of a ...

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Fresh claims of racial abuse against Labour councillor

A Scottish Government minister has called on a Labour councillor to do the “honourable thing” and resign after fresh claims of racial abuse emerged.

Jim Dempster, a Labour councillor in Dumfries and Galloway, has already said he is “deeply sorry” for remarks made about ...

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Firefighters tackle city-centre blaze in Glasgow

A number of properties have been evacuated as firefighters tackle a large fire in Glasgow city centre.

Around six fire engines are dealing with the incident on Sauchiehall Street near the junction with Hope Street.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 8.18am on ...

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Zuckerberg’s Facebook apology does not go far enough – UK Culture Secretary

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s response to the Cambridge Analytica (CA) row does not go far enough, Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

Mr Zuckerberg said it was a mistake to rely on CA to delete tens of millions of Facebook users’ data as he apologised for the ...

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Moscow hits back at Boris Johnson over Nazi Germany comparison

The Kremlin has denounced Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s statement comparing the World Cup in Russia to the Olympics hosted by Nazi Germany as “utterly disgusting”.

The tough response marks an escalating war of words between Moscow and London over the poisoning in Salisbury ...

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Kate set for last public engagements before maternity leave

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Commonwealth events with the duke will be her last official engagements before starting her maternity leave, Kensington Palace has said.

William and Kate are due to show off their culinary skills and general knowledge later when they take part in a ...

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Gerard Pique recalls Roy Keane temper during Manchester United spell

Gerard Pique has revealed how earning the wrath of Roy Keane gave him an early insight into life at Manchester United.

Pique, who arrived at Old Trafford as a youngster from Barcelona, was preparing for a match in the dressing when his mobile phone began to ring.

Keane, ...

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The motorist lost control just before Earley on the A329 during the recent cold snap

THIS is the moment that a driver lost control in the snow and crashed into the barrier during the recent icy conditions.

The crash, which took place near Earley on the A329 heading towards Reading, saw the Renault Megane spiral on the snow before the airbags were deployed.


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Tunnelling badgers force emergency closure of road

Tunnelling badgers have forced the closure of a road which has started to sink, and it may remain shut until the badger breeding season finishes in summer.

Suffolk County Council received reports that Flowton Road in Somersham was “sinking due to animal activity”, and evidence ...

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MPs observe minute’s silence on first anniversary of Westminster attack

MPs have observed a minute’s silence to mark the first anniversary of the Westminster terror attack.

Speaker John Bercow asked members in the House of Commons chamber to pause “in respectful memory” of those who died on March 22 last year.

With heads bowed, MPs from ...

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A train from London to Reading broke down after Bracknell

TRAINS are still being delayed due to a fault on the line at Bracknell. 

A train from London Waterloo to Reading has broken down on the line between Wokingham and Bracknell, meaning trains following behind are being delayed. 

At midday, more than two hours after the ...

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