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Tennis fans given chance to partner Andy Murray in doubles

A lucky tennis fan will win the chance to partner Andy Murray in a game of doubles.

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An exfoliating daily wash containing micro-beads

Government to ban microbeads in toiletries to tackle threat to marine life

Tiny plastic pieces known as "microbeads" will be banned from cosmetics and toiletries, as part of efforts to stop plastic waste entering the oceans, the Government has said.

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Justin Bieber performs on a stage during his world tour concert in Beijing

Justin Bieber banned from China over 'bad behaviour'

Justin Bieber will not be invited to perform in China because of his past "bad behaviour", Beijing officials said.

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26-year-old Demi Harte from Newcastle will be thinking twice before buying second-hand clothes online

In pictures: The UK's biggest second-hand fails revealed

A photo competition has revealed the nation’s biggest fails when buying products second hand, from tiny fancy dress costumes to oversized giraffes.

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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington pictured in 2003

Linkin Park members 'heartbroken' over bandmate Chester Bennington's death

Mike Shinoda and Dave Farrell have said they are "heartbroken" by the death of close friend and bandmate,Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
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The micro-blogging site admitted there is "still much work to be done".

Twitter clamps down on abuse on social networking site since start of 2017

Twitter users are experiencing "significantly less abuse" on the social media platform than six months ago, the company has claimed.

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The former Death In Paradise star Kris Marshal

Kris Marshall backed for role as Doctor Who companion

Kris Marshall might still be joining the cast of Doctor Who - as the companion to the first female Doctor.

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Wetlands at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Ineos threatens legal action against National Trust over fracking survey

Energy firm Ineos is threatening to take legal action against the National Trust so it can carry out a fracking survey on its land.

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Police recorded nearly five million offences in England and Wales over the period, 458,021 more than the same period last year.

Police concern over rising recorded crime and falling officer numbers

The largest annual rise in crime recorded by police in a decade, coupled with a fall in officer numbers to the lowest in more than 30 years, has sparked concern among both chiefs and the rank-and-file.

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The move would give students more rights and protection

Students could sue universities over breach of contract, plans suggest

Universities could face lawsuits in the future from students who believe they have not been given the education they were promised.

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The statepension agewill rise from 67 to 68 from 2037

State pension age to rise to 68 earlier than planned

The state pension age will rise from 67 to 68 from 2037, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke has announced.

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The eyes have it

TSB Bank app to start using iris recognition technology

TSB is to introduce iris recognition as a way for customers to unlock the bank app and access their account, the first in Europe to use this form of biometric technology.

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Pupils aged 14 had the highest number of permanent exclusions

35 pupils a day expelled from schools in England

The equivalent of 35 children a day are being expelled from schools in England, official figures show.

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The "full force of the law" should be used to deal with those committing the worst offences.

Tougher punishments for animal abusers under consideration

Animal abusers guilty of the "very worst behaviour" could face tougher punishments, according to Michael Gove.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Man who climbed mountain while claiming disability benefits convicted of fraud

A man who claimed thousands of pounds in disability benefits despite climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, winning a triathlon and competing at the Phoenix Winter Games has been convicted of fraud, prosecutors said.

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British Gas is to pay 1.1 million to compensate customers after its agents missed appointments

British Gas pays customers £1.1m compensation over missed appointments

British Gas has paid out £1.1 million to compensate customers after its agents missed appointments, breaching industry standards.

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Feacal matter was found in the fast food stores across the UK.

Faecal bacteria found in ice at McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King

Ice served in drinks at the three biggest fast food chains in the UK has been found to contain faecal bacteria.

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A builder has denied driving dangerously

Driver denies forcing cyclist on to grass verge in 'road rage' incident

A builder has denied driving dangerously after a cyclist was captured by a body-worn camera being forced off a road by a van in an alleged "road rage" incident.

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Chris Evans

BBC pays Chris Evans over £2m a year... and Gary Lineker does all right too

The BBC has revealed its top talent pay – with DJ Chris Evans topping the list pocketing over £2m.

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A handsome husband can be bad for women's health

Scientists discover ugly truth about attractiveness

A handsome husband can be bad for women's health by triggering dangerous dieting, according to new research.

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