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EU pledge sets election battlelines

The battlelines over Europe for the next general election are becoming clear after Prime Minister David Cameron promised an in/out referendum by 2017 and Labour leader Ed Miliband set his face against it.Read

Councils could lose adoption powers

Councils which take too long to find adoptive parents for children face being stripped of the responsibility under Government plans, it has been reported.Read

Tarmey remembered at TV awards show

The stars of Coronation Street have remembered Bill Tarmey as they picked up two prizes at the National Television Awards.Read

Assange hits out at WikiLeaks film

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hit out at a Hollywood film about his organisation as a "massive propaganda attack" against the whistle-blowing website.Read

Apple figures show stall in growth

Apple has been dealt a new blow to morale as figures for the Christmas period show its rocket-like growth has continued to stall.Read

Lions rugby fans being 'ripped off'

British and Irish rugby fans are being "ripped off" by being forced to buy expensive travel packages if they want a ticket to watch the Lions play in Australia, a watchdog has revealed.Read

No criminal charges in ball boy row

Chelsea footballer Eden Hazard will not face criminal charges for apparently kicking a ball boy during his side's Capital One Cup semi-final against Swansea, police have said.Read

Death rate higher on bank holidays

Patients admitted to hospital as emergencies on public holidays are significantly more likely to die than those admitted on other days of the week, including weekends, according to research.Read

Tower blocks 'should be bulldozed'

High-rise housing blocks should be bulldozed and replaced with terraced homes to help tackle social problems and remove "no-go" areas, a think-tank report has argued.Read

Cost of child-raising hits £222,000

The cost of raising a child to the age of 21 has reached £222,000 as parents pay 58% more than a decade ago, according to an annual study.Read

600 fewer stores as retail suffers

The number of shops fell by almost 600 last month even before the recent collapse of a raft of High Street names, according to new research.Read

Trust settles brain dead baby case

The parents of a baby girl delivered brain dead after a series of "critical failures" by hospital midwives have asked health bosses to ensure lessons are learned.Read

16,000 migrants in backlog 'chaos'

An "unacceptable" backlog of more than 16,000 immigrants waiting to hear whether they can stay in Britain was discovered in a fresh investigation into UK border controls, inspectors have said.Read

Women smokers' death risk soars

Women smokers are far more likely to be killed by their habit today than they were in the 1960s, a major study has found.Read

Police to quiz ball boy in kick row

Police are to investigate an incident which saw a ball boy kicked by Chelsea footballer Eden Hazard during his side's Capital One Cup semi-final against Swansea.Read

Stars out for television awards

Some of the small screen's biggest stars were on show at this year's National Television Awards.Read

Man accused of murdering student

A man has been charged with the murder of a gap year student stabbed to death in the street.Read

Prince Harry 'thrilled' to be back

Prince Harry flew back to Britain after a 20-week tour of Afghanistan in which he revealed he killed Taliban fighters, and declared: "You get asked to do things that you would expect to do wearing this uniform, and it's as simple as that really."Read

Firm eyes up camera chain Jessops

Collapsed camera chain Jessops is the latest high street casualty to be eyed by restructuring firm Hilco UK.Read

Missing brother and sister found

A brother and sister who had been missing for much of the day have been found safe and well, police said.Read

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