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'Unfit mother' and partner jailed for letting tragic Poppy, four, eat drugs

Two drug dealers who allowed a four-year-old girl to eat heroin, diazepam, methadone and ketamine for months before her death have each been jailed for 13 years by a judge who said it was a case of "almost unremitting degradation".

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Britain 'open for business', Prime Minister tells World Economic Forum

Theresa May has told world leaders and corporate chiefs that Britain remains "open for business" despite its decision to leave the European Union.

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Suspected unexploded Second World War bomb found in River Thames

A suspected unexploded Second World War bomb has been found in the River Thames, forcing the closure of Waterloo and Westminster bridges in London.

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Jeremy Corbyn to order Labour MPs to back start of Brexit in Parliament vote

Jeremy Corbyn will order Labour MPs not to block Brexit if the Prime Minister is forced to seek the approval of Parliament to trigger Article 50.

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Tory authority plans 15% council tax rise claiming huge budget gap after cuts

A Tory-controlled local authority plans to raise council tax by 15%, claiming it has no choice in response to funding cuts and the crisis in social care.

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Julian Assange stands by offer to go to US after Manning release decision

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange stands by his offer to go to the United States now that Chelsea Manning is being released, he told a press conference.

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Nearly 10% of secondary schools under-performing, figures show

Almost one in 10 secondary schools, collectively teaching more than 200,000 children, are under-performing, according to Government figures.

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'Warning lights flashing' over crime, says Britain's most senior police officer

Britain's most senior police officer has said the "warning lights are flashing" over crime after new figures revealed there were nearly 12 million offences in a year.

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Mother Teresa model and make-your-own doll kit among official Royal Family gifts

The Prince of Wales was presented with weird, wonderful and mundane gifts during his official foreign tours last year.

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Woman in divorce cash battle with ex-husband loses anonymity bid

A divorcee embroiled in a legal fight over money with her ex-husband has failed to persuade senior judges to bar journalists from revealing her identity.

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Give victims legal right to make court statement, urges Baroness Newlove

Victims of crime should be given the right in law to make a statement in court about the impact the offence has had on them, the victims' commissioner has said.

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Ministers eye anti-litter action on plastic bottles after successful bag charge

Ministers are considering cracking down on plastic bottles which are thrown away after one use following the success of the plastic bag charge.

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Cornish firm unveils plans for UK's only lithium mining operation

Cornwall looks set for a mining revival amid plans to tap into huge reserves of precious metal lithium in what could put the UK at the forefront of a potential £70 billion global market.

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Royal Mail hit by sharp drop in letter mailing over Christmas season

Royal Mail has revealed a sharp drop in letter mailing in the busy festive season as business worries over Brexit hit marketing post.

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UK sailor Alex Thomson 'unlikely to beat rival in round-the-world race'

British sailor Alex Thomson believes he is unlikely to reel in his French rival despite halving the lead hours before the finish of the solo round-the-world Vendee Globe race.

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Stormont snap election looms as Sinn Fein sticks by withdrawal from executive

Northern Ireland is heading for a snap election after Sinn Fein triggered the implosion of the powersharing executive by declining to re-nominate a deputy first minister.

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Hospital failures led to woman's death after Caesarean procedure, coroner says

The death of a mother just hours after she gave birth to her second son was a result of "failures, inadequate diagnosis and treatment" at the hospital caring for her, a coroner said.

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British soldier will not be charged over death of comrade in Afghanistan

A British soldier will not face prosecution over the death of a comrade on an Afghan battlefield four years ago, an inquest has heard.

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IMF changes 2017 growth forecast for UK in upward revision

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lifted UK growth forecasts for 2017 saying better-than-expected economic performance in the wake of the Brexit vote raised prospects for the year ahead.

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Jeremy Hunt receives £14m from sale of business amid NHS crisis

Under-fire Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has pocketed an estimated £14.4 million from the sale of his education company as the NHS plunges into a full-blown crisis.

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