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Two rare Amur leopards born at zoo

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:55
A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.

Queen's horse fails drugs test

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:51
Estimate, a racehorse owned by the Queen, has tested positive for the prohibited substance morphine.

Abbas backs Hamas Gaza truce demands

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:44
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas backs calls by Hamas for an end to the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip as a condition for a ceasefire.

Engineering firm to create 40 jobs

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:40
A Londonderry-based engineering firm is to create 40 new jobs after bringing a new investor on board.

MH17 dead to be flown to Netherlands

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:38
The first bodies from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine are due to be flown to the Netherlands, which is holding a day of mourning.

New police probe over payments

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:36
A new police investigation is launched into unlawful pension salary supplements paid to the chief executive of Pembrokeshire council.

15th record inquiry nurse suspended

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:33
Another nurse is suspended as part of an inquiry into the alleged falsification of patient records at south Wales hospitals, taking the total to 15.

NHS 'should work more with hospices'

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:29
Hospices could play a greater role in end-of-life care and stop hospitals being the "default option", says former Tory party leader Lord Howard.

Billy Joel to receive Gershwin prize

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:25
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Billy Joel is to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the US Library of Congress announces.

VIDEO: Time-lapse shows Costa on move

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:24
Time-lapse footage shows the wrecked Italian cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, being towed on its final journey to the port of Genoa for scrapping.

UK licensing arms exports to Russia

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:07
Licences to export arms worth millions of pounds to Russia remain in place despite fears Moscow is arming rebels in Ukraine, MPs have said.

Van Gaal criticises tour schedule

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:57
Manchester United's extensive tour of the USA is "not positive for preparation", says the club's manager Louis van Gaal.

Peaches Geldof inquest due later

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:57
The full inquest into the death of TV presenter Peaches Geldof, 25, is due later.

'Trojan Horse' probe 'needs review'

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:56
The council-commissioned review into the so-called Trojan Horse allegations "ought to be reviewed itself", teachers say.

Disability benefits flaws 'grave'

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:29
The disability benefits system requires a "fundamental redesign" because flaws in the process are so "grave", a group of MPs says.

VIDEO: Mystery over Brooklyn Bridge flags

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:19
Authorities in New York are investigating who raised two large white flags on the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge early on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:05
Two rare Amur leopard cubs have been born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.

Costa Concordia begins final journey

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:02
The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is being towed away for scrap, in one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever staged.

Giant solar park set for approval

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:59
Plans for a giant solar park with 180,000 electricity-generating panels are recommended for approval by Flintshire councillors.

Houvenaghel retires from cycling

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 06:57
Olympic silver medallist Wendy Houvenaghel retires from cycling after pulling out of the Commonwealth Games with injury.