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  • Is Chris Moyles about to make his radio comeback on XFM?
    Is Chris Moyles about to make his radio comeback on XFM? 7 hours ago

    Chris left the BBC in 2012 after eight years in the breakfast show slot. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Sunday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Sunday 8 hours ago

    Here’s what’ll be on your Twitter timeline this evening. More »

  • New details emerge about Tunisia gunman's past
    New details emerge about Tunisia gunman's past 9 hours ago

    The Tunisian jihadist behind last month's massacre of foreigners at a seaside resort had previously worked in tourism, officials said Sunday, as his mother insisted the young man was "brainwashed". More »

  • 'Coherent response' to IS urged
    'Coherent response' to IS urged 9 hours ago

    Tackling the threat of Islamic State (IS) requires a coherent response and not the "knee-jerk" extension of Syrian air strikes, Alex Salmond said today. More »

  • Osborne to cut BBC budget by £650m
    Osborne to cut BBC budget by £650m 10 hours ago

    George Osborne has signalled a £650 million raid on the BBC finances and a tighter-than-expected squeeze on welfare payments as he prepares to deliver his first all-Conservative Budget. More »

  • BBC Told To Save Ahead Of '£650m Budget Raid'
    BBC Told To Save Ahead Of '£650m Budget Raid' 10 hours ago

    George Osborne has urged the BBC to make "savings" and "contribute" to dealing with the country's deficit, amid reports the broadcaster will be forced to meet the cost of free television licences for the over-75s. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, Mr Osborne said: "The BBC is also a publicly funded institution and so it does need to make savings and contribute to what we need to do as a country to get our house in order. Mr Osborne played down suggestions that cuts to the BBC's revenue would lead to one of the BBC's major channels being axed. More »

  • I am teetotal to ward off depression, Flintoff says
    I am teetotal to ward off depression, Flintoff says 11 hours ago

    By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Former England cricket captain Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff, whose image as a heavy, fun-loving drinker was sealed by his animated victory celebrations, has opened up about now being teetotal as part of his battle with depression. Flintoff was famously pictured looking the worse for wear on an open top bus tour through London and at a Downing Street reception after England had beaten Australia to win the 2005 Ashes series. The retired all-rounder, who played in 79 tests for England and is now a 37-year-old father of three and a regular guest on TV shows, told presenter Kirsty Young about struggling with depression, his decision to stop drinking and his devotion to family life. More »

  • Osborne says he has found 12 billion pounds of welfare cuts
    Osborne says he has found 12 billion pounds of welfare cuts 11 hours ago

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne on Sunday said he had found all 12 billion pounds of welfare cuts he needs as part of his plan to balance the current budget by 2017/18, speaking ahead of his budget announcement on Wednesday. The budget is Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives' clearest chance in almost two decades to remould Britain into a low-tax, small-state economy after an unexpectedly decisive election victory. To meet his target, Osborne says he needs to cut the annual welfare bill by 12 billion pounds ($18.69 billion), make 13 billion pounds of departmental spending reductions, and to raise an extra 5 billion pounds by clamping down on tax evasion and avoidance. More »

  • Moyles 'to host XFM breakfast slot'
    Moyles 'to host XFM breakfast slot' 12 hours ago

    Chris Moyles could return to the airwaves with a breakfast show on commercial radio. More »

  • Fiona Bruce: 8 things everyone needs to know about about the foxy presenter …
    Fiona Bruce: 8 things everyone needs to know about about the foxy presenter … 14 hours ago

    We did a bit of investigating of our own into the world of Fiona Bruce, and here are some fab facts we dug up.. More »

  • Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack
    Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency following last week's beach massacre claimed by jihadists that he said had left Tunisia facing a "special type of war". More »

  • Chancellor Osborne to hit BBC to fund welfare cuts - Sunday Times
    Chancellor Osborne to hit BBC to fund welfare cuts - Sunday Times Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne plans to launch a 650 million pound raid on the BBC to help cover the country's benefits bill, forcing the corporation to meet the cost of free television licences for the over-75s, the Sunday Times said. It quoted senior government sources as saying a deal is close that will force the BBC to take on the cost of the 4.5 million licences — worth 145.50 pounds each — from the Department for Work and Pensions. In return, the paper said, the BBC will be allowed to make up some of the lost revenue by charging for use of its iPlayer and other online catch-up services to try to stem the loss of licence fee revenue caused by people turning to the Internet and abandoning their televisions. More »

  • 7/7 drama a traumatic job for Emily Watson
    7/7 drama a traumatic job for Emily Watson Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The actress had to get to grips with a harrowing part for the terror attacks anniversary drama. More »

  • Sunday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Massaged Murray bites back to reach Wimbledon last 16
    Massaged Murray bites back to reach Wimbledon last 16 Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    By Toby Davis LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray reprised his familiar role of being the last British singles player heading into Wimbledon's second week but he needed a reboot to come through Saturday's four-set tussle with Andreas Seppi in a tale of two timeouts. For almost three sets of Murray's 6-2 6-2 1-6 6-1 victory, the third seed was utterly dominant while his opponent looked forlorn, but the momentum of the encounter swung violently following two opportune visits to the court by the trainer. After Murray raced through the opening two sets and trailed 2-1 in the third, 25th seed Seppi called for medical assistance to work on a leg injury. More »

  • Eurotunnel faces difficult night
    Eurotunnel faces difficult night Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Eurotunnel is poised for another difficult night after around 150 migrants tried to storm the Channel Tunnel terminal in a bid to board UK-bound freight trains. More »

  • Lauda swapped trophies for free car washes
    Lauda swapped trophies for free car washes Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    By Alan Baldwin SILVERSTONE, England, (Reuters) - Triple world champion Niki Lauda agrees with Lewis Hamilton's comments about 'ugly' Formula One trophies but says they were so bad in his day that he swapped them for a lifetime of free car washes. "I binned them all, you're absolutely right, because in my time they were most of them ugly and for me useless," said the Austrian, now non-executive chairman of Hamilton's Mercedes team. "On this point of view Lewis is right because the trophy should have a certain value when you look at them, that you like them," Lauda told BBC radio at the British Grand Prix on Saturday. More »

  • US-born sisters in one-two at British Championships
    US-born sisters in one-two at British Championships Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    American-born sisters Tiffany Porter and Cindy Ofili finished first and second in the 100 metres hurdles at the British Championships on Saturday. More »

  • What to watch on TV tonight: Saturday
    What to watch on TV tonight: Saturday Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Here’s what’ll be on your Twitter timeline this evening. More »

  • Family of 12 thought to have travelled to Syria to join Islamic state group
    Family of 12 thought to have travelled to Syria to join Islamic state group Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    The group was reported missing after they failed to return from a holiday to Bangladesh. More »

  • Pedal power rules the roads in Utrecht
    Pedal power rules the roads in Utrecht Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    By Martyn Herman UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) - Rush hour has a distinctive soundtrack in Utrecht. Two wheels rather than four rule the roads in this pleasant Dutch city that claims to have 900,000 bicycles -- that's about three for every one of its inhabitants. No wonder organisers of the Tour de France felt they were in safe hands when they selected Utrecht for Saturday's Grand Depart of the 102nd edition of the famous race. More »

  • ‘I’d prefer no one to know my name’
    ‘I’d prefer no one to know my name’ Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Laura Bassett’s own goal is still playing on her mind after England’s Women’s World Cup exit. More »