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  • Simon Cowell: The X Factor will win ratings war with Strictly Come Dancing
    Simon Cowell: The X Factor will win ratings war with Strictly Come Dancing 1 hour 16 minutes ago

    The ITV show definitely holds the trump cards over its BBC rival, said the TV mogul. More »

  • Hundreds feared dead as migrant boats capsize off Libyan coast
    Hundreds feared dead as migrant boats capsize off Libyan coast 1 hour 17 minutes ago

    Hundreds of people are feared to have died after two boats carrying up to 500 migrants to Europe capsized off the shores of Libya on Thursday 27 August. The same day, dozens of dead refugees were found in the back of a lorry in Austria - the latest in a spate of tragedies involving desperate migrants embarking on the dangerous journey to Europe. The tragedy comes a day after the bodies of 50 people were found on a boat off the coast of Libya. More »

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Kirsty Gallacher and Iwan Thomas complete the celebrity …
    Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Kirsty Gallacher and Iwan Thomas complete the celebrity … 2 hours 13 minutes ago

    The line-up is now complete as the final two celebrities join the show. More »

  • Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Here are the UK contestants
    Celebrity Big Brother 2015: Here are the UK contestants 2 hours 16 minutes ago

    Sherrie Hewson, Gail Porter and ex-Apprentice contestant James Hill are amongst the line-up for the new series. More »

  • ‘If they valued me, it would be there’: Jon Walters hits out at Stoke City’s …
    ‘If they valued me, it would be there’: Jon Walters hits out at Stoke City’s … 3 hours ago

    The attacker’s current deal expires at the end of the season. More »

  • Martin Freeman admits his audition for Sherlock was "terrible"
    Martin Freeman admits his audition for Sherlock was "terrible" 3 hours ago

    Speaking at Edinburgh International Television Festival, the actor revealed he didn’t make the best first impression on the show’s producer. More »

  • UK: Over 2,300 people died after fit for work assessment
    UK: Over 2,300 people died after fit for work assessment 4 hours ago

    Shocking figures have revealed that nearly 2,380 people died after being found fit for work, according to figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The 2,380 people had undergone Work Capability Assessments (WCA) and it was determined that they are not eligible for their Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claim. The DWP figures showed that between December 2011 and February 2014, some 90 people died every month after their claims ended. More »

  • Martin Freeman: I did a terrible audition for Sherlock
    Martin Freeman: I did a terrible audition for Sherlock 5 hours ago

    Sherlock star Martin Freeman has revealed that he did a "terrible" audition for the hit BBC detective show. More »

  • Kirsty Gallacher and Iwan Thomas join Strictly Come Dancing
    Kirsty Gallacher and Iwan Thomas join Strictly Come Dancing 5 hours ago

    The last two celebrities joining Strictly Come Dancing are TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher and sprinter Iwan Thomas. More »

  • BBC One named Channel of the Year at Edinburgh TV Awards
    BBC One named Channel of the Year at Edinburgh TV Awards 6 hours ago

    BBC One won Channel of the Year and BBC One’s drama series, Happy Valley, was named New Programme of the Year. More »

  • Nicola Sturgeon demands own BBC channel for Scotland
    Nicola Sturgeon demands own BBC channel for Scotland 6 hours ago

    Scotland must get a dedicated BBC television channel to counter the often "ill-informed" coverage of London-based journalists who have "totally failed" to cover constitutional change, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has demanded. More »

  • Net Migration Hits Record High In Britain
    Net Migration Hits Record High In Britain 6 hours ago

    Net migration to the UK has reached a record high, soaring to 330,000 in the year to March 2015. The net migration figure—the difference between immigration and emigration—published by the UK's Office for National Statistics, marks a "significant increase" in those coming to Britain, according to the report and is 10,000 higher than the previous peak of 320,000 recorded in 2005, and three times higher than the Conservative government's target. The figures also reveals that the number of foreign-born people living in Britain has passed the eight million mark for the first time and that more than three million have become British citizens since arriving in the UK. More »

  • I did the best I could, says weary Gatlin 7 hours ago

    By Judy Hua and Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - After two decisive defeats at the hands of Usain Bolt in the space of five days, Justin Gatlin is showing the strain. Gatlin came to the world championships as the fastest man in the world this year at 100 and 200 metres, seemingly poised to depose Bolt from his dominance of global sprinting, which the Jamaican has enjoyed for seven years. Bolt won by two clear metres, beating his chest in triumph as he chested the tape in 19.55sec compared with Gatlin's 19.74. More »

  • N.Irish Unionists demand exclusion of Sinn Fein from government
    N.Irish Unionists demand exclusion of Sinn Fein from government 8 hours ago

    By Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's largest pro-British party threatened to bring down the province's power-sharing government unless nationalist Sinn Fein is thrown out, after the IRA, Sinn Fein's one-time armed wing, was linked to a murder. "We are determined that, one way or another, we will have a government in Northern Ireland consisting of people totally committed to peaceful and democratic means," Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) deputy leader Nigel Dodds told a news conference on Thursday. More »

  • Usain Bolt Flattened By Segway After 200m Gold
    Usain Bolt Flattened By Segway After 200m Gold 9 hours ago

    Usain Bolt was flattened by a cameraman on a Segway just minutes after clinching the world 200m crown. More »

  • News of Limerick signing Neymar’s doppelgänger is spreading around the worl …
    News of Limerick signing Neymar’s doppelgänger is spreading around the worl … 9 hours ago

    16-year-old Barry Cotter bears a striking resemblance to the Barcelona and Brazil superstar. More »

  • Bolt Beats Gatlin Again in 200m World Championships Final
    Bolt Beats Gatlin Again in 200m World Championships Final 9 hours ago

    Usain Bolt secured a World Championships double over American sprinter Justin Gatlin after he won the 200m gold in Beijing on Thursday. The victory means Bolt becomes a 10-time World Championship gold medallist and has won 11 of the last 12 individual Olympic and world sprint titles since the Beijing 2008 Olympics, according to AFP. The rivalry between Bolt and Gatlin, 33, had been much-hyped at this year's Beijing World Championships. More »

  • What exactly is going on in the North right now?
    What exactly is going on in the North right now? 9 hours ago

    The Northern Ireland Executive could be on the verge of collapsing. How and why did we get here? More »

  • Isabel Richardson, 12, took her life after her mother died of breast cancer
    Isabel Richardson, 12, took her life after her mother died of breast cancer 10 hours ago

    Twelve-year-old Isabel Richardson killed herself while struggling with the loss of her mother who died of breast cancer. Isabel was found after she hanged herself by her father Stephen in Norwich in May. The inquest into the young girl's death has heard that she struggled with "feelings of worthlessness and loss", after her mother's death in 2010. On the day of her death Isabel's brother Kyle saw messages on Instagram indicating she intended to harm herself. More »

  • BBC treats ratings battle between X Factor and Strictly as a game, says ITV …
    BBC treats ratings battle between X Factor and Strictly as a game, says ITV … 10 hours ago

    The BBC treats the scheduling clash between Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor as a "game", the head of ITV has claimed. More »

  • World Athletics Championship 2015: Unstoppable Usain Bolt beats Justin Gatlin …
    World Athletics Championship 2015: Unstoppable Usain Bolt beats Justin Gatlin … 10 hours ago

    Usain Bolt has won the 200m Final at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. After an astonishing start out of the blocks the Jamaican left Justin Gatlin in His wake, crossing the finishing line with an incredible time of 19.55 seconds at the Bird's Nest. Four days on from edging past the American by a hundredth of a second in an enthralling 100m final, Bolt has now added a 10 th world championship gold medal haul, his fourth consecutive in the 200m event. More »

  • Merkel Sent Love Letters From Syria, But Booed in Germany
    Merkel Sent Love Letters From Syria, But Booed in Germany 11 hours ago

    The German chancellor, Angela Merkel has received an online outpouring of love and gratitude from Syrians after the country suspended a controversial EU rule which could see more Syrian asylum seekers allowed to stay in the country—despite being booed by protesters at home. On Tuesday, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), an office belonging to the German Ministry of Interior Affairs, confirmed that the so-called Dublin regulation, which states that asylum seekers must have their applications processed in the EU country in which they first arrive or else face deportation, would no longer apply to Syrian nationals for the present time. Germany has not suspended the whole protocol—only in cases concerning asylum seekers from Syria. More »