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UK news - A driver who egged on another motorist to race and caused a horrific crash which killed three women has been jailed for 12 and a half years.

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The threshold at which workers pay the higher 40p rate of income tax will rise to £50,000 if the Conservatives win next year's general election, David Cameron has announced. And the Prime Minister promised he will raise the level at which tax begins to be levied to £12,500.

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UK news: Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg will walk free from prison after prosecutors dropped seven terror charges against him linked to the civil war in Syria.

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France faces hefty spending cuts

French finance minister Michel Sapin addresses reporters during the presentation of the 2015 budget at the finance ministry in Paris (AP)

France's Socialist government has detailed a 21 billion euro (£16.3 billion) cost-cutting plan, the biggest in the country's modern history, saying it will focus on trimming welfare benefits.

'Near stagnation' in new orders

Companies reported weaker increases in production, new business and new export orders

Growth in new manufacturing orders ground to "near stagnation" levels in September as new figures today showed the sector suffered its worst performance for 17 months.

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Letter: Governing the nation

Ed Miliband

What is it about our current crop of politicians from the tired old school that makes them want to deny English people from having any say in governing themselves?

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Star comment: Economy is at heart of election

Chancellor George Osborne makes his keynote address to the Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham

There are fewer than 200 days to go until the General Election. This ought to be a time of successful opinion polls and a sense of momentum that will carry the Prime Minister to success.

Star comment: Can solar farms be that good?

Solar farm

If a self-appointed expert, a boss of a solar farm company, or an environmental campaigner, says that there is nothing for Salopians to fear from solar farms, you would justifiably think that they would say that, wouldn’t they?

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Fantastic British season finale at Loton Park

Shropshire’s premier motor sport venue, Loton Park Hill Climb near Shrewsbury, hosted the final round of the British Hill Climb Championship over the weekend, where hundreds of spectators enjoyed watching the action in glorious sunshine as final positions in national, club and class championships were all to play for.