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'No panic' vow over Iraq operations - British forces will not be "panicked" into dropping bombs in Iraq by reports of gains by Islamic State (IS) troops, the Foreign Secretary has insisted.

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UK news: Police face teacher images probe - An investigation has been launched into why it took police nine months to act over concerns about a deputy headteacher suspected of covertly taking indecent images of children.

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UK news: Former Johnson aide joins Ukip - The Tories suffered another defection embarrassment today when Boris Johnson's former right hand man at City Hall announced he is joining Ukip.

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UK news: Economy growth better than thought - Britain's economy grew more quickly than previously thought in the second quarter of this year though the start of 2014 was more sluggish, according to revised official figures.

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UK news: PM pledges 7-days-a-week GP access - David Cameron has promised "many more" family doctors after the general election in order to deliver a pledge of extended-hours access to a GP seven days a week for every NHS patient in England.

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UK news - September to be 'driest on record' - This is set to be the driest September across the UK since records began in 1910, with exceptionally low rainfall for many parts of the country, the Met Office said.

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Children victims of revenge porn - Children as young as 11 have been victims of revenge pornography, with their perpetrators often evading justice due to loopholes in the law, new figures show.

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Potential of solar power hailed - Solar power could outstrip fossil fuels, other renewables and nuclear to be the biggest source of electricity by mid-century, the International Energy Agency has said.

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Ireland denies tax deal with Apple - Ireland has denied striking a secret tax deal with technology giant Apple that would have allegedly broken EU rules on state aid.

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UK news: West Ham player fined for assault - West Ham defender James Tomkins has been fined £3,500 for assaulting a police officer.

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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.

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Letter: Governing the nation

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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?

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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.