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UEFA president Michel Platini has accused FIFA of overseeing a "new failure" after Michael Garcia, the man in charge of investigating the World Cup, quit his post.

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Letter: Number of accidents at lights no mystery

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I have followed with  interest the arguments between Lawley Parish Council and the Highways Department of Telford and Wrekin Council about the number of accidents at the Lawley Village lights, the reasons for these, and the suggestion that the junction should be removed and returned to a traffic island.

Letter: Leaving the EU is the only way of controlling borders

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The Government has now given up on its pledge to reduce the number of people coming to the UK to “tens of thousands”, as figures recently released show that net migration has soared to 260,000, a 43 per cent increase, largely from Eastern Europe.

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Mortgage lending falls by £1.7bn

An estimated £16.9 billion of home loans were handed out in November

Mortgage lending fell by £1.7 billion in November compared with the previous month as the housing market continued to cool, banks and building societies have reported.

Black Friday boost for high street

The Black Friday shopping surge meant retail sales climbed at their strongest pace for 11 months in November

Retail sales climbed at their strongest pace for 11 months in November as the high street was boosted by the "Black Friday" surge, official figures showed today.

Putin hopeful over Ukraine talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks.