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BBC refuses apology over Top Gear

Jeremy Clarkson said he was "shocked" when someone pointed out the link between the H982 FKL number plate and the Falklands War

The BBC has refused the Argentinian ambassador's demand for a public apology following the row over a Top Gear special filmed in the South American country.

Rolf Harris loses first appeal bid

Rolf Harris was refused permission to appeal

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has lost the first round of his bid to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults.

Surge in fixed-rate mortgage deals

A total of 2,675 fixed-rate mortgage deals were on the market by the middle of this week

Mortgage lenders are flooding the market with more fixed-rate products in attempts to lock in home-owners who may be tempted to switch to one of their rivals in the coming months, a financial website has reported.

Police chief faces internal charge

Nick Gargan was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission

A chief constable will face an internal charge of gross misconduct following claims that he made "inappropriate advances" to female colleagues and leaked internal emails.

X Factor hopefuls face instant axe

Simon Cowell, pictured with his fellow judges, has warned X Factor contestants they need to up their game if they want to continue in the show (Syco/Thames TV/ITV/PA)

X Factor contestants face instant dismissal on tomorrow night's show if they fail to impress viewers in a Halloween elimination twist as the show seeks to boost its fortunes.

Rowling based witch on hated woman

JK Rowling has written on her Pottermore website about the story of Dolores Umbridge

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has returned to the world of her teenage wizard to explain the background of one of her most evil characters.

Proposals to repay £2bn WWI debt

Steps to repay the UK's £2 billion in outstanding First World War debt have been unveiled with plans to redeem bonds dating back to the 18th century.

RBS writes off further £780m

RBS is 80% owned by the taxpayer after being rescued during the financial crisis

Royal Bank of Scotland wrote off another £780 million for past misconduct today and suggested more pain was to come before taxpayers would see a return on their £46 billion bail-out of the lender.

Praising pupils 'can be harmful'

The Trust says judging the quality of teaching is very difficult

It is often said that a little encouragement goes a long way, but a new study suggests that lavishing praise on pupils is unlikely to help them improve in the classroom.

Firms 'must reveal drink calories'

The majority of the adults asked in a poll did not know the number of calories in a pint of lager

Drinks companies should label their alcoholic products to show the number of calories they contain as part of a bid to tackle obesity, a health organisation has said.

Plea to confront aid corruption

More must be done to ensure the integrity of aid programmes, it has been argued

The Government is failing to tackle corruption levels in international aid programmes it is funding, an independent watchdog has found.

Labour sees off Ukip in PCC poll

The PCC by-election was called following the resignation of Shaun Wright

Labour saw off Ukip in the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner by-election but the victory was secured amid dire voter turnout.

Shotgun murderer set to die in jail

John Lowe will be sentenced for shooting his partner and her daughter dead at his puppy farm

An elderly dog breeder is likely to die in jail after he was sentenced to at least 25 years for shooting his partner and her daughter dead at his puppy farm.

Firefighters strike in pensions row

Picket lines were mounted outside fire stations and will continue throughout the next few days

Firefighters have walked out on strike for the weekend in their bitter row with the Government over pensions, ahead of a series of firework displays across the country.

NHS opt-out tax rebate proposed

Under the plan people would receive a rebate equivalent to the value of the NHS care they would have received

People in England should be able to receive a tax rebate for opting out of NHS care under a system with significantly increased competition, a think-tank has recommended.