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Speaking in Hong Kong, Nicola Sturgeon said 'time will tell' if there is another Scottish independence referendum before 2020 (AP)

David Cameron 'cannot stand in way of second Scottish referendum'

Smoke rising from Blackbushe airport after a light aircraft crashed into a car auction site (@NathanGFilm/Twitter/PA)

Four dead as private jet crashes at Blackbushe Airport

The Ebola virus has killed thousands in West Africa

Ebola vaccine results 'hugely important' in tackling epidemic

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was initially refused a six month visa to visit the UK for a landmark exhibition of his work

Ai Weiwei: Home Office apologises over visa blunder

Marina Litvinenko and her son Anatoly stand outside the Royal Courts of Justice, London

Alexander Litvinenko widow says Vladimir Putin responsible for husband's murder

Pc Neil Doyle was killed before Christmas

Punch-death Pc's widow 'will never forgive killers'

Lloyds chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said they had made strong progress in the first half of the year

Lloyds Banking Group's bill for PPI scandal reaches £13bn

Kye Backhouse, 13, died after his father, Kevin Morton, 49, of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, gave him a morphine tablet

'Drug addict' father jailed after killing son with morphine tablet

July's sunny weather is unlikely to continue into August

The heat is off for August after record-breaking July temperatures

Safa Abdulla Al-Geabury wrote a cheque for £2 million in exchange for roulette chips at the Ritz Club, but it was returned unpaid

Ritz Club casino wins battle over £2m from gambling 'addict'

The man died at the Cumberland Infirmary

Man dies and four in hospital over suspected music festival 'substance abuse'

The roof of Great Cumberland Place where a 20-year-old man fell down a chimney and died

Man dies after falling down Westminster chimney

A 17-year-old from Preston admitted sending an offensive tweet to Lord Sugar

You're fined! Teenager who trolled Lord Sugar must pay for anti-Semitic tweet

Judges backed Antonio Arranz in the latest round of his battle against extradition

UK judges rule in favour of terrorist wanted over 1986 Madrid bomb attack

Nicola Sturgeon warned politicians to heed the voice of the Scottish people

Sturgeon: No politician can stand in the way of another independence referendum

Stuart Baggs has died aged 27

Family agony as ex-Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs found dead

Since 2010, 438 sex abuse victims have had government-funded payouts docked

Sex abuse payouts docked after victims commit crimes

Drag Me Down is One Direction's first single without Zayn Malik

One Direction release brand new single Drag Me Down

Scott and Bailey, starring Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp, is returning to screens (ITV/PA)

Scott and Bailey return in three-part TV special

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is at the top of teachers' list of books every student should read before leaving secondary school.

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four chosen as 'must read' by teachers

A teddy bear is giving a sloth lessons in gripping on to things, replacing the role of the animal's mother who is unable to care for her offspring

London Zoo's 'Scissorhands' sloth given teddy bear to replace ailing mother

Witnesses claim police refused to jump into a canal to rescue a teenage boy

Met Police 'refused to rescue canal death boy'

The funeral of Lamara Bell is taking place today

Lamara Bell's funeral held as M9 crash probe continues

Protesters outside Walter Palmer's dental surgery in Minnesota (AP)

Dentist who shot Cecil the lion 'wanted to hunt elephant'

Pub landlord Rostam Notarki

Pub landlord facing jail for killing of American with ironing board

Camila Batmanghelidjh said her Kids Company charity would co-operate fully with detectives

Kids Company's Camila Batmanghelidjh 'taken aback' by police probe of charity

Migrants face a police cordon by the perimeter fence of the Eurotunnel site at Coquelles in Calais, France

David Cameron expecting summer of discontent with Calais Channel Tunnel chaos

Trafficking victim Emma, not her real name, was forced into prostitution around Europe

Trafficking victim's relief at finding refuge in UK safe house

George Osborne has been asked to make public any dealings with media mogul Rupert Murdoch since the general election

George Osborne challenged over BBC cuts 'Murdoch meeting'

Care home prices are rising faster than ever, a nursing agency says

Average care home costs 'above £29,000 a year'

Al Murray has condemned the 'mob mentality' on social media

Al Murray: Social media 'mob mentality' threatens free speech

While the poorest families saw their lifetime tax burden rise by 4.1% to £282,545 in 2013/14, the richest 20% of households enjoyed a 2.2% fall compared with the previous year, to £1,488,275

£734,240 lifetime tax bill for average British family

A major report said more needs to be done to plan for the psychological fall-out of events such as the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters

Psychological fall-out of nuclear accidents 'most serious public health issue'

Guy Ritchie and girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley have got married

Guy Ritchie ties knot with girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley

The average price paid for a starter home in May was £211,000

No electricity not a turn-off for first-time buyers

Housebuilding figures are the best since 2007, research suggests

Number of new homes registrations 'at strongest level since 2007'

Al Murray has condemned the 'mob mentality' on social media

Al Murray: Social media 'mob mentality' threatens free speech

The last photo taken of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko alive (Litvinenko Inquiry/PA)

Russia 'was involved in Alexander Litvinenko murder', inquiry told

Police are investigating allegations of crime involving the Kids Company

Kids Company charity faces police investigation

Stuart Baggs has died aged 27

Family agony as ex-Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs found dead

The Communication Workers Union announced support for the Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership battle

Jeremy Corbyn wins backing of two more unions in Labour leadership race

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond have signed a deal for a new motoring show with Amazon (Amazon/PA)

Jeremy Clarkson move from BBC to Amazon 'biplane to spaceship'

British Gas profits were £528 million for the first half of the year, figures show

Controversy over high energy prices as British Gas profits double

Liam Lyburd, who has been convicted of planning mass murder at his former college following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court

Teenager Liam Lyburd found guilty of college massacre plot

Ahmadi Mahmood Jan, from Afghanistan, who is living at the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, France.

Youngster dreams of return to England 'where you get everything easily'

French police guard the perimeter security fence of the Eurotunnel site in Calais as migrants look for a way to get to the UK

David Cameron to chair crisis meeting on Calais migrants

Pupils aged five to 11 were suspended 11,420 times for physical assault against an adult in state-funded primary schools in 2013/14

Fifty pupils a day suspended from school for assaulting an adult

French police officers look over a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island (AP)

Missing flight MH370: Plane debris in Reunion 'very likely' from Boeing 777

A view of shelters in the migrant camp known as the Jungle

Jungle life tough for migrants from devastated nations

Ukip leader Nigel Farage during a speech supporting the No campaign in the upcoming EU referendum

Ukip's Nigel Farage rallies No supporters ahead of EU referendum campaign

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