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Argos predicts Christmas dominated by dolls and Lego as parents start shopping

Dolls and Lego will dominate Christmas gift lists this year, with one in seven parents already shopping for the big day, according to a major retailer.

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UK population sees sharpest annual increase in nearly 70 years

The population of the UK has seen its sharpest annual increase in nearly 70 years, official figures have revealed.

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Amber Rudd announces probe into terror attacks response

Amber Rudd has announced a review of how the authorities dealt with recent terror attacks in the UK.

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Charles: Future of humanity may depend on move to sustainable farming practices

The Prince of Wales has highlighted claims that the world only has “enough fertility for 60 harvests” as he gave a speech marking the 70th anniversary of the Soil Association.

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Grenfell Tower horror ‘will be etched on our hearts forever’, says Kensington MP

Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad believes the “tears may never stop” following the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Man banned from driving after being caught at 146mph on motorway

A motorist has been banned from driving after being caught doing nearly 150mph on a motorway, police said.

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First ‘Paddington’ bear cub born in mainland GB emerges from den

The first Andean bear to be born in mainland Great Britain has emerged from its den.

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‘15,000’ join Glastonbury Festival bid for human peace sign record

Thousands of people have joined together to create the largest human peace sign at Glastonbury Festival.

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Ex-archbishop urged to step down from Oxford post over church abuse review

Former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has been asked to step down as an honorary assistant bishop in Oxford after a damning review found that senior Church of England officials colluded with a bishop who abused young men.

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Combustible cladding now found on 11 high-rise buildings – Sajid Javid

The number of high-rise blocks of flats found to have combustible cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower has risen to 11, Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid has said.

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Crane collapse claims two lives with driver taken to hospital

Two men have died after a crane collapsed at a building site in Crewe, police said.

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Queen’s fuchsia-coloured hat earns Royal Ascot punters thousands

The Queen was pretty in pink for Royal Ascot racegoers who correctly guessed the colour of her hat.

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Hundreds of tower blocks in England could have combustible cladding

Hundreds of tower blocks in England could be covered in similar cladding to Grenfell Tower, councils have estimated.

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DUP deal with Tories ‘must deliver tangible benefits for Northern Ireland’

The Democratic Unionists will only strike a parliamentary deal with the Conservative Party if it delivers tangible benefits for Northern Ireland in terms of jobs and investment in health and education, a senior member has insisted.

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Jeremy Corbyn: Each Grenfell Tower death ‘could and should have been avoided’

Jeremy Corbyn has said each of the Grenfell Tower fire deaths “could and should have been avoided”, as it emerged combustible cladding has been found on at least 11 other tower blocks.

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Duke of Edinburgh leaves hospital after treatment for infection

The Duke of Edinburgh has been discharged from hospital after spending two nights being treated for an unspecified infection.

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Mosque terror attack victim ‘died of multiple injuries’

A 51-year-old man who was among the victims of the suspected terror attack outside a north London mosque on Monday died from “multiple injuries”, a post-mortem examination has found.

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Disruption threat as Southern Rail drivers balloted on pay strikes

Southern Rail drivers are to be balloted for strikes over pay, threatening disruption at the start of the school holidays.

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Sir Billy Connolly awarded honorary degree days after knighthood

Sir Billy Connolly has received yet another honorary degree despite joking the closest he got to university “was to deliver coal”.

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In pictures: Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot

It’s a day of daring outfits and outrageous hats as Royal Ascot puts on the style for Ladies’ Day.

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