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article 21 August 2014 UK
GCSE results: A* to C grades rise, but English scores fall
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The latest exam results show a rise in the number of A* to C grades overall, but grades in English have fallen slightly, as exam chiefs say GCSE reforms have played a part in the changing trends.

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US tried to rescue Foley and other hostages in Syria
US tried to rescue Foley and other hostages in Syria (G)

US forces tried to rescue James Foley and other hostages held by Islamic State militants during a recent secret mission in Syria, say officials, but the captives were nowhere to be found.

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Read more on Liam's blog Bank holiday weather: rain or shine?

The final bank holiday of the year is approaching and it's likely to be a busy one with many schools still in the midst of the summer holidays. But what will the weather deliver us?

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Mackay, Moody and the 'sexist, homophobic and racist' texts

The Football Association is investigating Malky Mackay and Iain Moody over allegedly damning text messages exchanged during their time at Cardiff City, revealed by Bluebirds Chairman Vincent Tan.

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Officer who pointed gun at journalists in Ferguson suspended

A police officer is suspended after pointing his loaded gun at journalists during the Ferguson protests. In video footage, he was seen levelling his gun after being asked what his name was.

article 21 August 2014 UK, Iraq
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Darshna Soni by British IS fighters express glee over journalist's murder

As western leaders express shock and outrage at the beheading of US journalist James Foley, British Islamic State fighters use social media to express their support, describing his killer as a "lion".

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Read more on FactCheck FactCheck: who runs Britain in the summer holidays?

David Cameron will return to Cornwall later after interrupting his holiday over events in Iraq. Who is in charge while he is away from Downing Street?

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Brits make up one in five visitors to assisted dying clinics

Suicide tourism is on the rise, say experts, with the number of people travelling to Switzerland for assisted dying at places like Dignitas doubling in four years.

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Read more from Jonathan Miller on his blog Gaza: wife and infant son of Hamas commander killed

A day after the collapse of the latest ceasefire in Gaza, hostilities resume between Israel and Hamas - and the wife and infant son of a Hamas commander are amongst the fatalities.

video 20 August 2014 World, Iraq

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'It was a very deep shock': James Foley friend - video

Nicole Tung, a friend of James Foley who was murdered by the Islamic State, tells Channel 4 News that she and fellow colleagues had been holding onto the hope that the US journalist would be released.

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Read more on Michael's blog Is the Lord Rennard affair really over for the Lib Dems?

It's hard to believe that at some point in the next year or two, Lord Rennard won't try to slip back into at least one of his old roles, despite the assurances of the top brass.

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Cameron: 'Likely' that Briton murdered James Foley - video

Prime Minister David Cameron says it "looks increasingly likely" that US journalist James Foley was murdered by a British citizen, but the killer has not been identified.

article 20 August 2014 World, Iraq
James Foley (Credit: Nicole Tung)
Islamic State video shows US journalist beheading

Islamic State, the jihadi group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria, releases a video showing missing US journalist James Foley being beheaded - in what it calls a "message to America".

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Read more from Tom Clarke on his blog How long did neanderthals rub shoulders with our ancestors?

Neanderthals and humans definitely got together. Around 2 per cent of our genome is 'neanderthal' DNA.

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Read more on Simon Israel's blog James Foley murder video: watch it and you risk terror charges

The gruesome video of the murder of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants is a terrorist publication say UK police, and those viewing or sharing it risk prosecution.

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Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog James Foley: the danger is this murder will not be the last

Nothing is happening by chance. If we characterise militants from Islamic State as simply barbaric and savage we are failing to understand their strategy or the extent of the danger they pose.

article 20 August 2014 World, United States
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by Ferguson and the post-TV protest: 'The media abandoned us'

We have had social media revolutions. Now it's the turn of the so-called "post-TV" protest, with clashes in Ferguson being live-streamed by demonstrators - and racking up millions of views.

article 20 August 2014 World, Syria
In his last article before he was kidnapped, James Foley reported on the
James Foley: war reporter 'drawn to the frontline naturally'

In his last article before he was kidnapped, James Foley reported on the "increasingly violent" Syrian opposition, which had been "deeply infiltrated by both foreign fighters and terrorist groups".

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Read more from Krishnan Guru-Murthy on Gurublog Why we shouldn't share - or view - the video of James Foley's murder

We don't need to see the brutal footage of the murder of journalist James Foley to know that his death was wrong. But by refusing to share it, we can diminish its propaganda value.

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