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Woman jailed for people-smuggling after three found hiding in car

A woman has been jailed for people-smuggling after two women and a man were found hiding in the boot and passenger foot well of her car as she attempted to drive them into the UK, the Home Office has said.

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Firefighters at Cameron House (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Two dead and three others in hospital after fire at luxury Scottish hotel

Two people have died and three others are being treated in hospital after a fire broke out at the luxury Cameron House hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond.

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Princess Charlotte pictured with her brother George on the family Christmas card (Chris Jackson/Getty Images/PA)

Princess Charlotte to start at London nursery school in January

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a new family picture as they announced their daughter will start her education at a nursery rated outstanding by Ofsted.

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CCTV image of a man police wish to trace who may know the whereabouts of items stolen from Arthur Gumbley (Staffordshire Police/PA)

CCTV appeal over death of 87-year-old robbery victim

Officers investigating the death of a frail 87-year-old man who was killed after robbers smashed their way into his home and beat him up have launched a CCTV appeal.

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A horticulture firm says it has created a sunflower variety which flowers until November (Owen Humphreys/PA)

New sunflower variety keeps blooming until late November, firm claims

A horticulture firm says its experts have bred a sunflower which keeps flowering long after the sun stops shining.

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British embassy worker Rebecca Dykes was found dead in Beirut, Lebanon (Foreign Office/PA)

Taxi driver arrested over murder of British embassy worker in Beirut

A taxi driver has been arrested over the murder of a British embassy worker in Beirut whose body was found dumped by a motorway.

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Seventy-one people died when a fire tore through Grenfell Tower, in west London, on June 14

Action urged after Grenfell review criticises tall building regulations

Ministers have been urged to act after a review prompted by the Grenfell Tower fire found safety regulations for tall buildings were “not fit for purpose”.

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Richard Ratcliffe with his wife and daughter (Family handout/PA)

Still a chance Nazanin will be home for Christmas, says husband of jailed Briton

The husband of jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe believes there is “still a chance” she may be released from an Iranian prison in time for a dream Christmas together.

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Report into Iranian man’s murder finds ‘evidence of institutional racism’

A police force and a council have been accused of institutional racism after “repeatedly siding with the abusers” of an Iranian man murdered after being wrongly accused of being a paedophile.

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The new Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Sarah Elisabeth Mullally (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

New Bishop of London urges more women and minority priests for ‘relevant’ Church

More churches should be led by female priests and those “who come from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups”, the new Bishop of London has said.

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Police at Flamefest festival in August (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Man died at adult-themed festival after taking lethal dose of drug

A 53-year-old man died at a woodland sex fetish festival after taking a lethal dose of MDMA, an inquest has heard.

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Poor parents may be reluctant to apply to private schools because they do not want their children to be out of their depth, a leading headmistress has suggested (David Jones/PA)

Poorer families reluctant to apply for bursaries, leading headmistress suggests

Poor families may be reluctant to apply for private schools because they do not want their children to feel uncomfortable or out of their depth, a leading headmistress has suggested.

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Rail workers on strike as debate continues over e-balloting for industrial action (RMT/PA)

Unions slam ‘missed opportunity’ as report urges trials of online strike votes

An official review into electronic voting for industrial action ballots has been described as a “missed opportunity” after it recommended trials should be held first.

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Police outside RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk (Sam Russell/PA)

US military open fire during disturbance at RAF Mildenhall

Shots were fired by US service personnel and a suspect was arrested after a disturbance at RAF Mildenhall.

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Some parents have criticised the Winter Wonderland NI event in Bangor (Barbara Wallace/PA)

Organisers apologise as Winter Wonderland falls ‘way short of expectations’

Some children were left in tears after a Christmas event in Northern Ireland which organisers admitted failed to live up to expectations.

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Heathrow Airport ( Steve Parsons/PA)

Heathrow could use existing terminals to cut cost of expansion

Heathrow is considering expanding existing terminals instead of constructing a new building as part of measures to cut the cost of expansion by £2.5 billion.

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Mrs May was boosted by the terms of a statement agreed by the EU27 at the European Council summit in Brussels (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Ministers fail to agree position on trade relationship with EU

The Brexit “war cabinet” has concluded without senior ministers agreeing a position on what trade relationship Britain should pursue with the European Union during exit negotiations, it is understood.

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The Prime Minister in the Commons (PA)

Second referendum on Brexit would be betrayal, says Theresa May

A second referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union would be a “betrayal”, Prime Minister Theresa May has told MPs.

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‘Hopeless’ MP could rehearse how to ask questions over Christmas – John Bercow

John Bercow has labelled one of his former deputies “hopeless” during a Commons squabble.

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Baby girl born with drug addiction symptoms should go into foster care

A baby born with drug addiction and withdrawal symptoms should go into foster care pending decisions about her long-term future, a family court judge has ruled.

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