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UK economy shrinks between April and June

By Noor NanjiBusiness reporter, BBC NewsImage source, Getty ImagesThe UK economy shrank between April and June as experts forecast a gloomy outlook with recession on the horizon.The economy contracted by 0.1% in the second quarter of the year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.This was partly due to Covid schemes like Test and Trace

UK heatwave: South East Water hosepipe ban comes into force

By Andre Rhoden-Paul & Jasmine AnderssonBBC NewsImage source, Getty ImagesAn official drought has been declared as low-water levels and tinder-dry conditions continue across the UK.Eight parts of England, including Devon, Kent, East Anglia and Lincolnshire are affected. The move is expected to trigger stricter controls on water use and five water companies have already announced

Will there be a hosepipe ban in my area?

By Charley Adams & Christy CooneyBBC NewsImage source, Getty ImagesImage caption, People will not be allowed to use hosepipes to water plants during the temporary banYorkshire Water is the latest water company to announce a hosepipe ban because of the unusually dry weather.Hosepipe bans are already in place across large parts of southern England, and

‘We have to win every game’ – Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag on his football philosophy

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag sits down with Football Focus' Dion Dublin to talk about his football philosophy and expectations this season. Watch the full interview on Football Focus at 12:00 BST on Saturday, 13 August on BBC One, iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app Everything Manchester United - go straight to

Donald Trump does not oppose US bid to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant

By Leo Sands & Max MatzaBBC NewsMedia caption, US attorney general: I personally approved Mar-a-Lago search warrantFormer US President Donald Trump has said he will not oppose the release of the warrant that let FBI agents search his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week.In a statement, Mr Trump said he was encouraging its "immediate release" -

Preston £90,000 revenge porn blackmailer jailed

Image source, GMPImage caption, Zehshan Mahmood, 30, threatened to share intimate pictures and videos of two women, police sayA man who threatened to share intimate pictures and videos of two women and blackmailed them has been jailed. Zehshan Mahmood, from Preston, admitted two counts of blackmail and three counts of disclosing sexual photos or films

Ramsgate: Car crashes into family, killing man and woman

Image source, Peter BattImage caption, The family were hit by a car in a suspected hit-and-runA woman in her 30s and a man in his 80s have died in a suspected hit-and-run in which a child was also seriously injured.A black Alfa Romeo hit five pedestrians, all from the same family, on Wednesday. The Israeli

UK heatwave: Four-day extreme heat warning comes into effect

By Marita Moloney & Charley AdamsBBC NewsImage source, PA MediaAn amber extreme heat warning has come into force, with temperatures forecast to hit 37C (99F) in some parts of the UK over the next four days.The Met Office alert for southern and central England and parts of Wales runs from midnight on Thursday until Sunday.It

Firenado rages in California

Hot temperatures and strong winds formed a 'firenado' in California on Wednesday. Hundreds of firefighters were called to tackle the blaze, which spread during a bush fire. No one was harmed, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department said no structures were immediately threatened.

India man wins 22-year court battle against railways over 25 cents

By Cherylann MollanBBC News, MumbaiImage caption, Mr Chaturvedi has attended 120 hearings in connection with the case An Indian man has won a case related to an overpriced railway ticket after almost 22 years.Tungnath Chaturvedi, a lawyer, was charged 20 rupees ($0.25; £0.21) extra for two tickets he had bought in 1999.The incident occurred at

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Oxford United fan banned from games for three years

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Greyhound racing to return to Oxford Stadium in September

It comes after yesterday, Oxford Stadium revealed races on August 26 and 27 had been postponed ‘to guarantee all facilities connected to greyhound racing had been tried and thoroughly tested’. The Cowley venue has now passed its Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) track inspection, with the first fixture to take place on September 2.

South Korea to Pardon Samsung’s Lee Jae-yong to Encourage ‘Business Activity’

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