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Homes for Ukraine: Quarter of refugee sponsors do not want to carry on

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Energy crisis is on scale of pandemic – Martin Lewis

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Robert Pope: Guinness-fuelled man runs width of Ireland in a day

By Matt MurphyBBC NewsImage source, Rob PopeA British marathon champion has run the width of the island of Ireland in less than 24 hours, seemingly becoming the first person to accomplish the feat. Robert Pope ran from Galway City on Ireland's west coast to the capital Dublin in just 23 hours and 39 minutes. The

Domino’s: fast food giant pulls out of Italy, the home of pizza

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Hosepipe bans: What are water companies doing to tackle leaks?

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UK heatwave: Four-day extreme heat warning issued for parts of England and Wales

By Doug Faulkner & Christy CooneyBBC NewsImage source, EPAThe Met Office has issued a four-day amber extreme heat warning, meaning vulnerable people's health could be impacted and travel could be disrupted. The warning applies to southern and central England and parts of Wales from midnight on Thursday until Sunday. Temperatures are set to reach up

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Image source, GEOGRAPH/PETER WALKERImage caption, Hertfordshire Police was contacted just before 17:00 BST after the teenager had not resurfacedPolice searching for a 14-year-old boy who got into difficulties in a lake have recovered a body.Hertfordshire Police received reports of a teenager failing to resurface in North Met Lake in Cheshunt just before 17:00 BST on

Energy bills forecast to hit over £4,200 a year

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Serena Williams outlines retirement plans

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Athletics coach Minichiello banned for inappropriate conduct

Toni Minichiello was found to have committed 11 serious charges by an independent case-management groupWarning: This article contains descriptions of distressing incidentsToni Minichiello will "never" be allowed to coach again by UK Athletics after being found to have committed "gross breaches of trust" with sexually inappropriate conduct.The 56-year-old, who had been subject of multiple complaints

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