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An "incredibly rare"  blue whale has been spotted off the coast of Cornwall

'Incredibly rare' sighting of blue whale off coast of Cornwall

The 56 Dean Street clinic in London's Soho sent a newsletter to about 780 patients on a group email, rather than to individuals.

Jeremy Hunt says HIV patient data breach 'completely unacceptable'

The controversial badger cull has cost the taxpayer 16.8 million pounds over the past few years, figures show

Culling costs £6,775 per single badger, figures reveal

The number of workers on zero-hours contracts has increased by almost a fifth to 744,000, new figures show.

Rise in use of zero-hours contracts condemned

David Cameron accepted a recommendation that voters should be asked whether they want the UK to "remain in" or "leave" the EU

Government to table amendments to EU referendum Bill

Passengers wait outside for a replacement train at Calais after their service suffered a technical fault during disruption at the French port (Tom Mayes/PA)

Migrants targeting Eurostar trains 'because of extra security at Chunnel'

Chris Ling was a suspect in an investigation into abuse allegations at Chetham's School of Music

Shot ex-violin teacher Chris Ling was to be charged with 77 sex offences

Rebekah Brooks, who has been confirmed as chief executive officer of News UK with Tony Gallagher becoming editor-in-chief of The Sun.

Rebekah Brooks made News UK chief executive

There are more than three trillion trees worldwide, according to the study

Number of trees 'halved' since dawn of human civilisation

Adele Bellis' parents Kevin and Colleen Bellis attened the hearing at Ipswich Crown Court

Acid attack victim thanks Katie Piper for support after ex-boyfriend conviction

Call The Midwife star Helen George has split from her husband

Call The Midwife star Helen George splits from husband

The victim was attacked outside a Cineworld cinema in Crawley, West Sussex

Man attacked with acid after screening of Straight Outta Compton movie

Daniel Dreghorn has been jailed for four years at the High Court in Glasgow after admitting to stealing medical equipment from the NHS

Former NHS worker given four-year jail term for £1.3m medical equipment thefts

The 48-year-old man from Dunmow was arrested in relation to firearms offences

Man carrying firearms shot by police

The fall in trips was largely due to fewer car journeys, the survey found

Home-working linked to fall in number of journeys made in England

The Court of Protection heard a man used his elderly mother's money to pay his son's college fees

Judge censures son who used vulnerable mother's money to buy own house

The accounts were reportedly run by a "co-ordinated group" of fraudsters who failed to reveal their affiliations

Wikipedia blocks 381 accounts for 'black hat editing'

Sue Perkins was diagnosed with prolactinoma, a non-cancerous tumour, eight years ago

Sue Perkins reveals she has lived with a brain tumour for eight years

Graham Mallinson, who has been named as the last victim of the Shoreham air disaster

Final Shoreham crash victim the "kindest and most generous man"

The average cost of everyday items has risen, according to new figures

Cost of everyday supermarket items 'rises by 8%'

VAT Club said that cuts in other EU countries had led to price reductions and greater customer demand

VAT cut 'would create 425,000 new jobs in hospitality industry'

Former Coronation Street star Georgia May Foote arriving at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2015

Strictly Come Dancing stars sparkle at red carpet launch

Consumer electronic fair IFA, in Berlin, will introduce products that are likely to appear high on wish lists by Christmas (AP)

Sony and Samsung to reveal new phones and smartwatches

David Cameron and Angela Merkel's relationship could be harmed by the refugee crisis, the Prime Minister has been warned

David Cameron urged to act over refugees or risk UK being 'pariah state'

A Vauxhall Corsa police car outside a house in Walsall, as a police union claimed that criminals are escaping arrest because officers are having to respond to 999 calls in cars without sirens

Police cars without sirens blamed for missed chances to catch crooks

David Cameron who has reaffirmed the Government's commitment to opening 500 new free schools over the next five years

Cameron gives green light to 18 new free school projects

The checks will focus on mental health and musculoskeletal problems

Physiotherapy and counselling for NHS staff in drive to cut sickness rates

Jeremy Corbyn deserves the support of Labour members if elected, a senior figure said

Chuka Umunna urges Labour to back Jeremy Corbyn if he is elected leader

The health risks of consuming salt have been revealed in new research

High salt intake 'an obesity risk irrespective of calorie count'

Just 44% of people are able to commute to work by either walking or cycling, a study found

Most workers' commute involves motorised transport

A small minority of rogue landlords are making life "unbearable" for tenants, Shelter says

Rogue landlords making life unbearable for tenants, says Shelter

Experts have warned that thousands of people with learning disabilities are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs despite little evidence that they work

Warning over use of mental illness drugs for challenging behaviour

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham says the UK should remain part of the EU and Nato

Andy Burnham attacks Labour leadership rival Jeremy Corbyn over 'isolationism'

Idris Elba has been touted by some as the next James Bond

Author Anthony Horowitz sorry for saying Idris Elba unsuited for James Bond role

Google has updated its logo

Google changes logo 'to show when magic is working'

Ben Haenow was mentored by Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell gets over-25s as X Factor judges' duties revealed

Eurostar said trespassers were on the tracks at Calais and Channel tunnel services were suspended

Channel Tunnel rail services suspended as trespassers are on the tracks

Jeremy Corbyn deserves the support of Labour members if elected, a senior figure said

Chuka Umunna urges Labour to back Jeremy Corbyn if he is elected leader

Talks are continuing over the proposed night Tube service

September 8 and 10 London Underground strikes halted for night Tube talks

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Children 'safe and well' as 'Syria-bound' mother detained in Turkey

The Electoral Commission said voters in the EU referendum should be asked: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?"

PM accepts electoral watchdog's advice on EU referendum question

David West senior's business empire had run into problems, the court heard

Stabbed nightclub tycoon's son 'had guts to stand up to him'

Paul Burrell was the former butler of Diana, Princess of Wales

Paul Burrell heading for Celebrity Big Brother house

The man is due to appear before Manchester magistrates

Man charged with pianist Natalia Strelchenko's murder

The Brazilian wasp Polybia paulista has cancer-fighting sting venom, research has shown. (PA/Prof Mario Palma/Sao Paulo State University)

Brazilian wasp sting 'could help battle against cancer'

Hillary Clinton was by a senior adviser that a Conservative-Lib Dem coalition would quickly fall apart according to newly released emails

'Inbred' Clegg, 'disingenuous' Hague slated in emails to Clinton

Kevin McEntee and his former wife Pauline while they were on holiday (Department for Work and Pensions/PA)

Benefits cheat 'funded exotic jet-set lifestyle'

Marissa Mayer has led Yahoo for three years

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer expecting twins but plans to 'work throughout'

A legal challenge to the election of Alistair Carmichael is to be broadcast live

Alistair Carmichael election challenge being broadcast live on TV

The link between hunger and desire for exercise may contribute to the "high" experienced by dedicated joggers, say scientists

Appetite for exercise could be fuelled by primitive urge to find food

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