Israeli aircraft bomb Gaza,...
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Israeli aircraft bombed the Gaza Strip on Saturday and Palestinian militants fired rockets at the Jewish state, the military said, with no end in sight to the deadliest violence between the sides in years. Gaza health officials said five people were killed in an Israeli strike on a house in central Gaza. The Israeli military said it bombed about 20 targets across the Hamas-dominated strip, including rocket launchers and weapon caches. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday threatene

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Stretford supermarket staff undertake 'hair-brained' schemes...
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TWO Stretford Mall Iceland store managers have come up with some ‘hair-brained' schemes to help raise £1 million for the Royal British Legion. While Paul Boffey, the store manager, was sponsored to have all the hair waxed off his legs, his colleague and assistant manager Dave Moss opted to have his barnet dyed blue for the same good cause. The pair’s stunts are part...
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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas
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Elon Musk's SpaceX team watched a prototype rocket spectacularly burst into flames over the company's test flight area in Texas on Friday. No one was injured in the explosion, the firm said. SpaceX had been testing its Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) vehicle in McGregor, Texas. One observer captured video images of debris tumbling out of the sky following the destruction of the...
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Wet and windy weather forecast for Bank Holiday Monday
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The Bank Holiday is forecast to end with wet and windy weather as the Met Office issued a severe weather warning.  It is forecasting up to 40mm of rain and strong winds on Bank Holiday Monday.  The yellow warning, meaning be prepared, is for between 6am and 11.50pm.  The Met Office said holiday traffic could be affected by the severe weather.  A spokesman said:...
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Farcical Springfield skip...
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A row over junk thrown in a woman’s skip has escalated into a police investigation.  A 55-year-old Springfield Park Road homeowner spotted a man trying to scoop out her throwaways from her front garden skip at about 1.30pm on Friday, August 1.  Following an argument the man left on sour terms, making a fist gesture to the woman as she stared through her front window. He is later seen on CCTV however stealing a concrete spreader, a Skoda jack and the five legs for a computer

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Reading Festival day two kicks off with sunshine and Gnarwolves
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Photo: WENN Reading Festival Tickets Reading Festival day two has kicked off, with unexpected glorious sunshine bathing the site for early sets from Gnarwolves, Pulled Apart By Horses and Dry The River today (Saturday 23 August).  Despite a spot of mild rain yesterday, the weather has been very kind at Reading festival, with spirits high this morning for an opening set on the main stage...
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Obama again faces tug of military action in Syria
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JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent= WASHINGTON (AP) — For three years, President Barack Obama has resisted the pull of potential U.S. military action in Syria. He has held firm even as the civil war's death toll climbed toward 200,000, the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians and Islamic State militants strengthened amid the chaos. Now Obama...
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Teenager robbed in Derby street by stick-wielding gang
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A TEENAGER was forced to hand over his wallet after being stopped by three youths on bikes. The 16-year-old victim was walking in East Street, Derby , when he was stopped and asked for the time. He was then told to hand over his wallet by the youths, who were all carrying sticks. The incident happened at about 11.50pm on Monday, August 18. Police want to hear from anyone who saw three teenagers...
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First trucks from aid convoy...
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DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING, Russia - The first trucks from a Russian aid convoy started crossing back into Russia on Saturday after igniting a storm of anger in Western capitals a day earlier by driving into Ukraine without the permission of the government in Kiev. The return of the trucks may help ease the tension to some extent in time for the arrival of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Ukrainian capital later on Saturday for talks on how to end the crisis over Ukraine.

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Chinese officials give residents suggestions on how to deter...
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Deterrent: Four out of six stars seems generous (Picture: Guancha) Chinese officials have responded to growing inter-ethnic violence in the western part of the country by giving residents suggestions on how to deter potential terrorists. On that list of suggestions? A stern look. Authorities handed out anti-terror advice aimed at deterring would-be attackers after fighting in the...
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Vehicle fire on M40 near Bicester closes one lane
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Vehicle fire on M40 near Bicester closes one lane One lane has closed on the M40 near Bicester following a vehicle fire.  There is queueing traffic due to the incident, which took place on the southbound carriageway between J10 A43 at Brackley / Cherwell Valley Services and J9 A34 / A41 near Bicester.
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Towcester Road in Northampton blocked partially following...
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Drivers are being warned that Towcester Road in Far Cotton, Northampton, is partially blocked following a collision between two cars in the past hour. Pc Dave Lee of the Northampton Roads Policing Unit confirmed the force is attending the scene. He tweeted: “Now have reports of a 2 vehicle RTC on Towcester Road, Far Cotton folks. Road Partially blocked.” However a four car collision...
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