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Two suspected migrants are in a critical condition after their boat got into difficulty trying to cross the Channel.

A Santa Claus has been criticised by parents after he allegedly swore at children.

Keira Knightley and Ms Dynamite pick up OBE and MBE

Keira Knightley and Ms Dynamite have been honoured at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Andrew Griffiths: MP's 'sexting' messages read out in Commons

Some of the "sexting" messages from a Conservative MP have been read out in the House of Commons after he controversially had the party whip restored.

Gambling companies agree to ban on betting ads on TV during live sport

Gambling companies have agreed to what is effectively a ban on betting advertisements during live sport. 

NHS hospitals close to capacity in first week of December

NHS hospitals in England were close to capacity in the first week of December, with 94.2% of beds across the country occupied, close to last winter's peak of more than 95%.

Nixon Smith: Body found in search for missing British man who was mugged in Spain

A body has been found in the search for a British tourist who went missing in Spain two days after he was mugged.

Policeman jailed for raping girl, 13, in his car and filming it

A policeman has been jailed for 25 years for a series of sexual offences against young girls, including the rape of a 13-year-old.

UK weather forecast: Warnings in place for blizzards and heavy snow

There are warnings of heavy snow and blizzards this weekend with a risk of freezing rain causing travel chaos, the Met Office says.

Number of people referred to Prevent programme for far-right extremism soars 36%

The number of people referred to the government's Prevent anti-extremism programme because of links to right-wing extremism has shown a sharp rise.

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