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UK Boosts Emergency Aid For People Displaced By Conflict In Central African Republic
The new £7 million package of funding will allow the World Food Programme (WFP), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and UNHCR to increase the life-saving humanitarian assistance they offer to…
Refugee children - photo by Pierre Holtz for UNICEF
Miliband Welcomes Doncaster HS2 College Decision
Oran Touches Hearts Of 125th Anniversary Blades
Shadow DWP Secretary And Labour Candidate Quizzed By Garforth Sixth…
Education And Training Providers Raise Ambitions Of Barnsley's Young…
Northern Broadsides Nominated For Prestigious National Theatre Award
Inside Out Homes - Brand New Channel 4 Architecture TV Series
ONS Revisions Shows Fall In Living Standards Worse Than Thought
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Miliband Welcomes Doncaster HS2 College Decision

Ed Miliband MP
Ed Miliband MP
Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North and Leader of the Labour Party, commenting after Doncaster won its bid to be the location for the new HS2 rail college, in partnership with Birmingham, said:

"T…

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Tue 30th Sep, 2014 | 9:09pm

ONS Revisions Shows Fall In Living Standards Worse Than Thought

photo by stuartpilbrow
photo by stuartpilbrow
New figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the UK's living standards crisis is worse than previously thought, says the TUC.

While the new ONS…

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Tue 30th Sep, 2014 | 1:27pm

Foreign Secretary Welcomes Inauguration Of New President Of Afghanistan

Afghan children - photo Cpl Reece Lodder
Afghan children - photo Cpl Reece Lodder
The Foreign Secretary welcomes the new Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, inaugurated today, 29 September.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"The inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 4:57pm

Foreign Office Monitoring Events In Hong Kong

photo by Phil Wiffen
photo by Phil Wiffen
UK expresses concern about the situation in Hong Kong and encourages all parties to engage in constructive discussion.

Speaking about the events in Hong Kong, a Foreign Office spokesperson said:

"…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 12:35pm

Keighley & Ilkley MP Backs Air Strikes In Iraq

photo by U.S. DOD
photo by U.S. DOD
Keighley and Ilkley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins has voted in favour of the United Kingdom joining international air strikes against ISIL in Iraq following today's debate in the House of Commons.

T…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 10:00pm

Baroness Anelay Welcomes Conclusions Of UN Human Rights Council


The UN Human Rights Council concluded its 27th Session today with important resolutions on Syria, Ukraine, Sudan and women's rights.

Baroness Anelay said:

"My first visit to the Human Rights…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 4:55pm

Tour De Yorkshire Confirmed In 2015


New international cycle race to take place on May 1-3

A major new international cycle race for Yorkshire has been confirmed by the sport's world governing body, the UCI.

The provisionally…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 10:04am

UK Increases Support For Humanitarian Crisis In South Sudan

More than 450,000 South Sudanese people have had to flee their country. Picture: P Wiggers/UNHCR
More than 450,000 South Sudanese people have had to flee their country. Picture: P Wiggers/UNHCR
The new package of £25 million, which was discussed at a UN General Assembly meeting today, will provide more food and protection for those vulnerable to sexual and gender based violence.

Sin…

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Thu 25th Sep, 2014 | 9:53pm

Adrian Completes 'Eggstreme' Challenge For Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Adrian Potter
Adrian Potter
For most people completing a marathon is a big enough challenge, but Adrian Potter has gone to 'eggstremes' to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Adrian, Director at James Potter…

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Thu 25th Sep, 2014 | 9:25am

Foreign Office Team To Support British Pilgrims


Foreign Office establishes a dedicated team to support British Hajjis traveling to Saudi Arabia.

A team of staff from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been established to accompany British…

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Wed 24th Sep, 2014 | 2:50pm

PM Meeting With President El Sisi


The Prime Minister met President El Sisi of Egypt today at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"The Prime Minister met…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 9:00pm

Special Reunion Event For Young Cancer Patients


A group of British children who received pioneering cancer treatment in America came together in Chesterfield for a special reunion.

More than 300 people were at the event - which was the first of…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 4:16pm

UK To Tackle Deforestation In Developing Countries

Britain will promote new links with businesses to manage scarce natural resources and stop deforestation in the developing world. Picture: Abbie Trayler-Smith/DFID/Panos
Britain will promote new links with businesses to manage scarce natural resources and stop deforestation in the developing world. Picture: Abbie Trayler-Smith/DFID/Panos
Britain will promote new links with businesses to manage scarce natural resources and stop deforestation in the developing world, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 9:14am

Get Ready To Ride Further With New Free Guided Cycle Routes

The Ride Further series builds on the success of events like Sky Ride Leeds
The Ride Further series builds on the success of events like Sky Ride Leeds
Cyclists in Leeds will be able to take part in a series of new free guided rides in and around the city starting this week.

Guided rides on two new routes are being introduced as an extension to…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 8:00am

Self-Assessment Deadline Approaching

photo by http:401kcalculator.org
photo by http:401kcalculator.org
The deadline for completing paper self-assessment tax returns is fast approaching, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) warns today. Forms must be returned to the taxman by…

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Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 | 11:53am

Agreement To Form A Government Of National Unity In Afghanistan


Downing Street has issued a statement welcoming the signing of an agreement to form a Government of National Unity in Afghanistan.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"The UK welcomes the…

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Sun 21st Sep, 2014 | 8:57pm

'The Grandest Depart' Photo Journal Is Published


Photojournalist Jude Palmer completes her behind-the-scenes photography project this month, capturing the heart and soul of Yorkshire's Grand Depart in a reportage-style photo journal.

The…

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Sat 20th Sep, 2014 | 11:14am

National Park On National Radio

Bolton Abbey - photo Tejvan Pettinger
Bolton Abbey - photo Tejvan Pettinger
The Yorkshire Dales National Park will be highlighted in a new series on national radio later this month.

Celebrity presenter Clare Balding spent a day with Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority…

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Fri 19th Sep, 2014 | 9:37am

Scottish Independence Referendum: Nick Clegg Reaction

Nick Clegg - Deputy Prime Minister
Nick Clegg - Deputy Prime Minister
Read a statement by the Deputy Prime Minister following the outcome of the Scottish Independence Referendum.

Responding to the Scottish Independence Referendum result, the Deputy Prime Minister…

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Fri 19th Sep, 2014 | 9:11am

Sheffield Hallam Amongst Britain's Best For Gay Students


Sheffield Hallam University has been named as one of the most gay-friendly universities in the UK.

The University scored full marks in Stonewall's annual Gay by Degree Guide, and is only one of…

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Thu 18th Sep, 2014 | 9:20am

Leeds Museums And Galleries Sites Hit New Heights Of Educational Excellence

Thwaites Mills Watermill is also the owner of a Sandford Award
Thwaites Mills Watermill is also the owner of a Sandford Award
All Leeds Museums and Galleries sites across the city are now the proud holder of a prestigious education honour.

This follows Lotherton Hall becoming the latest recipient to be granted a Sandford…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 7:55pm

John Healey MP Reaction To SYPCC Resignation

John Healey MP
John Healey MP
Wentworth & Dearne MP John Healey said:

"I strongly welcome Shaun Wright's resignation.

"It is the right move though too late - I called for him to step down as did the Labour leader straight…

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Tue 16th Sep, 2014 | 9:00pm

Enterprise Challenge Finalist Spins Wheel Of Fortune

Charlie Ledger
Charlie Ledger
Circus skills performer and Sheffield Hallam University student Charlie Ledger may soon have to juggle her studies and her own business after being announced as a finalist in this year's…

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Mon 15th Sep, 2014 | 4:43pm

Nursery Gets Behind Rowing Club's Olympic Plans

Noah Brook (left) and Jacob Chapman (right) survey the new boat, decorated with handprints from the nursery
Noah Brook (left) and Jacob Chapman (right) survey the new boat, decorated with handprints from the nursery
Sunbeams Day Nurseries have funded a new boat for Leeds Rowing Club, which will be used by the club's burgeoning junior section. The substantial donation coincides with the opening of a new…

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Mon 15th Sep, 2014 | 11:23am

PM Reaction To Murder Of Aid Worker David Haines


"Today, the whole country will want to express its deep sympathy for David Haines' family. They have endured the last 18 months of David's captivity with extraordinary courage.

And now David has…

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Sun 14th Sep, 2014 | 8:00pm

Oran Touches Hearts Of 125th Anniversary Blades

Sheffield United legend Chris Morgan presents Oran Kenyon with a special Sheffield United shirt to mark his recent 18th birthday
Sheffield United legend Chris Morgan presents Oran Kenyon with a special Sheffield United shirt to mark his recent 18th birthday
The touching story of an 18-year-old's battle with cancer inspired the guests at Sheffield United's 125th anniversary celebrations to donate £15,000 to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Th…

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Tue 30th Sep, 2014 | 8:22pm

UK Minister Welcomes Start Of Libya Peace Talks


Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for North Africa, welcomes UN-led peace talks and underlines need for ceasefire and start of political dialogue in Libya.

Commenting today, Tobias Ellwood said:

" I…

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Tue 30th Sep, 2014 | 11:31am

York Museums Trust Awarded Funding To Support Other Museums Across Yorkshire And Humber

York Castle Museum - photo by Red Jester Photography
York Castle Museum - photo by Red Jester Photography
York Museums Trust will continue to provide advice and support to museums across the Yorkshire and Humber region after securing funding until 2018.

The Trust will receive £945,000 from Arts…

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Mon 29th Sep, 2014 | 1:09pm

Yorkshire Thalidomider To Meet Former Foreign Secretary

Yorkshire Thalidomide campaigner Guy Tweedy
Yorkshire Thalidomide campaigner Guy Tweedy
A leading Yorkshire disabilities campaigner is meeting with former Foreign Secretary David Miliband (Wednesday, October 1) in his bid to secure the release of a fellow Thalidomider from an…

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Sun 28th Sep, 2014 | 9:28pm

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As Vienna's Spanish Riding School prepares to make its first ever trip to the North of England and Sheffield's Motor Point Arena, the Yorkshire Times' Arts man, Phil Hopkins, has been in Austria…

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Doubleheader Pays Off As Two Events In Twelve Hours Gross £40,000 for Manorlands Hospice

Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge
Bronte Mountain Bike Challenge
Manorlands Hospice staged two major events within the space of 12 hours last weekend as 500 walkers and 300 cyclists enjoyed the Manorlands Starlight Hike sponsored by Freerider and the Bronte…

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Fri 26th Sep, 2014 | 4:06pm

World Must Invest In Syria's Young, Says Greening

Syrian refugee girls attending a UK-funded counselling session in Lebanon. Picture: Russell Watkins/DFID
Syrian refugee girls attending a UK-funded counselling session in Lebanon. Picture: Russell Watkins/DFID
World leaders must make a major investment in the next generation of Syrians to provide them with better opportunities and a viable alternative to extremism, International Development Secretary…

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Thu 25th Sep, 2014 | 10:21pm

Devo Max

Representatives from Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield
Representatives from Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield
Voters 'will not accept delays' or 'half measures' on devolution city leaders said today.

Meeting at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester 10 city leaders represented by the umbrella…

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Thu 25th Sep, 2014 | 11:10am

Take Time To Check Your Oil Tank

Prevent scenes like this by checking your oil tank
Prevent scenes like this by checking your oil tank
Autumn is here and it is the time of year when many households will be getting oil delivered ready for winter.

It is also the time of year when the Environment Agency urges people to check their…

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Wed 24th Sep, 2014 | 2:57pm

Foreign Office Concerned At Sentence Of Ilham Tohtii


Foreign Office expresses concern after Uighur academic Dr Ilham Tohti was sentenced to life imprisonment in China.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said:

"We are deeply concerned by reports that…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 9:15pm

Downing Street Statement On Air Strikes


A statement from Downing Street following the latest air strikes against ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) terrorists.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"The PM supports the latest…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 5:06pm

BBC Countryfile Comes To The North York Moors

Countyfile's Helen Skelton with Ryedale Folk Museum's pink sheep
Countyfile's Helen Skelton with Ryedale Folk Museum's pink sheep
This Sunday's BBC Countryfile (28 September) is set in the North York Moors National Park and highlights the One Man and his Dog competition, which this year is being held at Byland Abbey.

Present…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 3:40pm

Remember Scarborough! Brings Pierrot Shows Back To The Town

Yorkshire Coast College Performing Arts students rehearsing for the pierrot shows
Yorkshire Coast College Performing Arts students rehearsing for the pierrot shows
Preparations are well under way for a weekend of free arts events in Scarborough this Saturday and Sunday commemorating the German Bombardment of the town in 1914.

It will include pierrot shows,…

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Tue 23rd Sep, 2014 | 8:10am

Fully Restored Tiger Moth Flies Again


Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield was the home to a nostalgic look back at the 1940s when a fully restored Tiger Moth plane took off for its first test flight.

The aeroplane, which was built…

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Mon 22nd Sep, 2014 | 2:47pm

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Offers Condolences Following Terrorist Attack Against The Egyptian Police


Commenting on a terrorist attack against the police near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"The UK condemns today's terrorist attack in central…

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Sun 21st Sep, 2014 | 10:00pm

Great British Beach Clean

Beach Clean at South Landing. Photo by Anthony Hurd
Beach Clean at South Landing. Photo by Anthony Hurd
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has started its annual beach cleaning weekend on East Yorkshire's coastline.

On Saturday 20th September, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Living Seas Officers started cleaning the…

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Sun 21st Sep, 2014 | 4:52pm

Build On The Renewed Interest In Politics, Prompted By The Referendum, Urges TUC

Frances O'Grady
Frances O'Grady
Commenting on the Scottish referendum result today (Friday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"After years of declining public engagement in the political process, the Scottish…

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Fri 19th Sep, 2014 | 5:04pm

Scotland Has Decided: No To Independence


Responding to the vote in the Scottish independence referendum, which saw the people of Scotland vote by approximately 55 per cent to 45 per cent to stay in the United Kingdom, Len McCluskey,…

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Fri 19th Sep, 2014 | 9:16am

Scottish Independence Referendum: Statement By The Prime Minister

Prime Minister David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron
"The people of Scotland have spoken" said the Prime Minister David Cameron following the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum.

Prime Minster David Cameron gave a statement to media at…

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Fri 19th Sep, 2014 | 9:03am

UK Urges Commitment To Peace As South Sudan Crisis Talks Resume

Sudanese children - photo by David Stanley
Sudanese children - photo by David Stanley
Ahead of substantive South Sudan peace talks resuming in Ethiopia, Minister for Africa James Duddridge said:

"I remain deeply concerned about the crisis in South Sudan. The fighting continues and…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 8:10pm

Great Crested Newts On The Move At Bempton

Bempton Cliffs - photo Terry Madeley
Bempton Cliffs - photo Terry Madeley
An amazing array of cliff-top wildlife has been uncovered at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, during work to ensure a protected species is left undisturbed by upcoming development works.

Ahead of the visitor…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 5:29pm

TUC Welcomes International Commission's Report On Low Carbon Growth

ocean and climate change - photo Mohri UN-CECAR
ocean and climate change - photo Mohri UN-CECAR
Commenting on today's report 'Better Growth, Better Climate' from the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"This excellent report by a…

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Tue 16th Sep, 2014 | 5:33pm

David Ward MP Goes Pink In Parliament For Breast Cancer Awareness

David Ward MP
David Ward MP
David Ward, MP for Bradford East has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's flagship fundraiser, wear it pink day.

The theme of wear it pink this year is…

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Mon 15th Sep, 2014 | 4:33pm

New Measures To Protect The Countryside And Stop Abuse Of The Planning System


Proposed new measures to tackle travellers who flout planning rules and abuse the system will crack down on unauthorised sites, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said today (14 September 2014). They…

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Sun 14th Sep, 2014 | 8:28pm

Major New Funding Boost For Small British Charities

photo by SimonDavis DFID
photo by SimonDavis DFID
British charities will receive a multi-million pound boost with the launch of a new fund to help small and medium-sized organisations make an even bigger difference in the developing world,…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 10:14am

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