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British Ship En Route To Dominica In Tropical Storm Response

Tropical Storm Erika - photo NOAA
Tropical Storm Erika - photo NOAA
Royal Fleet Auxillary (RFA) Lyme Bay has been rerouted to assist humanitarian relief efforts in the Commonwealth country of Dominica following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika,…

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Mon 31st Aug, 2015 | 9:00pm

FCO Statement On Sentencing Of Al-Jazeera Journalists In Egypt


Speaking today Tobias Ellwood said:

"I am deeply concerned by the sentences handed down today against journalists in Egypt. These sentences will undermine confidence in Egypt's progress towards…

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Sat 29th Aug, 2015 | 9:00pm

The Yorkshire Arboretum Gets Royal Patronage

photo - Mathew Harrison
photo - Mathew Harrison
HRH The Prince of Wales has extended his patronage of the independent charitable trust that manages the gardens of the Yorkshire Arboretum, adjacent to Castle Howard, and Ray Wood. He has been the…

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Sat 29th Aug, 2015 | 10:00am

'Be A Hero' Organ Donor Campaign Gets Local MP's Support


With Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust running its 'Be a Hero' campaign to raise awareness of the shortage of organ donors, local MP Greg Mulholland has given his support to the campaign and…

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Fri 28th Aug, 2015 | 6:50pm

Minister For Africa Welcomes South Sudan Peace Agreement

photo - Gisela Giardino
photo - Gisela Giardino
Speaking after President Kiir signed the peace agreement, already approved by the opposition and other South Sudanese parties, Minister for Africa Grant Shapps said:

"I welcome President Kiir's…

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Thu 27th Aug, 2015 | 10:00pm

Overnight Closures Planned For M18 In Sheffield

photo - oatsy40
photo - oatsy40
From Tuesday 1 September parts of the hard shoulder will be closed during the day to allow drainage CCTV surveys to be carried out. Following the surveys, essential maintenance work will then be…

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Wed 26th Aug, 2015 | 10:47am

Foreign Secretary Offers Condolences Following Quebec Plane Crash


The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"This terrible incident has taken the lives of all on board, including four British nationals. My thoughts and sympathy are with their family and friends…

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Wed 26th Aug, 2015 | 8:59am

Tom Hinchcliffe
How The Labour Leadership Contest Went Horribly Wrong
By Tom Hinchcliffe
Political Correspondent

The agonising wait for a new leader of the Labour Party is almost over, but Ed Miliband's successor will now have to fix a broken party.

The Labour leadership contest was launched with the…

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Tue 25th Aug, 2015 | 3:49pm

FCO Minister Tobias Ellwood Statement On Protests In Beirut


Speaking today Mr Ellwood said:

"I was deeply concerned by the scenes of violence and destruction during the demonstrations in Lebanon over the weekend in which dozens of protesters and security…

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Mon 24th Aug, 2015 | 9:53pm

Planned Roadworks In Yorkshire And Humber: Monday 24 To Thursday 27 August 2015

photo - West Midlands Police
photo - West Midlands Police
The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 21 August and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen…

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Sat 22nd Aug, 2015 | 7:00pm

Update: Air Strikes In Iraq

A Royal Air Force Reaper RPAS
A Royal Air Force Reaper RPAS
Latest update

Iraqi forces fighting the murderous ISIL terrorist network have received further air support from Royal Air Force and other coalition aircraft, as well as continued training and…

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Sat 29th Aug, 2015 | 9:05pm

Spain Reassures UK Over Shots Off Gibraltar


A Foreign Office Spokesman said:

"We remain deeply concerned at the fact that live shots are now confirmed to have been fired during this incident and we have been reassured by the Spanish…

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Sat 29th Aug, 2015 | 12:09pm

Bike Libraries Scheme Reaches Major Milestone

David Lopez, Team Sky takes on children from Fearnville Bike Library
David Lopez, Team Sky takes on children from Fearnville Bike Library
A month after the first ever Yorkshire Bank Bike Library was launched in Yorkshire, the ground-breaking scheme has reached a major milestone, with over one thousand bicycles having now been…

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Fri 28th Aug, 2015 | 9:00pm

Planned Roadworks In Yorkshire And Humber: Monday 31 August To Sunday 6 September 2015

photo - Highways Agency
photo - Highways Agency
The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 28 August and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen…

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Fri 28th Aug, 2015 | 3:57pm

Foreign Secretary Welcomes Agreements Between Serbia And Kosovo


The Prime Ministers of Serbia and Kosovo have signed a range of agreements following talks between the two countries in Brussels, facilitated by the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.

Comme…

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Wed 26th Aug, 2015 | 8:00pm

Highways England Removes Roadworks For August Bank Holiday Getaway

photo - Highways Agency
photo - Highways Agency
Highways England always removes as many roadworks as possible at busy times, and will complete or lift 177 sets of roadworks for the late August getaway.

Simon Sheldon-Wilson, director of customer…

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Wed 26th Aug, 2015 | 9:03am

Hugo Swire Welcomes Agreement Between North Korea And South Korea


Minister for Asia, Hugo Swire, said:

"This is a welcome development which demonstrates the importance of dialogue and diplomacy. I am especially pleased both sides have committed to hold further…

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Tue 25th Aug, 2015 | 8:07pm

FCO Minister Tobias Ellwood Condemns ISIL's Destruction Of Historic Temple In Syria


Speaking today, Mr Ellwood said:

"I utterly condemn ISIL's destruction of the historic temple of Baalshamin in Syria's Palmyra, news of which comes only days after the bulldozing of the Mar Elian…

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Mon 24th Aug, 2015 | 9:56pm

British Hostage Freed In Yemen


The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has announced that a hostage held in Yemen has been freed.

The Foreign Secretary said:

"I'm pleased to confirm that a British hostage held in Yemen has been…

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Mon 24th Aug, 2015 | 9:35am

Prospects Are Brightening For Britain's Seaside Communities

Scarborough - photo Ben Sutherland
Scarborough - photo Ben Sutherland
fund secures jobs, prosperity and opportunities for young people
regenerating seaside towns to attract visitors and become year-round success stories
unlocking the economic potential of…

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Sat 22nd Aug, 2015 | 12:17pm

Yorkshire Word of the Day
quarrela square pane of glass or a stone flag
Definitions kindly supplied by the family of the late Arnold Kellett, wordsmith of the Yorkshire Language
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