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Yorkshire Industrial Heritage Attractions Win International Recognition
A major new Yorkshire industrial heritage route, which has won international recognition, has been unveiled this week. The Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley, the National Coal Mining Museum in…
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A Man On A Mission: Land's End To John O'Groats - As You've Never Seen It Done Before

Nigel at Land's End
Nigel at Land's End
Former Butcher, Ex-Royal Marine and Special Forces veteran, Nigel Thomas, to ride 1940s single gear Butcher's Bike for charity from 18-30 August 2014

Ex-Royal Marine and Special Forces veteran,…

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Fri 22nd Aug, 2014 | 9:35pm

Statement on James Foley


A statement from Number 10 following the release of a video allegedly showing the brutal murder of US journalist James Foley.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"If true, the brutal murder of James…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 6:00pm

Funding Boost For Humanitarian Workers On World Humanitarian Day


The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 7:21pm

Yellow Bikes Raise More Than 5,000 For Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Neil McNair and his wife Jane with one of the yellow bikes
Neil McNair and his wife Jane with one of the yellow bikes
The wooden yellow bikes that helped welcome the Tour de France to the Yorkshire Dales this summer have raised £5,250 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Carpenter and award-winning guesthouse…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 12:15pm

COBR Meeting On Iraq: 18 August 2014


The Foreign Secretary chaired a meeting of COBR today (18 August 2014) to discuss the situation in Iraq.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"The Foreign Secretary chaired a meeting of COBR this…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 8:00pm

FCO Over Reported Military Incursion Into Ukraine

picture by futureatlas.com
picture by futureatlas.com
The Russian Ambassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko was summoned to the Foreign Office this afternoon to meet Acting Permanent Under Secretary Matthew Rycroft.

Mr Rycroft asked the Ambassador…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 2:45pm

Napoleons Leeds Present Yorkshire Air Ambulance With 4,100

L-R:  Nicky Massen, Regional Fundraising Manager for the YAA. Sandy Kopec, General Manager at Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Leeds. Leon Baranowski, Yorkshire Air Ambulance Aircrew Paramedic
L-R: Nicky Massen, Regional Fundraising Manager for the YAA. Sandy Kopec, General Manager at Napoleons Casino & Restaurant Leeds. Leon Baranowski, Yorkshire Air Ambulance Aircrew Paramedic
This month Napoleons Casino and Restaurant in Leeds presented the Yorkshire Air Ambulance with a cheque for £4,100 following a spree of fundraising and a charity Cyclathon which took place…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 11:24am

Russian Ambassador Summoned To FCO Over Reported Military Incursion Into Ukraine

credit: futureatlas.com
credit: futureatlas.com
The Russian Ambassador Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko was summoned to the Foreign Office this afternoon (15 August) to meet Acting Permanent Under Secretary Matthew Rycroft.

Mr Rycroft asked…

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Sat 16th Aug, 2014 | 1:20pm

UK Aid Arrives For Displaced Iraqis Across Northern Iraq

Supplies being checked before being air-dropped over northern Iraq. Credit: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF/MoD/Crown Copyright
Supplies being checked before being air-dropped over northern Iraq. Credit: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF/MoD/Crown Copyright
Britain has delivered thousands of kitchen sets to go to Iraqis in refugee camps in northern Iraq, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

Two Airbus flights…

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Sat 16th Aug, 2014 | 12:42pm

Hunters Heroes Raise Over 7,000 For Cancer Research UK


Local estate agent, Hunters Property Group, were delighted to sponsor the 'Hunters Heroes' for their 127 mile bike ride last week. The team of five boys, all of whom are aged eleven, successfully…

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Sat 16th Aug, 2014 | 8:06am

British Heart Foundation launches Bag It. Beat It


This September, British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops are urging Yorkshire and the Humber locals to donate bags full of unwanted items to their local BHF shop to Bag it. Beat it. Every bag donated…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 4:06pm

Scarborough Lifeboat Challenge

The fundraising team rowing the William Riley in 2010
The fundraising team rowing the William Riley in 2010
Scuba divers from Yorkshire are taking part in a charity challenge to mark the 100th anniversary of a maritime disaster which claimed more than 80 lives.

They will row 20 miles in a lifeboat which…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 7:55pm

Foreign Secretary Welcomes Further Extension Of Gaza Ceasefire

Gaza homeless - photo Free Gaza Movement
Gaza homeless - photo Free Gaza Movement
Speaking today, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I welcome the agreement by all parties to extend the humanitarian ceasefire and to work towards a lasting ceasefire in Gaza, with…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 4:01pm

New UK Aid Supplies Delivered To Iraq

Iraqi Yazidi refugees in Newroz camp  Picture: Rachel Unkovic/International Rescue Committee
Iraqi Yazidi refugees in Newroz camp Picture: Rachel Unkovic/International Rescue Committee
The UK has delivered a fourth round of emergency assistance to northern Iraq following two further successful deliveries of UK aid overnight, International Development Secretary Justine Greening…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 2:58pm

COBR Meeting On Iraq: 13 August 2014


A Number 10 spokesperson made the following statement after the COBR meeting held today (13 August) and the Prime Minister's phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister designate, Dr Haider Al-Abadi.

"The…

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Wed 13th Aug, 2014 | 8:15pm

Stephen Williams Meets Jewish Community Organisation Over Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks

Stephen Williams
Stephen Williams
Minister for Communities Stephen Williams today (13 August 2014) met the Jewish organisation Community Security Trust to hear about the rise in anti-Semitism since the Gaza conflict began, and to…

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Wed 13th Aug, 2014 | 8:00pm

Foreign Secretary Supports ICRC-led Humanitarian Efforts In Ukraine

photo by futureatlas.com
photo by futureatlas.com
Responding to reports that a convoy of Russian vehicles is headed towards the Ukrainian border to deliver aid, the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said:

"Yesterday, the International Committee…

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Tue 12th Aug, 2014 | 9:32pm

UK Aid Drops Continue Over Mount Sinjar In Iraq

UK aid being loaded on to a RAF Hercules C130 at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. photo:  Steve Lympany/MOD/CROWN COPYRIGHT 2014
UK aid being loaded on to a RAF Hercules C130 at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. photo: Steve Lympany/MOD/CROWN COPYRIGHT 2014
A second round of lifesaving UK aid for thousands of displaced people has been dropped by the Royal Air Force (RAF) on Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq.

The supplies dropped over Mount Sinjar last…

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Tue 12th Aug, 2014 | 5:31pm

FCO Deeply Concerned By Failure To Meet South Sudan Peace Deadline

photo by David Stanley
photo by David Stanley
Commenting after South Sudan leaders failed to meet the deadline of 10 August to secure peace for the people of South Sudan, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

"I am concerned that the parties…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 9:43pm

Hairdresser Dons His Running Shoes

Marc Westerman
Marc Westerman
Marc Westerman, Director of Yorkshire-based hairdressing group Westrow, is preparing to lace up his running shoes to take part in the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday 7 September. This will be the…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 2:03pm

Joint Statement On The Resumption Of Hostilities In The Gaza Strip

photo by Physicians for Human Rights
photo by Physicians for Human Rights
Joint statement issued by Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister of France and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister of Germany.

Statement:…

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Sun 10th Aug, 2014 | 7:59pm

Olympic Medallist Lizzie Armitstead Launches Otley Nurse's African Challenge

Lizzie and Dominic
Lizzie and Dominic
Olympic medallist Lizzie Armitstead has given her support to an Otley nurse's plan to cycle more than 200 miles through Tanzania for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Dominic Egan, who lost both his…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 8:30pm

Aircraft Carrying UK Aid On Their Way To Help Iraqis

Cpl Chris Kent and DFID Humanitarian staff Bob Gibbons checking the aid which will be air dropped over northern Iraq. Picture: Cpl Neil Bryden/RAF
Cpl Chris Kent and DFID Humanitarian staff Bob Gibbons checking the aid which will be air dropped over northern Iraq. Picture: Cpl Neil Bryden/RAF
RAF Hercules C130s are getting desperately needed aid to Iraq.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

"Two RAF C130s are now getting desperately needed aid to those caught…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 8:07pm

Volunteers Care For Young Woodland

The volunteer team
The volunteer team
A team of volunteers from Skipton Building Society's finance department joined local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) for an afternoon of woodland management activities at Beamsley…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 12:14pm

David Cameron Statement On Iraq

photo by Sgt.Jerry Saslav
photo by Sgt.Jerry Saslav
Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"I am extremely concerned by the appalling situation in Iraq and the desperate situation facing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. And I utterly condemn the…

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Fri 8th Aug, 2014 | 10:46pm

Foreign Secretary Condemns Alleged Murder Of James Foley


Following the release of a video allegedly showing the murder of US journalist James Foley, Philip Hammond made the following comments during media interviews:

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 6:10pm

UK Delivers Tents For Displaced Families In Northern Iraq

WFP food supplements arrive in Erbil after being transported by DFID. Picture: WFP
WFP food supplements arrive in Erbil after being transported by DFID. Picture: WFP
Two Department for International Development-chartered Airbus cargo flights landed in Erbil today carrying 45 tonnes of "Plumpy'Doz" food from the World Food Programme (WFP) and 515 family-sized…

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Wed 20th Aug, 2014 | 3:48pm

York Leukaemia Survivor Features in Charity Photo Exhibition

Johnny Pearson
Johnny Pearson
Johnny Pearson, 44, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2010 and had his transplant two years later. In 2014, Johnny and his donor Sean ran the London Marathon together, to raise money…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 3:22pm

Commuters To Hand Over An Even Greater Slice Of Their Pay Packets To Train Companies Next Year

photo by TUC
photo by TUC
Commenting on the inflation figures for July, published today (Tuesday), in which RPI inflation - the measure used to set season ticket rises and most pay settlements - rose by 2.5 per cent, TUC…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 11:45am

MP Strengthens Calls For Leeds Bradford Airport Rail Link

photo by Mark Winterbourne
photo by Mark Winterbourne
Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, has tabled a parliamentary motion and also responded to a government consultation to call for a rail link between Leeds Bradford International Airport and…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 6:55pm

PM Call With President Poroshenko


The Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to President Poroshenko earlier today about the situation in Eastern Ukraine.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"They discussed the Russian humanitarian convoy…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 2:42pm

Scuba Team Pay Homage To Maritime Disaster Victims

BSAC divers joined RNLI crew members to row The William Riley lifeboat from Scarborough to Whitby
BSAC divers joined RNLI crew members to row The William Riley lifeboat from Scarborough to Whitby
Scuba divers from Yorkshire marked the 100th anniversary of a maritime disaster which claimed more than 80 lives.

They rowed around 20 miles, from Scarborough to Whitby, in the same lifeboat which…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 10:30am

PM Call With President Poroshenko

credit: futureatlas.com
credit: futureatlas.com
The Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to President Poroshenko earlier today (15 August) about the situation in Eastern Ukraine.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"They discussed the Russian…

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Sat 16th Aug, 2014 | 1:12pm

Learning Disabilities Charity Given Fundraising Boost

National Express staff who wore fancy dress as part of a fundraising day at Bradford Interchange for Hft
National Express staff who wore fancy dress as part of a fundraising day at Bradford Interchange for Hft
Fundraising activities hosted by staff at National Express have raised in excess of £600 for learning disabilities charity, Hft.

Employees took part in a sponsored walk and hosted a…

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Sat 16th Aug, 2014 | 12:05pm

COBR Meeting On Iraq: 15 August 2014


A Number 10 spokesperson said:

"The Defence Secretary chaired a COBR meeting on the latest situation in Iraq earlier this afternoon. The International Development Minister, representatives from…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 9:34pm

Foreign Secretary Calls For Smooth Transition Of Power In Iraq

U.S AirForce photo by Tech.Sgt.Rick Sforza www.army.mil
U.S AirForce photo by Tech.Sgt.Rick Sforza www.army.mil
Speaking before his attendance at the Foreign Affairs Council, where Iraq is on the agenda, the Foreign Secretary said:

"Prime Minister Maliki's decision to place his support behind Prime…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 2:47pm

COBR Meeting On Iraq: 14 August 2014


A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"The Prime Minister chaired today's COBR meeting on the latest situation in Iraq and the UK's response. The Foreign Secretary, Defence Secretary and Development…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 6:46pm

British Aid For Yazidi Refugees Fleeing Mount Sinjar

The RAF Hercules air dropping emergency aid over northern Iraq.Picture: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF/MOD/Crown Copyright 2014
The RAF Hercules air dropping emergency aid over northern Iraq.Picture: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF/MOD/Crown Copyright 2014
The Department for International Development (DFID) is providing funding for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to provide a month's worth of water and medicine for the refugees. British…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 3:44pm

How Far Would People In Yorkshire Go To Save A Stranger?

Note: The above shows GB-wide data not the West Mids specific stats
Note: The above shows GB-wide data not the West Mids specific stats
Would a stranger save your life? It may depend on who you are, where you live and whether you've got a family, according to a survey for Anthony Nolan, a charity which relies on the kindness of…

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Thu 14th Aug, 2014 | 1:35pm

UK Steps Up Aid For Northern Iraq

Emergency aid inside the RAF Hercules Aircraft. Picture: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF/MOD/Crown Copyright 2014
Emergency aid inside the RAF Hercules Aircraft. Picture: Cpl Neil Bryden RAF/MOD/Crown Copyright 2014
International Development Secretary Justine Greening has confirmed a third round of successful UK aid drops, including much-needed shelter, to help thousands of people on Mount Sinjar in northern…

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Wed 13th Aug, 2014 | 8:00pm

Clearing - Parents Dos And Don'ts

photo by CollegeDegrees360
photo by CollegeDegrees360
First of all, don't panic and, if you are a parent, definitely don't cry. It will do nothing to help ease feelings of disappointment and frustration. Standby with firm hugs, biscuits, tea and say…

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Wed 13th Aug, 2014 | 10:33am

Britain Steps Up Support For Iraq

RAF Hercules C130 loading at RAF Brize Norton - photo:  Steve Lympany/MOD/CROWN COPYRIGHT 2014
RAF Hercules C130 loading at RAF Brize Norton - photo: Steve Lympany/MOD/CROWN COPYRIGHT 2014
International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced British support for charities operating in Iraq.

Britain will give £3 million to help Mercy Corps, Save the Children, the…

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Tue 12th Aug, 2014 | 6:00pm

Slow Tour Of Yorkshire And The Humber Starts With A Relaxed Cycle Ride


Just as you thought the excitement of the Grand Depart was over, the charity Sustrans has launched the Slow Tour of Yorkshire and the Humber - a leisurely, more relaxed version of its sporting…

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Tue 12th Aug, 2014 | 5:05pm

Yorkshire Top In Europe

Aysgarth Falls - photo Dave_S.
Aysgarth Falls - photo Dave_S.
Yorkshire is a winner in Europe after the UK's largest county claimed a prestigious travel 'Oscar' at an awards ceremony in Athens.

The county has enjoyed an astounding 2014, with its hosting of…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 9:00pm

Government Urged To Step Up Benefits Of Charitable Tax Breaks

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
The head of a Sheffield law firm's charity department is calling for the Government to highlight the benefits of existing tax breaks to increase charitable donations.

Michele Todd, partner in the…

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Mon 11th Aug, 2014 | 1:53pm

Road Users Advised Of High Winds In The North

photo by Henry Burrows
photo by Henry Burrows
The Highways Agency is advising road users to be cautious as strong winds are forecast across the North this evening and tomorrow morning.

Road users driving high-sided vehicles, riding…

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Sun 10th Aug, 2014 | 6:00pm

Life Is Blooming In The National Park

Northern Brown Argus Butterfly - photo Whitfield Benson YDNPA
Northern Brown Argus Butterfly - photo Whitfield Benson YDNPA
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a great place to live - and that's not just for humans.

A new report shows the National Park is home to many rare species of plants and animals - from Red…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 8:22pm

Emergency UK Aid For Displaced People In Iraq


The UK is releasing an £8 million package of emergency humanitarian assistance to get lifesaving aid to tens of thousands of people across northern and central Iraq who have fled ISIL…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 1:10pm

It's A Close Shave For 5 Young Friends!

Ross Walshe, Reece Wilkinson, Dean James Fox, Ewan Mcnally, Harry Campbell, Dane Askew
Ross Walshe, Reece Wilkinson, Dean James Fox, Ewan Mcnally, Harry Campbell, Dane Askew
Five friends all aged just 13 from the South Yorkshire have had a close shave and definitely joined the fight against cancer in young people whilst raising over £1,000 for cancer charities…

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Sat 9th Aug, 2014 | 10:56am

City Beach Set To Officially Open In Leeds

The fun of a trip to the beach
The fun of a trip to the beach
The magic and atmosphere of a visit to the beach will be arriving on a popular city square from this Saturday when 'City Beach' returns for a second summer season.

Following a successful debut…

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Fri 8th Aug, 2014 | 10:01pm

Yorkshire Word of the Day
clashystormy, wet weather; muddy
Definitions kindly supplied by the family of the late Arnold Kellett, wordsmith of the Yorkshire Language
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