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JK Rowling: Potter Witch Based On Real Person

JK Rowling: Potter Witch Based On Real Person

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed that she based witch Dolores Umbridge on a woman she met and hated in real life.

Man Arrested Over Fireworks Warehouse Blaze

Man Arrested Over Fireworks Warehouse Blaze

A man has been arrested over a blaze at a fireworks warehouse in Staffordshire where two people remain unaccounted for.

Child Abuse Inquiry Controversy At-A-Glance

Child Abuse Inquiry Controversy At-A-Glance

The head of the inquiry into historical child sex abuse allegations is under mounting pressure to resign - in the latest in a stri…

Man Held After Body Parts Found On Island

Man Held After Body Parts Found On Island

A man has been arrested after a 33-year-old woman's body parts were found by ramblers on an island in Essex.

Firefighters Poised For Bonfire Period Strike

Firefighters Poised For Bonfire Period Strike

Firefighters in England will start a four-day strike on Friday evening, as a bitter row over pensions intensifies.

Ex-Navy SEAL Probed Over Bin Laden Secrets

Ex-Navy SEAL Probed Over Bin Laden Secrets

A former member of the Navy SEALs who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under criminal investigation for pos…

Doctors In Call For Calorie Labels On Alcohol

Doctors In Call For Calorie Labels On Alcohol

Alcohol should and have labels detailing its calorie content, according to the Royal Society for Public Health.

'Psycho' Halloween Costumes 'Demonise' Ill

'Psycho' Halloween Costumes 'Demonise' Ill

Some Halloween costumes are in danger of mocking the mentally ill, a Government minister believes.

Energy Bills: UK Gas Prices Hit Record Low

Energy Bills: UK Gas Prices Hit Record Low

UK wholesale gas prices have hit a record low, piling more pressure on energy firms to explain why household bills have not been s…

Sex Abuse Inquiry Head Under Pressure To Quit

Sex Abuse Inquiry Head Under Pressure To Quit

A lawyer representing 50 victims of child abuse has said the Home Office must "start again" if it wants its inquiry into historica…

RBS Grows Profit But Sets Aside Further £780m

RBS Grows Profit But Sets Aside Further £780m

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has set aside a further £780m to cover the costs of conduct issues, including the PPI mis-selling sc…

UK Begins Paying Back First World War Debt

UK Begins Paying Back First World War Debt

The Government has announced it will pay off part of the UK's First World War debt - the first such payment for 67 years.

One Missing After Blaze At Fireworks Factory

One Missing After Blaze At Fireworks Factory

One person remains missing after an explosion sparked a large blaze at a fireworks factory in Staffordshire.

Labour Facing Election Wipe-Out In Scotland

Labour Facing Election Wipe-Out In Scotland

Labour is set to lose almost all of its Scottish MPs in the next general election, a new poll has revealed, as the Scottish Labour…

Burkina Faso President Defies Violent 'Coup'

Burkina Faso President Defies Violent 'Coup'

Burkina Faso's long-time leader has refused to step down despite violent unrest which saw anti-government protesters set the count…

Govt Committed To Cameras In Criminal Trials

Govt Committed To Cameras In Criminal Trials

The Government has told Sky News it is committed to the idea of getting cameras into criminal trials in Britain.

FBI Most Wanted Fugitive Captured After 48 Days

FBI Most Wanted Fugitive Captured After 48 Days

A survivalist accused of ambushing a police barracks in Pennsylvania has been captured, bringing a painstaking seven-week manhunt …

Clown Ban In French Town After Street Attacks

Clown Ban In French Town After Street Attacks

A town in southern France has banned people from dressing up as clowns after a spate of attacks in several parts of the country.

World Savings Day: Banking On Zambia

World Savings Day: Banking On Zambia

World Savings Day is a timely reminder that 2.5 billion people around the world have no access to formal financial services.

Popular Teaching Methods May Harm Education

Popular Teaching Methods May Harm Education

Schoolchildren in some schools are being taught using methods that have no evidence to back them up, according to a report by acad…

Terrier Vaz Is Chasing May Over Abuse Inquiry

Terrier Vaz Is Chasing May Over Abuse Inquiry

To lose one sex abuse inquiry chief is unfortunate. To lose two looks like carelessness.

One Missing After Blaze At Fireworks Factory

One Missing After Blaze At Fireworks Factory

Four people were injured and another remains unaccounted for after a large blaze at a fireworks factory following an explosion.

Miliband: Labour Faces 'Tough Fight' In Scotland

Miliband: Labour Faces 'Tough Fight' In Scotland

Ed Miliband is under increasing pressure as two polls revealed Labour could lose dozens of seats at the next election and the Scot…

Fresh Scandal Over Historical Sex Abuse Inquiry

Fresh Scandal Over Historical Sex Abuse Inquiry

The head of an official inquiry into historical child sex abuse is under renewed pressure over her links to a Tory grandee at the …

Ebola Crisis: Major DEC Appeal To Fight Outbreak

Ebola Crisis: Major DEC Appeal To Fight Outbreak

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is urging Britons to donate money to help those treating Ebola victims - the first time it…

Four Die As Plane Dives Into Airport Building

Four Die As Plane Dives Into Airport Building

Four people are dead and five injured after a small plane crashed into a building at an airport in Wichita, Kansas.

Rioting As Burkina Faso Parliament Set Alight

Rioting As Burkina Faso Parliament Set Alight

Protesters have set fire to Burkina Faso's parliament, forcing the government to scrap plans to let the country's leader extend hi…

Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine With Bike Ride

Nurse Defies Ebola Quarantine With Bike Ride

A US nurse recently returned from West Africa has defied quarantine by going on a bike ride with her boyfriend.

RAF Jets Intercept Russian Military Bombers

RAF Jets Intercept Russian Military Bombers

RAF jets have intercepted and escorted Russian military Bear aircraft, the Ministry of Defence has said.

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