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Ruling due on badger cull challenge

The Badger Trust is seeking a court ruling to block a new cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset without an independent expert panel

The High Court will rule today on an 11th-hour challenge to a government decision to let the latest badger cull go ahead without monitoring by a panel of independent experts.

IRA man who fled jail was pardoned

Donal Donnelly returns to visit the Crumlin Road jail in Belfast, 50 years after he escaped in 1960

An IRA man who escaped prison more than 50 years ago was given a royal pardon by Margaret Thatcher's government, official records from 1985 revealed.

Leaders hit the road to sway voters

David Cameron makes his case for the Union at the CBI Scotland Annual Dinne in Glasgow

David Cameron and Alex Salmond are hitting the referendum campaign trail as the battle over the future of the United Kingdom intensifies.

Farage and Carswell visit Clacton

Ukip leader Nigel Farage, left, and Douglas Carswell are visiting Mr Carswell's Clacton by-election battleground

Douglas Carswell will return to his Clacton constituency today flanked by Ukip leader Nigel Farage as the pair plan a completely unexpected by-election campaign.

'£130 of gadgets' in schoolbag

Some 48% of school children take a mobile phone to school, the uSwitch survey showed

More than a quarter of parents plan to spend an average of £329 per family on gadgets for their children ahead of the new school year, a survey has found.

Signs of housing market cool down

Sellers in England and Wales typically achieved 95.9% of their asking price in August, Hometrack said

The gap between house sellers' asking prices and the amounts that buyers are willing to pay is widening in growing signs of a cool down in the market, property analyst Hometrack has reported.

Afghan helicopter crash an accident

Captain Ben Babington-Browne, 27, was killed alongside two Canadian troops in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan

The death of a British soldier killed along with two Canadian troops when a helicopter crashed on take-off in Afghanistan was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

Putin peace claims 'not credible'

David Cameron (right) said Vladimir Putin's claims were "not credible"

President Vladimir Putin's claims to desire a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine are "not credible" while tanks roll across the border, David Cameron has said.

Call centre manager wins tribunal

Fay Hand was an operations manager for almost 17 years at EE's Darlington site

A call centre boss who was sacked by mobile giant EE after office banter got out of hand and a man was kicked unconscious at his desk has won her employment tribunal case against the firm.

Flintoff spared ban for speeding

Andrew Flintoff was spared a driving ban

Millionaire cricketer Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff has escaped a driving ban for speeding in his Bentley after arguing "exceptional hardship" to magistrates.

Claims made against other teachers

Alan Morris has been jailed for nine years after he sexually abused 10 schoolboys

Two more teachers at an all-boys Catholic grammar school where its former deputy head sexually abused 10 schoolboys would "likely" have faced similar charges if they were still alive, police have said.

Violent crime written off by police

Four cases of rape were found to have been wrongly labelled as "no crime" by the Metropolitan Police

More than a fifth of violent offences, including rape, which were written off as "no crime" by the three biggest police forces in England and Wales were wrongly classified and should have been pursued, inspectors have found.

Victim's mother in knife crime plea

Dean Mayley pictured with his nephew Callum

The mother of a young man with learning difficulties who was murdered for the sake of his mobile phone has called for an end to "unacceptable" knife crime as her son's teenage killers faced life behind bars.

Cameron vows fight to keep Clacton

UKIP leader Nigel Farage (left) with Douglas Carswell who has defected from the Conservatives

David Cameron has promised an all-out by-election fight against Ukip after one of his MPs dramatically defected to the Eurosceptic party.

Caroline joins the Strictly dancers

Caroline Flack, who has been confirmed as the twelfth celebrity taking part in this year's BBC series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Former Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack has crossed the floor to join rival show Strictly Come Dancing as one of 15 celebrities battling it out to win the glitterball trophy.

More reaching three Rs standard

New figures show more children are reaching the standards expected of them in the three Rs

More children are reaching the standards expected of them in the three Rs by the time they leave primary school, new figures show.