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Oliver is still top boys’ name but what has dethroned Amelia for girls?

Olivia has replaced Amelia as the most popular name given to baby girls in England and Wales in 2016, official statistics show.

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Rubbish bags are piled up in front of bins in Birmingham (Aaron Chown/PA)

Birmingham bin strike suspended after union wins High Court battle

The long-running Birmingham bin strike has been suspended after trade union leaders won a High Court battle over council redundancy notices.

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Boris Johnson has condemned the "racial prejudice" of the military in Burma against the Muslim Rohingya minority in a significant escalation of the British response to the campaign of violence (Seth Wenig/AP)

Boris Johnson condemns ‘racial prejudice’ of Burma’s military

Boris Johnson has condemned the “racial prejudice” of the military in Burma against the Muslim Rohingya minority in a significant escalation of the British response to the campaign of violence.

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Wetherspoon’s slashes prices in Tax Equality Day protest

Wetherspoon’s is slashing prices across nearly 900 pubs in the UK to protest against tax discrepancies that allow supermarkets to undercut pubs on alcohol sales.

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Prices rise for used diesel cars despite plan for ban from 2040

The price of used diesel cars has increased despite plans to ban the sale of new diesel vehicles from 2040 to tackle air pollution, research has revealed.

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The living conditions that was discovered when officials carried out a raid on a three-bedroom house in Winchester Avenue, Queensbury (Brent Council/PA)

Council vows crackdown on landlords after 35 men found living in one house

A raid on a three-bedroom house in north west London found 35 men living in rooms full of mattresses.

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OECD warns over risks of raising interest rates

Interest rate setters face a “difficult balancing act” amid the threat of a potential housing market correction and risks to the wider economy from raising borrowing costs, according to an influential think tank.

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Police at the scene in Jeffrey Street in Newport, after a 48-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were arrested in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

Newport arrests bring total held over Parsons Green bombing to five

Two more men have been arrested in connection with the Parsons Green bombing, taking the total to five, Scotland Yard said.

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Staff described being forced to reduce care packages for elderly people (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)

‘Intense pressure’ to ration social care for vulnerable people, says report

Social workers are facing “intense pressure” to ration social care for some of the most vulnerable people in society, a report has claimed.

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Royalty ruled in 2016, with the birth of Princess Charlotte sparking a rise in the name's 2016 ranking (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Royal progress as Charlotte and George advance in name rankings

Royalty ruled in 2016, with the birth of Princess Charlotte sparking a rise in the name’s 2016 ranking.

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Tata Steel have signed a memorandum of understanding (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp merger could mean thousands of job losses

Steel giant Tata has taken a big step to merging with German firm Thyssenkrupp in a move which could lead to thousands of job losses.

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Experts say the figures are 'worryingly high' (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

One in four girls aged 14 suffer from depression, study shows

Almost one in four teenage girls are depressed, researchers have found.

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New inquiry will probe fraud risks around new pension freedoms

Concerns that savers could be at risk of scams as people take up the new pension freedoms are being probed by MPs.

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Ministers must ease restraint on public service pay, think tank warns

Public services will struggle to recruit and retain the staff they need unless ministers ease the restraint on pay, a leading economic think tank has warned.

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Retail sales defy expectations in surge

UK retail sales jumped in August as shoppers continued to spend despite strong price rises.

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GPs should warn smokers there is currently little evidence on the long-term benefits or harms of e-cigarettes, health officials have said (Yui Mok/PA)

Smokers ‘should be told of little evidence on benefits or harms of e-cigarettes’

GPs should warn smokers there is currently little evidence on the long-term benefits or harms of e-cigarettes, health officials have said.

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A train pulls in to the platform at Parsons Green tube station (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

Third arrest in Parsons Green train bomb probe

A third man has been arrested in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack, Scotland Yard said.

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CCWater is challenging the industry to provide a better service (Rui Vieira/PA)

Water company progress ‘stalls’ as more than two million customers report issues

Water customers had to make more than two million calls to resolve problems last year as progress by companies on service “stalled”, figures show.

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Co-op Bank finance chief replaced after £700 million rescue deal

The Co-op Bank is replacing its chief financial officer after completing a £700 million deal that saved the troubled lender from a potential collapse.

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Virgin East Coast passengers will be able to bid for first class upgrades from £5 via an app (Martin Keene/PA)

Virgin East Coast to auction empty first class seats to standard fare payers

Rail passengers unhappy at the prospect of a journey in standard class can now bid for an upgrade.

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