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Clock stops to mark pigeon's death

Time will come to a standstill today to mark 100 years since the death of the last passenger pigeon and the extinction of what was once the world's most abundant bird.

Weapon seizures at courts revealed

Thousands of knives, nearly 50 firearms and more than 100 replica guns have been seized at courts in England and Wales in the last two years, new figures have shown.

Bercow addresses MPs over clerk row

John Bercow will face MPs for the first time since a row erupted over his recommended candidate for the post of clerk of the House.

Commons Speaker John Bercow will today face MPs for the first time since a row erupted over his recommended candidate for the post of clerk of the House.

'Huge' numbers of children abused

A child protection campaigner has warned that the sexual exploitation of youngsters is a much wider issue than had been acknowledged.

Parties wrestle with terror powers

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says the country faces 'very real threats'

Negotiations between the two coalition parties over controversial plans to extend anti-terrorism powers continue today, in an effort to reach agreement before David Cameron addresses MPs.

Ashya's parents await court ruling

Legal proceedings against the parents of a five-year-old brain cancer patient who took him out of hospital without doctors' consent are expected to continue in Spain today.

Charity makes genetic disorder plea

More must be done to raise awareness about a genetic disorder among doctors, a charity warned, after one patient said she spent many years thinking she was going to die following a misdiagnosis.

Blaze of glory ends festival season

Edinburgh lights up during the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, the traditional closing act in the city's busy festival calendar

The Scottish capital's festival season has been brought to a close with a display of hundreds of thousands of fireworks lighting up Edinburgh Castle.

Pupils 'must take core GCSEs'

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said core academic subjects offer children 'great opportunities'

Schools will face being penalised by the education watchdog unless pupils take a set of "core" academic GCSEs under Tory plans.

Less meat 'key' to food security

The shift towards meat-heavy Western diets means agricultural yields will not meet projected food demands for the world population in 2050, experts predict

Eating less meat is "essential" to ensure future demand for food can be met and "dangerous" climate change avoided, experts have warned.

Balmy start to autumn forecast

Temperatures could be as high as 25C in parts of the country next week, forecasters say

Summer might be over but the first week of autumn is set to be warmer than average with temperatures hitting as high as 25C.