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Families of Birmingham pub bomb victims granted legal aid

Some of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombing victims' families have a legal aid request granted, days before inquest proceedings are due to begin.

Birmingham prison staff fears over inmate drug use

An "urgent" solution is needed to stop HMP Birmingham prisoners taking psychoactive drugs, an independent report says.

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What about other UK airports' expansion plans?

Heathrow's third runway may have got the go-ahead, but what expansion plans do the UK's other major airports have?

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Calais 'Jungle' children with nowhere to sleep

Hundreds of migrants remain at the Calais "Jungle" camp, including about 100 minors without beds.

Venezuela anti-Maduro protests: Policeman shot dead

A police officer is shot dead and many people are hurt as anti-government protests are organised in cities across Venezuela.

US abstains from UN vote against Cuba embargo

In a historic first, the US abstains from a UN vote condemning its economic embargo on Cuba.

Italy earthquakes: Strong tremors shake central region

Two strong earthquakes hit central Italy, damaging buildings and sending people into the streets.