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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

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The latest unemployment figure is set to show more grim evidence of the recession's human cost.

The number out of work is expected to hit a 15-year high of around 2-point-5 million.

Many experts predict dole queues will stretch past the three million mark next year.

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Police are hunting an armed gang which stole almost 40 million pounds worth of jewellery, in just two minutes.

The raid at Graff Jewellers in the West End last Thursday is believed to be the biggest gems heist in British history.

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Britain faces a surge in drug addiction, alcoholism and domestic violence as the second wave of recession and rising unemployment take effect.

A report from the Audit Commission says councils in England need to do more to prepare for the fallout from the downturn and a rise in social problems.

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An international maritime search has been launched for a missing cargo ship amid fears that it travelled through the English Channel under the control of pirates.

The Maltese-flagged Arctic Sea and its 15-strong Russian crew made brief contact with British Coastguards 2 weeks ago.


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A man had his ear torn off after a serious racial assault in Woking.

The victim was attacked by a group of ten men in the early hours of Sunday 2nd August.

Police say they’ll use the “full weight of the law” to bring the men to justice.

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Next month's tribute to Michael Jackson in the grounds of a 17th century palace in Vienna will feature a three-hour, star-studded show.

The concert will also be televised live to a global audience of one billion people.
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