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      World powers 'agree Syria ceasefire'

      Major powers agree to seek a nationwide "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week's time, as well as measures to advance aid deliveries.

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      Firms forced to reveal gender pay gap

      Companies that fail to address pay differences between male and female employees will be highlighted in new league tables.

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      We will fight contract imposition - BMA

      Junior doctor leaders have promised to fight on after the government in England announced it will impose a new contract on the profession.

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      Reception tests 'disrupt school starts'

      Research for a teaching union suggests new tests for four-year-olds are unreliable and disrupt children's start to school.

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      'Lack of interest' in rail franchises

      Taxpayers could end up out of pocket because not enough companies want to bid to run rail franchises in England and Wales, a group of MPs warn.

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      Life expectancy high at older ages

      People in England are living longer than ever before in older age, a report from Public Health England says.

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      'Ripples' from black holes detected

      For the first time, scientists have detected tiny, rhythmic distortions in space and time - gravitational waves - predicted by Einstein 100 years ago.

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      Japanese shares plunge in early trade

      Japanese shares open sharply lower on Friday amid concerns over the global economy and following falls in the US and Europe.

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      Kids Co boss denies 'mesmerising' PM

      Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh denies "mesmerising" David Cameron and senior politicians to gain millions in public funding.

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      First-time buyers' £50,000 rent bill

      First-time buyers who purchase a house this year will have already spent £52,900 on rent, research for a landlords' trade body suggests.

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      Source: BBC International