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Mercury Opinion: Britain needs Obama to be successful

When Barack Obama was first elected as US President four years ago, expectations were ridiculously high. With his re-election, the tone is more realistic. The US is still struggling to recover from the...

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Mars scientist comes home – but the mission goes on

A scientist who was part of the team which landed a robot on Mars has returned home after three months working with Nasa in California. Dr John Bridges will continue his exploration of Mars from the...

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Leicestershire police get more time to quiz woman over Scalford death

Detectives have been granted more time to question a woman in connection with a man's death. A murder investigation was launched on Tuesday. A man was found seriously injured in a house in King Street,...

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Funeral for Leicestershire Assistant Chief Constable Gordon Fraser

The funeral of a suspended senior police officer who was killed by a train last month took place yesterday. Leicestershire Assistant Chief Constable Gordon Fraser's funeral cortege was led by a police...

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Leicester City's Sean St Ledger says Wes Morgan leads by example

Every successful side needs a great leader – and Leicester City have that man in the shape of captain Wes Morgan, says Sean St Ledger. This weekend could be one of mixed emotions for the City captain...

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De Montfort University Bonnie Tyler flash mob in record bid

They might not have conjured any knights on fiery steeds, but a host of fund-raising heroes turned out for an all-singing all-dancing extravaganza yesterday. More than 1,000 De Montfort University...

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Cyclist in Bruntingthorpe hit-and-run crash dies

A cyclist has died in hospital five days after he was involved in a suspected hit-and-run. The 41-year-old rider was involved in a collision with a van in Bruntingthorpe on Friday. Police said the van...

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Nigel Pearson delighted with Leicester City loan signings Michael Keane and...

New Leicester City signings Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard are being backed to make an impact at the King Power Stadium during their one-month loan from Manchester United. The 19-year-olds made their...

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Bollywood film crew flees blaze at Plaza hotel, in Leicester

More than 100 people spent the night at a Salvation Army hall after fire broke out at a hotel. A total of 133 staff and guests were forced to leave the Sky Plaza hotel, in Leicester, at 1.30am...

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Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson looks to add more recruits

Nigel Pearson is considering another dip into the loan market. The Leicester City boss has suggested he may target an experienced player after left-back Paul Konchesky suffered a hamstring injury at...

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Man living in Oadby woods jailed for 'Raoul Moat' threats and claims he would...

A man who threatened to kill police – demanding "do you think Raoul Moat is bad?" – has been jailed. Armed police surrounded woods in Oadby after Sean Jeffrey made 999 calls threatening to shoot...

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'I said in sickness and health 64 years ago'

Devoted wife Margaret Toach has been caring for her husband since he had a heart attack 23 years ago. The 81-year-old has to wash and clothe and prepare meals for 85-year-old Jack. Margaret, of...

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'It's been a godsend for us'

As wacky fund-raisers gear up for their latest charity exploits, one family is testament to Children in Need's power to change lives for the better. The BBC appeal has awarded more than £1,515,000 to...

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Kasabian's Tom thanks golf club for charity drive

Rock star Tom Meighan has thanked members of a golf club who raised £1,800 for Support our Forces. The Kasabian frontman is a patron of the Leicestershire charity, along with fellow Countesthorpe...

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Police name tragic cyclist in van crash

Police have named a cyclist who died in hospital after he was involved in a suspected hit and run incident. Adam Bennett, 41, of Kibworth, was hit by a van in Bruntingthorpe, near Lutterworth, just...

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Firms team up to launch clean-up campaign in London Road, Leicester

Traders rolled up their sleeves yesterday to remove unsightly graffiti in an attempt to encourage visitors. Staff at Christopher Scotney, More restaurant and Crane and Walton solicitors, all in London...

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Loughborough fair still a big attraction, 800 years on

Families rolled up to enjoy all the fun of the fair. Loughborough Fair, now in its 791st year, features 20 large rides, games, novelty stalls and other attractions. The fair was officially opened on...

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Young Achiever of the Year: Mum who overcame the odds

A mum who has turned her troubled life around has been named the Prince's Trust Young Achiever of the Year. Laura Jenner, 23, from Beaumont Leys, Leicester, was chosen from hundreds of young people...

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Man broke teenager's jaw after fall-out on Facebook, Leicester court told

A man who broke a teenager's jaw after a fall-out on Facebook has had his sentence cut by judges on appeal. Ryan Harriman (20) attacked his victim at a bar on March 25, having previously clashed with...

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Family of Edward Miller distraught over Scalford stab tragedy

A family has paid tribute to a "beloved son, brother and friend" who died in hospital shortly after he was found seriously injured in a house. A murder investigation was launched on Tuesday after...

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