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Drugs probe as two held after blast
West Midlands Police arrested two men after an explosion wrecked a flat in West Heath, Birmingham

Drugs probe as two held after blast

Two men have been arrested after an explosion destroyed a flat, with detectives potentially linking the blast to illegal drugs production.

World news

Iraqi troops retake two towns

Iraqi troops retake two towns

Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias have retaken two towns seized previously by militants in an eastern province, authorities have said.

Sport news

England keen to avoid rainy days

England keen to avoid rainy days

England are resigned to the fact they must beat the Sri Lankan rain, as well as opposition batsmen and bowlers, over the next three weeks.

Business news

Will no-niff loo seat do business?

Will no-niff loo seat do business?

Blow out the scented candle and ditch the aerosol spray can - a US firm has introduced a deodorising toilet seat that it says will eliminate embarrassing odours and the need to cover them up.

Technology news

How to protect yourself online

How to protect yourself online

The news that a website based in Russia is streaming footage from more than 500 webcams in the UK online is alarming, but technology experts have been quick to point out that better password protection would prevent others becoming victims of similar privacy invasion.

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Showbiz news

Pregnant Silva rejected TV chance

Pregnant Silva rejected TV chance

Adele Silva has revealed she turned down a return to Emmerdale because she is pregnant after a string of miscarriages.

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