Bidding starts for fracking licencesFracking facility

The bidding process for licences to extract shale gas - using the controversial process fracking - will begin later on Monday, the government announces.


Palestinian children rest on the floor at a UN school in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza, 28 JulyUneasy calm in Gaza after UN call

Sporadic fighting in Gaza punctuates the relative calm that has followed a UN call overnight for an immediate ceasefire as a Muslim festival begins.

Hailstorm in BrightonRain, hail and lightning hit SE England

Lightning strikes, hail, torrential rain and flash flooding cause severe travel problems across large areas of south-east England.

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