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- March 12 1984 - National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) chief Arthur Scargill unites various strikes into nationwide industrial action, without a ballot.
- June 18 - The battle of Orgreave - 5,000 riot police took on 5,000 protestors, who pelted officers with bricks and stones.
- September - Thousands of miners and police clash once more at Malty Colliery near Rotherham. Protestors have been out of work for six months and the lack of income was starting to take its toll.
- November - A growing number of miners decide to return to work as Christmas looms. Violence on the picket lines becomes more widespread.
- March 3 1985 - Delegates at an NUM conference decide 98 to 91 to end the strike.
Malaysia's air force chief has denied a media report that the military last tracked a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner over the Strait of Malacca, far from where it last made contact with civilian air traffic control when it disappeared four days ago.
"I wish to state that I did not make any such statements," air force chief Rodzali Daud said in a statement today.
The Strait of Malacca, one of the world's busiest shipping channels, runs along Malaysia's west coast.
The airline said on Saturday that the flight, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew, last had contact off the northeast Malaysian coastal town of Kota Bharu.
Calls for a public inquiry into one of the most bitter industrial disputes in living memory are being stepped up as communities remember the miners' strike.
It has been 30 years since coal miners, lead by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) chief Arthur Scargill, walked out of pits in Yorkshire, Kent, Scotland and the North East before voting in a union wide ballot.
The strike started when the Thatcher-led Government announced the closure of 20 pits and the loss of 20,000 jobs.
Labour MP Ian Lavery has tabled an early day motion in Parliament, which “regrets" any wrongful arrests or convictions during the dispute of men "who have never received justice”.
The recent revelation in Government papers released by the National Archives that Margaret Thatcher secretly considered calling out the troops at the height of the strike has heightened the belief that a full-blown inquiry should be held.
David Cameron has called on the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to "take the final difficult steps towards peace," as he prepares to fly to Israel this morning on what will be his first visit to the region as Prime Minister.
Mr Cameron will join US Secretary of State John Kerry in trying to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to an outline for a final peace deal by the end of April.
Before his two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, he said: "Secretary Kerry's efforts to secure agreement on a negotiating framework that could lead to peace are entering a critical phase and I'll be using my visit to support those peace efforts."
The way payday firms treat struggling customers will come under scrutiny by the City regulator, which has announced a new inquiry to see how sympathetic lenders are when borrowers have trouble paying back their debts.
The Financial Conduct Authority, which takes over supervision of the consumer credit market, including payday firms, from April 1, wants to see whether payday firms and other high-cost short-term lenders are putting too much focus on profits rather than consumers' interests.
It is treating the investigation as "a priority" because three-fifths of complaints to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) are about how debts are collected, and more than a third of payday loans are repaid late or not at all - equating to around 3.5 million loans each year.
The FCA said its new rules should reduce the numbers, but it also wants to see struggling borrowers helped by discussions on the different options open to them rather than "piling on more pressure" by simply calling the debt collectors.
Rapper Professor Green, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, will appear in court later this month after being charged today with drink-driving following an incident in November last year.
– A Metropolitan Police spokesman
Stephen Manderson, aged 30, of Tyrwhitt Road, has this evening been charged with drink-driving following an incident on November 3 in Tyrwhitt Road.
He will appear on bail at Bromley Magistrates' Court on March 20.
Rapper Professor Green has been charged with drink-driving following an incident on the road where he lives in London.
The 30-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and later rearrested for allegedly perverting the course of justice in November.
It came after police attended reports that a man had been robbed in Tyrwhitt Road, Lewisham, south-east London, at around 2.40am on November 3.
When officers arrived at the scene they discovered a Mercedes had been in a crash with a van and arrested the I Need You Tonight rapper on suspicion of drink-driving. There were no reports of any injuries.
Green, who is married to Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, was bailed to appear today at a south-east London police station and subsequently charged with drink-driving.
The Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue allegations that he had perverted the course of justice.
After a chilly start to the day with early frost, misty low cloud and patches of fog in places cheering up with brighter skies.
More sunshine for the south compared to Tuesday. The north will have another stunning day.
Mild out of the cool coastal breeze - a warm feel for the east of Scotland and southeast of England.