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1h 4m Mueller investigation: Special counsel attacks Flynn criticism of FBI interview
The Independent
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has urged a federal judge to reject an attempt by Michael Flynn "to minimise the seriousness" of him lying to the FBI.
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1h 31m Nancy Pelosi: House Democrats to seek Trump tax returns next month
The Independent
The tax returns could provide crucial information on whether foreign delegations have any leverage over the president
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1h 36m Brazil charges former Trafigura executives with corruption
The Guardian
Bribes of more than $1.5m were allegedly paid to help secure more favourable oil trading Federal prosecutors in Brazil have filed corruption charges against two former executives from commodities multinational Trafigura, a former executive at Petrobras and a middleman, over $1.5m allegedly paid in bribes for oil trading operations. In a 146-page indictment, prosecutors in Curitiba in the southern state of Paraná said that former Trafigura executives Mariano Ferraz and Marcio Magalhães, middleman Carlos Herz and former Petrobras executive Marcus Alcoforado were involved in a corruption and asset laundering scheme that involved 31 oil trading operations between Trafigura and Petrobras, the Brazilian state-run oil giant. Magalhães, Herz and Alcoforado are all in custody.
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Separate food waste may become compulsory1h 43m Separate food waste may become compulsory
BBC
Councils will have to offer separate food caddies in a bid to combat methane emissions.
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1h 56m Trump can be indicted as president for finance violations, Obama Justice Department official says
The Independent
The former Justice Department official says Donald Trump can be prosecuted for crimes upon leaving the Oval Office
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1h 59m The Weekly Standard closes as publisher expands magazine less critical of Donald Trump
The Independent
'This is a volatile time for American journalism and politics,' editor-in-chief writes in note to staff
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2h Supermarkets face pressure over antibiotics in meat after superbugs found in pork
The Independent
Infected products sold abroad came from sources that may also supply UK stores - and 'risk may rise' with Brexit
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Eleven die and dozens ill after eating rice at Indian temple2h Eleven die and dozens ill after eating rice at Indian temple
BBC
Witnesses say people fell ill after eating rice following a ceremony in the state of Karnataka.
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Hastings cliff fall: Rock crashes into bedroom2h Hastings cliff fall: Rock crashes into bedroom
BBC
Rocks weighing several tons fell onto a building on White Rock, in Hastings, destroying a bedroom.
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2h Cutting emissions proves a sticking point at Poland climate conference
The Guardian
Slow progress on 2015 Paris agreement comes as scientists warn of need to get on track Negotiators at the climate conference in Poland inched closer to an outcome on Friday night, as the official deadline for finishing a deal ran out. The conference was meant to approve a rulebook which would govern how nations put into action the goals set in the landmark Paris agreement of 2015, when the world resolved to hold global warming to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels, with an aspiration to limit temperature rises to no more than 1.5C.
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2h COP24: Climate change talks extended as US and other major polluters hold up landmark agreement
The Independent
Divide emerges at crucial stage in UN summit between nations that feel threatened by global warming and those that feel 'more threatened by climate action'
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Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May3h Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May
BBC
Theresa May is seeking "further clarification" to satisfy MPs after "robust" exchange with EU chief.
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‘Rich kid of Instagram’ heiress, 26, admits smuggling endangered python-skin goods3h ‘Rich kid of Instagram’ heiress, 26, admits smuggling endangered python-skin goods
Daily Mail
Multimillionaire heiress Stephanie Scolaro, 26, ordered the snake-skin baseball caps and a travel bag from Indonesia, some of which she then sold in the UK to her network of uber-wealthy customers.
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3h French authorities investigate why Strasbourg attacker was not stopped
The Guardian
Police also looking into whether Chérif Chekatt, who killed four, had accomplices French authorities are working to clarify why the suspect in the Strasbourg Christmas market attack was not stopped before he could act, Emmanuel Macron has said, as police investigate whether there were any accomplices. Chérif Chekatt killed four people and wounded several others in Tuesday’s attack, after police had tried and failed to arrest him earlier in the day. The 29-year-old had been known to police for theft and violence dating back to the age of 10 and had been on a French intelligence watchlist for radicalism.
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England’s World Cup heroes torn apart by Brexit: Peter Shilton challenges Gary Lineker to a debate3h England’s World Cup heroes torn apart by Brexit: Peter Shilton challenges Gary Lineker to a debate
Daily Mail
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker (pictured in 1986) sparked the row with his footballing 'hero' Peter Shilton after the retired goalkeeper praised 'calm and calculated' Jacob Rees-Mogg.
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3h Sandy Hook Elementary School evacuated over bomb threats
The Independent
Police say the bomb threat is unrelated to similar threats sent nationwide on Thursday
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Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year 20183h Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018
BBC
Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018.
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3h Palestinian teenager killed as violence spirals in West Bank during Israeli manhunt for shooter
The Independent
Israel army said one of its soldiers was wounded on Friday, as raids intensify in West Bank and 40 people arrested
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3h Cresta Run: The death-defying natural ice chute finally giving female toboggonists the chance to race
The Independent
Women banned since 1929 over fears face-down sledging style could encourage breast cancer
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Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May3h Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May
BBC
Theresa May is seeking "further clarification" to satisfy MPs after "robust" exchange with EU chief.
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4h Man dies after having both ears sliced off in Blackburn machete attack
The Independent
Thirteen-year-old boy among those charged with attempted murder
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Pro-Brexit protestors block Westminster Bridge in London4h Pro-Brexit protestors block Westminster Bridge in London
Daily Mail
Campaigners chanting 'Brexit now' stopped cars from crossing both bridges today as Prime Minister Theresa May holds crunch talks with EU leaders in Brussels.
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4h Tusk accuses MPs of showing lack of respect for Theresa May
The Guardian
European council president hits out at UK parliament over failure to back Brexit deal
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4h Fingerprint from phone video helps convict boy, 16, of murder and rape of 14-year-old schoolgirl
The Independent
Footage of killer scrolling through iPhone used to bring him to justice in legal first
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4h Senior Tory urges Theresa May to work with Jeremy Corbyn as her Brexit deal 'dead' without Labour's backing
The Independent
The PM may face an uphill battle to win over Mr Corbyn, who branded her deal 'dead in the water'
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Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?4h Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?
BBC
A stadium in LA confirms it uses facial recognition technology at pop concerts.
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New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos4h New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos
BBC
Photos of up to 6.8 million Facebook users, including ones they never posted, could be accessed.
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Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May5h Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May
BBC
Theresa May is seeking "further clarification" to satisfy MPs after "robust" exchange with EU chief.
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5h Shakira charged with tax evasion in Spain
The Guardian
Colombian singer alleged to have avoided £13m tax by saying she lived in Bahamas Spanish prosecutors have charged the Colombian singer and philanthropist Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she avoided €14.5m (£13m) in taxes by claiming to live in the Bahamas while actually resident in Catalonia. Shakira changed residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, where she lives with her partner, the Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, and the couple’s two sons.
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5h Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos
The Guardian
Bug let developers access pictures people had uploaded but chosen not to post A Facebook bug let app developers see photos users had uploaded but never posted, the social network has disclosed. For two weeks in September, an error in the way Facebook shares photos with third parties meant that apps could see not only photos users had posted on their newsfeed, but also pictures in other parts of the site – on Facebook Stories or Facebook’s Marketplace, for instance.
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5h Serbia talks up armed intervention as Kosovo approves new army
The Guardian
Parliament in Pristina backs formation of army despite criticism from Nato Serbia has talked up the possibility of an armed intervention in Kosovo after the parliament in Pristina overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army. Belgrade called the move the “most direct threat to peace and stability in the region”, while Nato’s chief said it was “ill-timed” and urged dialogue.
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5h Fracking halted in Lancashire again after second earthquake in three days
The Independent
Fracking has been paused at a site in Lancashire after a second earthquake in the space of three days.
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Delays made me give up my Army dream5h Delays made me give up my Army dream
BBC
Prospective recruits face delays and disappointment under the outsourced recruitment process.
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5h Paris braces for fifth weekend of protests by gilets jaunes
The Guardian
Demonstrations to continue despite demands to call off action after Strasbourg attack Thousands of riot police and armoured vehicles will be deployed in Paris on Saturday as France anticipates a fifth weekend of anti-government protests in the capital and other cities. Despite government pleas for the
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Gary Lineker row: What can BBC presenters say and not say?5h Gary Lineker row: What can BBC presenters say and not say?
BBC
Gary Lineker has been criticised for publicly airing his political views - but is it ok for him to do so?
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5h Theresa May didn't like being called 'nebulous'? She has turned nebulousness into an art form
The Independent
'Vague, ill-defined, ambiguous, muddy, opaque' are the most popular synonyms for 'nebulous.' Do those words, as someone once said, remind you of anybody?
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5h Dominic Chappell: Former BHS owner fined £124,000 for breaking pensions law
The Independent
The former owner of BHS Dominic Chappell has been ordered to pay more than £124,000 for breaking pensions law when the high street retail giant collapsed.
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5h As Kurdish fighters move on last Isis-controlled town in Syria, Turkey threatens attack
The Independent
Syria's main Kurdish parties called Turkey's threats to invade a "declaration of war"
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Ex-doctor, 78, jailed for 12 years for sex assaults on patients including blindfolded boy, 126h Ex-doctor, 78, jailed for 12 years for sex assaults on patients including blindfolded boy, 12
Daily Mail
Dr 'John' Sivaguru Narendran, 78, targeted vulnerable, young patients who were referred to him for hospital treatment. He was struck off medical register after abusing a boy in Stoke in 1996.
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Viktorija Sokolova murder: Boy guilty of Wolverhampton park killing6h Viktorija Sokolova murder: Boy guilty of Wolverhampton park killing
BBC
Viktorija Sokolova's head was "smashed in" by the 16-year-old, who was also convicted of raping her.
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J Hus jailed for eight months for carrying knife6h J Hus jailed for eight months for carrying knife
BBC
The 23-year-old rapper - real name Momodou Jallow - says he was "utterly stupid" to carry a blade.
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Who is shining a torch for women today?6h Who is shining a torch for women today?
BBC
One hundred years since the first votes were cast by UK women, who is standing up for women's rights today?
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UK weather: Snow blizzards and rare freezing rain that turns into deadly BLACK ICE6h UK weather: Snow blizzards and rare freezing rain that turns into deadly BLACK ICE
Daily Mail
Amber weather warnings for ice and snow have been issued for large parts of Scotland and northern England – with cold weather, strong winds and heavy rain forecast across the rest of the country.
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Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May6h Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May
BBC
Theresa May is seeking "further clarification" to satisfy MPs after "robust" exchange with EU chief.
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7h Isis withdraws from last urban stronghold in Syria
The Guardian
Syrian Democratic Forces capture Hajin in Deir ez-Zor province after heavy fighting Islamic State extremists have withdrawn from their last urban stronghold in Syria after weeks of intensifying clashes with Kurdish-led fighters that have splintered the remnants of the group’s leadership and raised fresh questions about the fate of its founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Isis forces retreated to villages to the east of Hajin in the early hours of Thursday after several days of US airstrikes, which allowed Kurdish proxy forces to sweep into the town on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river. Clashes continued throughout the day, and western observers cautioned that the militants may be attempting to regroup for a counter-assault.
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7h May says there will be further Brexit talks with EU in coming days
The Guardian
PM says she had been ‘crystal clear’ with EC president after Juncker referred to ‘nebulous’ proposals
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7h How to defrost your windscreen very, very quickly
The Independent
Superbly-named meteorologist Ken Weathers suggests a simple solution of rubbing alcohol and water from a spray bottle
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7h Yemen ceasefire: hope gives way to concerns about implementation
The Guardian
Situation on ground in Hodeidah will test UN-brokered deal, say analysts Initial hope after a breakthrough round of peace talks on Yemen in Sweden has quickly given way to worries over how the new measures will be implemented. The UN secretary general, António Guterres, said on Thursday that the Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition had
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7h Dozens of Jewish gravestones desecrated with swastikas near Strasbourg
The Independent
Attack on cemetery was discovered just hours before Islamic terrorist opened fire killing three people at Christmas market in city
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7h Brexit: Theresa May admits confronting Jean-Claude Juncker after he called her demands 'nebulous'
The Independent
The PM's attempt to win fresh concessions on the Brexit deal took a disastrous turn
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7h Brazilian court orders arrest of Italian former leftwing guerrilla
The Guardian
Brazil’s rightwing president-elect has pledged to extradite Cesare Battisti as a gift to Rome A supreme court judge in Brazil has ordered the arrest of an Italian writer and former leftwing guerrilla wanted in Italy for four murders attributed to a far-left group in the 1970s. Cesare Battisti, 63, a former member of Armed Proletarians for Communism, which disbanded in 1979, has been on the run from Italian authorities for decades.
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7h Theresa May says there will be further Brexit talks with the EU – Politics live
The Guardian
PM insists EU27 determined to work speedily on future relationship
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Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay €7 to travel to EU countries7h Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay €7 to travel to EU countries
BBC
Britons will not need a visa but will have to apply for a travel document, which lasts for three years.
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7h Boy, 16, convicted of rape and murder of Wolverhampton girl
The Guardian
Boy found guilty of ‘ferocious and sustained’ attack on Viktorija Sokolova, 14 A 16-year-old boy who killed a schoolgirl and dumped her body on a park bench has been found guilty of rape and murder. The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, remained composed in the dock as a jury at Wolverhampton crown court unanimously convicted him
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7h Police look at whether Strasbourg attacker had accomplices
The Guardian
Chérif Chakatt, 29, had criminal record for theft and violence dating back to = age of 10
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Cohen says Trump knew hush money payment was wrong7h Cohen says Trump knew hush money payment was wrong
BBC
Donald Trump's convicted ex-lawyer insists he was directed by his boss to make hush money payments.
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7h Orient Express sold to owner of Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton
The Guardian
LVMH acquires Venice’s Hotel Cipriani and Hotel Splendido in Portofino as part of £2.5bn deal The Orient Express has been sold to LVMH, the French luxury goods company that already owns Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Moët & Chandon champagne, as part of a $3.2bn (£2.5bn) deal that also includes the
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7h 209 female MPs by 209 female photographers – in pictures
The Guardian
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first election in which some women and all men could vote, 209 female photographers have taken portraits of the
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Teen guilty of murdering Viktorija Sokolova in park7h Teen guilty of murdering Viktorija Sokolova in park
BBC
A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of raping and murdering 14-year-old Viktorija Sokolova.
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7h Theresa May insists Brexit deal is not dead despite EU leaders refusing to make further concessions
The Independent
Theresa May has insisted her Brexit deal is not dead despite a bruising summit in Brussels in which EU leaders made no significant concessions to help her pass her deal.
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May: Still work to do on Brexit deal7h May: Still work to do on Brexit deal
BBC
PM says "further clarification" to reassure MPs is possible after EU leaders rule out renegotiation.
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7h Brexit: Theresa May holds press conference in Brussels – Politics live
The Guardian
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, as Tory backbench anger simmers after EU warns deal ‘not open for negotiation’
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8h Can Poland wean itself off coal?
The Guardian
Climate experts say the renaissance can be stopped but change must happen now – and the main obstacle is at the top
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Cohen insists he was directed by Trump to break the law8h Cohen insists he was directed by Trump to break the law
BBC
Donald Trump's convicted ex-lawyer insists he was directed by his boss to make hush money payments.
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8h 'Please do not kill us': COP24 climate talks 'failing' and threatening survival of Maldives, leader warns
The Independent
Mohamed Nasheed says his people want to live 'in our own homelands... We don't think that this is asking for much'
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Wetherspoon reveals plans to open a MUSEUM8h Wetherspoon reveals plans to open a MUSEUM
Daily Mail
Wetherspoon bosses have submitted proposals to transform The Moon Under Water pub in Wolverhampton city centre into a national museum and 70-bedroom hotel.
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8h Michael Cohen: Trump knew hush money was wrong – video
The Guardian
Donald Trump knew he was doing wrong when he directed hush money to be paid to two women during the 2016 election, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen has said in a television interview with ABC
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8h Bear nursed back to health after suffering severe burns in wildfire shot dead by hunter
The Independent
Cinder the Bear featured in children's e-book after she was rescued in 2014
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8h Chinese pastor and wife face 15 years in prison as crackdown on religious groups intensifies
The Independent
The 45-year old was detained last week with more than 100 members of his congregation
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8h The Queen's Christmas speech: Looking back at the monarch's first televised address in 1957
The Independent
Elizabeth II overcame nerves to deliver live broadcast from Sandringham on Britain's moral compass, her own public image and the health of the Commonwealth
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Average council tax bills set to soar by up to £107 a year8h Average council tax bills set to soar by up to £107 a year
Daily Mail
Communities Secretary James Brokenshire announced that town halls would be allowed to put up council tax by 3 per cent from April 2019 without the hurdle of holding a local referendum.
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8h Kosovo to create army in defiance of Serbia and Nato
The Guardian
MPs vote in favour of move Belgrade has warned could provoke military intervention Kosovo’s parliament has overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army, a week after Serbia’s premier suggested the move could provoke military intervention by Belgrade. All 107 MPs present in the 120-seat assembly voted in favour of passing three draft laws to turn a lightly armed 4,000-strong security force into an army.
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8h Autistic people listen to their hearts to test anti-anxiety therapy
The Guardian
Trial seeks further proof that tuning into our internal organs’ activity can reduce anxiety
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8h Death of woman in private UK prison caused by neglect and systemic failures, inquest rules
The Independent
'As a family, we have been shocked to learn of the inadequacies of the care provided to her,' says inmate's sister
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Royal Family: Christmas card images by Harry, Meghan, William and Kate8h Royal Family: Christmas card images by Harry, Meghan, William and Kate
BBC
A new wedding picture of Harry and Meghan and a family snap of the Cambridges are on the cards.
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Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal9h Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal
BBC
The PM says her Brexit deal is "at risk", as her performance at an EU summit is called "bad" by diplomats.
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9h World’s first lab-grown steak revealed – but the taste needs work
The Guardian
Nascent industry aims to reduce environmental impact of beef production The first steak grown from cells in the lab and not requiring the slaughter of a cow has been produced in Israel. The meat is not the finished article: the prototype costs $50 for a small strip, and the taste needs perfecting, according to its makers. But it is the first meat grown outside an animal that has a muscle-like texture similar to conventional meat.
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9h Donald Trump knew hush money was wrong, says Cohen
The Guardian
US president’s former lawyer says Trump directed him to pay money to two women who alleged having sexual affairs with him Donald Trump knew he was doing wrong when he directed hush money to be paid to two women during the 2016 election, his former lawyer and fixer has said. “He directed me to make the payments. He directed me to become involved in these matters,” Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison this week over crimes committed while working for Trump,
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9h Egypt arrests two people accused of helping stage naked photoshoot on pyramid
The Guardian
Officials question authenticity of photo and describe it as ‘violation of public morality’ Egypt has reportedly arrested two people accused of helping a Danish photographer stage a naked photoshoot on top of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Photographer Andreas Hvid sparked controversy in Egypt after he published a photo showing himself and a woman naked on top of the pyramid, provoking an investigation by Egypt’s ministry of the interior and condemnation from many Egyptians.
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9h Eurozone growth now at slowest pace in four years, surveys show
The Independent
The composite Purchasing Managers' Index slumped to 51.3 in December, the weakest reading since November 2014
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Strasbourg shooting: Christmas market killer is dead9h Strasbourg shooting: Christmas market killer is dead
Daily Mail
Strasbourg Christmas market shooter, Cherif Chekatt, has been shot dead by police. Officers blocked a street in the Neudorf area of Strasbourg as armed officers hunted for him.
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The 66 alien plants and animals set to invade Britain9h The 66 alien plants and animals set to invade Britain
Daily Mail
Other animals flagged up as posing a threat to native UK wildlife include the fox squirrel - the biggest squirrel in north America - which can bully and out-compete existing grey and red squirrels.
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Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay €7 to travel to EU countries9h Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay €7 to travel to EU countries
BBC
Britons will not need a visa but will have to apply for a travel document, which lasts for three years.
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9h Gary Lineker criticised over anti-Brexit tweets by BBC colleague Jonathan Agnew: 'Keep your views to yourself'
The Independent
Cricket legend turns on footballing hero as leave versus remain debate continues to divide nation
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9h Brexit: Tony Blair urges Theresa May to prepare for second referendum as she struggles to save deal
The Independent
Ms May went to Brussels on Thursday seeking fresh concessions to her deal that would help it 'over the line' in parliament
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Five-week-old baby boy dies after Yaxley dog attack9h Five-week-old baby boy dies after Yaxley dog attack
BBC
Two Staffordshire bull terriers seized following the attack have been destroyed, police confirm.
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9h Trump 'directed me' to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels and knew it was wrong, Michael Cohen claims
The Independent
Donald Trump "directed me" to make hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and two other women in 2016 and knew it was wrong to do so, Michael Cohen has claimed.
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9h Yaxley dog attack: Five-week-old baby dies after being mauled by family pets in Cambridgeshire
The Independent
Tot loses battle for life after Staffordshire bull terriers savaged him when he was just two-weeks-old
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Did you see the Geminid meteor shower?9h Did you see the Geminid meteor shower?
BBC
Images of the Geminid meteor shower that was seen from around the world
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India rein in Australia on day one of second Test10h India rein in Australia on day one of second Test
BBC
Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch and Travis Head score half-centuries before Australia are reined in to 277-6 by India on the first day in Perth.
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Strasbourg Christmas market reopens after attack10h Strasbourg Christmas market reopens after attack
BBC
The market reopens after the Tuesday attack carried out by a gunman in which three people died.
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10h Briton jailed in Turkey on terrorism charges flees bail back to UK
The Guardian
Former soldier Joe Robinson convicted of joining Kurdish group fighting Isis in Syria A former British soldier
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10h Gary Lineker criticised over anti-Brexit tweets by BBC colleague Jonathan Agnew: 'Keep your views to yourself'
The Independent
Cricket legend turns on footballing hero as leave versus remain debate continues to divide nation
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10h Brexit: DUP leader Arlene Foster tells Theresa May not to 'roll over' for EU after summit humiliation
The Independent
'The key question is whether the prime minister will stand up to them - or whether she will roll over as has happened previously'
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10h No-deal Brexit will leave UK 'near bankrupt' warns Sir Richard Branson
The Independent
'I'm absolutely certain that quite a few businesses will close if there's a hard Brexit,' said the Virgin boss
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10h Jeremy Hunt gave wrong information on scale of NHS breast cancer screening errors, review says
The Independent
Error 'caused unnecessary concern to the public and additional distress to women affected,' independent review says
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Brexit: How could another referendum on leaving the EU work?10h Brexit: How could another referendum on leaving the EU work?
BBC
Tony Blair has renewed his call for another referendum, but is there enough time?
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Man dies after falling from Christmas tree in Kirkcaldy10h Man dies after falling from Christmas tree in Kirkcaldy
BBC
The alarm was raised when the man was found in Kirkcaldy by people leaving a nearby nightclub.
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10h Guatemalan girl aged seven dies in custody on US-Mexico border
The Guardian
Girl dies of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after her arrest in New Mexico A seven-year-old girl who crossed the US-Mexico border with her father last week has died after being taken into the custody of the US border patrol, federal immigration authorities said. The Washington Post reported that the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by agents near Lordsburg, New Mexico. The girl, from Guatemala, was traveling with a group of 163 people who approached agents to turn themselves in on 6 December.
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10h British Army recruitment stagnates after new £113m website is delayed for more than four years
The Independent
Soldier numbers stall after hiring handed over to outsourcing giant Capita in massive 10-year contract
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Strasbourg Christmas market reopens after attack11h Strasbourg Christmas market reopens after attack
BBC
The market reopens after the Tuesday attack carried out by a gunman in which three people died.
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Will giving a time limit to her premiership help or hinder the PM?11h Will giving a time limit to her premiership help or hinder the PM?
BBC
Theresa May says she won't fight another election - but has she forfeited power in saying so?
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Manchester & London on five-city ATP Finals shortlist11h Manchester & London on five-city ATP Finals shortlist
BBC
Manchester joins current hosts London on a five-city shortlist to stage the season-ending ATP Finals from 2021.
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11h 'In my job, if you turn off the phone and laptop and talk to people, things happen'
The Independent
Britain's leading celebrity biographer, Sean Smith, author of six bestsellers, describes the journeys he makes to discover the real people behind the celebrities
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Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal11h Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal
BBC
The PM says her Brexit deal is "at risk", as her performance at an EU summit is called "bad" by diplomats.
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11h Brexit: Tony Blair predicts majority of MPs will back fresh referendum as Brussels snubs Theresa May's efforts to save deal
The Independent
Ms May went to Brussels on Thursday seeking fresh concessions to her deal that would help it 'over the line' in parliament
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Giles set to replace Strauss as England director of cricket11h Giles set to replace Strauss as England director of cricket
BBC
Former spinner Ashley Giles is on the verge of replacing Andrew Strauss as England's new director of cricket.
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Watch: Chargers produce late comeback to stun Chiefs11h Watch: Chargers produce late comeback to stun Chiefs
BBC
The Los Angeles Chargers fight back from seven points down to beat the Kansas City Chiefs with a two-point conversion in the final seconds.
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Five-week-old baby boy dies after Yaxley dog attack12h Five-week-old baby boy dies after Yaxley dog attack
BBC
Two Staffordshire bull terriers seized following the attack have been destroyed, police confirm.
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Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal12h Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal
BBC
The PM says her Brexit deal is "at risk", as her performance at an EU summit is called "bad" by diplomats.
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12h Kurdish-led fighters take last Isis stronghold in Syria, activists say
The Guardian
Syrian Democratic Forces capture Hajin in Deir ez-Zor province after heavy fighting Kurdish-led fighters have captured the last Syrian town held by Islamic State, activists said. The fall of Hajin follows days of intense battles in Isis’s last remaining stronghold near the Iraqi border in eastern Syria. The group still holds some villages nearby.
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Strasbourg Christmas market attacker Chekatt shot dead12h Strasbourg Christmas market attacker Chekatt shot dead
BBC
Police came across Cherif Chekatt in a Strasbourg street and shot him after he opened fire.
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Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal13h Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal
BBC
The PM says her Brexit deal is "at risk", as her performance at an EU summit is called "bad" by diplomats.
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Chelsea condemn anti-Semitic chants in MOL Vidi Europa League game13h Chelsea condemn anti-Semitic chants in MOL Vidi Europa League game
BBC
Chelsea say fans who sang an anti-Semitic chant in the Europa League game with MOL Vidi have "shamed the club".
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13h Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to run for president: 'How about... no'
The Independent
The New York Democrat, 29, said the political media is is 'too fixated on personalities instead of policies'
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Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal13h Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal
BBC
Theresa May says the deal is "at risk" if the concerns of MPs are not addressed by EU leaders.
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14h 'Millennial exodus' from London fuels rent rises in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, report suggests
The Independent
Monthly rent in London averages £1,200 but parts of the capital have seen big declines in real wages over past decade
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15h ‘I felt like an impostor’: a mixed-race American in Africa
The Guardian
‘Passing for white’ was a complicated feeling at home in Ohio. In Chad, it was a whole different experience again. By Alexander Hurst Every time I crossed the courtyard, walked past the well in the corner and slipped out of the baby blue gate nestled into the high brick wall that surrounded my Chadian host family’s house, I instantly became
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15h Britain’s direct complicity in the war in Yemen must end | Rowan Williams
The Guardian
Millions of people face slaughter or starvation – the UK must stop sending billions in arms exports to Saudi Arabia Count the number of times you see or hear the phrase “peace on Earth” in the next week or so. It’s one of the great Christmas themes – or great Christmas cliches, if you want to be cynical. But in the year when we remember
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15h Lee stabbing: witness appeal after police make murder arrest
The Guardian
Suspect aged 18 joins 16-year-old already in custody over death of Jay Sewell, 16 An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death a teenager in south-east London. Jay Sewell died after a fight in Lee in the city’s south-east shortly before 10pm on Tuesday.
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16h Healthcare to get $100bn boost as India aims to cut maternal deaths
The Guardian
Spending on health will double by 2025, with India intent on improving its record on mortality of mothers and infants India has pledged to spend $100bn (£79bn) more on healthcare over the next seven years in a move partly aimed at reducing maternal mortality rates. The country will more than double its health spending from just over the current 1% of GDP to 2.5% by 2025, prime minister Narendra Modi announced.
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Half of UK homes could get faster broadband16h Half of UK homes could get faster broadband
BBC
New research suggests that people have not taken up faster services, even though they are available.
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Migrant caravan: Girl dies in custody after crossing US-Mexico border16h Migrant caravan: Girl dies in custody after crossing US-Mexico border
BBC
A seven-year-old migrant from Guatemala with dehydration suffers a cardiac arrest, US media report.
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16h Sondra Locke, actor and former partner of Clint Eastwood, dies at 74
The Guardian
Actor starred in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, before role in Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales Sondra Locke, the American actor who was nominated for an Oscar for her first film before co-starring in six films with her one-time partner, Clint Eastwood, has died. The actor, who was 74, died at her home in Los Angeles after a cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by Associated Press. She died on 3 November and authorities were promptly notified at the time. It is not clear why it took nearly six weeks to be reported.
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Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal17h Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal
BBC
Theresa May says the deal is "at risk" if the concerns of MPs are not addressed by EU leaders.
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17h Wild weather continues with severe thunderstorm warning for much of NSW
The Guardian
Victoria still at risk of flooding as storms hit NSW from Tamworth to Snowy Mountains A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for much of
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Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke dead at 7417h Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke dead at 74
Daily Mail
Locke was best known for the six films she made with Clint Eastwood in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including 'The Outlaw Josey Wales'.
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17h Surveillance fears grow after Taylor Swift uses face recognition tech on fans
The Guardian
Pop star’s reported use of software to root out stalkers may be well meant, but it fuels a disturbing trend, experts say Taylor Swift secretly secretly surveilling her fans using facial recognition technology might sound like science fiction – but
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18h Black cab rapist John Worboys puts his £250,000 North London flat on the market
Daily Mail
The convicted predator, 61, bought the one bedroom flat in April in 1981 and currently makes £861-a-month by renting it out, but has been forced to sell to fund an upcoming bid for parole.
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18h Synthethic cannabis makers face life in jail amid New Zealand crackdown
The Guardian
Drug will be classified as class A as government tackles scourge of country’s most deadly narcotic Manufacturers and distributors of synthetic cannabis could face life in prison after the New Zealand government announced a crackdown on the drug following more than 50 deaths this year. Active chemicals in the drug would now be classified as class-A drugs, health minister David Clarke said, and police would be given greater enforcement powers.
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Yellow Vests: Is the symbol spreading across Europe?19h Yellow Vests: Is the symbol spreading across Europe?
BBC
The clothing has been used in demonstrations on a wide variety of subjects, in countries across Europe. But what's behind the vest, and what's its future?
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19h Antarctica deaths: no foul play suspected in deaths at McMurdo station
The Guardian
Two fire-safety technicians died on Wednesday at the US-managed station, but investigators are still piecing together what happened No criminal activity is suspected in the deaths of two subcontractors killed at a US research station in Antarctica, the National Science Foundation has said. Investigators are still piecing together what happened when two fire-safety technicians died during maintenance inside a generator outbuilding at McMurdo Station, the agency said.
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Southwest Airlines flight U-turns after human heart discovery19h Southwest Airlines flight U-turns after human heart discovery
BBC
A US plane travelling from Seattle to Dallas turns back after failing to unload the donated organ.
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19h Boy who stabbed mother to death after she caught him smoking won't be charged, Chinese police say
The Independent
Parents of teenager's classmates furious at plans for him to return to school after admitting to killing
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David Dimbleby: Goodnight, but not goodbye20h David Dimbleby: Goodnight, but not goodbye
BBC
The Question Time presenter has hosted his final show after 25 years in the hot seat.
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20h Palestinians call on Muslim states to target Australian exports over Jerusalem embassy
The Guardian
Leaders increase pressure as PM Scott Morrison set to reveal if Australia will move Israel embassy from Tel Aviv Palestinian leaders are lobbying Arab and other Muslim states to drop Australian exports and withdraw their ambassadors from Canberra in the event the Coalition moves Australia’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. On Saturday Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, is expected to announce in an address to the Sydney Institute whether the country will move its embassy from Tel Aviv.
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Our Brexit deal is at risk, May warns EU leaders20h Updated Our Brexit deal is at risk, May warns EU leaders
BBC
The PM says the withdrawal deal "can be passed" but MPs must be assured the backstop is not a "trap".
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20h EU leaders scrap plans to help Theresa May pass Brexit deal after disastrous meeting
The Independent
Prime minister shredded goodwill at Q&A with leaders who left baffled at what she wanted
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21h Grace Millane: New Zealand police find shovel linked to murder of British backpacker
The Independent
Detectives find object believed to be linked to killing after trawling through CCTV footage
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21h Number of rough sleepers up 20% since last Christmas, charity warns
The Independent
Ministers accused of 'ignoring ongoing crisis' as research estimates number of people sleeping on the streets has doubled in five years
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Why did Rachel Johnston die after having all her teeth removed?21h Why did Rachel Johnston die after having all her teeth removed?
BBC
The families of three people with learning difficulties tell the BBC all their teeth were taken out.
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Travellers see pound close to dollar parity21h Travellers see pound close to dollar parity
BBC
Airport currency exchanges are offering rates as low as $1.05 for a pound
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21h £495m contract led to army recruitment shortfalls, auditors find
The Guardian
Officials ‘did not understand project’s complexity’ before signing outsourcing deal The British army authorised a £495m contract with the outsourcing giant Capita to bring in new recruits without understanding the complexity of the project, a report by Whitehall’s spending watchdog has concluded. The National Audit Office found that the decade-long contract, signed in 2012, had been beset with problems, resulting in shortfalls in the number of serving soldiers for the past five years. The army currently has 77,000 fully trained troops, compared with a target of 82,500.
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Clarifications & Corrections 21h Clarifications & Corrections 
Daily Mail
On 28 February, we reported on a Times article that said the son-in-law of John Murphy had been jailed for a car ‘clocking’ fraud.
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21h Police use force disproportionately against black people in England and Wales, figures suggest
The Independent
Senior officer says police 'use the absolute minimum amount of force to resolve a situation'
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22h Reforesting the world: the Australian farmer with 240m trees to his name
The Guardian
Tony Rinaudo’s regeneration technique, developed in west Africa 30 years ago, has helped bring back forest over 6m hectares Through the
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22h Main suspect in Strasbourg attack has been killed by French police - video report
The Guardian
The alleged shooter in Strasbourg, Chérif Chekatt, has been killed by police, it has been confirmed. In a brief statement released on Thursday night, French police said the man had been 'neutralised'. Earlier reports from various news agencies, citing police sources, had said Chekatt had been shot at about 9pm near where he launched the attack on Tuesday, which left three people dead and 13 wounded. According to l’Obs news magazine, he was traced to the Neudorf area of Strasbourg and shot at about 9pm local time (8pm GMT)
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22h Pacific nations under climate threat urge Australia to abandon coal within 12 years
The Guardian
Frustrated leaders appeal to ‘all OECD countries’ to phase out use as Australia signals support for new plants Pacific countries vulnerable to climate change have urged Australia to abandon coal power generation within 12 years, and to prohibit new coal plants or expansion of existing plants. The call from 15 small Pacific island states came one day after the
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22h Updated Trump inauguration spending 'under criminal investigation' after materials seized in Cohen case
The Independent
It remains unclear how the president's inauguration costs ballooned to over $100m
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Strasbourg Christmas market attacker Chekatt shot dead22h Updated Strasbourg Christmas market attacker Chekatt shot dead
BBC
Police came across Cherif Chekatt in a Strasbourg street and shot him after he opened fire.
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22h EU holds back plan to rescue Theresa May's Brexit deal until new year
The Independent
Leaders feel rescue package will have more impact in January as no deal looms
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22h May urges EU leaders to work with her to salvage Brexit deal
The Guardian
Prime minister launches last-ditch effort to agree time limit on unpopular Irish backstop Theresa May has pleaded with European leaders before dinner in Brussels to hold “nothing in reserve” and work with her to salvage her
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22h Government urged to adopt new definition of Islamophobia following rise in hate crimes
The Independent
Exclusive: More than 50 cross-party MPs and peers warn discrimination against Muslims is going 'unreported and unchallenged' in UK
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23h Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to run for president in 2020: 'How about... no'
The Independent
The New York Democrat, 29, falls four years short of the presidential age limit in the Constitution
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23h Barack Obama launches thinly veiled attack on Trump for 'making up facts'
The Independent
The 44th president made the remarks during his human rights award speech Wednesday
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23h Trump reportedly in the room during National Enquirer hush money meeting – as it happened
The Guardian
NBC News says Donald Trump was the ‘other member of the campaign’ present when Cohen and Pecker agreed to silence women
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Celtic 1-2 Salzburg: Scottish champions squeeze into Europa League last 3223h Celtic 1-2 Salzburg: Scottish champions squeeze into Europa League last 32
BBC
Celtic scrape into the Europa League last 32 as Rosenborg's shock draw in Leipzig sent the Scottish champions through.
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Strasbourg Christmas market attacker shot dead23h Strasbourg Christmas market attacker shot dead
BBC
Cherif Chekatt, the man said to have carried out Tuesday's deadly attack, is killed by police.
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Anthony Joshua says he wants to fight Deontay Wilder in April23h Anthony Joshua says he wants to fight Deontay Wilder in April
BBC
Anthony Joshua says he's willing to fight WBC champion Deontay Wilder in April and told the American "I'm running the game".
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23h Bitcoin bomb threats: Dozens of major public buildings evacuated across US over cryptocurrency email
The Independent
Officials believe the bomb threats are a hoax after major institutions targeted with spam emails
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24h Senate defies Trump and passes resolution holding Saudi crown prince responsible for Khashoggi murder
The Independent
The US Senate also passes resolution calling for end to US support for Saudis in Yemen civil war
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24h Strasbourg attack suspect killed by police
The Guardian
Police say Chérif Chekatt, who allegedly killed three people, is dead The alleged shooter in Strasbourg, Chérif Chekatt, has been killed by police, it has been confirmed. In a brief statement released on Thursday night, French police said the man had been “neutralised”. Earlier reports from various news agencies, citing police sources, had said Chekatt had been shot at about 9pm near to where he launched the murderous attack on Tuesday, which left three people dead and 13 wounded.
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All Blacks coach to step down after World Cup24h All Blacks coach to step down after World Cup
BBC
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen will step down after eight years in charge following the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
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24h Cherif Chekatt dead: Strasbourg Christmas market shooting suspect killed, police say
The Independent
The suspected gunman in a deadly attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg has been killed, French police say.
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Morata injured as Chelsea draw final Europa League group game24h Morata injured as Chelsea draw final Europa League group game
BBC
Chelsea lose striker Alvaro Morata to a knee injury as they draw with MOL Vidi in a Europa League dead rubber.
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25h Bitcoin bomb threats: Dozens of major public buildings evacuated across US over cryptocurrency email
The Independent
Dozens of bomb threats have been reported across the country, sent to schools, businesses, media outlets and police, prompting several institutions and establishments into evacuating its buildings.
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25h Chaos as money pours onto New Jersey highway after armoured truck crashes
The Independent
People 'went a little bit crazy when they saw the money', says a witness
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25h West Bank: Two Israelis and four Palestinians killed amid bloodiest flare up of violence in months
The Independent
Clashes in the West Bank after Israeli army launches massive manhunt for Palestinian gunman behind Thursday's attack, as Benjamin Netanyahu vows to legalise thousands of settlement homes
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26h Geminid meteor shower: Where, when and how to see it
BBC
Around the world, the shower will peak during 13 or 14 December, with up to 120 meteors per hour.
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26h Knife and weapon possession offences at highest level in eight years in England and Wales, new figures show
The Independent
A fifth of offences are being committed by children, Ministry of Justice figures show
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26h Southwest Airlines flight forced to turn around mid-air when human heart found on board
The Independent
Someone forgot to unload the human heart before the Dallas-bound flight took off
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26h Rare Neanderthal DNA mean some people's brains are slightly different shape, study suggests
The Independent
Interbreeding with ancient humans means ancient genetic fragments still shaping heads of some Europeans
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26h Trump responds to former lawyer Michael Cohen's bombshell claims in rambling Twitter denial
The Independent
President tweets 'As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!' after former fixer is sentenced to three years in jail
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26h Teenager filmed using intercom to quit job at Walmart: 'Nobody should work here - ever'
The Independent
Seventeen-year-old makes his feelings clear over the loudspeaker at a store in Canada
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How Twitter helped keep the Prime Minister in No10 in a dramatic 24 hours in British politics 26h How Twitter helped keep the Prime Minister in No10 in a dramatic 24 hours in British politics 
Daily Mail
Shortly after 9pm on Wednesday, Sir Graham entered Committee Room 14 – which was rammed full of MPs, minister and journalists, to announce Prime Minister Theresa May had won the vote.
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26h Brexit: Crunch vote on Theresa May's deal definitely not held before Christmas
The Independent
Downing Street said the 'meaningful vote' will not be brought to parliament until January
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26h Donald Trump criticises 'crazed' Mika Brzezinski over homophobic comment about Mike Pompeo
The Independent
Trump implies the 'Morning Joe' host should be fired for using the 'horrible term'
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26h Strasbourg shootings: Armed police mount operation in Neudorf district
BBC
Suspected gunman Cherif Chekatt, who killed three at a Christmas market, is still on the run.
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28h Maria Butina: Alleged Russian spy admits to conspiracy against US to try and gain political influence through NRA
The Independent
Case is separate from Robert Mueller's probe, but prosecutors hope Butina's cooperation will give them insight into Russian meddling in American politics
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ANDREW PIERCE asks who will replace Theresa May as PM? 28h Updated ANDREW PIERCE asks who will replace Theresa May as PM? 
Daily Mail
Andrew Pierce asks who will replace Theresa May now she has said she won't fight next election. Potential replacements include Brexit loyalist Michael Gove (pictured) and Sajid Javid.
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28h Maria Butina: Alleged Russian spy admits to conspiracy against US to try and gain political influence through NRA
The Independent
Alleged Russian spy Maria Burtina has admitted engaging in a conspiracy against America to try and gain influence in US politics.
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28h Former Cambridge University rugby player jailed for sexually assaulting student in college room
The Independent
'You are a very strong 6ft rugby player. You easily overpowered her and she obviously feared for the worst.'
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28h Buddhist monk killed by leopard while meditating in Indian forest
The Independent
Officials had previously warned of threat from wild animals
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28h Geminid meteor shower: Where, when and how to see it
BBC
Around the world, the shower will peak during 13 or 14 December, with up to 120 meteors per hour.
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28h Number of journalists jailed for doing job nears record high, annual report finds
The Independent
Donald Trump criticised for frequent characterisation of negative coverage as 'fake news'
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Javid is favourite to replace May as PM vows to step down by 202229h Javid is favourite to replace May as PM vows to step down by 2022
Daily Mail
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is favourite with the Tory faithful to succeed Theresa May, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in second place – and Boris Johnson well down the field, a Mail poll revealed.
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Strasbourg shootings: Armed police mount operation in Neudorf district29h Strasbourg shootings: Armed police mount operation in Neudorf district
BBC
Suspected gunman Cherif Chekatt, who killed three at a Christmas market, is still on the run.
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29h Elon Musk's SpaceX could disrupt construction of Trump's border wall with Mexico
The Independent
Land intended to be home to commercial spaceport stands in way of US president's 'big, beautiful' wall
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29h NHS faces 'bleakest winter yet' as number waiting 12 hours in A&E for bed doubles
The Independent
More than 50,000 patients waiting four hours or more in corridors and trolleys
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29h Nixon Smith: Body found in search for missing British man last seen at Madrid airport
The Independent
'It is with a heavy heart I have to report that Nixon has passed away,' brother says
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29h Family find bones of father missing for nearly 60 years under basement
The Independent
Ground-penetrating radar and psychics used to finally unearth murdered father's remains
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29h Trump 'worried about impeachment' following Cohen sentencing
The Independent
President has publicly claimed he is not concerned with his likelihood of impeachment
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29h Renault keeps Carlos Ghosn as chief executive after internal investigation finds no evidence of wrongdoing
The Independent
Carmaker finds CEO's ompensation compliant with French law and industry recommendations
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29h More than one-third of single mothers in debt as former partners fail to pay child support, research finds
The Independent
'Fathers not paying out obviously makes mothers feel very angry. It is genuinely upsetting. If someone is not paying then it's the child that suffers,' says lawyer
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29h Man charged with murdering his three-month-old baby son appears in court
The Independent
The boy died in hospital in March last year but a court order had prevented details of the case from being reported sooner
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29h Trump responds to former lawyer Michael Cohen's bombshell claims in rambling Twitter denial
The Independent
President tweets 'As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!' after former fixer is sentenced to three years in jail
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Mike Ashley: Debenhams snubbed my £40m lifeline29h Mike Ashley: Debenhams snubbed my £40m lifeline
BBC
Sports Direct's owner Mike Ashley has written a bluntly worded letter to the boss of Debenhams.
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29h Strasbourg manhunt: Anti-terror police close cordon off area of city as net closes on fugitive gunman
The Independent
Police appear to be closing in on the man thought to have carried out a deadly shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg as officers launched a large operation in the city.
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30h Skeletons of 21 children found in mass grave in Sri Lanka with 'signs of torture'
The Independent
So far 276 skeletons have been exhumed from 'largest mass grave ever explored on island'
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30h Trump responds to former lawyer Michael Cohen's bombshell claims in rambling Twitter denial
The Independent
President tweets 'As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!' after former fixer is sentenced to three years in jail
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30h Paedophile police officer who filmed himself raping 13-year-old girl in car jailed for 25 years
The Independent
Former soldier who posed as 15-year-old boy to groom girls on Facebook had 'insatiable appetite' for underage girls
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30h Indiana school shooting: Teenage suspect dead after active shooter situation with local schools on lockdown
The Independent
A teenage suspect is dead after police responded to an active shooter situation at a school in Richmond, Indiana.
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30h Conservative minister likens Brexiteers to 'ants' as divisions in Tory party continue to erupt
The Independent
'After the apocalypse, all that will be left will be ants and Tory MPs complaining about Europe and their leader'
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31h Chinese tech workers told not to travel to US 'unless it's essential' after Huawei exec arrested
The Independent
The arrest of CFO Meng Wanzhou has heightened tensions between the world's two biggest economies
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31h European Central Bank boss Mario Draghi warns of trade war threat to eurozone economy
The Independent
Warning of downside risks, Mr Draghi flagged 'the threat of protectionism'
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31h Melania Trump interview: First lady says 'I don't agree with Donald's tone sometimes'
The Independent
'In the end, it's his decision. He knows the consequences. He's an adult. But he's a fighter'
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31h Trump responds to former lawyer Michael Cohen's bombshell claims in rambling Twitter denial
The Independent
President tweets 'As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!' after former fixer is sentenced to three years in jail
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31h Shark numbers crashed by 92% over past half century, report finds
The Independent
'While often perceived as a danger to the public, sharks play important ecological roles in coastal ecosystems,' says scientist behind study
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31h Government orders council taxpayers to pay extra for police as crime rises
The Independent
Police funding settlement relies on council tax increase for £500m extra funding
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31h Exeter University law society disbanded after students posted 'racist' WhatsApp messages
The Independent
'The conduct of the society fell short of the standards and values of the university'
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31h UK weather forecast: Yellow warning issued as Britain braces for weekend snow and ice
The Independent
Temperatures expected to plunge below freezing as a cold snap moves in over weekend
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31h Trump responds to former lawyer Cohen's bombshell claims in rambling Twitter denial
The Independent
Donald Trump has scrambled to distance himself from illegal campaign contributions made by his former lawyer to two women who allege they had affairs with the president more than a decade ago.
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32h Trump administration could deport thousands of Vietnamese refugees after immigration rules changed
The Independent
Activists warn former refugees could be mistreated by communist regime in Vietnam
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32h Egypt detains human rights lawyer on terror charges for wearing yellow vest, as authorities fear copycat protests
The Independent
An Alexandria prosecutor ordered that Mohamed Ramadan be detained for 15 days on charges of being part of a terrorist group and inciting revolt for allegedly having the vests.
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32h Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley issues warning to Debenhams in leaked letter after loan offer refused
The Independent
Mr Ashley said in his letter that he was concerned that the Debenhams board 'doesn't really seem to appreciate' the position that the company is in
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32h 'Raging' Santa Claus rips off beard and tells children to 'get the f*** out' after fire alarm disrupts grotto
The Independent
'We told our children he wasn't the real Santa. He was an imposter and will be going on the naughty list'
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32h Yemen peace talks: Ceasefire agreed for embattled city of Hodeidah
The Independent
UN chief hails the agreement as "real progress toward future talks to end the conflict."
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Brexit: Theresa May arrives at EU summit after surviving vote32h Brexit: Theresa May arrives at EU summit after surviving vote
BBC
The prime minister says she wants to get new assurances from the EU over the Irish backstop plan.
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32h Domestic violence campaigner 'beaten to death by ex-boyfriend'
The Independent
Ms Alexander owned service called Anger Room where people break things as means of relieving stress
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EastEnders set rebuild goes £27m over budget33h EastEnders set rebuild goes £27m over budget
BBC
The BBC is building a brand new, HD-ready Albert Square and expanding the external EastEnders set.
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33h UN chief warns failure to tackle global warming 'suicidal' as climate talks stall in Poland
The Independent
Lack of agreement at COP24 event in Poland 'would compromise our last best chance to stop runaway climate change', says secretary-general
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33h Brexit drags UK property market to weakest level in six years
The Independent
House prices fall in London, the south-east and East Anglia, while in the north-east, south-west and east Midlands they are flat
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33h Brexit: What happens next? From key dates and the meaningful vote to Theresa May's future as prime minister
The Independent
Everything you need to know about Britain's EU withdrawal and what might happen in the coming weeks
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33h When is the Geminid meteor shower? How to watch stunning spectacle light up the sky
The Independent
Nasa says the display is 'one of the best and most reliable of the annual meteor showers'
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33h Theresa May heads to Brussels with Brexit vote delayed to January – politics live
The Guardian
PM won party backing by 83 votes but faces uphill battle to get her deal through Commons
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34h Trump 'cancels' White House Christmas party for journalists
The Independent
Donald Trump has reportedly cancelled the annual White House Christmas party for members of the media.
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34h Manhunt for Strasbourg gunman continues across German border
The Guardian
Police appeal to public for information on suspect Chérif Chekatt who has gunshot wound to elbow
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Strasbourg: Police make public appeal in Chérif Chekatt manhunt34h Strasbourg: Police make public appeal in Chérif Chekatt manhunt
BBC
A third death is confirmed after police name Chérif Chekatt, 29, as the suspected killer.
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Marmite sprouts? Why retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food34h Marmite sprouts? Why retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food
BBC
From pigs-in-blankets tea to Christmas tree crisps, retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food.
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Gambling TV adverts ban confirmed34h Gambling TV adverts ban confirmed
BBC
Gambling chiefs confirm plans to effectively ban television betting adverts during pre-watershed live sport.
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EastEnders set rebuild goes £27m over budget34h EastEnders set rebuild goes £27m over budget
BBC
The BBC is building a brand new, HD-ready Albert Square and expanding the external EastEnders set.
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34h City banker texted partner 'life isn't going to work for me' after bludgeoning high-class escort to death, court hears
The Independent
Detectives believe Christina Abbotts, who was found dead on her 29th birthday, was hit on the head with a pestle 13 times
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European media unimpressed by May confidence vote34h European media unimpressed by May confidence vote
BBC
Newspapers on the continent say the UK PM's survival of a no-confidence vote has changed little.
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34h Trump's refusal to pay attention during briefings leaving intelligence officials 'extraordinarily frustrated'
The Independent
US president allegedly continues to reject advice on matters of foreign policy from spy agencies
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34h Donald Trump warned 'no one is above the law' by new House intelligence committee chairman
The Independent
Justice department should reassess guidance preventing prosecution of presidents, says Adam Schiff
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Brexit: Theresa May to join EU summit after surviving vote34h Brexit: Theresa May to join EU summit after surviving vote
BBC
The prime minister is returning to Brussels to seek new assurances from the EU over the Irish backstop.
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35h Child homelessness in England rises to highest level in 12 years, new figures show
The Independent
Child homelessness in England has hit a 12-year high, according to new data showing that the number of families in temporary accommodation has surged since the Conservatives came into power.
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35h Judge rules doctors can amputate man's foot against his wishes
The Independent
Doctors fear gangrene would spread from leg and ultimately kill him
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35h Turkey train crash: At least nine dead in Ankara
BBC
At least nine people have been killed and dozens hurt in the crash in Ankara, officials say.
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35h Holocaust survivor, 92, killed after being hit by car
The Independent
Alter Wiener spent three years in Nazi labour camps
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35h Could Norwegian fjords and waterfalls stop bitcoin from destroying the planet?
The Independent
It costs more than £2,000 to mine a single bitcoin, which means cheap energy is vital. Anthony Cuthbertson visits an underground operation in Norway that offers a viable – and green – solution
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35h Number of far-right referrals to counter-extremism programme Prevent rockets 36% in a year
The Independent
Islamist referrals fall by 14% in 2017/18 as security services warn of shifting threat to UK
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35h Large gangs of out-of-control monkeys run wild in India's parliamentary estate
The Independent
Delhi is home to tens of thousands of mischievous macaques, and so far all efforts to move them on have failed
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Turkey train crash: At least seven dead in Ankara37h Turkey train crash: At least seven dead in Ankara
BBC
At least seven people have been killed and dozens hurt in the crash in Ankara, officials say.
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‘Now let me get on with it!’: May pleads for space to secure orderly Brexit37h Updated ‘Now let me get on with it!’: May pleads for space to secure orderly Brexit
Daily Mail
Theresa May was last night left with only a faint glimmer of hope from Brussels over her demands to renegotiate the customs backstop. The Prime Minister will be in Brussels today.
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37h Brazil: same-sex couples rush to the altar ahead of Bolsonaro inauguration
The Guardian
Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right politician who will be the country’s next president, has called himself a ‘proud homophobe’ On the night of the Brazilian election, Bianca Gama cried as it became clear that the country’s next president would be
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37h Theresa May heads to Brexit talks in Brussels after seeing off confidence vote – politics live
The Guardian
PM won party backing by 83 votes but faces uphill battle to get her deal through Commons
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38h Tax transparency: which companies pay the most and least tax in Australia?
The Guardian
The Australian Tax Office has released tax and income details for public and private companies operating in Australia for the 2016-17 financial year. These entities were either Australian public companies and multinationals with an income of more than $100m, or Australian-owned resident private entities with total income of $200m or more. You can search by company name, or sort using the column headings. Reasons why a company might not have to pay tax are explained in detail by the tax office
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Couple invited to join alleged cocaine smugglers on cruise if they put clothes in provided suitcases38h Couple invited to join alleged cocaine smugglers on cruise if they put clothes in provided suitcases
Daily Mail
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Craven said alleged cocaine smugglers Susan and Roger Clarke befriended him and invited them on a Caribbean cruise if they 'brought designer suitcases' with them.
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Brexit: Theresa May to join EU summit after surviving vote38h Brexit: Theresa May to join EU summit after surviving vote
BBC
The prime minister is returning to Brussels to seek new assurances from the EU over the Irish backstop.
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Canadian Michael Spavor missing in China38h Canadian Michael Spavor missing in China
BBC
Michael Spavor is believed to have been detained on suspicion of harming China's national security.
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38h Turkey train crash: four killed, dozens injured in high-speed Ankara collision
The Guardian
Emergency services work to free passengers after one train crashed into another then hit pedestrian overpass A Turkish high-speed train collided with another rail egine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a train station in Ankara on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 43.
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Deadly high-speed train crash in Ankara Turkey39h Deadly high-speed train crash in Ankara Turkey
BBC
At least four people are killed and dozens hurt in the early-morning crash in Ankara, reports say.
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Paper review: Damaged May survives, but for how long?39h Paper review: Damaged May survives, but for how long?
BBC
Despite winning confidence vote, the scale of opposition puts PM's future - and Brexit - in danger.
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12 Dec 11:56pm China detains second Canadian citizen amid row over Huawei executive's arrest
The Independent
Chinese government website says entrepreneur Michael Spavor is being investigated on suspicion of 'harming national security'
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Strasbourg shooting: Police appeal to find Chérif Chekatt 12 Dec 11:35pm Strasbourg shooting: Police appeal to find Chérif Chekatt
BBC
They name Chérif Chekatt, 29, as the man suspected of opening fire in the French city, killing two.
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Brexit: Theresa May to join EU summit after surviving vote 12 Dec 10:41pm Brexit: Theresa May to join EU summit after surviving vote
BBC
The prime minister is returning to Brussels to seek new assurances from the EU over the Irish backstop.
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Vahid Sayadi Nasiri: Jailed Iran activist dies on hunger strike 12 Dec 10:00pm Vahid Sayadi Nasiri: Jailed Iran activist dies on hunger strike
BBC
Jailed for his posts on social media, Vahid Sayadi Nasiri protested against his conditions in prison.
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12 Dec 9:38pm Australia’s carbon emissions highest on record, data shows
The Guardian
If emissions continue at current rate, Australia will miss Paris target by 1.1bn tonnes, Ndevr Environmental predicts
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12 Dec 9:25pm Gilbert Rozon: Just for Laughs founder charged with rape and indecent assault
The Guardian
The Canadian comedy festival creator is also facing a C$10m class-action lawsuit
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12 Dec 9:25pm Nancy Pelosi on track to become House speaker after agreeing to term limit
The Guardian
Pelosi quelled a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years Nancy Pelosi has all but sealed her ascent to speaker of the House after striking a deal with a
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12 Dec 9:16pm Queensland warned Tropical Cyclone Owen could become a destructive category four
The Guardian
The severe cyclone is expected to cross the Queensland coast on Friday, bringing fierce winds and rain A severe cyclone expected to hit
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12 Dec 9:14pm May survives confidence vote with a majority of 83 – as it happened
The Guardian
Prime minister defeats leadership challenge after Conservative MPs vote to back her by 200 to 117
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Theresa May vows to contest Tory no confidence vote tonight 12 Dec 9:14pm Updated Theresa May vows to contest Tory no confidence vote tonight
Daily Mail
Theresa May was backed by a margin of  to  in a no-confidence ballot, staving off what would have been an ignominious end to her time as leader.
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12 Dec 9:13pm Theresa May defeats Tory coup over Brexit deal but is left damaged
The Guardian
More than a third of MPs vote no confidence in leader but PM says victory gives party ‘renewed mission’ Theresa May has won the backing of her party to stay on as prime minister – but more than a third of Conservative MPs voted against her, underscoring the uphill battle she faces in getting her Brexit deal through parliament. Tory MPs rejected a no-confidence motion in the embattled prime minister’s leadership by 200 votes to 117 on Wednesday night, after a swift contest that exposed
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Driving instructor paralysed after eating a Chinese chicken curry 12 Dec 9:07pm Driving instructor paralysed after eating a Chinese chicken curry
Daily Mail
David Braham, 40, from Bridgend, Wales, became unwell while watching his son play rugby after the meal and within a matter of days was fighting for his life in an induced coma.
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12 Dec 8:24pm New Zealand courts banned naming Grace Millane’s accused killer. Google just emailed it out | Toby Manhire
The Guardian
That one of the world’s biggest companies rides roughshod over a court order tells you all you need to know about the giants of Silicon Valley Imagine if a media company told you the name of the man accused of killing Grace Millane. Imagine if, in defiance of a very clear court ruling of interim name suppression, that company told you his name in an email – spelling it out, even, in the subject header.
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12 Dec 8:19pm Chérif Chekatt: Strasbourg shooting suspect's family questioned by police as hundreds of officers hunt alleged gunman
The Independent
French official claims family of attacker were also known to authorities for holding extremist views
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12 Dec 8:14pm 'What's happening in the UK, which we thought was boringly stable, is quite extraordinary': Europe reacts as May sees off leadership challenge
The Independent
In the final days before the Brexit vote, Jean-Claude Juncker had warned that "a deserter not be welcomed with open arms - that is the stance of the Commission as well as other governments". Last year, after a meeting with Theresa May in Downing Street, the European Commission chief declared "I leave Downing Street more sceptical than I was ever before" about the UK's negotiating stance.
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British Airways crew blast new Airbus because a seat is attached to loo door 12 Dec 8:10pm British Airways crew blast new Airbus because a seat is attached to loo door
Daily Mail
British Airways flight attendants claim the seats on the airliner's Airbus A320neo are putting passengers' lives at risk and will trap people in the toilet in the event of an emergency.
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The secret life of a fantasy shopper 12 Dec 8:02pm The secret life of a fantasy shopper
BBC
Some people take window-shopping to the next level. Sue Elliott-Nicholls describes the escapist allure of a posh fitting room.
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12 Dec 7:45pm Brexit: Pound rallies one per cent against dollar after May wins confidence vote
The Independent
Prime minister's survival after confidence vote sees sterling jump following crash earlier in week
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Paper review: Damaged May survives, but for how long? 12 Dec 7:39pm Paper review: Damaged May survives, but for how long?
BBC
Despite winning confidence vote, the scale of opposition puts PM's future - and Brexit - in danger.
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12 Dec 7:31pm More students with lower A-level grades admitted to university, figures show
The Independent
Ucas has called on universities to be 'mindful' of accepting applicants with lower grades
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12 Dec 7:29pm Theresa May survives confidence vote with a majority of 83 – Politics live
The Guardian
Prime minister defeats leadership challenge after Conservative MPs vote to back her by 200 to 117
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Theresa May: What next for the PM after confidence vote win? 12 Dec 7:28pm Theresa May: What next for the PM after confidence vote win?
BBC
Chief Political Correspondent Vicki Young looks at the Prime Minister's future.
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12 Dec 7:24pm Who is Andrew Moffat – one of three teachers shortlisted for 'world's best teacher' prize?
The Independent
Moffat works in a 99 per cent Muslim school in Birmingham where he promotes LGBT+ equality
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12 Dec 7:20pm George Pell: Pope Francis removes Australian cardinal from inner circle
The Guardian
Restructure of Cardinal of Cardinals comes as Pell faces prosecution in Australia for historical sexual offences Pope Francis has removed Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, from his inner circle in a restructure of his Council of Cardinals. Pell’s position as the financial controller of the Vatican makes him the third most powerful person in the Vatican. He is facing prosecution in Australia for historical sexual offences and has taken leave from the position. Pell has strenuously denied the allegations.
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Could light bring us superfast mobile broadband indoors? 12 Dec 7:12pm Could light bring us superfast mobile broadband indoors?
BBC
Superfast 5G mobile connectivity may not be able to reach inside buildings. Could light help?
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Ambulance vandalism: Bins and scooters used in attacks 12 Dec 7:11pm Ambulance vandalism: Bins and scooters used in attacks
BBC
More than 200 acts of vandalism against ambulances have been recorded over the past three years.
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Organ donors to be asked if they are religious 12 Dec 7:04pm Organ donors to be asked if they are religious
BBC
It is hoped the measure can boost the low proportion of donors from black and Asian backgrounds.
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EastEnders set revamp goes £27m over budget 12 Dec 7:02pm EastEnders set revamp goes £27m over budget
BBC
The National Audit Office says the BBC soap's new set "will not be able to deliver value for money".
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