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Christchurch shootings: New Zealand falls silent for mosque victims1h 27m Christchurch shootings: New Zealand falls silent for mosque victims
BBC
PM Jacinda Ardern leads a national day of reflection marking a week since the Christchurch attacks.
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1h 51m Facebook acknowledges concerns over Cambridge Analytica emerged earlier than reported
The Guardian
Company confirms suspicions of separate incident following Washington DC attorney general court filing Facebook employees were aware of concerns about“improper data-gathering practices” by Cambridge Analytica months before the
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Christchurch shootings: New Zealand falls silent for mosque victims2h Christchurch shootings: New Zealand falls silent for mosque victims
BBC
PM Jacinda Ardern leads a national day of reflection marking a week since the Christchurch attacks.
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2h May urges MPs to back her deal to secure Brexit delay until 22 May – as it happened
The Guardian
If the deal is not passed then Brexit would be delayed only until 12 April, she has agreed with EU
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2h Michelle Obama book vies with Trump exposé at book awards
BBC
Michelle Obama’s Becoming goes up against Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury at the British Book Awards.
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3h Tate art galleries will no longer accept donations from the Sackler family
The Guardian
The Sacklers own Purdue Pharma, the company behind OxyContin, which is under fire amid the opioid epidemic The Tate group of British art galleries has announced that it will no longer accept any gifts offered by members of the Sackler family, who own the US maker of OxyContin. The prescription painkiller is under fire amid the
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Brexit: EU leaders agree Article 50 delay plan3h Brexit: EU leaders agree Article 50 delay plan
BBC
Brexit can be postponed until 22 May if MPs back deal next week, or 12 April if they do not.
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3h Top oil firms spending millions lobbying to block climate change policies, says report
The Guardian
Ad campaigns hide investment in a huge expansion of oil and gas extraction, says InfluenceMap The largest five stock market listed oil and gas companies spend nearly $200m (£153m) a year lobbying to delay, control or block policies to tackle climate change, according to a new report. Chevron, BP and ExxonMobil were the main companies leading the field in direct lobbying to push against a climate policy to tackle global warming, the report said.
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4h Iraq ferry sinking: more than 90 people drown in Mosul
The Guardian
Victims were mostly women and children celebrating Kurdish new year, say officials At least 94 people, including 19 children, have drowned after a ferry overloaded with revellers celebrating the Kurdish new year and Mother’s Day capsized in the Tigris river near Mosul in Iraq. Col Hussam Khalil, the head of the Civil Defence Corps in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, said the incident on Thursday occurred as scores of people – mostly women and children – were celebrating Nowruz, which marks the
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4h Brexit: EU leaders decide UK's fate behind closed doors as Theresa May secures Article 50 extension
The Independent
PM fails to impress her counterparts but EU leaders ultimately agree UK can have an unconditional extension until 12 April
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Brexit: EU leaders agree Brexit delay plan4h Brexit: EU leaders agree Brexit delay plan
BBC
Brexit can be postponed until 22 May if MPs back deal next week, or 12 April if they do not.
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5h Revoke Article 50 petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled hits two million signatures
The Independent
'We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen – so vote now,' organiser says
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Trump: Time to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory5h Trump: Time to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory
BBC
Israel has occupied the strategic plateau since capturing it from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.
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Tate art galleries shun Sackler money over opioid crisis5h Tate art galleries shun Sackler money over opioid crisis
BBC
The art galleries group joins the National Portrait Gallery in turning down money due to opioid links.
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Chelsea take control of Champions League quarter-final against PSG6h Chelsea take control of Champions League quarter-final against PSG
BBC
Chelsea earn a hard-fought win in the first leg of their Women's Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain.
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Northern Ireland defeat Estonia in Euro 2020 opener6h Northern Ireland defeat Estonia in Euro 2020 opener
BBC
Northern Ireland make a winning start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a deserved 2-0 victory over Estonia at Windsor Park.
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Libby Squire: Body in Humber confirmed as missing student6h Libby Squire: Body in Humber confirmed as missing student
BBC
Police say a body recovered from the Humber Estuary is that of the missing 21-year-old student.
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6h Chile: retired soldiers sentenced over 1986 attack on activists burned alive
The Guardian
Carmen Gloria Quintana and Rodrigo Rojas were beaten, sprayed with petrol and set alight in attack that left Rojas dead A Chilean court has sentenced three retired soldiers to 10 years in prison for their part in a horrific attack on two democracy activists who were doused with petrol and set on fire. The 1986 attack on Rodrigo Rojas and Carmen Gloria Quintana was
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Five former Stasi members quizzed over Lockerbie bombing7h Five former Stasi members quizzed over Lockerbie bombing
BBC
Individuals who worked for the East German intelligence service have been questioned as part of the ongoing inquiry.
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Trump: Time to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory7h Trump: Time to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory
BBC
Israel has occupied the strategic plateau since capturing it from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.
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Libby Squire: Body in Humber confirmed as missing student7h Libby Squire: Body in Humber confirmed as missing student
BBC
Police say a body recovered from the Humber Estuary is that of the missing 21-year-old student.
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Brexit: EU draft plans propose Brexit delay until May7h Brexit: EU draft plans propose Brexit delay until May
BBC
EU leaders remain locked in discussions amid reports that they may offer a delay until 7 May.
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7h Mount Everest: Dead bodies appearing due to melting glaciers
The Independent
'The old ones that remained buried are now coming out'
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Coming soon... The Mueller Report8h Coming soon... The Mueller Report
BBC
As the real-life US political drama nears its finale, here's a reminder of the saga's main characters.
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8h Australian TV host criticised for mocking New Zealand PM's accent during moving speech about Christchurch attacks
The Independent
'She's got more class that you could ever try and buy you pathetic horrible has-been,' notes one reply to Sam Newman
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8h Brexit: MoD prepares for no-deal in Whitehall bunker
BBC
Defence officials say the preparations at their Whitehall HQ are part of wider cross government action.
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Brexit: EU draft plans propose Brexit delay until May8h Brexit: EU draft plans propose Brexit delay until May
BBC
A draft EU document says the delay would come with the condition MPs approve the PM's deal next week.
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Trump: Time to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory8h Trump: Time to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory
BBC
Israel has occupied the strategic plateau since capturing it from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.
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8h Anna Soubry: Independent Group MP 'can't go home' because of death threats over Brexit
The Independent
'I'm not able to go home this weekend, I am not safe', former Tory warns
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8h German journalist who gave birth as hostage in Syria speaks of ordeal
The Guardian
Janina Findeisen was seven months pregnant when she travelled to the war zone A German woman who was abducted in Syria and held captive for nearly a year has revealed how her kidnappers were prepared to “cut off my head in front of a live camera”, but ended up pampering her with chocolate, toys and luxury nappies after she
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8h Woman, 75, arrested after boy stabbed to death in Switzerland
The Guardian
Seven-year-old attacked in street while walking home from school in Basel, police say Police in Switzerland have arrested a 75-year-old woman on suspicion of killing a seven-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed on his way home from school. The child was attacked while walking alone in the north-western city of Basel at about 12.30pm local time (1130 GMT), police said.
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9h Lloyd Russell-Moyle: Labour MP blames Theresa May after he is attacked in Kemptown street
The Independent
An MP has blamed Theresa May after he says he was attacked in the street.
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9h Arkansas Senate approves bill banning Down's syndrome abortions
The Independent
The proposed law is similar to one in effect in North Dakota
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9h Cyclone Idai witness describes seeing hundreds of bodies by roadside
The Guardian
Fears situation far worse than official death toll, as communities ‘totally obliterated’ Entire villages have been destroyed in Mozambique and Zimbabwe and most of their inhabitants swept away, as rescuers race to save
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9h Frozen monkey testicles offer hope for future of childhood cancer survivors
The Independent
'This advance is an important step towards offering young cancer patients around the world a chance at having a family in the future'
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9h Brexit: Draft plans propose UK to get delay to 22 May
BBC
A draft EU document says the delay would come with the condition MPs approve the PM's deal next week.
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9h Cyclone Idai rescuers race to reach survivors in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi
The Independent
At least 1,000 people are thought to have died and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced
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9h Cyclone Idai brings devastation to Mozambique – visual guide
The Guardian
Rescuers race to reach tens of thousands of people trapped by vast areas of flooding Idai first hit Mozambique on 4 March as a tropical depression with torrential rain that also affected southern Malawi. It then changed course, moving back over the sea where the storm strengthened to a cyclone with the equivalent force of a category 3 hurricane.
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9h Doomed Boeing planes lacked two optional safety features – report
The Guardian
Neither 737 Max aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia crashes had sensors sold for extra cost Boeing reportedly sold the 737 Max planes that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia without two safety features that the US aircraft manufacturer offers airlines for an additional cost. It is still not clear what caused
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10h Brexit crisis: As 29 March approaches, what happens now?
The Independent
In the ocean of doubt that is Brexit, there is perhaps a little buoy of certainty about what will happen in the next few days.
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Trump: Time to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory10h Trump: Time to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory
BBC
Israel has occupied the strategic plateau since capturing it from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.
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10h Celebrating Purim in Manchester – in pictures
The Guardian
Orthodox Jewish children in fancy dress and adults take to the streets of Broughton in Greater Manchester to celebrate the annual feast of Purim, celebrated by Jewish communities around the world with parades and costume parties. Purim commemorates the defeat of Haman, the adviser to the Persian king, and his plot to massacre the Jewish people, 2,500 years ago, as recorded in the biblical book of Esther.
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10h Government orders hospitals not to reveal Brexit impact assessments to protect 'commercial interests'
The Independent
Requests for information about effect on staff numbers and supply of goods and services should be refused, advice says
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10h How is the government preparing for a no-deal Brexit?
The Independent
Operation Yellowhammer described as the 'biggest peacetime project in the history of the civil service'
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10h New Dutch anti-immigration party surges in election days after Utrecht shooting
The Independent
Forecasts suggest Forum for Democracy party (FrD) will become joint largest party in senate
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10h Next will pass on £15m no-deal Brexit tariff savings to customers
The Independent
Consumers 'numb to daily swings in the political debate', with little evidence that uncertainty is affecting demand for clothing, says chief executive and prominent Brexiteer Lord Simon Wolfson said
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11h Teacher sacked after calling pupil 'paedophile' while holding pedometer and making beeping sounds
The Independent
Liverpool teacher avoids being barred from profession after admitting string of sexually explicit comments
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11h Persimmon to allow new homebuyers to hold back money until faults are fixed
The Independent
Customers' to keep 1.5 per cent of purchase price as housebuilder aims to restore reputation that has been dogged by complaints of poor build quality
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11h Royal College of Physicians drops opposition to assisted dying
The Independent
'It is clear that there is a range of views on assisted dying in medicine, just as there is in society'
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11h Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido says senior aide was kidnapped by intelligence agents
The Independent
Guaido says chief of staff was arrested in pre-dawn raid in sign of potential crackdown by president Nicolas Maduro
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12h Tattooist who removed willing customer's nipple and created forked tongue for another jailed for three years
The Independent
Though judges accepted ear removal had been 'done quite well', they said procedures were not comparable to tattoos and piercings
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12h Auschwitz visitors urged to stop posing for photos on infamous railway tracks at Nazi death camp
The Independent
Officials at site remind public more than one million people were killed there
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12h Brexit: UK heading for no-deal if MPs reject deal next week, says Macron
The Independent
EU leaders from across continent says Commons must back deal to avoid crashing out
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12h Article 50 petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled hits one million signatures
The Independent
Hundreds of thousands voice frustration amid mounting backlash over PM's move to blame MPs for crisis
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12h Study of bears' communication casts doubt on human supremacy over animals
The Independent
Mammals mimic facial expressions in a way previously thought to be unique to people and great apes
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Birmingham mosque attacks probed by terrorism officers12h Birmingham mosque attacks probed by terrorism officers
BBC
Windows were smashed at the centres in Birmingham in an overnight vandalism spree.
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13h Pierrette Fleutiaux: French novelist who explored intimacy and the immigrant experience
The Independent
Her most acclaimed book, 'We Are Eternal', was passionate and almost taboo – winning a feminist prize
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13h China explosion: At least six dead and dozens injured after factory blast which triggered earthquake
The Independent
Nearly 400 rescue workers and 86 fire engines dispatched to scene, authorities say
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13h Michel Temer: Brazil's former president arrested just two months after far-right Bolsonaro took power
The Independent
Move comes as part of sprawling police probe into alleged graft in construction of nuclear plant
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13h Drunk Russian sailors discovered stranded on Welsh island after night out
The Independent
Men found 'safe but cold' after getting lost in Bristol Channel
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13h Pierrette Fleutiaux: French novelist who explored intimacy and the immigrant experience
The Independent
Her most acclaimed book, 'We Are Eternal', was passionate and almost taboo – winning a feminist prize
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13h Bernie Torme, Irish guitarist and sideman to rock heavyweights
The Independent
Subtlety and dexterity drew many admirers as well as work with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Gillan
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13h Next says its hoodies will get in fine in event of no deal Brexit. Pity about the food and meds
The Independent
The retailer even claimed there may be "modest" price reductions thanks to the government's emergency tariff plan that may be illegal under WTO rules
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13h Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from photos of enslaved people, descendant claims in lawsuit
The Independent
Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing Harvard University to reclaim possession of the images
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13h Myanmar women trafficked as brides into sexual slavery in China, reveals harrowing report
The Independent
'Each time when the Chinese man brought me meals, he raped me,' says Kachin woman
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13h Cookstown disco deaths: No apology for drugs arrest of hotelier
BBC
Hotel owner Michael McElhatton was de-arrested over what turned out to be an "innocent substance".
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13h Libby Squire: Body found in search for missing Hull University student
The Independent
Police waiting for formal identification following postmortem examination
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14h Biogen shares plummet after ending potentially groundbreaking Alzheimer's drug trial
The Independent
The company said the decision to end the trial was not based on safety concerns
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14h Alesha MacPhail murder: Aaron Campbell jailed for 27 years for killing and raping six-year-old girl
The Independent
Judge says 16-year-old is a 'cold, callous, calculating, remorseless and dangerous individual'
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Health secretary criticised over DNA test14h Health secretary criticised over DNA test
BBC
England's health secretary said it had saved his life by revealing a "higher risk of prostate cancer".
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14h Iraq ferry incident: At least 40 dead as overloaded ship sinks near Mosul
The Independent
At least 40 people have died as an overloaded ferry has sunk in the Tigris River near Mosul in Iraq, according to police and medical sources.
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14h Man fined £6.59 for sexually assaulting woman in lift
The Independent
CCTV footage showed defendant cornering victim and leaping on her
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14h UN to explore wave of deaths linked to food aid porridge in Uganda
The Guardian
World Food Programme halts distribution of fortified cereal as four people die and hundreds suffer suspected food poisoning The World Food Programme and Ugandan government have launched an investigation into deaths linked with the distribution of fortified porridge to refugees and people suffering from malnourishment. The health ministry was alerted to reports of possible food poisoning among people who had consumed Super Cereal, a blended food designed to prevent malnutrition, in the north-east region of Karamoja on 12 March.
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14h History ought to take a more balanced view of Tony Blair's record as prime minister
The Independent
In this extract from their new book, Jon Davis and John Rentoul, who teach a course in The Blair Years at King's College London, argue that many of the criticisms of New Labour in government are unfounded
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14h Mister Miracle: Writer Tom King on his journey from comics to the CIA and back again
The Independent
When asked if he'll have to kill David Barnett if he tells him too much about his career in intelligence, King's answer is simple: 'No, they'll have to kill me'
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14h 'Worst conditions since crisis began': Twelve die after fleeing Isis caliphate in Syria
The Independent
Hospitals are overwhelmed, with increasing number of people needing treatment for severe burns or shrapnel wounds
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14h Dog missing for four days found in rabbit hole
The Independent
Ralph's sister Edie caught his scent and alerted search team
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14h Article 50 petition: Government website crashes after more than 900,000 demand Brexit is cancelled
The Independent
Call to scrap withdrawal process takes just hours to attract double the signatures of petition calling for no-deal
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15h Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn refuses to rule out revoking Article 50 to stop no-deal
The Independent
Jeremy Corbyn has refused to rule out revoking Article 50 as a last resort in order to stop a no-deal Brexit.
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15h Alesha MacPhail murder: Life sentence for Aaron Campbell after he admits guilt
BBC
Aaron Campbell was told that he would have to serve at least 27 years before he could apply for parole.
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15h Only Fools and Horses actor backs campaign to build golden Del Boy statue
The Independent
Petition calls for statue of Peckham wheeler-dealer to be installed at site of west London tower block due for demolition
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15h Conservative MP Philip Davies blocks motion to make LGBT+ lessons at schools mandatory
The Independent
Move comes as small number of schools halt education about same-sex couples
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15h Birmingham mosque attack: Counter-terror police called in to investigate incidents at Muslim places of worship across city
The Independent
Four mosques targeted as police call for community to unite 'against those who seek to create discord'
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UK interest rates on hold amid Brexit impasse15h UK interest rates on hold amid Brexit impasse
BBC
Bank of England says the outlook will depend "significantly on the nature and timing of EU withdrawal".
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Birmingham mosque attacks probed by terrorism officers15h Birmingham mosque attacks probed by terrorism officers
BBC
Windows were smashed at the centres in Birmingham in a vandalism spree overnight.
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15h Three schoolgirls face up to five years in prison for drawing on picture of Burundi president
The Independent
'Authorities should focus on holding perpetrators of serious rights violations to account instead of jailing schoolchildren for doodles', rights group says
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15h Mother slashes man with sword after catching him molesting her five-year-old daughter, police say
The Independent
John Lawarren Williams charged with aggravated child molestation and cruelty to children
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15h Ethiopian Airlines crash: Pilot did not receive training on Boeing 737 Max 8 simulator, sources say
The Independent
Plane maker said experienced pilots needed little training for new model before two planes fatally crashed
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15h Brexit: Theresa May claims 'no evidence' she put MPs in danger by blaming them for delay in leaving EU
The Independent
Prime minister on defensive after MP warns 'If any harm comes to any of us, she will have to accept her share of responsibility'
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15h Article 50 petition: Government website crashes after more than 800,000 demand Brexit is cancelled
The Independent
Call to scrap withdrawal process takes just hours to attract double the signatures of petition calling for no-deal
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Alesha MacPhail murder: Life sentence for Aaron Campbell after he admits guilt15h Alesha MacPhail murder: Life sentence for Aaron Campbell after he admits guilt
BBC
Aaron Campbell was told that he would have to serve at least 27 years before he could apply for parole.
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15h Revoke Article 50 petition: Conspiracy theories abound after 'cancel Brexit' campaign website crashes
The Independent
'Could be volume – or something more suspicious,' one Remain campaigner speculates, raising fears of a pro-Brexit DDoS attack
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Bank payment scams claim 84,000 victims15h Bank payment scams claim 84,000 victims
BBC
Banks say scam merchants are shifting their attention to conning members of the public directly.
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16h Alesha MacPhail murder: Teenager Aaron Campbell jailed for 27 years for killing and raping six-year-old girl
The Independent
A 16-year-old boy who abducted, raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail has been jailed for a minimum of 27 years.
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16h History-making jockey out of Grand National
BBC
Bryony Frost will miss next month's Grand National meeting after it emerged she broke her collarbone in a fall just four days after making history at the Cheltenham Festival.
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16h Disabled woman dies after having all her teeth removed in operation 'without consent'
The Independent
Mother of Rachel Johnston, 49, claims daughter did not have capacity to make decision and family should have been consulted
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17h BBC show 'cannot find' anyone who supports Theresa May statement about Brexit delay
The Independent
'We're trying to bring up tweets from a range of different people – no one is being positive about it,' says presenter Ros Atkins
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17h UK shoppers defy Brexit uncertainty as retail sales rise in February
The Independent
One of the warmest winter months on record boosted spending, while Brexit stockpiling may have had 'modest' effect
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Christchurch shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons17h Christchurch shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons
BBC
PM Jacinda Ardern says gun owners must hand in affected weapons, in a bid to prevent mass shootings.
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17h Article 50 petition: Government website crashes after more than 600,000 demand Brexit is cancelled
The Independent
Petition to scrap withdrawal process attracts more signatures than no-deal petition within hours
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17h Birmingham mosque attacks: Counter-terror police called in to investigate incidents at Muslim places of worship across city
The Independent
Four mosques targeted as police call for community to unite 'against those who seek to create discord'
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Brexit: Theresa May at Brussels EU summit to urge short delay18h Brexit: Theresa May at Brussels EU summit to urge short delay
BBC
The PM heads to an EU summit, hours after a speech telling the nation she was "on their side".
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18h Pursued by a Portaloo and waving Hammond's head on a pike, Farage's foot soldiers bear down on London to demand Brexit
The Independent
Fifty men and women are walking 270 miles from Sunderland to London to demand leave means leave on 29 March
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19h Brexit: More than half a million sign petition demanding Article 50 is revoked and UK stays in EU
The Independent
Petition to scrap withdrawal process attracts more signatures than no-deal petition within hours
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19h New Zealand accidentally charges mosque attack suspect with murder of someone who is still alive
The Independent
Officers apologise to person wrongfully named on charge sheet for alleged gunman's first court appearance
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20h Laureline Garcia-Bertaux murder: Man charged over woman found strangled in shallow grave
The Independent
Kirill Belorusov, 32, was detained in Tallinn, the capital of his home country Estonia
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Ted Baker profits down amid tough trading20h Ted Baker profits down amid tough trading
BBC
News of the 26% profit fall comes after founder Ray Kelvin's departure over a "forced hugs" row.
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Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons20h Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons
BBC
The prime minister said the gun laws had to change after a man killed 50 people at two mosques.
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Brexit: Theresa May at Brussels EU summit to urge short delay21h Brexit: Theresa May at Brussels EU summit to urge short delay
BBC
The PM heads to an EU summit, hours after a speech telling the nation she was "on their side".
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Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons21h Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons
BBC
The prime minister said the gun laws had to change after a man killed 50 people at two mosques.
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21h Foreign students who stay to work in UK pay £3.2bn in taxes – study
The Guardian
Report finds highly qualified, non-British graduates do not take jobs from local residents International students who stay and work in the UK after graduation contribute £3.2bn in extra tax revenues, research has revealed. The first major report into the boost overseas students give the economy found non-UK graduates do not take jobs from local residents, because they largely obtain work in highly qualified areas such as economics or science, or in sectors that suffer acute shortages, such as teaching and nursing.
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Cyclone Idai: UK charities launch joint appeal22h Cyclone Idai: UK charities launch joint appeal
BBC
A national appeal to help survivors has been launched by the UK's Disasters Emergency Committee.
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Lorraine Kelly wins £1.2m tax row against HMRC over ITV work22h Lorraine Kelly wins £1.2m tax row against HMRC over ITV work
BBC
HMRC claimed she was employed by ITV, but the judge ruled that Kelly's TV persona is a daily performance.
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22h New Zealand shooting: Jacinda Ardern bans all military-style semi-automatic guns and assault rifles – live updates
The Guardian
Prime minister announces gun buyback and says parts that can be converted into semi-automatic weapons are also now banned. Follow it live ...
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Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons22h Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons
BBC
The prime minister said the gun laws had to change after a man killed 50 people at two mosques.
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22h Slavery reparations: where do Democratic 2020 candidates stand?
The Guardian
Bernie Sanders is opposed, while Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker hesitate to voice outright support
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Cyclone Idai: UK charities launch joint appeal22h Cyclone Idai: UK charities launch joint appeal
BBC
A national appeal to help survivors has been launched by the UK's Disasters Emergency Committee.
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23h Queensland woman who took daughters to Somalia for genital mutilation jailed
The Guardian
Woman is the first person to be sentenced in Queensland for removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation An extremely sick Queensland woman who took her two daughters to Somalia for genital mutilation will go to prison as a deterrent to others. The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identities of her children, was found guilty of taking her daughters, then aged 10 and 13, to her birth country in April 2015 for the procedure.
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23h New Zealand shooting: Jacinda Ardern bans all military-style semi-automatic guns and assault rifles – live updates
The Guardian
Prime minister announces gun buyback and says parts that can be converted into semi-automatic weapons are also now banned. Follow it live ...
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Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons23h Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons
BBC
The prime minister said the gun laws had to change after a man killed 50 people at two mosques.
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23h New Zealand to ban all military-style weapons like those used in Christchurch mosque attack, Ardern says
The Independent
Buying back semi-automatic weapons may cost up to £100m but 'is the price we must pay to ensure safety of our communities', says PM
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Military-style semi-automatic assault rifles are banned in New Zealand 24h Military-style semi-automatic assault rifles are banned in New Zealand 
Daily Mail
More than 70,000 people called for the guns to be banned in a petition to the government following the Christchurch attack.
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24h New Zealand shooting: Jacinda Ardern bans all military-style semi-automatic guns and assault rifles – live updates
The Guardian
Prime minister announces gun buyback and says parts that can be converted into semi-automatic weapons are also now banned. Follow it live ...
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Christchurch shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons, says PM24h Christchurch shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons, says PM
BBC
The country's gun laws have been in the spotlight since a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques last Friday.
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24h Arrests over hotel spycam porn ring that filmed 1,600 guests across South Korea
The Guardian
Cameras were set up in hair dryer holders and wall sockets in 10 cities, say prosecutors Police in
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25h US-China trade: Trump says tariffs on Beijing may linger
The Guardian
‘We have to make sure that if we do the deal, China lives by it,’ says president ahead of resumption of trade talks Donald Trump has warned that the United States may leave tariffs on Chinese goods for a “substantial period” to ensure that Beijing complies with any trade agreement, while later emphasizing he wanted them to reach a “great” trade deal. Trade talks are set to resume next week and Chinese officials have been pressing for a full lifting of US tariffs as part of any deal.
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25h Cambridge University withdraws fellowship of Jordan Peterson over fury at his gender stance
Daily Mail
Jordan Peterson had announced on Monday he would be joining the Faculty of Divinity to give a series of lectures, but after intense online backlash Cambridge did a U-turn today and pulled the offer.
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Cookstown disco deaths: Arrested hotel owner released on police bail25h Cookstown disco deaths: Arrested hotel owner released on police bail
BBC
Michael McElhatton, owner of Greenvale Hotel, is due to return for further questioning, police said.
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Kew murder: Man charged over French film producer death25h Kew murder: Man charged over French film producer death
BBC
Laureline Garcia-Bertaux's body was found buried in a shallow grave in her west London garden.
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26h Knife crime: Education secretary Damian Hinds says truancy is 'bigger concern' than expulsions
The Independent
Children from homes where there is domestic violence and substance abuse 'are most at risk of harm or criminal exploitation', Mr Hinds says
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26h Man charged with murder of a French film maker Laureline Garcia-Bertaux
The Independent
Kirill Belorusov, 32, was detained in Tallinn, the capital of his home country Estonia
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26h #themooovement: parody Twitter account surpasses Devin Nunes in followers
The Guardian
Devin Nunes’ Cow has a herd of 498,000 followers on Wednesday night, surpassing the California congressman’s 396,000 A parody Twitter account that mocks Devin Nunes now has more followers than the California congressman does – all because of media attention brought by a defamation lawsuit Nunes brought against Twitter and users who make fun of him on the platform.
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26h Bangers and ballots: everything you need to know about the NSW election
The Guardian
There’s a good chance Saturday’s poll will produce a hung parliament. Here’s how to make your vote count – and where to buy your democracy sausage Almost 5.3 million people are enrolled to vote at more than 8,000 voting stations in Saturday’s state election. New South Wales has fixed terms, with elections held on the fourth Saturday in March every four years since 1995. About a quarter of voters cast their ballot before election day in 2015, and this is expected to rise in 2019. Almost 850,000 people had voted by Thursday morning.
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Giant sunfish washes up on beach in South Australia27h Giant sunfish washes up on beach in South Australia
BBC
Fishermen initially mistook the flat fish's unusual appearance for a piece of driftwood.
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Italian driver hijacks and torches school bus full of children27h Italian driver hijacks and torches school bus full of children
BBC
Police helped children escape through smashed windows as the suspect set the bus alight.
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27h Brexit: Theresa May says high time MPs vote for her deal – as it happened
The Guardian
Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including PM’s statement at Downing Street and Labour leader leaving meeting
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27h Final Wittenoom residents to be forced out of asbestos-ridden mining town
The Guardian
Western Australian government to compulsorily acquire properties in deadly Pilbara site, where there are fears for tourists who still visit the area Landowners who refuse to move from the most contaminated site in the southern hemisphere will have their properties compulsorily acquired by the Western Australian government. A bill to finalise the closure of the former asbestos mining town Wittenoom in the Pilbara, which was de-gazetted in 2007, was due to be introduced to state parliament on Wednesday.
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27h Over half of Universal Credit claimants have money deducted from payments, new figures show
The Independent
Deductions made when claimants have outstanding debts with their utility companies or landlord
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Cyclone Idai: Rescuers race against time to reach survivors27h Cyclone Idai: Rescuers race against time to reach survivors
BBC
Aid workers say thousands in Mozambique are still awaiting rescue from catastrophic flooding.
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27h Christchurch shooting: remembering the victims
The Guardian
Jacinda Ardern asked New Zealand to remember the names of the victims of the Christchurch shooting, not that of the perpetrator. Here are their stories
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27h Prison inmates too afraid to leave cells due to 'vicious circle of drugs and violence', inspectors find
The Independent
Staff believe London gang affiliations are fuelling violence at HMP Onley but inspection finds drivers are 'poorly understood'
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25-stone paramedic loses half his body weight27h 25-stone paramedic loses half his body weight
BBC
Miles Bryers, 24, weighed more than 25 stone before his dramatic weight loss.
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Council tax increase: Why am I paying the police so much?27h Council tax increase: Why am I paying the police so much?
BBC
A bigger portion of your council tax will go to police this year. But why? And what is it used for?
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27h Home Office overseeing 'serious failings' in almost every stage of immigration detention process, MPs warn
The Independent
Ministers accused of presiding over 'irresponsible' failures which see people wrongfully detained
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27h Home Office has utterly failed in immigration detention, MPs find
The Guardian
Irresponsibility led to people being wrongly detained, committee chair says The Home Office approach to immigration detention is careless and cavalier and has led to people being wrongfully detained, an influential parliamentary committee has concluded. The home affairs select committee said in a scathing report that the department had overseen serious failings in almost every area of the immigration detention process.
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27h International graduates remaining in UK for work contribute £3.2bn in tax, analysis finds
The Independent
'It is an absolute tragedy that the UK has failed to keep up with other countries'
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