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1h 37m Australia train crash: Two killed after Sydney to Melbourne rail service derails
The Independent
Five passenger carriages left tracks 29 miles north of Melbourne
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1h 45m Why is the Trump administration expanding its travel ban?
The Independent
With six new countries added to the list, the so-called 'Muslim ban' will now affect hundreds of millions of people
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1h 55m Metropolitan Police deploys facial recognition in central London with two hours' warning
The Independent
'This tech makes us less free and no safer,' says privacy campaign group
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2h Hospital corridors turned into motorbike track for sick children
The Independent
Patients get relief from austere routine thanks to Italian bikers at Great Western Hospital in Swindon
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3h Tony Blair says he would refuse to sign trans rights pledge
The Independent
Former Labour prime minister warns leadership candidates not to launch 'culture war' with right over identity issues
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4h Police chief strips down to underwear and storms out of meeting after being sacked
The Independent
'I gave them my shirt, I gave them my turtleneck, I gave them my ballistic vest,' says Richard Lee
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4h Richard Grenell: Trump's new acting intelligence chief likened to 'far-right colonial officer' in previous role
The Independent
German newspaper describes Trump loyalist as 'vain narcissist... who can barely handle criticism'
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6h Germany shooting: Nine dead after two attacks on Hanau shisha bars
BBC
The suspect was found dead seven hours after the shootings in Hanau, and the motive is still unclear.
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7h Coronavirus: Two cruise ship passengers die in Japan after contracting virus
The Independent
Japanese couple in their 80s passed away in hospital after being taken off Diamond Princess
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7h 'I want Matt Hancock to look at this photograph': Mother releases picture of her cradling stillborn baby who died because of NHS maternity failings
The Independent
'Too many families are going through this and things are not changing fast enough' says grieving mum who has backed The Independent's maternity safety campaign
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7h Lack of transparency over outsourcing deals leaves taxpayers in dark, study warns
The Independent
Research conducted by the University of Leeds has found gaps in disclosure
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7h Labour needs 'fundamental reconstruction' to survive, Blair warns to mark party's 120th anniversary
The Independent
'Out of 120 years, Labour has been in power for just over 30 of them,' says former Labour PM
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8h News Daily: Nine dead in Germany and UK braced for more floods
BBC
Your morning briefing for Thursday 20 February 2020.
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8h 90% of Google adverts for ISAs and bonds could be scams, search giant told
The Independent
Sites back online within hours of being taken down, as campaigners demand action from government and regulators
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8h Roma set to talk to other clubs about missing children campaign
BBC
Roma are set to have talks with other European clubs about raising awareness of missing children after a groundbreaking social media campaign.
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8h Hanau shooting: Nine dead after two attacks in Germany
BBC
The suspect was found dead seven hours after targeting shisha bars in the western city of Hanau.
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8h Dame Julie Walters reveals shock of bowel cancer diagnosis
BBC
The actress tells Victoria Derbyshire her next film, The Secret Garden, could possibly be her last.
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9h Coronavirus: Britons on Diamond Princess cruise ship to be flown home
BBC
Only those who are well can travel, and they will be quarantined on their return, it is understood.
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9h Hanau shooting: Nine dead after two attacks in Germany
BBC
The suspect was found dead seven hours after targeting shisha bars in the western city of Hanau.
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9h Democratic debate: Bloomberg becomes punchbag as rivals fight to keep campaigns alive
The Independent
Even Donald Trump joins in from a rally in a neighbouring state: 'I hear he's getting pounded tonight'
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9h Democratic debate: Bloomberg rivals line up to attack billionaire
BBC
The billionaire faces off against opponents for first time in a slugfest debate worthy of Las Vegas.
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11h 'Are you saying I'm dumb?': Klobuchar hits back at Buttigieg in bad-tempered Democratic debate
The Independent
Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar hit out at fellow Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg during a bad-tempered debate in Las Vegas after he criticised her for having forgotten the name of the Mexican president.
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11h Coronavirus: Britons on Diamond Princess cruise ship to be flown home
BBC
Only those who are well can travel, and they will be quarantined on their return, it is understood.
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12h Trump accuses Democrats of 'poisoning' democracy as they attack him during 2020 debate
The Independent
President's Phoenix rally is first of three in as many days during West Coast swing
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12h Hanau shooting: Eight dead after two attacks in Germany
BBC
The suspects are still at large after targeting shisha bars in the western German city of Hanau.
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13h Trump reelection campaign has spent $1.9m at president's companies, report says
The Independent
Meanwhile, president has donated none of his own money to campaign after pledging to self-fund in 2016
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13h Hanau shooting: Eight dead after two attacks in Germany
BBC
The suspects are still at large after targeting shisha bars in the western German city of Hanau.
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14h Dana Rohrabacher denies offering Assange a pardon from Trump
BBC
Dana Rohrabacher denies a claim he offered a White House clemency deal to the Wikileaks founder.
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14h Julian Smith: Boris Johnson approved Stormont agreement
BBC
Former NI Secretary Julian Smith dismisses claims the PM was unaware of the Stormont deal details.
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14h Trump attacks Bloomberg and mocks his height as Democratic candidate surges in polls
The Independent
Bloomberg spox fires back that president is 'hurting American farms, and he knows that Mike Bloomberg has the skills to fix the problem'
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15h Syria civil war: How a father helps his daughter cope with life in a warzone
BBC
Abdullah and his family are living in a warzone but they've come up with a unique way to cope with air strikes.
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15h Death row inmate scheduled to die by electric chair loses last attempt at life in prison
The Independent
Nicholas Sutton is credited with protecting prison staff from fellow inmates on three occasions
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15h 'Nowhere to be seen': Corbyn launches attack on Johnson for failing to visit flood-hit communities
The Independent
'Government's response has been wholly inadequate and fails to grasp the scale of this crisis,' says Labour leader
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15h Coronavirus claims first lives in Middle East as two die in Iran
The Independent
Unconfirmed number of suspected sufferers also quarantined in Qom hospital
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15h Students outraged after Melania Trump given 'Woman of Distinction' award
The Independent
First lady has focused her efforts on a 'Be Best' campaign, discouraging cyberbullying and opioid abuse
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15h Germany shooting: Several dead after gunman opens fire in Hanau
The Independent
At least eight people have been shot dead in Germany and five others injured in multiple gun attacks, according to local media.
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15h New porn laws including fines introduced in Utah – as state relaxes polygamy rules
The Independent
Separate proposals, one cracking down on pornography, and one loosening laws regarding polygamy, pass different chambers of state legislature within an hour
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16h Storm Dennis: More heavy rain falls amid flood defence fears
BBC
Met Office warnings for rain are in place, as 1,400 properties are already affected by floods.
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16h Bernie Sanders 'got so close to running against Obama in 2012 top senator had to intervene'
The Independent
Report marks latest sign of conflict between Sanders and establishment Democrats
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16h Trump rape accuser E Jean Carrol claims ELLE magazine fired her after speaking out
The Independent
'Because Trump ridiculed my reputation, laughed at my looks, and dragged me through the mud, after 26 years, ELLE fired me,' says Ms Carroll
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16h Storm Dennis: More heavy rain falls amid flood defence fears
BBC
Met Office warnings for rain are in place, as 1,400 properties are already affected by floods.
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17h Philadelphia shooting: Four shot after gunman opens fire, police say
The Independent
At least four people were shot in broad daylight in North Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon — two were hit in the head.
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17h Immigration: No visas for low-skilled workers, government says
BBC
Ministers urge firms to stop relying on "cheap labour", but critics warn of damage to the economy.
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17h Comedian under coronavirus quarantine sneaks out of hotel resort to fly home
The Independent
Frank King flies back to Seattle, saying he has an engagement to keep
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17h Libya peace talks on brink of collapse after deadly attack on vital seaport
The Independent
Western powers silent as warlord hammers lifeline for civilians
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17h Kobe Bryant mourners are laying flowers at the wrong grave
The Independent
The cemetery has to clean flowers from the gravesite daily
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18h Labour MPs threatening to quit party if Long-Bailey becomes leader 'must trigger immediate by-elections'
The Independent
Exclusive: 'If constituents voted for a Labour MP, they deserve to be represented by a Labour MP,' says Dawn Butler
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18h Chelsea Manning: Whistleblower's lawyers claim her imprisonment is illegal and demand release
The Independent
'Over the last decade, Chelsea Manning has shown unwavering resolve in the face of censure, punishment and even threats of violence'
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18h NASCAR driver Ryan Newman released from hospital after crash
The Independent
Mr Newman has been joking around with staff, friends and family while spending time playing with his two daughters
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18h Police officers on a date end up foiling armed robber
The Independent
When robber sees them coming he drops his gun and flees restaurant
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18h Storm Dennis: More heavy rain forecast amid flood defence fears
BBC
Met Office warnings for rain are issued, as 1,400 properties are already affected by floods.
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18h Two women drown after car rolls off ferry from Miami's exclusive Fisher Island
The Independent
It is unclear how their vehicle came to fall from the ferry on Tuesday afternoon
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18h Trump's approval rating hits record high as he mocks 'fake media' polls predicting he'll lose the election
The Independent
President calls media polls 'fake' as he continues fundraising and campaign tour out West
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18h BT account scammers jailed for £358k fraud
BBC
The group infiltrated more than 2,000 BT customer accounts and used the details to buy luxury goods.
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19h American high school textbook calls African slaves 'immigrants'
The Independent
Academics also condemn use of racist language in school books
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19h TikTok: Parents call for crackdown on Skull Breaker Challenge which is hospitalising kids
The Independent
Children are being unknowingly goaded into playing the cruel 'game' and a 12-year-old-boy was left with a broken wrist after having his legs swept out from underneath him
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19h Rowan Baxter: Outcry after family of ex-rugby player die in fire
BBC
Unconfirmed reports say that Rowan Baxter set a car alight with his wife and children inside.
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19h Every country on Earth failing to provide world fit for children, landmark report warns
The Independent
'Predatory marketing' and wealthy countries' high carbon emissions among chief concerns for health of future generations, says major WHO, Lancet and Unicef report
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19h Nebraska refuses pardon for girlfriend of 1950s killer who inspired films and Springsteen song
The Independent
Despite pleas from relatives of victims, Caril Ann Fugate denied pardon for murder conviction
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19h Julian Assange: Trump rejects claim that he offered WikiLeaks founder a pardon as 'total lie'
The Independent
'Another indication that Trump's assault on the rule of law isn't new; it's been ongoing throughout his term,' says former Obama aide
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20h Locust swarms cross into hunger-hit South Sudan
The Independent
'If we are not able to deal with them' before new round of breeding 'it will be a problem', says UN official
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20h Brit Award winner Dave: Seven things you need to know
BBC
He stole the show at this year's Brit Awards - now find out more about the south London rapper.
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20h Caroline Flack: Daily Mail investigated by regulator over 'harmful' reporting on cause of death
The Independent
'It shows a newspaper intent on exploiting the tragic death of Caroline Flack in the same way it exploited her for much of her life,' press regulation campaigners say
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20h Coronavirus: Foreign Office tells Britons to stay on cruise ship
BBC
The Foreign Office says it hopes to evacuate the stranded UK passengers "later this week".
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20h 'Clueless': Priti Patel claims 8.5m people could fill workforce gaps created by new immigration plan
The Independent
Sectors from social care to construction, farming and horticulture voice concern over staff shortages
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20h Surviving father of family murdered by 17-year-old son says there were 'no red flags'
The Independent
'There was lots of blood. I opened my door and before my work bag hit the floor I was shot in the head'
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21h Pop Smoke: Rapper shot dead in apparent robbery
BBC
A man was shot on Wednesday morning at a house in the Hollywood hills, police confirmed to Newsbeat.
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21h Albania president asks people to topple country's left-wing government
The Independent
Ilir Meta says he hopes for crowds in capital on day he passes decree
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21h Immigration: Eight ways new laws will affect industry
BBC
The government will introduce a "points-based" post-Brexit immigration system - but what will be the impact?
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23h Unsolved 1986 murder of Swedish prime minister 'closer to being solved'
The Independent
Chief prosecutor says there are new leads and hopes to bring a charge in first half of 2020
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24h Immigration: No visas for low-skilled workers, government says
BBC
Ministers urge firms to stop relying on "cheap labour", but critics warn of damage to the economy.
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24h George Zimmerman sues Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren over tweets honouring Trayvon Martin
The Independent
Acquitted Florida watchman claims presidential candidates falsely connected him to gun violence in shooting death of unarmed black teenager
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25h UK weather: Flood-hit communities brace for more heavy rain as Storm Dennis disruption continues
The Independent
There are six severe flood warnings which present a "danger to life" in place across England and Wales
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26h Beijing expels three WSJ journalists over opinion piece calling China 'real sick man of Asia'
The Independent
Foreign ministry calls article 'racist' when announcing decision, which has been criticised by journalists' association as 'extreme'
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27h UK refuses to include Elgin marbles in Brexit trade talks after EU negotiation draft leak
The Independent
'They are the legal responsibility of the British Museum,' says Downing Street
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27h Immigration: No visas for low-skilled workers, government says
BBC
The post-Brexit immigration plan says employers must stop relying on "cheap labour".
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28h Plan for blanket 20mph speed limit across North Yorkshire would be 'unrealistic', inquiry finds
The Independent
Scheme would damage area's economy and be too tough to police, report says – but campaigners condemn 'appalling' verdict
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28h Storm Dennis: More heavy rain forecast amid flood defence fears
BBC
Three Met Office warnings for rain are issued, as 1,400 properties are already affected by floods.
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28h US attorney general William Barr 'considering quitting over Trump tweets'
The Independent
President called himself the 'chief law enforcement officer of the country'
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28h Three men found killed 'execution style' at California cemetery
The Independent
Triple homicide by side of grave 'was a message', says sheriff
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29h Tory peer Baroness Warsi backs Dave after grime star called Boris Johnson 'racist' during Brits performance
The Independent
Ex-chairwoman welcomes 'necessary wake-up call' after 'shameful' appointment of No 10 aide Andrew Sabisky
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30h Iran's moderates fear backlash in crucial election as supreme leader Khameini urges voters to 'foil evil American intentions'
The Independent
After US killing of General Soleimani and collapse of nuclear deal, Iran's moderates fear a backlash at the ballot box in this week's key parliamentary election, writes Kim Sengupta in Tehran
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30h Immigration: No visas for low-skilled workers, government says
BBC
The post-Brexit immigration plan says employers must stop relying on "cheap labour".
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30h Coronavirus: Passengers disembark from Diamond Princess in Japan
BBC
Some Diamond Princess passengers who tested negative for the new coronavirus disembark in Japan.
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31h UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast
The Independent
Watch the latest UK weather forecast from the Independent for today.
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31h Immigration: No visas for low-skilled workers, government says
BBC
The post-Brexit immigration plan says employers must stop relying on "cheap labour".
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32h British food consumption linked to wildlife loss and deforestation abroad
The Independent
WWF calling on government to prevent companies importing soy, palm oil and other products behind loss of forests
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33h Brisbane car fire: Three children killed after family car set ablaze in 'horrific' incident in Australia
The Independent
Father of children, who were all under age of 10, also dead in fire, while their mother suffered severe burns
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33h Storm Dennis: More heavy rain forecast amid flood defence fears
BBC
Three Met Office warnings for rain are issued, as 1,400 properties are already affected by floods.
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18 Feb 10:58pm Coronavirus: Passengers allowed to leave cruise ship
BBC
The Foreign Office says it hopes to fly back the Britons who have been stranded on the ship this week.
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18 Feb 10:33pm Brits 2020: The real winners and losers
BBC
From most gracious losers to biggest gaffe, here are the awards you didn't see on TV.
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18 Feb 9:23pm Children facing uncertain future, experts warn
BBC
The World Health Organization says "radical change" is needed before it is too late
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18 Feb 8:52pm Immigration: No visas for low-skilled workers, government says
BBC
The post-Brexit immigration plan says employers must stop relying on "cheap labour".
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18 Feb 7:40pm Storm Dennis: Financial aid offered to flood-hit communities as more rain forecast
The Independent
New flood relief funds labelled 'desperate PR exercise' as PM fails to show face in flood-hit regions
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18 Feb 7:26pm Coronavirus: How is the outbreak affecting businesses and the global economy?
The Independent
Apple and HSBC become latest to warn of outbreak's impact as authority's battle to stem spread of virus
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