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13 Jan 6:55pm Flybe: UK air tax change considered to save airline
BBC
Ministers could alter air passenger duty rates for all domestic flights to secure airline's future.
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13 Jan 6:44pm Australian Open practice suspended and qualifying delayed over poor air quality
BBC
Australian Open practice is temporarily suspended on Tuesday and qualifying delayed by an hour due to poor quality in Melbourne caused by the ongoing bushfires.
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13 Jan 6:17pm Queen's Grenadier Guards 'carried out seven armed robberies in three days'
The Independent
Two soldiers serving in the regiment raided businesses in London, court heards
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13 Jan 5:49pm Barcelona sack coach Valverde and hire Setien
BBC
Barcelona sack coach Ernesto Valverde and replace him with former Real Betis coach Quique Setien.
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13 Jan 5:42pm Julian Assange appears in court as lawyers complain prison has blocked Wikileaks founder from seeing key evidence
The Independent
'We have pushed Belmarsh in every way - it is a breach of a defendant's rights,' lawyer says
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13 Jan 5:34pm Barcelona sack coach Valverde and hire Setien
BBC
Barcelona sack coach Ernesto Valverde and replace him with former Real Betis coach Quique Setien.
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13 Jan 5:30pm US coal power plants shut down at near-record rate, despite Trump's promise to save industry
The Independent
If pace continues, America will cut more coal capacity during Trump's first term than Obama's second
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13 Jan 5:29pm Travelex: Fears for customers' personal information after hackers publish stolen data
The Independent
Details from hack on different company posted online by Sodinokibi group that held Travelex to ransom
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13 Jan 5:09pm Melbourne choked by hazardous smoke as bushfires continue to burn across Victoria
The Guardian
Authorities warn people to take health precautions as firefighters spend night responding to alarms triggered by smoke haze Melbourne has been hit by hazardous air pollution as smoke from bushfires in Victoria’s east and in New South Wales drifts through the state. The city centre recorded hazardous levels of fine particles in the air from 12am to 4am and had since been categorised as very poor by the Environmental Protection Authority.
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13 Jan 4:43pm Puigdemont arrives to take up European parliament seat
The Guardian
Catalonia’s former president says he will fight for his jailed MEP colleague Oriol Junqueras Catalonia’s former president has arrived in the European parliament to take his seat, vowing to continue fighting for the jailed Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras, who lost his bid to become an MEP. Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium after
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13 Jan 4:30pm US asks Apple to unlock iPhones used by Saudi terrorist in Pensacola attack
The Independent
21 Saudi servicemen to be expelled from US base where they trained
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13 Jan 4:18pm Trump says he 'couldn't care less' if Iran negotiates with US
The Independent
President tweets warning at Tehran as his administration seemingly works to bring the country 'to the table'
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13 Jan 4:00pm UK weather: Storm Brendan brings rain and 80mph gusts
BBC
A Met Office yellow weather warning, lasting 14 hours, is in place across parts of the country.
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13 Jan 4:00pm Flybe: Stretch tax deadline or airline will shut down, government told
The Independent
The airline appears to be weaponising accrued Air Passenger Duty, estimated by The Independent to total £25m for December alone
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13 Jan 3:43pm Oldest material on Earth discovered
BBC
Scientists analysing a meteorite have discovered the oldest material known to exist on Earth.
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13 Jan 3:39pm SUVs and other polluting cars could be removed from sale, automotive industry warns
The Independent
Brexit combines with new EU target to cause headache for manufacturers
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13 Jan 3:37pm Jofra Archer: Man who abused England fast bowler banned by New Zealand Cricket
BBC
A man who racially abused England fast bowler Jofra Archer during the first Test against New Zealand in November is banned from attending international and domestic matches in the country for two years.
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13 Jan 3:25pm Gigi Hadid selected as potential juror in Harvey Weinstein trial
The Independent
Model tells judge she could 'keep an open mind on the facts'
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13 Jan 3:12pm Labour leadership: Five candidates through as nominations close
BBC
Emily Thornberry gains enough support just before nominations close, but Clive Lewis withdraws.
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13 Jan 3:09pm Flybe in talks to delay air passenger duty bill
BBC
A deferment is one option the airline is discussing with the government to secure a rescue deal.
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13 Jan 3:00pm Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots
The Guardian
Researchers foresee myriad benefits for humanity, but also acknowledge ethical issues Be warned. If the rise of the robots comes to pass, the apocalypse may be a more squelchy affair than science fiction writers have prepared us for. Researchers in the US have created the first living machines by assembling cells from African clawed frogs into tiny robots that move around under their own steam.
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13 Jan 2:59pm Scientists find the oldest solid material ever discovered
The Independent
'They're solid samples of stars, real stardust,' says researcher
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13 Jan 2:59pm Scientists create first 'living robots' in major breakthrough
The Independent
'They're neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal,' says creator. 'It's a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism'
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13 Jan 2:27pm Man captures rare 50-year-old giant fish whose population is unknown
The Independent
Catch of oldest-known grouper in Florida revives call for endangered species protection
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13 Jan 2:21pm Trump to drop labeling China a currency manipulator, report says
The Guardian
Administration preparing to drop charges as the two superpowers move closer to a trade deal The Trump administration is preparing to drop charges that China has been unfairly manipulating its currency as the two economic superpowers move closer to a trade deal. The decision to drop the designation, first reported by
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13 Jan 1:37pm Inside a US air base attacked by Iranian missiles
BBC
Al Asad was targeted after Iranian military commander Qasem Soleiman was killed in a US air strike.
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13 Jan 12:40pm Leadership contender Lisa Nandy says voters found prospect of Labour government 'frightening' at election
The Independent
Contender insists she would be 'the braver, rather than easier option' as leadership race enters second round
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13 Jan 12:25pm Iranian police fired live rounds to disperse protesters, say witnesses
The Guardian
Protests continue after injuries at Tehran demonstrations against shooting down of plane
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13 Jan 12:06pm Conservative mothers' group rages at Burger King for using 'damn' in advert for meatless Whopper
The Independent
Activists denounce commercial as 'irresponsible and tasteless' after customer uses curse word
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13 Jan 12:03pm Queen agrees to back Harry and Meghan stepping away from royal duties after 'constructive' crisis talks
The Independent
Head of state announces 'period of transition', with Sussexes living in Canada and UK
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13 Jan 11:57am Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates
The Guardian
Oceans are clearest measure of climate crisis as they absorb 90% of heat trapped by greenhouse gases The heat in the world’s oceans reached a new record level in 2019, showing “irrefutable and accelerating” heating of the planet. The world’s oceans are the clearest measure of the climate emergency because they absorb more than 90% of the heat trapped by the greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel burning, forest destruction and other human activities.
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13 Jan 11:35am Paedophile cardinal transfers prison after drone flown over jail
The Independent
The drone is suspected of trying to photograph Pell in a prison garden
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13 Jan 11:33am Elizabeth Warren 'disappointed' at Bernie Sanders' campaign attacking her for having 'highly educated, affluent' supporters
The Independent
Sanders campaign has not denied authenticity of campaign script in Iowa, but Vermont senator claims reaction is 'media blowup'
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13 Jan 11:05am Text messages and images that could expose Trump's Ukraine dealings handed over to inquiry
The Independent
Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, is accused of campaign finance violations
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13 Jan 11:01am Cory Booker drops out of US presidential race
The Independent
His campaign focusing on social justice and community had struggled in polls and fundraising
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13 Jan 10:46am Michelle Carter: Supreme Court will not hear appeal of woman convicted of encouraging boyfriend to kill himself
The Independent
Refusal to take on the case leaves conviction and 15-month jail sentence intact for young woman charged with involuntary manslaughter
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13 Jan 10:05am Oscars 2020: Joker leads pack with 11 nominations
BBC
The comic book villain movie is up for best film, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix.
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13 Jan 10:04am Labour leadership: Five candidates through to next round as Emily Thornberry secures backing moments after Clive Lewis pulls out of race
The Independent
Shadow foreign secretary grabs her vital 22nd nomination from a party MP - as the deadline loomed
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13 Jan 9:37am Oscars 2020: Joker leads field with 11 nominations
BBC
The comic book origin story is up for best film, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix.
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13 Jan 9:35am Stormont deal: Johnson and Varadkar in Belfast to mark executive return
BBC
Boris Johnson is in Belfast to meet the new NI executive after a three-year stalemate ends.
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13 Jan 9:33am Labour leadership: Five candidates through as nominations close
BBC
Emily Thornberry gains enough support just before nominations close, but Clive Lewis withdraws.
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13 Jan 9:25am Trump appears to tweet image of dead body
The Independent
Donald Trump has posted an image of an apparent dead body on his Twitter feed amid a wild stream of messages in support of his policy toward Iran.
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13 Jan 9:17am UK weather: Storm Brendan brings rain and 80mph gusts
BBC
A Met Office yellow weather warning, lasting 14 hours, is in place across parts of the country.
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13 Jan 9:09am British woman Madalyn Davis dies in Sydney cliff fall
BBC
A group of people taking photos by the cliff edge dialled 000 when they could not find Madalyn Davis.
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13 Jan 9:02am Recession: Almost half of UK firms expect economy to contract in 2020
The Independent
Tensions such as trade tariffs and Brexit seen as biggest risks, survey finds
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13 Jan 9:00am Taiwan election: China says 'separatists will leave a stink for 10,000 years'
The Independent
The comments come after landslide pro-independence victory and alleged election interference by PRC
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13 Jan 8:56am China says NGO chief barred from entering Hong Kong is 'paying price' for inciting protests
The Independent
Human Rights Watch calls Chinese official's remarks 'insulting to millions across Hong Kong who have come out week after week to peacefully demonstrate for their rights'
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13 Jan 8:26am Seriously ill people released from immigration detention without crucial medication, senior doctors warn
The Independent
Current discharge requirements in removal centres 'clearly unsafe' and can place detainees at serious risk of relapse or deterioration following release, say medical professionals
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13 Jan 8:10am Birmingham cars could be banned from driving through city centre
BBC
Private cars would only be allowed in and out of the city in certain places under plans by the city council.
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13 Jan 7:33am 'We want prosecutions': Iran rocked by protests for third day after security forces 'shot at demonstrators'
The Independent
Protester says resignation of leaders is 'not enough' following downing of plane
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13 Jan 7:32am 20 pledges for 2020: Why I'm promising to buy only ethically sourced beauty products
The Independent
Truly ethical and sustainable beauty brands aren't easy to find. Can Jessica Jones go a whole year without using anything else?
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13 Jan 7:26am Parachute accident leaves man dangling from cliff
The Independent
Rescue operation launched after Austrian daredevil snared on Thai mountain
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13 Jan 7:13am Flybe tight-lipped over collapse threat
BBC
Flights by the airline continue as it declines to discuss reports that it is seeking a rescue deal.
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13 Jan 6:34am Retired Pope Benedict warns Francis against relaxing priestly celibacy rules
BBC
The surprise appeal comes as Pope Francis considers an easing of the rule banning married priests.
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13 Jan 6:30am Stormont deal: Johnson and Varadkar in Belfast to mark executive return
BBC
Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar will meet the first and deputy first ministers in Belfast on Monday.
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13 Jan 6:26am UK weather: Storm Brendan to bring rain and 70mph wind gusts
BBC
A Met Office yellow weather warning, lasting 14 hours, is in place across parts of the country.
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13 Jan 6:24am Flybe tight-lipped over collapse threat
BBC
Flights by the airline continue as it declines to discuss reports that it is seeking a rescue deal.
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13 Jan 6:11am Private cars to be banned from crossing Birmingham
BBC
Private cars will only be allowed in and out of the city in certain places under proposals from the council.
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13 Jan 6:03am Neo-Nazis on course to win second place in Slovakia election next month
The Independent
Kotlebovci-L'SNS focuses its hate on Jews, Muslims, and travellers and venerates the leaders of Slovakia's former Nazi client state
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13 Jan 6:02am The high street's woes are a ultimately down to the consumer
The Independent
Department store chain Beales has warned that administration could follow if it can't secure fresh investment and its CEO has criticised high rents and business rates, while landlords have been firing back at retailers
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13 Jan 5:50am British woman Madalyn Davis dies in Sydney cliff fall
BBC
Madalyn Davis, 21, from Lincolnshire, is reported to have fallen from the Diamond Bay cliff tops.
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13 Jan 5:43am Man admits trying to stab police officer to death in Essex home
The Independent
Victim was attacked while at home with his wife and two children
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13 Jan 5:06am HIV positive pilot goes public in bid to tackle stigma
BBC
James Bushe successfully challenged the rules which had prevented him training as an airline pilot.
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13 Jan 5:00am Taal volcano news – live: 'Hazardous eruption' set to hit Philippines within hours, authorities warn
The Independent
Follow latest updates as country prepares for seismic volcanic activity
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13 Jan 4:54am NHS patient feedback is not being used to improve services, report warns
The Independent
Taxpayers' views 'are often disjointed and standalone' from efforts to improve quality of care
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13 Jan 4:47am Pound falls as UK economy unexpectedly shrinks by 0.3% in November
The Independent
'Lacklustre' performance for manufacturing drags economy into contraction
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13 Jan 4:38am Bernie Sanders goads Trump after sudden poll surge: 'It means you're going to lose'
The Independent
Democratic senator takes on president as recent Iowa poll reignites 2020 campaign
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13 Jan 4:24am British backpacker dies after falling from cliff in Sydney
The Independent
Model and make-up artist arrived in Australia just weeks before death
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13 Jan 4:20am Prisoner dies after throat slashed in privately-run Thameside jail
The Independent
Man arrested on suspicion of murder at Serco-run facility in Greenwich, south London
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13 Jan 4:16am Storm Brendan: Ferries and flights cancelled amid 90mph winds
The Independent
Dozens of ferries cancelled; grounded flights include BA's flagship London-New York service
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13 Jan 4:05am Trump a dangerous, irresponsible narcissist who bombed Soleimani to distract from impeachment, Canadian CEO says
The Independent
Maple Leaf Foods chief says employee lost wife and young son in anti-aircraft strike
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13 Jan 3:45am Justin Trudeau vows 'justice' for Iran plane downing as Canada grieves
The Independent
Prime minister joins tearful vigil to remember families killed in disaster
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13 Jan 3:38am Taal volcano news – live: 'Hazardous eruption' set to hit Philippines within hours, authorities warn
The Independent
Follow latest updates as country prepares for seismic volcanic activity
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13 Jan 2:29am Over 160,000 people could die from diseases linked to air pollution by 2030 in UK
The Independent
'Public health emergency' of toxic air must be tackled urgently, warns charity
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13 Jan 2:28am Millions left unspent on NHS as councils fail to cash in on money from housing developers
The Independent
The health service has a £6bn backlog on infrastructure spending – but easy funds are not being obtained
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13 Jan 2:27am Equality for women is generations away as men dominate every area of public life, warns leading charity
The Independent
'At this rate, our great-grandchildren will still be producing data that shows women missing from the top of public life and business,' says Fawcett Society chief executive
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13 Jan 2:26am Boris Johnson to meet Northern Ireland leaders in Belfast after powersharing deal
The Independent
Agreement led to restoration of Stormont executive after three years
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13 Jan 2:17am Manchester stabbing: Man arrested after four injured
BBC
A 30-year-old man is Tasered and arrested on suspicion of serious assault in Manchester.
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13 Jan 1:27am Trial of former IAAF chief Diack set to start in Paris
BBC
The trial of Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics' world governing body the IAAF, will get under way in Paris on Monday.
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13 Jan 1:08am News Daily: Royal Family meeting and Philippines volcano eruption
BBC
Your morning briefing for 13 January 2020.
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12 Jan 11:37pm Philippines volcano: 'Explosive eruption' warning as lava gushes from Taal Volcano
The Independent
More than 8,000 evacuated and flights suspended at Manila international airport, as officials warn of possible 'volcanic tsunami'
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12 Jan 11:30pm Philippines: lava gushes from Taal volcano as alert level raised
The Guardian
Thousands of people have been forced to flee as scientists warn of imminent eruption Red-hot lava gushed out of the Taal volcano in the Philippines on Monday, with seismologists warning an eruption could happen any time. A day after a plume of ash and steam forced villagers to flee and shut down Manila’s international airport, offices and schools, scientists said they were caught out by the volcano’s sudden activity.
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12 Jan 9:33pm Harry and Meghan: The royal couple are looking for the exit
BBC
As senior royals gather in Sandringham, our royal correspondent wonders what the talks will achieve.
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12 Jan 9:31pm Iran crisis: Trump's own defence secretary admits he 'didn't see' evidence of imminent attacks from Tehran
The Independent
'What the president said was he believed that there probably and could have been attacks,' says Esper after Trump claimed Iranian general targeted four US embassies
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12 Jan 8:38pm Man rescued from Alaskan wilderness after 23 days in subzero temperatures after cabin burns down
The Independent
Man forced to fight to survive after losing cabin and dog in blaze
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12 Jan 8:32pm Sheffield shooting: 12-year-old boy injured in drive-by attack
The Independent
Police investigating motive after gunman opens fire on group in street
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12 Jan 8:15pm Retired Pope Benedict warns Francis against relaxing priestly celibacy rules
BBC
The surprise appeal comes as Pope Francis considers an easing of the rule banning married priests.
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12 Jan 8:13pm Child car seats: Why is it so hard to recycle them?
BBC
Children under 12 must use a car seat, but many parents struggle to dispose of them responsibly afterwards.
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12 Jan 8:10pm MI5 chief dismisses US warnings about risk Huawei poses to intelligence sharing
The Independent
Donald Trump has warned Chinese firm is a 'security danger'
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12 Jan 7:57pm Oscar nominations: 6 things to look out for
BBC
A female director, a repeat of #OscarsSoWhite or a good year for British talent?
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12 Jan 7:43pm Iran plane downing: Second day of protests turns up heat on leaders
BBC
There are calls for senior officials to be dismissed after a passenger jet was mistakenly shot down.
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12 Jan 7:41pm Flybe: Britain's biggest regional airline 'on brink of collapse'
The Independent
Airline 'locked in survival talks' with government, according to report
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12 Jan 7:16pm Hired by Weinstein to spy on celebrities
BBC
The spy posed as a journalist to extract information from Hollywood stars for Weinstein.
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12 Jan 7:05pm Hevrin Khalaf: Death of a peacemaker
BBC
Syrian-Kurdish leader Hevrin Khalaf was executed by a Syrian army faction, BBC Arabic reports.
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