5 talking points as Barcelona problems grow with Champions League defeat at Benfica

Barcelona fell to a heavy three-goal defeat at Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night with the pressure on under-fire boss Ronald Koeman higher than ever
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‘Unoriginal' Meghan suffers backlash over 'copying' royals in her latest appearance
MEGHAN Markle has suffered a backlash over her latest appearance, with some royal fans claiming that the Duchess of Sussex is "copying" other members of the Royal Family.
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Emmerdale character arrested for Andrea's murder as real killer Meena frames them
Emmerdale's latest episode saw detectives make an arrest over the recent death of Andrea Tate, but it wasn't her actual killer, Meena Jutla, who was taken in
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Teaser for new Pixar's Lightyear film starring Chris Evans shows the 'real Buzz'
The Lightyear trailer shows Buzz Lightyear going through testing on an experimental spaceship before blasting off into space and battling with a tentacle on an alien planet
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Premier League face pressure to change rule that will affect Manchester United and Man City
The game's lawmakers have made the switch from three substitutes to five permanent.
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Hollyoaks spoilers: Leela returns and crushes Trish, saving the Lomax home: ‘I’m your worst nightmare, love!’
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Emmerdale spoilers: Kim Tate arrested for Andrea’s murder as killer Meena Jutla frames her
Kim's in big trouble after Meena's meddling paid off.
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Grey’s Anatomy casts E.R. Fightmaster as first non-binary doctor
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WHO: Europe had most COVID-19 cases, deaths over last week
The U.N. health agency says Europe stood out as the only major region worldwide to report an increase in both coronavirus cases and deaths over the last week, with double-digit percentage increases in each
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Children sent home in fancy dress after head teacher ‘cancels Halloween’
More than 20 defiant families let their children dress up anyway - only for them to be sent back home.
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Emmanuel Ogabi murder: Pictured man left to die overnight lying in street after Woolwich stab attack
This is the first picture of a man found stabbed to death hours after he was attacked by a gang of thugs in Woolwich.
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Where the 2021 Budget's £232m levelling-up fund will be spent in Greater Manchester
The funding will go towards creating new facilities for the community, renovating dilapidated old sites, and delivering projects across the region
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Police hunting man wanted for attempted murder in Glossop
Wanted posters have been spotted circulated around Carrbrook
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Manchester United forced to pay £7.5 million fee if they sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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Humanity on brink of 'downward slope' as Harvard's modern-day Darwin sends grim warning
THE WHOLE of human history stands on the brink of a "downward spiral" unless drastic measures are taken to preserve the planet's biodiversity, a world-renowned naturalist has warned.
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Guy Verhofstadt turns on von der Leyen in furious attack over bizarre EU video game stunt
GUY Verhofstadt has turned on Ursula Von Der Leyen in a furious attack that threatens to send shockwaves across Brussels.
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Tina O'Brien and Ryan Thomas emotional as their daughter turns 13 - and she's the 'double' of her mum
The soap stars can't believe how the time has flown as Scarlett became a teenager
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Budget 2021: Nursery owner applying for second job to pay staff after minimum wage hike
Sharon Birch, 56, has run her business in Hartlepool since 2006 and claims she earns less than £15 per hour despite her huge responsibility - but now says she needs a second job
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Andy Murray beaten by Carlos Alcaraz in Vienna
Murray lost to the 18-year-old in straight sets.
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Queen’s diary to 'Christmas and beyond' up in the air after doctors order her to rest
Sources tell the Mirror the Queen's courtiers will look to create engagements judged on how she is feeling and whether there are large travel implications, with Buckingham Palace taking things on a case by case basis
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The Guardian view on Rishi Sunak’s budget: more politics than economics | Editorial
The chancellor’s speech was all about the next election, stupidRishi Sunak’s budget and spending plans were about politics rather than economics. His Commons statement was designed to frame the arguments in the run-up to an election rather than dealing in a substantial way with a post-Covid, post-Brexit, transition to a net zero economy. However Mr Sunak knows that voters want a break with the recent past. The chancellor sought to insulate the government from politically toxic claims it is enacting austerity, by spending money to reduce waiting times for NHS patients and bringing up per-pupil education spending in England to levels last seen under a Labour government. He also signalled to “blue wall” voters that he has a heart, not just a head – by vowing eventually to restore the UK overseas aid budget to 0.7% of GDP. The hidden economics of the budget can be found in the small print: most of the extra money for public services disappears in two years’ time.Increasing government expenditure is necessary, but this temporary hike won’t be enough. Local councils will see a sharp rise in funding next year, but this is inexplicably frozen in the following two years. Mr Sunak spoke to his own tribe by confidently cutting taxes for domestic flights, freezing fuel duty and splurging on roads – in breezy defiance of the prime minister’s green messaging ahead of climate talks at Cop26. Mr Sunak spent twice as much in tax cuts for bankers than Covid catch-up lessons for schoolchildren. While the economy has made a recovery from the pandemic, the Office for Budget Responsibility warned that the UK’s supply crisis has been made worse by post-Brexit immigration rules and trade barriers. Continue reading...
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Toilet aboard SpaceX's Inspiration4 craft malfunctioned and rained URINE down on spectators
New details of SpaceX's malfunctioned toilet on the Inspiration4 craft reveal urine leaked under the capsule's floors and spilled outside onto spectators watching the craft return to Earth.
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Killer cop Wayne Couzens, 48, appeals whole-life jail term for murder of Sarah Everard
The depraved killer used Covid powers to conduct a fake arrest of the 33-year-old marketing executive as she walked home from a friend's house in March. He then raped and murdered her.
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Couple spot hole under sink and discover hidden room at the back of their kitchen cupboard
A woman claimed she and her partner found a secret room tucked away at the back of their kitchen cupboard after they moved into a new home. The only way to enter the room is through a hole-in-the-wall.
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Angelina Jolie is supported by children at UK gala screening of Eternals
The actress, 46, was joined by her children, Shiloh, 15, Zahara, 16, Vivienne, 13, Maddox, 20, and Knox, 13, with her son Pax, 17, being her only child not in attendance.
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The Guardian view on Bolsonaro’s Covid strategy: murderous folly | Editorial
A congressional investigation has laid bare the disregard with which the Brazilian president treated the lives of his compatriotsTo describe the Brazilian senate’s 1,180 page report on Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the Covid pandemic as damning would be inadequate. Formally approved on Tuesday by a cross-party committee, the report chronicles not just bad leadership but wilful, lethal acts of folly, carried out by a Donald Trump mini-me who sacrificed lives on the altar of his own unfounded presumptions. It recommends that President Bolsonaro face criminal indictments for a catalogue of actions and omissions that could have led to as many as 300,000 avoidable deaths.As Mr Bolsonaro presided over a death toll which is now the second-highest in the world (after the United States), the report finds he deliberately sent his citizens over the top without defences in the battle against Covid. Other countries scrambled to buy up vaccines when they became available; the president delayed for half a year while ruthlessly pursuing a herd immunity strategy. He himself claims not to have yet been vaccinated. When Brazilians suffered a record rise in deaths during a 24-hour period last March, their president told them to “stop whining”. The wearing of masks and social distancing was treated by Mr Bolsonaro as a kind of weakness in the face of what he described as a “little flu”, and he trolled regional governments’ attempts to introduce Covid restrictions. By presidential decree he tried to keep businesses such as gyms and spas open at the height of the pandemic. Emulating his political hero in Washington, Mr Bolsonaro has disseminated misinformation online and recommended quack treatments for the virus, in the teeth of all scientific evidence. This week, Facebook and YouTube removed a video by him which falsely linked vaccines to the Aids virus. President Bolsonaro’s guiding philosophy during the pandemic is best summed up by the comment he made to journalists a year ago: “All of us are going to die one day … There is no point in escaping from that, in escaping from reality. We have to stop being a country of sissies.” Continue reading...
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John Lewis pulls controversial advert for being ‘potentially misleading’
Home insurance ad featuring a boy in a dress taken off air after financial regulator warningIt was attacked as everything from a crass cultural lecture to a treatise on sexism. John Lewis’ latest home insurance ad, which stars a young boy rampaging around his home to a Stevie Nicks song while wearing a dress, became the latest front in a seemingly never-ending culture war earlier this month.Now, it has been pulled – not because of any sensibilities it may have offended, but because regulators were concerned it could mislead people into thinking the insurance policy being advertised would cover a child smashing up the house. Continue reading...
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Wing and a prayer budget exposes Brand Rishi – and the myth of Merrie England
The chancellor painted a picture of Britain most people didn’t recognise and gave spending promises he had no idea how to pay forRead all our budget coverageNot so much a budget speech, more a hostage video. This wasn’t quite the hour of glory Brand Rishi had imagined for himself when he’d begun writing his third budget. Yes, he’d gone through the motions of having his teeth whitened for the numerous photo opportunities. Yes, he’d worn white socks and sliders. He’d even had days of people talking all about him as he leaked most of the contents of his budget in a series of coordinated email drops.But he still couldn’t fool himself. His heart just wasn’t in it. Because when he’d gone in to show Boris Johnson what he had in mind, the prime minister had just ripped 90% of it up. “This just won’t do at all. You’ve hardly spent a thing,” Boris Bertie Booster had said, before handing him an entirely new speech. “Here’s what you’re going to say instead.” Continue reading...
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Gang of kangaroos invade course as golfer Wendy Powick tries to tee off
Australian golfer Wendy Powick had a hazard to overcome as she teed off at the Arundel Hills Country Club, but it wasn't a bunker, lake, or even deep rough in the way of her drive
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T20 World Cup: Scotland collapse again with the bat as Namibia edge to historic victory
Scotland were blown away again in a devastating first-over blitz by Ruben Trumpelmann as Namibia won their first-ever Super 12s match at the T20 World Cup.
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Rishi Sunak cuts tax on champagne - but leaves it off Budget changes sheet
The Treasury produced a helpful fact sheet to outline changes to alcohol taxes in Rishi Sunak's budget - but for some reason left champagne off the list
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Caitlyn Jenner defends Dave Chappelle over Netflix controversy citing ‘woke cancel culture’
'It’s about woke cancel culture run amok,' Jenner said.
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MI5 'didn't share highly relevant intelligence received months before the Manchester Arena attack with police'
Whether it would have made a difference will be discussed in 'closed' sessions next week, public inquiry told
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Glowing Meghan Markle delights children as she reads The Bench from her LA mansion
The Duchess of Sussex delighted children as she made an appearance to read her story The Bench to the cameras.
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Maryland congressman deactivates Facebook account
A Maryland congressman has deactivated his official congressional and campaign Facebook and Instagram accounts until their parent company and Congress make substantial reforms to protect children, health and democratic values
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Sunak’s surprise boost for Whitehall budgets won’t rectify austerity
Health and education spending now above 2010 levels, but more straitened departments fear 3% cash fillip will be lost to inflationEvery Whitehall department will see a surprise budget increase, Rishi Sunak announced, though experts said the 3% average yearly increase would still would not make up for the impact of austerity, especially in local councils.Sunak said on Wednesday that public spending will have risen over the parliament by £150bn a year, from £483.6bn this year to £565.6bn in 2024/25. Continue reading...
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NHS cancer care ‘will take a hit’ if Covid cases keep spiralling
Cancer services may have to be sacrificed this winter.
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Preston North End v Liverpool: Carabao Cup – live!
Updates from the fourth-round match at Deepdale (7.45pm)Live scores: all the goals from around the UK and EuropeGet in touch! Send your thoughts to Scott hereSepp van den Berg, on loan from Liverpool, has been granted permission to play for Preston against his parent club. He’s one of only two survivors from Saturday’s 2-0 derby loss at Blackpool. Captain Alan Browne is suspended after getting himself sent off during the last (literal) knockings of that match, but Ali McCann returns in midfield.Liverpool change all 11 players from the 5-0 annihilation of Manchester United. They give winger Harvey Blair his senior debut, while midfielder Tyler Morton makes his full debut. Divock Origi, scorer of ten goals in his last nine League Cup starts, pairs with Takumi Minamino up front, while Joe Gomez and Joel Matip line up in the centre of defence. Roberto Firmino, Ibrahima Konate and Diogo Jota provide some insurance on the bench. Continue reading...
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Lewis Hamilton recalls ‘nerves’ before wearing Breonna Taylor shirt on podium
He's been vocal about the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Elon Musk conquers Europe: Tesla becomes EU's most popular car and outstrips VW
ELON MUSK has delivered a critical blow to Germany's vital automotive industry following the release of a bombshell new report.
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Roadworker, 39, killed after car crashed into ditch where he was fixing cables, court hears
Martin Andrew Parker was described as 'the salt of the earth' by heartbroken friends
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Anthony Joshua announces he is willing to fight Deontay Wilder next year
Joshua has revealed he would be willing to share the ring with Wilder in a "heartbeat" and would face any challenge from any heavyweight next year after his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk
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Priti Patel: Home Office ‘was uncomfortable’ for me as a BAME person
Home secretary tells peers of difficulties faced joining the department in wake of the Windrush scandalPriti Patel, the UK’s first home secretary from a black or minority ethnic background, has said she felt “uncomfortable” when she joined the government department in the wake of the Windrush scandal.Patel became head of the Home Office in July 2019 after the resignation of Amber Rudd after disclosures by the Guardian about the mistreatment and deportation of legal residents, many of whom came to the UK from the Caribbean decades earlier. Continue reading...
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Trumpelmann triple sets Scotland on way to T20 defeat against Namibia
Scotland 109-8; Namibia 115-6; Namibia win by four wicketsRuben Trumpelmann takes three wickets in first over of matchScotland’s top order was blown away again in a devastating first-over blitz by the Namibia pace bowler Ruben Trumpelmann as they slipped to a four-wicket defeat at the T20 World Cup.Kyle Coetzer’s side were skittled for 60 in a 130-run defeat to Afghanistan in their opening Super 12s match in Sharjah on Monday, having produced a brilliant run to reach the Super 12s. Continue reading...
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Martin Rowson on Rishi Sunak’s ‘age of optimism’ budget – cartoon
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Bev Callard and Jordan North's friendship from bad first impression to matching tattoos
Beverley Callard was not a big fan of Jordan North when she first met him on I'm a Celeb - but they've since embarked on a 900 mile roadtrip and got matching tats - while he even picked out her wedding dress
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EastEnders' Danny Dyer determined to crack America and 'prays every day'
EastEnders star Danny Dyer is hoping to make it big in America, and the 44-year-old actor prays every day in the hope that his dreams will come true
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‘He’d propel them to the next level’ - Conte tipped to turn things around at Manchester United
After several links with Antonio Conte being the next Manchester United manager, the chief correspondent of Football Italia believes the Italian would do well at Old Trafford.
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