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Boris Johnson warns voters Nicola Sturgeon will be running the UK if they vote for Jeremy Corbyn
Boris Johnson today warned voters Nicola Sturgeon would effectively be running the country if there is a minority Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn and propped up by the SNP.
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US government edict puts international film-makers in danger, lawsuit claims
Rule forces film-makers to disclose their social media activities when applying to enter the US, compromising their securityDocumentary film-makers operating in some of the most dangerous countries in the world are having their work disrupted and security compromised by a Trump administration edict that forces them to disclose their social media activities when applying to enter the US, a new lawsuit claims.The US department of homeland security and state department were sued in a federal court in Washington on Thursday over a rule change that the plaintiffs argue could put film-makers in personal peril. The suit concerns a registration requirement introduced in May that impacts more than 14m visa applicants each year, obliging them to disclose all social media behavior including the pseudonymous handles they use to protect their identity. Continue reading...
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Total household net wealth surges to £14trillion as we stash more cash into pensions and property
Between April 2016 and March 2018, the total net wealth of Britain's households swelled to £14.6trillion, marking a13 per cent on the previous two years, official figures from the ONS reveal.
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Two people whipped unconscious during 'inhumane' public punishments in Indonesia
Amnesty International calls for law allowing public lashings to be immediately repealed
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Fasting for 14 hours a day may cut risks for diabetes, heart disease
University of California, San Diego, researchers put 19 people at risk for the three chronic disease on a schedule that let them eat whatever they wanted, but only in a 10-hour window for 12 weeks.
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'Total rubbish': Sajid Javid rebuked for falsely claiming homelessness is falling under Conservatives
Any assertion homelessness is going down is 'not true', says Shelter
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Opec considering huge oil production cuts to avoid market slump
Cartel may cut up to 800,000 barrels a day from market as global economy faltersThe Opec oil cartel is considering deeper cuts to production next year to avert a price slump in the market as the global economy falters.Ministers from some of the world’s biggest “petro-nations” are expected to cut an extra 400,000 barrels of oil a day from the global market, and may consider even deeper cuts of up to 800,0000 barrels, according to reports. Continue reading...
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The novelty Christmas jumpers raising thousands of pounds for charity
The festive knits include designs from Fleabag, Peaky Blinders, Noel Gallagher, Tyson Fury and even Greggs
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Poland explosion: Four children among eight killed at ski resort
Blast may have been caused by hole drilled into installation
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Martin Lewis reveals how to keep your heating bills as low as possible this winter
His top tips on heating could save you some serious pennies this Christmas
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How does impeachment work? 6 key questions about removing a US president
Democrats say Donald Trump abused his office – but is there any chance of him losing his job over it?
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Flu hits England early: Health chiefs call for parents to get children vaccinated NOW
Data released today revealed 212 people have been rushed into ICU so far this year in England - up from 75 in 2018. The alarming figures have panicked health officials.
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Ben Foster wants Watford to appoint English manager as he hails Hayden Mullins impact
Ben Foster believes the appointment of an English head coach would suit the Watford squad as they fight to avoid relegation and refused to rule out Hayden Mullins as a contender.
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Tom Holland and Will Smith finally meet after two years of working together at Spies in Disguise premiere
Will is best friends with everyone
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Pro-Iran militia supporters converge on Baghdad protests
Clashes feared between groups for and against Iranian influence in Iraq Supporters of an Iranian-backed militia have flooded the Baghdad square where anti-government protesters critical of Iran are preparing for new demonstrations, raising fears of further violence on the streets of Iraq’s capital.Thousands of men waving sticks, Iraqi flags and the insignia of the Hashd al-Shaabi armed group arrived in Tahrir Square on Thursday in apparently coordinated marches from across the capital to the site that protesters have been occupying for several weeks. Continue reading...
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Harley Watson death: Fatal hit-and-run in Essex had no connection with earlier incident at nearby school, police say
Police investigating the death of 12-year-old Harley Watson in a hit-and-run near an Essex school have said there is no connection between the crash and an earlier incident at another school.
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The Entertainer introduces autism-friendly 'quiet hour' throughout December for Christmas shoppers
The move has been praised by the National Autistic Society who say it could 'transform lives'
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Anywhere but Westminster: strength of Labour's 'red wall' will sway election – video
John Harris and John Domokos continue their election road trip through crucial seats that have traditionally been loyal to Labour, but where a majority voted leave and the Tories are now encroaching. What they find defies the usual political cliches: people desperately want change, but there’s a deepening mistrust of national politics, whether red or blueWe spent 10 years talking to people. Here's what it taught us about Britain Continue reading...
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Brendan Rodgers offered £5m Leicester pay rise to ward off Arsenal interest
The former Liverpool and Celtic boss is a man in high demand following the Foxes' sensational start to the season and is set to be rewarded with a new deal
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Shocking moment woman in her 20s robbed of her Audi A3
The woman, in her 20s, from Leeds, boasted of her flash £30,000 Audi A3 saloon purchase but when she returned to her home she was attacked by three men lying in wait, who made off with her new car.
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Hillary Clinton denies being a lesbian and says she’s ‘never been tempted’ by another woman
The former First Lady and Secretary of State shot down the persistent rumor during an interview with DJ Howard Stern aired earlier this week
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Taylor Swift documentary at Sundance: 5 things we're hoping to see in the tell-all film
Netflix has described the new documentary as "raw and emotionally revealing"
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Christmas ballet London 2019: The best festive dance shows, from the Nutcracker to Sleeping Beauty
Time for some sparkling on-stage spectacles — it's Christmas ballet season.
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New book claims Albert Camus was murdered by the KGB
Study expands on archive finds revealed in 2011, and suggests that the French state may have abetted the 1960 car crash that killed himSixty years after the French Nobel laureate Albert Camus died in a car crash at the age of 46, a new book is arguing that he was assassinated by KGB spies in retaliation for his anti-Soviet rhetoric.Italian author Giovanni Catelli first aired his theory in 2011, writing in the newspaper Corriere della Sera that he had discovered remarks in the diary of the celebrated Czech poet and translator Jan Zábrana that suggested Camus’s death had not been an accident. Now Catelli has expanded on his research in a book titled The Death of Camus. Continue reading...
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Corbyn wants to give PM’s country residence to the homeless
Labour say the Tories are 'directly responsible' for people sleeping and dying on Britain's streets.
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Netanyahu's personal lawyer to be charged with money-laundering
Netanyahu is the first sitting prime minister of Israel to be indicted
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KSI admits he was his own most listened-to artist in 2019 after Down Like That reaches Top 10
He's his own biggest fan.
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Coronation Street spoilers: Boss reveals Christmas tragedy for Rita Tanner
It's not going to be a very merry Christmas for poor Rita.
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Spinner takes out a red handkerchief and turns it into a STICK after taking a wicket
South African wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi loves performing tricks and set a whole new bar for cricket celebrations when he dismissed Wihab Lubbe of the Durban Heat.
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A ‘comet outburst’ lit up the far reaches of space in 20-day explosion
Nasa's satellite captured timelapse footage of the massive cosmic event
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The Great British Bake Off: Sandi Toksvig reveals there’s a secret bake-off kitchen no one sees on the show
She also hates cake as well...
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Homeless man found dead in cemetery as temperatures plummet to below freezing
The body of the rough sleeper was found by a dog walker in the graveyard outside St John The Evangelist Church in Chelmsford, Essex, on Thursday morning.
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Fleabag, moles and The Big Yin: the best celebrity memoirs for 2019
From the secrets of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's character to Billy Connolly's comic turns, Lucy Pavia picks the best celebrity memoirs
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Trafford Council's maligned bin collection firm Amey plans to sell off business - what now for fed up residents?
Amey plans to sell off its environment services teams
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Turkish president Erdoğan attends the opening of 'Europe's first eco-friendly mosque' in Cambridge 
The leader, who is in the UK for a Nato summit in Watford, was reportedly invited to Cambridge Central Mosque by British singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.
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Collapsed travel agent Laterooms.com is about to make a comeback
The company has been relaunched - with a view to deliver discounted holidays to people looking for local breaks across the UK - but job losses will not be restored
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Customers fuming to discover Percy Pig advent calendars don’t contain Percy Pigs
Wait... what?
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StarDog and TurboCat review – laboured time-travel animation
A canine astronaut crashes back to Earth 50 years into the future in this relentless, sentimental adventure for younger kidsHere’s a daft, likable enough animation for small kids, with a smashing voice cast but slim pickings for grownups. Nick Frost does a nice job providing a voice for Buddy, a dog sent into orbit in 1969 to test a rocket. When he crashes back down to Earth, he has somehow time-travelled 50 years into the future, to a small American town where an animal-hating meanie cop is cracking down on strays.In this neighbourhood, the streetwise animals mock poor old Buddy for his dumb loyalty to the human who fired him off into space to certain death. Felix (Luke Evans) is a mog who has reinvented himself as TurboCat, a Batman-ish superhero – he even has an English-accented robot butler (elegantly voiced by Bill Nighy). Gemma Arterton is Cassidy, a revolutionary bunny, the leader of a ragtag group of animals fighting for four-legged rights. Ben Bailey-Smith is terrific as her head of military operations, a goldfish with little-animal complex, barking orders from inside his glass bowl. Continue reading...
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Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
Thomas Zehetmair (ECM, two CDs)Separate period instruments – and baroque bows – for the partitas and sonatas add drama to Zehetmair’s immense subtlety Thomas Zehetmair was only 21 when he recorded Bach’s solo violin sonatas and partitas for the first time, in 1982, for Teldec. Though he performed them using a modern violin and bow, Zehetmair was then a member of Concentus Musicus, Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s pioneering period instrument orchestra, and learning how to play this music on the kind of instrument that Bach would have known. That was the starting point for this new set, on which he uses different instruments and baroque bows for the two sets of pieces – one made in the South Tyrol in the late 17th century for the partitas, and his own Eberle violin dating from 1750 for the three sonatas.With gut strings and playing without chin or shoulder rests, he is able to bring a huge range of tonal nuance and colour to these pieces, which is hauntingly caught by the resonant acoustic of the Tyrolean church in which the recordings were made three years ago. The two bows Zehetmair uses, he says, “could hardly be more different, in length, weight and sound formation”, and he creates sharply contrasted sound worlds for the two sets of works – bright, assertive and sharply defined for the sonatas, each of which includes a fugue, and something more subtly varied for the dance-movement sequences of the partitas. Continue reading...
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Man, 26, accused of attacking victim with a SEAGULL during cafe fight
Paul Elcombe, 26, gave two one-fingered salutes as he left Plymouth Magistrates' Court in Devon this morning, where he stood accused of throwing a seagull at another man's head.
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Twins look completely different because one has albinism and the other doesn’t
But She’riq Elliiot looks more like her older sister who also has the condition.
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Bargain way to get a free Guinness - and it works in your local pub
Free pints of Guinness are being handed out all across the country. To get yours, you just need to sign up for the voucher and show it in your local Greene King
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Abba: Super Troupers The Exhibition opens at London's O2
Exclusive: 'Thank goodness we've got art, thank goodness we've got music, thank goodness we've got things that carry us through with energy and optimism,' says Jude Kelly, curator
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Emilia Clarke says she was 'in hell and couldn't do' final Game of Thrones scene
The actress played Daenerys Targaryen in all eight seasons of the hit HBO show that ended in May
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