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Everton suffer major blow with ankle injury to left-back Lucas Digne
The club are awaiting a full diagnosis on the severity of the problem
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Crystal Palace XI vs Burnley: Confirmed early team news, predicted lineup, latest injuries for Premier League
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How Rishi Sunak became an unlikely style icon
Svelte suiting and hoodies with ties. Chloe Street dissects the Chancellor’s winning wardrobe 
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Grammys respond to Justin Bieber’s complaint about Pop category nominations
‘We always want to respect the artist’s wishes,’ said the head of the Recording Academy
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Police officer sacked after scanning carrots to buy doughnuts
Constable stuck barcode for 7p vegetables onto £10 box of Krispy Kreme treats
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Emilia Clarke rewrote an entire Game of Thrones scene in 10 minutes flat
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Queen Margarethe of Denmark will spend Christmas with Prince Joachim
Queen Margrethe of Denmark, 80, will celebrate Christmas with her younger son Prince Joachim and his children, while her son Crown Prince Frederik will mark the occasion separately.
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Boris Johnson appoints Dan Rosenfield as No 10 chief of staff
Little-known former Treasury adviser currently works for corporate advisory firm HakluytBoris Johnson has appointed Dan Rosenfield, a relatively little-known former Treasury official and banker, to become his chief of staff, a key part of a reorganisation process following the departure of Dominic Cummings.Rosenfield currently works for Hakluyt, an upmarket corporate advisory firm that has a number of former intelligence members among its staff. He will take over from Edward Lister, Johnson’s longtime aide and interim chief of staff, on 1 January. Continue reading...
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Teen kicks autistic girl, 14, in the face and calls her a sl*g in park attack
Hope Richmond was lured to Chorlton Park, Manchester, in her Christmas pyjamas by a teen from school before she was savagely attacked by another girl on camera and the footage posted on Snapchat
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Awards season is coming, but what can we expect from this year’s red carpets?
Another - albeit bizarre - year has passed and the nights are drawing in. For those in the wonderful world of showbusiness, that can only mean one thing: awards season.
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The Chase's Anne Hegerty takes swipe at new chaser Darragh Ennis in pay row
The Chase star Anne Hegerty refused to confirm she felt positively about new chaser Darragh Ennis as she revealed the other chasers have taken a financial hit
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British coal plants fired up to meet temporary electricity shortfall
Remaining UK coal plants, including Drax, supply 6% of grid’s electricity to cover power supply drop and colder weatherBritain has fired up some of its last remaining coal power plants to help keep the lights on as the country’s wind turbines slow over a few days and the demand for electricity rises.Three of the UK’s last coal power plants, operating at Drax, West Burton, and Ratcliffe, were called on to supply 6% of electricity on Thursday morning. Continue reading...
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Algerians ask where their ‘missing’ president is
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'How does Matt Hancock know that we're not behaving in Bolton?'
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TUI currently offers up to £250 off holidays including Spain, Greece and Mexico
TUI has launched Black Friday deals with savings of up to £250 off holidays including the likes of Spain, Greece and the Canary Islands as well as long-haul spots
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Wembley park deaths: Police officers could face criminal charges over ‘unofficial’ crime scene pictures
Metropolitan Police officers could face criminal charges over claims that “inappropriate” photos were taken at the scene of a double murder.  
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After the Richmond House fire, property firm Berkeley Group should do the decent thing and pay up
Before his sudden death, founder Tony Pidgley took responsibility for the errors that caused the London blaze. Now new management is shamefully denying liability, writes Chris Blackhurst
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Ian Wright says it's "fundamentally wrong" that Arsenal keep picking Bukayo Saka
Saka has made the joint-third highest amount of appearances this season from all members of the Arsenal squad as well as playing more than most players on international duty
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Marcelo Bielsa pays tribute to lost ‘idol’ Diego Maradona following Argentina legend’s death
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'With friends like EU, best to be alone!' Britons lash out after MEP insults UK
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Tier poll: Are the Covid lockdown restrictions tough enough? VOTE
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GOP clashes as deadline to repeal tainted bailout law nears
Hopes of repealing an energy bailout law are in danger at the Ohio Statehouse as Republican lawmakers argue sharply different positions on how and whether to repeal the legislation with only weeks before Ohioans begin to pay the price
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Mike Tyson's training partner says he has been knocking out TEETH in training for Roy Jones Jr
54-year-old Tyson is making his hugely anticipated boxing comeback after 15 years out of the ring against fellow great Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition fight in LA this weekend.
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Can you still move house in tier 2 and 3 lockdown areas?
England will re-enter the three-tier system next week.
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Miley Cyrus: Her 10 best songs ranked, from Midnight Sky to Party in the USA
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Ex-Investment Banker Dan Rosenfield Is Boris Johnson's New Chief Of Staff
A former Treasury official and top investment banker for Bank of America will run Downing Street for Boris Johnson, it has been announced. Dan Rosenfield has been appointed as chief of staff at Number 10 and is expected to begin work on December 7. Rosenfield’s most recent role was as head of the strategic advisory firm Hakluyt and, as managing director for investment banking at Bank of America, he could have valuable insight as Britain bids to close the US-UK trade deal.But it is his previous career, spanning more than a decade, in the UK civil service, which will attract attention.  Rosenfield spent three years as principal private secretary to Labour chancellor Alistair Darling, between 2007 and 2010, as the UK grappled with the fallout of the 2008 global financial crisis. He also served Darling’s successor George Osborne, until 2011.  The appointment comes after Johnson’s most senior aide Dominic Cummings and director of communications Lee Cain dramatically resigned earlier this month.  It followed a power struggle after Cain’s promotion to chief of staff was rejected by those around Johnson, including his partner Carrie Symonds. The exit of the two Vote Leave veterans, who many credit with Johnson’s victory in the so-called red wall former Labour seats, was welcomed by most MPs.Johnson is attempting to refresh his premiership and earlier this month underlined the government’s objectives for this parliament and set out a ten-point plan on climate change. The appointment is part of a wider shake-up at Downing Street, with Johnson’s new press secretary, the former Guardian and ITV journalist Allegra Stratton, set to begin on-camera briefings with journalists on the government’s work. The 12 months since the election have been almost entirely dominated by internal political wrangling and the Covid-19 crisis.Ed Lister, the current interim chief of staff, a long-term ally of Johnson’s since his days as mayor of London, is expected to stay on in an advisory capacity.Rosenfield is also chairman of World Jewish Relief, the British Jewish community’s humanitarian agency.Related... Tory Backlash As 99% Of England Placed In Tier 2 And 3 Lockdown I'm A Celebrity's Beverley Callard Left Cringing After Accidental (But Hilarious) Vernon Kay Dig What You Need To Know About The Row Over The UK's Aid Budget
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Ex-Investment Banker Dan Rosenfield Is Boris Johnson's New Chief Of Staff
A former Treasury official and top investment banker for Bank of America will run Downing Street for Boris Johnson, it has been announced. Dan Rosenfield has been appointed as chief of staff at Number 10 and is expected to begin work on December 7. Rosenfield’s most recent role was as head of the strategic advisory firm Hakluyt and, as managing director for investment banking at Bank of America, he could have valuable insight as Britain bids to close the US-UK trade deal.But it is his previous career, spanning more than a decade, in the UK civil service, which will attract attention.  Rosenfield spent three years as principal private secretary to Labour chancellor Alistair Darling, between 2007 and 2010, as the UK grappled with the fallout of the 2008 global financial crisis. He also served Darling’s successor George Osborne, until 2011.  The appointment comes after Johnson’s most senior aide Dominic Cummings and director of communications Lee Cain dramatically resigned earlier this month.  It followed a power struggle after Cain’s promotion to chief of staff was rejected by those around Johnson, including his partner Carrie Symonds. The exit of the two Vote Leave veterans, who many credit with Johnson’s victory in the so-called red wall former Labour seats, was welcomed by most MPs.Johnson is attempting to refresh his premiership and earlier this month underlined the government’s objectives for this parliament and set out a ten-point plan on climate change. The appointment is part of a wider shake-up at Downing Street, with Johnson’s new press secretary, the former Guardian and ITV journalist Allegra Stratton, set to begin on-camera briefings with journalists on the government’s work. The 12 months since the election have been almost entirely dominated by internal political wrangling and the Covid-19 crisis.Ed Lister, the current interim chief of staff, a long-term ally of Johnson’s since his days as mayor of London, is expected to stay on in an advisory capacity.Rosenfield is also chairman of World Jewish Relief, the British Jewish community’s humanitarian agency.Related... Tory Backlash As 99% Of England Placed In Tier 2 And 3 Lockdown I'm A Celebrity's Beverley Callard Left Cringing After Accidental (But Hilarious) Vernon Kay Dig What You Need To Know About The Row Over The UK's Aid Budget
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What tier are YOU in and why? Document attempts to explain curbs in each area of England
The document vaguely details why different restrictions were allocated to each area in England but refuses to reveal the thresholds. It seems to be a direct response to anger over transparency.
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Albanian woman, 30, screamed 'she tried to kill me' as she murdered girl, seven, court hears 
Eltiona Skana, 30, is accused of murdering Emily Jones after slashing her neck with a craft knife while she played on her scooter at Queen's Park in Bolton.
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Viggo Mortensen on Falling star Lance Henriksen: ‘He’s like a wolf who might gobble you up’
In the former’s directorial debut, the pair play a father and son facing up to the older man’s dementia. It offers 80-year-old Henriksen the meatiest role of his astonishing career Viggo Mortensen first met Lance Henriksen when he shot him dead. Mortensen, the Lord of the Rings star and three-time best actor Oscar nominee, was facing off the older actor – a veteran of more than 200 movies including Aliens and The Terminator – in the 2008 western Appaloosa. “There were so many bullets flying around; I don’t think any one person can take the credit for killing me,” smiles Henriksen, his voice sandpapery but sweet. As we wait for Mortensen to join our video call, he says he is tip-top today. “I turned 80. But I don’t feel no 80.” Then he switches the subject abruptly. “I can’t tell you how much Falling has changed my life,” he says. Continue reading...
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Regards sur l'Infini review | Erica Jeal's classical album of the week
Dain/Armstrong(7 Mountain Records)Katharine Dain and Sam Armstrong have used lockdown to produce a memorable, effortlessly polished albumFor most chamber music partners, 2020 has been a year of jarring discontinuity, but for a few – those with a spare room, no family commitments and the ability to tolerate the incorrect loading of the dishwasher – there have been silver linings. In Rotterdam in March the pianist Sam Armstrong moved in with his soprano recital partner Katharine Dain for what they thought would be a few weeks of quarantine and rehearsal. Those weeks turned into months, in which they worked daily on a selection of French-language songs written in life-changing times. The result, recorded in August, is an extraordinarily polished and thought-through disc. Continue reading...
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Rishi Sunak’s spending review has left me unimpressed
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Mike Tyson's child killed in horrifying accident - and his emotional breakdown
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BBC journalist Ben Hunte targeted by ‘racist and homophobic abuse’ after Laurence Fox tweet
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Michael Jordan donates $2million in proceeds from The Last Dance to hunger relief charity
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Driver writhes in agony after being blasted by scalding radiator fluid at YouTuber’s event
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Dutch populist Baudet suggests splitting party he created
Less than four months ahead of a general election, a rising force in Dutch populism is in turmoil and looks to be careering toward an acrimonious breakup amid accusations of extreme right and anti-Semitic sympathies among some members of its youth wing
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Nani reflects on moment he knew Bruno Fernandes was destined for Man Utd success
Bruno Fernandes has been United’s best player since joining the club from Sporting Lisbon in January, but Nani says his success came as no surprise to him as a former team-mate
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BBC LGBT correspondent Ben Hunte receives racist and homophobic abuse after Laurence Fox tweet
Actor appears to have deleted the tweet about Hunte since posting it in June this year
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Disney will lay off 32,000 workers - 4,000 more than previously announced
Walt Disney Co will lay off about 32,000 workers, the company announced Wednesday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Azerbaijan slams French Senate's vote on Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijani officials have criticized a resolution adopted by the French Senate that urges the French government to recognize the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent republic
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Rapists in Pakistan ‘to be chemically castrated’ under new laws
The Prime Minister Imran Khan has backed the laws after increased reports of sexual violence.
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Berbatov explains why Fernandes gesture shows he could be Man Utd captain
Bruno Fernandes turned down the chance to score a hat-trick against Istanbul Basaksehir.
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Boris Johnson announcement time: What time is Boris speaking today? Watch live
BORIS JOHNSON will return to his Downing Street podium this evening for the latest lockdown update after the new tier restrictions were revealed today. What time is Boris speaking today?
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Just FOUR councils applied to use a new hedgehog warning road sign
Of the 343 councils that could have requested to display the signs on their roads, only Newcastle City Council, Middlesbrough Council, Surrey County Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council applied..
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