ASEAN downgrades Myanmar presence in summit in major rebuke

Southeast Asian foreign ministers have agreed to downgrade Myanmar’s participation in an upcoming summit in their sharpest rebuke yet of its leaders following a Feb. 1 military takeover
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Queen sends message to Barbados as Caribbean nation becomes a republic - 'Good wishes!'
QUEEN ELIZABETH II has sent her "good wishes" to Barbados as the Caribbean country severs ties with the Crown to become a republic.
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Emmerdale spoilers: Ethan exposes cruel killer Meena to Manpreet
He reveals what she has been up to.
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Coronation Street spoilers: Amy exits as she makes a decision about her future?
Amy is given some news.
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Cryptocurrency Omicron surges 900% with the rise of new Covid variant
The Omicron cryptocurrency hit an all-time high of $689 on Monday.
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EastEnders spoilers: Kim is broken as she discovers Denise’s betrayal over Vincent
Kim is stunned to find out what her sister has been hiding.
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‘Style icon’ Prince George continues to keep the fashion trends high
PRINCE GEORGE, who turned eight in July, has already grown a style icon with his every choice of clothing becoming an overnight fashion trend.
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Enes Kanter: Turkish NBA star changes name to ‘Freedom’ to celebrate US citizenship
‘Freedom’ will be his last name while Kanter will remain his middle name
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England's poorest schools hit by decade of Tory cuts to education, IFS finds
Colleges and sixth forms faced the toughest cuts, even with the extra money from Rishi Sunak's Spending review
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Japan crown prince says royals should refute extreme attacks
Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, the emperor's younger brother, has complained about harsh criticism of his daughter’s recent marriage and suggested that the imperial family should be allowed to refute false and extreme attacks
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Corrie Covid death fears as fans plead for popular character to be saved
Coronation Street fans are worried that they'll be killed off
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Moderna CEO predicts vaccines will be less effective against Omicron variant
The head of drugmaker Moderna said Covid vaccines are unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus as they have been previously, sparking fresh concerns about the trajectory of the pandemic.
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Woman stranded in Manchester due to Covid for so long she bought a HOUSE here... but now she can finally fly home to husband in Australia after heartbreaking two years apart
"I came to England with nothing but my clothes, so it really was like starting from scratch."
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Covid news LIVE: Face masks and self-isolation rules return as number of UK Omicron cases rises to 11
Mandatory face coverings in shops and on public transport, and self-isolation rules, returned on Tuesday as ministers seek to rapidly reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.
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Mohamed Salah insult suggests Ballon d'Or doesn't deserve the respect it gets
Mohamed Salah finished seventh in this year's Ballon d'Or - behind Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Jorginho, Karim Benzema, N'Golo Kante and Cristiano Ronaldo
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"It's absolutely ridiculous": Bolton dad stranded in South Africa tells of chaos as flights cancelled over Covid variant
"There were familes - women and children in tears because they had no idea what to do"
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Mum fined after keeping son, 8, home from school while he had 'Covid symptoms'
Annette Connolly, of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, said she kept her son at home because he had Covid symptoms but ended up being fined by Lawrence View Primary School
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Bradley Cooper recalls being threatened at knifepoint while picking up daughter from school: ‘It was pretty insane’
The actor hid in a subway before chasing the young man.
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LIVE: Road closed off both ways due to 'building fire' - latest updates
Traffic and buses are being diverted
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Bernardine Evaristo appointed president of Royal Society of Literature
Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo has been appointed as the new president of the Royal Society of Literature.
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Coronavirus: LIVE updates as masks become compulsory in supermarkets and on public transport
How are people reacting to the tougher mask restrictions as they are brought back into force today?
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Britney review: A masterclass in turning trauma into joy
Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson’s adaptation of their stage comedy is a surreal, sensitive triumph
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Ralf Rangnick already knows about Arsenal's biggest threats ahead of first Manchester United game
The new United interim boss could take charge for the first time on Thursday as Arsenal head to Old Trafford.
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Ralf Rangnick's compensation package details show Man Utd have learnt from mistake
The manner of Manchester United's successful pursuit and appointment of Ralf Rangnick suggests they are taking a more considered approach as Ed Woodward's tenure winds down
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Rental home renovation guide: how to transform a rental home with creative, removable styling and reversible DIY
Five renters share their top decorating tips for making your home your own.
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‘Terrorism is always a concern’: FBI hunt for fleeing boat after mystery beach explosion
Investigators have not ruled out the possibility of the blast being prelude to something bigger
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Astronauts face higher debris risk in spacewalk to replace ISS antenna
Caution as US pair leave International Space Station airlock after Russian anti-satellite missile testTwo US astronauts were set on Tuesday to venture out of the International Space Station (ISS) for a spacewalk to replace a failed antenna, facing what Nasa officials say is a slightly elevated risk from the debris of a Russian anti-satellite missile test.Nasa TV planned to provide live coverage of the six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, scheduled to begin at 7.10 ET (12.10 GMT) as astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Brown exit an airlock. Continue reading...
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Expo 2020's workers face hardships despite Dubai's promises
Dubai has spent over $7 billion as the first host of the world's fair in the Middle East
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Atrocity of slavery stains our history, Prince Charles tells Barbados as it ends royal rule
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Atlanta mayoral runoff: Moore hopes to stave off Dickens
Atlanta voters on Tuesday are deciding a mayoral runoff between City Council President Felicia Moore and fellow council member Andre Dickens
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UK film classification board tightens up on N-word and racism
BBFC says ‘attitudes have shifted’ after conducting research into onscreen language and behaviourThe British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is adopting a stricter position on the use of racist language in programmes, saying “attitudes had shifted” towards the use of outdated and offensive behaviour or language.The UK regulator said programmes featuring the N-word should not be classified lower than 12A/12 unless in exceptional circumstances, such as a documentary or biopic with a clear educational value and appeal to younger audiences. Continue reading...
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Hail in South Africa and record lows in Europe as extreme weather strikes
Golf ball-sized hail hits Klerksdorp while mercury falls to -34.7C in Sweden and wettest November on record in Canberra, AustraliaOn 25 November, a severe hailstorm hit Klerksdorp in South Africa, damaging businesses and homes alike, during what is their late springtime. Hailstones, the size of golf balls in places, pummelled the city, bringing some drifts. Intense downpours also brought significant flooding across the city with icy rivers.Exceptionally cold air has been spilling into Scandinavia over the past week. Consequently, low temperature records are being broken for this winter across mainland Europe. Kevo, in Finland, started the week with -29C on 23 November, which was quickly replaced by an observation of -32.2C two days later at the same station. Meanwhile in Buresjön, Sweden, the minimum temperature fell to -34.7C on the night of 26 November, the lowest temperature for that month since 2010, and also the lowest temperature in mainland Europe of the winter season so far. Continue reading...
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Draconian border security doesn’t work and costs lives. Why is Britain pushing it? | Daniel Trilling
Our politicians say they want to stop smuggling. What they mean is they want to stop migrationIn the Calais museum to the second world war, housed in a former Nazi bunker in one of the town’s parks, there is a room dedicated to people smugglers. A giant map shows the routes by which members of the French resistance spirited Jews, stranded British soldiers and others out of German-controlled territory. The paths stretch from France into southern Europe and out over the Mediterranean – an echo of the dangerous journeys taken by many who seek to reach the UK without permission today.Smuggling people across borders is neither inherently good nor inherently evil. Those who do it can show a callous disregard for human life. Or they can be motivated by a desire to protect and nurture, like when Rob Lawrie, an army veteran who volunteered in the Calais refugee camp in 2015, hid a four-year-old Afghan girl in his van and tried to board a ferry to the UK. (Lawrie narrowly escaped a prison sentence but was found guilty in France of the lesser offence of endangering a child.) Very often, the “smugglers” are the people on the move themselves, helping one another out as they travel.Daniel Trilling is the author of Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe and Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain’s Far Right Continue reading...
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FCDO racially discriminated against black senior civil servant, tribunal rules
Sonia Warner, who oversaw government grants given to Nigerian organisations, was the victim of unconscious discriminationThe Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office racially discriminated against a black senior civil servant after launching an inquiry into her sex life, an employment tribunal has ruled.Sonia Warner, a civil servant for 33 years who oversaw government grants given to Nigerian organisations, was the victim of unconscious discrimination when she was “pushed away”, “disowned” or “othered” by colleagues, it concluded. Continue reading...
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‘We need to break the junk food cycle’: how to fix Britain’s failing food system
From ultra-processed junk to failing supply chains and rocketing food poverty, there are serious problems with the way the UK eats. Will the government ever act?When I was younger, and at war with my own body, I was a sucker for diets. I tried The Rotation Diet (Lose Up to a Pound a Day and Never Gain it Back), The Beverly Hills Diet (a 35-day programme, but I never made it past the first three days) and numerous punitive low-fat regimes involving raw carrots and dry crispbread. None of them lasted long, but each time I broke a diet, I would soon be looking around for another, equally unrealistic, weight-loss plan. No matter how similar the new diet was to the last, it gave me a sense that I was doing something productive about what I saw as the problem of my body.Personal weight-loss diets have a lot in common with obesity policies in England and beyond. For a start, the sheer quantity of these policies is astonishing. Earlier this year, two researchers based at the University of Cambridge – Dolly Theis and Martin White – published a paper showing that from 1992 to 2020, there were no fewer than 689 separate obesity policies put forward in England. Like failed diets, almost none of these initiatives have been realised in any meaningful way. Instead, their main effect has been to remind people with obesity that the government views the mere existence of their bodies as a “crisis”. Continue reading...
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The life and tragic death of John Eyers – a fitness fanatic who refused the vaccine
He did triathlons, bodybuilding and mountain climbing and became sceptical of the Covid jab. Then, at 42, he contracted the virusIt was one of those rare, almost magical, summer evenings. Warm enough to sit outside in a T-shirt, listening to birdsong; warm enough to stay out late, savouring a meal; warm enough not to notice night settling in, the visitor that slipped into the party unannounced.It was 11 June 2021. Jenny McCann sat in the garden of her home in north London with her twin brother, John Eyers, their parents, Lyn and Derek, and Jenny’s husband and children. It was her son’s 10th birthday party. John and their parents had come down from Southport in Merseyside for the weekend to celebrate. Jenny made Lebanese lamb and parathas. The adults were buzzed on wine, the kids on birthday cake. “Life felt really good,” says Jenny. Continue reading...
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Jill Biden decks the White House halls for Christmas – in pictures
The theme for the 2021 White House holiday season is Gifts from the Heart. According to Jill Biden’s office, about 6,000ft of ribbon, more than 300 candles and more than 10,000 ornaments were used this year to decorate. There are also 41 Christmas trees throughout the White House Continue reading...
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‘Having to close would be a disaster’: Omicron is ominous for hospitality
The Parkers Arms in Lancashire is fully booked for Christmas but its owner fears new variant could flatten festive spiritCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Parkers Arms in rural Lancashire is freezing cold and cannot take bookings over the phone, at least for now. Four days ago, Storm Arwen took out the power lines and telephone wires linking this rural Lancashire gastropub to the outside world.Its ever-optimistic proprietor, Stosie Madi, expects normal service to resume by the weekend at the pub in Newton-in-Bowland. But now – like the rest of the hospitality sector – she has a new worry on her mind: the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Continue reading...
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Ralf Rangnick has five major issues to address at Manchester United
Ralf Rangnick is set to start work as the Man United interim manager this week and his in-tray is already teeming.
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Iain Thornley overjoyed as he prepares for emotional Wigan Warriors return
The centre has re-joined the Warriors after six seasons away from the club.
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No special treatment for injured Man City trio Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden
Ilkay Gundogan has praised the quality of his Man City teammates for continuing winning run despite Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish sidelined.
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Dad and son, 5, 'inches from death' after rhino smashes into car at safari park
Jamie Wood and son Jackson, five, were charged by a rhino in their car at West Midlands Safari Park, and the dad claims if he had been slightly further forward he could have been killed
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'The Lost Daughter' wins big at 31st Gotham Awards
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Elena Ferrante adaptation “The Lost Daughter” won four Gotham Awards including best feature film at the 31st Gotham Awards, the annual New York independent film celebration that serves as a boozy kickoff to Oscar season
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Elizabeth Holmes tells court her ex-boyfriend forced her to have sex with him as lawyers cite emotional abuse
Holmes claimed Balwani would compare her running of the company as a ‘monkey flying a space ship’
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UK weather forecast: Exact date snow will hit again in bitter -9C 'Arctic blast'
The Met Office and other forecasters are predicting a blast of wintry weather, including snow, plus hail and possibly thunder as temperatures plunge across the UK
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Washington defeat Seattle Seahawks with late intercept for third straight win
Washington jumped into the last NFC wildcard spot with the result.
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What Ralf Rangnick does with Bruno Fernandes could define his career at Manchester United
United's talisman has looked a shadow of the player who shined last season and one of Rangnick's biggest jobs will be to get him firing again
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