Brits to sizzle in more Autumn heat over weekend as hot temperatures continue

After a "limited" three-day heatwave, the unseasonal September warm weather will continue with highs of 24C for the next few days as summer refuses to depart
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Arsenal in talks with Atletico over Lucas Torreira - but not Thomas Partey
The La Liga side want to take Torreira on a season-long loan - but Gunners target Partey is reportedly not part of the negotiations
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The Latest: Vehicle runs into California protesters, 1 hurt
Authorities in Los Angeles say at least one person was hurt when a vehicle ran into a small crowd of people protesting police brutality Thursday night
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Temperatures drop below freezing as 65mph winds and heavy rain batters Britain
The Met Office has put a yellow rain and wind warning in place in the southeast, while the Environment Agency is warning of potential flooding - hours after a bizarre weather turn saw September 'snow' in Yorkshire
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Last orders! The origins of the word 'curfew'
Pubs and restaurants are closing early in England as part of what is being called a ‘curfew’ - but where does the word come from?In June Boris Johnson told the country it was our patriotic duty to go to the pub and spread the coronavirus: that having been an effective message, the government is now mandating the early closure of pubs and restaurants in what is being called a “curfew”, as though it were the public and not the government who were a bunch of unruly children.“Curfew” is a contraction of the original French couvre-feu, meaning literally “cover the fire”. In medieval Europe, it was common for a bell to be rung at a certain hour in the evening (often eight o’clock) indicating that all fires must be covered or put out, in order to prevent domestic fires from accidentally burning down whole villages or towns. Continue reading...
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A local's guide to Plymouth: 10 top tips
The ‘ocean city’ is awash with new art spaces and community festivities as it commemorates the 400th anniversary of the MayflowerEveryone’s talking about The Box, Plymouth’s new, £46m “cultural destination” combining a museum, gallery and archive, plus cafe and bar, which opens on 29 September (postponed from May). A transformation of the original, Edwardian city museum and art gallery, extended and amalgamated with the former city library and St Luke’s Church, it will open with what organisers are calling a “myth-busting”, Mayflower-themed Legend and Legacy show, and Making It, a contemporary art show featuring works by Leonor Antunes, Eva Grubinger, Alexandre da Cunha, Christopher Baker and Sir Antony Gormley. Continue reading...
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Pakistan Hindus rally in Islamabad over India migrant deaths
Hundreds of members of Pakistan’s minority Hindu community are rallying in Islamabad and have briefly clashed with the police
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'I have a sense of urgency': Sufjan Stevens wakes from the American dream
The cult singer-songwriter made his name as a whimsical chronicler of US history. Now he’s made an electropop album about his country’s evilsThe Oscars were an ordeal for Sufjan Stevens. “Honestly, one of the most traumatising experiences of my entire life,” the songwriter half-laughs, half-groans. The event was, he says, “a horrifying Scientology end-of-year prom” representative of “everything I hate about America and popular culture”.He had never paid much attention to them before being nominated in 2018. Mystery of Love – his bittersweet folk ballad, written for Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name – was up for best original song and Stevens had been invited to perform. His devoted fans celebrated this appearance as a moment of long-overdue mainstream recognition for the spotlight-shy then-42-year-old; 26 million viewers were watching at home, after all. But for the artist himself, shrinking into his pink-and-black striped blazer as Hollywood A-listers schmoozed around him, there was not much to celebrate. “I didn’t want to have anything to do with that world and that culture,” he says. “I don’t want to be part of any room full of adults hemming and hawing over plastic trophies.” Continue reading...
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Ginsburg is first woman to lie in state at US Capitol
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the first woman in American history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol, capping days of commemorations of her extraordinary life
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Friday briefing: Winter is coming as jobs are cut and Covid cases surge
Sunak delivers bleak message amid record daily infections … Queen’s Covid hit … London’s ‘reverse commuters’ seek jobs outside capitalMorning everyone. I’m Martin Farrer and these are the top stories this morning. Continue reading...
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Crisps, chocolate and cheese are ‘worst offenders’ for recycling
They might taste amazing but they're not good for the planet.
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Katy Perry hits out at the 'popular misconceptions of being a full-time mum'
Katy Perry is returning to work after the birth of her daughter Daisy last month and had a few things to say on social media about how maternity leave is perceived
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GOP duo reshapes Montana politics to match Trump's vision
Steve Daines is the affable one, the smiling salesman who plunged into politics and is now seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate
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8 Funny Tweets You Need To See After A Pretty Stressful Week
It’s been A Week. As Covid-19 cases continue to rise, the prime minister announced new measures: work from home, stick to the curfew, and don’t have a wedding with more than 15 people. The anxiety set in, as did fears of a second, full-on lockdown. And that sense of dread we felt several months ago seemed to return.So what we really need is some joy – a break from the doom and gloom of the news, and the chance to have a proper belly laugh.Here are some tweets from this week that have done that for us. Happy Friday!Related... Here's What You Can And Can't Do Under The New Covid-19 Rules We’re here for camouflaged cats.Hello, peeping eyes. Me: *stares into the abyss*The abyss: pic.twitter.com/3Lpu8Y7aH3— Nerd Girl Says (@Rachael_Conrad) September 18, 2020Never has a Gemma Collins moment felt so relevant.*sound on*. Never has a @missgemcollins moment been so relevant. pic.twitter.com/wHSM5HKPkN— Kirsty McCormack (@kirstymccormack) September 22, 2020Dog plays a blinder.Seriously, the speed of that. Howling at that
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10 of the best updates for your autumn wardrobe – in pictures
From organic cotton joggers to cruelty-free woollen knits, refresh your existing wardrobe with these stylish pieces from the high street Continue reading...
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Bolton Wanderers fans claim unwanted place near top of football arrest figures
Statistics published by the Home Office have been released for the 2019/20 season
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Man City selection hints at plans for Leicester and transfer window
Pep Guardiola's selection was significant as he looks to get the Manchester City squad as he wants it as quickly as possible
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Man United have a new partnership to use in the Premier League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a settled first XI at Man Utd last season but he has to make a change now in one key area.
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When disco stormed the charts – podcasts of the week
Speed of Sound is a reminder of the brilliance of 70s music. Plus: Kara Swisher’s smart new interview series, Sway, beginsSpeed of Sound Steve Greenberg may have discovered the boyband Hanson, but he’s also an authority on disco. This four-part special goes beyond Studio 54, into obscure clubs and the sweaty dancefloors of Fire Island. There’s some great Saturday Night Fever trivia as well as an examination of how the hit movie brought disco safely to the mainstream. The rise and fall of the genre has been well documented, but this is forensically done with a reminder of just how good so many of the songs from that era were. Hannah Verdier Continue reading...
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TV tonight: the dangerous rise of conspiracy theorists in America
A new documentary examines how InfoWars’ Alex Jones found himself with fans in the White House. Plus, Jools Holland is joined by the winner of the Mercury prize. Here’s what to watch this evening Continue reading...
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Ex-Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny opens up on 'disrespectful' exit video
Koscielny enraged fans last summer with a video which showed him removing his Arsenal shirt and revealing a Bordeaux jersey, after agitating for a move away from the Emirates
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Global Covid report: Rio cancels Carnival for first time in a century as global deaths near 1m
Landmark event scrapped as Brazil suffers; EU warns pandemic worse now than in March peak for some; Israel further toughens restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs the number of coronavirus deaths worldwide looked set to pass a million within days, Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade for the first time in a century because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability in the pandemic.The global death toll passed 980,000 on Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. With the number of deaths confirmed daily averaging more than 5,000, it looks likely the toll will pass 1 million within days. There are 32m cases worldwide. Continue reading...
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Prince Andrew spent £16k of taxpayer money on private flight to watch Open golf
The Duke of York's three-day trip to watch golf tournament The Open Championship at Portrush in 2019 cost almost £16,000, the delayed annual Sovereign Grant Report reveals
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UK weather forecast: Met Office issue severe warnings as BRUTAL 65mph winds batter Britain
THE MET OFFICE has issued severe weather warnings as heavy rain and blustering winds are set to strike the UK today.
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Boris URGED to counter EU policy that could continue AFTER Brexit - 'less red tape!'
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Queen Elizabeth II’s son Prince Edward sends fans into meltdown with bizarre video
PRINCE Edward has sent shockwaves through the internet as a video of him cutting cake in a peculiar way resurfaced.
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Hawk or dove? Birdwatching world's feathers ruffled over Taiwan independence
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López, Marlins boost playoff hopes by beating Braves 4-2
Jon Berti had three hits, including a two-run double, Pablo López allowed only two hits in five scoreless innings, and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 on Thursday night to boost their playoff hopes
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Massive hailstones hit northern England making it look like 'winter wonderland'
Yorkshire folk were shocked as "bizarre" hailstorms and heavy rain left parts of the northern county four inches deep in 'snow' just days after summer officially came to an end
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Arsenal transfer round-up: Arteta faces financial blow as defender deal fails
The Gunners had been hoping to offload Shkodran Mustafi in this transfer window in order to raise some valuable funds, but that now looks unlikely
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China and US spark fears of all-out WAR in intense coronavirus spat – ‘Shame on you!’
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Billie Lourd welcomes a boy and pays tribute to late mum Carrie Fisher with name
Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd has surprised many on social media by announcing that she has had her first child with fiancé Austen Rydell
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Molina leads Cards over Brewers 4-2 to open key 5-game set
Yadier Molina singled twice to reach 2,000 career hits and the St. Louis Cardinals began a five-game series between playoff contenders by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2
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LA protestor 'hit by truck' after violent demonstrators seen hitting vehicle with sticks
A TRUCK has hit a Black Lives Matter protester in Los Angeles according to social media reports.
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Alyssa Thomas returns from injury to lead Sun past Aces
Alyssa Thomas, knocked out of Game 2 two days ago by a dislocated shoulder, made a surprise start and led the Connecticut Sun to a 77-68 victory over the Las Vegas Aces on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinal series
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Davis shines again as LA Lakers edge Nuggets to move to brink of NBA finals
Lakers win 114-108 to take 3-1 lead over Nuggets in West finalsAnthony Davis scores 34 points while LeBron James adds 26The Los Angeles Lakers are a victory away from returning to the NBA finals – and only another comeback from 3-1 down by the Denver Nuggets can stop them.Anthony Davis scored 34 points, LeBron James had 26 and the Lakers beat the Nuggets 114-108 on Thursday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Continue reading...
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Megan Thee Stallion says person who shot her was Tory Lanez
More than a month after she was shot in the feet after a party in the Hollywood Hills, hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion is saying for the first time that fellow rapper Tory Lanez was the person who pulled the trigger
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Prince Charles and Camilla embraced tech ‘overnight’ to help Brits during coronavirus
PRINCE CHARLES and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are said to have "adapted overnight" to digital tech to keep working throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
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Liverpool FC squad strength emphasised as Rhian Brewster is allowed closer to the exit door
If Rhian Brewster's withdrawal from Liverpool's squad last night served as confirmation of his impending departure, the team named in his absence offered an insight into the reasons why he might be keen to leave.
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In despair, protesters take to streets for Breonna Taylor
People dismayed that the Louisville, Kentucky, officers who shot Breonna Taylor haven't be charged with her death have vowed to persist in their fight for justice
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How Spanish writer's novel about Eta terror campaign became global hit
As HBO series based on Fernando Aramburu’s Patria begins, author says his goal was to document a shared horrorTowards the end of Patria, Fernando Aramburu’s sprawling examination of the human cost of Eta’s four-decade-long terror campaign, a character attends a talk by an author who, as it happens, has written a “testimony to the atrocities” and their enduring consequences.While he suspects the writer’s heart is probably in the right place, he reckons “nothing will really change because someone’s written a book. So far, it seemed to him, Basque writers hadn’t paid very much attention to the victims of terrorism. They were more interested in the killers, their crises of conscience, their emotional backstories – all that stuff”. Continue reading...
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Swiss to vote on whether to end free movement deal with EU
Sunday’s referendum with echoes of Brexit proposes limits on number of foreign workersSwitzerland will vote on Sunday whether to end its agreement with the EU on the free movement of people, in a referendum with echoes of the pro-Brexit campaign that led to Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.The largest party in the Swiss parliament, the rightwing, anti-immigration Swiss People’s party (SVP), has called for the vote, arguing that the country must be allowed to set its own limit on the number of foreigners coming in to work. Continue reading...
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Virus disrupting Rio's Carnival for first time in a century
A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains — the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools won’t be held in February
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Liverpool transfer round-up: Midfielder switches agent to help move force move
The Reds have brought in some impressive new recruits in the past week, but most of the focus is now on their outgoings for the rest of the transfer window
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Jesse Lingard might have to accept new role at Manchester United
Man Utd were improved in their win over Luton during the week as Jesse Lingard impressred from midfield
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Bolton's state of play in the transfer market ahead of window closing
It's been a busy summer transfer window for Wanderers so far
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Hearing seeks to move protest shooter for trial in Wisconsin
A 17-year-old accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, faces a hearing to return him to Wisconsin to face trial on homicide charges that could put him in prison for life
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Tory MPs in bid to increase scrutiny over coronavirus lockdown rules
A move by Tory MPs to increase scrutiny of the Government's coronavirus lockdown measures has gained increasing support.
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