First-time buyers' dream homes become living nightmares costing them thousands

Under Labour’s plans, a National Cladding Taskforce would conduct an audit on the extent of dangerous materials still on buildings
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Why China investment in Inter brings urgent need to scrutinise owners | Barney Ronay
As the Italian parliament debates whether Italy should formally recognise that China is guilty of genocide on its Uyghur citizens, the Chinese state is a part-owner of the Scudetto championsYou might think Liverpool have had an underwhelming Premier League title defence. The mid-season collapse. The failed attempt to join a Super League. The strangely maudlin video address from the club’s owner, delivered in the style of a baffled senior executive apologising for an involuntary bladder malfunction at the company golf day. None of this is ideal.But spare a thought for the reigning Chinese Super League champions, Jiangsu FC, who are nowhere to be seen four games into the new season. Continue reading...
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Once this violence in Israel and Gaza ends, there should be no return to 'normal' | Jonathan Freedland
The cycle of bloodshed will repeat, so long as the status quo remains comfortable for everyone except ordinary PalestiniansIf Groundhog Day were a horror movie, it would look like this. The deadly violence shaking the Middle East – Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, Hamas rocket attacks on Israel – seems to play out the same way, again and again, as if on some macabre repeat cycle. We saw it in 2009 and we saw it again in 2014. Each element is familiar: the lopsided death toll, Palestinian deaths outnumbering Israeli ones; the pictures of flattened buildings; the tears of the bereaved. And outside the region, the same armies of keyboard warriors, each parroting the talking points of their side, insistent that only their own pain counts, blind to the losses of the other. Related: The violence that began at Jerusalem’s ancient holy sites is driven by a distinctly modern zeal | Yair Wallach Continue reading...
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‘Back to square one again’: Bolton fears yet another lockdown as Covid surge becomes ever more grim
Colin Drury visits a town once again the country’s coronavirus hotspot, as questions emerge over if vaccine is being rendered less effective by India variant
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World must immediately ‘abandon coal’ and scrap new petrol cars by 2040 if it is to meet climate goals, UK says
Speaking from an onshore wind farm in Glasgow, Alok Sharma set out an ambitious vision for how the world can get to grips with the climate crisis
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Northern Ireland: Creationist Christian Edwin Poots elected new leader of Democratic Unionist party
The Stormont agriculture minister, who is an evangelical Christian creationist, beat more moderate Sir Jeffrey Donaldson by 19 votes to 17.
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Prince Harry jokes about leaked naked Las Vegas photos: ‘At least I wasn’t running down the Strip’
He spoke about his mental health struggles and feeling ‘trapped’ inside the royal family
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Now Hear This: New music from J Cole, Nicki Minaj, Greentea Peng and Olivia Rodrigo, plus spotlight artists Fable and girlhouse
In her weekly column, music correspondent Roisin O’Connor goes through the best new releases
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World Whisky Day 2021: 8 best whisky subscriptions that deliver on taste and variety
Raise a glass this World Whisky Day with a subscription box full of the amber nectar
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‘I thought she was bulletproof’: Man behind ‘Ellen DeGeneres is mean’ Twitter thread never expected show to end as he responds to claims attack was ‘orchestrated’
Unexpected outcome.
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Who was Tamwar in EastEnders and why did he and Nancy split?
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I was a shell of a person until I came out as trans to my loved ones
I went from being a quiet, isolated and reserved person that had no zest for life, to blossoming into a social, outgoing and confident person.
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The unwitting are the target of COVID-19 falsehoods online
People have unwittingly had their online posts or pictures exploited to spread misinformation about COVID-19 in recent months
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Stadia still alive and kicking insists Google
Despite recently losing a number of staff, Google and a couple of indie studios believe Stadia’s future is still bright.
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AOC suggests GOP leadership expel Marjorie Taylor Greene and calls her ‘deeply unwell’
AOC calls for the GOP to remove whip from the congresswoman who took office in January
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Crystal Palace XI vs Aston Villa: Predicted lineup, confirmed team news, latest injury updates
Roy Hodgson insists retirement has not crossed his mind as Crystal Palace prepare to face Aston Villa on Saturday.
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Mother and daughter orangutans ready for visitors at zoo
Mali and Tatau moved to Colchester Zoo from Paignton Zoo in Devon in February.
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Children must learn about grief – protecting them from sad news is never the answer
I could jump up and slam the radio off when it blabs news of the many horrors going on in the world while my children and I are having breakfast – but I don’t
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Scotland lockdown lifting delayed in Glasgow and Moray over Indian variant fears
Easing of lockdown rules is delayed in Scotand’s biggest city
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Edwin Poots replaces Arlene Foster as DUP leader
Edwin Poots, a traditionalist who once estimated the earth to be around 4,000 years old, will replace Arlene Foster as the leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party.
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Nearly 200 migrants crossed English Channel to Kent yesterday
An estimated 835 migrants have successfully crossed the channel so far in May, compared with 831 for the whole of March according to figures released earlier today by the Home Office.
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Dark Side of the Ring: Nick Gage ‘died for seven minutes’ after horrific wrestling deathmatch
Jon Moxley described him as a 'folk hero'.
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Analysis: Israel, Hamas race to claim victory before truce
Israel and Hamas know that a fourth Gaza war would be as inconclusive as it is devastating for the impoverished territory’s 2 million Palestinians
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What else has Netflix’s Halston show creator Ryan Murphy made?
One of Hollywood's most powerful men.
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Ex-Labour MP admits he wanted sexual relationship with aide
Mike Hill is questioned at tribunal over text messages he sent to parliamentary staff memberA married former Labour MP has admitted having wanted a sexual relationship with a parliamentary staff member and getting into her bed after she had rejected his sexual advances.Mike Hill, who represented Hartlepool until March, texted the woman, known only as Ms A, saying he was in love with her, “craved” her body, and describing himself as “emotionally fucked”. Continue reading...
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Headache for Boris: DUP elects leader who has threatened legal action over Brexit deal
EDWIN Poots has been elected as the new Democratic Unionist Party leader replacing Arlene Foster.
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Edwin Poots elected as new leader of Democratic Unionist Party
Edwin Poots has been elected as the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party after a knife edge vote, party chair Lord Morrow has announced.
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The Big Bang Theory boss addresses that unsettling Young Sheldon season 4 finale cliffhanger
'Sometimes life gets complicated,' producer says of cliffhanger.
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Edwin Poots elected new leader of Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland
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Martin Lewis' 23-day warning for every single driver in the UK
The Money Saving expert has issued a crucial piece of advice to millions of drivers
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Welcome to United Arab Emirates’ ‘City of Future’, the world’s first zero-carbon city
The words ‘sustainable’ and ‘UAE’ rarely go hand-in-hand, but all that could be about to change with the Gulf’s latest tourist attraction, writes Rahma Khan
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Shootings and lynchings continue in Israel with violent clashes between Arab, Jewish groups
Much of the unrest overnight Thursday took place in north Israel, Lod, a city with a mixed Arab and Jewish Israeli demographic that was once seen as evidence of peaceful coexistence.
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UK Covid: As tourism restarts, which foreign countries will let us in?
Britons will be allowed to go on holiday again from Monday as a ban on non-essential travel is lifted, with several European countries keen to welcome visitors, including Iceland (pictured).
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Now we know the details, the ‘Friends’ reunion is set to be an insulting disappointment
Fans like me had expected to see Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe reprise their roles and show us how the characters had grown up. It turns out all we’re getting is a sad slice of reality TV
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Martin Bashir quits BBC amid 1985 Princess Diana Panorama interview probe
Martin Bashir, who has been on sick leave for months, allegedly peddled a series of lies and smears designed to lure Diana into his trust, two years before she died in a car crash in Paris.
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Tottenham XI vs Wolves: Predicted lineup, confirmed team news, latest injury updates for Premier League
Ryan Mason has no fresh injury concerns for Sunday’s visit of Wolves but Tottenham’s interim head coach may be tempted to tinker with his side after last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Leeds.
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Kray twins' debauched legend - from EastEnders pals to scandalous sex secret
Brutal gangsters Reggie and Ronnie had a string of A-list contacts, but also befriended serial killers and faced rumours of a shocking incestuous relationship
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Martin Bashir quits BBC due to ill health amid probe into Diana interview
Martin Bashir has quit his role on the BBC due to ill health, amid an investigation into his 1995 Panorama interview with Princess Diana
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Edwin Poots elected as new DUP leader
Mr Poots was vying with Sir Jeffrey Donaldson to replace Arlene Foster in the first contested leadership election in the party’s 50 year history.
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If you enjoyed the impact of slow dating on sex, what now?
Transition into real-life dates, but in a more measured way.
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Gucci marks 100 years with exhibit on Michele code-breaking
Creative director Alessandro Michele has radically shifted Gucci codes and challenged fashion norms in 6½ years at the helm of the brand founded by Guccio Gucci as a travel bag company in Florence 100 years ago
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Glasgow and Moray to remain in higher level of coronavirus restrictions
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the rest of the mainland will move down to Level 2 as planned on Monday.
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Martin Bashir quits the BBC amid investigation into Diana interview
The journalist has been seriously ill with coronavirus-related complications.
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Bride sues stately home for £100K after falling down stone stairs on wedding day
Hellen Hetherington and her husband missed their wedding night after they fell down the stone stairs during their reception at 114-year-old Sennowe Park in Norfolk
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Edwin Poots elected DUP leader to succeed Arlene Foster
Northern Ireland agriculture minister and young Earth creationist says someone else will be first ministerEdwin Poots has been elected leader of the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) on the promise of remoulding Northern Ireland’s biggest party and ratcheting up opposition to the Irish Sea border.The Stormont agriculture minister on Friday beat Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, a DUP Westminster MP, in a two-horse race to succeed Arlene Foster, who announced she was quitting as party leader and first minister after an internal revolt last month. Continue reading...
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Glasgow Covid panic: Region to remain in strict lockdown over Indian variant fears
GLASGOW and Moray will remain in strict lockdowns as cases of the coronavirus pandemic continue to soar.
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'Nothing better!' Bill Gates' oldest daughter Jennifer posts Instagram picture of them together
Jennifer Gates, 25, posted a photograph with her billionaire father on her Instagram story on Thursday night. She wrote alongside it: 'Nothing better than quality time with family members'.
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Jurgen Klopp on Sadio Mane snub: Liverpool FC boss plays down Old Trafford incident
Jurgen Klopp has played down signs of a rift with Sadio Mane after the Liverpool forward snubbed his manager at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
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What to expect when cinemas reopen and must-see movies to check out from film critic James King
Cinemas will reopen on May 17.
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