Huge fire as 100 tonnes of burning scrapyard waste blows smoke across Merseyside

A fire in Kirkdale, Liverpool, has turned the sky "black with smoke" and caused an "awful" smell, according to locals, as firefighters desperately battle the dangerous flames
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EasyJet will CHARGE passengers to use overhead lockers
The budget UK airline today revealed it will be halving baggage allowances from February 10.
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450 restaurants support homelessness charity as they battle back after lockdown
Hundreds of top restaurants which are preparing to reopen after lockdown today pledged to support a London charity that has been helping to feed the most vulnerable during the pandemic.
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Jill Biden: Who is America’s next First Lady?
Educator says she wants to keep on teaching when Joe Biden becomes president
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Paul Merson picks Arsenal midfield and attacking line-up that could accommodate outcast Mesut Ozil
'Him playing opens up a chance for Ozil.'
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The Baileys Chocolate Yule Log is back in supermarkets
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Boris Johnson Proclaims He 'Loves Slough' In Heated Debate Over Tiers
Slough.Home of the Mars bar, setting of The Office, and proud owner of a heroic but very dead stuffed dog named Jim whose stuffed corpse graces a platform at the town’s train station.As if that wasn’t enough in the claims to fame department, Slough was today the subject of a rather heated debate in the Commons.Whilst debating the new tiers of coronavirus controls, Boris Johnson insisted the government will look at how the restrictions can reflect “as closely as possible the reality of what is happening on the ground”, after being challenged over his “hate” for Slough.Labour’s Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi – who is Slough’s actual MP – said “more fairness, clarity and transparency” was needed for the tier system, adding: “We were promised a regional approach.“However, what the powers that be have done is they have placed little old Slough in Tier 3 despite the fact we have been segregated from the wider region, and there are areas in neighbouring London and Essex with higher Covid transmission rates.“So why does the prime minister hate Slough?”Johnson proclaimed “I love Slough” before acknowledging people do feel a sense of “injustice” over being put in higher tiers “than they deserve”.Twitter users were quick to react to his comments:Boris Johnson: "I love Slough." pic.twitter.com/SGscIPLtVk— Sophie Morris (@itssophiemorris) December 1, 2020Please for the love of god can we not have the next 48 hours end with Boris eating a scotch egg in a pub with a side of chips in Slough. Please. Please help us avoid this fate. https://t.co/VQa8wXOCCn— Matt Kilcoyne
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Car hits pedestrians in Germany; 2 killed, 15 injured
German officials say two people have been killed and 15 others seriously injured in the southwestern German city of Trier when a car drove into a pedestrian zone
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Arcadia worker tells Philip Green to sell £100m superyacht to save 13000 jobs
Sir Philip Green has been urged to sell his £100million super yacht to help 13,000 workers who face redundancy following the collapse of his Arcadia retail empire on Monday
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Sophia and Muhammad top the list of the most popular baby names of 2020
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Belarus opposition to compile 'book of crimes'
Belarus' opposition will compile a register of law enforcement officers accused of abuses against peaceful demonstrators protesting the reelection of the country’s authoritarian leader
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends message to Erling Haaland over Champions League record
Haaland is closing in on Solskjaer's Champions League goal tally.
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Boris Johnson pledges £1,000 grant for every 'wet pub' forced to shut
The Prime Minister said those pubs which do not serve food will be eligible for the cash to recognise 'how hard they have been hit by this virus in what is typically their busiest month'.
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Top Tory 'dodging scrutiny' after refusing to appear before MPs over Brexit
Commons Business Select Committee chairman Darren Jones lashed out after Alok Sharma turned down invitations
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Driver who live streamed himself on Facebook speeding at 120mph is jailed
Justin Dean Jones boasted to his viewers, holding a phone in one hand to show them his speedometer.
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Asda launches a mini cheese roulette with one spicy flavour
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends message to Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland is close to beating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Champions League record a year after he rejected Man United to sign for Borussia Dortmund.
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England vs France: Eddie Jones unconcerned by absence of French players for Autumn Nations Cup final
France without 25 first-team players due to agreement with Top 14 clubs ahead of Twickenham final
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Romain Grosjean targets Abu Dhabi Grand Prix return as he spends third night in hospital
Romain Grosjean will spend a third night in hospital in Bahrain for treatment on his hands but is confident of taking part in the final grand prix of the season in Abu Dhabi. 
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Biden's outspoken nominee to run budget office deletes 1,000 tweets
Neera Tanden has criticised senators on TwitterSenate confirmation process faces ‘problematic path’Joe Biden’s nominee for a key economic post has deleted more than a thousand of her own tweets, some of which were critical of senators who now hold her fate in their hands. Related: Trump lawyer: ex-election security chief Krebs should be 'taken out and shot' Continue reading...
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AIDSFree: How money raised through appeal has helped those most in need
As a result of our AIDSFree campaign and the work that it helped inspire, we now have a greater possibility for a future here in England that lies beyond the HIV endemic
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The new films and series arriving on Disney+ this December
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Bill Cosby's sex assault conviction gets high court review
Lawyers for Bill Cosby on Tuesday will ask Pennsylvania's highest court to overturn his 2018 sex assault conviction
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Post-Brexit farming policy ‘less a revolution, more an evolution’ – Environment Secretary George Eustice
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The Queen wraps up warm as she is seen horse riding in Windsor
The Queen, 94, wrapped up warm as she donned a tan coloured coat while enjoying some down time horse riding in Windsor alongside her Head Groom Terry Pendry earlier today.
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Landlords and drinkers' fury at loophole that lets football fans and cinema-goers drink without food
While pub-goers will be forced to buy food if they want a drink, football supporters will be able to knock back a pint in the concourses without having to buy a burger, hot-dog or a pie.
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Aldi shoppers share their 10 top tips for saving money on your food bill
More than a quarter (28%) of Brits say that they have become more aware of the cost of groceries as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research from Aldi.
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Dog with a huge smile has spent half his life in an animal shelter – and hopes to find a home in time for Christmas
Rolo has spent half his life in a shelter.
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Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani ‘deeply sorry’ for using racial term as FA launch investigation
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is "deeply sorry" for using a racial term on social media and will cooperate with the Football Association's investigation, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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Trier: At least two killed as car drives into pedestrians in Germany
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Second monolith spotted in Romania after similar metal structure disappeared from Utah desert
A mysterious metallic monolith has been discovered in Romania , days after a similar structure appeared and then disappeared in the US.
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I'm A Celebrity leaves viewers 'conscious' as it sparks toilet debate
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The Undoing: Is it on Netflix and will there be a second season?
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Love Island star Jessica Hayes loses her son at 19 weeks
Jess and her partner Dan called their baby Teddy.
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Which Covid tier am I in? UK postcode tiers checker
Find out what the rules are for pubs, restaurants, worship and leisure in your areaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrom 2 December, England leaves its second national lockdown and returns to a modified system of tiered restrictions. There are three tiers, officially graded by “risk” but in fact also reflecting such considerations as the resilience of an area’s NHS. Even the least restrictive tier 1 maintains the rule that no more than six people should gather at once. The most restrictive tier 3 requires all pubs and restaurants to remain closed.Meanwhile, Scotland has its own five-level tier system. Wales and Northern Ireland have national restrictions in place. Use our postcode search to find out what you can and can’t do based on where you live. Continue reading...
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Anne Nolan ‘elated’ as she reveals breast cancer has ‘disappeared’
'I feel like it's kind of surreal, it's not sunk in yet.'
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West Papua declares ‘government in waiting’ from Indonesia and install UK-based leader
The exiled leader, Benny Wenda has been nominated as interim president of West Papua
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Loose Women panelists congratulate Judi Love as she makes emotional announcement
Loose Women panelist Judi Love was overcome with emotion on Tuesday as her colleagues set up a special surprise to congratulate her
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What makes a good Christmas dinner for a small group? | Kitchen aide
Scaling down this Christmas needn’t mean cutting back, say some of our favourite cooks ...Do you have a culinary dilemma? Email feast@theguardian.comWe’ll be a small group this Christmas. How do we make it feel special even with scaled-down dishes?Tasha, Glasgow“I have no idea why we should censor Christmas lunch,” says Jeremy Lee, head chef at London’s legendary Quo Vadis. “Even if we can’t have the gang, we can still toast each other.” So, turkey (and other poultry) is still on the cards, Tasha – though perhaps not of the size that Scrooge carted over to Bob Cratchit’s. Continue reading...
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The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone review – Coppola edits the past
The director tweaks the little-loved final part of his Godfather trilogy as Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone tries to go into respectable businessJust when you thought you were out … he pulls you back in. Francis Ford Coppola has presided over different editorial remixes of Apocalypse Now, and now he’s done the same with his little-loved The Godfather Part III from 1990: with new edits and a new title. He and co-writer Mario Puzo have removed the “threequel” stigma by renaming it The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, but, at 158 minutes (compared with the 175 and 202 minutes of the other two films), it’s hardly short enough to be a coda and doesn’t function structurally as a coda in any way. Rightly or wrongly, it is exactly what the original title declared it to be: part three, the third act in the life of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), who in his 60s tries to go into respectable business by bailing out the Vatican’s financially embarrassed bank. He thereby becomes a businessman of enormous power, somewhere between Faustus and Mephistopheles, yet also a vulnerable target for shadowy conspirators.There are a number of little changes to the original film, the most important being one at the very end, which might baffle those wondering about that new title: The Death of Michael Corleone. This change could imply that his real death was the emotional or spiritual death that happened on the steps of the opera house in Palermo, or even much earlier than that. Continue reading...
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Nick Knowles: 'People think I don't cry on DIY SOS, but I do'
The TV presenter on his small-screen loves and hates, and why his job presenting the home makeover show is an emotional oneStar Trek Discovery on Netflix. I’m a bit of a Trekkie – I’ve watched all the episodes of the original series and every movie, and I loved the JJ Abrams revisiting and The Next Generation. There’s something weird about its creator, Eugene Wesley Roddenberry: sliding doors didn’t exist when he wrote them into the bridge; neither did their touch screen communications systems. Nasa is looking to it for inspiration for space travel technology; today’s scientists were nerds like me watching it. And no, I don’t wear the outfits or go to conventions, before you ask. Continue reading...
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Football fans return to stadiums: Rules on drinking alcohol, singing, travel and face masks
Football fans will be exempt from Tier 2 rules stating they can only be served alcohol with a substantial meal when they return to stadia this week.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects PSG clash to affect Edinson Cavani mentally as FA investigation continues
'He will work on his mindset'
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Coleen Rooney decorates her home with ice skates in weird 'nod' to Rebekah Vardy
Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen is in the midst of a legal battle against Jamie Vardy's wife Rebekah, who is taking part in Dancing On Ice next year
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Hiker rescued after being trapped under boulder for nine hours
Jason Koch says he was looking for a lost drone near Calistoga, northwest California
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Giant Arecibo radio telescope collapses in Puerto Rico
Observatory had been set to close after damage in AugustScientists and Puerto Ricans mourn loss of historic facilityA huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has long played a key role in astronomical discoveries collapsed on Tuesday, officials said. Related: US to shut down famed huge Arecibo space telescope in Puerto Rico jungle Continue reading...
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Manchester United voice support for Edinson Cavani and FA probe
Man United have shown their support for Edinson Cavani and supported the FA's probe into an Instagram Story he posted.
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Council bans school kids from giving Christmas cards due to coronavirus risk
A council in south-east Wales has banned school kids from giving one another Christmas cards or gifts due to the risk of passing on coronavirus
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