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Nikki J Owen faced 12 to 15 years behind bars until a psychiatrist finally identified PMT as the reason for her erratic behaviour as a teenager
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‘Learn to shoot – the refugees are coming’: Germany’s police struggles to tackle racism and the far-right
Despite a series of shocking allegations against police officers, the government is holding back on launching an investigation into institutional racism. By Gemma Fox
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Deutsche Bahn to introduce hydrogen train by 2024, cutting 330 tons of CO2 a year
‘This is the only way for DB to be climate neutral in 2050,’ says board member
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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard sends message to ‘top class’ Callum Hudson-Odoi
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been assured he has a “big future” at Chelsea.  
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Mark Ruffalo set to play Ryan Reynolds’ dad in new movie The Adam Project and we’re confused
Anyone else a little confused?
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US jobless claims rise to 778,000 as pandemic worsens
The number of a Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks
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‘Thieves’ caught taking Amazon package from doorstep in broad daylight
A man was left ‘disgusted’ after a birthday present for his son was snatched while he was inside the house.
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Tom Hanks exclusive extract: My love affair with typewriters
The actor reveals his passion for typewriters and how they’ve inspired his writing, in a new introduction in this reissued edition of his debut short story collection, Uncommon Type 
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From Vivaldi to Vaughan Williams: more musical voices who have changed our world
Over the past few months, our Know the Score series introduced 20 great composers. But what of the many we couldn’t write about? Martin Kettle suggests some other names whose music is well worth exploring The aim of the Know the score series was straightforward. To assist the reader who is curious about classical music, and to help them find some entry points with short guides to some of the art form’s best-known names. With the series now ended, where might the reader who is still curious go next? What of the many, many composers who didn’t make our top 20?There is, of course, no definitive league table of great composers, and no two people would come up with the same 20 names that we chose to focus on. And so the aim of this article is to offer one entirely personal view of some of the composers who did not make it into the original series. And, for the sake of symmetry, we have another 20. Continue reading...
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Covid vaccine will ‘probably’ be rolled out in second week of December, says CDC director
'I want people to be vigilant because we're turning the corner now,’ says Robert Redfield
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Zak Hardaker primed to repay Wigan's faith with Grand Final redemption
Full-back no longer haunted by his past and is looking forward to fatherhood, but only after Friday’s Grand Final against SaintsThe darkest times will always serve as a reminder for Zak Hardaker about where he went wrong, but these days, he has more reasons to look to the future. It was perhaps inevitable that when Hardaker reached his first Grand Final since the failed drugs test on the eve of the 2017 final, the conversation would lead naturally to the events of three years ago, when he tested positive for cocaine just days before Castleford Tigers side made their first appearance at Old Trafford. Continue reading...
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North Korean ‘pole vaults to freedom’ across border
Military investigating how man crossed 9.8ft fence without triggering alarm
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Emma Stone is just as obsessed with Real Housewives of Salt Lake City as the rest of us
Same, hun.
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Fay Maschler’s week in food, from Peking Duck to rich, dark fruitcake
The Gymkhana Club Experience delivery was so munificent we had keema pau – arguably the most intriguing assembly – still to eat.  
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Tier 2 rules: What are the new restrictions for places under ‘high’ alert?
New tier rules will be in place from Wednesday 2 December
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Chelsea’s new signings already aware of Tottenham rivalry history, says Callum Hudson-Odoi
Callum Hudson-Odoi says Chelsea’s new boys are already fully aware of the history of their rivalry with Tottenham ahead of this weekend’s huge clash at Stamford Bridge.
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Bolton team 'picks itself' at present as Evatt sends message to current starters
Wanderers have named the same starting 11 for their last three matches in League Two and taken all available points on offer
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Mother slams Amazon for 'insane' overwrapping of three small Christmas decorations
Kaz Worton-Casey, 48, from Worthing, ordered three sachets of £1 'reindeer food' which she planned to use to decorate her presents, but was left surprised by the packaging.
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Jadon Sancho opens up on 'hard situation' after failed Man Utd summer transfer
Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is getting back to his usual level after a dip in form following a summer of speculation about his future and a return to England
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Heavy D's colourful moments from explosive CBB spats to Judge Rinder appearance
Late Heavy D won over a huge legion of fans with his loud personality and he made his mark on reality TV during his appearance in Celebrity Big Brother
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Pug is left hanging in the air after owner goes up in an elevator while her pet was still outside
Helena Isaksson, 47, was on her way back to her apartment in Stockholm, Sweden with her pooch Zimba when the incident happened.
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England’s batting options against South Africa ‘frightening’, says Jason Roy
Three-match T20 series begins in Cape Town on Friday
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Great British Bake Off winner Peter Sawkins recalls his uni flatmates finding out he’d won on night of final
What an amazing surprise!
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Serving police officers sacked for belonging to WhatsApp group that shared 'demeaning' pictures
Sergeant Matthew Parker and PC Robert Fraser, who were based at Essex Police's headquarters (pictured) in Chelmsford, were dismissed following a disciplinary hearing yesterday.
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F1 told to ‘put people above profit and human rights above racing’ as MPs up pressure on Bahrain Grand Prix
Thirty UK MPs deliver letter to F1 boss Chase Carey raising “concern the Grand Prix is exploited by Bahrain’s government to ‘sportswash’ their human rights record” following scrutiny for the Saudi Arabia’s addition
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Man who inspired Get Carter after 'one armed bandit' murder passes way aged 83
For more than 50 years Michael Luvaglio fought to clear his name after he was found guilty of the 'one armed bandit' murder which led to a book and the hit film
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Martin Lewis predicts best Black Friday deals, from the Nintendo Switch to Apple products
The money saving expert has shared his forecasts for Black Friday, including offers from Asos and Game
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Meet the new Celebs Go Dating cast from Wayne Lineker to Chloe Ferry
E4 today revealed the full line-up for Celebs Go Dating - with Wayne Lineker and Curtis Pritchard joining the series.
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Coronavirus: Government urged to ‘get a grip’ over reports of missing test results
Exclusive: Test results from care homes and members of public are continuing to go missing across England
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What happens to the turkeys the president pardons?
Prize poultry pictured relaxing in five-star hotel ahead of ceremony
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MasterChef mystery as show edits out one of four professional contestants
MasterChef viewers were baffled when the show revealed it edited out one of the four contestants - leading to speculation as to why
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Taylor Swift confirms fan theory about her mysterious co-writer 'William Bowery'
Folklore singer Taylor Swift has finally revealed the identity of mystery co-writer William Bowery after endless speculation
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Crook who sold jewellery made from hair of elephants slaughtered by poachers avoids jail 
Rajtharan Mahalingam, 40, sold rings, bracelets and a pendant from a shop in Wembley. Analysis of gold pieces revealed hair samples matched DNA from an African and Asian elephant.
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Van de Beek could give Man United the solution to one of their oldest problems
Man Utd have typically struggled to break conservative sides down at Old Trafford but Donny van de Beek's quick thinking picked the lock against Istanbul Basaksehir.
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Highgate Cemetery wants help to save site from climate change impact
A search has been launched for designers and architects to come up with creative ways to rescue the world-famous Highgate Cemetery in London from the impact of climate change.
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Bizarre rules for Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr exhibition revealed
No knockouts?
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Jack Wilshere speaks out on potential Arsenal return
'That would be the dream.'
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'Widow, 80, leaves This Morning viewers in 'tears' after revealing she feels 'very alone'
In today's episode of This Morning, viewers were reduced to tears after Margaret, 80, called in and told how she felt 'very alone' and was desperate just to go for a walk with someone at Christmas.
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All the places you can and can't go with your Christmas bubble
Up to three household will be able to form a Christmas bubble - but there are rules around where they can and can't meet
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UK foreign aid to poorest nations to be slashed amid coronavirus crisis
Rishi Sunak tore up the Government's commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on aid as he said it was 'difficult to justify' to the British people
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Tributes comes in for Celebrity Big Brother star Heavy D as he ‘dies aged 47’
The star's cause of death is not yet known.
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Tributes comes in for Celebrity Big Brother star Heavy D as he ‘dies aged 43’
The star's cause of death is not yet known.
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Prince Philip and the Queen have 'rediscovered the happiness of their early years together'
The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, have 'rediscovered the happiness of their early years together' during the Covid-19 crisis, Katie Nicholl told Australian site 9Honey.
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‘Zombie’ mink rise from grave after millions culled across Denmark
Hundreds of animal carcasses can be seen resurfacing at a mass burial site.
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United Utilities: Firm is ‘on track’ but warns water company expects full-year revenue dip
United Utilities raised its interim dividend to 14.41p per ordinary share on Wednesday, but warned of a dip in revenues for the full year. 
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Man orders 'bargain' £30 Argos sofa - then pal points out his mortifying mistake
While buying new furniture for their flat, a couple stumbled across an incredible deal on a sofa from Argos, only to discover that it wasn't what it appeared
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Heavy D death: Celebrity Big Brother star dies aged 43
Celebrity Big Brother contestant Heavy D has died, aged 43.
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