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Strictly Come Dancing’s Joe Sugg sustains painful back injury during rehearsals for Christmas special
'I’m finding it hard to get my breath.'
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Why you shouldn’t dress your cat in a festive outfit this Christmas
Christmas is already stressful enough for cats.
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Driver gets parking fine for ‘failing the attitude test’ when she confronted warden
Gabrielle Davies, 25, told the parking wardens 'it's people like you that wind me up' when she saw them ticketing her car for not displaying a blue badge.
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Taylor Swift takes it as a compliment when stars reach out to her for tips on coping with bad press
She's also ditched Twitter because it's 'overwhelming'.
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Sleeping for nine hours a night or taking regular naps puts you at ‘increased risk of stroke’
There is such a thing as too much sleep.
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Mum battling cancer vows to give her kids a Christmas they’ll never forget
Fearless Tilly Everest, from Cornwall, is due to start radiotherapy for breast cancer in the New Year but before that she has promised to make this the best Christmas yet for her kids
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Thursday briefing: Now for the only poll that counts
Leaders rally supporters ahead of today’s vote … claim that Johnson ‘hid in fridge’ … and in non-election news, ‘peak meat’ climate deadline loomsWe made it. Election day. The party leaders have given their final pitches, rallied their last rallies, and now here we are. We’ve got the news you need to get started today and you can follow live coverage of events from our indefatigable politics team, who will be working all day and well into the wee hours to bring you all the action – and the results. Continue reading...
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The best new European rail journeys for 2020
Timetables for the year ahead highlight new day and night services across Europe to destinations including Vienna, Brussels and Berlin, with easy connections into eastern EuropeAnd now for some good news … rail operators across Europe are responding to a growing interest in travel by train with the launch of a number of new services. Particularly exciting for fans of sleeper trains is the launch of several new overnight services, in a welcome reversal of a recent trend among operators to drop night trains.The switchover to new 2020 timetables takes place in the early hours of Sunday 15 December (though not all services will start on that exact date: some only start in the new year or spring 2020). Continue reading...
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How to vote in the general election: Do you need to bring your polling card and ID?
As the UK prepares to head to the polls for the general election tomorrow, here's what you need to bring with you to the polling station
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Police called to solve mystery of deaths of hundreds of starlings in road
Experts have been left scratching their heads over the deaths and a post mortem is taking place.
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General election 2019: Polls to open in NI for Westminster election
Voters are getting to decide who should represent them in Northern Ireland's 18 Westminster seats.
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Lottie Lion banned from BBC interviews after getting fired from The Apprentice
While fellow contestants Lewis Ellis and Pamela Laird took part in post-firing press interviews, the BBC have revealed Lottie will 'not participate in any further activity relating to The Apprentice'
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Reach ‘peak meat’ by 2030 to tackle climate crisis, say scientists
Reducing meat and dairy consumption will cut methane and allow forests to thriveLivestock production needs to reach its peak within the next decade in order to tackle the climate emergency, scientists have warned.They are calling for governments in all but the poorest countries to set a date for “peak meat” because animal agriculture is a significant and fast-growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading...
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'Crass and contemptible': is Clint Eastwood's new movie built on a lie?
Oscar-tipped drama Richard Jewell, the story of the security guard falsely accused of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, has come under fire for suggesting a journalist traded sex for FBI tipsClint Eastwood’s indignant, Oscar-buzzed new drama Richard Jewell tasks itself with a noble and initially justifiable aim: to tell the truth about a man whose name has been unfairly slandered. It’s written, quite literally on the poster, with the words “true” and “truth” promising, at long last, facts behind the headlines that followed the tragic bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. But there’s a catch. Related: Clint Eastwood Atlanta bombing film criticised over 'sex-for-tips' reporter Continue reading...
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Ann Widdecombe refuses to apologise for saying ‘golliwog’ in Whatsapp group chat
Ann Widdecombe said: 'I threw all my toys out of the pram. Bears and gollywogs everywhere.'
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Debris found after military plane from Chile 'disappears' with 38 people on board
Debris believed to be from an air force plane that went missing with 38 people on board have been found, Chilean officials have said.
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Boy, two, dies after being hit by train when he became 'separated from his mum'
The toddler and his mum became separated when they reached the bottom of the stairs at the Fulton Street subway station in New York. He walked onto the platform where he fell onto the tracks.
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General election 2019: nation faces 'historic' choice – polling day live news
Both Labour and Conservatives say vote offers stark choice between the two parties. Follow the latest developments, live 6.00am GMT Good Election Day morning everyone!We made it, we’re here, the campaign is finally over. It’s been a whirlwind six weeks, let’s have a wrap of some the happenings and absurdities we’ve witnessed in that time: the leaders have travelled across the country, stolen phones, hidden in fridges, refused to apologise for their party’s handling of antisemitism when repeatedly asked by Andrew Neil, refused to be interviewed by Andrew Neil at all, posed in boxing rings, posed bulldozing a menacing tower of styrofoam blocks, watched as their confident promise of becoming prime minister quickly became a vanishingly small prospect, or as their pledge to help the Tories by pulling out of seats backfired. Continue reading...
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Start a fire: the best books about political awakenings
From Trotsky by torchlight to freedom fighters in the Philippines, Romesh Gunesekera chooses books to spark new understandingThe journey to an awakening, whether of a fictional character, a reader or a writer, is rarely straightforward. In Suncatcher, my narrator’s political awareness begins as a young boy when he reads Trotsky by torchlight. “The Problems of Life” is a Young Socialist pamphlet he has nicked from his father’s bookshelf. Under a mosquito net, in post-colonial Ceylon, Kairo is drawn in by Trotsky’s impassioned lectures on vodka, housework and the cinema. I discovered it while researching Sri Lanka in the 60s, a time when the Trotskyite party was at its peak. But it could have been in our house all along, tucked among the leftwing books on my father’s shelves – the 1962 edition I found in the British Library had been printed in Colombo, a mile from my childhood home.A generation earlier, in 1908, Ananda Coomaraswamy, a Ceylonese man of English and Tamil parentage, published Mediaeval Sinhalese Art, printing it on a hand press used by William Morris. Could an innocuous-sounding study of drawings and pottery be political? “Nations,” Coomaraswamy declared, “are created by poets and artists.” The monograph was instrumental in awakening a modern consciousness of artistic identity in South Asia and became an important strand in the national movement for self-rule. Continue reading...
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The doctor and banker who quit to join Extinction Rebellion: ‘You have to do what is right’
Campaigners who turned their lives upside down to fight the climate crisis explain why they made their decision – and how it has turned outVishal Chauhan had been working as an A&E doctor for nine months, but had become increasingly disillusioned. Each shift he felt as if he was facing a wave of human suffering – a seemingly endless stream of patients with chronic mental and physical health problems, many of whom had attempted suicide. They were patched up and sent back into the world to face the same underlying problems. Continue reading...
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Lynn Goldsmith's best photograph: the Patti Smith Easter sessions
‘When she started putting her poetry to rock’n’roll, Patti Smith was electric. So I always chose colours – yellow, red, blue – that punctuated that aspect of her’It was 1977 and I was shooting Patti Smith for the cover of her album Easter. I was thinking a lot about Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the palette he uses in his painting The Annunciation: white for purity, red for the blood of Christ, blue for the heavens.Patti brought the white dress, which had been given to her by Robert Mapplethorpe. She brought the red scarf too – she still has it. And one of us threw in the feathers. The blue background is pretty much the exact blue in the Rossetti. That’s not what makes Patti’s eyes pop though. She has Elizabeth Taylor eyes. They always pop. Continue reading...
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The truth about Labour leavers: they feel locked out of politics | Aditya Chakrabortty
They are the voters who could decide the future course of the country, but they’re not the stereotypes we’ve been soldA few weeks ago I met a couple of the stereotypes who could decide which way this country turns tomorrow. And guess what – they were nothing like you’d expect. You know the caricature I mean: the working-class Brexiter. The exact people the two big parties are battling over in the very last hours before the polls close. The mythical group pundits say stands at the heart of what Sky News bills as “the Brexit Election”.And yet I cannot think of any other demographic treated more superficially and transactionally than the four million-odd Labour voters who voted leave in 2016. Superficial is the Attenborough-esque spot on the news in which a intrepid TV crew treks to a post-industrial town and lurks in drizzle outside a branch of Sports Direct, ready to pounce upon exotic passersby and prod them into a few barks about Europe and “getting on with it”. Continue reading...
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The 2019 general election campaign – in pictures
The bravado is over and it’s off to the polling stations. We take a look back at some of the lighter moments of the five-week campaign Continue reading...
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‘She was so dangerous’: where in the world is the notorious Ghislaine Maxwell?
In the months since Jeffrey Epstein died in prison, his former partner has disappeared. Will she ever return to face her accusers?Riding up on a white horse, Ghislaine Maxwell made quite the impression. “She’s got the whole equestrian attire. She’s so elegant,” recalls Maria Farmer. Farmer was 26 and trying to build a career as an artist when she was invited to stay at a ranch in Ohio with Maxwell and run an art project.It was the mid-90s and this was the second time the two had met. Farmer had encountered Maxwell and her friend Jeffrey Epstein at her New York Academy of Art graduate show. She would go on to work for the pair for a year, at the front desk of Epstein’s Manhattan mansion. She was perfectly placed to see who came to the house – and says she witnessed young teenagers being brought through the doors by Maxwell. Following an alleged sexual assault by Maxwell and Epstein, Farmer went to the police. She was ignored. Continue reading...
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‘Humans were not centre stage’: how ancient cave art puts us in our place
In a world corrupted by personal and political narcissisism, the anonymous, mysterious cave artwork of our ancient ancestors is exhilarating. By Barbara EhrenreichIn 1940, four teenage boys stumbled, almost literally, from German-occupied France into the Paleolithic age. As the story goes – and there are many versions of it – they had been taking a walk in the woods near the town of Montignac when the dog accompanying them suddenly disappeared. A quick search revealed that their animal companion had fallen into a hole in the ground, so – in the spirit of Tintin, with whom they were probably familiar – the boys made the perilous 15-metre descent to find it. They found the dog and much more, especially on return visits illuminated with paraffin lamps. The hole led to a cave, the walls and ceilings of which were covered with brightly coloured paintings of animals unknown to the 20th-century Dordogne – bison, aurochs and lions. One of the boys later reported that, stunned and elated, they began to dart around the cave like “a band of savages doing a war dance”. Another recalled that the painted animals in the flickering light of the boys’ lamps seemed to be moving. “We were completely crazy,” yet another said, although the build-up of carbon dioxide in a poorly ventilated cave may have had something to do with that.This was the famous and touristically magnetic Lascaux cave, which eventually had to be closed to visitors lest their exhalations spoil the artwork. Today, almost a century later, we know that Lascaux is part of a global phenomenon, originally referred to as “decorated caves”. They have been found on every continent except Antarctica – at least 350 of them in Europe alone, thanks to the cave-rich Pyrenees – with the most recent discoveries in Borneo (2018) and Croatia (April 2019). Uncannily, given the distances that separate them, all are adorned with similar decorations: handprints or stencils of human hands, abstract designs containing dots and crosshatched lines, and large animals, both carnivores and herbivores, most of them now extinct. Not all of these images appear in each of the decorated caves – some feature only handprints or megafauna. Scholars of paleoarcheology infer that the paintings were made by our distant ancestors, although the caves contain no depictions of humans doing any kind of painting. Continue reading...
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From carriages to kiss selfies: 150 years of photos at Stonehenge
Visitor photos dating back to 1875 go on display at ancient site after public appealSnapshots capturing 150 years of family holidays, honeymoons, wild parties and emotional goodbyes with Stonehenge as a dramatic backdrop are going on display at the ancient monument.Many of the photos, taken by visitors to the great stone circle in Wiltshire, feature joyful moments – from children playing hide-and-seek to new age travellers relishing the madness of summer solstices. Continue reading...
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From a thumping Tory win to a Corbyn coalition – four election scenarios
How some of the more likely outcomes could take shape – and results to watch forAs Britain heads to the polls here are four possible scenarios for the outcome. Continue reading...
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Manchester United could be about to discover future first team regulars
Man Utd face AZ Alkmaar in their final group stage game of the Europa League and here's a look at the key talking points ahead of the Old Trafford fixture.
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Raheem Sterling trolls Manchester United defender Phil Jones after Man City Champions League win
Raheem Sterling came on as a second half substitute as Manchester City breezed past Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.
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The papers: Bellamy tributes and Myanmar 'genocide denial'
Away from the election, the papers cover the death of a naturalist and a peace icon's defence of Myanmar.
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UK weather forecast: Chilly and damp day across the country as voters go to polls
Voters casting their ballot can expect things to turn cold and lengthy spells of rain are predicted as four weather warnings were issued by the Met Office
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London Bridge attack: 'He said he was waiting for the police'
Exclusive interview with John Crilly, an ex-offender who was seen chasing the London Bridge attacker with a fire extinguisher.
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Emily Atack enjoys festive Christmas tree shopping trip after jungle return
The actress turned presenter, who co-hosted I'm a Celebrity Extra Camp, posted a picture on Instagram of her with a Christmas tree and thanked fans for supporting her when she was in the jungle
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Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, December 12
The top stories you're waking up to Listen to your Morning Bulletin on Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa smart speakers or via Noa from 7am every weekday
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Liverpool's youngsters sent warning ahead of Aston Villa clash in Carabao Cup
Reds rising stars told they must seize their opportunity when they stand in for first-team stars in next week's quarter-final at Villa Park
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Myanmar's Rohingya say 'world will judge' Suu Kyi's denial of genocide
Leaders in refugee camps says justice will be delivered based on the evidence they have provided of Myanmar atrocitiesRohingya refugees have hit back at Aung San Suu Kyi’s claims at the international court of justice in testimony on Wednesday after she denied that Myanmar’s armed forces were guilty of genocide against the Muslim minority.Suu Kyi told the court that the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to neighbouring Bangladesh was the unfortunate result of a battle with insurgents. Continue reading...
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Girl, 12, reveals how dad let 30 of his paedophile pals rape her for cash
The child alleges her father took money from friends so they could sexually abuse her in another horrendous case in India
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EU leaders 'should put pressure on Malta's PM to quit immediately'
Media coalition wants guarantee of impartial investigation into murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, is facing renewed pressure to quit immediately as EU leaders are urged to take a stand on the “desperate” situation in the country at a summit this week.Muscat, who is under fire over his role in the investigation into the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, plans to attend a regular summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. Continue reading...
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Manchester United news and transfers LIVE early team news for AZ Alkmaar fixture
Follow throughout the day for the latest Man Utd transfer rumours, injury latest and breaking news.
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Best and worst energy suppliers named and shamed - based on customer service
Are you getting a poor deal on energy? Whether it's poor customer service or just inaccurate billing, you're not alone. Here are this year's energy satisfaction results
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Jadon Sancho 'more likely to join Liverpool' than transfer rivals Man Utd and Chelsea
Liverpool are reportedly at the front of the queue to land Sancho from Borussia Dortmund - and have the money to sign £120million England ace
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Tories lead polls on election day but could still face a hung parliament
Jeremy Corbyn cut down Boris Johnson's advantage in four out of seven surveys on Wednesday evening as the race tightened - but the Tories remain ahead as the country heads to the polls
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