Is it just me? Or do you loathe emojis, too? asks MARION McGILVARY 

Marion McGilvary who lives in the UK, says recent interactions with family and friends have consisted of stupid symbols. She argues emojis are the laziest form of communication ever.
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Police search ponds in London in desperate hunt for missing woman, 33, who vanished on her way home
Sarah Everard, 33, was last seen walking between Clapham Junction and Brixton at 9pm on Wednesday. London Metropolitan Police have released a fresh appeal to find her.
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Man arrested in Dundee in connection with woman and children’s disappearance
Police said inquires are ongoing.
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A floating pizzeria is set to open on a canal boat in Stockport
It will travel up and down the Macclesfield Canal visiting a different town each weekend
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Man, 50, arrested in Dundee over disappearance of woman and two children from Gloucestershire
A 50-year-old man has been arrested in Dundee in connection with the disappearance of a woman and two children.
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Piers Morgan brands Meghan Markle's friend Patrick J Adams a 'jumped-up twerp' over comments
The GMB presenter branded Mr Adams (pictured with Meghan in Suits) a 'jumped-up twerp' and said his comments were 'disgusting' after the Canadian actor's lengthy Twitter post.
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Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes’ relationship history: How long have the couple been together as they announce baby news?
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Harry Maguire 'playing for himself' as Man Utd told to replace captain
Former Red Devil Paul Parker has launched a blistering attack on the Old Trafford skipper
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Man in 50s arrested over disappearance of woman and two children
Bennylyn Burke and her two children reported missing on 1 March with Avon and Somerset Police putting out appeal two days later
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Pete Wicks in disbelief as ex Chloe Sims and 'half of Towie cast' unfollowed him
The Only Way Is Essex star Pete Wicks, 32, has revealed that his split from Chloe Sims has created a rift between him and other cast members
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Demonstration against Irish lockdown passes peacefully
There was a heavy police presence in Cork on Saturday afternoon after violent scenes at a protest in Dublin last weekend.
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'Not a perfect scenario': Root regrets rotation but admits it may continue
Tourists made four changes after victory in first Test‘It’s important we learn lessons,’ says England captainJoe Root has said England’s rest and rotation policy could rumble on through to next winter’s Ashes series and urged the team management and his players to learn key lessons from the heavy defeat suffered in India.After his side lost the fourth Test in Ahmedabad by an innings and 25 runs to complete a 3-1 loss, the England captain was honest enough to admit they had simply been “out-skilled” by superior opponents in their home conditions. Continue reading...
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As violence surges, some question Portland axing police unit
Portland, Oregon, last year dissolved a special police unit designed to focus on gun violence during the national reckoning over racial injustice
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Another 158 people die with Covid in UK and 6,040 test positive
In total, more than 21.7 million people have now had their first jab, while 1,090,840 have received both doses of the vaccine.
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Florida beach hotspot bans spring breakers as Florida prepares for influx amid pandemic
Thousands expected in state over next two weeks
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What YOU think of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown
We asked readers for their thoughts on Boris Johnson's plans to ease lockdown measures
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RuPaul’s Drag Race star Symone stuns with ‘Say Their Names’ ensemble in honour of Black Lives Matter movement
Using her platform to make an incredibly important statement.
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Just as Labour built back Britain after WWII, we can build a better London after the pandemic
Ultimately, this election is about building the better London we owe our key workers and that we all deserve after the pandemic.
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Seal becomes ‘local celeb’ after returning to same spot on Thames every day
Londoners said sightings of the seal were 'magical'.
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Covid deaths down 34% in a week as 158 new fatalities are recorded
Covid-related deaths plunged by 34 per cent in a week with 158 new deaths recorded on Saturday.
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UK Covid daily death toll rises by 236 in huge 74 per cent drop in one month
A month ago the Department of Health announced 828 deaths, with the UK's Covid death rate falling dramatically ahead of schools reopening on Monday
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Prince Harry 'to drive sledgehammer through relationship with Prince William'
Meghan Markle has already accused the Royal Family of 'perpetuating falsehoods' about herself and Harry
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Pro-democracy protest in Thailand passes without violence
Demonstrators from Thailand’s student-led pro-democracy movement have held a peaceful protest outside Bangkok’s Criminal Court to bring public attention to the plight of several of their detained leaders
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Pandemic forces route change, other precautions for Iditarod
The world's most famous sled dog race starts Sunday, but this year's edition of the Iditarod will see a lot changes forced by the pandemic
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Three-legged Golden Retriever living her best life thanks to new bionic leg
What a good girl.
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Kate highlights public support for ‘amazing’ work of frontline staff during Covid pandemic
The Duchess of Cambridge has said it is “sad, almost” how it has taken a pandemic for the public to “really back and support all those working on the front line”.
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We read books to my daughter from birth, which enriched all our lives
A difficult pregnancy meant the only item I dared buy for my unborn child was a book. When she arrived we read it to her every dayNine years ago, I gave birth to a little girl. And now that little girl has grown into a bookworm. It began, as all stories about books should really begin, in a bookshop. I was several months pregnant and I picked up an American picture book I had never come across before: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. It featured a poem that my husband and I would end up reading, oh, I don’t know, at least 900 times. The book became such a pillar of my daughter’s nightly routine that by the time she could talk, I realised she knew it by heart.It also marked a turning point for me. I had been finding the pregnancy hard. Various complications meant it was high risk, and there was a good chance I would not manage to carry my baby to term. This knowledge weighed heavily in my heart while, in my womb, Flora was literally doing somersaults for the sonographers, happily oblivious to my concerns. Continue reading...
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Will Spacs, new stars of corporate finance, take off in the UK?
Looser rules may allow the cash-rich buyout-hungry shell firms to succeed in London, but investors will need protectingBasketball star Shaquille O’Neal does not at first glance seem to have much in common with the UK’s chancellor, Rishi Sunak. While the American sportsman has endorsed Pepsi, the British minister recently confessed to an addiction to Coca-Cola. But last week’s budget suggests they agree on at least one thing: both have jumped on the special purpose acquisition companies (Spacs) bandwagon – the hottest trend in finance.Spac sponsors – often celebrities such as O’Neal – raise money for a “blank-cheque” company that lists on a stock market. The company then hunts for a privately owned business to invest in. A reverse merger offers the private company quick access to capital and a route to the stock market that is cheaper and easier than a traditional flotation. Once the process is complete, those who bought into the Spac can keep the investment or sell once the purchase is revealed. Continue reading...
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Fear itself is the real threat to democracy, not tall tales of Chinese AI | John Naughton
Stoking panic about China’s dominance is just another way for western technology giants to avoid scrutiny and gain power This week the American National Security Commission on artificial intelligence released its final report. Cursory inspection of its 756 pages suggests that it’s just another standard product of the military-industrial complex that so worried President Eisenhower at the end of his term of office. On closer examination, however, it turns out to be a set of case notes on a tragic case of what we psychologists call “hegemonic anxiety” – the fear of losing global dominance.The report is the work of 15 bigwigs, led by Dr Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Alphabet (and before that the adult supervisor imposed by venture capitalists on the young co-founders of Google). Of the 15 members of the commission only four are female. Eight are from the tech industry (including Andy Jassy, Jeff Bezos’s anointed heir at Amazon); two are former senior Pentagon officials; and the tech sector of the national intelligence community is represented by at least three commissioners. Given these establishment credentials, the only surprising thing is that the inquiry seems to have been set up during Trump’s presidency, which suggests that it was organised by the “deep state” during the hours of one to four AM, when Trump was generally asleep. Continue reading...
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Belgium to repatriate children of jihadists at Shamima Begum camp
Belgian prime minister cites spiralling security situation for bringing children back ‘within weeks’
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Bridgerton star says there’s ‘no reason’ for TV shows not to consider colourblind casting
'It is a success. Bridgerton is proof of that.'
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Kate highlights public support for ‘amazing’ work of frontline staff
The royal family will appear in a BBC show called A Celebration For Commonwealth Day being screened on Sunday.
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£65bn Brexit boom! UK could join historic Quad in new alliance - 'Major turning point'
THE UK could join a historic bloc including four of the world's biggest economic powerhouses, with a new groundbreaking defence and foreign relations review is set to be published.
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Kate Middleton 'sad' it's taken pandemic for public to support frontline workers
The BBC programme celebrates the Commonwealth and will be aired just hours before the explosive tell-all interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Lindelof and Cavani start - Man United predicted XI vs Man City
The early team news and predicted line up as Man Utd travel to face Manchester City in the Premier League fixture this weekend.
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Gundogan and Stones back in predicted Man City line up vs Man Utd
Manchester City take on cross-town rivals Man United on Sunday in the Premier League and here is how the teams could line up.
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Dramatic moment a car catches fire on the M60
Firefighters spent over an hour at the scene, fighting the blaze and making the area safe.
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Cost of Test and Trace to pass £37,000,000,000 despite ‘marginal impact’
MPs have questioned if the system is worth such an 'eye watering' sum.
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Everything we know after girl, 16, killed in suspected knife attack in village
South Wales Police have confirmed investigations are continuing with two men arrested after the "sudden and unexplained death" of an unnamed teen girl, 16, in in Ynyswen, a rural village in Rhondda Cynon Taf near Treorchy
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Claressa Shields calls out British rival Savannah Marshall after making boxing history
American boxer Claressa Shields has called out British rival Savannah Marshall after becoming the first undisputed world champion in two different divisions in the four-belt era.
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Man arrested in Dundee in connection with woman and children’s disappearance
Police Scotland said inquiries are ongoing
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Judge must reconsider third-degree murder charge against officer for George Floyd killing
Ruling from Minnesota court of appeals could delay Derek Chauvin’s trial, which is due to start MondayThe Minnesota court of appeals has ordered a judge to reconsider adding third-degree murder to charges against the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing George Floyd last year. Continue reading...
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Celtic in line for £2m windfall if Jack Hendry makes permanent transfer
The 25-year-old centre-back has been on loan at Belgian side Oostende since July and could well be set to stay for the long term
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Martin Keown calls for Arsenal squad overhaul after Burnley draw
'The rest maybe need to be changed.'
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Man spends £14,000 transforming a decade-old van into a cosy home on wheels
Daniel Stevens, 31, an aerospace engineer from Derbyshire, completely transformed the vehicle in just eight months - building and adding a kitchen, dining area and enough room to sleep five people.
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Premier League explains why Arsenal were denied penalty against Burnley
The Gunners were denied a penalty even after a VAR review.
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How to watch the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan in the UK
Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special is coming to ITV
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Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2021 – in pictures
Rita Ora is among the performers at the 43rd annual parade, held at the Sydney Cricket Ground Continue reading...
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Joe Cole questions whether Arsenal need a more experienced manager after Burnley half-time setback
The Gunners were held at Turf Moor on Saturday.
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