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Lockdown rule-breaker fined after telling police ‘there’s nothing you can do’
Nariah Ellison, 18, was spotted with a group of people in Manchester city centre during the first coronavirus lockdown back in April.
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'Mass trespass' closes UK heritage site of Stonehenge
The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in southern England has been closed to visitors after protesters staged a “mass trespass” against the British government’s plans for a new tunnel near the World Heritage Site
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Clashes erupt in occupied West Bank as mourners gather for Palestinian child shot by Israeli forces
13-year-old boy was shot during clashes that broke out between stone-throwing Palestinian residents and Israeli soldiers 
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Manchester City finally move into title picture as Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling dispatch Fulham
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Georgia election worker racially abused and followed home as Trump continues to falsely claim election rigged
‘It made me shiver’, says warehouse supervisor
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I’m A Celebrity 2020: Jordan North goes to his ‘happy place’ after receiving special message from Burnley manager
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Mark Wright ‘boasts about predicting I’m A Celebrity win’ of Giovanna Fletcher, sister of former love rival Mario Falcone
Giovanna was one of the favourites to win from the start.
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Ireland beat Scotland 31-16 to seal third spot in Autumn Nations Cup
Ireland continued their recent dominance over Scotland by battling back to claim third place in the Autumn Nations Cup with a convincing 31-16 win in Dublin.
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Sara Wallis: "Africa’s Animal Oasis is stunning insight into wildlife behaviour"
Naturalist Chris Packham and ­biologist Ella Al-Shamahi joined a team at the Mwiba Wildlife Reserve in Tanzania and built the first man-made waterhole with a specialist camera rig
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Jeremih out of hospital and recovering at home after coronavirus battle
He thanked his friends 50 Cent, Chance The Rapper, and Diddy for their support.
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The Brexit saga so far as negotiations go down to wire
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On the market for over £1.6m: Chorlton's 'tale of two halves' home
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Shareholders can't force businesses to act morally. But governments can
Even Adam Smith, whose writings have been misused by rightwingers, believed there was an ethical dimension to sellingMark Carney stuck it to laissez-faire capitalists in his Reith lecture last week. There has always been a moral dimension to selling stuff, the former Bank of England governor told any listening free marketers. Their own bible would tell them so.The bible in question was written by Adam Smith, the 18th-century Scottish moral philosopher and economist whose phrase “the invisible hand” is trotted out by every pro-market evangelist keen to justify the idea that governments should let businesses get on with selling, unfettered except by the most basic regulations. Continue reading...
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Millwall fans boo as players take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter
Videos circulating on social media showed a significant number of supporters booing
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At Georgia Senate rally, Trump can help his party or himself
President Donald Trump’s first political rally since losing his reelection bid is ostensibly to urge support for the Republican incumbents in Georgia’s two runoffs that will decide which party controls the Senate at the start of Joe Biden’s administration
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Andrew Lloyd Webber says West End theatres will open next summer
Theatre veteran expects audiences to ‘return in droves’ after vaccine rollout
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Ian Wright predicts Arsenal vs Tottenham scoreline ahead of North London Derby
Arsenal and Spurs come into the fixture with mixed results in the Premier League and both sides know what the North London Derby means to the fans
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Coronavirus: Care homes to receive Pfizer vaccine within two weeks, says regulator
Doses must be used within 12 hours of thawing under approved method
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Man City provoke Fulham reactions that should concern title rivals
Manchester City defeated Fulham in the Premier League to climb the table with goals from Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne
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Holly Willoughby channels Princess Diana in iconic sheep jumper
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Theme park's safety failures left boy, 7, with life-changing injuries after fall
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Our pick of the best and worst supermarket trolley wardrobe deals for Christmas
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains decision to bench Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford for Manchester United’s clash against West Ham
The Manchester United duo were only named on the bench.
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Man City 2-0 Fulham: Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne tie up comfortable Etihad win
Manchester City coasted to a 2-0 victory over Fulham at the Etihad thanks to first-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne.
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Man City player ratings as Kevin De Bruyne untouchable vs Fulham
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Mystery woman becomes fourth Premium Bonds million pound winner from Manchester
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Letitia Wright deletes Twitter after backlash over anti-vaccine video
British actor Letitia Wright has deleted her Twitter account amid the fall out from accusations she encouraged anti-vaccine content.
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The moment 'violent and dangerous' killer was caught by police
Andrew Wadsworth, 37, will be in his late 60s before he will be considered for release after he was convicted of the murder of 32-year-old Melissa Belshaw in Wigan earlier this week
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Jordan Banjo 'feels awful' after being slammed for getting dog with cropped ears
Jordan Banjo took to Instagram earlier this week to introduce his new Cane Corso pup Sergio to fans for the first time, but he was met with backlash
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99p ‘Boris menu’ and bottomless wings: How tier 2 pubs are getting around ‘substantial meal’ rules
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US breaks another record for daily coronavirus infections, accounting for one-third of global cases
On Friday, the country hit a record number of new coronavirus cases in a single day with 228,767 recorded
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West Ham United v Manchester United: Premier League – live!
Updates from the 5.30pm GMT kick-offLive scoreboard: all the latest scores and results from today’s gamesSolskjær has fingers crossed over Rashford’s shoulder injuryAnd you can get in touch with Scott by email here 4.45pm GMT West Ham, three on the bounce, make just one change to the side named for the win over Aston Villa, and not by choice. The injured Michail Antonio is replaced by Sebastien Haller.Manchester United have one eye on the potentially season-defining visit to Leipzig on Tuesday, making four changes to the team sent out against PSG. Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford drop to the bench, while David de Gea and Fred miss out altogether. Dean Henderson, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood step up. 4.35pm GMT West Ham United: Fabianski, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Masuaku, Bowen, Fornals, Haller.Subs: Benrahma, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Noble, Diop, Johnson, Randolph.Manchester United: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, van de Beek, Martial, Cavani.Subs: Mata, Rashford, Grant, Fernandes, Matic, Williams, Tuanzebe. Continue reading...
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Meryl Streep ‘terrified’ of working with Ryan Murphy ahead of Netflix’s The Prom
The Prom is on Netflix next week.
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Independent TV: Keir Starmer urges public to support small businesses affected by coronavirus
Keir Starmer has urged people to shop locally, as research finds hundreds of thousands of small firms might not be in business by the spring.
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Riots in Paris as furious masked mob set cars on fire and throw Molotov cocktails at police
Tensions between police and protestors in Paris have resulted in violent clashes again today as thousands marched against a law making it illegal to film the police.
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Intruders crash Paris protest of law on use of police images
Thousands of people around France have protested a proposed bill that could make it more difficult for witnesses to film police officers
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Man dresses as Buddy the elf to meet dad for first time but he hadn't seen film
Doug Henning filmed the moment he met his biological dad for the first time in 43 years, dressed head-to-toe as Buddy from the Christmas film Elf while singing in the car park
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Man United line-up vs West Ham includes Pogba and Henderson
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his starting XI to face West Ham
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Shoppers expected to spend £1,500,000,000 on first weekend after lockdown
High streets were packed today as non-essential shops reopened for the first Saturday in five weeks.
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West Ham XI vs Manchester United: Confirmed team news, lineup. latest injuries today
David Moyes has agained turn to Sebastien Haller to lead the line for West Ham this evening after Michail Antonio picked up another hamstring injury.
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Ireland claim third place in Autumn Nations Cup as Keith Earls double sees off ill-disciplined Scotland
Ireland 31-16 Scotland: Wing cores twice to become country’s all-time second top try-scorer as Scots let lead slip due to string of penalties and costly errors
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Online stores bring forward last order dates before Christmas and warn of delays
If you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, you might be leaving it too late with retailers like Topshop, Superdry and New Look no longer offering express delivery options
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Where’s hot in December and what are the new tier travel rules?
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Manchester United extend WSL lead with easy victory over Aston Villa
Manchester United made light work of lowly Aston Villa to extend their lead at the top of the Women’s Super League after a 2-0 victory at Bescot Stadium.The visitors took the lead after 25 minutes when Hayley Ladd played a perfectly weighted ball into the box for Leah Galton, who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner. Continue reading...
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