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Carlos Tevez names former Man Utd team-mate as ‘one of the best I players I’ve seen’
High praise
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Paul Merson reacts to speculation Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants Arsenal transfer
'Why would he want to stay?'
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Ryan Reynolds spoofs 'sexist' Peloton ad with new gin commercial
'Peloton Wife' raises a toast to new beginnings in new advert
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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard laments sloppiness and 'ridiculous' goals after Everton defeat
Frank Lampard rued the "ridiculous" goals conceded by Chelsea against Everton on Saturday and admitted sloppiness cost his side during their surprise defeat at Goodison Park.
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After this election, the dignity of parliament must be restored
Send your letters to letters@independent.co.uk
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France strikes - Paris BURNS: Anti-Macron protesters mass riot through streets
FRANCE was in flames today due to violent anti-Macron protesters tearing through the streets of Nantes and Paris in the 56th consecutive week of riots.
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Wood Green stabbing: Horrifying moment attackers brandish machetes before 19-year-old father knifed to death
Horror CCTV shows the chilling moment a gang of attackers brandished machetes before the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old father.
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Tributes paid to ‘lovely’ bus driver, 47, who died in street ‘altercation’
A boy, 14, has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident.
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A modern day poll tax: How Florida Republicans are trying to stop 1.4 million people from voting
When voters in Florida voted to remove Jim Crow-era law keeping reformed felons from voting, Republicans quickly began working to subvert the results
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First Pensacola shooting victim is identified as hero Naval officer 
Joshua Kaleb Watson, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy this year, was among the victims slain on Friday by Mohammed al-Shamrani, a Saudi Arabian aviator being trained in the U.S.
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Borussia Dortmund chief issues fresh Jadon Sancho transfer update to Manchester United
The BVB and England winder is a Man United target and has been heavily linked with a transfer to Chelsea and Liverpool too.
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‘Christmas is ruined’ after boy, 5, loses chunk of finger at Winter Wonderland
'It was such a horrible night. My son was in such pain, he was screaming.'
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Honeytrap thief who used sex as bait to rob vulnerable men is jailed
Her boyfriend threatened to cut off one of her victim's genitals.
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Dreaming of a green Christmas: make your own sustainable tree
Upcycled bike wheels, shredded magazines and papier-mâché baubles… We challenged three eco-minded creators to design a festive tree – with spectacular resultsSustainability and seasonality are two guiding principles in the work of Kent-based stylist Hannah Bullivant. “I don’t want to create pretty things that then end up in landfill. I don’t want to add to that problem,” she explains. Her work – which encompasses event styling, creative workshops and interior styling projects – wholeheartedly embraces the storied and the secondhand. So, when asked to create a sustainable tree, she immediately headed outside. Continue reading...
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Sometimes the best Christmas dinner is sausage and mash | Rachel Cooke
In the frantic pursuit of pleasure, it’s too easy to end up cross, drunk and dissatisfied. Go for something simple insteadWaiting to leave the plane at the end of a recent flight, I listened as a steward carefully explained the British idea of Christmas to an American business class passenger. “If we’re honest, it’s just about eating and drinking,” she began. The passenger smiled and, encouraged, she went on: “It starts early. You’re on the sherry or the champagne by 11 o’clock, if not before. By three, everyone is drunk and tired, and that’s when the arguments really begin.” Playfully, she then punched the air, after which she set about adjusting her enormous bun – an activity seemingly designed to announce that her cultural mission was fully complete. Alas, I couldn’t help but notice that the passenger was no longer smiling. He looked like someone had nicked his Economist and replaced it with Heat. The plane doors finally opened. “Have a good one!” the steward called after him, as he all but sprinted towards passport control and a large bottle of vitamin-enriched mineral water.If it was down to me, Christmas would begin with the finest salted anchovies on toast Continue reading...
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Sorry, but I’ve lost my faith in tech evangelism
There are too many worrying developments in tech – traumatised moderators, AI bias, facial recognition – to be anything but pessimistic about the futureFor my sins, I get invited to give a few public lectures every year. Mostly, the topic on which I’m asked to speak is the implications for democracy of digital technology as it has been exploited by a number of giant US corporations. My general argument is that those implications are not good, and I try to explain why I think this is the case. When I’ve finished, there is usually some polite applause before the Q&A begins. And always one particular question comes up. “Why are you so pessimistic?”The interesting thing about that is the way it reveals as much about the questioner as it does about the lecturer. All I have done in my talk, after all, is to lay out the grounds for concern about what networked technology is doing to our democracies. Mostly, my audiences recognise those grounds as genuine – indeed as things about which they themselves have been fretting. So if someone regards a critical examination of these issues as “pessimistic” then it suggests that they have subconsciously imbibed the positive narrative of tech evangelism. Continue reading...
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Retail landlords fall into a new crisis at Christmas
The suspension of a major M&G retail property fund has raised new questions about the future of shopping centresA smattering of festive lights, a giant gingerbread house and big-name brands offering deep pre-Christmas discounts: the Gracechurch Centre in Sutton Coldfield is ready for retail’s most important time of year. All it needs now is more shoppers – and, ideally, more shops.The 1970s-built scheme in the affluent town north-east of Birmingham has suffered an exodus of big names this year, with Marks & Spencer, Paperchase and Patisserie Valerie closing in the past few months and Argos set to shut for good on Christmas Eve. Next quit last year and the Observer counted at least a dozen vacant units during a visit last Thursday. Continue reading...
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'There are a lot of lies': In London's key swing seats, Britain's Muslim voters could prove decisive
Research has shown that the Muslim electorate can swing the capital's Kensington and Putney seats, along with 29 others across the UK. The Independent visits the two boroughs to scope the lay of the land
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Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz fight at risk as thunderstorms and harsh weather hits Diriyah
Plans are in place to postpone the bout if lightning fails to move away from Diriyah
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Paul Merson gives unconvincing verdict on Arsenal's leading managerial candidates
The former Arsenal forward isn't convinced Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola could turn things around at the Emirates even if they were both working together at the club
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Woman behind the infamous Peloton ad stars in a holiday gin ad for Ryan Reynolds
Reynolds and Aviation American Gin posted the ad onto their Instagram accounts on Friday night. The ad stars the actress now dubbed the 'Peloton Wife' - named Monica Ruiz.
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Axel Tuanzebe sends Manchester United message ahead of derby vs Man City
Man United are full of confidence heading into the derby vs Manchester City, according to defender Axel Tuanzebe.
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Katy Perry is Christmas personified as she rocks a festive Santa onesie with her dog Nugget
she's the queen of Christmas.
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Caitlyn Jenner gets warm welcome from eliminated I’m A Celebrity campmates before reunion with Sophia Hutchins
All the hugs.
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Huge knife brawl in Southport erupts at 6am on Saturday injuring several men
Several men were hurt in the brawl involving a large group of men and women
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We highly doubt that ‘devil lips’ are going to become the next big beauty trend
For one thing, most of the pics of the look are the result of Photoshop.
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Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz II fight time, undercard, TV channel, live stream and odds
Can AJ reclaim the throne?
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Justin Timberlake shows off his wedding ring after holding hands with co-star
The chart topping star has been embroiled in scandal after being spotted getting cosy with a costar behind wife Jessica Beil's back
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Why Andy Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua rematch is one of the biggest fights in modern boxing history
This is one of the biggest fights in recent memory and impossible to predict
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Defiant Caroline Wozniacki will end turbulent career with head held high
After years of burnouts and comebacks, the former world No 1 has seized the chance to leave joyfully on her own termsUntil as recently as two years ago, one of the defining moments of Caroline Wozniacki’s career was the one she spent years trying to forget. Wozniacki was ranked No 1 when she stared down Li Na in the semi-final of the Australian Open in 2011 and it had all the makings of a typical Wozniacki win: she chased down every last ball and gave nothing away, flitting to within a point of her second grand slam final at 20 years old.On match point Wozniacki changed nothing, but across the net adrenaline coursed through Li’s veins as she made her last stand. She stepped inside the court and seized the moment, bulldozing a down‑the-line forehand winner to scupper her opponent before turning the match around in three sets. Continue reading...
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Woman dies after being set on fire on way to rape trial in India 'by men she accused'
An alleged rape victim died after she was set on fire in northern India on her way to a court hearing.
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Just Hugh's side are you on? Love Actually star goes door-to-door on campaign trail with Lib Dems
The Love Actually star, 59, joined candidate Monica Harding to canvass in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, this afternoon (pictured).
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Mum’s viral Facebook post shows the reality of having hospital visitors after you give birth
Once you give birth, it's not all smiles and rainbows.
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Elsa Pataky admits Chris Hemsworth marriage is ‘a lot of work’ that has faced ‘every possible challenge’
She talked about how they keep the romantic spark alive.
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‘Felling this forest would be like knocking down a cathedral’
The Woodland Trust, one of the four groups we are supporting in the 2019 charity appeal, provides natural solutions to the climate emergency• Please donate to our appeal hereAn ornithologist cradles a nuthatch in his hand as the low December sun throws the stark winter canopy of trees into relief.Frost-covered leaves crunch underfoot along a path which meanders through ancient oaks, sycamores and willows. It is fringed with wood piles playing host to multiple types of fungi. Buzzards swoop overhead and birdsong fills the air. Continue reading...
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Teenage girl raped on school playing fields by man carrying Swiss Army-style knife
The 15-year-old was walking near St Osmund's Church of England Middle School in Dorchester, Dorset, when she was approached from behind by a man who was carrying the weapon
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Serial rapist Joseph McCann forced mum to watch sex attack on her 11-year-old son
WARNING - DISTRESSING DETAILS: Joseph McCann met the woman at a Greater Manchester bar and tricked his way into her home, where he her up with hair straighteners and sexually assaulted the girl, 17, and boy, 11, until the teen managed to escape
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Wastewater pipeline still spewing virus-infected blood into bay two years later
Footage of the red plumes sparked outrage when it was first captured by photographer Tavish Campbell back in 2017.
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Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud ‘leaves wife and family home’ after 23 years of marriage
'Zani is absolutely devastated.'
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Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz 2 LIVE: UK fight time, how to watch, TV channel and undercard latest
Follow live fight updates as Joshua bids to recapture the world titles against the Mexican champion
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Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz live stream: How to watch the pay-per-view fight on TV and online
Anthony Joshua bids to regain the world titles he lost as he takes on Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia
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Hacks for quickly clearing your windscreen on freezing winter mornings
Experts from breakdown company RAC have provided seven tips for keeping your windscreen clear in winter - including what NOT to do
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Gatwick Airport horror as woman found dead after falling from North Terminal car park
THE body of a woman in her Twenties has been discovered at Gatwick Airport, police have confirmed.
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Frank Lampard blasts ‘sloppy’ Chelsea stars after Everton loss
It's three defeats in four...
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