Police investigating missing Esther Dingley 'are seeking a man who gave the solo hiker a lift'

Spanish and French authorities believe the unknown individual could prove crucial in tracking down the 37-year-old from Durham, who was reported missing over a week ago.
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Rio Ferdinand says ‘unlocked’ Paul Pogba can win the Premier League for Manchester United
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EU threatens to impose export controls on Covid vaccines
UK government confident measures will not affect supply of Pfizer jabs
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Michelin star 2021: Full list of winning restaurants in London after Michelin Guide online ceremony
After considerable pre-ceremony scrutiny, the 2021 Michelin guide for the UK and Ireland has been released, with the tyre company proving to be true to its word with a list that’s largely celebratory of cooking here and across the Irish sea. 
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Riots break out in Netherlands as protesters clash with police over Covid curfew
Police arrested 70 people as violence erupted in the streets for the third night in a row, with water cannons used against looters in Rotterdam and tear gas used to disperse crowds in Haarlem
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Biden tells Merkel he wants to revitalize Germany alliance
President Joe Biden has told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he is looking to revitalize the transatlantic alliance with Germany, a relationship that became strained under former President Donald Trump
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Corrie's Shobna Gulati, 54, says her hair turning grey has 'empowered’ her
Coronation Street's Shobna Gulati has insisted that she doesn’t feel the need to look a certain way just because of her age and is happy with her grey hair
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John Terry and Mason Mount send messages to Frank Lampard after Chelsea sacking
'Legends forever.'
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Radioactive pig tranquilliser could be used in humans to transform diagnosis of high blood pressure 
Scientists at Cambridge University hope the drug will enable doctors to improve the diagnosis of primary hyperaldosteronism (PHA), a form of high blood pressure.
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TV set where Peaky Blinders is filmed is converted into a mass Covid vaccination centre
The Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands, has been converted into a Covid-19 vaccination centre in an effort to help priority patients receive their jabs amid the pandemic.
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Can Boris Johnson Solve His ‘Women Problem’ With Cabinet Promotions?
You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening.Someone in No.10 had clearly had a brainwave. After renewed criticism about this government’s gender balance, two thirds of the three people chosen for the Downing Street media briefing were actually women on Monday evening.You could even hear the clunking gears of the presentational thought process: 66.5% is way over the 51% of the population, so take that, feminists. Boris has a ‘women problem’? Forgeddabahtit.Unfortunately, the real problem was that the only politician present was again a man (Matt Hancock), while the two female speakers were senior NHS figures (Jenny Harries and Susan Hopkins). Harries and Hopkins are of course experts in their fields, but as Hancock did his thing centre stage, there was an unavoidable feeling that the women were backing singers to his lead performance.The fact remains that after more than 10 months of No.10 briefings, women have led a handful of them. To be precise, Priti Patel has led a handful of them (I think it’s five in total, and two of those were in recent weeks, after months of Downing Street fearing she would be asked about bullying). International trade secretary Liz Truss and work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey have led exactly zero press briefings over the past year.“You have to promote on merit,” Margaret Thatcher told Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour back in 1993, after she was challenged on the fact that in her 11 years in No.10 she promoted just one woman to Cabinet (Janet Young, to Lords leader). In 2021, the problem is not a lack of merit but of numbers in posts ready for the step up.On Women’s Hour on Monday, Coffey tried to explain away the low numbers of female faces at the lead lectern by pointing out that it was natural that the PM, the health secretary and chancellor would dominate the proceedings as they were most closely involved in the day-to-day pandemic response.Yet that explanation only really served to make things worse, in that this strange set of affairs is the sheer lack of women in senior Cabinet posts and in the Cabinet as a whole. Just three out of 17 secretaries of state are women (Lords leader Nathalie Evans and party co-chairman Amanda Milling do not run departments of their own): Truss, Coffey and Patel.The dearth of senior women was highlighted by the Sunday Times this weekend, when it crunched the numbers and found that women had appeared on the Sunday politics shows (Marr and Ridge) just once since the pandemic started. Perhaps stung by the revelation, government sources told the Daily Mail today that Johnson was set to promote a raft of women in his next reshuffle due in June, after the local elections.‌Truss, who has built up a strong following among party activists, is tipped for a more senior job and I’d personally suspect she’s going to replace Gavin Williamson as education secretary when he is finally forced out. Truss, a comp educated former education minister, would be a natural fit for the role. Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield rightly suggested today that every No.10 press briefing should have statistics on schools as well as health. It’s possible we could be seeing Truss at that lectern a lot.Yet the fact that Truss was among the few women tipped for further Cabinet promotion was another indictment of how far the PM has to go. Others names mentioned included Kemi Badenoch, Lucy Frazer, Gillian Keegan and Victoria Atkins. All are undoubted rising stars, and will probably move up the ranks, but only Frazer is at the minister of state level normally considered the prerequisite for Cabinet.‌As well as Truss, Anne-Marie Trevelyan (who is only out of the Cabinet because her DfID role was abolished by the merger with the FCO) is another favourite to the top table. Yet among other ministers of state level there is a small pool: Michelle Donelan, Caroline Dineage, Chloe Smith, Nadine Dorries, Helen Whately, Penny Mordaunt and Frazer, compared to three times as many men at the same rank.When the lack of senior women was put to No.10 in our Lobby briefing on Monday, the PM’s spokesman said the PM was “proud of the contribution of female colleagues” in the coronavirus pandemic response. “You had Kate Bingham leading the most diverse [no pun intended] vaccine supply, the Home Secretary leading on enforcement issues, you’ve seen Dido Harding lead on test and trace..But the PM, also recognises, there is a need for government to do more.”You can say that again. Bingham and Harding are, in case you missed it, not ministers (though given the latter is a peer it’s baffling why she has the power without the political accountability). It reminds me of when No.10 response to criticism about Johnson’s lack of senior women in Cabinet by pointing to the fact that his policy unit chief is Munira Mirza. Well, yeah, but she ain’t elected.Coffey herself tried this defence today when she told Women’s Hour: “I know the prime minister is very conscious of the fact that more than half the electorate are women. He’s appointed his first press secretary...Allegra Stratton who was an excellent professional has got that job obviously entirely on merit, but I’m sure will be a familiar face, representing the government.”‌It’s true that if the No.10 televised briefings switch to Stratton later this year, she would become the most famous female face of the government. But again, that may only serve to show the absence of the women around the Cabinet table. Or as Emma Barnett pointed out, there is a big difference between PR and running a Whitehall department.The growing importance of education (where Truss could do what Williamson should have been doing) and international trade post-Brexit (where Trevelyan could replace Truss) could result in more women than ever leading the No.10 briefings, if they continue this summer.I’ve written before that it’s strange that Coffey herself has not led a No.10 briefing, given how important the welfare safety net has been and will be. She told Barnett: “You may well be seeing more of me, because right now, let’s not pretend, unemployment is still rising.”That it may take rising joblessness for a female minister to finally get a place at that Downing St lectern is itself perhaps another indictment of just how Johnson has handled both the pandemic and his government.Related... 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Air pollution exposure could increase risk of irreversible sight loss, study suggests
Researchers warn of ‘growing evidence’ on damaging impact of tiny particulates
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Jade Thirlwall makes rare post about boyfriend Jordan Stephens on his birthday
Jade Thirlwall posted on her Instagram to wish her boyfriend Jordan Stephens a happy birthday in a set of rare posts about their relationship
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Here's Scientific Proof That Afternoon Naps Are Good For You
Taking that regular afternoon nap you’re craving may be linked to better mental agility – surely the cue we’ve all be waiting for to grab a blanket and 40 winks.Nodding off is associated with better awareness of your surroundings, improved verbal fluency and a sharper working memory, a new study published in the online journal General Psychiatry has found.Our sleep patterns change as we age, meaning we’re more likely to nap during the day. But research to date hasn’t reached any consensus on whether these naps might stave off cognitive decline and dementia in older people – or are a symptom of it.Related... Honestly, We've Never Felt This Tired, Despite Doing So Little So researchers explored this in 2,214 ostensibly healthy people aged at least 60 and living in large cities around China, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian.In all, 1,534 took a regular afternoon nap, while 680 didn’t. All participants underwent a series of health checks and cognitive assessments, including the Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE) to check for dementia. The average length of night time sleep was around 6.5 hours in both groups.People were asked how often they napped during the week. Afternoon naps were defined as periods of at least five consecutive minutes of sleep, but no more than two hours, all of them taken after lunchThe screening tests included 30 checks that measured aspects of cognitive ability, and higher function, including visual-spatial skills, working memory, attention span, problem solving, locational awareness and verbal fluency. The MMSE cognitive performance scores were significantly higher among the nappers than they were among those who didn’t nap. And there were significant differences in locational awareness, verbal fluency, and memory, too.As an observational study, it can’t establish cause. And the exact duration or timing of the naps was not recorded.One possible explanation for the results, say the researchers, is that inflammation is a mediator between mid-day naps and poor health outcomes – inflammatory chemicals have an important role in sleep disorders, note the researchers.Sleep regulates the body’s immune response and napping is thought to be an evolved response to inflammation – meaning people with higher levels of inflammation also nap more often, explain the researchers.Related... How To Recover And Recuperate After Covid 17 Alternative Self-Care Tips To Help Keep You Zen How To Deal With The Relentless Monotony Of Life Right Now
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Janet Yellen: Senate confirms first female Treasury Secretary
Former Fed chair takes over department promising to address climate change and income inequality
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There's a new remedy for hair loss... but you'll need a strong stomach to tolerate it 
Some men regard hair loss as a mark of masculinity, but for many affected, both men and women, it is far from welcome.
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Jill Biden signals she'll be more active as first lady
Jill Biden is sending the message that she'll be a more active first lady than her predecessor
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Fort constructed by native Alaskans to hold off Russians discovered after more than 200 years  
Using ground-penetrating radar and other non-invasive techniques, researchers have confirmed the site of Shiskinoow, or 'Sapling fort,' the last holdout of the Tlingit people in Alaska.
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Janet Yellen confirmed as first female treasury secretary
US Senate approves former Federal Reserve chairYellen must try to revive economy decimated by coronavirusJanet Yellen has been confirmed as the first woman to head the US Treasury.The former chair of the Federal Reserve and noted economist sailed through a congressional hearing last week and had already been unanimously approved by the Senate finance committee and backed by all living former treasury secretaries. Continue reading...
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Janet Yellen wins Senate approval as treasury secretary
Janet Yellen has been confirmed as President Joe Biden’s treasury secretary in an overwhelming Senate vote
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Danny Dyer meets baby grandson for first time after Dani Dyer birth fears
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Coronavirus CRISIS as Brazilian ‘super-covid’ that could beat vaccines arrives in US
FEARS of a renewed coronavirus crisis in the United States surged after the new Brazilian ‘super-covid' variant was detected in the country for the first time.
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The offal truth! Scots' hallowed national symbol the haggis might have been invented by the ENGLISH
For proud Scots, haggis is a hallowed national symbol, but now - whisper it quietly - it has been claimed Scotland's national dish was invented by 'the auld enemy', the English.
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Covid quarantine hotels ‘will be ready in three weeks and could cost travellers more than £1,000’
Forcing travellers to quarantine in hotels as they enter the UK could reportedly cost them more than £1,000.
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Discovery of rare spider stops building of £2.5bn Disney-style theme park
The London Resort attraction is planned for the swampy Swanscombe Peninsula, in Kent, but the fly in the ointment is a little creepy crawler, called the Distinguished Jumping Spider
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Bully who stubbed cigarettes out on girlfriend had bizarre soap star fantasy
Ryan AKA Romeo Barr led a fake life claiming to be a soap star and Instagram influencer - even fooling a council into letting him do a Christmas light switch-on
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Tories say there is no plan to slash workers' rights - but won't back commitment
Labour moved a motion urging  all existing employment rights and protections to be maintained, including the 48-hour working week, and for legislation to end fire and rehire tactics - but the Tories abstained
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Rio Ferdinand reveals what ‘worries’ him about Arsenal signing Martin Odegaard
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EU threatens export controls on covid vaccines amid supply row
Such a move could potentially impact the UK’s supply of Pfizer jabs 
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Twitter launches fact-checking program called Birdwatch where ANY member can flag a tweet
The pilot program unveiled Monday, called Birdwatch, adopts a Wikipedia-like 'community-driven' approach to fact-checking, and will first be rolled out as a standalone section of Twitter.
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First case of Brazil coronavirus variant found in the US
Individual is from Minnesota and had travelled to South American country
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Woman sentenced in scheme to offer information to Russia
A West Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison for planning to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government
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Another 592 coronavirus deaths and 22,195 positive cases confirmed in the UK
The number of people vaccinated has now reached more than 7 million
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Two officers hospitalised on way to 999 call after HORROR BMW crash rolls vehicle sideways
TWO police officers in Manchester have been taken to hospital after a force van collided with a BMW while responding to an "incident".
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Tory MP, 40, boasts that he got a leftover Covid-19 vaccine after volunteering at a hospital
Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said he received the jab, despite being too young for the current rollout, to prevent it going to waste while he was volunteering at Retford Hospital.
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Moment 16-year-old busted for 'shoplifting' stabs two security guards at a supermarket in Chile
Chilean authorities are debating whether to charge a 16-year-old with assault or attempted homicide after he stabbed two security guards who stopped him and a group from shoplifting Sunday.
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Trump article of impeachment to be delivered to Senate soon – live
Nancy Pelosi to send charge of incitement to Senate at 7pm ETDoJ watchdog looks into possible collusion with Trump effortBiden says mask-wearing can save 50,000 lives by end of AprilFauci: US scientists working to upgrade Covid vaccines for variantsDominion Voting Systems to file lawsuit against GiulianiBiden to drop Trump’s military transgender ban 10.59pm GMT Minnesota officials said they’ve found the first known Covid-19 case associated with the P.1 variant found amid the outbreak in Manaus, Brazil. The variant was found to have infected “a Minnesota resident with recent travel history to Brazil.” The individual tested positive on 9 January, and genomic sequencing has since revealed that they were carrying the P.1 variant. 10.49pm GMT In a bit over an hour, the article of impeachment against Donald Trump will be walked over to the Senate. What’s next? Related: Impeachment guide: how will Donald Trump's second Senate trial unfold? Continue reading...
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Base jumper leaps off a cliff in lingerie for death-defying underwear campaign
Clair Marie, a 32-year-old expert in BASE jumping and professional skydiver, leaped from a 350-foot cliff while modeling for the luxury lingerie brand.
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Brazil's 'super-covid' arrives in the US
Brazil's 'super-covid' variant has arrived in the US with a first case in a Minnesota resident who recently returned from the hard-hit South American country.
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Never have soggy salad again: Nutritionist shares her simple 'hack' for your meal prepped leaves
A nutritionist has shared her simple hack to ensure you never have soggy salad, and people around the world are labelling it a 'game changer' for their meal prep.
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Ashley Banjo says his own family was 'divided' over BLM-themed dance routine
Britain's Got Talent judge and Diversity star Ashley Banjo has told that the group's Black Lives Matter-themed routine during the last series - which sparked nearly 30,000 complaints - divided opinion even in his own family
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Hundreds arrested as anti-curfew riots spread across the Netherlands
Authorities said youths took to the streets 'seeking a confrontation with police'.
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Jordan Henderson and Tyrone Mings hold talks with Government ministers about abuse in football 
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston led a Zoom call with the England stars and eight other football personalities, including Watford's Troy Deeney.
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China mine rescue: nine miners found dead two weeks after blast
The death toll from the disaster at a gold mine in Shandong province rises to 10Chinese rescuers have found the bodies of nine workers killed in explosions at a gold mine, raising the death toll to 10.Eleven others were rescued a day earlier after being trapped underground for two weeks at the mine in Shandong province. One person was still missing, officials said on Monday. Continue reading...
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Olga Freeman's friends reveal her agony as she was trapped in flat with son 'she loved dearly'
Friends of Olga Freeman, 40, say she was cut off from all support in caring for her son, Dylan, before she took his life at their family home in Acton, West London, last August.
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Brothers accuse prominent Chicago priest of sexual abuse
Two brothers in their 60s have described what they say was years of sexual abuse by an firebrand priest who gained fame speaking out on national politics and for taking on drug dealers in poor South Side neighborhoods around his Chicago church
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Jose Mourinho ‘sad’ for Frank Lampard after Chelsea sacking as Spurs boss reflects on ‘brutality of football’
Jose Mourinho says Frank Lampard’s sacking is an example of the “brutality of football” as the Tottenham boss reflected on Chelsea’s decision to cast aside yet another manager.
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White House hits back at Florida governor’s criticism of building mass vaccination sites
Joe Biden has asked FEMA to build at least 100 mass vaccination sites across the country
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Mourinho feared extra time before Spurs turned on the heat against Wycombe
Tottenham substitute Tanguy Ndombele scored twice in the dying minutes after Harry Winks finally put the visitors ahead after 86 minutes against plucky Wycombe
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