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Polls opened in Burkina Faso early Sunday for presidential and legislative elections marred by ongoing extremist violence in the landlocked West African nation
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Black community’s trust in police is worse than its been in decades, says ex Met Police superintendent
'We've seen how young people feel they're over-policed and under-protected, they see the police as predators,' says Leroy Logan
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Sandhurst cadets 'broke coronavirus rules in drunken party' at military academy
Army chiefs have launched an investigation into the alleged drunken antics of around 50 trainee officers following claims they held a boozy party at the prestigious military academy
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Ever wondered where flight attendants sleep? Video shows hidden plane feature
That looks pretty comfortable.
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Boy dubbed ‘monkey’ by cruel bullies lives in jungle, eats grass and can't speak
The boy, who was filmed by Afrimax TV, has been dubbed ‘monkey’ by cruel bullies for his unusual way of life among the animals near a Rwanda village
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How VAR has affected Liverpool since being introduced in the Premier League
Liverpool have had VAR calls go for and against them since its introduction at the beginning of the 2019-20 season in the Premier League, and were left frustrated after being on the receiving end of decisions at Brighton on Saturday
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Southampton v Manchester United: Premier League - live!
Minute-by-minute updates from St Mary’s, kick-off 2pm GMTBruno Fernandes mentality powering United’s rise, says SolskjærFeel free to email Rob with your thoughts 1.02pm GMT Donny van de Beek starts a Premier League game for the first time, though it’s not entirely clear where he’ll play - United’s formation could be 4-2-3-1 or a diamond. Either way Marcus Rashford will be up front in the absence of Anthony Martial, who became ill overnight.Southampton are unchanged from the team that drew at Wolves on Monday. 10.55am GMT Hello. Even when Manchester United were the best team in England, Southampton were awkward opponents. They knocked United out of the FA Cup in 1992 and beat them at the Dell in three consecutive seasons from 1995-98. In the post-Ferguson era, they’ve been even trickier. United have won only six out of 15 games against Southampton in that time, and three of those victories were an affront to the run of play. This promises to be a really interesting match. Styles make fights, and Southampton’s high-energy, high-pressing game has given United plenty of problems since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as manager. But they are without their best player, Danny Ings, so it isn’t the worst time to play Southampton. And it’s at St Mary’s, which suits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side: they’ve won their last seven away games in the Premier League. Continue reading...
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Manchester United line up vs Southampton includes Van de Beek and Matic
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has announced the Man Utd team that will face Ralph Hasenhuttl's side in the Premier League fixture this afternoon.
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Manchester United XI vs Southampton: Confirmed team news and lineup - Van de Beek starts; Martial ill
Manchester United are without Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay for today’s Premier League trip to Southampton.
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Rebel Wilson reaches goal weight with ‘one month to spare’ as she nears end of her ‘year of health’
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Faith takes the forefront as Georgia Senate runoffs heat up
Faith-based organizing is revving up as Georgia becomes the political hotspot in the U.S. this winter
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What I have learnt from dating during Covid – and with a serious illness to consider
At a time when Covid is the ‘kiss of death’ for at-risk singletons, you inevitably have to reveal intimate details about yourself – but I have been overwhelmed by people’s openness
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Abandoned blind puppy found wandering in Hyde Park gets a new home
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Labour Will Not Vote Against New Coronavirus Tiers, Says Shadow Minister
Labour will not vote against Boris Johnson’s new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions, a shadow minister has confirmed.The prime minister is facing a significant rebellion from Tory MPs when the measures, due to come into force from December 2, are put to parliament on Tuesday.Such the scale of Conservative opposition, Johnson could be forced to rely on Keir Starmer’s Labour win the vote.And Jim McMahon, the shadow transport secretary, said on Sunday it would be “illogical” for Labour to vote against the government and there was “no” chance it would.Starmer is due to meet with Chris Whitty, the chief medical adviser, on Monday to “understand the evidence” behind the tiered system, McMahon added.Labour could still abstain however, and shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said the party was seeking “clarity” about the new tier system and warned support was “not unconditional”.Johnson has told Conservative MPs the new strict tiered system of local restrictions are necessary to avoid a third “damaging″ national lockdown.But in an attempt to soften the growing Tory rebellion against the plan, the prime minister said it would be reviewed at the “end of January”.In a letter to MPs, he said the restrictions, which split England into tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3, would legally “sunset” on February 3 and would need parliament’s approval to continue. The government has said it believes the tiered restrictions will need to remain in place until the end of March to control the virus.Almost 99% of England’s population will be placed into into tier 2 or 3 from December 2 when the nationwide lockdown ends. Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly will be under the lightest tier 1 controls.Parliament will vote to approve the new system on Tuesday, and Johnson said the government would publish “further analysis of the health, economic and social impacts” of the restrictions in an attempt to keep Tory MPs onboard.Several senior Tories have expressed opposition to the measures, including the 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady who said he wanted to see people “treated as adults” and trusted with their own health decisions.Pauline Latham, Conservative MP for Mid Derbyshire, said on Sunday she “might” support the government in a vote on the tiered measures if “more evidence” is laid out.Speaking about the new system on Times Radio, McMahon said: “It would be illogical to vote against it, because essentially, there wouldn’t be any restrictions in place.“And we know in large parts of the country, including my own town here in Oldham, you know that the infection rates are still too high.“We need to bring down the spread of the virus we need to keep people safe.”He added: “But we’re also very clear with the government that they need to do far more to give people the support to do the right thing.”Asked to confirm there was no suggestion no question the party would vote against the government on Tuesday, he said: “No, not on the basis of the the tier system that we have seen.”Johnson has also committed to reviewing the tier imposed on “every local authority area and each region” on December 16.The prime minister will announce any changes to the tiers on Thursday December 17 and they will come into effect on Saturday December 19.“We will set out publicly the circumstances that need to change in each region for it to be considered to move down a tier,” he said.“No prime minister wants to impose restrictions which cause such harm to society, the economy and people’s mental health.“The tougher tiers, which must cover much of the country because of high prevalence, will continue to limit social mixing, and hit pubs and bars particularly hard.“But I am afraid they are necessary if we are to keep the virus under control and avoid either the overwhelming of the NHS or another national lockdown which is far more damaging and restrictive than these tiers. These measures are necessary now, but they will not last forever.” Related... Dominic Raab Refuses To Rule Out Third National Lockdown People On Lowest Incomes Unable To Get Self-Isolation Grants Due To 'Admin Error' Boris Johnson Picks Business Minister To Oversee Covid Vaccine Rollout
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Labour Will Not Vote Against New Coronavirus Tiers, Says Shadow Minister
Labour will not vote against Boris Johnson’s new three-tier system of coronavirus restrictions, a shadow minister has confirmed.The prime minister is facing a significant rebellion from Tory MPs when the measures, due to come into force from December 2, are put to parliament on Tuesday.Such the scale of Conservative opposition, Johnson could be forced to rely on Keir Starmer’s Labour win the vote.And Jim McMahon, the shadow transport secretary, said on Sunday it would be “illogical” for Labour to vote against the government and there was “no” chance it would.Starmer is due to meet with Chris Whitty, the chief medical adviser, on Monday to “understand the evidence” behind the tiered system, McMahon added.Labour could still abstain however, and shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said the party was seeking “clarity” about the new tier system and warned support was “not unconditional”.Johnson has told Conservative MPs the new strict tiered system of local restrictions are necessary to avoid a third “damaging″ national lockdown.But in an attempt to soften the growing Tory rebellion against the plan, the prime minister said it would be reviewed at the “end of January”.In a letter to MPs, he said the restrictions, which split England into tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3, would legally “sunset” on February 3 and would need parliament’s approval to continue. The government has said it believes the tiered restrictions will need to remain in place until the end of March to control the virus.Almost 99% of England’s population will be placed into into tier 2 or 3 from December 2 when the nationwide lockdown ends. Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly will be under the lightest tier 1 controls.Parliament will vote to approve the new system on Tuesday, and Johnson said the government would publish “further analysis of the health, economic and social impacts” of the restrictions in an attempt to keep Tory MPs onboard.Several senior Tories have expressed opposition to the measures, including the 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady who said he wanted to see people “treated as adults” and trusted with their own health decisions.Pauline Latham, Conservative MP for Mid Derbyshire, said on Sunday she “might” support the government in a vote on the tiered measures if “more evidence” is laid out.Speaking about the new system on Times Radio, McMahon said: “It would be illogical to vote against it, because essentially, there wouldn’t be any restrictions in place.“And we know in large parts of the country, including my own town here in Oldham, you know that the infection rates are still too high.“We need to bring down the spread of the virus we need to keep people safe.”He added: “But we’re also very clear with the government that they need to do far more to give people the support to do the right thing.”Asked to confirm there was no suggestion no question the party would vote against the government on Tuesday, he said: “No, not on the basis of the the tier system that we have seen.”Johnson has also committed to reviewing the tier imposed on “every local authority area and each region” on December 16.The prime minister will announce any changes to the tiers on Thursday December 17 and they will come into effect on Saturday December 19.“We will set out publicly the circumstances that need to change in each region for it to be considered to move down a tier,” he said.“No prime minister wants to impose restrictions which cause such harm to society, the economy and people’s mental health.“The tougher tiers, which must cover much of the country because of high prevalence, will continue to limit social mixing, and hit pubs and bars particularly hard.“But I am afraid they are necessary if we are to keep the virus under control and avoid either the overwhelming of the NHS or another national lockdown which is far more damaging and restrictive than these tiers. These measures are necessary now, but they will not last forever.” Related... Dominic Raab Refuses To Rule Out Third National Lockdown People On Lowest Incomes Unable To Get Self-Isolation Grants Due To 'Admin Error' Boris Johnson Picks Business Minister To Oversee Covid Vaccine Rollout
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Leon Bailey insists son's unique name is nothing to do with Messi and Ronaldo
The Bayer Leverkusen winger raised some eyebrows when he announced his newborn child would be called Leo Cristiano
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The Crown needs to tell viewers is it fiction not fact, warns Culture Secretary
Viewers of hit Netflix series The Crown could be in danger of mistaking fiction for fact without a warning at the beginning of the show, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has warned.
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Strictly Come Dancing star HRVY rapped by BBC bosses after coronavirus slip-up
He said he was given the ticking off after a social distancing lapse but says things are "good" now with producers after moving from studio to studio with the show's pro dancers
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Weekend Hot Topic, part 2: Best thing about the next gen
GameCentral readers discuss the games and features they’ve been most impressed by when it comes to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
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Why do artists like the Pogues and Frank Capra have a special Christmas pedestal? | Rick Burin
With their stories of lost dreams and love, Fairytale of New York and It’s a Wonderful Life evoke a unique and persistent magicIt’s the most tedious tiiiime … of the year. It is, of course, the week when the Pogues’ alternative carol, Fairytale of New York, returns to the airwaves, only to be immediately drowned out by the stupidest discourse on earth. The sound of rightwing bores insisting that Shane MacGowan’s seasonal anthem should be played unedited on the BBC seems to be getting earlier each year.Fairytale of New York is one of the great Christmas records. But, like a lot of festive totems, it tends to be seen in isolation from its creators’ other work. It exists in the public imagination as an outlier. A glorious anomaly. As if it’s the only masterpiece Shane MacGowan ever wrote. Continue reading...
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Smashing Pumpkins: Cyr review – infinite flatness
(Sumerian)Three of the band’s original members drift back to the 80s with a synth-fuelled endurance test of an albumAlthough Smashing Pumpkins are no strangers to synths, they have always remained a guitar band at heart. And yet Cyr, the second album since three-quarters of their “classic” lineup reconvened in 2018 (original bassist D’arcy Wretzky is still absent, although thankfully no longer in prison for horse-related offences), finds Billy Corgan setting the controls for the heart of 1982 with a full-blown synth-pop set.Normally, such willingness to transcend genre boundaries would be commendable, but Cyr falls flat on so many levels. Lush textures abound, but there’s barely a memorable tune present, which makes the decision to release it as a 72-minute double album hubristic in the extreme. Continue reading...
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Teacher plays brilliant trick on students trying to cheat in the final exam
A student discovered a file titled 'exam answers' in the course material sent out by their professor, but a video posted on Reddit shows the link isn't quite what it appears to be
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Full extent of Dubois injury confirmed as he faces surgery after Joyce loss
The 23-year-old spent Saturday night at Moorfields Eye Hospital and will now see a specialist on Monday
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Missing adventurer, 37, sent boyfriend photo seven days ago during her month-long Pyrenees trek
British Esther Dingley, 37 (pictured left) has been reported missing while on a hiking trip on the Pyrenees during a six-year Europe tour. She was last seen at 16.00 GMT on Sunday, 22 November.
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Megan Barton-Hanson surrounded by tins of wine as she strips off for a bath
The Love Island star joked: "You know about my OnlyFans but did you know about my OnlyCans?" as he gave her fans the chance to win a years' worth of wine
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Thick fog to engulf huge swathes of UK as Met Office issues warning
The yellow warning will begin from around 5pm today, and will last until 8am on Monday morning.
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UK students fined more than £170,000 over Covid rule breaches
Exclusive: 28 institutions issued fines, with Nottingham University making up one-third of totalUniversities fined students more than £170,000 for breaching coronavirus safety rules in the first weeks of the new academic year, a Guardian analysis has found, as students told of struggling to make friends without flouting restrictions.Twenty-eight institutions fined students for breaking university, local and national Covid rules, including bans on household mixing, and mandatory face coverings and social distancing, according to responses from 105 universities to freedom of information (FoI) requests. Continue reading...
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The Crown viewers mock Culture Secretary’s warning to Netflix over show’s accuracy: ‘I look forward to his letter to Hilary Mantel’
‘Netflix already tell people that The Crown is fiction, it’s billed as a drama,’ one viewer commented
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'It's those invisible lines': Midlands film-makers on lack of diversity
The skills are there, but not the opportunities, say those fighting for better representationThe Birmingham-based film-maker Abdul Rahman remembers an event that he says sums up one of the biggest problems in the Midlands film industry. After a Q&A with a director, Rahman, who is known as AR Ugas, took a moment to survey the room.“I was standing with my friends who are black film-makers, then on the other side were the more upper-class white people who had all the connections,” he said. “It’s those invisible lines that nobody wanted to cross.” Continue reading...
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Pennsylvania’s supreme court throws out Donald Trump’s latest legal bid to overturn US election
Donald Trump’s bid to overturn the US election result has suffered yet another defeat as the president prepared to travel back to Washington DC after spending the Thanksgiving weekend golfing at Camp David.  
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Amber Heard goes horse-riding as petition for her removal from Aquaman 2 reaches 1.5 million signatures
There have been calls for the actress to be dropped from the DC sequel.
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Families ‘should isolate for 10 days before seeing elderly relatives at Christmas’
Between December 23 and 27, restrictions will be relaxed to allowed three households to gather.
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Steve Smith hits another 62-ball century to clinch ODI series win over India
Australia captain hits second successive 62-ball hundredDavid Warner doubt for Test series after abductor injurySteve Smith was at his imperious best as he scored a second successive 62-ball century to drive Australia to a 51-run victory over India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday, sealing the one-day series 2-0 with a match to spare.The clash, almost a carbon copy of Australia’s 66-run win in Friday’s match at the same ground, was soured for the home fans by an injury to David Warner which may rule him out of the Test series around the new year. Continue reading...
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Met Office issue weather warnings across UK as thick fog set to engulf Britain
The yellow warning from the Met Office, which covers parts of the South West of England, the Midlands and sections of Wales, begins at around 5pm on Sunday and lasts until 8am on Monday
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Australian TV news show calls out The Crown for inaccurate ‘pig in pearls’ quote from former PM
When fiction is based on reality, it can be hard to distinguish the facts from the creative licence.
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Indonesian volcano Mount Ili Lewotolok erupts, closing airport
No injuries have been reported, but authorities have created an exclusion zone around the craterIndonesia’s Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted on Sunday, releasing a column of smoke and ash 2.5 miles(4km) into the sky, triggering a flight warning and the closure of the local airport.There were no reports of injuries or damage from the eruption in a remote part of the south-east Asian archipelago. Continue reading...
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Depressed Brit quit life in UK to live with tribes in Amazon rainforest
Lewis has now taken what he learnt on his spiritual journey to the Amazon and opened a new wellbeing centre on Walton Road, in Liverpool
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Man caught on camera swerving white van across M25 after downing 8 cans of beer
Divorced dad James Mantel, 44, from Kent, was more than three and a half times over the limit when he was pulled over by police after a night of fishing with friends
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Manchester United expecting quiet January transfer window: ‘Don’t predict a lot of ins and outs’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Manchester United fans not to expect a busy January transfer window despite a tough start to the season.
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Southampton vs Manchester United LIVE – Premier League team news, line-ups and more ahead of kick-off
Follow all the latest as Southampton and Manchester United meet at St Mary’s
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‘Drunk squirrel’ becomes unlikely internet hero after eating too many fermented pears
In the midst of an endless news cycle centred on global pandemic guidelines and the future of democracy itself, it seems no one can resist a much needed break. Enter: a drunk squirrel vid.
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Liam Gallagher convinced ‘civil drink’ with Blur’s Damon Albarn never happened
'You sure that wasn't Noel, then?'
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Looming deadline sparks EU panic as Brussels launches plot to 'trick' UK into extension
THE BBC's Diplomatic Editor has revealed that the EU are plotting to "trick" the UK into extending the Brexit talks, with just one week left of trade negotiations.
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Woman dresses in 19th-century attire every day
She sews her own clothes or finds items at flea markets.
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Boris issues warning to nation not to ‘blow it’ after lockdown
The Prime Minister urged the nation to ‘work together’ with tiering, testing and vaccines, as he stressed it was too early to relax restrictions.
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Dana White ‘blown away’ by Mike Tyson performance in Roy Jones Jr draw
Iron Mike got White's attention
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Gerard Pique issues Lionel Messi contract plea amid Man City transfer links
The forward is out of contract at Barcelona in the summer and a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Man City next year could be on the cards.
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