Rishi Sunak speaks out on Boris Johnson rift claims



RISHI Sunak has firmly rubbished reports of a Downing Street rift with Boris Johnson.
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Coronavirus news live: Poland enters fifth Covid wave; Australia reports record daily death toll
Australia reports deadliest day of pandemic so far with record number of 74 deaths; Poland says it expects case numbers to hit new highs in coming weeksAll Covid restrictions in England could end in March under No 10 plansChinese told not to buy from abroad as Covid threatens OlympicsWinter Olympics tickets will not be sold as China seeks to contain CovidModerna aims to launch single Covid and flu booster jab within two yearsIrish foreign minister orders inquiry into champagne lockdown partyHello it’s Samantha Lock with you on the blog today as we unpack all the latest Covid developments from across the world.I’ll be reporting to you from Sydney and my colleagues from London will take over a little later in the day. Continue reading...
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‘She will not become dull and unattractive’: The charming history of menopause and HRT | Niki Bezzant
HRT was first successfully marketed as a ‘cure’ for menopause in the 1940s before a misreported study crashed sales in 2002 For centuries the symptoms of menopause were documented, but women went through it with little intervention. It wasn’t until the advent of science as we know it that physicians (all male at the time obviously) started more commonly “treating” its symptoms. It’s clear now they had no idea what they were dealing with, since treatments ranged from the benign (cupping, cold water) to downright mutilation (clitoridectomy, anyone?). Suffice it to say, the history of misogyny in medicine goes way, way back; all founded in the idea of women as inferior, and of menstrual blood as evil and poisonous. Fast-forward to the early 20th century, when it was discovered that oestrogen, in the form of conjugated equine oestrogen – yes, from horses – could be used as a hormone treatment for the symptoms of menopause. In 1942 the first oestrogen product was marketed under the name Premarin. Continue reading...
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Betty White's assistant shares one of 'last photos' to mark star's 100th birthday
Betty White would have been 100 on Monday, but the Golden Girls star sadly died on New Year's Eve after reportedly having a stroke a week earlier
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In an era of rightwing populism, we cannot destroy democracy in order to save it | Jeff Sparrow
Democracy isn’t an institution – it’s a practice that becomes stronger through use. The key to defeating Trump lies in mobilising ordinary people to articulate their real needsThe recent anniversary of the Trumpian riot at the Capitol building highlighted a growing anxiety about the state of democracy both in America and around the world.In a widely circulated article, the Canadian professor Thomas Homer-Dixon warned of a rightwing dictatorship in the US by 2030. At the same time, a Quinnipiac University poll found nearly 60% of Americans believed their democracy is “in danger of collapse”. Continue reading...
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Enterprising boy, 9, selling air fresheners for pocket money probed by police
Mum Alicia McHale told how her son Donnan secretly began selling air fresheners outside a Tesco store in Gorton before Sacred Heart Primary School called in the police
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GB News presenter demands BBC licence fee to be scrapped - ‘Nothing short of a disgrace’
GB NEWS presenter Dan Wootton has bashed the BBC and called for the licence fee to be scrapped after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries slammed the BBC with a two-year licence fee freeze.
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‘It’s a message of love, our country’s going to hell’: Trump says in rambling Newsmax interview
The ex-president says he wants to “Make America Great Again, Again”
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Why we're wild for wallpaper again, writes LAURENCE LLEWELYN-BOWEN
LAURENCE LLEWELYN-BOWEN: Most of us want a space that is welcoming, warm and attractive. Which is why it's no surprise to me that wallpaper is making a comeback.
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‘It’s a total disaster’: Omicron lays waste to India’s huge wedding season
Distraught couples face prospect of cutting guest lists from more than 600 people down to just 20 after coronavirus variant took holdSee all our coronavirus coverageUntil 28 December, Heena Vashisht was a happy bride-to-be. The 28-year-old was pleased her family had put in place early all the arrangements for her wedding on 10 February, right down to the last candle. But her plans have been shredded by India’s Omicron surge. The nuptials can go ahead in New Delhi as planned, but only if she cuts her guest list down from 650 to 20.“My own immediate family is 80. How can I reduce the guests to 20? The tension in my family is unbearable right now. No one knows what to do and my mother’s blood pressure has shot up with all the tension,” says Vashisht. Continue reading...
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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: How Mick Jagger's ex-lover Luciana Gimenez turned up the heat on skiing holiday 
EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Sir Mick Jagger's ex, Luciana Gimenez, 52, wore a swimsuit with her snow boots to go skiing in Aspen, Colorado, where the mercury plunged to -10c yesterday.
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Man Utd make permanent manager decision as midfield shortlist is drawn up
Manchester United have offered star man Bruno Fernandes a new contract which has reportedly been turned down as the club draws up its shortlist of midfield options
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Games Inbox: PlayStation Game Pass cost, Game Boy Pokémon on Switch, and Psygnosis redux
The Tuesday Inbox is not impressed by the prices being paid for Castlevania NFTs, as one reader tries out Control Ultimate Edition.
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South Wales school finds the remains of a saltwater crocodile hidden under its floorboards
The remains of a 120-year-old saltwater crocodile have been presented to students in South Wales, after being hidden under the school floorboards for decades.
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BBC Newsnight: Activist armed with 'crock of s**t' placard slammed as 'idiot' by Tory MP
A TORY MP has slammed an anti-Brexit activist after he was heckled during an interview on BBC Newsnight.
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Pioneering operation using tiny beads turned off my hunger hormones!
Kirsten Kerfoot, 32, from Baltimore in the U.S., was one of the first in the world to benefit from a new procedure to treat obesity by turning off the 'hunger hormone'.
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PROFESSOR GUY LESCHZINER looks at managing sleep apnoea 
PROFESSOR GUY LESCHZINER: One of the main risk factors for sleep apnoea is being overweight (especially if you carry fat around the neck).
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Home Office denies plans to use sonic devices against migrant boats in Channel
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper accused No 10 of chasing headlines
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Australia dealt Ashes blow after Beth Mooney breaks jaw in training incident
No 1 ranked T20 batter hit by ball under grill of helmetMooney will undergo surgery before return date can be set Beth Mooney’s Ashes appear over and her World Cup campaign is in doubt after the world’s best Twenty20 batter suffered a broken jaw at Australia’s team training. Mooney was hit by a ball under the grill of her helmet at training on Monday and was set to have surgery on Tuesday, with officials uncertain when she will be able to return.The injury is almost certain to rule Mooney our of the entirety of the Ashes, with the T20 component of the multi-format series to start on Thursday. Australia travel to New Zealand for the 50-over World Cup immediately after the Ashes, with their first match against England on 6 March. Continue reading...
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UK cases continue to plunge, Plan B curbs may soon be lifted, and WHO says light at end of tunnel
Professor Mike Tildesley, a leading government adviser, said the latest figures were 'cautiously good news' and Britain might have a flu-type relationship with the virus by the end of the year.
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Katie Price shows off gift from Junior - after Emily Andre posted about present from her son
Katie Price was amused by a present that her son Junior Andre - the eldest of her kids with ex Peter Andre - got her
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Lords inflict multiple defeats on ministers with misogyny voted a hate crime
Peers vote 242-185 for heavier penalties in England and Wales as ministers lose 13 divisionsThe House of Lords has voted to make misogyny a hate crime in England and Wales, in a night of several defeats for the government in the upper chamber.The law change would enable judges to impose stronger penalties if prejudice against women is proved to be the motivation, and would also require the police to record whether crimes were motivated by a hatred of someone’s sex or gender. Continue reading...
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EFL working to resolve Derby County’s administration ‘impasse’
The EFL issued a statement addressing the ‘challenging’ situation between Derby, Middlesbrough and Wycombe.
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Neil Robertson wants Crucible changes: ‘I’m disappointed every year I go to the World Championship’
'It just doesn't feel like the World Championship anymore.'
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The mystery of who handed Anne Frank over to the Nazis in 1944 might finally have been solved
A new forensic investigation led by a former FBI agent may have finally solved the mystery of who handed Anne Frank and her family over to the Nazis in 1944.
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Magistrates to be given power to jail offenders for up to a year to help clear court delays
Critics warns change could make crown court delays even worse
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Simon Cowell called an 'idiot' by Britain's Got Talent's David Walliams in flag blunder
As Britain's Got Talent returned, it's audience was left in stitches after judge Simon Cowell mistook the English flag for the flag of Switzerland
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Hero gran, 59, fatally shot trying to save co-worker in attempted mugging
Cracker Barrel manager Robin Baucom, 59, was fatally shot as she tried to help a co-worker as she was being mugged outside the restaurant near Houston, Texas
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Covid could be turning children into 'fussy eaters' because it can distort their sense of smell
Covid has left as many as 250,000 Britons suffering from parosmia - a symptom where people experience strange and often unpleasant smell distortions.
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Covid may be turning some children into fussy eaters, experts say
Virus can cause parosmia, a condition which distorts or changes smell
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Sadiq Khan plots to hit motorists in London with 'pay per mile' charges
The capital's Labour mayor (pictured) wants road pricing to force those who drive petrol or diesel cars to switch to public transport, walking, cycling or electric vehicles 'where necessary'.
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Law on sale of knives to under-18s to be tightened
Sale and delivery of corrosive products to under-18s will also be banned
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Inside Adele's Las Vegas residency with £30k-a-night suite, butler, chauffeur and security
Superstar Adele is going to be performing at Caesars Palace's Colosseum from this weekend until April
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Millions of volunteers sought for major study which aims to predict who will get ill in later life
Campaign aims to find ways to prevent and treat diseases such as dementia, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke
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Love Islanders to be named and shamed for not declaring paid-for posts
Francesca Allen, Jess and Eve Gale and model Jodie Marsh among 122 Instagram influencers publicly sanctioned by watchdogSocial media stars including Jodie Marsh and five ex-Love Islanders including Francesca Allen are to be subjected to a name and shame Instagram campaign by the UK’s advertising watchdog for continuing to flout social media marketing rules.The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which issued a final warning to 122 UK-based Instagram influencers over repeatedly failing to tell followers when they were paid to promote products in posts, has resorted to using the social media platform to highlight their behaviour to users. Continue reading...
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Campaign aims to stop Facebook encryption plans over child abuse fears
No Place to Hide drive funded by Home Office to warn social media firms over dangers of end-to-end encryptionA government-backed campaign has stepped up the pressure on plans by Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Messenger and Instagram apps to introduce end-to-end encryption, warning that millions of cases of child sex abuse could go undetected.The new campaign warns that social media companies are “willingly blindfolding” themselves to abuse if they implement end-to-end encryption for private messaging. Continue reading...
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Sadiq Khan proposes journey charge for motorists in London
Mayor says air pollution and climate crisis are issues of ‘social justice’ in capital and across the globeMotorists across the whole of London could be charged for every journey from 2024 under plans being drawn up to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.The mayor, Sadiq Khan, said London should be a global leader in introducing smart road pricing, as a report found car journeys in the capital needed to be cut by more than a quarter to meet net zero emissions targets by 2030. Continue reading...
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Thousands of student gambling addicts ‘spending £30 a week on habit’
Research finds people racking up debts and missing out on university life to fund bettingThousands of student gambling addicts are spending an average of £30 a week on betting, racking up debts and missing out on university life to fund their habit, research has found.In a survey of 2,000 students, 80% said they gambled, with 35% of those who did admitting using their student loan, bank overdrafts, borrowing from friends or taking out payday loans. Continue reading...
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Magistrates will get power to give one-year jail sentences to cut backlog
Pandemic has caused huge delays in justice system but barristers claim change in England and Wales is ‘distraction politics’Magistrates in England and Wales will be given more sentencing powers in an attempt to tackle the backlog of cases waiting to be dealt with by criminal courts.In the latest effort to reduce both the number of outstanding cases and the pressure faced by crown courts during the coronavirus pandemic, magistrates will be able to hand out jail terms of up to a year – double the current maximum. Continue reading...
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No 10 denies Cummings’ claim PM knew about lockdown drinks party
Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser said he is prepared to ‘swear under oath’ that the PM lied to Parliament over 2020 gathering.
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No 10 denies Cummings’ claim PM knew about lockdown drinks party
Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser said he is prepared to ‘swear under oath’ that the PM lied to Parliament over 2020 gathering.
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Sort pension 'minefield' NOW! Sunak told to get tough as Britons struggle - new warning
RISHI SUNAK is under immense pressure to solve a "pensions minefield" with MPs calling on the Government to help savers make better decisions.
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Sir David Attenborough to explore final day of dinosaurs in one-off BBC documentary
We can't wait for this one!
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Your daily horoscope for Tuesday January 18, 2022
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Warnings over curfew risk for domestic abuse victims
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Savers need stronger support to navigate pensions minefield, say MPs
A target should be set for people accessing the free service Pension Wise or taking paid-for advice, the Work and Pensions Committee said.
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Venture Capital fund Blossom raises £316m in funding for investments
The London-based VC fund said a third of the investment will go into cryptocurrency businesses as the sector goes mainstream.
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Cashback in shops ‘not enough on its own to plug gaps in fragile cash system’
Which? found nearly half of people said they are unlikely to use the cashback without a purchase scheme in shops.
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Law on sale of knives to under-18s to be tightened, says policing minister
Possession of corrosive substances in public places is to be banned under new draft guidelines.
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