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Authorities are conducting mass testing and shutting down schools after China reported three new domestically transmitted cases in the past 24 hours _ two in northern Inner Mongolia province and one in Shanghai
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Donald Trump confirms plans to run again for US President in 2024 race
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18 indicted, including rapper, in gang-related activity
Eighteen people have been indicted in connection to a litany of gang-related crimes including racketeering, murder, drugs, firearms, and fraud offenses
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Trump teases 2024 run at White House Christmas party
President Donald Trump is teasing running again for president in 2024 as he hosted a holiday reception at the White House
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Elliot Page's wife pays loving tribute as she is 'so proud' he came out as trans
Emma Portner has shared her full loving support for Elliot Page after he came out as a transgender person in a moving statement on Tuesday
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Australian government building evacuated after 'suspicious package' discovered
A bomb detection robot was called to the scene in Civic Square, Canberra, with the entrance to the ACT Legislative Assembly building closed off and several nearby buildings evacuated
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The Crown – fact or fiction? - podcast
Royal correspondent Jennie Bond, who has covered some of the most dramatic years of the monarchy, discusses whether The Crown is an accurate depiction of palace lifeOn Sunday, the culture secretary said he planned to write to Netflix and ask that a “health warning” be played before The Crown – an historical drama depicting life inside the palace – so viewers would be aware the show was a work of fiction. Oliver Dowden worried that viewers would not be able to distinguish fiction from fact. His intervention followed complaints that the fourth series of the drama had abused its artistic licence and fabricated events.The broadcaster Jennie Bond has reported on the royals for more 30 years. She talks to Anushka Asthana about the accuracy of The Crown, and discusses her interactions with the Queen, her close relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales, and why she feels the portrayal of Charles is perhaps the least realistic. “He comes over as a bit more of a wimp than the Charles I know,” Bond says. Continue reading...
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Iran commander killed just days after nuclear chief assassination as WW3 fears SURGE
AN IRANIAN commander has been killed in an air strike just days after the country's top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated, with Tehran enraged over the killings.
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Brit hiker classed as missing person as police probe 'options beyond accident'
Esther Dingley's partner Dan Colegate has said the "prevailing opinion" among the search teams is that the missing hiker isn't in the Pyrenees mountains following days of extensive searches
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Gordon Ramsay and Tom Felton among TikTok’s most popular in 2020
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and Harry Potter actor Tom Felton were among the most popular on TikTok’s list of most-videos of 2020 in the UK.
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Donald Trump to host Christmas events at White House amid SOARING coronavirus figures
DONALD TRUMP will host two festive celebrations in the White House between now and Christmas, despite a surge in coronavirus cases across the United States.
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It's Wild Wednesday! Dozens flock to gym as it reopens when lockdown ends on the stroke of midnight
Some of the most hardcore fitness fanatics even hit the weights for a midnight workout as one London gym owner threw open his doors on the stroke of 12.
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Queen's cousin blasts asylum plot in The Crown as 'fantasy'
David Bowes-Lyon, 73, said an episode about two of the Queen Mother's nieces, Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon, had caused 'frustration' in the royal family. He said it is 'completely wrong'.
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Melania Trump could ‘fully embrace her dark side’ as First Lady ‘in meetings’ for memoir
MELANIA Trump is rumoured to be due to write a memoir after she leaves the White House, and it is hoped the book will prove to be a "scandalous tell-all".
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Londoners warned their actions will have consequences ‘for better or worse’ as tier system comes into force
Scotland Yard has warned Londoners their actions over the coming days and weeks will have serious consequences "for better or worse" as the capital comes under Tier 2 coronavirus curbs.
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PAUL THOMAS on... tier rules for pubs
'Nice try, gentlemen, but pork pie hats don't YET count as substantial meals'
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World War 3: Joe Biden URGED to cut deal with Kim Jong-un to avoid nuclear conflict
JOE BIDEN has been urged to agree a new arms control treaty with North Korea in a bid to stop tensions with the pariah state exploding into open conflict.
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Alaska man charged in the shooting deaths of aunt, 3 cousins
An Alaska man has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his aunt and three cousins
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Cracks cost vase owners £685k: Rare Chinese ornament could be worth £700k
A couple found out that the old Chinese vase languishing under a table at their home could be worth £700,000.But they were then told it might only fetch £15,000 because it is so badly cracked.
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Thai leader faces court ruling that could cost him his job
Thailand’s highest court is set to rule on whether Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has breached ethics clauses in the country’s constitution and should be ousted from his position
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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS on last night's TV: Christmas chestnuts on dry ice? Talk about tricky trimmings!
CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Turkey in the oven, check. Lemon gel pearls dropped into basin of liquid nitrogen, check. Christmas dinner preparations get more arduous every year.
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Judge throws out Trump rules limiting skilled-worker visas
A U.S. judge in California has struck down two Trump administration rules designed to drastically curtail the number of visas issued each year to skilled foreign workers
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US and Australia join forces to develop hypersonic missiles as tensions with China SOAR
THE US and Australia will join forces to develop hypersonic cruise missiles adding to escalating tensions with China.
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Sailor whose yacht was snapped in HALF apologises to rival
French sailor Kevin Escoffier, 40, was forced to abandon his yacht on Monday afternoon after it snapped in half some 840 nautical miles South West of Cape Town
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George Best's little black book sells for £1,500
Former Manchester United star George Best kept a list of his romantic conquests in a little black book which went under the hammer for £1,500 at Stacey's Auctioneers in Basildon, Essex.
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Bob Mortimer fears coronavirus pandemic will cut his life short by two years 
The comedian, 60, underwent triple heart bypass surgery in 2015 when his heart was stopped for 32 minutes after discovering that 95% of his arteries were blocked.
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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Family fury as probate for Nicholas Parsons takes longer than Just A Minute
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE:He welcomed listeners to Radio 4's Just A Minute, week after week, for more than 50 years - until a bout of flu finally obliged him to miss an episode in 2018.
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Thomas Reavley, oldest active federal judge, dies at 99
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Monolith in Utah taken away in wheelbarrows - before Romanian one also vanishes
Photographer Ross Bernards watched four men dismantle the Utah 'monolith' and take it away in the night after one labelled it "trash" - with a second structure disappearing in Roumania
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BBC News' Sophie Raworth felt 'claustrophobic' by Covid but found perfect remedy
Sophie Raworth has spoken out about the effects of reporting on coronavirus and how it made her feel like the world was closing in on her as the pandemic took hold
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Ivanka Trump SAVAGED over Thanksgiving message to POTUS – ‘Show some class’
IVANKA TRUMP has been subject to criticism over a Thanksgiving tweet in which she said she was thankful for her father.
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Lord Chief Justice sounds warning over unprecedented political interference in courts
‘There has been nothing quite like it in my experience,’ says most senior judge in England and Wales
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Mexico's president acknowledges end to killings far away
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office two years ago promising to transform Mexico, but he acknowledged that some pledges have been hard to keep
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Chris Tarrant reveals he was thrown into prison cell in Kenya
Speaking candidly about the incident on Tuesday, the former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host, 74, was arrested during the last day of filminghis Tarrant On The African Express series.
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HELEN WHATELY hails decision to allow families to hug elderly loved ones in care homes at Christmas 
HELEN WHATELY: Of all of the sacrifices people have made to control the virus, not seeing loved ones in care homes has been one of the hardest. The fight against the virus has been so painful
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Texas virus spread even puts desert artist hub Marfa on edge
Texas has surpassed 9,000 hospitalized coronavirus patients for the first time since a deadly summer outbreak
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Unsung heroes of heritage sector have their faces projected onto Stonehenge
Images of eight individuals - who have been working at some of the country's best-loved heritage sites - were beamed on to the 5,000-year-old stones in Wiltshire.
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SARAH VINE: The High Street bloodbath won't stop us shopping till we drop
SARAH VINE: The double demise of Philip Green's Arcadia group and Debenhams, putting more than 25,000 jobs at risk, is just the latest convulsion in the long, drawn-out death of the British High Street.
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US justice department investigates alleged 'bribery for pardon' scheme
Heavily redacted court filing, which does not name Trump, comes as president reportedly considers series of pardonsAn alleged “bribery for pardon” scheme at the White House is under investigation by the justice department, according to a court filing unsealed on Tuesday.The heavily redacted document does not name Donald Trump or other individuals and leaves many unanswered questions, but comes amid media reports that the US president is considering sweeping pardons before he leaves office next month. Continue reading...
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Mother of Babes in the Wood murder victim blasts Martin Bashir for allegedly delaying justice
The grieving mother of Karen Hadaway, who was murdered aged nine, said BBC journalist Martin Bashir, 57, took away her daughter's clothing for DNA testing but never returned it.
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Games Inbox: Where to buy a PS5, Fortnite Galactus event, and Control streaming on Nintendo Switch
The Wednesday Inbox hears more early impressions from new PS5 and Xbox Series X owners, as one reader enjoys Snowrunner’s DLC.
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Sweden: Mother suspected of locking up her son for 28 years
Swedish police are investigating a woman in her 70s who is suspected of having kept her son locked up — reportedly for 28 years  — in an apartment south of Stockholm
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Cost of first class stamps rise from 76p to 85p in the New Year
Royal Mail announced a first-class stamp will go up by 9p to 85p - an increase of nearly 12 per cent - from January 1. However, the price of second-class stamps will rise by only 1p to 66p.
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China REFUSES to apologise for sharing disturbing fake image of Australian soldier
CHINA has refused to apologise for sharing a disturbing fake image on Twitter of an Australian soldier slitting the throat of an Afghan child.
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Immortals Fenyx Rising review – gods of the wild
Ubisoft’s take on Zelda: Breath Of The Wild may wear its influences on its sleeve but it still manages to carve out a personality of its own.
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Man 'held captive in Swedish apartment by his mother' is freed after 28 years
A 70-year-old mother is being investigated by police in Sweden on suspicion of keeping her son locked in her apartment in Stockholm since he was 12.
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California boat captain indicted in fire that killed 34
Federal manslaughter charges have been filed against a California dive boat captain in the fiery deaths of 34 people who were trapped below deck last year
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Eton pupil sent home after sending headmaster letter demanding he RESIGNS 
The pupil accused the head Simon Henderson of 'arrogance, laziness and utter disregard for the school' in response to the dismissal of English teacher Will Knowland over a provocative lecture.
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Last-ditch attempt to stop Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica fails
Two children brought the case on behalf of their father ahead of flight scheduled on WednesdayA last-ditch legal attempt by two children to prevent a Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica from taking off on Wednesday has failed, just hours before the charter plane is expected to depart.The children, two siblings, who brought the case on behalf of their father, argued that current deportation policy was unlawful because the Home Office has failed to properly assess the best interests of children whose parents it seeks to deport. Continue reading...
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