Robbie Williams 'forming new band for raves' 25 years after quitting Take That
Robbie Williams is making a music comeback with a new band but this project will be unlike anything he has done before as he looks to host "old fashioned raves"
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Joe Biden to tell all Americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office
Joe Biden is keen to distance himself from predecessor Donald Trump's pandemic approach, and hopes mask-wearing will "see a significant reduction" in the spread of coronavirus
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Kamala Harris’ role: Biden says he will assign his vice president the ‘urgent need of the moment’
President-elect Joe Biden laid out his vision for his soon-to-be vice president’s role, saying Kamala Harris will be asked to take on “the urgent need of the moment” rather than pursue her own policy agenda.
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PAUL THOMAS on... easier exams
'I know you're only wearing masks now so I can't see you grinning from ear to ear'
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Coronavirus: More than a third of a million small businesses may not survive winter, warns Labour
Around 1 million do not have cash reserves to last three months, warns Ed Miliband
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Government plans to redefine ‘treasure’ to protect precious objects for the nation
Ministers have announced plans to redefine the meaning of “treasure” in order to increase the protection of precious artefacts.  
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29 inmates charged in deadly 2018 South Carolina prison riot
South Carolina's attorney general says 29 inmates have been charged in connection with a state prison riot in 2018 that left seven inmates dead and 22 injured
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California church sees victory in order from high court
Lawyers for a church with more than 160 congregations across California say they will seek an immediate court order allowing indoor worship after the Supreme Court told a lower federal court to reexamine state coronavirus restrictions on church services
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Care home staff and over 80s to take priority over NHS workers for Covid vaccine
Care home staff as well as inpatients and outpatients aged over 80 will be prioritised over NHS frontline staff following the release of new guidelines and amid worries the initial 800,000 doses may be all Britain gets for weeks
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WW3 fears SOAR as Taiwan admits 'we cannot rule out possibility' of war with China
TAIWAN's foreign minister has said the nation "cannot rule out the possibility" of war with China amid fears of the eastern superpower "launching a military attack".
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Automakers prep for stronger mileage standards under Biden
Now that it’s clear Joe Biden soon will be president, the fight over automobile pollution and fuel efficiency standards is likely to peter out, and U.S. consumers should see a broader selection of electric and efficient vehicles
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Family of London Bridge terror attack victim say they are suing the Government
Saskia Jones, 23, was fatally stabbed along with Jack Merritt, 25, by convicted terrorist Usman Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event on November 29, 2019.
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CNN accuses Trump of ‘endangering democracy’ as president REFUSES to concede election
DONALD TRUMP, and those Republicans who continue to support him, have been accused of "endangering the pillars of our democracy" by CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza.
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New mother, 35, is barred from entering Makro store for breaching social distancing rules
Kat Bailey, 35, of West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire , said she was left 'gobsmacked' after a recent trip to Makro in Nottingham when she was turned away for carrying her daughter with her.
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NHS workers ‘moved down priority list for Covid vaccine’
Care home residents and staff prioritised amid fears over potential vaccine shortage, reports suggest
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Arecibo Observatory collapse video captured by drone
'I was screaming,' one eyewitness said
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Noah Cyrus apologises for using racially charged term to defend Harry Styles
Noah Cyrus has issued an apology after she used an offensive racist remark as defended Harry Style for wearing a Gucci ballgown on the cover of Vogue
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Egypt frees three members of leading human rights group
Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights workers charged with terrorism-related offences following briefing with senior diplomats
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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Graham Chapman? Not even the third funniest in Monty Python!
CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Right, class, today we're going to have an end-of-term quiz, to see what you've learned about 20th century British history.
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Mother pretends the Elf on the Shelf has been KILLED and EATEN in prank
Tanya Lee, 30, admitted she appeared 'a bad parent' after laying out chicken bones as an 'elf-shaped skeleton' next to a stuffed Grinch toy. Single mother Ms Lee said her son Oscar 'cried and cried'.
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Ancient objects dug up by metal detectorists will be reclassified to protect Britain's heritage
Items of historical or cultural value found by bounty hunters will belong to the nation under the plans, announced by ministers yesterday.
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Harry Potter book expected to fetch £50k at auction after owner almost sold in car boot sale for 50p
A first edition Harry Potter book is expected to sell at a huge £50,000 at auction. The copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was one of 500 in first print run in 1997.
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Southwest warns nearly 7,000 workers of possible furloughs
Southwest Airlines is moving closer to the first furloughs in its history
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'Boom… then quiet': Witnesses tell of the moment blast at sewerage plant killed four workers
Three Wessex Water employees and one contractor, understood to have been working on top of the silo, were killed when it exploded in Avonmouth yesterday morning.
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British Government to compensate people who suffer extreme Covid-19 vaccine side effects
The government has added the Covid-19 vaccine to the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme which will pay anyone severely disabled by the medication a tax free lump sum of £120,000.
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Melania Trump will not divorce POTUS as couple have ‘banter’ says former adviser
MELANIA TRUMP's ex-friend and former adviser has said there is "no way" the First Lady will divorce US President Donald Trump.
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Britain’s rapid coronavirus vaccine approval defended as UK medical expert snubs Dr Fauci
ANTHONY Fauci, US infectious disease expert and White House adviser, has been criticised by a former British medical regulator for comments he made about how quickly the UK approved the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.
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Boris Johnson's green dream: He wants UK emissions cuts to be fastest in the world
Boris Johnson wants the UK to lead the charge ahead of hosting next year's climate talks. He hopes Britain will cut emissions faster than any other major economy and has beefed up his target.
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Three ages when alcohol poses greatest danger: Worst for unborn children, older teens and over-65s
Researchers have pinpointed three key stages when alcohol poses greatest danger. They found the effect of booze on the brain is worst for unborn children, older teens and over-65s.
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JAN MOIR: The shimmering hypocrisy of Naomi Campbell, crusader for criminals
JAN MOIR: When Naomi Campbell campaigns it is usually for Burberry or Versace or Nars or Prada. And boy, is she good at it. But Naomi as a crusader for criminal justice? Don't make me laugh.
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Girl, 14, takes police to court over school hate incidents
With forces in England and Wales recording 120,000 hate incidents in the past five years, a 14-year-old schoolgirl is launching legal action against College of Policing guidance.
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China branded 'greatest threat to democracy and freedom’ since WW2 by US spy chief
A US spy chief has described China as the "greatest threat to democracy and freedom" since the Second World War.
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Games Inbox: The future of PS4 games, Nintendo Switch games in 2021, and Ico remake
The Friday Inbox wonders if it’s best to wait a year before buying a next gen console, as one reader looks forward to the Sam & Max remaster.
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Alison Lurie, prize winning novelist, dead at 94
Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Alison Lurie has died at 94
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TOM UTLEY: Eton is daft to sack a teacher for being a bit bonkers
TOM UTLEY: When I first read the reports, I thought his dismissal was an all-too-familiar, open-and-shut case of an assault on free speech in the name of political correctness.
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Biden and Harris say they won’t interfere with DOJ in apparent rebuke to Trump
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris vowed to let Justice Department officials make their own decisions about prosecuting cases.  
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Chris Kamara admits he fears getting axed by Sky after Soccer Saturday trio were culled in August
A huge revamp from Sky saw the three old-school stars sacked from their positions in August, and their sudden dismissal was described by presenter Jeff Stelling as one of the saddest days of his career.
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Anthony Fauci Backtracks After Claiming UK 'Rushed' Covid Vaccine Approval
America’s top infectious disease expert has rowed back from a suggestion that the UK approved a Covid-19 vaccine too quickly.Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, claimed American regulators “would do a more thorough job” of assessing the vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech.He told CBS News that Britain “kind of ran around the corner of the marathon and joined it in the last mile”, adding: “They really rushed through that approval.”Dr Fauci said: “The FDA, the United States of America Food and Drug Administration, is the gold standard of regulation. They are doing it in a careful way, appropriately.”He warned that the speed at which the UK has approved the Pfizer vaccine could undermine confidence in the jab, telling Sky News: “When we did a survey here in the US, there was a considerable degree of scepticism and reluctance to get vaccinated and we were concerned that if we did anything that looked like it was cutting corners that would feed into the scepticism.”But in a later interview with BBC News, Dr Fauci said he did not mean to “imply any sloppiness”, adding: “I do have great faith in both the scientific community and the regulatory community at the UK.”He said there was “no judgement on the way the UK did it”.Dr Fauci told the BBC: “Our process is one that takes more time than it takes in the UK. And that’s just the reality. I did not mean to imply any sloppiness even though it came out that way.”The comments came as the coronavirus death toll in the UK passed the 60,000 mark, jumping to 60,113 on Thursday.The World Health Organisation (WHO) offered a toned down response to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) decision, simply stating the approval had been “acknowledged”.In response to the comments, the MHRA said in a statement: “We have rigorously assessed the data in the shortest time possible, without compromising the thoroughness of our review.“Covid-19 vaccines, including this one, are being developed in a co-ordinated in a way that allows some stages of this process to happen in parallel to condense the time needed, but it does not mean steps and the expected standards of safety, quality and effectiveness have been bypassed.”It added that a rolling review of the vaccine data started at the beginning of October, and since then the data, and had made good progress on the review before the last submission of data was received.“Any vaccine must undergo robust clinical trials in line with international standards, with oversight provided by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.“No vaccine would be authorised for supply in the UK unless the expected standards of safety, quality and efficacy are met,” the statement concluded.Dr Siddhartha Sankar Datta, WHO regional adviser for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunisation in Europe, said: “The national regulatory authority of a country will review the different elements of a system before they make the vaccine licensed for use – (based on) the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine.“That is what the UK’s national regulatory authority has done yesterday with their evaluation. We have learned about it and we acknowledge it.”Despite this criticism, a Cabinet minister declared the UK is getting a coronavirus vaccine first because it is a “much better country” than France, Belgium and the US.Education secretary Gavin Williamson praised the work done by the medical regulator to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use.The first doses of the vaccine are now believed to have arrived in the UK.The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer jab, enough to vaccinate 20 million people, with 800,000 doses expected to arrive by next week.Related... Obama, Clinton and Bush Say They Will All Get Safe Covid-19 Vaccine, Maybe On TV Trump Finally Clears Way For Biden Transition To Begin US 'Could Not Be Positioned More Poorly' On Covid-19
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Gigi Hadid says motherhood is 'job like no other' as she returns to work
Gigi Hadid is returning to the modelling world two months after welcoming a baby girl with Zayn Malik as she says there is nothing like being a mum
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Murdoch flagship WSJ turns on Trump: ‘If Republicans lose seats Trump will be reason’
The right-leaning Wall Street Journal’s editorial board has warned that the loss of two Republican-held senate seats in Georgia – two races that will determine the power balance in Congress – will cost Donald Trump his legacy, as he continues to mount a specious legal battle to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
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Well-ventilated pubs are 'safe and unlikely to spread Covid' claims scientist
Imperial College London Professor Peter Openshaw said the ideal breeding ground for transmitting Covid-19 is places that play loud music as people have to shout to hear each other, meaning virus-carrying spittle particles are more widely released
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Biden plans to urge all Americans to wear masks for 100 days after inauguration
President-elect and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris pledge to receive Covid vaccines as soon as possibleJoe Biden intends to call for all Americans to wear masks for 100 days after he becomes president in an attempt to bring down infection rates, as the coronavirus crisis continues to rage out of control in the US.The president-elect and vice-president-elect, Kamala Harris, have also committed to receiving coronavirus vaccinations as soon as possible when, as expected, the first vaccines are approved by US regulators. Continue reading...
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Investigations continue after four killed in water works blast near Bristol
Investigations are continuing into the cause of an explosion at a waste water treatment works near Bristol which left four people dead.
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Ghislaine Maxwell’s prison hit with Covid outbreak and it could help her get bail
Maxwell originally denied bail because of access to money and passports
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Young scientist s named TIME's first-ever Kid of the Year for technology that leads social change
Scientist and inventor Gitanjali Rao, 15, has been named TIME Magazine's first-ever Kid of the Year for a number of innovations including a device that addresses the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
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Robbie Williams reveals he's forming a NEW BAND 25 years after quitting Take That
Taking to Instagram Live on Thursday, the Rock DJ singer also unveiled plans to create new music venues and art galleries around the world where the group will perform, and where he can DJ
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Prospect of Brexit trade deal breakthrough ‘receding’ as UK accuses EU of making fresh demands at 11th hour
Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal have suffered a blow, with the UK accusing the European Union of making fresh demands at the 11th hour.
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