What the papers say – October 20

A possible new Delta jab and concerns over booster vaccinations feature strongly in the nation’s newspapers.
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Storm Arwen: Two people dead after 100mph winds and heavy snow hit UK
Men killed by falling trees as storm batters country
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Voices: Smuggling rhetoric masks the real issue – the government’s broken immigration policy
Trafficking exists because desperate people have no safe alternative. Safe routes for refugees must be opened now
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Prince William and Charles to struggle with 'difficulty' in their relationship
PRINCE William and his father Prince Charles will always have a bone of contention between them as they step up their royal duties, according to a royal expert.
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Women’s Cricket World Cup qualifier event abandoned due to new Covid variant
Rugby union and golf have also been affected.
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Mikel Arteta explains decision to drop Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal’s clash against Newcastle
Odegaard comes in for Lacazette to face the Magpies.
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The 49 best closing lines in movies, from Alien to Apocalypse Now
This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off’
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Fitbit Black Friday deals 2021: Save 40% on the versa 2 fitness tracker in the Currys sale
We’ve spotted a stellar saving on a wearable from the popular sports tech brand
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42ft Christmas tree erected outside Houses of Parliament
A huge Sitka spruce has been hoisted into place at the Palace of Westminster.
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Government ‘recklessly ignored’ years of warnings that policies would increase Channel boat crossings
Exclusive: Parliamentary committee, borders watchdog and UN Refugee Agency all sounded alarm
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Ninja still has huge deals on air fryers, food processors and more in Black Friday sale
From the impressive Ninja multi-cooker range to the popular Ninja air fryer, here are the best Black Friday deals which you can grab right now
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Amazing railway home converted from real train carriage on sale for £228k
All aboard.
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‘Everyone’s gagging for it’ – how Britain got high on nitrous oxide
Laughing gas was the lockdown high of choice for many young people. Now empty canisters are everywhere, and dealers are hitting the streets with card readers. Will a government crackdown burst the balloon?Barry Smith spent this summer clinking as he walked. The 26-year-old painter from Devon sold nitrous oxide at four UK festivals. Before each event, he loaded his van with 20 boxes containing 480 canisters, bought online at 25p each, and hundreds of balloons. (This is considered small-time in the nitrous oxide racket.) His pricing is flexible: a balloon base rate of two for £5 (a markup of 1,000%) or five for £10. But prices can plummet to zero for mates or skyrocket for strangers once he’s running low.Standing largely in one spot, holding a nitrous dispenser, or “cracker”, that resembles a coffee flask, Barry (not his real name) handed balloon after balloon to revellers attracted by a high-pitched hissing noise. He used the cracker to dispense the gas into latex balloons, while his girlfriend handled the payments, either in cash or by using a card machine borrowed from a friend’s ice-cream company. “It’s like a family business,” he jokes. Trade is brisk. “People just swarm at you – everyone’s gagging for it.” Continue reading...
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‘We will start again’: Afghan female MPs, now refugees, are still fighting for rights
From a newly-formed parliament-in-exile in Greece, the women are advocating for fellow refugees – and those left behind under Taliban ruleIt is a Saturday morning in November, and Afghan MP Nazifa Yousufi Bek gathers up her notes and prepares to head for the office. But instead of jumping in an armoured car bound for the mahogany-lined parliament in Kabul, her journey is by bus from a Greek hotel to a migrants’ organisation in the centre of Athens. There, taking her place on a folding chair, she inaugurates the Afghan women’s parliament-in-exile.“Our people have nothing. Mothers are selling their children,” she tells a room packed with her peers. “We must raise our voices, we must put a stop to this,” says Yousufi Bek, 35, who fled Afghanistan with her husband and three young children after the Taliban swept to power in August. Some around her nod in agreement; others quietly weep. Continue reading...
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SNP Remoaner claim rebuffed: Brexit NOT slowing down fight against climate change in UK
WORKER SHORTAGES in the renewable energy sector caused by Brexit are unlikely to "compromise" the UK's ability to tackle climate change quickly - as one SNP minister recently claimed.
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Strictly’s Rose reveals 'gut instinct' that Giovanni Pernice would be her perfect partner
Strictly’s Rose Ayling-Ellis has revealed she knew straight away that professional dancer Giovanni Pernice would be the perfect partner for her and was delighted when BBC producers matched the up for this year's series
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Brits warned to get vaccine as expert warns new Covid variant will reach UK
Professor Calum Semple, who advises the Government as part of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), told BBC Breakfast that the Omicron variant will reach the UK "by hook or by crook"
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"I can't believe how lucky we've been": Shocking Storm Arwen video shows moment pals cheat death as tree smashes onto car while they unload shopping in Stockport
"You read about people being killed by falling trees and it's a terrifying experience"
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Coronavirus latest news: Over 60 test positive after flying from South Africa to Amsterdam as fears rise over Omicron variant
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Chris Whitty more worried about Delta than new Omicron variant
'There's an awful lot we don't know and I think it's probably not terribly helpful to speculate.'
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Was new variant named Omicron to avoid angering China?
The WHO's decision to name the variant from southern Africa 'Omicron' has sparked speculation that the WHO deliberately skipped over 'Xi' to avoid angering the President of China, Xi Jinping.
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Antonio Conte laughs off suggestions he has to spend big to win trophies
The Tottenham manager takes his side to Burnley still smarting from a Europa Conference League defeat to Slovenian minnows NS Mura.
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Man manages to eat entire McDonald's 9,600-calorie Christmas menu in one sitting
Kyle Gibson, 23, has eaten his way through the full Five Guys and KFC menu, as well as items from Lidl's bakery section - and now he has demolished the entire McDonald’s Christmas menu
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Kanye West causes commotion at L.A. Lakers game after revealing hope for Kim Kardashian reconciliation
Fans were delighted.
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Maro Itoje has ALWAYS been a very important leader here, insist Saracens
Saracens v Sale, StoneX Stadium, tomorrow 3pm: Backing for England star from his London club
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Football fans hauled before judge after mass brawl erupts between Manchester United and City fans in Northern Quarter bar
The ugly incident followed a League Cup semi final between the two Manchester clubs
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Ralf Rangnick could face same problem at Manchester United that Jurgen Klopp had at Liverpool FC
Rangnick could be forced to adapt his pressing game at Man Utd due to the demands of the Premier League.
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Arsenal v Newcastle: Premier League – live!
Updates from the 12.30pm GMT kick-off at the EmiratesPremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendGet in touch! You can email Scott hereJust one change for Arsenal from the 4-0 thumping by Liverpool. Martin Odegaard comes in for the benched Alexandre Lacazette. No starting spot for Kieran Tierney as he returns from injury, so Nuno Tavares, who had an absolute shocker at Anfield, retains his place.Newcastle United make three changes to the side that drew 3-3 with Brentford last week. Martin Dubravka replaces Karl Darlow in goal, while Emil Krafth and Ryan Fraser replace Ciaran Clark and Jacob Murphy, who both drop to the bench. Continue reading...
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Ralf Rangnick to set Cristiano Ronaldo 'training test' to see if he makes his Man Utd XI
Ralf Rangnick is famous for his demanding gegenpressing philosophy which will push Cristiano Ronaldo and his Manchester United teammates to their physical limits
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Omicron variant map: The seven countries where new Covid strain has been identified
COVID cases globally could be at risk of rising as a new variant with an ‘increased reinfection risk' begins to emerge.
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Arsenal XI vs Newcastle: Confirmed lineup, team news and injury latest for Premier League today
Arsenal take on Newcastle this lunchtime with Martin Odegaard back in the line-up.
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England v Austria: Women’s World Cup qualifier – live!
Follow the 12.30pm GMT kick-off at the Stadium of LightDefence, laughter and records: key England talking pointsGet in touch! You can email Luke here or tweet himEngland have cruised through World Cup qualifying thus far, winning 8-0 against North Macedonia, 10-0 against Luxembourg, 4-0 against Northern Ireland and 10-0 against Latvia. Today’s home encounter against Austria in Sunderland doesn’t look so straightforward: the visitors have won three out of four, along with a draw against Northern Ireland, scoring 21 goals and conceding three.This is a proper test, then, against a side who would go top of Group D with a victory. But England won’t be lacking motivation, particularly Ellen White, the clinical finisher who plays her 100th match for her country at the Stadium of Light today. As well as becoming a cap centurion, White is now just two goals behind Kelly Smith’s all-time England scoring record of 46, although a goal-fest today seems unlikely given the calibre of the opponent. Continue reading...
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Fears over Covid variant trigger more travel curbs on southern Africa
United States, Brazil, Canada, Australia and EU nations have announced travel bans or restrictions
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Who is Simon Gregson? Coronation Street star and I'm A Celebrity campmate
Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson only entered the Welsh Castle a few days ago - and he's loving life as one of the Lords of the castle
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Comment on Tragic Lady in the Lake’s parents will never see justice for murdered daughter after man charged 34 years on by Katie Davis
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Leonard Bernstein never liked the celebrated film version of West Side Story: ‘It became an albatross around his neck’
'He had to work all the harder to get people to focus on his other works, especially his symphonic works.'
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SAGE scientist says Omicron variant is 'NOT a disaster'
Sage adviser Professor Calum Semple today urged calm over the so-called 'Omicron' mutation, saying it is 'not a disaster' and suggesting some people may be 'hugely overstating the situation'.
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Lululemon Black Friday sale 2021: The best leggings deals we’ve found
The ultimate fit kit staple just had a price cut
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Susanna Reid speaks out about her near-death encounter after being mugged in the street
The GMB presenter, 50, revealed that when she was on a night out 25 years ago, a man with a knife tried to mug her, and when he fled she discovered a knife slash 'across her body.'
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Eddie Hearn in the dark over MMA-boxing hybrid as Kubrat Pulev faces ex-UFC star
Hearn will stage the world lightweight title fight between Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr that Triller initially bought, while the streaming platform will debut their new Triad Combat
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Coleen Rooney 'will do whatever it takes to win legal battle against Rebekah Vardy'
The WAG, 35, reportedly as 'zero intentions' in backing down amid her ongoing legal battle against Rebekah Vardy and will do 'whatever it takes' to win.
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Intruder reaches walls of I’m a Celebrity castle in north Wales
Trespasser latest headache for producers after Storm Arwen hits and Richard Madeley is taken to hospitalAn intruder managed to make their way on to the set of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! earlier this week after a security breach, ITV has said.It adds to a cocktail of events connected to the show, as the person was removed with “immediate effect” in the days before adverse weather conditions hit north Wales. Continue reading...
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Serial burglar who posed as a police officer to rob elderly is jailed
A serial burglar has been jailed after he gained entry into a dozen vulnerable and elderly people’s homes by tricking them into believing he was a police officer.
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Humza Yousaf: My mother asked if Cabinet promotion was due to ‘annoying Nicola’
The Health Secretary was speaking at a fringe event at the SNP conference.
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Nadine Dorries faces fury for dismissing Tory MP's Stanley Johnson 'grope' claim
Caroline Nokes, who first made allegations of inappropriate touching against the Prime Minister's father said she was disappointed that Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries had chosen to "denounce me in this way"
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Tranmere and Bangor races first fixtures to fall victim to Storm Arwen
Storm Arwen battered parts of the UK on Friday and Saturday.
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Apple Watch Black Friday deals 2021: Save £90 on the series 6 smartwatch
Stop what you’re doing, the wearable has a whopping discount today
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Algerians hold local elections amid anger over rising prices
Algerians are voting Saturday to elect their mayors and regional leaders amid widespread worry and frustration over rising prices for basic goods
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