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MPs to 'bow heads' as Big Ben's bongs biffed

A group of MPs will gather outside the Palace of Westminster “with heads bowed” as they witness Big Ben’s final bongs, ahead of four-years of renovations. The bells will fall silent at midday, despite a backlash from Theresa May and other MPs over...

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Social media hate crime clampdown

Online hate crime must be treated as seriously as “offline” offences, under revamped prosecution rules. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has issued revised guidelines in response to the mounting problem of abuse on social media. Last month, MPs from...

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Arthritis sufferers 'struggling in silence'

More than 10 million people in the UK suffer with arthritis but the crippling condition remains largely “invisible”, according to campaigners. Despite being the leading cause of pain and disability in the UK, it has been warned many of those afflicted...

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Man arrested after attempted child abduction

Police investigating the attempted abduction of a three-year-old girl in North Wales have arrested a man. The alleged incident happened near the Jade Jones Pavilion in Flint. A 50-year-old man was detained by members of the public soon afterwards. Officers went to the...

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British boy confirmed as Barcelona victim

British boy Julian Cadman was among the 13 people killed in the Barcelona terror attack. The Spanish missing persons bureau said his family confirmed the seven-year-old died after a van crashed into pedestrians on Las Ramblas. In a statement, it said: “Julian...

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Davis urges EU to start talk of future relations

Britain is urging the European Union to relax its position that the two sides must settle divorce issues before moving on to discussing future trade relationship. Brexit Secretary David Davis said many aspects of the two phases of Britain’s Brexit negotiations...

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Savings 'used to fund back-to-school costs'

More than a third of parents dip into their savings to fund back-to-school costs of almost £175, research suggests. The average figure of £174.31 per child is a drop of £12 on last year, suggesting mums and dads may be feeling a financial squeeze, according to...

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Seaside town put 'on lockdown' amid disorder

Some pubs, hotels and other businesses in Cromer, Norfolk, have closed their doors this weekend following reports of “low-level disorder”, police have said. Several venues in the seaside resort said they had decided not to stay open on Saturday evening,...

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Prescription drug addiction 'a public crisis'

Britain is facing a public crisis over addiction to prescribed medicine, according to the head of a leading drugs charity. The number of people seeking help for dependency is said to have soared and specialists say stories about celebrity addiction are a warning to us...

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Lessons for Jeremy Hunt in clash with Hawking

When the actor Eddie Redmayne played Stephen Hawking in the film about his life, The Theory of Everything, he described the world renowned scientist as a “national treasure”. So, in terms of insulting a revered British icon, Jeremy Hunt could only have...

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Entertainment

US comedian Jerry Lewis dies in Vegas aged 91

US comedian Jerry Lewis, famous for his role as The Nutty Professor, has died aged 91, US media reports. Lewis, who starred in slapstick comedy films during the 1950s, died at his home in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Review-Journal broke the news, which was reportedly...

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US Judge refuses to end Polanski sex case

A US judge has denied a plea from Roman Polanski’s victim to end the four-decade-old case against the fugitive director. Samantha Geimer made a request to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon to end the “40-year sentence” she said had been...

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Has Taylor Swift disappeared from social media?

Taylor Swift, one of social media’s most popular celebrities, appears to have wiped years of posts from her accounts. The US singer deleted years of Twitter posts, with nothing showing after 2010. The page said she had 2,019 posts on Friday evening but none were...

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Twin Peaks actor arrested for attempted murder

An actor who recently appeared in the cult TV show Twin Peaks has been accused of trying to murder his girlfriend with a bat. Jeremy Lindholm was arrested on Wednesday night on attempted second degree murder charges, after a violent attack involving a baseball bat....

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Star Wars: Obi-Wan spinoff 'in the works'

A Star Wars spinoff focusing on Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi is reportedly in the works at Lucasfilm. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry is in talks with Disney to helm the project, which would centre on Anakin Skywalker’s...

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Tyler to sing Total Eclipse on total eclipse

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has arisen to witness a phenomenon up close – while also catching a glimpse of a solar eclipse. Bonnie Tyler will be performing her 1983 hit Total Eclipse Of The Heart on board a cruise ship as the Moon completely blocks out the...

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Moss: Scientology 'not at all' fundamentalist

Elisabeth Moss has defended Scientology, saying it is not “at all” like the fundamentalist regime in her new show. The star of the dystopian show The Handmaid’s Tale responded to a fan on her Instagram page, when asked about a correlation between...

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HBO investigating latest Twitter hack

HBO is investigating a breach in their cyber security, after hackers took control of its social media accounts. Several HBO Twitter accounts sent a message on Wednesday night purporting to be OurMine hackers, responsible for attacks on Netflix and Facebook creator...

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Emma Stone beats J-Law as highest-paid actress

Oscar-winner Emma Stone has been named by Forbes as the highest-paid actress of the year. The 28-year-old star scored £20m in pre-tax earnings in the year up to June, beating Jennifer Lawrence off the top spot for the first time since 2015. Stone has La La Land to...

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Mission postponed: Cruise broken ankle halts filming

Production on the latest Mission Impossible film has been halted after Tom Cruise fell and broke his ankle during a misjudged stunt. The American star, known for performing many of his own action sequences, was seen jumping between two high roofs while being supported...

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Sport

Phelan still in the dark over Hull job

Phelan said last week that he had been offered the job but there has been no update on his contract since then. He told a news conference: “I want it resolved, but it’s not my decision. “A lot of it rests on the position of the club. All I keep...

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United survive Northampton scare

Michael Carrick put United ahead but Northampton equalised before half time through an Alex Revell penalty. But Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford sealed the win. West Ham were within seconds of being taken to extra time by League Two Accrington before Dmitri...

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Anderson could be rested for Bangladesh trip

The 34-year-old, England’s leading test wicket-taker with 463 victims, was named in the squad for the tour to Bangladesh where they play two tests next month. England travel to India in early November for a five-test series. “It’s a tough one because...

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Everton shocked by Norwich in EFL Cup

It was the Toffees’ first defeat of the season. Premier League champions Leicester are also out after squandering a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 in extra time with 10 men at home to Chelsea. Bournemouth were taken to extra time by Championship struggler Preston after a...

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Hewitt pulls out of Rio Olympics

Two-times grand slam champion Lleyton Hewitt has opted out of his role as coach of the Australian men’s tennis team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics for “personal reasons”, local media reported on Sunday. Hewitt’s withdrawal is another blow for...

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Howard makes 'smooth transition' to MLS

Goalkeeper Tim Howard has had no problems in making the transition to Major League Soccer and has been brilliant for the Colorado Rapids from the outset. The long-time United States goalkeeper spent the last 13 years in English soccer, including 10 seasons at Everton,...

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Wales squad touch down in Cardiff after Euros

Wales will move higher than their richer rivals and neighbours England when the new FIFA rankings are announced after Euro 2016, the first sign for what, many predict, will be a bright future after they made history at the tournament. Playing in their first finals...

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Spanish court drops charges against Neymar

Spain’s High Court said on Friday it had dropped a fraud and corruption investigation into Brazilian soccer captain and Barcelona player Neymar saying no crime had been committed. Charges were also dropped against his father and agent Neymar Da Silva Santos,...

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Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final

Clattenburg also refereed the UEFA Champions League final in May. He becomes the second man to take charge of both major European occasions in the same year after Pedro Proença in 2012. Clattenburg will be joined by English assistants Simon Beck and Jake Collin, plus...

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