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Northern Ireland could bar public from rape trials

Members of the public should not be allowed to attend rape trials, a preliminary review in Northern Ireland has found. The proposal was one of 220 recommendations made by Sir John Gillen, a retired judge investigating how to improve criminal court proceedings relating...

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Council removes Saddam Hussein bench tribute

A plaque seemingly dedicated to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been removed from a bench on a busy east London shopping street. The tribute suddenly appeared on the seat in Wanstead High Street on Monday, reading: “In Loving Memory of Saddam Hussein,...

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Easter Island demands UK return statue taken in 1868

It has been in the British Museum for 150 years, but now a delegation from Easter Island are in London to ask for the return of a seven-foot tall basalt sculpture, which they say is a key part of their ancestral history. The statue is known as Hoa Hakananai’a,...

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Meghan meets Take That during Royal Variety debut

The Duchess of Sussex met Take That during her debut appearance at the Royal Variety Show. Appearing on the red carpet with Prince Harry, Meghan was a hotly anticipated guest at the annual event in London. She met the three remaining members of Take That, telling them...

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EasyJet sees higher 2019 demand despite Brexit

No-frills carrier easyJet has reported a rise in bookings for summer 2019, despite consumer jitters over the outcome of Brexit. At a time when high street sales are stalling in the run-up to 29 March, the airline used its annual results to say that forward business...

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Revealed: The stars denied a blue plaque

Oscar-winning actor Ronald Colman and leading suffragette Eva Gore-Booth are among the illustrious names to have been snubbed by English Heritage for a commemorative blue plaque, it has been revealed. Following a Freedom Of Information request by the Press...

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Food companies not cutting calories to be publicly named

Food companies can expect tougher measures if they do not speed up efforts to cut sugar from everyday foods, according to Public Health England (PHE). It says it could publicly name companies that have missed sugar and calorie reduction targets for common foods like...

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Entertainment

Snoop Dogg thanks himself as he gets Hollywood star

Snoop Dogg thanked himself for “being me at all times” as he was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Hollywood Boulevard was brought to a standstill as hundreds of fans turned out to see the musician, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr,...

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Anger as Netflix project films Israel scene in Jordan

A Netflix production has sparked anger in Jordan after part of its capital was transformed into an Israeli street. Cars with Israeli number plates, Hebrew-language street signs and people dressed as Israel defence force soldiers all appeared on a major street in Amman...

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Damien Hirst uterus sculptures greet hospital guests

Patients visiting a £6bn hospital in Qatar are being greeted by 14 giant bronze sculptures by Damien Hirst graphically charting the moment of conception to birth. The open-air installation, named The Miraculous Journey, starts with one sculpture showing a feotus...

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Diddy breaks silence over ex's sudden death

Hip hop star Sean “Diddy” Combs has broken his silence three days after the death of ex, Kim Porter, with whom he had two children. Ms Porter, 47, was Mr Combs’ partner for 13 years and the couple had three children together. Emergency services were...

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Marilyn Monroe's Golden Globe sells for record $250k

Marilyn Monroe’s 1961 Golden Globe Award has been sold for a record-breaking $250,000 (£195,000) in California. The award statue for World Film Favourite Female from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made history as the highest selling Golden Globe sold at...

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Vicar of Dibley actor John Bluthal dies aged 89

Dawn French has led the tributes to her Vicar of Dibley co-star John Bluthal, who has died at the age of 89. The Polish-born actor – who also appeared in three Carry On films and two Pink Panther entries – was described by the comedy favourite as a...

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Baldwin and Bieber appear to confirm marriage

Hailey Baldwin appears to have confirmed she is married to Justin Bieber – by changing her Instagram name to Hailey Bieber. On Friday, the Canadian popstar seemed to leave no doubt when he posted a picture of the pair laughing, with the caption “my wife is...

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Tom Hardy laughs with Charles as he is made CBE

Actor Tom Hardy has been made a CBE at Buckingham Palace where he was given his award by Prince Charles for services to drama. Hardy, 41, is best-known for films such as Inception, Mad Max: Fury Road, Bronson and The Revenant but he has also appeared on CBeebies,...

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Butch Cassidy screenwriter William Goldman dies at 87

Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman has died aged 87. The American, who won Academy awards for the classic western movie Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969) and political thriller All The President’s Men (1976), had been suffering from colon cancer,...

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These are the funniest animal pictures of 2018

Award-winning wildlife photos can take hours to set-up and lots of waiting in earnest for that perfect moment – often in treacherous or uncomfortable natural habitats. But sometimes, the best pictures are those that happen when you least expect them. The Comedy...

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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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