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Visitors evacuated as fire breaks out at Chester Zoo

In a Facebook post, the zoo confirmed: “The zoo’s animal teams are working to move all animals away from the incident.” Footage online shows huge plumes of smoke coming from the top of a building. The zoo said the fire brigade are attending the fire...

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Waitrose to take glitter out of Xmas for environment

Waitrose is to ban glitter from all its own products by Christmas 2020 in response to mounting concerns about plastic pollution. The move by the supermarket chain comes amid growing awareness of the harm it poses to the environment. The shiny flecks are made of tiny...

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PM's bruising EU summit sparks talk of new referendum

Theresa May has returned from Brussels to increased talk of a potential second referendum on Brexit after a tense summit with EU leaders failed to boost her hopes of getting her withdrawal agreement through parliament. The prime minister headed for the Belgian capital...

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Cabinet split over Plan B to 'dead' Brexit deal

Theresa May is facing rival cabinet calls for a second EU referendum or a no-deal Brexit after returning from Brussels empty-handed. The prime minister was hoping to extract concessions on the Irish backstop – the mechanism to prevent a hard border between...

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Police to test facial recognition in Westminster

The Metropolitan Police is to test live facial recognition in Westminster as part of an ongoing trial of the controversial technology. A deployment of the surveillance software will take place on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 December in and around Soho, Piccadilly Circus...

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Woman jailed after admitting £250k cancer lie

A woman who collected more than £250,000 from her ex-husband, his family and members of the public after falsely claiming to have cancer has been jailed. Jasmin Mistry, 36, received the huge sum via multiple donations between 2015 and 2017, having told her partner...

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Refugees hoping to top Christmas singles chart

Refugees who have come to the UK from all over the world have teamed up with music students to compose what they hope will be the Christmas number one. The festive charity single, which is called Whatever You Believe, is sang, performed and recorded by a mix of...

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Grieving mum urges parents to discuss organ donation

The mother of a teenage boy who died after colliding with another player during a football match has told Sky News that parents must talk to their children about organ donation. Luca Campanaro, 14, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, was airlifted to Royal London...

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Rescued yachtswoman would do it again 'in a heartbeat'

The British yachtswoman who was stranded after her boat capsized in the Antarctic Ocean has said would do it again “in a heartbeat”. Susie Goodall, 29, made the comment after arriving back on dry land in the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas on Friday....

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Building evacuated after boulder smashes into bedroom

Residents have been forced to leave a historic seafront property after a “significant rockfall”, firefighters have said. Two boulders were sent rolling down the cliff before hitting a shop and a flat in the coastal town of Hastings on Thursday afternoon....

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Entertainment

Weinstein 'bragged of sex with Jennifer Lawrence'

Harvey Weinstein bragged about sleeping with Jennifer Lawrence while trying to force himself upon a woman in his office, court documents show. According to the latest lawsuit against the Hollywood producer, he boasted of a sexual relationship with the Oscar-winning...

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Shakira charged with tax evasion in Spain

Shakira has been charged with tax evasion in Spain with prosecutors claiming she failed to pay more than €14.5m (£13m) between 2012 and 2014. The popstar’s representatives have denied wrongdoing. According to the charges, the Colombian pop star allegedly listed...

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YouTube star banned from UK theme parks and TV studios

A YouTube star who trespassed at the Big Brother house and climbed a rollercoaster at Thorpe Park has been banned from theme parks and TV studios across most of the country. Ally Law, who has more than two million subscribers on the site, filmed as he climbed the...

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Break-in at London home of Sir Paul McCartney

Police are investigating a break-in at the London home of Sir Paul McCartney. Thieves targeted the property in St John’s Wood at around 6.20pm on 7 December, with officers having attended and discovered signs of forced entry. Scotland Yard has not revealed...

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Kanye West calls out to Bob Dylan: 'Let's get together'

He has already collaborated with everyone from Jay Z to Paul McCartney – and now Kanye West is looking to add another big name to his CV. Seemingly apropos of nothing, the rapper tweeted his 28.7 million followers in the hope of getting the attention of one Mr...

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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2019 winners revealed

Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Def Leppard and Radiohead are among the acts announced as the latest members of The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The artists will be officially inducted next year alongside Roxy Music and The Zombies as the official class of...

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Miley Cyrus appears to confirm Black Mirror role

Miley Cyrus appears to have confirmed rumours that she is guest starring in the next season of Black Mirror. Speaking on Howard Stern’s radio show in the US, the singer said she had been away filming in South Africa when wildfires in California destroyed her...

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Sesame Street introduces homeless character

Sesame Street has introduced a homeless character named Lily to mitigate the impact of the trauma for young children without a permanent place to live. Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organisation behind the children’s TV show, announced a new...

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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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