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Save the Children won't bid for taxpayers' cash

Scandal-hit charity Save the Children says it is suspending bids for taxpayers’ cash until it meets the “high standards” expected. Chief executive Kevin Watkins has written to the Department for International Development (DfID) to reveal the charity...

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Trump urged to avoid London during UK visit

Donald Trump has been urged to stay away from London during his upcoming trip to the UK because there is a risk of “major protests, crime and disorder”. In a letter, six conservative groups who support the US President have urged him to visit his...

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FA nets Wembley bid amid reported £500m deal

The Football Association (FA) has confirmed receiving a bid for Wembley stadium amid reports of a deal worth at least £500m. English football officials remain tight-lipped on details, saying only that “The FA has received an offer to buy Wembley Stadium”....

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Hundreds of jobs face axe in Poundworld CVA

Hundreds of jobs are under threat at the discount retailer Poundworld as its owners draw up plans to close more than a quarter of its 355-store estate. Sky News has learnt that Poundworld is expected to announce proposals for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA)...

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'Beekeeper rivalry' arson attack kills 700,000 bees

A beekeeper has said she feels “numb” after hundreds of thousands of bees on her property were killed in a suspected arson attack. Michaela Tulett is the owner of Api-Bees in Sellindge, near Ashford, and said about 700,000 honeybees were killed when 20 of...

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Rudd: I didn't know about immigration targets

The Home Secretary has told MPs she was “not aware” of immigrant removal targets, as she again faced calls to resign. Amber Rudd said she never agreed to use removal targets for migrants, adding that the regional targets used by the Home Office “were...

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Public believes 'fake news' about what causes cancer

Large numbers of people wrongly believe that things such as stress, mobile phones and microwave ovens will give them cancer, a study has shown, amid fears that “fake news” could be partly to blame. At the same time, many members of the public could not...

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Prince Harry asks William to be his best man

Prince Harry has asked his brother William to be best man at his wedding to Meghan Markle. The Duke of Cambridge is “honoured to have been asked” and is “very much looking forward to supporting his brother” on 19 May, Kensington Palace said....

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New chapter for Waterstones as chain is sold

Waterstones is getting a new owner as a hedge fund takes a controlling stake in the bookseller amid tough times for the high street. Elliott Advisors did not disclose how much it was paying for the majority interest in the chain, which has 283 stores in the UK and...

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Entertainment

Actor would 'step aside' over Simpsons race row

Hank Azaria has said he is “willing to step aside” following controversy over his voicing of the Simpsons’ Indian character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert the actor, who voices a number of different characters...

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Smallville star Allison Mack released on $5m bail

Smallville actress Allison Mack has been released from prison on $5m (£3.5m) bail after her parents put their California home up as collateral to cover the cost of her bond. The television star, 35, has agreed to live with her parents under house arrest after pleading...

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Cosby's lawyers call accuser 'pathological liar' 

Bill Cosby’s defence lawyers have called his accuser a “pathological liar”. Cosby, 80, the once-beloved comedian and TV dad, is on trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand, 45, at his home outside Philadelphia in...

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'The Rock' shares first photo with new daughter

The birth of one baby has dominated headlines – but another famous family has also welcomed their third child. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his partner Lauren Hashian have welcomed a daughter, named Tiana. The actor posted a picture on Instagram of...

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Shania Twain sorry for saying she'd vote for Trump

Shania Twain has tweeted an apology to “anyone she offended” after saying she would have voted for Donald Trump in the US election. The singer is Canadian so was not eligible to vote but said in an interview with The Guardian that she would have chosen the...

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'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dies aged 49

The actor Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in Austin Powers, has died at the age of 49. His death was confirmed in a post on his official Facebook page. A statement read: “It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne...

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Michael Jackson's moonwalk shoes up for auction

The shoes worn by Michael Jackson when he first showed off his now famous moonwalk are to be sold at auction. The black loafers bear the label “Michael #2” and were used in 1983 for the Motown 25 television special rehearsal with his hit Billie Jean....

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'No criminal suspicion' in Avicii death – police

There is “no criminal suspicion” in the death of star DJ Avicii, according to a source in Oman’s police force. The source said two post-mortem examinations had been conducted and “we absolutely confirmed that there is no criminal suspicion of...

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Avicii to Max Martin: How Sweden dominates pop music

You probably didn’t know it, but when you’re humming to old classics by Britney or new music from Nicki Minaj or Katy Perry, a lot of the time you’re actually enjoying the musical composition of talented Swedes. The untimely death of Swedish DJ...

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Smallville star 'recruited slaves for sex cult'

An award-winning actress best known for her role in hit Superman TV series Smallville has appeared in court charged with recruiting women for an alleged sex cult. Allison Mack, who won multiple Teen Choice Awards for starring in the popular show, was arrested on...

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Sport

Griezmann double sends France to the final

Griezmann scored a penalty at the end of the first half after a handball by Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. The striker then poked the ball home for the host nation in the 72nd minute following a blunder by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to set up a meeting with...

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Valdes makes Boro move

The former Barcelona keeper, who joined Belgium club Standard Liege on loan in January, moved to United in January 2015 when he was out of contract, as possible cover for compatriot David De Gea, but could make only two appearances. “You can’t imagine how...

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Newcastle battle back to earn draw

The Magpies moved to within a point of safety having played a game more than fourth-bottom Norwich. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana but Liverpool in control. But Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback rescued a point for Rafael Benitez’s side. Elsewhere, Manchester...

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Premier League revenues at record levels

It follows figures released by Deloitte. Of the 20 top-flight clubs, 17 posted operating profits in the 2014/15 season. However, the cost of player wages also went up 6%. Premier League clubs’ pre-tax profits are £120m, down from £190m in 2013/14. Dan Jones, Partner...

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Hamilton handed China grid penalty

The world champion’s Mercedes has had a gearbox change. Hamilton already trails Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 17 points after two races. Mercedes say the gearbox was damaged in Bahrain. F1 rules say drivers must use a single gearbox for six consecutive...

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Sharapova ITF hearing to proceed

Wada said earlier this week athletes who test positive for meldonium before March 1st could avoid bans. Sharapova tested positive for the drug at this year’s Australian Open, after it was added to Wada’s banned substances list from January 1st. The...

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West Ham to pay £2.5million per year in rent

They will have to pay £2.5 million per year in rent. But if they are relegated from the Premier League that amount will be halved. The club have issued the following statement: “This publication does not affect West Ham United or our move to the former Olympic Stadium...

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Man United reach Wembley in FA Cup

Louis van Gaal’s side won n the final ever Cup tie at Upton Park before the Hammers move to the Olympic Stadium. Marcus Rashford and Marouane Felaini scored United’s goals. James Tomkins pulled one back late on. They’ll now play Everton a week on...

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Holders Barca out but Bayern progress

Barca lost 2-0 to Atletico Madrid, and 3-2 on aggregate, in their quarter final second leg. No team has ever defended the trophy since the competition became known as the Champions League. Bayern Munich joined Atletico, Real Madrid and Manchester City in...

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