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US personnel respond as a man drives through a checkpoint near to an aircraft at RAF Mildenhall.
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The law firm says the BBC breached confidentiality by misusing and publishing details within the documents.
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Three other people, including a child, were treated in hospital after the blaze at the Cameron House Hotel.
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Some prisoners live in dirty and dangerous cells that should be condemned, a leaked report says.
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The family of Rebecca Dykes, killed in Beirut, have spoken of their loss.
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The school was evacuated but a "prolonged search" did not find anything, police said.
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The leader and deputy of a far-right British political group's Twitter accounts are frozen.
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Wendy Thomas hid three people in a car and tried to drive them into the UK via the Channel tunnel.
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The Everton striker said he was made to feel welcome at the garden centre where he is working.
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David Lidington has said alternative sentences must be found to reduce the prison population.
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Kieran Creaven had flown from Ireland to Leeds thinking he would be meeting a 13-year-old girl.
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A report finds evidence of "institutional racism" in the case of murdered refugee Bijan Ebrahimi.
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The shots were fired at RAF Mildenhall after a man tried to drive through a checkpoint.
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Speaker John Bercow defends the right of MPs to vote on Brexit in line with their principles.
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Right Reverend Sarah Mullally says she knows some people will find her appointment difficult.
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A new app could help wheelchair users get help at railway stations and better access to trains.
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Winter Wonderland cancelled in Bangor, County Down
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After 16 years experience of DJing at some of the best club nights in the UK, veteran DJ Miss Melodie is training the next female DJ generation.
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Watch as Sir Mo Farah wins the 2017 Sports Personality of the Year award.
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BBC coverage of latest developments
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He's got some tough competition... from himself.
21 hours ago
One of the last two men hanged in the UK was mentally unstable - but his lawyers didn't plead diminished responsibility. So was it a miscarriage of justice?
21 hours ago
There are no snow days at the Dandelion nursery in Marsham, Norfolk.
21 hours ago
Joy Milne has an amazing sense of smell that is bringing amazing results for scientists studying Parkinson's disease.
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The next round of Premier League football television rights are up for grabs for the three years from 2019 to 2022.
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Exclusive: Michel Barnier’s stark declaration quashes hopes for a bespoke trade deal to include financial services

Britain cannot have a special deal for the City of London, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has told the Guardian, dealing a blow to Theresa May’s hopes of securing a bespoke trade agreement with the bloc.

Michel Barnier said it was unavoidable that British banks and financial firms would lose the passports that allow them to trade freely in the EU, as a result of any decision to quit the single market.

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3 hours ago3 hours ago

Pension Protection Fund’s refusal to back restructuring unless retailer pays £9m into fund could push chain into administration

Toys R Us UK is facing potential collapse this week with the loss of 3,200 jobs as it struggles to win the support of the state-backed Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for a planned restructure.

The PPF, the industry-funded, state-backed safety net, demanded that the troubled retailer pump about £9m into the ailing Toys R Us UK pension fund.

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55 minutes ago55 minutes ago
  • Train was heading south on new high-speed rail route that opened on Monday
  • Pictures show derailed train hanging off overpass above Interstate 5

An Amtrak train traveling for the first time on a new high-speed route derailed in Washington state on Monday, killing at least six people and sending numerous cars flying off of an overpass on to a busy highway.

A US official told the Associated Press that there were many injuries and that the death count was expected to rise.

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5 hours ago5 hours ago

Deputy president defeats Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in vote that could determine country’s trajectory for decades

Cyril Ramaphosa, an anti-apartheid activist turned tycoon and politician, has been chosen by the African National Congress as its leader for the next five years.

The battle to lead South Africa’s ruling party, which has been in power for 23 years but has been hit by declining support and a series of scandals, remained on a knife edge to the last minute.

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5 hours ago5 hours ago

Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding suspended as social media platform takes steps to protect those targeted by abuse

Twitter has suspended the accounts of the leader and deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right group recently retweeted by Donald Trump, under the terms of its revised anti-abuse rules.

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen’s accounts were unavailable on Monday afternoon hours after the social network’s new rules came into effect. The organisation’s main account was also suspended.

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5 hours ago5 hours ago

Offshore firm at heart of story, Appleby, is seeking damages and has demanded Guardian and BBC hand over documents

The Guardian is to defend robustly a legal action seeking to force the disclosure of the documents that formed the basis of its Paradise Papers investigation.

The offshore company at the heart of the story, Appleby, has launched breach of confidence proceedings against the Guardian and the BBC.

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2 hours ago2 hours ago

Nikki Haley furious over resolution, describing it as an ‘insult’ and saying the US won’t be told where it can put its embassy

A UN security council resolution calling for the withdrawal of Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been backed by every council member except the US, which used its veto.

The unanimity of the rest of the council was a stark rebuke to the Trump administration over its unilateral move earlier this month, which upended decades of international consensus.

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7 hours ago7 hours ago

Lebanese man named as Tariq H arrested after body of Rebecca Dykes was found by a motorway over weekend

A Lebanese Uber driver has confessed to killing a British diplomat in Beirut, a judicial source has told the Guardian.

The body of Rebecca Dykes was found on the side of a motorway in the early hours of Saturday morning. Local police suggested she had been strangled. A judicial source later confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted.

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7 hours ago7 hours ago

Firefighters still working to bring blaze under control at Cameron House, near Balloch

Two people have died and three more were treated in hospital after a fire took hold in a luxury hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland.

More than 200 guests were evacuated from the Cameron House hotel, near Balloch, as firefighters battled for about 12 hours to bring the blaze under control.

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4 hours ago4 hours ago

Field Farm fisheries in Oxfordshire ignores letters from Polish enthusiast and the Equality and Human Rights Commission

A fishery in Oxfordshire could face legal action after it put up a sign saying “No Polish or eastern bloc fishermen allowed”.

Field Farm fisheries, which describes itself as “picturesque, tranquil and an idyllic setting” with an “extensively stocked” lake for leisure anglers, has ignored letters from a Polish enthusiast and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

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4 hours ago4 hours ago

This year, we learned there was no such thing as too long, complicated, dark or difficult; that every Doctor is the ultimate until the next one – and that the future is stalking us like prey

It was the best of years, it was the … no, wait, it was just the best of years: 2017 for television was like 1867 in Russian literature: alive with creativity, unexpectedness and creative works of incredible length. In the olden days, we would periodically ask why only Americans could make good TV (because they have bigger writing teams), and then the pendulum would swing and we’d ask why only the British could (because we have a tradition of public service broadcasting, and also a better sense of humour), and those conversations have vanished, because everybody is so brilliant at it that the idea of trying to locate the vibe ethnographically has become preposterous. There’s been a reversal over time of the old norm, that films were for grownups because they had more money, and TV was for kids who couldn’t go out. Now, films are for kids trying to escape their parents, and are largely nonsense, and TV is for adults who are too tired to leave their sofas, but apparently not so tired that they can’t watch 50 hours straight of intricate character analysis in a foreign language.

Broadly, it’s not so much facts we’ve learned – I don’t have brilliant recall for things I absorb outside office hours; I’m sure you’re the same – as how much we’ve developed as people. I’ve never thought so hard about the effects of plastic on the oceans, or totalitarianism on the self (Blue Planet II, SS-GB, The Handmaid’s Tale, Babylon Berlin – you people knew what you were doing); never been so ashamed of the quick growing up millennials had to do after Generation X gentrified, yet also ruined, everything. And there’s one thing we didn’t need political upheaval to teach us: all the old rules are broken. There is no such thing as too long, only not long enough; there is no such thing as too complicated, too dark, insufficiently uplifting or too hard. Whatever the impossible stew of malice and detail, harsh reality and extravagant fantasy, we’re good for it.

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8 hours ago8 hours ago

Money to help homeless young people and refugees includes record £53,000 taken during telethon with journalists

Guardian and Observer readers have raised more than £500,000 for homeless young people and refugees, just 10 days into an annual charity appeal.

The total includes a record £53,000 taken over the phones by Guardian and Observer journalists on Saturday at a telethon.

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4 hours ago4 hours ago

The franchise’s terrific new instalment offers up complex female characters and dialogue that aces the Bechdel test, while still hitting all the classic marks

The Last Jedi stormed into cinemas at the weekend as the most triumphantly feminist Star Wars film yet. While The Force Awakens and Rogue One had terrific heroines, they were isolated, and barely spoke to other women. Writer-director Rian Johnson has delivered a film that’s funny, exciting, spiritual and true to the original essence of the series while also having well-rounded female characters who actually interact with one another. Both in terms of women and non-white characters, there’s a celebratory inclusiveness that seems entirely in the Jedi spirit.

If you haven’t seen it, very mild spoilers are ahead. Rey (Daisy Ridley) is feeling the first stirrings of the Force and has gone in search of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who is living as a hermit on a remote island. The dynamic between them is complex and constantly evolving: these are no awe-struck pupil and saintly teacher archetypes. Rey’s character is as developed as any in the series, and bears no relation to her gender. Back at the Resistance HQ, General Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) is calmly calling the shots while her composed Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) is skeptical of our trigger-happy hero, Poe (Oscar Isaac). There are complex dynamics at work here, and gender seems significant in this case: the different sexes have varying approaches to military strategy, and it’s thought-provoking stuff.

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4 hours ago4 hours ago
A West Midlands council wants to use high-tech methods for less wasteful burials – what are the most environmentally friendly ways to take care of cadavers?

Dying is easy enough. Like falling off a log, really. In some cases not even “like”. But the decomposition of a human body? Not so simple.

In fact, it turns out most of us have been doing it wrong for years now. In an eco age, both burial (which releases methane, 21 times more harmful than CO2), and cremation (calculated to use 2,000 cubic feet of natural gas and 4 kilowatt-hours of electricity per body) have downsides.

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5 hours ago5 hours ago

The 27-year-old singer was one of the beautiful, well-drilled entertainers who make K-pop so thrilling – and who are often treated miserably by their management companies

The death of Kim Jong-hyun of South Korean boyband Shinee marks, if not definitely the end, then a crushing blow to one of the country’s most enduring pop outfits. With their earnest, keeningly romantic songs, paired with immaculate choreography, Shinee marked the apotheosis of their country’s boyband craft.

While in the west there have only been a handful of successful boybands in recent years, in Korea and Japan – where Shinee also had a huge following, leading to a string of Japanese-language albums – the appetite for ultra-emotional ballads and energetic dance tracks, performed by impossibly beautiful and well-drilled young men, is apparently insatiable.

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6 hours ago6 hours ago
It’s time to ditch Hollywood’s habit of dressing a woman in sexy clothes while the men around her wear comfortable clobber, says our style expert in her final column of the year. Then we’ll deal with what Kirsten Gillibrand will wear to her shock inauguration …

What fashions are you hoping for next year?

Alexis, by email

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Millions of Britons rely on the EU’s working time directive for the most basic rights. It appears this is under threat, despite Vote Leave’s promises

Ministers including Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are plotting to scrap the working time directive, according to numerous media reports. This is a crucial piece of EU law that protects working people – and which working people were promised would still apply after Brexit.

If Johnson and Gove succeed, 7 million workers could lose their guaranteed legal right to paid holidays. That includes nearly 5 million women and many workers on part-time and zero-hours contracts.

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3 hours ago3 hours ago
With alternatives in the shape of e-cards or charity donations available, is it really necessary to send season’s greetings through the post?

The Christmas card was not an immediate success. The card believed to be the first was commissioned by Henry Cole, a civil servant and inventor, and printed in 1843 – from an illustration by artist John Callcott Horsley. It didn’t sell well – for one, it showed a boozy family, which people objected to – and it was another 20 years or so before the Christmas card started to become a popular festive tradition. This year, according to reports, the Greeting Card Association (GCA) claims Britons will send an estimated 900m cards – this is around 100m fewer than last year, but the tradition is still holding off competition from e-cards.

“I’m a great believer in sending Christmas cards,” says William Hanson, an etiquette coach. “It’s a nice thing to do, especially in the digital world.” Every year, however, he counts them up and receives fewer and fewer, “which I’m sure is representative of everybody, not just people disliking me. It’s still nice to let people know you have put pen to paper and you are thinking of them.” A poll for the Royal Mail found that 80% of people would prefer a physical Christmas card over an e-card (granted, the Royal Mail has a vested interest in the former’s popularity), with only 1.7% of people saying a WhatsApp message would do. Supposedly tech-addled 18- to 24-year-olds were the most likely to make their own cards this year.

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38 minutes ago38 minutes ago

68 mins: Important tactical switch:

Big Sam has switched ears with the Bluetooth headset. Game on. #EFC

66 mins: Abraham has the ball at his feet inside Everton’s penalty area, perhaps for the first time this evening. He does well to turn and send a low pass across goal, but Kenny boshes it clear.

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2 hours ago2 hours ago
Joe Root’s lot has been a stark contrast to that of Steve Smith this series – his batsmen have not fired and his bowlers lack the pace for Australian wickets

The Ashes are back in Australian hands after three Tests that have been a tale of two captains. One has been setting the gold standard as a batsman and been blessed with potent fast‑bowling resources, the other low on runs and without the necessary tools at his disposal.

Smith first, who has shone so brightly in leading from the front with the bat. Perhaps what sums up his series so far has been that Brisbane was his slowest century and Perth his fastest (before doubling it up). Adaptability is the hallmark of his game and was drilled into him from a young age by his father. He is the ultimate run-maker in the mould of Don Bradman.

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It is hardly a surprise given the dominance of men’s sport on TV that the four female nominees ended up as the bottom quartet once the votes were cast

The most visible shock during BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year show was the 50-1 outsider Mo Farah winning the main award, the four-times Olympic champion having long given up hope of reaching the podium again. But the odds are seemingly even more stacked against female nominees, with debate about the reasons why raging.

The four women on the 12-strong shortlist occupied the bottom four places, accounting for just 8% of the public vote. A leading women’s sport charity and feminist political party expressed their surprise to the Guardian that Anya Shrubsole (15,237 votes) Bianca Walkden (13,962) Johanna Konta (7,591) and Elise Christie (6,504) between them raked in fewer than half the number of votes Farah (83,524) received.

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5 hours ago5 hours ago
  • Skipper, 61, out as president of ESPN, citing ‘substance addiction’
  • George Bodenheimer to return as acting president during search

John Skipper has resigned as ESPN president and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, citing a “substance addiction” issue.

George Bodenheimer, who was president of ESPN from 1998 through 2011 and the network’s executive chairman until 2014, will take over in the interim as acting chairman while Disney finds a replacement.

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3 hours ago3 hours ago
  • Lukaku, 24, had been arrested over noise complaints after $75m transfer
  • Footballer ‘deeply regrets’ behavior and was ordered to pay fines and fees

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku “deeply regrets” his behavior and has reimbursed police for repeated callouts over loud partying in Beverly Hills, his lawyer has said.

The Premier League footballer was arrested by officers responding to five noise complaints in as many days at the home where he was staying on the eve of his $75m transfer to Old Trafford.

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9 hours ago9 hours ago

Ronaldo, Hernán Crespo and Rustu Recber lead a panel of 169 judges choosing the globe’s greatest male players in 2017

For our sixth annual survey we have gathered our biggest panel yet: 169 judges from 63 countries choosing the 100 best male footballers in the world in 2017. Led by the Brazilian legend Ronaldo, our global panel of players, coaches, broadcasters, reporters, correspondents and editors is fronted by 27 current and former professionals who have won a combined total of 698 caps.

Alongside Ronaldo, the likes of Hernán Crespo, Javier Zanetti and Jan Aage Fjortoft have given up their time to participate in an illustrious judging team which also comprises international coaches and a wide array of broadcasting and journalistic talent. Many are household names in their own country.

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16 hours ago16 hours ago

Jordan Peele’s sleeper hit was a note-perfect dismantling of white American liberalism – but it was also chilling, hilarious and relentlessly entertaining

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  • It would be easy enough to make a case for Get Out’s place among the year’s best movies simply by reeling off a list of stats and facts. To date, Jordan Peele’s film has made over $175m at the US box office, a figure that puts it in the 15 highest-grossing films of 2017, ahead of the likes of Cars 3, War for the Planet of the Apes and the latest Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean films. Globally it has earned back around 56 times its production budget (as a point of comparison, Beauty and the Beast, the year’s runaway hit, has earned around 10 times its budget), and has become the highest-grossing film of all time made by a black director.

    Get Out currently holds a 99% rating on critical aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, making it the best reviewed film of the year. (Much has been made of Lady Bird’s 100% rating, but Get Out’s greater number of reviews means that it is still ahead in the end-of-year rankings.) To cap it all, the film looks likely to join a very select list of horror movies to earn a best picture nomination at the Oscars, with some predicting it could – nay, should – take home the top prize.

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