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SpaceX and Nasa in second attempt to launch astronauts amid weather challenges

Nasa and SpaceX will try again to make history as they seek to launch astronauts into space from the US for the first time in nine years, just days after their first attempt was cancelled.

Preparations are under way for Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to travel to the International Space ...

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Leonardo Bittencourt winner for Werder means more woe for Wagner and Schalke

Leonardo Bittencourt increased the pressure on David Wagner’s Schalke and breathed life into Werder Bremen’s Bundesliga survival battle.

The midfielder’s first-half stunner earned the visitors a 1-0 win at the Veltins Arena on Saturday.

Second-bottom Bremen are two ...

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Government announces sport to resume from Monday

COMPETITIVE sport can resume behind closed doors from Monday. 

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden led the daily coronavirus briefing today where he made the announcement.

He said: "For more than two months after sport stopped and after weeks of round-the-clock ...

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Police hunt for robber who swung knife in Grove

POLICE are hunting for a robber who cut a man in the jaw when he said he had no money. 

The victim, a man in his twenties, was talking home at around 8pm on Friday night when he was stopped in an alleyway between Columbia Way and Boucher Close in Grove, by a man wearing ...

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Environment activists arrested during silent protests around London

Several environmental protesters have been arrested during demonstrations demanding the Government take action to tackle climate change as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Metropolitan Police officers said “a small number” of Extinction Rebellion demonstrators were arrested for ...

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Carcass of 40ft whale being removed from Essex beach

Work is ongoing to remove the carcass of a 40ft whale that washed up on an Essex beach.

The giant marine mammal was swept ashore at Clacton-on-Sea on Friday.

Pictures from the scene show people watching on as the carcass of the animal, believed to be a fin whale, is removed from the ...

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Government urged to ‘draw back’ on school reopening plans as experts speak out

A union has called on the Government to “draw back” on the planned reopening of schools in England from Monday, saying prominent experts speaking out about the risk of easing lockdown too soon “changes everything”.

The National Education Union (NEU) said the ...

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Man who died at Kent castle named by police

A man who died following a “disturbance” at a castle in Kent has been formally named as 66-year-old Charlie Hilder.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Lullingstone Castle on Thursday afternoon, but Mr Hilder, from Romford, Essex, was pronounced dead at the ...

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Government guidelines pave way for a behind closed doors return for elite sport

The Government has issued health and safety guidelines which will pave the way for elite sport to return behind closed doors in England from Monday.

The rules form stage three of the process of bringing sport back from the coronavirus lockdown. Stage two, which allowed for close-contact ...

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Police issue top tips on how parents can keep children safe while using WhatsApp

POLICE have issued some advice to parents today about how to keep their children safe while using mobile messaging app WhatsApp.

Thames Valley Police tweeted three top tips.

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They ...

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146 new coronavirus deaths in England hospitals

NHS England has announced 146 new deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus.

This brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,529.

ALSO READ: Oxford coronavirus vaccine '50 per cent chance of success'

Of ...

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REVEALED: number of lockdown fines handed out in Thames Valley

HUNDREDS of people have been slapped with a fine for flouting coronavirus lockdown rules in the Thames Valley.

Since lockdown measures were announced on March 27, until May 25, 878 fines have been handed out.

It’s the fifth most fines handed out across all police ...

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Insert if there has been a bereavement: MP apologises for ‘stupid’ email mistake

A Conservative MP has apologised for leaving the instruction “insert if there has been a bereavement” in an email to one of his constituents.

Anthony Mangnall’s “stupid” mistake was left in a message he sent in response to emails he received about Number 10 ...

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6% of staff at Weston hospital test positive for Covid-19 without symptoms

Testing at a hospital that closed to new admissions because of a high number of coronavirus cases has found approximately 6% of staff are infected without showing symptoms.

Weston General Hospital in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, stopped accepting new patients from 8am last Monday to ...

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Most schools will take ‘flexible’ approach to reopening, union poll shows

Three quarters of schools intend to reopen to more pupils in June, a poll suggests, following widespread safety concerns over children returning to classrooms amid the ongoing pandemic.

Most school leaders (77.6%) said they will take a flexible approach using rotas and a smaller number of ...

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Government advisers warn lockdown lifting too early as crowds flock to beaches

A growing number of expert advisers to the Government on the coronavirus crisis have expressed concern about plans to ease lockdown restrictions in England from Monday.

As people flocked to beaches and beauty spots in the sweltering heat over the weekend, Professor Peter Horby, of the ...

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EU urges Trump to rethink American funding cut for WHO

The European Union has urged US president Donald Trump to rethink his decision to cut American funding for the World Health Organisation (WHO) amid global criticism of the move.

Spiking coronavirus infection rates in India and elsewhere served as a reminder the global pandemic is far from ...

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Lamb stuck on rocky ledge saved by abseiling rescuers

Rescuers abseiled down a cliff to retrieve a lamb which was stranded on a ledge.

The RSPCA was called after members of the public heard the lamb “crying for mum” as he stood trapped above a 20ft drop at the end of its field in Dunford Bridge near Sheffield earlier in ...

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‘Super weak’ of men to complain about women’s pay – Karolina Pliskova

World number three Karolina Pliskova has called male tennis players who complain about women claiming equal prize money “super weak”.

The Czech player, who returns to action in the newly-created LiveScore Cup in Prague next week, insists she does not crave equal pay but is not ...

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Scottish Premiership not guaranteed to return on August 1, says health official

Scottish Government health official Jason Leitch has cautioned that August 1 is a very provisional date for football’s return.

Scotland’s national clinical director also stressed that team training would not be allowed under current social restrictions.

After talks with ...

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Customers welcomed as DFS reopens in Oxford

A FURNITURE store in Oxford has now reopened after homeware stores were given the green light from the Government.

DFS on Botley Road is welcoming customers back to the store as part of its phased reopening plan.

The showroom will be operating with new processes and safety ...

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