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Plans to force tech firms to strengthen smart devices’ security revealed

Smart device makers could be forced to follow new security rules in a bid to protect people from the threat of hackers.

The Government plans would make manufacturers use unique passwords on all internet-connected devices out of the box, instead of one default password.

They will also ...

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Archbishop pays tribute to ‘bridge-builder’ Seamus Mallon at funeral

Seamus Mallon was a bridge-builder who dedicated himself to peacemaking, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has told mourners at his funeral.

The former Stormont deputy first minister and architect of the Northern Ireland peace process died on Friday, aged 83.

Colleagues of ...

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Openreach to expand full-fibre broadband network

Openreach is planning to make ultrafast broadband available in more than 200 market towns and villages across the UK as part of its aim to reach four million homes and businesses with full-fibre technology by March 2021.

Work will start within 14 months, with new locations including ...

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Task force to lead EU trade negotiations after Brexit Department abolished

A forty person ‘taskforce’ will lead the UK’s trade negotiations with the EU after the Brexit Department is abolished on January 31, the Government has confirmed.

The ‘Taskforce Europe Team’ within Number Ten, headed by David Frost, will  report directly ...

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Rafael Nadal advances in Melbourne after compelling battle with Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios entertained but left empty-handed again as Rafael Nadal won a compelling fourth-round contest at the Australian Open.

Kyrgios, a huge basketball fan, was close to tears as he walked onto Rod Laver Arena wearing Kobe Bryant’s LA Lakers vest in tribute to the star, who ...

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Who are the lesser-spotted Reds charged with taming the Shrews?

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists neither he nor his first-team stars will be present for their FA Cup fourth-round replay at home to Shrewsbury.

Instead, under-23 manager Neil Critchley will lead a side of youngsters in the fixture on Tuesday February 4.

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Bramall Lane penalty miss fired me up for FA Cup clash – Jesus

Gabriel Jesus has revealed the motivation for Sunday’s double against Fulham came from last week’s missed penalty at Sheffield United.

City laboured to victory in their Premier League clash at Bramall Lane last Tuesday, with substitute Sergio Aguero scoring a later winner after ...

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Reading: Man jailed after string of car break-ins and 'vehicle interference'

A MAN has been jailed for 'vehicle interference' after committing a string of crimes across Reading.

Paul Thatcher, of no fixed abode, was brought before Reading Magistrates' Court on Saturday over three charges of theft from vehicles and three counts of vehicle interference. ...

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Fireworks warning from police ahead of Brexit Day

A WARNING about setting off fireworks on Brexit Day has come from police ahead of Friday.

There is just five days to go until the UK is set to depart the European Union at 11pm on Friday, January 31,

Leave Means Leave campaigners will mark the moment with a celebration in ...

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Waterloo to Reading train route could be affected by MORE South Western Railway strike action

SOUTH Western Railway (SWR) staff have voted take more industrial action following the month-long strike in December.

The dates for the future strikes have not yet been announced.

The news comes amid the company announcing the date of its next 'Meet the Manager Session', ...

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Italy’s regional voters thwart hopes of Matteo Salvini’s League party

Italian voters have thwarted right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini’s hopes of turning an election in a key northern region into a springboard for regaining national power.

Nearly complete results from Sunday’s election for the governorship of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna ...

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Coronavirus: Foreign Office working to get Britons out of Hubei province

Ministers are working to get Britons out of coronavirus-hit Hubei province in China, as Public Health England acknowledged that the first UK case is likely to come from somebody already in the country.

In an updated statement, the Foreign Office said anyone in the province who needs ...

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Coronavirus: Foreign Office working to get Britons out of Hubei province

Ministers are working to get Britons out of coronavirus-hit Hubei province in China, as Public Health England acknowledged that the first UK case is likely to come from somebody already in the country.

In an updated statement, the Foreign Office said anyone in the province who needs ...

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Jamie Foxx shares Kobe Bryant clip as tributes continue to pour in for NBA star

Tributes have continued to pour in for retired basketball player Kobe Bryant after his death in a helicopter crash, with Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg writing messages for him.

Five-time NBA champion Bryant, 41, died alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others in the crash in ...

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Grenfell refurbishment firms expressed no trace of responsibility, inquiry told

Firms involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower have expressed “no trace of responsibility” for the catastrophic fire, despite experts saying the work failed to comply with building regulations, an inquiry has heard.

The second phase of the investigation into the disaster ...

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Hunter believes England will thrive in Six Nations opener against France

Captain Sarah Hunter is confident England will thrive in the partisan environment created by France’s fervent fans in Le Crunch on Sunday.

The Red Roses begin the defence of their Women’s Six Nations crown with a lunchtime kick-off at the Stade du Hameau.

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From the mud-bath in Siddal to Super League, Toronto Wolfpack are ready

Memories of a mud-bath on a rain-lashed hillside above Halifax have focused Toronto Wolfpack minds as they prepare to complete their improbable transatlantic journey from Siddal to Super League this weekend.

Three years ago the dregs of Storm Doris and the fortitude of one of the ...

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Maiden Manchester United goal a ‘release’ for delighted Dalot

Diogo Dalot revealed scoring his first Manchester United goal in the 6-0 rout of Tranmere felt like “a release” after a frustrating time with injuries this season.

Hip and groin problems have limited the Portuguese’s opportunities this term but he started for the first ...

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Royal Berkshire Hospital receives £750 donation from local artists' exhibition

LOCAL artists have raised hundreds of pounds for the Royal Berkshire Hospital following an art exhibition.

Artists, Claire Gomm, Liz Mackereth and Elaine Govett raised £750 during an art exhibition held in the hospital just before Christmas and presented the cheque to ...

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Disability manufacturer to trailblaze plastic-free collection for bath and beauty sector in Reading

A DISABILITY manufacturer specialising in plastic-free bath and beauty items are now selling their products at a Reading department store.

The Soap Co. range is now available in John Lewis Reading, and is created by a UK-based social enterprise staffed entirely by disabled ...

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Taxi drivers agree fare hike in West Berkshire in April

TAXI drivers in West Berkshire have agreed to a hike in fares, which will come into effect at the start of April.

The fare increase is the first in the district since 2013. Under the new proposals, a fare would be slightly more expensive than in Reading for three miles or less, but ...

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