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China extends new year holiday to contain coronavirus as death toll rises

China has extended the Lunar New Year holiday in efforts to contain the coronavirus as the death toll rose to 81.

Hong Kong announced it would bar entry to visitors from the province at the centre of the outbreak following a warning the virus’s ability to spread was ...

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Mortgage approvals reach highest annual total since 2009

The number of mortgages approved by high street banks jumped to the highest annual total in a decade last year amid signs the housing market is moving up a gear.

Commenting on the report from trade association UK Finance, economists suggested that low mortgage rates have already helped to ...

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Huawei and 5G: the key questions

Ministers are due to decide on Tuesday if Chinese tech firm Huawei should be allowed a place in the UK’s 5G network infrastructure.

However, the decision is controversial, with the United States pressuring the UK to block Huawei over security fears.

Here is a closer look at ...

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The key numbers on Britain and its EU links

The UK is leaving the European Union on January 31, more than three years since Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Here is a look at Brexit and the UK’s relationship with the EU in numbers.

– 33.6 million: The number of people who voted in the June 26, 2016 ...

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Fianna Fail and Fine Gael ‘open’ to debate with Sinn Fein

Both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael say they are willing to debate with the Sinn Fein leader despite two possible new dates going unconfirmed.

The three parties were approached by Today FM in the last week, inviting each leader to take part in a live debate on the station.

Sources within ...

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Woakes and Stokes strike as England edge closer to South Africa series win

Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes pushed England two steps closer to a memorable series win on the fourth morning of the decisive final Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

The final innings of the match got under way with the hosts 465 runs behind and with two days ahead of them at the ...

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Kobe Bryant death: Vigils held as Los Angeles pays tribute to basketball hero

The city of Los Angeles has paid tribute to basketball star Kobe Bryant with vigils and tributes after his shock death in a helicopter crash.

The 41-year-old died alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people in the accident in Southern California on Sunday ...

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Sam Ricketts understands why Liverpool will play the kids in Anfield replay

Shrewsbury manager Sam Ricketts has every sympathy with Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp after the German announced he would be “playing the kids” in their FA Cup replay at Anfield.

Having squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2, the runaway Premier League leaders now face an ...

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Tom Jones concert: Star bringing 2020 tour to Darlington Arena

GLOBAL superstar Sir Tom Jones is set to perform in Darlington later this year.

The Welsh singer, who has sold more than 100 million records, with hits including It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah and What’s New Pussycat, is taking his tour to Darlington Mowden Park on June ...

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Tom Jones concert: Star bringing 2020 tour to Darlington Arena

GLOBAL superstar Sir Tom Jones is set to perform in Darlington later this year.

The Welsh singer, who has sold more than 100 million records, with hits including It’s Not Unusual, Kiss, Delilah and What’s New Pussycat, is taking his tour to Darlington Mowden Park on June ...

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Family pays tribute to 'selfless and loving' Alistair who died in work incident

THE family of a man who died whilst working on a military vehicle in Catterick have paid tribute to a 'selfless and loving person'.

Alistair Ferguson, 58, from Richmond, was carrying out maintenance on a vehicle at Piave Lines Barracks, Catterick Garrison at around 9.50am on ...

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Two men in court over murder of Stockton man John Wright

TWO men have appeared in court in connection with the murder of man found stabbed to death in Stockton town centre.

John Wright was discovered fatally injured on Parliament Street just after 1pm on Sunday, December 29.

Jordan Vaughan, 20, of Harlow Crescent, Thornaby , and ...

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Lewis Capaldi in case of mistaken identity at Grammys

Lewis Capaldi suffered a case of mistaken identity at the Grammys.

The Scottish singer, who was nominated for the Song of the Year award for his hit single Someone You Loved, was thought to a seat-filler rather than one of the invited guests.

He wrote on Twitter: “A lady ...

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Democrats demand John Bolton gives evidence in Trump impeachment trial

A draft of a book from former US national security adviser John Bolton appears to undercut a key defence argument in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Mr Bolton writes in the forthcoming book that Mr Trump told him that he wanted to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars ...

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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, the Foreign Office has said, 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 ...

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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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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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England prop Kyle Sinckler joins Bristol on two-year deal

Bristol have announced the signing of England prop Kyle Sinckler on a two-year deal.

Sinckler, 26, will move to the west country club from Harlequins in the summer.

He has won 31 England caps and played in all three Tests on the British and Irish Lions’ 2017 New Zealand ...

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Dear Basketball – Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-winning retirement letter

Basketball great Kobe Bryant, who has died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41, also won an Oscar in 2018.

The five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in the incident in California on Sunday.

In ...

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In pictures: Tributes paid to Kobe Bryant

Tributes to Kobe Bryant were paid all around the world after the death of the former basketball great.

The 41-year-old, a five-time NBA champion, died in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in California on Sunday morning.

Here, the PA news agency takes a ...

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Mike Ashley returning to England with Newcastle takeover 'close'

MIKE ASHLEY will return to England today to assess his next move as Amanda Staveley’s Saudi Arabia-backed consortium look to push through a deal for Newcastle United as quickly as possible.

Ashley was abroad on business as news of new takeover discussions broke over the ...

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