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Jack Owens leaves Saints and makes loan move to Sheffield Eagles

Winger or full-back Jack Owens has played his last match for St Helens after moving on loan to Championship club Sheffield Eagles for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old former Widnes player, who is out of contract this year, has made just five Super League appearances for Saints this ...

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Juan Mata ‘proud’ to win Europa League for people of Manchester

Manchester United’s Juan Mata is determined to build on the most special trophy of his medal-laden career, with the terror attack on the city he represents having made Europa League glory all the more important.

Less than 48 hours before kick-off against Ajax in Sweden, an explosion ...

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Hashim Amla sees hosts England as bright prospects for Champions Trophy

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla believes home advantage could give England the edge in a hotly-contested Champions Trophy.

The tournament starts next week and the hosts are slight favourites to claim a first global 50-over title despite sitting fifth in the one-day international ...

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Queen to meet young bomb victims and staff at Manchester Children’s Hospital

The Queen has arrived at a hospital where medics battled to save the lives of children caught up in the Manchester Arena suicide bomb.

She is expected to meet victims at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, and staff who worked tirelessly through the night in the aftermath of ...

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Army bomb disposal team sent to Manchester alert

An army bomb disposal team has been sent to a street in inner city Manchester after staff at a college raised an alert, police said.

The force said it was too early to say whether the alert is linked to its investigation into the Manchester bomb attack.

It said roads including ...

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Intelligence shared with US must remain secure, May to tell Trump

Theresa May has said she will tell Donald Trump that intelligence shared with the US “must remain secure” as police hunting the terror network behind the Manchester Arena bombing stopped passing information to counterparts across the Atlantic because of repeated leaks.

In an ...

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Anyone leaving UK to fight for IS should forfeit passport, says Ukip’s Nuttall

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall called for “a far more muscular approach” to social integration as he backed seizing the passports of Britons who leave to fight for the Islamic State.

Launching his party’s General Election manifesto, Mr Nuttall called Islamic fundamentalism ...

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Off-duty police officer and eight-year-old girl among Manchester bombing victims

Off-duty policewoman Elaine McIver was among the 22 people killed in the Manchester Arena terrorist atrocity.

The youngest person known to have died is eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, who was at the concert with her mother.

Here is what we know so far about the victims:

The ...

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‘Significant’ fall in net long-term migration to UK

Net long-term migration to the UK fell below a quarter of a million in 2016 for the first time in nearly three years as arrivals from eastern and central European countries plunged dramatically.

The overall measure – the difference between the number of people arriving and leaving ...

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Computer wins second game against Chinese Go champion

A computer has beaten China’s top player of Go, one of the last games machines have yet to master, for a second time in a competition authorities have limited the Chinese public’s ability to see.

Ke Jie lost despite playing what Google’s AlphaGo indicated was the best ...

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28,000 fewer young people not in education, employment or training

The number of young people not in education, employment or training (Neet) has fallen by 28,000 to 800,000, official figures show.

The figure for the first quarter of 2017, covering 16 to 24-year-olds classed as Neet, is down by 68,000 from a year ago.

The percentage of all young ...

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‘No terror links’ after men held for ‘acting suspiciously’ outside barracks

Police say there are no links with terrorism to the arrest of two men after a car was left unattended outside a barracks in Windsor.

Officers were called to the home of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards at Victoria Barracks at 9pm on Wednesday after receiving reports of two men ...

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UK economy suffers steeper slowdown in first quarter

The UK economy suffered an even deeper slowdown at the start of the year as the services sector came under pressure and inflation dealt a blow to household spending.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.2% in the first quarter of 2017, ...

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Fact check: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurance

Medicaid is clearly in line for cuts under US President Donald Trump’s budget despite assurances to the contrary from his budget chief.

.@POTUS Donald J. Trump & @VP Michael Pence meet with Budget Director Mick Mulvaney in the Oval Office of the @WhiteHouse today. ...

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Woman's body is found at house

A MAN has been arrested after a 30-year-old woman was found dead at a home in Chorley.

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman who was found in the bedroom of an address in Hollinshead Street.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police were called at ...

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Thwaites worker, Bill Holt given Eureka Award

A LONG-STANDING Thwaites employee has been rewarded for the support he has shown to his colleagues over his career with the beer giant.

Bill Holt, a security supervisor at the Blackburn-based brewery, was presented with the Eureka Award at the North West Employee Engagement Group ...

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New McDonalds in Rawtenstall sparks litter fears

CONCERNS have been raised about an ‘increase’ in litter on roads in Rawtenstall after the recent opening of a new McDonald’s restaurant.

The Haslingden Road drive-thru, was officially opened last week, and has brought 90 new jobs to the town.

It includes self-order ...

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Plans being drawn up to mark the 175th anniversary of a riot by textile workers in Blackburn

PLANS are being put together to mark the 175th anniversary of a riot by textile workers in Blackburn.

On August 15, 1842, hundreds walked out of the mills over a dispute over working conditions and trying to improve parliamentary democracy.

After the Riot Act was read and ...

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BCCI posts advertisement for India head coach role

India have invited applications to take over from head coach Anil Kumble, who will also be considered for a contract extension.

Kumble’s current deal comes to an end after next month’s Champions Trophy and the Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to advertise for ...

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Champions Trophy in numbers

Ahead of the Champions Trophy starting on June 1, we take a numerical look at the tournament.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is the leading run scorer in the Champions Trophy (John Walton/EMPICS)

New Zealand’s Kyle Mills is the competition’s leading wicket taker (Rui ...

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'There is going to be a budget to purchase some players' - Rovers boss assured of money to spend by owners Venky's

TONY Mowbray says he has been assured that there will be money to spend in the transfer market this summer as he looks to make his mark on the Rovers team.

Mowbray agreed to stay on as Rovers head coach following three separate meetings with owners Venky’s in India in which he ...

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