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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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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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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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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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Biffy Clyro and Calvin Harris heading to Dundee for Radio 1’s Big Weekend

Biffy Clyro, Harry Styles and Calvin Harris are among those who will perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Dundee this summer, organisers have announced.

The first acts on the line-up to be confirmed also include AJ Tracey, Camila Cabello and Dua Lipa.

More than 70,000 music fans ...

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Auschwitz burned inside my body and soul, says inmate who was two at liberation

A woman who was one of the youngest prisoners to be freed from Auschwitz has spoken about how her early childhood in the Nazi death camp was to cast a dark shadow over her entire life.

Eva Umlauf was two years old when Auschwitz was freed by the Soviet Red Army, and although she has no ...

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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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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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Second phase of Grenfell Tower inquiry to begin

The second part of the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, examining the circumstances and causes of the disaster, is due to start later.

It will consider how the high-rise block came to be wrapped in flammable cladding, which phase one found was the “principal” reason ...

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China extends new year holiday to contain coronavirus as death toll reaches 80

China has extended the Lunar New Year holiday in efforts to contain the coronavirus as the death toll rose to 80.

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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New £20m research centre to help improve understanding of care in later life

A new £20 million research centre is to be established in Scotland to help improve the understanding of care in later life as the population ages.

The University of Edinburgh will partner with Legal & General to create the Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC) for a seven-year ...

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Thomas Markle’s message to Prince Harry: Man up and meet me

Thomas Markle has asked the Duke of Sussex to “man up” and meet him, as he spoke about how much he misses his daughter Meghan.

The Duchess of Sussex’s father, who has said he is willing to testify against Meghan as part of her legal action against three newspapers, said ...

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Turkish rescuers drill into rubble in search for quake victims

Turkish emergency teams are drilling through rubble searching for the last two missing people believed to be trapped under a collapsed building after an earthquake.

The magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck on Friday night has killed at least 39 people and injured more than 1,600 others. At ...

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