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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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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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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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Report reveals high level of Slough's pollution related deaths

A shock report released today has revealed that Slough suffers the highest proportion of pollution related deaths in the South East.

The report has been prepared by the the charity Centre for Cities - which carries out independent research into how economic growth and change in the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Nicola Benedetti ‘honoured’ to win Grammy

Violinist Nicola Benedetti has said she feels “honoured” after winning a Grammy Award at the ceremony in Los Angeles.

The Scottish musician was presented with the award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her performance of Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance ...

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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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Muted reception for Margaret Court as Australian Open marks her achievements

Margaret Court received a muted reception as she was presented with a replica trophy at the Australian Open to make the 50th anniversary of her calendar Grand Slam.

Court’s outspoken and controversial views on LGBTIQ issues have made her tennis’ most polarising figure, and ...

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