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Theresa May welcomes movement of Brexit talks to second phase

Theresa May has welcomed the European Council’s agreement to give the green light for Brexit talks to move on to their second phase, dealing with the transition to a new relationship after the UK’s withdrawal.

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Deputy leader of the far right group Britain First Jayda Fransen. (Mark Marlow/PA)

Britain First deputy head Jayda Fransen released on bail over comments on Islam

The deputy leader of far-right group Britain First has been released on bail after appearing in court in Belfast charged over comments about Islam made in a social media posting.

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Persimmon chairman departs following excessive pay dispute

The chairman of Persimmon is to quit the housebuilder following concerns over excessive executive pay at the firm.

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Supersonic car to be tested on South African dry bed race track next year

A British car designed to reach 1,000mph will be tested for the first time on its South African dry bed race track in October next year, it has been disclosed.

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Leicester strip club plan opposed for being too close to Richard III’s grave

A bid to open a new strip club is being opposed because it is too near the resting place of a former English monarch.

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Deep-fried mince pies on chip shop’s festive menu

A chip shop is serving up deep-fried mince pies and pigs in blankets over the festive season.

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Every single one of us can tackle loneliness epidemic, says Jo Cox’s sister

The “social epidemic” of loneliness needs to be tackled by a combination of government intervention and “every single one of us” playing our part, according to the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox.

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Virgin said it had offered a "significantly above inflation pay rise" which had been rejected by the unions (Rui Vieira/PA)

Virgin Trains’ workers ‘solidly supporting’ pay strike

Workers on Virgin Trains West Coast are said to be “solidly supporting” a strike over pay.

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Fire crews winch horse out of swimming pool amid snowy weather

A hapless horse which fell into a swimming pool in snowy conditions has been winched to safety by fire crews.

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Green light for second stage of Brexit negotiations – so what happens next?

EU leaders have given the green light for the second stage of the Brexit negotiations to begin, what happens next?

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Under age drinking warning as study finds sixth of parents let young drink at 14

Health experts have warned of the dangers of under age drinking after a study found that one in six parents allow their children to drink alcohol at the age of 14.

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An artist?s impression showing a huge cigar-shaped object assumed to be an interstellar asteroid which could be an alien starship, scientists believe (M Kornmesser/ESO/PA)

First scans suggest cigar-shaped space object not an alien craft, say scientists

Scientists analysing a huge cigar-shaped object in space have said initial scans suggest it is not an alien craft.

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Former HS2 boss ‘not been held to account’ for unauthorised payments, say MPs

Unauthorised payments to HS2 staff worth £1.76 million were a “shocking waste of taxpayers’ money”, an influential Commons committee has said.

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Can’t stop taking pictures of yourself? Then you might have ‘selfitis’

Selfitis, or the obsessive taking of selfies, appears to be a genuine condition, research has suggested.

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Animal welfare groups call for halt in using pugs and bulldogs in product ads

Companies should stop using pugs and bulldogs to advertise products because it is fuelling a “welfare crisis” for dogs, animal welfare groups have urged.

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Daily Mirror owner presses ahead with Express takeover as revenues fall

The publisher of the Daily Mirror newspaper has said that it is making “good progress” in its efforts to acquire the Express titles from Northern & Shell, while reporting a slump in revenues.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal date for special day

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is to take place on Saturday May 19, Kensington Palace has announced.

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In pictures: Harry returns to Sandhurst to inspect officer recruits

Prince Harry has returned to Sandhurst to inspect the newest batch of officer recruits, 11 years after graduating from the prestigious military academy.

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Inquiry into abuse allegations against bishop rushed to judgment, says review

A Church of England inquiry into child abuse allegations against one of its most respected bishops almost 60 years after his death has been criticised for “rushing to judgment” by an independent review.

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More than 1,500 people attend memorial six months after Grenfell Tower tragedy

Bereaved families and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire stood together in a moment of reflection, holding aloft pictures of lost loved ones, at the end of an emotional memorial service at St Paul’s.

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