Britney Spears taking 'indefinite work hiatus' to care for father as he recovers from 'illness'

Britney Spears will be taking an 'indefinite hiatus' from work and putting her Las Vegas residency on hold. ...

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Local authorities heading for showdown with government over fracking

Greater Manchester tells firms they are not welcome as wider discontent spreads in regionsMinisters are facing a new confrontation with local government over their controversial plans to expand fracking after one of the biggest combined authorities in the country said that it would ban the practice next week.Greater Manchester’s decision to effectively stop companies from extracting underground shale gas in the region was greeted as a critical moment in the fight against fracking, which ...

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Discarded Christmas trees await the binmen as they lie forgotten on the streets of west London

Christmas trees could be seen lining the pavements and roads, by houses, dumped with rubbish bags and one floating in a pond. And some trees - once decorated tinsel - looked worse for wear. ...

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UFC fighter Conor McGregor reveals his second child has been born as he heads home from the hospital

Conor McGregor (pictured with girlfriend Dee Devlin) took to Instagram Friday with the announcement, posting a photo of himself holding a baby seat and the hand of his oldest son, Conor Jr., in a hospital. ...

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Hissing python hides in the branches of Australian family’s CHRISTMAS TREE

Snake catcher Jack Hogan, 19, was called out to a home on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, on New Year's Eve after a family found a snake in their Christmas tree. ...

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USS Cole bombing mastermind killed in US airstrike, says report

The Al-Qaeda operative believed to have been the mastermind behind the bombing of the USS Cole, has reportedly been killed in a US air strike. ...

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Fire breaks out at Ivy restaurant in Manchester

Footage on social media shows flames coming from roof of venue in city centreA fire has broken out at the Ivy restaurant in central Manchester.Videos posted on social media showed flames coming from the roof of the venue, which opened in Spinningfields at the end of November. Continue reading... ...

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Gatwick returns to normality but drone threat remains

Confusion still hangs over the investigation into airport’s three days of chaos last monthSix days before Christmas, an airport security officer at Gatwick was finishing his shift at about 9pm when he saw something unusual. There were two drones, each in the shape of a cross, flying over the south perimeter road with sharply flashing lights.The worker reported what he had seen – and chaos ensued. About 1,000 flights affecting 140,000 passengers were cancelled or diverted across three days. ...

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Rio governor confirms plans for shoot-to-kill policing policy

Activists and experts expressed outrage after Wilson Witzel said security forces were authorized to use lethal forceHuman rights activists and public security experts have expressed outrage after the newly-elected governor of Rio de Janeiro state confirmed plans to implement shoot-to-kill policing tactics in the crime-ridden region. Related: Jair Bolsonaro launches assault on Amazon rainforest protections Continue reading... ...

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Inferno engulfs The Ivy in Manchester city centre

Manchester's Ivy restaurant has caught fire. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said they were called just before 5pm today. ...

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