• Strictly Come Dancing teases sneak preview of glamorous new series
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    Strictly Come Dancing teases sneak preview of glamorous new series

    It is almost time for the stars to hit the dance floor.

  • Macaulay Culkin's brother says there are 'two sides' to the Michael Jackson abuse allegations
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    Macaulay Culkin's brother says there are 'two sides' to the Michael Jackson abuse allegations

    The King of Pop previously claimed that the 'Home Alone' and 'Succession' stars used to sleep in his bed when they were younger.

  • Five scandals and tragedies that have broken while the Royal Family has been at Balmoral
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    Five scandals and tragedies that have broken while the Royal Family has been at Balmoral

    It hasn't always been a relaxing break for the Queen and her family.

  • Chef at Marriott hotel ‘planned attack on guests and co-workers with haul of high-powered weapons’
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    Chef at Marriott hotel ‘planned attack on guests and co-workers with haul of high-powered weapons’

    Police say Rodolfo Montoya planned to kill co-workers and guests at the Marriott Hotel in Long Beach.

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    Inmates escape prison cells by smashing through ‘weak walls’

    Nineteen inmates broke out of their cells by using furniture to smash through “weak points” in the walls of a Victorian prison.Police and specially trained prison officers rushed to HMP Winchester, in Hampshire, on Tuesday night after the inmates managed to escape.

  • Bruce Lee's daughter slams "irresponsible" Quentin Tarantino
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    Bruce Lee's daughter slams "irresponsible" Quentin Tarantino

    Shannon Lee continues row over her father's portrayal.

  • Brexit news latest: Boris Johnson set for showdown Brexit talks in Paris after given 30 days to find 'solution' to Brexit by Angela Merkel
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    Brexit news latest: Boris Johnson set for showdown Brexit talks in Paris after given 30 days to find 'solution' to Brexit by Angela Merkel

    Boris Johnson is set for showdown Brexit talks in Paris only hours after French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out making concessions.The UK Government was buoyed on Wednesday after comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel which seemed to indicate that European leaders could be willing to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement in a bid to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

  • Jeffrey Epstein: At least eight jail officials knew he was not to be left alone in cell
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    Jeffrey Epstein: At least eight jail officials knew he was not to be left alone in cell

    At least eight US Bureau of Prisons staffers knew strict instructions had been given not to leave multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alone in his cell, yet the order was apparently ignored in the 24 hours leading up to his death, according to people familiar with the matter.That so many prison officials were aware of the directive – not just low-level correctional officers, but supervisors and managers – has alarmed investigators assessing what so far appears to be a stunning failure to follow instructions, these people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing investigations. They declined to identify the eight.

  • Stranger Things season 4: Release date, trailer, cast, fan theories and Hopper’s fate
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    Stranger Things season 4: Release date, trailer, cast, fan theories and Hopper’s fate

    The dust has settled on another season of Stranger Things’ third run, but fans are desperate for more.Season three was considered a step up from the second outing that was released in 2017, even if it ended with a traumatising moment that fans are hoping isn’t real.

  • Xenophobic bullying souring lives of east European pupils in UK
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    Xenophobic bullying souring lives of east European pupils in UK

    University of Strathclyde research found 77% of surveyed pupils in England and Scotland had suffered racism, xenophobia or bullying. (Model posing). Photograph: Vesa Moilanen/Rex FeaturesEastern European pupils in schools in England and Scotland have experienced increased levels of racism and xenophobia since the Brexit vote, with some accusing their teachers of failing to protect them and even joining in, research claims.The study, led by the University of Strathclyde, found that 77% of pupils surveyed said they had suffered racism, xenophobia or bullying, though such approaches were often disguised as banter. Of the pupils, 49% said the attacks had become more frequent since the EU referendum in 2016.Pupils told researchers they were the target of verbal abuse in the street and on public transport. There were also physical attacks, but the children claimed most of the those happened at school. Some accused teachers of ignoring such incidents, and claimed a number even laughed along and joined in.Daniela Sime, author of the report, who is presenting the paper at the European Sociological Association conference, in Manchester on Thursday, said the attacks and the failure by some teachers to intervene were having an impact on pupils’ mental health and sense of belonging to the UK.“The role of teachers, who were often said to be bystanders and did not intervene, or in some situations became perpetrators themselves, emerged as a profoundly important dimension of young people’s everyday experiences of marginalisation,” she said. “Teachers were, on occasions, not only discriminatory in their practices, by ignoring young people’s presence in class, but also racist in the views openly expressed during lessons or through ignoring incidents of racism they overheard.”Sime, who is reader in education and social policy at Strathclyde, continued: “Young people said that, in the vast majority of cases, they did not report incidents –because teachers knew and did not act to counter the culture of racism and xenophobia, or because of their belief that teachers would not be interested.”Researchers, who conducted the study between October 2016 and May 2018, surveyed more than 1,000 students aged between 12 and 18. The pupils were mainly from Poland, Romania and Lithuania, and had lived in the UK for at least three years.One pupil told researchers: “At my last school someone made xenophobic comments about my nationality and tried to burn my hair. Last year, in my current school, a group followed me around chanting ‘Ukip’ and that I should f**k off back to my country.”Another said: “I was bullied from the age of six to the age of 12. I had rocks thrown at me, vile rumour spread about me, my possessions stolen – I was mocked and verbally abused simply because I’m Polish.”The failure by teachers to intervene and stop abuse was particularly troubling. “Teachers do it – my teacher would say ‘give it up for Poliski boy’ and they’ll all laugh. I’m used to it now,” said one student.“The teachers hear the racist, sexist, comments made by students, but choose to ignore them. Or they laugh along. Trust me, as unrealistic as it sounds, it happens more often than you think,” said another.Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said most teachers were committed to protecting their students from racism and worked hard to encourage respect and tolerance. “The incidents reported in this survey are horrifying and unacceptable, and any teacher who failed to intervene to stop racist abuse, let alone colluded in it, would be guilty of serious professional misconduct.”

  • Two million Britons are taking seven different prescription drugs
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    Two million Britons are taking seven different prescription drugs

    Two  million pensioners are taking at least seven types of prescription drugs - putting them at risk of potentially lethal side-effects, a major report warns.

  • 'Jealous' Crow Bullies Rescued Pit Bull in Nolensville, Tennessee
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    'Jealous' Crow Bullies Rescued Pit Bull in Nolensville, Tennessee

    Ronnie Haislip captured video of Herman, an orphaned crow he found and took in when it was two weeks old, bullying his rescued pit bull Winnie at his home in Nolensville, Tennessee.Haislip, who created the Facebook page Herman the Crow and Friends to document the activities of the quirky bird, told Storyful Herman was a very jealous bird and seeing Haislip around his dogs upset him.Herman would peck Haislip as a form of retaliation: “I was running and playing with the dogs and Herman attacked my head, he hammered that beak on my head until it bled,” Haislip said.This footage, shot in October 2014, was the first occasion Haislip can recall where Herman attacked his dog. Herman can be seen in the video pecking Winnie until the pit bull retreats to the barn for cover.According to the Herman the Crow and Friends Facebook page, Herman flew off to live independently in 2016. Credit: Ronnie Haislip/ Herman the Crow and Friends via Storyful

  • Netflix's The Crown cast vs the real-life royals they portray
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    Netflix's The Crown cast vs the real-life royals they portray

    Just how similar are they to the royals?From Digital Spy

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    Repeated signals coming to Earth from another galaxy, scientists say

    Numerous repeated signals are being sent through the universe to Earth, scientists say.Researchers have detected eight repeating blasts of energy, or fast radio bursts (FRB), that have been picked up on Earth by telescopes.

  • North Korea says U.S. cruise missile test, military moves 'dangerous,' still committed to dialogue - KCNA
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    North Korea says U.S. cruise missile test, military moves 'dangerous,' still committed to dialogue - KCNA

    A North Korean spokesman said on Thursday the United States' recent mid-range cruise missile test and plans to deploy F-35 jets and offensive military equipment around the Korean peninsula were "dangerous" moves that would "trigger a new cold war" in the region. North Korea remains unchanged in its position to resolve all issues through dialogue and negotiation, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said, but "dialogue accompanied by military threats is of no interest to us," according to state media KCNA. "Dangerous and unusual military moves are now on the horizon, which would trigger a new cold war on the Korean peninsula and in the region," the statement added.

  • Watchdog criticises Bupa for ‘misleading’ supplier over late payment
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    Watchdog criticises Bupa for ‘misleading’ supplier over late payment

    The Small Business Commissioner has named and shamed the insurance giant after it paid a small supplier 75 days late.

  • Russian chess legend Anatoly Karpov unable to get U.S. visa, friend says
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    Russian chess legend Anatoly Karpov unable to get U.S. visa, friend says

    Karpov, 68, considered one of the greatest chess players of the modern era, has visited the United States regularly since 1972. "He was suddenly called in for an interview in the Moscow embassy and asked, 'Are you going to talk to U.S. Senators and Congressmen?

  • GCSE Results Day 2019: Hundreds of thousands of students to collect results of tough new GCSEs
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    GCSE Results Day 2019: Hundreds of thousands of students to collect results of tough new GCSEs

    Hundreds of thousands of pupils are to receive their results of the tough, new GCSE courses this morning following the biggest shake-up of the exams for a generation.Around one in five GCSE entries are expected to score one of the three top grades this year, but just a tiny fraction of teenagers is likely to walk away with a clean sweep of 9s.

  • UK weather forecast latest: August Bank Holiday could be hottest ever recorded
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    UK weather forecast latest: August Bank Holiday could be hottest ever recorded

    The last bank holiday of the year could be the hottest one ever recorded in August, forecasters said.The upcoming bank holiday weekend could see record temperatures replace the wind and rain that has so far dogged the month, it is predicted.

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    Tax on top earners could boost UK budget by billions - Oxfam

    Taxing the UK's top 1% of earners could raise billions of pounds each year and reduce the country's inequality, according to a study conducted by the charity Oxfam. If the UK was to introduce a "net wealth tax" on those earning more than £750,000 a year, the Treasury could raise around £10bn of extra revenue. The amount could fund around a third of the UK's £35bn public order and safety budget - which funds the police, courts, and prisons.

  • PPI: Why you need to act now
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    PPI: Why you need to act now

    What you need to know about making a PPI complaint as the August 29 deadline looms.

  • Frontline protesters make case for violence in Hong Kong protests
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    Frontline protesters make case for violence in Hong Kong protests

    Pun sees himself as a peaceful, middle-class Hong Kong student. In one of the world's safest cities, the idea of violence as a legitimate form of political expression - hand-in-hand with peaceful protest - is becoming increasingly mainstream in the evolving tactics of a decentralised pro-democracy movement that has disrupted Chinese-ruled Hong Kong for 11 weeks. Protests in the former British colony erupted in early June over a now-suspended bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial.

  • Lucas Briscoe: Mother pays tribute to ‘precious’ 12-year-old boy killed in Spanish balcony fall
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    Lucas Briscoe: Mother pays tribute to ‘precious’ 12-year-old boy killed in Spanish balcony fall

    The mother of a 12-year-old boy who fell to his death from the balcony of a Spanish apartment block has paid tribute to him as "my life, my soul, my everything".Lucas Briscoe, from Lostock Gralam in Cheshire, was on holiday with his mother Nicola Marshall and one of his school friends in the Costa Del Sol resort of Fuengirola when he fell on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Hyde Park Corner crash: Pedestrian, 66, dies after being hit by £250,000 Rolls-Royce yards from Buckingham Palace
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    Hyde Park Corner crash: Pedestrian, 66, dies after being hit by £250,000 Rolls-Royce yards from Buckingham Palace

    A pedestrian died this morning after being hit by a £250,000 Rolls-Royce Wraith yards from Buckingham Palace.The man, 66, was crossing the road when he collided with the supercar in Hyde Park Corner near the Australian War Memorial, just before 3.15am. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Vikings saved Ireland’s population from ‘serious decline’, study shows
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    Vikings saved Ireland’s population from ‘serious decline’, study shows

    Ireland's population was in "serious decline" before the arrival of the Vikings, according to new research.It had been assumed that the Irish population saw a steady rise across the centuries until the Great Famine in the 1840s.