• 'Silly' Allardyce says error of judgement led to shock exit

    By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - An emotional and apologetic Sam Allardyce headed for the airport on Wednesday, blaming entrapment for his shock exit as England manager but recognising that an error of judgement had led to his downfall. The 61-year-old, who told reporters outside his home in northern England that he was going abroad "to chill out and reflect", refused to rule out an eventual return to soccer. Blasted by the media for hubris and greed, Allardyce was shown the door by England on Tuesday for seeking a lucrative sideline role while talking to undercover reporters from Britain's Daily Telegraph.

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  • Britain sets out reasons to bypass parliament over EU divorce papers

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - The British government's legal reasons for stating that Prime Minister Theresa May has the power to begin divorce proceedings from the European Union without parliament's authority were made public for the first time on Wednesday. In its submission, the government said this argument was unfounded.

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  • Rise in Nigerian sex slavery in Italy fuelled by violence and 'juju' magic

    By Tom Esslemont CATANIA, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Nigerian teenager Beauty arrived in Sicily after crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa last year, she had only hours to phone the man who trafficked her - or risk lethal repercussions for loved ones back home. Before her journey through Niger to Libya, a spiritual priest practicing a form of black magic known in Nigeria as "juju" had forced her to swear an oath of obedience to her trafficker. The threat of a "curse" if she broke her oath and the possibility of violence by her traffickers at home in Benin City, a southern Nigerian hub for human trafficking, were enough to trap her into sex slavery.

    Reuters
  • I'm glad I didn't know she had cancer: Royle Family's Ricky Tomlinson on Caroline Aherne

    The beloved actress and comedian passed away in July after a battle with cancer.

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  • The bizarre and the beautiful! 10 weird creatures pictured living under a remote Scottish island

    Researchers have discovered a bizarre and beautiful world hidden away in the underwater caves of a remote Scottish island. Fascinating wildlife like anglerfish, blue-rayed limpets and sea slugs were all found lurking in the depths of St Kilda. Here are just some of the strange and stunning marine life found living there…

    Andy Wells
  • Ben Needham police looking at tree missing from photo taken at time he disappeared

    Police searching for missing Ben Needham are analysing a photo taken just after he vanished indicating a tree was planted on the spot where he was last seen. The photo was taken by a press photographer who visited the spot about 10 to 15 days after Ben went missing. A 19-strong team from South Yorkshire Police have been digging at the spot after new information came to light.

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  • Rob & Chyna Break Up! Kardashians Fear For Rob's Health

    The Kardashian family is at odds with Blac Chyna, and it’s all because of Rob Kardashian’s health! They fear for his life after the reality star gained even more weight thanks to his unhealthy relationship with his fiance. 

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  • Matalan workers found dead in Cardiff named as Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two shop workers were found dead in the centre of Cardiff. The bodies of 33-year-old Lee Simmons and a 21-year-old Zoe Morgan were discovered near the Cardiff Castle end of Queen Street shortly before 6am. Matalan has confirmed they both worked at its Queen Street store.

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  • Junior doctors lose court battle with Jeremy Hunt over contracts

    Junior doctors have lost a High Court fight with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over a staffing contract. Junior doctors had complained that Mr Hunt wrongly imposed the contract on NHS employers. Justice for Health, a group founded by five doctors, said Mr Hunt acted beyond the scope of his powers by compelling NHS employers to adopt the new deal.

    Sky News
  • 'I won't be silent': Read Serena Williams' heartfelt comments on police shootings

    “As Dr Martin Luther King said: ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal.’”

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  • Sadiq Khan pushes for post Brexit London work visas

    City Hall is working on proposals for a separate work permit system for London as the capital looks to carve out a bespoke deal on immigration in Brexit Britain. Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, told Sky News that a group of business representatives were "working on a model that will ensure we can carry on recruiting and attracting talent".

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  • Novak Djokovic elbow injury boosts Andy Murray pursuit of world number one spot

    Andy Murray's attempts to become the first ever British world number one has been given a timely boost after Novak Djokovic withdrew from the China Open due to an elbow injury. "I am extremely disappointed not to be able to compete at the China Open this year," Djokovic told his official website. "I'm still recovering from my elbow injury and have been advised not to play until my condition improves.

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  • These adverts were banned for portraying beggars as 'disingenuous and undeserving'

    Nottingham City Council has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority.

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  • Gigi Hadid opens up about being physically assaulted by an unknown man in Milan last week

    Last week we were all left stunned when video footage emerged of supermodel Gigi Hadid being physically assaulted by an unknown man. The star was in Milan alongside her sister, Bella, when the man walked up behind her and picked her up before Gigi elbowed him in the face with some brilliant self-defence. Speaking out about the ordeal, 21-year-old Gigi explained: “Honestly, I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did.

    Stephanie Soteriou
  • Russia: MH17 rocket not fired from 'rebel territory' in Ukraine

    The Kremlin has said Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was not brought down by a rocket fired from rebel territory in eastern Ukraine. Last year, an investigation by the Dutch Safety Board found the plane was hit by a Buk surface to air missile, a type only made by state-controlled Russian firm Almaz-Antey. The weapons company said the model was an old one and was no longer used by Russia.

    Sky News
  • Nadiya Hussain believes Bake Off still has ingredients for success at Channel 4

    She has already enjoyed success fronting TV show The Chronicles Of Nadiya, where she travelled to Bangladesh to trace her culinary roots.

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  • MTN denies illegal transfer of $14 billion from Nigeria

    By Camillus Eboh ABUJA (Reuters) - South Africa's MTN on Wednesday denied allegations it illegally repatriated $13.92 billion (£10.72 billion) from Nigeria, the latest setback for the telecoms firm in its biggest but increasingly problematic market. The upper house of Nigeria's parliament agreed on Tuesday to investigate whether Africa's biggest telecoms company illegally transferred the money out of the West African country between 2006 and 2016. "The allegations made against MTN are completely unfounded and without any merit," MTN Nigeria Chief Executive Ferdi Moolman said in a statement.

    Reuters
  • Garbo: Spy's homesick wife almost compromised D-Day plans

    The documents released to the National Archives give a fascinating insight into the life of Juan Pujol, codenamed Garbo. Living in a normal street in Harrow, northwest London, he fabricated an imaginary network of spies who the Nazis believed were working for them but who were actually part of a disinformation campaign orchestrated by the British. The double agent contacted his German handlers to tell them the Normandy invasion was happening but, crucially, Garbo managed to convince his handlers in Berlin that Operation Overlord was a bluff and that the real allied invasion would happen later, further up the French coast.

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  • British Airways, Qatar Airways sign revenue-sharing deal

    British Airways has signed a revenue-sharing agreement with Qatar Airways, allowing the pair to co-operate on scheduling and pricing, BA's owner IAG said in a statement on Wednesday. State-owned Qatar Airways owns 20 percent of IAG as a result of a stake it has been building since 2015, and the companies had said further commercial agreements between the groups could come as a result of that investment. IAG already operates such a deal with American Airlines Group on the North Atlantic, for example.

    Reuters
  • Dubai airport shuts airspace for nearly 30 mins due to drone activity

    Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest airport for international travel, closed its airspace for almost 30 minutes on Wednesday morning due to unauthorised drone activity, causing flights to be disrupted for nearly an hour. It is at least the second time in recent months that the airport's airspace was closed because of nearby drone activity. On its Twitter feed, government-owned Dubai Airports, which operates Dubai's two main airports, said airspace around Dubai International was closed from 8.08am to 8.35am, resulting in a number of flight delays.

    Reuters
  • U.S. tells Turkey it will respond soon to demand for cleric's arrest - justice minister

    ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. officials have told their Turkish counterparts they will respond within a couple of days to Turkey's demand to arrest Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed for a bloody coup attempt, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday. Turkey wants the United States to extradite Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania, and prosecute him on charges he masterminded the attempt to overthrow the government on July 15. The 75-year-old preacher denies any involvement. Bozdag was speaking to NTV channel in an interview broadcast live. ...

    Reuters
  • The 10 most dangerous places to live in England and Wales

    We don’t always feel safe walking around alone but some places in Britain are a lot more dangerous than others. In fact, Home Office figures - taken between September 2014 to September 2015 - show the number of cases of homicide, attempted murder and conspiracy to murder across the country. Here are the 10 most dangerous places across England and Wales…

    Andy Wells
  • Syrian rebels get new rockets from foreign states - commander

    Foreign states have given Syrian rebels surface-to-surface Grad rockets of a type not previously supplied to them in response to a major Russian-backed offensive in Aleppo, a rebel commander told Reuters on Wednesday. The Grad rockets with a range of 22 km and 40 km have been supplied in "excellent quantities" and will be used on battlefronts in Aleppo, Hama and the coastal region, rebel commander Colonel Fares al-Bayoush said. While Grad missiles have previously been supplied to rebels, Bayoush said it was the first time this particular type had been delivered.

    Reuters
  • Footage shows brutal assault on Romford youth: Police arrest two teenagers

    Police investigating an assault on a youth in Raphael Park, Romford, on July 21 have arrested two teenagers. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment at the time of the incident and subsequently discharged. On Sunday, September 25, a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault. On Monday, September 26, a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault. Both have been bailed to attend an east London police station on a date in late November.

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