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1. Sexual harassment scandals rock Hollywood

When the New York Times first published its bombshell report in early October alleging that Harvey Weinstein had committed sexual assault and misconduct, Hollywood wasn’t ready for the avalanche it created in its wake. Nearly 90 women — including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow — have accused the disgraced producer of harassment, misconduct, and/or assault. (Weinstein has denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.) What followed was a string of accusations against many powerful men in Hollywood, among them Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Brett Ratner, Russell Simmons, and Jeffrey Tambor, as well as people sharing their stories in the #MeToo movement. (Photo: Getty Images)

25 biggest celebrity stories of 2017

2017 was an especially crazy year in Hollywood. As a former reality TV star took high office (we’re still not used to saying “President Trump”), we watched movie producer Harvey Weinstein be dethroned as a major player in the biz after a far-reaching sexual misconduct scandal. (He maintains his innocence.) While there was a lot of bad (including the Manchester bombing at an Ariana Grande concert and the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, during the Route 91 Harvest music festival), there were good things too: Beyoncé and Jay-Z welcomed twins, as did George and Amal Clooney, and the Kardashian family is baby-booming. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal engagement delighted — on both sides of the pond. We look back at the biggest celeb stories of the year here…

  • Farage 'happy to have another referendum in 20 years'
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    Sky News

    Farage 'happy to have another referendum in 20 years'

    Brexit supporters have reiterated their "Leave Means Leave" message at a counter-rally to the "People's Vote" march in central London. Supporters of leaving the EU were addressed by Nigel Farage, and MPs Kate Hoey and Nigel Owen Paterson in a rally that pledged to "rescue Brexit" and express "support for the Brexit Britain voted for". The event, run by Leave Means Leave and thought to be attended by around 1,200 people in Harrogate, has branded the campaign for a second referendum a "losers' vote".

  • I want the hardline Brextremists out. That's why I'm marching
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    The Independent

    I want the hardline Brextremists out. That's why I'm marching

    The face Britain has been presenting to the world of late is nasty, narrow minded, inward looking and small, with the news agenda dominated by the likes of bigoted Boris Johnson, jabbering Jacob Rees-Mogg, dunderheaded David Davis, and, um, Iain Duncan Smith, the hammer of the disabled.

  • Strictly fans are all saying this about Seann's guitar
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    Digital Spy

    Strictly fans are all saying this about Seann's guitar

    "Anything to keep them apart"

  • Prince Harry shares his and Meghan's 'personal joy' over soon becoming parents at the Invictus Games opening ceremony in Sydney
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    Evening Standard

    Prince Harry shares his and Meghan's 'personal joy' over soon becoming parents at the Invictus Games opening ceremony in Sydney

    The Duke of Sussex today shared his "personal joy" at soon becoming a father as he declared “Game on” for the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, who was wearing a Stella McCartney dress and coat by X-Files actress Gillian Anderson for Winser London, watched as artists and dancers took to the stage for the dazzling opening event at Sydney Opera House on Saturday.

  • Strictly week 5: Everyone loves Carlton, but Seann and Katya are still the centre of attention
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    Yahoo Celebrity UK

    Strictly week 5: Everyone loves Carlton, but Seann and Katya are still the centre of attention

    Carlton from The Fresh Prince! Joe and Dianne's romantic waltz! Charles's killer street dance! Neil's Death Stare! – All of the scores and highlights from Strictly Come Dancing Week 5.

  • Emmerdale hints at double exit in 30 new spoiler pics
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    Emmerdale hints at double exit in 30 new spoiler pics

    Are two characters about to leave? From Digital Spy

  • Dana White just gave a big hint as to Khabib Nurmagomedov's next opponent, and it could be a fight that's been years in the making
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    Business Insider UK

    Dana White just gave a big hint as to Khabib Nurmagomedov's next opponent, and it could be a fight that's been years in the making

    Dana White is already thinking about Khabib Nurmagomedov's next opponent, and it sounds like Conor McGregor will have to wait for his rematch. Speaking with ESPN, White hinted that he'd like to see former lightweight champion Tony Ferguson get the next shot and Nurmagomedov and his belt. While White didn't commit to the fight, it's no surprise that Ferguson is at the top of the list of potential challengers, as it's a fight UFC has been trying to set up for some time.

  • The Observer view on the urgent need for a fresh vote on Europe
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    The Guardian

    The Observer view on the urgent need for a fresh vote on Europe

    Theresa May’s plea for help was met with embarrassment and pity by the other 27 leaders in Brussels. The way the hard Tory Brexiters told it, Europe’s leaders should have been begging for mercy by now. Instead, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron popped out for a convivial beer or two in a Brussels brasserie after last week’s supposedly make-or-break EU summit.

  • Kate Hudson shares intimate moment with newborn - see beautiful photo
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    Hello!

    Kate Hudson shares intimate moment with newborn - see beautiful photo

    Hollywood actress Kate Hudson welcomed her baby daughter into the world in early October, and new mums will be able to relate to the photographs she has shared since. In her latest post, the 39-year-old daughter of Goldie Hawn shared a black and white photograph of herself hugging her two-week old daughter Rani in bed and gently kissing her on the head. Mum-of-three Kate previously shared a very moving video of her boyfriend Danny Fujikawa cradling their newborn in his lap while emotional music played in the background, along with the description: "Kind beautiful man, your pure love is such a gift #daddysgirl." She also shared another adorable photo not long after the birth, showing Rani snugly wrapped up with a little bow tied around her head, and referred to her as 'our little rosebud'.

  • Thousands turn out for People's Vote march in London
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    Thousands turn out for People's Vote march in London

    Thousands of people have filled the streets of London calling for a referendum on the final Brexit deal. People's Vote organisers say will be the "biggest, loudest and most important" demonstration of its kind.

  • The thing about Jeremy Corbyn is that he really is a Eurosceptic
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    The Independent

    The thing about Jeremy Corbyn is that he really is a Eurosceptic

    One of the most interesting things said this week was in one of Jeremy Corbyn’s questions to the prime minister. He asked Theresa May if she would confirm the “legal advice given to cabinet that, in the event of no deal, the government would still have to pay the EU a divorce bill of £30bn”. The best ministers, in my view, are those who refuse to accept legal advice as holy writ and are prepared to challenge advice that could be wrong.

  • Electric cars are set for explosive growth, but it's not all smooth runway ahead
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    The Independent

    Electric cars are set for explosive growth, but it's not all smooth runway ahead

    The switch to electric cars is speeding up. One is legal or regulatory controls, the other the falling cost of batteries. The spate of legal moves against petrol and diesel vehicles has become an avalanche.

  • People might actually like you more than you think, and it's to do with the 'liking gap' – here's what that is
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    Evening Standard

    People might actually like you more than you think, and it's to do with the 'liking gap' – here's what that is

    "It's basically our finding that after a conversation with someone new, your conversation partner might like you more than you realise," Boothby explains. Subjects were harsher on themselves about their own first impression, suggesting they may have higher standards for themselves than for others, possibly, Boothby points out, because they know they could have done better.

  • Chelsea analysis: Stop Eden Hazard, stop ‘Sarri-ball’ after Blues boss starts the wrong striker
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    Evening Standard

    Chelsea analysis: Stop Eden Hazard, stop ‘Sarri-ball’ after Blues boss starts the wrong striker

    Chelsea went from staring at their first defeat of the season to the feeling of euphoria as Ross Barkley’s stoppage time equaliser denied Jose Mourinho a memorable win on his old hunting ground. Standard Sport’s Simon Johnson was in attendance at Stamford Bridge today, and here’s his assessment of Chelsea’s performance. Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season is still intact, just, but their overreliance on Hazard was exposed today.

  • Sports Direct to close landmark House of Fraser store in Manchester
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    The Independent

    Sports Direct to close landmark House of Fraser store in Manchester

    The landmark House of Fraser store in Manchester is to be closed after talks between its new owner, Sports Direct, and the building’s landlord failed to negotiate a new rent deal. The closure of the 182-year-old store, known by locals as “Kendal’s” from the days when the shop was owned by Kendal, Milne & Faulkner, will result in the loss of more than 160 jobs. The move comes after Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley took over House of Fraser earlier this year in a £90m deal that saved the department store from going into administration.

  • Almost 700,000 march to demand ‘people’s vote’ on Brexit deal
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    The Guardian

    Almost 700,000 march to demand ‘people’s vote’ on Brexit deal

    Protesters march through London to demand a people’s vote on Brexit on 20 October. The centre of London ground to a halt as an estimated 700,000 people from all over the UK marched peacefully on parliament to demand a second referendum on Brexit. Addressing the crowds, which included dozens of MPs from all political parties, the TV personality and food writer Delia Smith said Brexit threatened to cause “unmitigated chaos”.

  • Late presenter wins award one month after passing away
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    Digital Spy

    Late presenter wins award one month after passing away

    Rachael Bland's co-hosts paid tribute to her.

  • 8 years ago William proposed to Kate - and this is exactly how it happened
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    Hello!

    8 years ago William proposed to Kate - and this is exactly how it happened

    Princess Eugenie's wedding, Meghan's pregnancy announcement and the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge's new nephew - Prince William and Kate are celebrating eight years since their engagement! Although the pair didn't officially make the announcement until 16 November 2010, William revealed he proposed to his girlfriend of nine years while on a trip to Kenya with friends a few weeks earlier in October. In their first interview after announcing the engagement, William explained he'd planned it for a while and carried his mother's sapphire and diamond engagement ring in his rucksack for three weeks before proposing and was terrified of losing it. Kate called the moment "very romantic," before admitting it was a "total shock," but the couple admitted they'd discussed marriage with each other a lot in the previous year.

  • While China may be closer to a trade deal with the UK, we should not forget their mixed record on human rights
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    The Independent

    While China may be closer to a trade deal with the UK, we should not forget their mixed record on human rights

    Premier Li Keqiang of China, second only to President Xi, told the prime minister at the EU-Asia summit: “We are also happy to meet you, Madame Prime Minister, in Brussels. Indeed, your visit to China in January was a big success. You may recall that during the now-forgotten premiership of David Cameron, an era that so feels so distant it may as well be that of Gladstone and Disraeli, the British liked to think of themselves building a “golden” age of Sino-British relations.

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    Business Insider UK

    The Latest: Migrants wait to cross border with Mexico

    Thousands of Central American migrants participating in a caravan heading toward the United States woke up on a bridge that divides the borders of Guatemala and Mexico. The migrants have no fresh supplies of water or food and slept amid garbage that has piled up at the crossing.

  • Centuries-old Sir Walter Raleigh 'self-portrait' discovered in the Tower of London, after visitors knock wall 
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    The Telegraph

    Centuries-old Sir Walter Raleigh 'self-portrait' discovered in the Tower of London, after visitors knock wall 

    He was the English adventurer, author and apothecary who was imprisoned in the Tower of London for 13 years and beheaded in 1618 for allegedly conspiring against King James I. 

  • Cate Blanchett defends straight actors who play gay characters on screen
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    The Independent

    Cate Blanchett defends straight actors who play gay characters on screen

    Cate Blanchett has defended straight actors who play gay characters on screen. Hollywood has been increasingly criticised over the past few months for giving LGBT+ roles to straight actors, with Scarlett Johansson recently dropping out of playing a transgender character in Rub and Tug following a backlash. Blanchett, who played a lesbian character in 2015’s Carol, said she would “fight to the death” for the right to suspend disbelief and play characters beyond her own experience.

  • Don't force us to have facelifts, say South Korean women in backlash over beauty ideals
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    The Telegraph

    Don't force us to have facelifts, say South Korean women in backlash over beauty ideals

    In a country known as the plastic surgery capital of the world, South Korea’s women are now starting to rebel against impossible standards of beauty by publicly destroying make-up and defiantly cutting their hair. 

  • Porsche 911 Carrera T will live on in next-generation
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    motor1

    Porsche 911 Carrera T will live on in next-generation

    The purist Carrera will return with a 992-Series body, we just don't know when.

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    Amnesty urges U.N. investigation, independent autopsy in Khashoggi death

    Amnesty International said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia's explanation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul appeared to be a whitewash of "an appalling assassination". "The investigation findings by the Saudi authorities claiming that Khashoggi died as a result of a 'fist-fight' inside the consulate are not trustworthy and marks an abysmal new low to Saudi Arabia's human rights record," Samah Hadid, the human rights group's Middle East director, said in a statement.