Bouncing back from a devastating defeat in the House of Commons, Theresa May insists she has silenced her critics by reaching an agreement settling the first round of Brexit negotiations.
A British diplomat has been found murdered in Beirut and six people were killed in a horrific car crash in Birmingham.
In sport, the Manchester City juggernaut ploughs on, crushing Tottenham Hotspur 4-1. But Celtic's 69-game domestic unbeaten run has come to an end.
Here is a recap of the main events if you have been away from a screen or newspaper this weekend.
1. British diplomat found dead in Lebanon
Rebecca Dykes, 30, from London, has been found murdered in Beirut after being strangled and reportedly sexually assaulted.
Ms Dykes, who worked for the Department for International Development, was killed after attending a leaving party for a colleague in the Gemmayzeh area of central Beirut.
She was abducted and her body found dumped on the Metn highway several miles away.
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2. Theresa May says she has proved doubters wrong
A defiant Prime Minister, who last week suffered a devastating defeat in the House of Commons, has insisted she has silenced her critics by reaching a deal to settle the first round of Brexit negotiations.
Mrs May, who has faced constant sniping from her own party and barely-concealed threats of a leadership challenge, claims personal credit for convincing EU leaders to move onto the next phase of talks.
Writing in the Telegraph, she attacks those trying to "talk Britain down" and insists she will not be derailed in her quest to agree final terms to secure Britain's departure from the EU.
But she faces a difficult week getting the entire Cabinet onside with Boris Johnson insisting that the UK must both strike a trade deal with the EU and avoid becoming a subordinate of the bloc.
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3. Six dead in horrific Birmingham crash
Six people have been killed and a seventh critically injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham.
The crash took place at 1 am on Sunday at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston, at the junction of Bristol Road.
According to eyewitnesses, there were bodies "scattered across the carriageway".
West Midlands Ambulance Service said six vehicles were involved in the incident.
4. World's most expensive home bought by pro-austerity Saudi prince
The Saudi prince at the helm of a corruption crackdown in his native country has been revealed as the buyer of the world's most expensive home, according to a report.
The New York Times wrote that the purchaser of the Chateau Louis XIV, a 50,000 sq ft palace near Versailles, was Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The opulent chateau was once considered as a possible wedding location by Kim Kardashian.
The 32-year-old prince has forged a reputation for preaching fiscal austerity at home, much to the annoyance of others in the oil-rich kingdom.
5. Joe McFadden wins Strictly
Joe McFadden has been crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion, even though he was outscored on the night by Alexandra Burke.
McFadden, whose pro partner was Katya Jones, is the second Holby City actor and the first Scot to take the glitterball trophy. He is also the third male winner in succession.
The Telegraph's Michael Hogan wrote that McFadden, who was hot favourite, turned into a "thoroughly charming hoofer, hot on details, strong on musicality and characterisation".
Alexandra Burke was, Hogan adds, the best dancer, notching a succession of perfect 10s. But "one of the winners who never was" fell victim to tabloid smears and social media trolling.
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6. Celtic’s run ends with spectacular four-goal hammering
After 69 domestic games unbeaten, Celtic have finally lost having been soundly thrashed 4-0 by Hearts at Tynecastle.
It is also the first defeat Brendan Rodgers has suffered at the hands of a Scottish rival since becoming Celtic's manager in the summer of 2016.
Hearts goals were scored by 16-year-old Harry Cochrane - his first for the club; Kyle Lafferty; and David Milinkovic, who netted twice.
Celtic remain two points clear in the Scottish Premiership with a game in hand.
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7. Man City win again
Pep Guardiola is celebrating City's 16th win in succession, matching his run at Barcelona in 2010-11.
Tottenham Hotspur, Premiership runners-up for the last two seasons, were the latest victims being thrashed 4-1 at the Etihad. Raheem Sterling notched a brace and City's other goals were scored by Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne, while Christian Eriksen netted a late reply for the visitors.
With the Premiership becoming a procession this season, the only controversy was the decision by referee Craig Pawson not to send off Tottenham's Harry Kane and Dele Alli for fouls which many thought were worthy of a red card.
8. Sir Mo Farah wins sports personality of the year
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year threw up a surprise with the title being taken by Sir Mo Farah.
The smart money had been on Anthony Joshua, but the heavyweight champion boxer failed to even make the top three.
Sir Mo, a four-time Olympic champion who has retired from the track to concentrate on road running, appeared to have been as astonished as everybody else, having decided not to attend the ceremony in person.
The presentation descended into farce when the video satellite link failed at the vital moment.
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