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Citing national security concerns, the White House is formally notifying the House intelligence committee that President Donald Trump is "unable" to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats that counters GOP allegations about abuse of government surveillance powers.

  • Sarah Ferguson surprises in leather for her THIRD royal wedding outfit
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    Sarah Ferguson surprises in leather for her THIRD royal wedding outfit

    The Duchess of York scored a fashion hat-trick at her daughter Princess Eugenie's wedding! We loved her beautiful outfit for the star-studded ceremony, which took place at Windsor Castle. On Monday the mum-of-two shared a snap on her popular Instagram page of her third and final outfit, which consisted of a pale blue dress and coordinating leather jacket. The gorgeous dress, which is by designer label Jad Ghandour and features a fitted top and pleated midi skirt.

  • Theresa May has reneged on her Brexit promises at every turn – that’s why we need to march for a Final Say on Saturday
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    Theresa May has reneged on her Brexit promises at every turn – that’s why we need to march for a Final Say on Saturday

    On Wednesday European Union leaders gather for their summit in Brussels when the principle elements of the Brexit deal between the EU and the UK are supposed to be agreed, pending the Withdrawal Agreement being finalised at a special summit in mid-November. Prime minister Theresa May is due to address a working dinner of heads of government on the topic. There was some drama yesterday with unplanned talks between leading Brexiter, the Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, aimed at paving the way for the emergence of a deal in Brussels.

  • Strictly star Craig Revel Horwood slams claims judges ‘fix’ scores
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    Strictly star Craig Revel Horwood slams claims judges ‘fix’ scores

    Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has slammed claims the judges “fix” scores on the BBC ballroom show. The show has come under fire from fans and professional dancers who have accused the judges of influencing viewer votes. Former Strictly pro Ola Jordan suggested back in 2015 that the panel deliberately gave higher scores to certain contestants, something show bosses have denied.

  • Cars Submerged as Aude River Floods in Southern France
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    Cars Submerged as Aude River Floods in Southern France

    Residents in the Aude department of France were warned not to leave their homes or drive after multiple people died in flash flooding in the region on October 15. Red and orange alerts were in place on October 15. Edouard Philippe, France’s Minister of the Interior, said seven helicopters were mobilized to the affected areas to assist in rescue operations. In Limoux, shown in this footage, the Aude river flooded and left parked cars submerged. Credit: Fédération Aude Claire via Storyful

  • All the signs that hinted at Duchess Meghan's pregnancy – from her outfits to her body language
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    All the signs that hinted at Duchess Meghan's pregnancy – from her outfits to her body language

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they are expecting their first baby! The palace released the news in a sweet statement on Monday morning, which read: "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. On a number of occasions during the summer, the Duchess was seen discreetly using her body language to hide any sign of a bump – at Charlie Van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks' wedding in August, for example, she regularly held her clutch bag in front of her stomach. MORE: What titles will be used for Prince Harry and Meghan's children?

  • When do the clocks change, why do we use GMT – and do we still need to?
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    When do the clocks change, why do we use GMT – and do we still need to?

    October has arrived; the leaves are turning, the temperatures are dropping and the mornings are gradually becoming lighter later.

  • Best grammar schools in 2018 according to GCSE league tables
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    Best grammar schools in 2018 according to GCSE league tables

    The Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames is at the top of the tree when it comes to GCSE performance among grammar schools.

  • Nicola Sturgeon calls for extension of Brexit transition period
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    Nicola Sturgeon calls for extension of Brexit transition period

    Nicola Sturgeon said a longer transition period was ‘vital to avoid another cliff-edge scenario’. Nicola Sturgeon has called for an extension of the proposed 21-month Brexit transition period to give the UK government more time to negotiate a compromise with opposition parties, in order to deliver a “commonsense” future relationship with the EU. “If the last two years have shown us anything, it is surely that more time will inevitably be needed to agree the future relationship, and so being able to extend the transition period will be vital to avoid another cliff-edge scenario,” Scotland’s first minister said.

  • Harry and Meghan may have breached etiquette by announcing baby news at Eugenie's wedding, says expert 
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    Harry and Meghan may have breached etiquette by announcing baby news at Eugenie's wedding, says expert 

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to announce their pregnancy to family and friends at Princess Eugenie’s wedding has been branded a “faux pas” by Britain’s leading etiquette expert.

  • Black Friday 2018: Your guide to getting the best deals
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    Black Friday 2018: Your guide to getting the best deals

    The countdown to Black Friday, arguably the biggest shopping day of the year, has officially begun. A sales frenzy that has seen queues stretch into shopping centre car parks and fights break out over televisions in previous years, Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on some of the best deals as retailers promise to slash prices on a wide range of products. Here’s your guide on how to get the very best deals this Black Friday.

  • UK eyed customs deal to avoid Northern Ireland Brexit backstop - EU sources
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    UK eyed customs deal to avoid Northern Ireland Brexit backstop - EU sources

    British negotiators urged the EU to accept assurances Britain would effectively stay in a customs union with the EU to avoid a hard border with Ireland and make a hotly contested "backstop" for Northern Ireland unnecessary, EU diplomats said on Monday. The EU position, the sources told Reuters, is that London's assurances of maintaining EU-UK customs links to avoid a hard border are mere aspirations, and cannot be sealed into treaty law before Britain leaves the bloc in March, hence the backstop.

  • Pippa Middleton baby: Heavily pregnant Pippa 'spotted arriving at Lindo Wing maternity unit with husband carrying bags'
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    Pippa Middleton baby: Heavily pregnant Pippa 'spotted arriving at Lindo Wing maternity unit with husband carrying bags'

    A heavily pregnant Pippa Middleton has reportedly been seen entering the Lindo Wing maternity unit in central London alongside her husband James Matthews. The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, who attended the Royal Wedding on Friday, was smiling as she walked into St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, according to the Daily Mail. A picture showed her financier husband carrying two holdalls as he walked into the £7,500-a-night unit where Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte were born.

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    Business sales have healthy gain, prices up over 11 percent

    As demand for small businesses increases, so do their selling prices, a sign that owners are reaping the rewards of keeping companies lean and healthy since the recession. BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for small businesses, counted 2,685 closed sales of companies during the third quarter, up nearly 4 percent from 2,589 a year earlier. Sales of small businesses have been increasing for nearly six years as companies first recovered from the recession and then began to thrive as the economy picked up.

  • NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here's why that's a brilliant idea
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    NASA wants to send humans to Venus – here's why that's a brilliant idea

    The upper atmosphere of Venus is the most Earth-like extra-terrestrial location in the solar system. It could even host life.

  • If you’re having scary dreams, this might be the reason why
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    If you’re having scary dreams, this might be the reason why

    With Halloween approaching, you may have been rewatching your favourite scary movies.

  • Sorry Hugh Grant! Richard Curtis wanted to cast Alan Rickman in Four Weddings and a Funeral
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    Sorry Hugh Grant! Richard Curtis wanted to cast Alan Rickman in Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Richard Curtis has told how his first choice for the lead role in Four Weddings and a Funeral was Alan Rickman – not Hugh Grant. The Love Actually writer opened up on the casting for the 1994 romantic comedy, admitting that despite finding Grant “annoying, too good-looking, and a bit posh”, he was outvoted on the decision. Speaking at Cheltenham Literary Festival, Curtis said: “We auditioned about 70 people for Hugh’s part.

  • US Embassy 'sorry to disappoint' after Cookie Monster cat pyjama-party invitation sent out accidentally
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    US Embassy 'sorry to disappoint' after Cookie Monster cat pyjama-party invitation sent out accidentally

    The US Embassy in Australia has apologised after it inadvertently spammed computers with a photo of a cat dressed in Cookie Monster pyjamas, holding a plate of biscuits. The email, titled "meeting", featured a photo of a tabby cat wearing a blue Cookie Monster outfit was reportedly sent by mistake as part of a training exercise - distributed as fake meeting invitation. US Mission to Australia public affairs counsellor Gavin Sundwall apologised on behalf of the US State Department, saying that there would sadly be no such pyjama party.

  • BMW teams up with Sweden's Northvolt, Umicore for electric car batteries
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    BMW teams up with Sweden's Northvolt, Umicore for electric car batteries

    German carmaker BMW has created a vehicle battery recycling venture with Belgian materials and recycling firm Umicore and Northvolt, which is building a battery factory in Sweden. The venture aims to design and commercialize a "closed life cycle loop" to give vehicle batteries a second life as storage products before recycling the raw materials, the companies said. European governments want to encourage the domestic battery industry to rival Asian players such as BYD , CATL , Samsung and LG Chem , which are building a dominant position.

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    Oil trader Gunvor closes sustainability-linked $745 million loan

    Global energy trader Gunvor Group has secured a $745 million loan from banks with an interest rate that depends on meeting targets to reduce pollution and improve transparency, the company said. In what Gunvor said was the first loan of its kind, the company will receive a discount on the interest for the borrowing base facility if its sustainability targets are met but will be penalized if it severely misses them. The savings on the interest, which are expected to total hundreds of thousands of dollars, will go to the recently launched Gunvor Foundation, a non-profit, philanthropic arm of Gunvor, the company said in a statement.

  • Rivals ARM and Intel make peace to secure Internet of Things
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    Rivals ARM and Intel make peace to secure Internet of Things

    Rival semiconductor giants ARM and Intel have agreed to work together to manage networks of connected devices from both firms, clearing a major stumbling block to market growth of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). Britain's ARM, a unit of Japan's Softbank Corp , said on Monday it had struck a strategic partnership with Intel to use common standards developed by Intel for managing IoT devices, connections and data. The IoT involves connecting simple chips that detect distance, motion, temperature, pressure and images to be used in an ever wider range of electronics such as lights, parking meters or refrigerators.

  • What is Cyber Security Month? How to perform Google's Security Checkup and stay safe online
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    What is Cyber Security Month? How to perform Google's Security Checkup and stay safe online

    If you've visited Google's homepage recently, you may have noticed a small note indicating that it is Cyber Security Month, together with a message encouraging you to perform a "quick Security Checkup". The awareness campaign, which first began in the US in 2004 before spreading to the EU in 2012, is part of a major effort to promote cyber security issues and educate the public on the dangers of online attacks. Cyber security has become an increasingly risky area in recent years, with the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2018 naming cyber attacks as the third top cause of global disruption over the next five years, behind natural disasters and catastrophic weather events.

  • Universal Credit Is 'Forcing Women Into Prostitution', Says Frank Field
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    Universal Credit Is 'Forcing Women Into Prostitution', Says Frank Field

    Universal Credit is driving women into prostitution, the Work and Pensions

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    Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer

    Add beer to chocolate , coffee and wine as some of life's little pleasures that global warming will make scarcer and costlier, scientists say. Increasing bouts of extreme heat waves and drought will hurt production of barley, a key beer ingredient, in the future. The findings come a week after a dire United Nations report described consequences of dangerous levels of climate change including worsening food and water shortages, heat waves, sea level rise, and disease.

  • Roger Daltrey says Keith Moon attacked him with tambourine after flushing The Who drummer's pills down toilet
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    Roger Daltrey says Keith Moon attacked him with tambourine after flushing The Who drummer's pills down toilet

    Roger Daltrey claims his late bandmate Keith Moon once attacked him with a tambourine after he flushed The Who drummer's pills down the toilet. The singer, who has released his new memoir Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite, revealed he was thought of as "the enemy" due to his clean-living behaviour in comparison to other members of the notoriously hedonistic rock band. Daltrey says he constantly fought with his bandmates Moon, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle, most typically over their drug use, including one fight which got him kicked out of the band in 1966.