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Pictures of the week: From car in a sinkhole to auto in the snow

Here's our pick of the pictures around the world this week...

  • Cheryl Expertly Swerves Question About Personal Life On 'BBC Breakfast', Amid Liam Payne Split Rumours
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    HuffPost UK

    Cheryl Expertly Swerves Question About Personal Life On 'BBC Breakfast', Amid Liam Payne Split Rumours

    Cheryl Tweedy dodged a potentially tricky question about her personal life during a ‘BBC Breakfast’ interview on Tuesday (20 February), amid rumours about her relationship with boyfriend Liam Payne.

  • Outgoing HSBC boss paid £6.1m as profits miss City expectations
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    Sky News

    Outgoing HSBC boss paid £6.1m as profits miss City expectations

    Stuart Gulliver, who has led HSBC over the last seven years, saw his pay packet rise from £5.7m in 2016 as his annual bonus sharply increased. HSBC has been dogged by money laundering claims in recent years - and recently saw the expiry of a "deferred prosecution" agreement under which it was being closely monitored by the US Department of Justice. Like many large firms with US operations, HSBC had to take an accounting charge in 2017 - in its case $1.3bn - after US President Donald Trump's corporate tax reforms .

  • Ancient Rome: Scientists Explain Geological Mystery That Killed Animals but Not Priests at 'Gate to Hell'
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    Newsweek

    Ancient Rome: Scientists Explain Geological Mystery That Killed Animals but Not Priests at 'Gate to Hell'

    Archaeologists have uncovered fascinating new details about a cave in Turkey that ancient Romans believed to be an entrance to the underworld. Complex rituals once took place at the 2,200-year-old site in the city of Hierapolis, part of the province of Phrygia.

  • Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie disqualified as her disastrous Olympics comes to an end in worst possible way
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    The Independent

    Winter Olympics 2018: Elise Christie disqualified as her disastrous Olympics comes to an end in worst possible way

    The British speed skater Elise Christie may have entered Pyeongchang as a hot favourite for multiple gold medals but she will leave empty-handed, battered and bruised after another fall and then a disqualification saw her eliminated from the 1000m short-track at the first hurdle. Christie had already crashed out of the 500m and 1500m but retained hope of medalling and overcoming her Sochi heartbreak that saw three disqualifications. It was a heartbreaking conclusion to the games for Christie, who came into Pyeongchang as one of Team GB's greatest medal hopes.

  • London's most unusual coffees
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    Evening Standard

    London's most unusual coffees

    London loves coffee and maybe – if certain dubious science is to be believed – coffee even loves us back, apparently helping us to live longer.

  • Conmen jailed after 92-year-old victim plays them at their own game and lures them into arrests
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    Yahoo News UK

    Conmen jailed after 92-year-old victim plays them at their own game and lures them into arrests

    The victim was stung in a so called 'Courier Fraud' after a conman called her home posing as a police detective.

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    Man fined €208,000 for trying to pass off veal for fruit at self-service till

    The man was ordered to pay the fine, which was calculated based on his income, after trying to cheat the till to avoid paying €47 for veal liver. Munich's district court convicted the 58-year-old businessman of theft and based his hefty financial penalty on his monthly income of €24,000 (£21,000). The man, who has not been named, is said to have a history of supermarket self-service fraud, having tried to cheat the system three times before.

  • Woman Destroys Her Gun in Wake of Florida High School Shooting
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    Woman Destroys Her Gun in Wake of Florida High School Shooting

    A woman who describes herself as a ‘regular hillbilly gunowner’ destroyed her gun as a reaction to a high school shooting in Florida in which 17 people died. Amanda Meyer, originally from Strawberry Point, Iowa, said she grew up around guns and that her parents always emphasized gun safety. She said the only way in which she could be sure that her Sig Sauer P229 won’t hurt anyone was by destroying it. Addressing the camera Amanda said, “I’m not going to let the second amendment any more to be used as an excuse for children to be used as collateral damage.” This video shows Amanda address the camera about the reasons behind her choice to destroy her gun before dismantling the gun with an angle grinder. Credit: Amanda Meyer via Storyful

  • KFC closures as chain runs out of chicken
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    Sky News

    KFC closures as chain runs out of chicken

    KFC has had to shut most of its restaurants across the UK and Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) after "teething problems" with a new delivery contractor meant it ran out of chicken. The fast food chain said it was "working flat out" to reopen stores after there were issues with deliveries on Friday and over the weekend. Its problems appeared to have deepened on Monday as an update on its website listed just over 80 UK restaurants, out of a total of 900, that were open at midday.

  • Dutch activate 'hard Brexit' plan and blame 'a lack of clarity' from the UK
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    Sky News

    Dutch activate 'hard Brexit' plan and blame 'a lack of clarity' from the UK

    The Dutch government has linked its decision to activate what it refers to as a "hard Brexit" plan for customs to "divisions within the British Conservative Party" and a "remaining lack of clarity" from the UK. A letter seen by Sky News, sent last week from the country's finance ministry, sought to explain to Dutch parliamentarians exactly how many extra customs officers would be required to police new trade barriers at Europe's biggest port in Rotterdam, and Dutch airports. Cabinet finance minister Menno Snel wrote that 930 would be required in the event of a "no deal" Brexit, which is "conceivable" after "difficult" first-phase negotiations.

  • Grey’s Anatomy could be distorting public expectations of trauma care – study
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    PA Science

    Grey’s Anatomy could be distorting public expectations of trauma care – study

    Fictional patients in the drama are more likely to have surgery and more likely to die than real patients, a study found.

  • Alan Partridge and Nigel Farage would get on like ‘house on fire’ – Steve Coogan
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    PA Entertainment

    Alan Partridge and Nigel Farage would get on like ‘house on fire’ – Steve Coogan

    The radio DJ will return to the BBC in a new series to be aired later this year.

  • Short bouts of exercise could help reduce premature death in older men – study
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    PA Science

    Short bouts of exercise could help reduce premature death in older men – study

    Overall volume of activity is key, academics said.

  • Southall murder probe: man 'jumped from first floor window before dying of stab wounds'
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    Evening Standard

    Southall murder probe: man 'jumped from first floor window before dying of stab wounds'

    A young man jumped from the first-floor window of his west London home before collapsing from fatal stab wounds in a front garden, witnesses said. Neighbours today said the 26-year-old victim, known as Rotimi, was at home in Hanwell where he is said to have cared for his mother when he was attacked. Theresa Grilo said: “I saw him that morning on the corner and he was on his bike as always.

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    Imran Khan's hat-trick: Cricketer turned politician marries Bushra Maneka

    Imran Khan has married for a third time - to a faith healer who has helped him in the past, his party has announced. Fawad Hussain, spokesman for Khan's Pakistan Taherik-e-Insaf (PTI) party said the 65-year-old cricket legend-turned politician married Bushra Maneka. Friends say he has turned to her in the past for spiritual healing.

  • Japanese 'baby factory' dad wins custody of 13 surrogate children in Bangkok
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    The Independent

    Japanese 'baby factory' dad wins custody of 13 surrogate children in Bangkok

    A Bangkok court has granted a wealthy Japanese man “sole parent” rights to 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers. The decision allows 28-year-old Mitsutoki Shigeta to apply for custody of the children. Mr Shigeta was at the centre of the 2014 “baby factory” scandal that emerged when police discovered nine babies and a pregnant surrogate mother in a Bangkok apartment.

  • William Hill fined £6.2m over money laundering and problem gambling failures
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    Sky News

    William Hill fined £6.2m over money laundering and problem gambling failures

    William Hill (Frankfurt: 633847 - news) has been fined £6.2m by regulators over money laundering and problem gambling failures. It is the second biggest penalty ever levied by the Gambling Commission and the largest in relation to money laundering. The regulator said 10 customers were allowed to deposit large sums of money linked to criminal offences.

  • From Russia with love: Moscow's Vakhtangov Theatre comes to the Barbican
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    Evening Standard

    From Russia with love: Moscow's Vakhtangov Theatre comes to the Barbican

    There is a timeliness to the Vakhtangov Theatre’s forthcoming visit to London. The much-lauded company, founded in 1920 as an offshoot of Stanislavsky’s Moscow Art Theatre, is strengthening cultural bridges. The Vakhtangov first visited the capital with an Uncle Vanya at the Noël Coward Theatre in 2012 that the Independent praised for its “blackly comic abandon”, and then with a version of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin at the Barbican in 2015, which the Guardian pronounced “dazzling”.

  • 'Despicable' woman who posted abusive note on ambulance windscreen is fined
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    Yahoo News UK

    'Despicable' woman who posted abusive note on ambulance windscreen is fined

    Kirsty Sharman, 26, was charged after a social media plea by West Midlands Ambulance Service staff.

  • The Conservatives' Tuition Fee Review Will Cut Off Talent From The Creative Industries
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    HuffPost UK

    The Conservatives' Tuition Fee Review Will Cut Off Talent From The Creative Industries

    Yesterday, Theresa May announced a long-awaited review of higher education funding.

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    Reuters

    Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives tensions

    Eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, a Chinese news portal said, amid a constitutional crisis in the tiny tropical island chain of the Maldives now under a state of emergency. A fleet of destroyers and at least one frigate, a 30,000-tone amphibious transport dock and three support tankers entered the Indian Ocean, news portal Sina.com.cn said, without linking the deployment to the crisis in the Maldives or giving a reason. "If you look at warships and other equipment, the gap between the Indian and Chinese navy is not large," Sina.com.cn said on Sunday.

  • Chef gives veganism the chop at meat feast
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    Evening Standard

    Chef gives veganism the chop at meat feast

    Acclaimed chef Ben Murphy is hosting a “carnivorous feast” to champion meat and encourage Londoners to try unusual cuts. At a time when veganism and vegetarianism is at an all-time high in the capital, the head chef at Kensington restaurant Launceston Place is to celebrate meat with five other leading chefs in a one-night event.

  • I’m not shocked that young girls love lipstick – there are worse problems
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    The Guardian

    I’m not shocked that young girls love lipstick – there are worse problems

    One of my gifts was a set of Tinkerbell lipsticks – a beauty brand specifically marketed to children, and presumably bought by desperate mothers who had already seen one Chanel compact ruined by eager, chubby fingers, and wanted a range of products that could be washed off walls and curtains.

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    Business Insider UK

    Indonesia suspends infrastructure projects after string of accidents

    Indonesia suspended on Tuesday the construction of elevated infrastructure projects, including rail and roads, after a series of accidents raised questions about the safety of a government drive to upgrade transport networks. Minister of Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, who is in charge of infrastructure construction, said the government would suspend all construction of elevated infrastructure. Everything will be evaluated," he said, adding that President Joko Widodo had requested the action.

  • Tom Daley baby name: Robert becomes bookies' favourite in honour of diver's late father
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    Evening Standard

    Tom Daley baby name: Robert becomes bookies' favourite in honour of diver's late father

    Tom Daley could name his baby Robert in honour of his late father. Last week, the Olympic diver and his husband Dustin Lance Black announced that they are expecting their first child together. The parents-to-be both shared snaps of their unborn child’s scan, alongside captions celebrating Valentine’s Day.

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