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Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, strikes deal with Russia investigators

Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, has struck a deal with investigators looking into Russian election meddling, according to reports.

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Drunken vandal destroys flatmate's rare plant collection

The travails of scientific research are many and varied, from experiments that go disastrously wrong, to erroneous calculations and sudden cuts in government funding.

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Jamaica women enter Olympic bobsleigh - 30 years after the men

Jamaica will send a women's bobsleigh team to next month's Winter Olympics;

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Gender pay gap: Women are rewarded less for loyalty and penalised more in male-dominated jobs

Women are rewarded less for loyalty and are paid up to a quarter less than their male colleagues in the most male-dominated occupations according to an analysis of the UK's gender pay gap.

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Balearic Islands to ban plastic by 2020 in bid to clean its beaches

The Balearic Islands are moving to ban the sale of all single-use consumer plastics by 2020 in what could be the most far-reaching legislation in Europe against disposable products.

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Man is told his wife has died in hospital only for him to spot her asleep on ward

A man was told by a hospital nurse that his wife had died, only to turn up and find her asleep on the ward an hour later.

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Police accused of 'helping criminals' by selling old items of uniform on eBay

Police are selling old items of uniforms on eBay to plug a funding gap, as campaigners accused the force of helping criminals to impersonate officers.

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North and South Korea to march under same flag at Winter Olympics in diplomatic breakthrough

The two Koreas on Wednesday agreed to form a united women's hockey team for next month's Winter Olympics in the South, the latest in a flurry of cross-border talks.

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EU concerned by Italy's election campaign after politician's claim that migrants threaten 'the white race'

European leaders have expressed concerns over the outcome of Italy’s election and condemned a senior politician who warned that the “white race” was at risk from uncontrolled immigration.

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'Obsessive' builder accused of kidnapping and raping two young women, leaving one for dead

A builder who became obsessed with two young women kidnapped, raped and cut their throats, leaving one of them dead in a freezer at a disused house, a court has heard.

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'Faux fur' products made of real fur, it emerges as Boots pulls accessories from shelves

Boots has recalled 'faux fur' hairpins from shelves, after it was found they were actually made of real fur.

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Woman takes her cat to the vet - then finds it selling on Facebook marketplace for £50

A woman was shocked to find her cat being sold on Facebook marketplace for £50 after taking him to the vets.

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California 'House of horrors' children like 'clones' and were 'forced to march in circles'

The 13 children from the California 'House of Horrors' were forced to march in circles in the middle of the night, according to a former neighbour.

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Trump enrages Palestinians by cutting aid to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

The United States announced it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give a UN agency that serves the Palestinians, two weeks after President Donald Trump questioned the value of such funding.

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​Watch​ the moment injured ​and exhausted ​seal pups are rescued in Cornwall

Winds of up to 80mph that have hit Cornwall in recent weeks have done more than merely disrupt travel and damage infrastructure - they have also brought danger to local wildlife.

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Erupting volcano forces 34,000 to flee Philippine villages

Glowing-red lava spurted in a fountain and flowed down the Philippines' most active volcano.

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Commuters warned of snow and ice as mountain rescuers called to save stranded motorists

Commuters have been urged to be wary of snow and ice across much of Britain on Wednesday after a mountain rescue team was called to help motorists trapped on a motorway in wintry conditions.

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Donald Trump scores top marks in cognitive test - how well would you do?

The cognitive test on which Donald Trump received a perfect score is considered a good screening tool for mental decline in an otherwise healthy person, medical experts said.

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Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day car crash

An actress who appeared in Home And Away has died after being involved in a crash that killed several members of her family.

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Heathrow suggests routing M25 through a tunnel under third runway

Britain's busiest motorway could be buried in a tunnel seven metres below a new third runway at Heathrow, the airport has announced.

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Family breakdown leads to growth in 'paupers' funerals' 

Family breakdown is leading to a growing number of "paupers' funerals", funeral directors have said.

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Elderly dying amid NHS wrangles over who pays for care, PAC warns

Elderly patients are dying amid NHS wrangles over who pays for care, with thousands denied help which should have been given, a new report suggests.

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Hope for Poppi Worthington justice as Coroner asks CPS to reconsider case

Poppi Worthington could finally see justice after it emerged that the coroner who investigated her death has asked prosecutors to reconsider the case.

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Student leaders to be taken to Auschwitz in bid to combat campus anti-Semitism 

Student union leaders are set to be taken to visit Auschwitz to tackle anti-Semitism on campus, the Government has said.

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Church warden and magician arrested on suspicion of murdering and defrauding two elderly neighbours 18-months apart

A church warden and a magician have been arrested on suspicion of murder after two elderly neighbours died in mysterious circumstances 18-months apart in a quiet Buckinghamshire village.

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Suffering from writer's block? A simple cup of tea gets the creative juices going, scientists say

A simple cup of tea sparks an instant burst of brainpower and creativity, according to a new study - within minutes of drinking a brew.

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Britain prepares to send military helicopters for French campaign against Islamists in Sahel 

Britain will send military helicopters to join a French campaign against Islamist extremists in Africa as London and Paris move to deepen cross-Channel defence ties, the Prime Minister is expected to announce later this week.

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