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Six dead in Plymouth shooting

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Six people have died of gunshot wounds in a firearms incident in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Police have said.Two females and two males died at the scene in the Keyham area of the city, the force said, along with another male who is believed to be the offender.Another female was treated at the scene for gunshot wounds and later died in hospital.The force said next of kin have been informed and it is not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.It confirmed the incident was not terror-related.

Nick Grimshaw leaves BBC after final Radio One show

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"It feels quite weird", says Nick Grimshaw as he leaves the BBC after presenting his last Radio One show.The DJ opened his final show on the station with a montage of highlights from his 14 years there.

Striker Romelu Lukaku returns to Chelsea on five-year deal

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Chelsea have announced the signing of striker Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan on a five-year deal.The Belgium international returns to Stamford Bridge having previously played for the Blues between 2011 and 2014.Head coach Thomas Tuchel had been keen to bolster his striking options on the eve of the new season as the German eyes a tilt at the Premier League title in his first full season in charge, having won the Champions League last campaign.

Lukaku to Chelsea: Most expensive Premier League signings ever

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Romelu Lukaku has become the second-most expensive player bought by a Premier League club after he signed for Chelsea in a deal worth a reported £97.5million.The Belgian striker does not quite surpass Jack Grealish as the most expensive player in the English top flight.

Coronavirus vaccines in numbers: August 12

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Of the 87,184,438 coronavirus vaccines administered in the UK 47,170,968 were first doses, the Government Covid-19 dashboard states.

Coronavirus in numbers: Cases rise by 33,074

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The Government said a further 94 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the UK total to 130,701.

Gadirova twins leap for joy as they collect results after Olympic bronze

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Olympic medal-winning gymnastics twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova have celebrated another success after gaining the results they needed to take the next leap in their careers.Both girls received passes across the board, with Jessica particularly proud to receive a BTEC level two distinction star in business, while both got a distinction star in the NCFE Health and Fitness award as well as their GCSEs.

Brentford v Arsenal: Premier League match preview

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An in-depth look at the Premier League opener between new boys Brentford and ever-presents Arsenal. Brentford are the 50th club to appear in the Premier League and will be hoping to kick off in a dream fashion against Mikel Arteta's men.

GCSE top grades reach record high after exams cancelled for second year

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Students at Wales High School in Rotherham and City Academy in Birmingham receive their GCSE results after top grades reach record high with exams cancelled for second year.Hundreds of thousands of youngsters have been given results determined by their teachers, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught during the pandemic.Overall, 28.9% of UK GCSE entries were awarded one of the top grades this year, up by 2.7 percentage points on last year when 26.2% achieved the top grades, figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland show.

Met chief on Andrew allegations: Nobody is above the law

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Commissioner Cressida Dick tells LBC the Metropolitan Police will review the decision not to investigate whether crimes were committed by Jeffrey Epstein in London as a result of the civil court case against the Duke of York.

Health club launches glamping staycation for pandemic heroes

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Visitors enjoy an all-inclusive VIP staycation at David Lloyd in Hampton, with the breaks gifted to those who went above and beyond to help others during the pandemic, including guests who raised money for The Captain Tom Foundation.

New Zealand's borders to remain closed for rest of year

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the country's borders will remain closed until at least the end of the year.The Prime Minister said an elimination strategy is the best way to keep Covid-19 out and the economy open.Ardern stressed the priority is vaccinating the population by end 2021.The country's borders have been shut for nearly 18 months.

Arsenal: 2021/22 season preview

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An in-depth preview at Arsenal as they head into the 2021/22 season. Consecutive 8th place finishes leave the Gunners a long way behind their traditional rivals.

Sunak 'not complacent' over economic growth

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The UK economy grew by 4.8% in the second quarter of 2021 as lockdowns lifted, getting people back into pubs, the Office for National Statistics has said.The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by a further 1% in June, creating five consecutive months of growth.

Nick Gibb defends Education Secretary as students collect GCSE results

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Schools Minister Nick Gibb defends his colleague Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, amid press speculation that he may be losing the confidence of the Prime Minister. Mr Gibb called the Education Secretary "a very effective Secretary of State".

Chelsea: 2021/22 season preview

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An in-depth preview at Chelsea as they head into the 2021/22 season. Thomas Tuchel turned the club's fortunes around to lead them to Champions League success last year, and fans will hope for more of the same.

Daily politics briefing: August 12

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All the latest updates on the UK's political stage, as students across the England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive their GCSE results.

Tottenham: 2021/22 season preview

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An in-depth preview at Tottenham as they head into the 2021/22 season. Nuno Espirito Santo has a rebuilding job in north London, but keeping star striker Harry Kane is the main priority.

Leicester: 2021/22 season preview

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An in-depth preview at Leicester as they head into the 2021/22 season. Though the Foxes missed out on the Champions League, Brendan Rodgers guided them to FA Cup success.

Man United: 2021/22 season preview

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An in-depth preview at Man United as they head into the 2021/22 season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes the arrival of Jadon Sancho will bring him long-awaited silverware

Manchester City: 2021/22 season preview

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An in-depth preview for Manchester City as they head into the 2021/22 season. Though their Champions League quest ended in heartbreak, Guardiola's men remain the team to beat in England.

Liverpool: 2021/22 season preview

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An in-depth preview at Liverpool as they head into the 2021/22 season. Though the Reds lost their Premier League crown to Man City, they secured Champions League football on the final day.

Thomas Tuchel: Substitution of Super Cup hero Kepa Arrizabalaga was planned

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Mandatory credit: UEFA Super Cup Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealed the decision to bring goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on for the Super Cup penalty shoot-out win over Villarreal stemmed from extensive statistical research.There were eyebrows raised as Kepa replaced Edouard Mendy towards the end of the 1-1 draw at Belfast’s Windsor Park on Wednesday night.The two sides could not be settled over 120 minutes after Hakim Ziyech’s effort for the Champions League holders was cancelled out by Gerard Moreno.Europa League winners Villarreal hit the woodwork twice but came up short in the shoot-out as Kepa saved from both Aissa Mandi and Raul Albiol, with Chelsea winning 6-5 after Kai Havertz had missed the first spot-kick.

Non-slip tiles designed to stop bats sliding off

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New tiles being fitted on the roof of the National Trust’s Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk have been adapted to stop bats sliding off.Part of a massive re-roofing project at the historic manor house has included installing new black-glazed pan-tiles chosen to look the same as those used over two centuries ago, which had become weatherworn, cracked and damaged.However, the black glaze on the new tiles was found to be too slippery for the property’s resident bats.Looking for a solution, bat experts carried out tests which found that a coating of paint mixed with sand of different sizes enabled bats to grip with the tiny claws on their thumbs and feet and to climb easily to the safety of the roof top roosts.

Coronavirus in numbers: UK deaths rise by 104

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Coronavirus in numbers: UK deaths rise to 130,607, a rise of 104.According to data from Johns Hopkins University in the US, mortalities globally from the virus have reached 4,319,262.

Assange's partner pleads for 'nightmare to end' over extradition bid

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Julian Assange’s partner seeks end to ‘nightmare’ of ‘threats and intimidation' as the US government won the latest round in its High Court bid to extradite the WikiLeaks founder on espionage charges.Stella Moris, who has two children with Assange, spoke outside the Royal Courts of Justice after a preliminary hearing as part of the US government’s challenge to a decision by a British judge in January not to extradite him. At Wednesday’s hearing, Lord Justice Holroyde ruled in favour of the US authorities and allowed them to expand their arguments for the main appeal, which will take place over two days in October.

British embassy worker in Berlin arrested on suspicion of spying

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A British embassy employee in Berlin has been arrested on suspicion of spying for Russia, German prosecutors have said.The 57-year-old British national - identified only as David S - was detained on Tuesday following a joint investigation by British and German authorities.

Samsung says 'the future is foldable' as it unveils new smartphones

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Samsung has declared “the future is foldable” as the technology giant unveiled its latest generation of folding phones.In a shake-up to its smartphone portfolio, the firm has opted against launching a new version of its popular Galaxy Note large-screen device this year, instead announcing the flexible-screened Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3.

15 sets of twins to start school in Scotland

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Schools in an area of Scotland are preparing to welcome an unusually large number of twins to primary one classes next week. Inverclyde has 15 sets of siblings beginning school next Wednesday – the second highest twin count on record.A week before they begin causing their teachers double trouble, 13 of the pairs met up at St Mary’s Primary School in Greenock to show off their new uniforms in front of the press and proud parents.

Biden defends US withdrawal from Afghanistan

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President Joe Biden has defended his decision to pull US forces out of Afghanistan, insisting he does not regret his decision, as the situation rapidly deteriorates and the Taliban accelerate gains across the country.Reiterating the argument he has made for months, Mr Biden said the US has spent spent more than a trillion dollars in 20 years and lost thousands of American troops to death and injury there.He said the US and its allies have trained and equipped more then 300,000 Afghan forces and now "they've got to fight for themselves, fight for their nation".

Daily politics briefing: August 11

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All the latest updates on the UK's political stage, as top A-level grades soar at private schools sparking concern of a widening divide with state students.

Andrew’s legal team ‘stonewalling’ lawyers of his accuser

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The lawyer representing the Duke of York’s accuser has warned against anyone ignoring the US courts as he claimed the royal’s legal team have “stonewalled” appeals for information.Virginia Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager, and has said it was “past the time for him to be held to account”.She claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the duke, when she was aged 17 and a minor under US law.Andrew has denied the allegations.

Lewis Pugh takes on ‘most challenging’ swim to highlight climate crisis

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Footage courtesy of Lewis Pugh FoundationEndurance swimmer Lewis Pugh plans to undertake what he describes as the coldest swim on Earth to highlight the speed at which the planet is melting.Archive footage shows swims he made in Antarctica in 2017 and 2020. This time he will swim across the 10-kilometre (six-mile) mouth of the Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland, in front of the world’s fastest-moving glacier, in near-freezing waters with a wind chill that can plummet temperatures to negative numbers.

I choo choo choose you! Couple tie the knot on train

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A rail-mad couple enjoyed a “dream come true” wedding as they tied the knot on a train.Laura Dale and Jane Magnet, from Surrey, were selected out of more than 150 couples who entered a competition to win a wedding on an Avanti West Coast service.

Lionel Messi signs two-year deal with Paris St Germain

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Lionel Messi has signed for Paris St Germain on a two-year-deal.The six-time world player of the year was a free agent after Barcelona announced they were unable to fulfil the terms of a new contract due to financial difficulties.

New York governor Cuomo resigns amid sexual harassment claims

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New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo has resigned over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations in a fall from grace a year after he was widely hailed nationally for his detailed daily briefings and leadership during the darkest days of Covid-19.The three-term governor’s decision, which will take effect in two weeks, was announced as momentum built in the legislature to remove him by impeachment.

Belfast teenagers play on BT big screen in aid of online hate awareness

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Teenagers from across Northern Ireland played a match at Crusaders FC Seaview grounds in Belfast on the eve of the Super Cup. The match was in partnership with BT Hope United and the UEFA Foundation for Children, with Rio Ferdinand attending. The aim is to raise awareness of the devastating impact of online hate in sport and among young people.

Lionel Messi waves to fans from Paris airport window

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Lionel Messi has arrived in Paris, having reportedly agreed a two-year deal with Paris St Germain. The 34-year-old left Barcelona today, after a 21-year career with the club.

Khan unveils new Mayors of Play at London Zoo

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled his new advisers for the summer, the Mayors of Play, at London Zoo on Tuesday morning.These five young Londoners have helped the Mayor create a Tube map of activities in the capital that families can enjoy this summer.

Lionel Messi agrees two-year deal with Paris St Germain – reports

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Lionel Messi has agreed to sign for Paris St Germain, according to reports.The six-time world player of the year is a free agent after Barcelona announced they were unable to fulfil the terms of a new contract due to financial difficulties.