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Scientist advising Government urges tougher lockdown

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Professor Susan Michie said current lockdown measures are ‘the problem’ andnot people who aren’t sticking to the rules. Professor Susan Michie, directorof the Centre for Behaviour Change at UCL, said an “overwhelming” number ofpeople were sticking to lockdown rules as she questioned how Governmentmessaging was being targeted at the public.

Mikel Arteta left disappointed as Arsenal’s FA Cup defence ends at Southampton

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was “very disappointed” that his dream ofretaining the FA Cup was ended with a fourth-round exit at Southampton. TheGunners have lifted the trophy a record 14 times but were deservedly beaten onthe south coast as a Gabriel Magalhaes own goal saw Saints advance with a 1-0victory.

Snow and ice warning for weekend, but risk of further flooding next week

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People are being urged to heed flood warnings into the weekend, with theEnvironment Secretary warning of the possibility of more “challenges” in partsof England due to wet weather next week. Residents in some areas along theRiver Severn have been advised there could be flooding into Saturday, withsome levels peaking at heights similar to the February washout last year.

Alexei Navalny: Thousands protest across Russia

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Russian police on Saturday arrested protesters demanding the release ofRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny at demonstrations in Moscow and theeastern cities of Vladivostok and Ulan-Ude.

Chat show host Larry King dies at 87

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US talk show host Larry King has died in Los Angeles at the age of 87, OraMedia said in a statement tweeted from his account.

Jenrick visits Al-Abbas Mosque vaccination centre in Birmingham

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Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick visits Al-Abbas Islamic Centre inBirmingham, which is being used as a vaccination centre. It comes as earlyevidence suggests the UK coronavirus variant may be more deadly. PrimeMinister Boris Johnson told a Downing Street briefing on Friday: "In additionto spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidencethat the new variant - the variant that was first identified in London and theSouth East - may be associated with a higher degree of mortality."

Doctors call for time between vaccine doses to be reduced

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Scientists have warned there can be no early easing of lockdown rules afterevidence the mutant coronavirus variant which emerged in the South East ofEngland may be more deadly than the original strain. Boris Johnson hasappealed to people to stay at home and follow the rules after he revealed thenew variant may be associated with “a higher degree of mortality”.

What is Burns Night?

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Burns Night 2021 may be more muted than in previous years due to coronavirusrestrictions, but as people in Scotland and around the world get ready to markthe occasion on January 25, we take a look at what the day is and why it iscelebrated.

Daily politics briefing: January 23

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A look at the key figures and dates in the world of politics on January 23.Scientists have warned there can be no early easing of lockdown rules afterevidence the mutant coronavirus variant which emerged in the south east ofEngland may be more deadly than the original strain.

McGregor v Poirier: Tale of the Tape

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A look at the stats behind the lightweight fight between Conor McGregor vDustin Poirier on January 22 in Abu Dhabi.

Conor McGregor v Dustin Poirier: UFC 257 weigh in

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Mandatory credit: UFC Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier weigh in ahead oftheir UFC rematch fight, after McGregor renounced his retirement for the thirdtime in 2020.

Police appeal for public’s help to find attackers after 15-year-old killed

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West Midlands Police chief superintendent Steve Graham has urged anyoneshielding those responsible for a brutal street attack which left a 15-year-old boy dead to come forward with information. Naming the victim, WestMidlands Police said Keon Lincoln had been set upon with weapons in broaddaylight on Thursday.

Cheltenham v Man City: FA Cup fourth-round preview

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An in-depth look at Manchester City's trip to Cheltenham in the FA Cup fourthround. Guardiola's men are on fire in the Premier League - but it has come ata cost of injuries to key men.

Man Utd v Liverpool: FA Cup fourth-round preview

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An in-depth look at Manchester United's FA Cup fourth-round tie againstLiverpool. The recent meeting between the two clubs ended 0-0 at Anfield, withJurgen Klopp's men continuing to struggle in front of goal since.

Government to boost support for flood-hit areas

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Environment Secretary George Eustice said the Government was looking atproviding more funding to areas which suffer frequent flooding during a visitto Northwich, Cheshire, following Storm Christoph.

People smugglers jailed for manslaughter of 39 migrants who died in container

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Four people smugglers have been jailed for between 13 and 27 years for themanslaughter of 39 migrants, who suffered an “excruciating” death in anairtight trailer. The victims, Vietnamese men, woman and children, had hopedfor a better life in Britain when they agreed to pay up to £13,000 a head fora “VIP” smuggling service.

Coronavirus in numbers: UK death toll reaches 95,981

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The Government said a further 1,401 people had died within 28 days of testingpositive for Covid-19 as of Friday, bringing the UK total to 95,981. Separatefigures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data ondeaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 112,000deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

Guardiola: Kevin De Bruyne ruled out for up to six weeks

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has lamented the additional strainplaced on players by the volume of football this season after revealing KevinDe Bruyne will be sidelined for up to six weeks.

Wedding with 400 guests discovered at north London school

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A wedding attended by around 400 people at a north London school has beenbroken up by police, with the organiser now facing a £10,000 fine. The windowsof the state-funded Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School in Egerton Road,Stamford Hill, had been covered to stop people seeing in when officers arrivedon Thursday night.

Premier League half-term report: Who's top of the class?

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A look at the ratings of all 20 Premier League clubs as sides prepare for thesecond half of the season. Leicester, Manchester United and Manchester Cityare amongst those ranked highly, with Sheffield United lagging behind.

Drakeford: Covid-19 cases are falling in Wales

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Cases of coronavirus are falling in all areas of Wales, First Minister MarkDrakeford has said. The seven-day incidence rate for the country has fallenfrom above 650 cases per 100,000 people before Christmas to around 270 casesper 100,000 people.

Sturgeon highlights supermarket coronavirus risk as 71 more deaths recorded

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Nicola Sturgeon has told supermarket customers to wear a face mask over boththeir mouth and nose, shop alone and limit visits to once a week as shehighlighted the Covid-19 risk in retail. The First Minister stressed theimportance of wearing a face covering properly, as she announced a further 71deaths and 1,480 positive coronavirus tests had been recorded in the past day.

Retail sales in 2020 fall at fastest level in 23 years – ONS

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UK retail sales volumes increased in December as stores were allowed to reopenbriefly, following the end of the second national lockdown in England, newfigures show. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said retail salesvolumes rose 0.3% last month compared with November. However, the ONS saidestimates of quantity bought in 2020 fell by 1.9% in the largest year-on-yearfall since records began in 1997.

Woman seen lying down on railway crossing to pose for photographs

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Shocking CCTV shows a woman lying down on railway tracks to pose forphotographs despite the danger. The clip of Tidemills level crossing nearSeaford, East Sussex, shows the latest in a series of dangerous incidents onthe railway which could have ended with fatal or life-changing consequences,according to Network Rail.

George Eustice: Government considering all sorts of policies to help people stick to Covid-19 rules

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The Government is considering “all sorts” of policies to try to help peoplestick to Covid-19 and self-isolation rules, Environment Secretary GeorgeEustice has said. After reports that £500 could be offered to help people whohave to self-isolate, he told BBC Breakfast: “We always had the £500 supportpayment for those that are on certain benefits."

Dr Fauci: 'Liberating' to work with new team on virus

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Dr Anthony Fauci, the US's leading infectious disease expert, was tasked byPresident Joe Biden to give an update on the coronavirus pandemic afterlargely being sidelined in recent months by former president Donald Trump. DrFauci said the new administration would "be completely open and honest" indealing with the pandemic and, in an implicit rebuke to the Trumpadministration, said everything now would be "based on science and evidence".

James Bond film No Time To Die delayed again

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James Bond film No Time To Die has been delayed again as Hollywood grappleswith the continued disruption caused by the pandemic. Daniel Craig’s finalouting as 007 will now arrive on October 8, the official Bond Twitter accountannounced. It had been set to be released in April this year followingmultiple pandemic-enforced delays.

Daily politics briefing: January 22

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A look at the key figures and dates in the world of politics on January 22.Some UK retailers are considering abandoning or burning goods returned by EUcustomers due to the cost and trouble of bringing them back into the country,an industry boss said.

Klopp admits Liverpool lack confidence after Burnley loss

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits player confidence is an issue as aseven-hour goal drought contributed to the 1-0 defeat by Burnley which endedan unbeaten home league run stretching back to April 2017. Ashley Barnes’s83rd-minute penalty was his 100th senior club career goal and he became thefirst Burnley player to score an away league goal since October 3. ForLiverpool, whose 68-match unbeaten run at home was brought to an end, theirgoal drought now stretches to seven hours and 18 minutes.

Brother describes family 'heartbreak' on Reading terror victim's 40th birthday

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The brother of Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, who was killed in the Reading terrorattack on June 20 2020, has paid tribute to him on what would have been his40th birthday. The US citizen, affectionately known to his loved ones as Joe,was stabbed to death in a park by 26-year-old failed Libyan asylum seekerKhairi Saadallah on June 20 last year. His friends, history teacher JamesFurlong, 36, and scientist Dr David Wails, 49, were also killed in the attackin Forbury Gardens as the victims were enjoying a summer evening after thefirst lockdown restrictions in England were relaxed.

Northwich in Cheshire hit by flooding, with care homes evacuated

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The centre of Northwich has been hit by flooding, with water entering somebusinesses in the town centre and homes evacuated. Roads into the town centrehave been closed and pedestrians are being asked to avoid the area due tofootpaths being “under numerous inches of water”, police said on Twitter.

Northern Ireland lockdown extended until March 5

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Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First MinisterMichelle O'Neill have confirmed that the region's coronavirus lockdownrestrictions will be extended to March 5.

Life in lockdown: Everything you need to know about sleep

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The coronavirus pandemic has played havoc with almost every facet of ourwaking lives, from work, education and finances to travel, leisure and socialfreedoms. And it seems it has also had a knock-on impact on our slumber timetoo. Here, the PA news agency seeks the opinion of Professor Mark Blagrove, aleading expert in sleep and dreaming at Swansea University’s Department ofPsychology, on how much sleep we need and why, and what to do if we havenightmares.