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Former Guardian editor Preston dies at 79

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Peter Preston, pictured in 2012, was first struck by melanoma 10 years ago, and it returned 20 months ago The former editor of the Guardian, Peter Preston, has died aged 79. Preston, who led the paper between 1975 and 1995 and later became an ...

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Five things to expect from Dancing on Ice’s return

Dancing on Ice returns to our screens on Sunday night after a four-year break. The ITV show sees celebrities paired up with professional ice skaters to perform routines on the rink in front of a panel of judges. Each week the pairs are scored and put to a public vote ...

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Churches suspends sign of peace due to flu

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Diocese of Down and Connor has also advised priests to disinfect their hands before they distribute Holy Communion. A Catholic Church diocese is suspending the ‘sign of peace’ between Massgoers due to the recent surge in flu cases. The Diocese of Down and ...

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Royal Wedding: Late pub opening hours for Harry and Meghan

Image copyright Getty Images Pub opening hours could be extended to 1am for the weekend of the royal wedding in May, the government says. The Home Office is to begin a four-week consultation on the plan for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “We want ...

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Collie dog Red found after 10 days lost in snow in Pembrokeshire

Image copyright Caitlin Thompson Image caption Red was found on Saturday after surviving nine wintry nights in the mountains It is a remarkable tale of the kindness of strangers and a hardy pet surviving against the odds. Red, the Welsh Border Collie, vanished while being walked in heavy snow on ...

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May drops plans for fox-hunting vote

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Fox hunting was banned across England and Wales in 2004 Prime Minister Theresa May has dropped plans to hold a vote on the fox-hunting ban during this parliament. The Conservatives promised a vote on repealing the Hunting Act – which bans the use of ...

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Royal photo mum: It’s changed our lives

Image copyright Karen Anvil Image caption Karen Anvil, of Watlington, Norfolk, captured a beaming Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Christmas Day at Sandringham. Her image made the front pages of the Sun, Daily Mail, Mirror, Star, Daily Telegraph and Express newspapers, and international media. ...

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Male stalking victim: ‘People don’t take you seriously’

Image copyright Getty Images The number of men being targeted by stalkers has been increasing, police figures obtained by the BBC show. A total of 41 out of 46 UK police forces responded to a Freedom of Information request submitted by 5 live Investigates, which found there were 1,800 stalking ...

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Ray BLK: Sound of 2017 winner looks back

Image copyright Ray BLK Image caption The singer is planning to release her debut album in 2018 Ray BLK never expected to win the BBC’s Sound of 2017. “I just remember thinking it was a prank,” she laughs. “I wasn’t prepared for it at all.” The soul singer was the ...

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Charlie Brooker no ‘sarcastic monster’

Image caption Charlie Brooker is the latest Desert Island Discs castaway Charlie Brooker says people are surprised to meet him in real life – as he’s not the “horrible deadpan sarcastic monster” they see on TV. Satirist and writer Brooker revealed he’s “goofier and more awkward” than many people think. ...

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Yrsa Daley-Ward: The model who turned her pain into poetry

Image copyright Nicole Nodland The Instagram poet Yrsa Daley-Ward has had a difficult life – an unsettled childhood, the loss of her mother and struggles with depression. But it’s these things, she says, that have made her the person she is and added an extra dimension to her first, recently ...

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Acid attacks: Retailers sign up to voluntary ban on acid sales

Image copyright @PhieMcKenzie Image caption Nightclub attack: 22 people were injured when a man threw acid in London Some of the UK’s largest retailers have agreed to voluntarily stop sales of acids to customers under 18 years old. The move comes amid continuing concern over the use of corrosive substances ...

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