• British citizens will have to pay to enter EU after Brexit
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    British citizens will have to pay to enter EU after Brexit

    The European Commission has confirmed that while UK travellers will not need a visa to enter the EU. In a tweet sent on December 14, Natasha Bertaud (tweet to: Natasha Bertaud ) @EU_Commission coordinating spokesperson for activities of @JunckerEU, the president of the EU, she confirmed that British citizens will have to buy a three-year visa for seven euros. It means that UK citizens will not need a visa when travelling to the Schengen area for short stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

  • Strictly Come Dancing final: Bruno Tonioli leaves fans laughing with Stacey Dooley 'greatest hits' mix up
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    Strictly Come Dancing final: Bruno Tonioli leaves fans laughing with Stacey Dooley 'greatest hits' mix up

    Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli suffered an awkward final moment as he gave some rather X-rated feedback to Stacey Dooley, leaving fans in hysterics.

  • Social media stars console Strictly’s Joe Sugg after YouTuber snubbed in final
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    Social media stars console Strictly’s Joe Sugg after YouTuber snubbed in final

    Online personalities sent their condolences to the runner-up.

  • Brexit: EU immigration to UK 'to be slashed by 80%' after we leave bloc
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    Brexit: EU immigration to UK 'to be slashed by 80%' after we leave bloc

    The home secretary is said to have plans to cut European immigration by 80 per cent under stricter entry conditions after Brexit. Sajid Javid is expected to publish plans to end free movement and preferential access for EU migrants after December 2020 – which will see net immigration from Europe reduced to as little as 10,000 a year, according to the The Sunday Times. Official figures published last month revealed EU net migration has hit a six-year low at 74,000 in the year to June 2018 – 60 per cent lower than in June 2016 and the lowest level since 2012.

  • Where do former UK prime ministers stand on the Brexit issue?
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    Where do former UK prime ministers stand on the Brexit issue?

    Here is a look at how former British prime ministers view Brexit.

  • Cherif Chekatt: Strasbourg Christmas market attacker supported Isis, says father after family released from custody
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    Cherif Chekatt: Strasbourg Christmas market attacker supported Isis, says father after family released from custody

    The father of the gunman who embarked on a deadly shooting spree at a Christmas market in Strasbourg has said his son was an Isis supporter. Abdelkrim Chekatt said Chérif Chekatt, 29, believed the Islamic terror group was “fighting for a just cause”. Chekatt escaped but was cornered by French police and shot dead in the Neudorf area of the city following a huge two-day manhunt.

  • I'm a Celebrity's Emily Atack opens up about depression and therapy
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    I'm a Celebrity's Emily Atack opens up about depression and therapy

    "I honestly feel like a different person now."

  • LGBT couples marry in protest against Brazil's Bolsonaro
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    LGBT couples marry in protest against Brazil's Bolsonaro

    Around 40 same-sex couples married in Sao Paulo, Brazil, weeks before the inauguration of right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

  • Jeremy Corbyn’s top team split on when to table motion of confidence to topple Theresa May
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    Jeremy Corbyn’s top team split on when to table motion of confidence to topple Theresa May

    A row has erupted among Jeremy Corbyn’s top team over when the party should push for a vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s government, The Independent has learnt. The dispute has seen key figures in the shadow cabinet demanding that the party strike sooner rather than later in order to remove the prime minister from office after she was weakened by an attempt by Tory MPs to oust her. The Independent understands that those backing swift action include Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, and Sir Keir Starmer, the influential shadow Brexit secretary, while those backing Mr Corbyn’s decision to play the waiting game include shadow chancellor John McDonnell, shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, shadow education secretary Angela Rayner and party chairman Ian Lavery.

  • Tourism chiefs want toll charges scrapped as bridges linking England to Wales become free for first time
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    Tourism chiefs want toll charges scrapped as bridges linking England to Wales become free for first time

    Tourism chiefs have called for toll fees on British roads to be scrapped as two bridges linking England to Wales are to become free to use for the first time in history. 

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    New £50 note should feature ethnic minority figure, say campaigners

    Pressure is growing on Bank of England governor Mark Carney to choose an historic figure from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background for the new £50 note. More than 200 people including prominent stars, cultural leaders and politicians have backed a campaign - led by Stand Up director Zehra Zaidi and the director of Every Generation, Patrick Vernon - for the new banknote to "reflect modern multicultural Britain". Among those who could become the first ethnic minority face on a British banknote include Noor Inayat Khan, Britain's first Muslim war heroine, or Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole.

  • Caroline Flack promises rows on Love Island Christmas special
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    Caroline Flack promises rows on Love Island Christmas special

    No tidings of comfort and joy to see here.

  • Brexit pressure rises, but UK government says no to second vote
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    Brexit pressure rises, but UK government says no to second vote

    Britain's government is not preparing for a second referendum on Brexit, ministers said on Sunday, sticking to the script that Prime Minister Theresa May's deal could still pass through parliament with a few changes. May delayed a vote last week on her agreement to leave the European Union because she was set to lose in parliament and has tried to secure "assurances" from the bloc to try to better sell it to skeptical lawmakers. With less than four months before Britain is due to leave in March, Brexit, the biggest shift in trade and foreign policy for more than 40 years, is proving anything but smooth, complicated by the deep divisions in parliament and across the country.

  • How Grace Millane's murder sparked national soul-searching over New Zealand's domestic violence record
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    How Grace Millane's murder sparked national soul-searching over New Zealand's domestic violence record

    Long thought of as one of the safest legs on backpackers' round-the-world tickets, New Zealand has been forced to face hard realities in the wake of the alleged murder of British tourist Grace Millane.

  • Is Impostor Syndrome just for women? There are some men I can think of...
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    Is Impostor Syndrome just for women? There are some men I can think of...

    At around the same, distant time that I was meant to be studying comparative – animal – psychology, a couple of US psychologists, Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes, came up with something never yet observed in a herring gull, but frequently – they concluded – afflicting successful women: the Impostor Phenomenon. Once coined, the catchy, portmanteau label for female insecurity rapidly became as useful as you’d expect at a time when professionally successful women were unusual, often deeply unwelcome and regarded, unless they were teachers or nurses, as freaks. Clance and Imes were operating in an academic world not much advanced from the one described in Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife, where talented female students eagerly internalise the condescension of less able male contemporaries.

  • No 10 denies making plans for second Brexit referendum
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    No 10 denies making plans for second Brexit referendum

    Theresa May attends church in Maidenhead on Sunday. Theresa May will summon EU27 ambassadors to No 10 this week as she continues to seek reassurances over the Irish backstop, with Downing Street vehemently denying drawing up contingency plans for a second referendum. The education secretary, Damian Hinds, said on Sunday: “Government policy couldn’t be clearer.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody is now the highest-grossing musical biopic ever
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    Bohemian Rhapsody is now the highest-grossing musical biopic ever

    Bohemian Rhapsody has earned more than $600m worldwide at the box office, making it the highest-grossing music biopic of all time. When it comes to the Golden Globes, the film has been nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama, while Rami Malek, who stars as frontman Freddie Mercury, has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama. It also scored two nominations at the SAG (or Screen Actors Guild) Awards, with Malek once more nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, while the entire cast is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

  • Grace Millane: Backpacker's Death 'Should Not Deter Others From Following Their Dreams', Family Says
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    Grace Millane: Backpacker's Death 'Should Not Deter Others From Following Their Dreams', Family Says

    The death of British backpacker Grace Millane "should not deter any man or

  • Brexit news: Labour will not table confidence vote in the Government until after Commons vote on deal, says Andrew Gwynne
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    Brexit news: Labour will not table confidence vote in the Government until after Commons vote on deal, says Andrew Gwynne

    Labour will not table confidence vote in Government until after Commons vote on Brexit, shadow communities minister Andrew Gwynne has said. The party will attempt to force a meaningful vote on Theresa May's deal before Christmas, Mr Gwynne told the Andrew Marr show.

  • Juul to its employees: No more vaping at your desk
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    Juul to its employees: No more vaping at your desk

    Juul told its employees on Dec. 11 that California-based employees can no longer vape at their desks, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The company, based in San Francisco, is enforcing a 2016 California law in which e-cigarettes are banned in the workplace. Employees at Juul Labs Inc. have created the buzziest e-cigarette on the market.

  • Motiva preliminarily picked to run Curacao refinery: report
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    Motiva preliminarily picked to run Curacao refinery: report

    The refinery has been idle since May when a legal dispute between PDVSA and U.S. producer ConocoPhillips forced its closure. PDVSA's contract to run the facility, which is crucial for its storage, refining and shipping operations, will expire at the end of 2019. Motiva, based in Houston, was chosen by Curacao from a list of interested companies as the "preferred bidder" to run the refinery from 2020 or possibly before, if a separate agreement is reached, according to the Antillians Dagblad newspaper.

  • 4,400-year-old tomb revealed in Egypt - and it may have hidden treasure
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    4,400-year-old tomb revealed in Egypt - and it may have hidden treasure

    A 4,400-year-old tomb has been discovered in Egypt - with its treasures set to be exposed in the coming days. The fifth dynasty ruled Egypt from about 2,500 BC to 2,350 BC. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the tomb was found in a buried ridge at Saqqara.

  • Chester Zoo fire: Orang-utans saved from blaze at 'monsoon forest'
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    Chester Zoo fire: Orang-utans saved from blaze at 'monsoon forest'

    Chester zoo staff were trying to locate some of their animals on Saturday night after a fire destroyed much of the roof of the largest enclosure.

  • Refugee Supporters Interrupt Bill Shorten's Speech at Labor Party National Conference
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    Refugee Supporters Interrupt Bill Shorten's Speech at Labor Party National Conference

    Refugee supporters stormed the stage and interrupted opposition leader Bill Shorten’s keynote speech at the Labor Party’s National Conference in Adelaide, South Australia, on Sunday, December 16. Similar protests, including ones against the construction of the Adani coal mine, were staged at the event where 400 delegates were present, local media reported. The Labor leader was also confronted by environment activists during a visit to the Adelaide Central Market on Saturday. Credit: WACA via Storyful

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    Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village

    SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala (AP) — Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from the small indigenous community in Guatemala where she spent her days plodding through mud and surrounded by coconut trees.