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Islamic State defeated in its Syrian capital Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias in Syria declared victory over Islamic State in its capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle.

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Lena Headey comes forward with Harvey Weinstein allegation

The 44-year-old actress bravely took to her Twitter on Tuesday to detail two uncomfortable encounters with the shamed 65-year-old film executive.

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The Guardian
Man killed in stabbing at Parsons Green tube station 'for confronting drug dealer'

Omid Saidy, 20, was stabbed after asking a drug dealer and another man to move on, while a friend who tried to help and one of the suspects were also injuredA man killed outside Parsons Green tube station was stabbed when he confronted a drug dealer, police said.The 20-year-old man who died in the triple stabbing has been named by police as Omid Saidy, from Fulham. Continue reading...

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Leicester opt to twist rather than stick for a second time in eight months | Stuart James

Michael Appleton will take the 2015-16 champions to Swansea on Saturday, which is where Claudio Ranieri had his last stand before Shakespeare took overThe conversation lasted only a couple of minutes and there was little by way of explanation when Jon Rudkin, Leicester City’s director of football, delivered the news to Craig Shakespeare that he was out of a job only four months after he had been appointed manager on a three-year contract.It was not the sort of day that the 53-year-old had in ...

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The Guardian
Ireland rugby players to stand trial on rape charges

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding deny raping same woman in Belfast last yearTwo Irish rugby internationals will face trial on rape charges, a Belfast court has decided.Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding deny raping the same woman at a house in south Belfast in June last year. Continue reading...

The Week UK
Lords peerages ‘to be limited to 15 years’

Description  There are around 800 life peers, hereditary peers and religious leaders in Parliament’s upper chamber Alt Text  Peers in House of Lords New plan to lower numbers will see members of the House serve fixed terms One-Minute Read Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:09pm Newly awarded peerages will be subject to a 15-year limit as part of a plan to “shrink the ...

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Trump: 'Ask General Kelly' if Obama called after son died in Afghanistan

White House records: chief of staff attended Gold Star families breakfastTrump warns McCain he may ‘fight back’ over latest criticism in speechDonald Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his claim that Barack Obama did not routinely call the families of servicemen and women killed in battle. He also warned John McCain, a decorated war hero with whom he has clashed before, that he might “fight back” after the senator said America’s “leadership and ideals are absent”. Related: ...

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Trump travel ban: Hawaii judge blocks latest version with hours to spare

Derrick Watson grants state’s request to temporarily prevent federal enforcement of the most recent batch of restrictionsA judge in Hawaii has blocked the latest version of the Trump administration travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect. Derrick Watson, a US district judge, on Tuesday granted Hawaii’s request to temporarily block the federal government from enforcing the policy. It was supposed to take effect at midnight EDT Wednesday. Continue reading...

The New Arab
Palestinian ambassador rails against London Underground for censoring anti-Balfour ads

Advertisements which displayed Palestinian objections to the Balfour declaration ahead of the centenary of the pledge have been banned from London's transport network, activists have said. London's transport authority Transport for London (TfL) has banned advertisements highlighting objections to the Balfour declaration when Britain promised to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, has accused the authority of censorship over the ...

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George Michael Freedom: Stevie Wonder delights viewers

Speaking on Freedom, the hour-long George Michael documentary which aired on Channel 4 last night, Stevie Wonder left fans in stitches when he jokingly said: 'You mean George is white? Oh my God!'

The Guardian
How to stop record numbers of children going into care? Help their mothers | Louise Tickle

Women whose children are removed have often been abused and through the care system themselves. Specialist therapy can help break this cycleSome 90 children a day were taken into care last year – and the total number of children in care is now at a new high: 72,670 according to the latest statistics, and care numbers are rising at the fastest rate for five years. Financially, this is unsustainable. But in human terms too, it can’t carry on – because where does it leave the thousands of ...

Israel: No peace talks with Palestinian government reliant on Hamas

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Tuesday it would not hold peace negotiations with a Palestinian government dependent on the Islamist Hamas group, responding to a new reconciliation agreement between the two main Palestinian factions.

The Guardian
Kent school cuts ties with Christian group after parents' complaints

Group of parents say children have been given hateful messages in assemblies and lessons led by charity CrossTeachA primary school in Kent has cuts its ties with a Christian group after parents complained of religious extremism and claimed children had been distressed by comments about gay marriage and a demonstration of “God’s power” in assemblies.Dan Turvey, the headteacher of St John’s Church of England primary school in Tunbridge Wells, told parents in a letter that he was ending ...

The Guardian
Reese Witherspoon alleges sexual assault by director when she was 16

Actor says that agents and producers told her to remain silent about the incident, which she says was the first of many experiences of sexual assault and harassment throughout her careerReese Witherspoon has alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a director when she was 16, but was told to remain silent by agents and producers. The actor made the claims during a speech reflecting on the problems faced by women in the film industry at the Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday, People ...

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Sean Hughes wrote poignant poem about his own death

Comedian Sean Hughes revealed how he wanted to have his ashes 'scattered in a bar' in a poignant poem he wrote about his own death 13 years ago.

The Guardian
Wave of Taliban suicide attacks on Afghan forces kills at least 74

Police officers and civilians are killed as bombers and gunmen target government facilities in south, east and west of countryAt least 74 people have been killed in a wave of Taliban suicide attacks targeting police compounds and government facilities in the south, east and west of Afghanistan. Among those killed was a provincial police chief. Scores of people, including police officers and civilians, were also wounded. Continue reading...

Mail Online
Brexit standoff over EU's demands for bigger divorce bill

The Foreign Secretary vowed defiance as tensions rose again despite the PM's attempt to win support from Jean-Claude Juncker over dinner last night.

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How to avoid catching a disease from public toilets

NHS physician Dr Preethi Daniel says the most commonly-asked question from patients is about toilets. Her words come amid a hepatitis A outbreak in California linked to public toilets.

Daily Express
North Korea Channel 4 drama AXED as TV company hacked in CYBER ATTACK

NORTH Korea has stopped the production of a Channel 4 thriller after a television company was targeted by the regime’s hackers.

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Prince Harry photobombs rapper Stormzy at WellChild Awards

The royal and the rapper posed alongside 'inspirational' nine-year-old Marni Ahmed, who suffers from a rare skin condition, at the annual WellChild Awards on Monday evening.

A cruel Tax Credits shake-up dubbed the 'rape clause' will be fought in the High Court

The Child Poverty Action Group is mounting a judicial review to overturn rules which limit child tax credits to a claimant’s first two kids

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EuroMillions winner Jane Park bags herself football star

The 21-year-old spent the weekend meeting Jordan's parents and enjoying a carvery in Dudley. The couple packed on the PDA as they were spotted together after going public in September.

Evening Standard
Left-wing Jeremy Corbyn supporters aim to oust council chief over £2bn 'social cleansing'

A Labour council leader could face the political fight of her life as a plot by Left-wing supporters of Jeremy Corbyn to oust her gathers strength.