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Fraudster pretends to be Everton footballer to take Mini Cooper

A man lied about being an Everton footballer as he conned a garage out of a £24,000 car, a court has heard. Todd Baston pretended he was on loan with the Toffees from Aston Villa's Under-23s squad to test drive a Mini Cooper Sport and failed to return it.
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Sabina Nessa: Man admits murdering south-east London teacher

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering primary school teacher Sabina Nessa. Koci Selamaj beat and strangled the 28-year-old as she walked through a park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on 17 September. Ms Nessa had left her home to meet a friend at a bar when she was targeted by...
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Explosions in Kyiv on second day of Russian attack

BreakingUkraine's leader: Russia will have to talk to us to end war. It's 7.30am in Kyiv. Ukraine's leader Volodymyr Zelensky is speaking again to his citizens in a video address. In both Ukrainian and Russian, he's making appeals to Russia for a ceasefire. "Russia will have to talk to us...
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BBC Ukraine editor: There is no safe place any more

I was awake at night when I got a message from a colleague about Vladimir Putin's speech announcing an invasion. Then immediately the explosions began. I could hear them from my home, and people in different parts of the city started sending messages to our WhatsApp group, about explosions happening close to them.
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Ex-police officers guilty in George Floyd death

Three ex-Minneapolis policemen present at the death of George Floyd denied the unarmed black man of his civil rights, a jury has found. The officers were charged with showing "deliberate indifference to [Mr Floyd's] serious medical needs" during the attempted arrest in May 2020. Tou Thao, 36, J Alexander Kueng,...
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Putin's energy shock: The economic realities of invasion

The economics of this invasion are extremely serious. It might sound absurd given the apocalyptic backdrop of fighting near Chernobyl. But it really does matter, and could very plausibly herald a 1970s style energy shock. It will be felt in households up and down the country and across the continent.
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Vaccines: What we know about long-term safety now

"We don't know the long-term side effects of Covid vaccines." That's a claim that's still common to see shared online. But a year is actually considered relatively "long term" when it comes to vaccine safety. This week marks the anniversary of the first delivery of Covid-19 vaccines under the Covax...
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Ukraine crisis: Tough and emotional summit as EU leaders seek unity

Just before the emergency EU leaders' meeting on Ukraine started, a Brussels official told us he thought this would be one of the toughest and most emotional EU summits ever. From what I heard went on behind closed doors, he wasn't wrong. Russia's actions in Ukraine impact many EU members...
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Ukraine invasion: UK troops will not fight against Russia says Wallace

British troops will not be sent to Ukraine to fight Russia, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has confirmed. Speaking to the BBC, Mr Wallace said Ukraine would instead be supported to "fight every street with every piece of equipment we can get to them". Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on...
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Ukraine: Who is not on the UK sanctions list?

The UK government has announced more individuals and companies that it is sanctioning following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But there are still several Russian individuals who have been sanctioned by the US or the EU but not by the UK. Their names appeared on a list of 35 people...
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Ukraine: Couple 'underestimated threat' before travelling

A British man who travelled to Ukraine on the eve of the Russian invasion to support his partner has admitted they "clearly underestimated the threat". Jez Myers, from Manchester, said he and journalist Maria Romanenko arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday after he "tried and failed" to get her to stay in Poland.
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Ukraine conflict: Kyiv braces for Russian assault

The sound of gunfire has echoed through Ukraine's capital Kyiv as Russian tanks were filmed entering the city for the first time. Ukraine's Ministry of Defence called on those living in the northern outskirts, where the tanks were seen, to make fire bombs "to neutralise the enemy". The European Union...
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Ukraine's Zelensky asks citizens to resist and Europe to do more

A defiant Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged European countries to do more to help as he urged his citizens to halt Russia's invasion. The second day of fighting saw tanks enter the capital, Kyiv, for the first time. Ukrainian officials said they have handed out 18,000 guns to volunteers,...
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Man seen dropping blood in Reading streets found by police

Police have found a man seen dropping blood on a number of streets in Reading town centre. CCTV captured him walking in Broad Street at 02:35 GMT on Tuesday appearing to carry something white while spilling blood on the ground. Thames Valley Police said it had since identified the man...
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Ukraine invasion: Ministers braced for 'long and serious' conflict

War in Europe. Despite all the warnings, all the prime minister's war-era warnings at the weekend, all the distressing images emerging from Ukraine - that is still a sentence that's surreal to write in the UK in the 2020s. Politicians here are universally horrified by what they see. They are...
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Ukraine invasion: Charities urge UK to welcome thousands of refugees

Charities have urged the UK to welcome thousands of refugees from Ukraine, matching the effort made after the 1990s conflict in the former Yugoslavia. The UK should play a leading role in providing sanctuary, Save the Children and Amnesty International, among others, said in a letter to the Times. The...
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Covid rules: 'We must do everything to protect our patients'

All remaining Covid restrictions have been removed in England as part of the government's "Living with Covid" plan. But what does it mean for those working in the health service?. After almost two years of lockdowns, lateral flow testing, mask-wearing and self-isolation, the legal requirements surrounding the coronavirus in England...
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Ukraine conflict: UK to impose sanctions on Russia's President Putin

The UK will introduce sanctions against Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov "imminently", Boris Johnson has said. According to the UK's sanctions list they will face asset freezes - a measure also being imposed by the EU and the US - but not a travel ban. The...
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Queen postpones more engagements after Covid test

The Queen has postponed engagements for the second time in a week following her positive Covid test. Buckingham Palace said the monarch, who tested positive for the virus on Sunday, would continue with "light duties". Thursday's virtual audiences will now take place at a later date, it added. The Queen,...
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Artificial intelligence to help farmers see cloud-covered fields

A Cornish start-up has developed a technique using artificial intelligence to predict what the surface of the UK looks like under gloomy skies. The satellite technology is being targeted at the agricultural sector to help farmers better manage their crops. Cloud too often prevents them from seeing the ground to...