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BBC | Black Friday steals Christmas shoppers


UK retail sales fell by more than expected in December after consumers brought forward their Christmas shopping to November, the Office for National Statistics has said. Sales volumes fell by 0.9%, more than the 0.8% forecast by economists. It comes after…

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Posted by: Neda on: 18/01/2019 in: European, General News & Updates, Overseas, UK, Europe & World News

BBC | Mary Poppins Returns: Can tuppence really save the day?


Mary Poppins Returns has taken more than $250m since it opened just after Christmas. But apart from confirming that dancing cartoon penguins are still amusing, what message is the audience left with, once they've watched the brolly-brandishing nanny float away again into…

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Posted by: Neda on: 18/01/2019 in: General News & Updates, Overseas, UK, Europe & World News

BBC | Australia swelters through record-breaking heatwave


Australia has just sweltered through at least five of its 10 warmest days on record, authorities estimate. An extreme heatwave has afflicted the nation since Saturday, causing wildlife deaths, bushfires and an increase in hospital admissions. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology…

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Posted by: Neda on: 18/01/2019 in: General News & Updates, Overseas, UK, Europe & World News

BBC | The girl who escaped Islamic State group and is fighting back with boxing


Seventeen-year-old Hussna has always loved sport. Growing up, boxing was her favourite, and she idolised former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Life was simple in her small village in Sinjar, Iraq, 80 miles west of Mosul. She was studying in secondary…

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Posted by: Neda on: 17/01/2019 in: General News & Updates, Overseas, UK, Europe & World News

Marie Kondo - does tidiness really equal a clean mind?


If you haven't heard of Marie Kondo yet, it won't be long before you do. Thanks to her new Netflix programme, the Japanese tidying guru has become January's "It girl". Chance is, you already know someone who is using her…

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Posted by: Neda on: 17/01/2019 in: European, General News & Updates, Overseas, UK, Europe & World News

BBC | Inflation falls to lowest level in nearly two years


The UK inflation rate fell to 2.1% in December, from 2.3% the previous month, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) figure was the lowest in nearly two years, pushed down by petrol price…

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Posted by: Neda on: 16/01/2019 in: European, General News & Updates, Overseas, UK, Europe & World News

M&S names next 17 stores it wants to close


Marks and Spencer has named the next wave of stores earmarked for closure in its reorganisation plan, including those in Huddersfield, Hull and Luton. The 17 proposed closures are part of the clothing, homeware and food retailer's five-year plan to…

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Posted by: Neda on: 15/01/2019 in: General News & Updates, Overseas, UK, Europe & World News

BBC | West Side Story: High school student cast as Maria in Spielberg remake


A high school student has been cast as Maria in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake. Rachel Zegler, 17, was chosen from 30,000 applicants after responding to a casting call for Latino and Latina actors in January 2018. Some past…

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Posted by: Neda on: 15/01/2019 in: European, General News & Updates, Overseas, UK, Europe & World News

BBC | Four things to know this week: A big Brexit week, and the world's biggest gathering


It's Monday, it's a new week, and while we won't pretend to know everything that's going to happen over the next seven days, we have some sense of what's coming up. Here's your briefing on some of the most important…

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Posted by: Neda on: 14/01/2019 in: European, General News & Updates, Overseas

BBC | Love Island: How we made our love last


Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen were runners up in the 2016 series of Love Island. But when it comes to real love, they've lucked out. In September this year, two years after they met, they became the first couple who got…

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Posted by: Neda on: 14/01/2019 in: General News & Updates, UK, Europe & World News