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Review of ‘chaotic’ alcohol duty preferable to minimum pricing, says think tank

Lager and cider drinkers will be hardest hit by minimum unit prices on alcohol, a respected economic think tank has said.

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The Persimmon chairman is to resign (PA)

Persimmon chairman departs following excessive pay dispute

The chairman of Persimmon is to quit the housebuilder following concerns over excessive executive pay at the firm.

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An artist?s impression showing a huge cigar-shaped object assumed to be an interstellar asteroid which could be an alien starship, scientists believe (M Kornmesser/ESO/PA)

First scans suggest cigar-shaped space object not an alien craft, say scientists

Scientists analysing a huge cigar-shaped object in space have said initial scans suggest it is not an alien craft.

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Around 450 complaints and enquiries about councils' homelessness services are made to the ombudsman each year (Victoria Jones/PA)

Councils leave homeless in ‘simply unacceptable’ situations, report finds

Homeless families are routinely being housed in damp or infested temporary accommodation for weeks on end, a report into local councils has found.

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Theresa May stressed her keenness to get on with shaping a "deep and special" future partnership with the EU as quickly as possible (Olivier Matthys/AP)

Approval set for second phase of Brexit talks as May says she is driving on

European leaders are set to give their approval for Brexit talks to move on to the next phase, after receiving assurances from Theresa May that she will continue to drive the process forward despite defeat in the House of Commons.

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The commission calls for a UK-wide strategy for loneliness across all ages (John Giles/PA)

Jo Cox Loneliness Commission identifies ‘gap in national leadership’ on issue

The UK needs a government-led national strategy to combat loneliness, according to a commission set up by MP Jo Cox before she was murdered.

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Hugo the beagle was adopted by international Irish boxer Moira McElligott after being one of 96 saved during a multi-agency operation at Holyhead Port (RSPCA/PA)

Hugo’s story part of campaign to highlight puppy trade

The story of one of almost 100 puppies rescued from the illegal dog trade is being used to highlight the “shocking realities” of the industry which the RSPCA Cymru said impulse purchases could be fuelling.

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Daily Mirror owner presses ahead with Express takeover as revenues fall

The publisher of the Daily Mirror newspaper has said that it is making “good progress” in its efforts to acquire the Express titles from Northern & Shell, while reporting a slump in revenues.

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Britain First leaders face charges in Northern Ireland

Two leaders of the far-right Britain First group have been charged over offences in Northern Ireland.

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Virgin said it had offered a "significantly above inflation pay rise" which had been rejected by the unions (Rui Vieira/PA)

Virgin Trains’ workers ‘solidly supporting’ pay strike

Workers on Virgin Trains West Coast are said to be “solidly supporting” a strike over pay.

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The cross-party commission was established by Jo Cox when she was Labour MP for Batley and Spen (Jo Cox Foundation)

Jo Cox Loneliness Commission identifies ‘gap in national leadership’ on issue

The UK needs a government-led national strategy to combat loneliness, according to a commission set up by MP Jo Cox before she was murdered.

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Relatives of victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy outside the cathedral (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

More than 1,500 people attend memorial six months after Grenfell Tower tragedy

Bereaved families and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire stood together in a moment of reflection, holding aloft pictures of lost loved ones, at the end of an emotional memorial service at St Paul’s.

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Youthquake has been named as word of the year (PA Archive)

‘Youthquake’ named word of the year after revival during general election

“Youthquake” has been named as Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year following in the footsteps of “omnishambles”, “post-truth” and “selfie” to have been awarded the accolade.

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The Araki recently gained three Michelin stars (Victoria Jones/PA)

Sushi restaurant seating nine is best dining experience in UK, says guide

A £385-a-head sushi restaurant in London is the best dining experience in the UK while Manchester is the fastest-improving city for food lovers, according to a respected guide.

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Theresa May was the last leader to arrive at the summit after attending the Grenfell Tower memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral (PA)

Theresa May vows to press on with Brexit after humiliating Commons defeat

Theresa May has made clear she will not be deflected from delivering Brexit by her humiliating defeat at the hands of Tory rebels in the House of Commons.

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What the papers say - December 15

What the papers say – December 15

After Thursday’s papers were dominated by the latest turns in the Brexit debate, Friday’s offerings are a slightly more mixed bag – with the Disney/21st Century Fox deal, the Grenfell memorial service and a church inquiry all making the front pages.

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Football is a big part of the agreement (PA)

Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal

Sky and BT have announced a deal that will allow the rival broadcasters to sell their channels on each others’ platforms.

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Forensic officers at the scene of the house fire on Jackson Street in Worsley (Peter Byrne/PA)

Third person remanded over deaths of four children in house fire

A third person has appeared in court charged with the murders of four children in a house fire.

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Former HS2 boss ‘not been held to account’ for unauthorised payments, say MPs

Unauthorised payments to HS2 staff worth £1.76 million were a “shocking waste of taxpayers’ money”, an influential Commons committee has said.

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A picture of a Sky HD TV remote control as Disney and 21st Century Fox reach a deal (Chris Radburn/PA)

Sky stake changes hands in £39 billion Disney-21st Century Fox deal

Broadcasting giant Sky is set to have a new owner after Walt Disney sealed a $52.4 billion (£39 billion) takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets.

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