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Halle Bailey Thanks Fans Who Are ‘Respectful Of Women’s Bodies’
Halle Bailey is showing her appreciation for her fans. The actress took to her Instagram story to write a message about both the upsides and the downsides of being a celebrity who is constantly thrown into the public with minimal privacy. “I just als
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George RR Martin Shares First Thoughts On House Of The Dragon Season Two
Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin has given his verdict on the first two episodes of the second season of HBO prequel series House of the Dragon. “Powerful, emotional, gut-wrenching, heart-rending,” the 75-year-old author wrote. In a blog pos
The Independent4 min readCrime & Violence
Three Dead After Shooting At Las Vegas College Campus
A suspected gunman is dead after three victims were shot on a Las Vegas college campus, according to police. Metro Sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters on Wednesday that the gunman had been killed by responding officers at the University of Nevada L
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Christie Dubs Ramaswamy ‘Most Obnoxious Blowhard In America’ In GOP Debate
Chris Christie branded Vivek Ramaswamy the “most obnoxious blowhard in America” as he angrily slammed his Republican rival during the party’s latest debate. The former New Jersey governor lost his cool and attacked Mr Ramaswamy over his stance on end
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More Students ‘Comfortable’ Sharing Mental Health Conditions In Ucas Application
More students feel comfortable sharing a mental health condition or disability when applying to higher education, Ucas figures suggest. The number of students in the UK accepted on to a university or college course who declared a disability or mental
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Harvard Defends Efforts Fighting Antisemitism After Backlash To Congressional Hearing
Harvard University has pushed back against calls for its president, Dr Claudine Gay, to resign, a day after top US university presidents were questioned in Congress about campus antisemitism and free speech. Critics in and outside Congress allege th
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Waitrose Customers Turn To ‘Comfort Foods’ Chicken Kyiv And Beer-battered Fish
Waitrose customers turned to chicken Kyiv and beer-battered fish as they sought out familiar comfort food during the cost-of-living crisis, the supermarket has reported. The two dishes were the most popular in the Dine In Meal Deal over the last year
The Independent1 min readAmerican Government
Republican Debate Highlights: GOP Rivals Clash On Stage With Haley As Target
The Republican debate in Tuscaloosa, Alabama frequently veered out of control as most of the attacks focused on former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley who has been rising in the polls. Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy called her “corrupt” and a “fascist” befo
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Who Won The Final Republican Debate?
A few weeks after the Iron Bowl, Republican presidential candidates descended on Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to tussle for the second-place spot in the race for the White House. NewsNation hosted the fourth and final debate of the 2024 primary campaign, no
The Independent1 min readCrime & Violence
Suspects Arrested For Killing Gay Man Allegedly Sent Pictures Of Mutilated Body To Family
Three suspects accused of brutally murdering a gay man in Arizona allegedly sent photos of his mutilated body to his family. Bernardo Pantaleon, 30, was found dead in a Phoenix park with investigators saying that he was shot and his body mutilated. H
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Iceland Volcano – Latest: Top Tourist Site Extends Closure As Met Office Warns Earthquake Threat ‘Not Over’
Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s top tourist spots, extended its closure till 9 December amid safety concerns over fears of a volcano eruption. It comes as the country’s Met Office has said that while seismic activity is decreasing, the “unrest phase is
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Senate Republicans And Bernie Sanders Block Vote On Ukraine And Israel Aid
Senate Republicans and Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blocked a vote on a supplemental bill that would have provided aid to Ukraine and Israel as Republicans seek to tie border restrictions to aid for Ukraine. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had put
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Four Dead In 80th School Shooting This Year: What We Know About Las Vegas College Attack
A shooting incident on a college campus in Las Vegas on Wednesday has left three people dead and another seriously injured. The suspect, who has been identified by police – though not publicly – was killed during a shoot-out with officers shortly aft
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US Military Grounds Entire Fleet Of Osprey Aircraft Following A Deadly Crash Off The Coast Of Japan
The military announced late Wednesday it was grounding all of its Osprey V-22 helicopters, one week after eight Air Force Special Operations Command service members died in a crash off the coast of Japan. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps took the
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Squid Game: The Challenge Crowns Winner Of $4.56m Jackpot In Dramatic Finale
Mai Whelan has won the first season of Squid Game: The Challenge. Mai beat out Phillip Cain and Samuel Wells to win the prize sum of $4.56m (£3.57m) – the biggest cash jackpot in TV history. You can read all about the three finalists here. Sam was th
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Kelly Ripa Recalls Being Bodyshamed By Wardrobe Department Nine Days After Childbirth
Kelly Ripa reflected on being body-shamed by the All My Children wardrobe department nine days after giving birth to her eldest son, Michael, in 1997. The 53-year-old talk show host opened up about the incident on the 6 December episode of her podca
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Cash Usage Has Grown For First Time In A Decade, British Retail Consortium Finds
Cash usage has grown for the first time in a decade as households look to balance their budgets amid the cost-of-living squeeze, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Across the UK, coins and banknotes accounted for nearly a fifth (19%) o
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US Military Grounds Entire Fleet Of Osprey Helicopters Following Deadly Crash That Killed 8
The military announced late Wednesday it was grounding all of its Osprey V-22 helicopters, one week after eight Air Force Special Operations Command service members died in a crash off the coast of Japan. The Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps took th
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Total Cost Of Policing Just Stop Oil Protests Nears £20m, Met Reveals
The Metropolitan Police have called on the group Just Stop Oil to “reach out and speak to us” as the force revealed that policing the eco activists has cost nearly £20 million. Since the protest group’s first campaign in October 2022, Just Stop Oil h
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What The Papers Say – December 7
The resignation of Robert Jenrick as immigration minister dominates the front pages on Thursday. The Daily Express and the i focus their front pages on Mr Jenrick, who quit as immigration minister in revolt over the Prime Minister’s Rwanda migrant de
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Child Cruelty Offences In England Double In Five Years, Police Figures Show
Recorded cases of adults neglecting, mistreating or assaulting children have doubled in five years, police figures show. Freedom of information (FOI) requests to 35 forces across England show 29,405 cruelty offences recorded between April 2022 and Ma
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Jews Across The UK Say Hannukah Story ‘More Pertinent Than Ever Before’
The Jewish community has said the Hanukkah story centred on Jewish resistance will be “more pertinent now than ever before” as the war between Israel and Hamas continues. Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or the Festival of Lights, runs from December
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Openreach Hits Milestone In Bid To Connect 25m Premises To Ultrafast Broadband
Openreach has marked the halfway point in its plan to reach 25 million premises with ultrafast full fibre broadband by the end of 2026. The company announced that the network is now available to 12.5 million homes, businesses and public services acro
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Barbados PM Says Country Owed $4.9tn In Reparations
Barbados is owed $4.9tn (£3.9tn) in reparatory damages by slave-owning countries, prime minister Mia Mottley said, as she called for global conversation on payment of debt for colonial slavery. Ms Mottley praised King Charles during her lecture at th
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Ukraine-Russia War – Live: Kyiv Shoots Down Russian Bomber Over Snake Island As It Battles Putin’s Forces
Ukraine says it downed a Russian Su-24 fighter plane over the Black Sea near Snake Island as the aircraft was on its way to attack Odesa region. Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Ukraine’s “sky guards” following the incident overnight on Tuesday, as he twee
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Little Bit Of Relief – Sam Curran And England Bounce Back In Antigua
Sam Curran refused to dwell too much on his weekend drubbing and believes he demonstrated his strength of character by helping England level their ODI series against the West Indies. Curran recorded the most expensive figures by an England bowler in
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GOP Debate Live Updates: DeSantis, Haley, Ramaswamy And Christie To Face Off In Alabama
Four candidates will take part in the fourth Republican primary debate tonight, which again is expected to go ahead without the man widely expected to be the eventual nominee of the party. Former President Donald Trump will not be on stage in Tuscal
The Independent2 min readInternational Relations
UN: Russia Intensifies Attacks On Ukraine’s Energy Facilities, Worsening Humanitarian Conditions
Intensifying Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy facilities are worsening humanitarian conditions across the war-torn country, where heavy snow and freezing temperatures have already arrived, U.N. officials said Wednesday. Assistant Secretary-General
The Independent2 min readInternational Relations
National Security Advisers Of US, South Korea And Japan Will Meet To Discuss North Korean Threat
The national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan will meet in Seoul this week to discuss North Korea’s growing military threat and other regional security issues as they continue to promote trilateral cooperation in Asia. So
The Independent4 min readCrime & Violence
What We Know About Texas Shooting Spree That Left Six Dead Miles Apart
An eight-hour rampage in Texas at different crime scenes in the cities of San Antonio and Austin has left six people dead, including the suspect’s parents. The Austin Police Department identified the suspect in the attacks as 34-year-old Shane James
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