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Leicester blast triggers police alert

Police have declared a “major incident” after reports of an explosion in the Hinckley Road area of Leicester. Emergency services said they are conducting a search and rescue operation at the scene. Carlisle Street and part of Hinckley Road have been closed and police are asking people to avoid the area. A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police said all the emergency services were in attendance, including six fire engines. ‘Pancake collapse’ A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “This is a search and rescue at the moment. “It is unknown…

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British skier killed in French Alps cliff fall

A British skier has fallen to his death in the French Alps, authorities have confirmed. The man – part of a trio who went off-piste in the Alpe d’Huez ski resort – fell from what a mountain rescue spokesperson described as a cliff. A second skier who fell was injured in the “steep and icy” conditions, but survived. The third was unharmed and both men were rescued. The Foreign Office said it was giving support to the dead man’s family. In a statement confirming the death, it added: “We remain…

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Freezing temperatures to hit UK amid weather warnings

Media playback is unsupported on your device Bitterly cold temperatures and deep snow are forecast across the UK this week as weather blows in from Russia. A wind chill will mean that during the day it will feel like -10C to -15C. Yellow and amber weather warnings for snow are in place for Monday and Tuesday, covering southern and eastern England before extending to cover the Midlands and Scotland. Wednesday and Thursday’s yellow warnings will also cover Cornwall, Scotland and Northern Ireland. By Wednesday night, more than 20cm of snow…

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GB winter sport 'going in right direction'

Great Britain’s record medal haul at Pyeongchang 2018 shows winter sport in the country is “going in the right direction”, said the team’s chef de mission as the Games ended on Sunday. Team GB won five medals in South Korea, surpassing the previous record of four and meeting their pre-Olympics target. It came on the back of £28.35m funding from UK Sport. “These athletes can rightly return home very proud of what they accomplished here in South Korea,” said Mike Hay. Lizzy Yarnold defended her skeleton title to win Britain’s…

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North Korea willing to hold talks with US, says South Korea

North Korea is willing to hold talks with US, South Korea says. The announcement came after Gen Kim Yong-chol met South Korean President Moon Jae-in ahead of the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka is attending the ceremony. US officials have ruled out meeting the North Korean delegation. The US says North Koreans pulled out of a meeting with Vice-President Mike Pence during the opening ceremony. The Korean rapprochement has been seen as a move by the North to drive a wedge between the…

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Labour wants new customs union treaty after Brexit – Starmer

Jeremy Corbyn is to confirm a shift in the Labour Party’s position on remaining in the customs union after Brexit, Sir Keir Starmer has indicated. The shadow Brexit secretary said Labour’s front bench was “unanimous” in its backing for striking a new deal with the EU after Brexit. The UK would leave the customs union but then negotiate a treaty that will “do the work of the customs union”. Mr Corbyn is due to make a speech on Monday setting out Labour’s position. Analysis: Labour’s customs union policy ‘evolves’ What…

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Sridevi: Bollywood superstar dies at 54 of heart attack

Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor has died of a heart attack, her family says. She was 54. The actress known simply as Sridevi passed away in Dubai, where she was attending a family wedding. From the age of four, she had worked in films in the Tamil, Telugu, Malaylam, Kannada and Hindi languages. She was considered one of the very few Indian female superstars capable of huge box office success without the support of a male hero. Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi were with her when she died, reports…

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