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Dua Lipa leads the Brits nominations

Dua Lipa leads the charge at this year’s Brit Awards with five nominations, including best album. The singer, whose hit single New Rules was one of the breakout hits of last year, is also up for best female, best video, best single and British breakthrough artist. She narrowly beat Ed Sheeran’s four nominations, while J Hus and Rag’n’Bone Man have three apiece. They are all up for best British album, as is Stormzy’s Gang Signs and Prayer. The fan-voted best video category sees a fight between three former members of…

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News: ATOL: Three million Brits poised to book holiday as snow descends

New research from ATOL has found that three million people are set to book their holiday this week, as December’s snowy weather accelerates the holiday booking period for one in five consumers. For those who have escaped the worst of the weather in the south, it seems ‘staying organised’ and ‘workplace boredom’ has led to this spike in booking. Despite the weakness of the pound driving up costs, the latest data from the holiday protection scheme, which surveyed more than 4,000 people across the UK, has found that the popularity…

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Jorja Smith wins Brits Critics' Choice

R&B singer Jorja Smith has won the Brits Critics’ Choice award, singling her out as one to watch next year. The 20-year-old, who comes from Walsall in the West Midlands, beat two other newcomers, Mabel and Stefflon Don, to the prize. The award, which recognises “the future stars of British recording talent”, has previously gone to Adele, Emeli Sande and last year’s winner, Rag N Bone Man. “This is such a special way to end the year,” said Smith. The singer, who took fourth place on the BBC Sound of…

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Uber says 2.7m Brits hit by breach that was covered up

Uber has revealed that 2.7 million British riders and drivers were affected by a 2016 data breach that it covered up for more than a year. A total of 57 million worldwide had data exposed in the breach, but the firm had not specified how many were UK-based before. The stolen information includes names, email addresses and phone numbers and – for drivers – licence numbers. Uber should notify UK users who have been affected, the data regulator said. According to Uber, the 2.7 million figure is “approximate rather than…

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News: Brits warned to remain at home as political turmoil erupts in Zimbabwe

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has warned British citizens in Zimbabwe to remain at home as political unrest sweeps the country. Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is currently believed to be under house arrest in the capital Harare, with the military having taken control of the government. However, the army has denied the move is a coup. Seizing control of the national television station, military figures said they were targeting “criminals” around the government. It is thought the power struggle centres on the bid to replace Mugabe, potentially with sacked deputy…

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News: WTM 2017: Brits increasingly open to Tunisia trip

One in five British holidaymakers say they may visit Tunisia, now that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has relaxed its travel advice, according to research by World Travel Market London. A poll of more than 1,000 Brits who have taken a holiday in 2017 asked: “The UK government has recently removed its advice against travelling to Tunisia. How likely are you to visit the country in the future?” Almost one in ten per cent said ‘somewhat likely’; seven per cent said ‘quite likely’; and four per cent said ‘extremely likely’…

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News: ABTA: 2.1 million Brits set to head abroad for bank holiday break

ABTA is estimating that 2.1 million Brits are set to head abroad this bank holiday weekend. With temperatures around the Mediterranean expected to hit the low thirties over the weekend, Spain remains a popular destination, and southern Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands in particular are all expecting large numbers of British holidaymakers. ABTA members are reporting that Turkey and Greece are also very popular, with Crete expected to be a top choice. Further afield, Florida and Morocco have also sold well. City breaks are a good option for…

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