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Stokes will not join England squad before court date

All-rounder Ben Stokes says he will delay his departure to join the England squad in New Zealand until after he appears at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on 13 February. The 28-year-old has been charged with affray after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The court date coincides with England’s first Twenty20 match in New Zealand. “I’ve decided it would not be right to join my team-mates until after attending court,” he wrote on Twitter. Stokes, who has not played for England since the incident and intends to contest the…

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West Brom news: Alan Pardew sets date for Jonny Evans to be sold if defender decides to leave club

West Brom boss Alan Pardew has set a deadline for the sale of Jonny Evans to avoid a last-gasp scramble.  Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the Northern Ireland international this month.  Albion are likely to need to sell skipper Evans, valued at £30million, to generate funds for new players who can aid their Premier League survival bid.  There have been tentative enquires but no concrete bids for the defender yet. Pardew lost Andy Carroll as Newcastle boss when the Magpies sold…

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Is this the real reason older men date younger women?

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have an age difference of 25 years Photo: AP I clicked on the Instagram account of a male friend to check out photos of his new girlfriend. My friend is pushing fifty, good looking, and a successful professional, and I was expecting his girlfriend to be attractive and young. I was wrong, and I was shocked, though pleasantly so. His new girlfriend was clearly older than him. And my surprise reflected how unusual this situation is. Middle aged men frequently date women younger than themselves.  I’ve…

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Giving birth on due date 'less risky' for older mums

Stillbirth and newborn death risk could be reduced by offering more pregnant women the chance to give birth on their due date, experts believe. Currently, women who are overdue but well are often given a couple of extra weeks to see if labour will happen spontaneously before doctors intervene. New research suggests bringing forward induction to 40 weeks’ gestation may be a safer option for mothers and babies. The study, in PLOS Medicine, included first-time mothers aged 35 and over. This is a group that generally has a higher risk…

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Brexit date and time to be enshrined in law

The date the UK will leave the EU is to be put into legislation, as Theresa May warns MPs not to try to “block” Brexit. “Exit day” – 2300 GMT on 29 March 2019 – will be included in the EU Withdrawal Bill, the government has confirmed. The PM urged parties to “come together” to scrutinise the bill when it returns to the Commons but warned against using it to try to stop or slow it down. But the author of the Article 50 withdrawal process has said that Brexit…

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