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Take three steps before visiting GP, public urged

People should take three steps to try to solve a health problem before seeing their GP, a doctors’ leader has urged. Patients should see if they can sort it themselves, see a pharmacist or use a reputable online source of information, the Royal College of GPs says. GPs “really feel the pinch” over winter because of demand, said chairwoman Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard. If just 10% of people did not visit their GP, it would make “a huge difference”, she said. GP leaders say there are not enough family doctors working…

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Travel 

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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Arsenal score three in five minutes but Liverpool strike back to earn draw

Roberto Firmino’s powerful finish earned Liverpool a draw in an incredible Premier League encounter that had seen Arsenal score three goals in just five second-half minutes. The Gunners had been trailing 2-0 after Philippe Coutinho scored his first headed league goal in England before Mohamed Salah added a second early in the second half with a deflected strike. But Arsenal suddenly came alive as Alexis Sanchez headed in Hector Bellerin’s cross from close range before Granit Xhaka’s thumping strike was too powerful for Simon Mignolet’s weak save. Barely two minutes…

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Swansea sack Clement after just three wins in 18 games

Swansea City have sacked manager Paul Clement with the club bottom of the Premier League, having won just three times this season. Clement, 45, took charge in January with Swansea in the relegation zone and guided them to a 15th-place finish. Chairman Huw Jenkins said that changing the manager halfway through a season “was the last thing we wanted to do”. He said: “We felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give the best chance of an uplift.” Swansea announced that assistant managers…

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Cameron House fire: Two people dead and three in hospital

Media playback is unsupported on your device Two people have died after a fire at the Cameron House Hotel beside Loch Lomond. More than 200 guests were evacuated from the hotel after the alarm was raised at about 06.40. Police said one person was pronounced dead at the scene while another person died after being taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. Three other people, including a child, were taken to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment. Police Scotland said the hotel, near Balloch, had been extensively damaged….

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Sports 

Superb Ozil strike sends Newcastle into bottom three

Newcastle dropped into the relegation zone after suffering a fourth defeat in a row, while Arsenal moved back into the top four with a narrow victory. Mesut Ozil’s brilliant volleyed goal in the first half was enough for Arsene Wenger’s side, who dominated until a late rally from Newcastle. Ainsley Maitland-Niles hit the side-netting for Arsenal before the break, but Newcastle had chances in the second half for Jacob Murphy and Ayoze Perez. The result puts Arsenal into fourth place while Newcastle have now claimed just one point from the…

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