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January 11, 2019 9:13 AM Dianne Oxberry dead: 'Devastating news' Dan Walker leads touching tributes to BBC star

Dianne Oxberry’s husband Ian Hindle confirmed the news of the BBC weather star’s death in a statement obtained by the BBC. The weather presenter, who had two children with Ian, is believed to have died in hospital following a short-term illness. Today, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker referred to Dianne as a “special person” as he reflected on his memories 112

January 9, 2019 9:13 AM Why having five children is fine for middle-class people like me but not the poor

For me, having five children is an important personal choice, but for poor people it’s just incredibly irresponsible. Just like snorting coke or gambling on horses, if middle-class people do it it’s sophisticated and aspirational, but if poor people do it, they’re shiftless, negligent scum. My five kids will grow up as walking ecological catastrophes 107

January 8, 2019 10:03 AM Woman who did declutter left with phone, duvet and vibrator

A WOMAN who carried out a New Year declutter has been left with only her phone, duvet and vibrator. Nikki Hollis used the Marie Kondo method of throwing away items that do not ‘spark joy’, and now has an almost entirely empty flat. She said: “I never realised how little happiness my crockery and furniture brought me. They’ve gone now, along with the fridge 97

January 6, 2019 10:19 AM French arrest eight Iranian suspected people smugglers in Calais

EIGHT suspected people-smugglers arrested on a Calais beach were freed within hours - because "buying a boat is not a crime". "They were arrested by a sea surveillance patrol," said an investigating source in Boulogne-sur-Mere. "It was at around 2pm on Friday that a boat belonging to them was found." The semi-rigid dingy, with a Suzuki outboard motor 116

January 5, 2019 9:10 AM Twitch fans demand life ban for alleged domestic abuser

Australian Fortnite player Luke Munday apparently streamed himself on Twitch rowing with his wife off-screen. Noises were heard. We did not see what occurred. He was arrested, charged with assault and banned from the Amazon-owned service. But after 14 days in gaming purgatory (a, er, fortnight), Twitch thought Munday had suffered enough and restored 72

January 4, 2019 2:58 PM Japanese lesbian couple to wed in all 26 countries with marriage equality

A Japanese lesbian couple is planning to hold weddings in all 26 countries where same-sex marriage is legal to protest their nation’s lack of marriage equality. University students Misato Kawasaki, 21, and Mayu Otaki, 22, will post pictures of the ceremonies on their blog during their six-month journey in an effort to convince readers that same-sex couples 88

January 4, 2019 1:50 PM Katherine Copeland retires from rowing after 11-year career

London 2012 gold medallist Katherine Copeland has retired from rowing after an 11-year career. The 28-year-old competed at two Olympics and secured gold alongside lightweight double sculls partner Sophie Hoskings at London 2012. Copeland also claimed a European title in 2015 and has contested four World Championships, winning silver in 2015. "To wake up and train 65

January 2, 2019 5:05 PM Europe not enough? Meddling Verhofstadt urges EU to intervene in BRAZIL over land policy

GUY Verhofstadt has urged the European Union to use its influence to meddle in Jair Bolsonaro’s plans to use more of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest for commercial projects in a bid to kickstart the country’s economy. The new Brazilian president has issued an executive order to make the agriculture ministry responsible for deciding on lands claimed by indigenous 116

January 1, 2019 1:41 PM Mayweather v Nasukawa: Japanese kickboxer 'underestimated' boxer

Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa says he "underestimated" Floyd Mayweather but that he had "concerns" before his defeat in an exhibition boxing match on Monday. Nasukawa, 20, was knocked down three times and ended the fight in tears. "The days since the fight was confirmed have been enjoyable but with concerns," Nasukawa said. He wrote on Instagram 57

December 31, 2018 12:39 AM Philip Hammond 'HOLDS BACK' vital Brexit funding in catastrophic blow for UK

SENIOR cabinet officials have accused the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, of stopping the necessary funding required to prepare the UK for Brexit. The Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, has complained to the Treasury, saying his department has only received half of what was required to prepare local councils for Brexit. Mr Brokenshire's department only received 88