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    MPs want Brexit fund for UK farmers

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sheep meat exports to the EU could be subject to high tariffs if their is no UK-EU Brexit deal MPs scrutinising the government's plans for the agriculture industry after Brexit want funding for farmers when EU subsidies end, they said in a report.Without an EU-UK trade deal, farm exports face tariffs from March 2019.UK shoppers would also likely see price rises from EU imports such as Danish pork and French cheese, the MPs found.However the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said it could both "secure ambitious free trade deals while supporting ...
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    ‘I missed out on university but my son won’t’

    Image caption Waiting for the bus - Daniel Bennett (centre) wants his son to have chances he didn't "I didn't hear the word university until after I had left school but I know I could have done well."Daniel Bennett from Kennington in south London is a heating engineer. He did a four-year apprenticeship straight out of school and makes a good living but doesn't want his son to follow in his footsteps. "I was quite smart but I didn't know it. I was very quiet and sat in the background. No issues, no trouble but I got no encouragement from ...
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    ‘Cut student interest rates’ say MPs

    Image copyright Alamy Image caption The level of fees and debt for students is going to be the subject of a major review There is no justification for such "high interest rates" on student loans, says a committee of MPs.The Treasury Select Committee says it is unconvinced by "questionable" claims in support of charging up to 6.1% on loans that cover fees and living costs.The report comes as the government prepares to unveil its review of university funding in England.Committee chairwoman Nicky Morgan says the return of maintenance loans could also help to "remove barriers".Prime Minister Theresa May and Education ...
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    Driving through flood water ‘risks lives’

    Image copyright Getty Images Two-thirds of drivers would risk driving through flood water, despite it being the leading cause of death during a flood, the Environment Agency says.The agency's Caroline Douglass described the statistic, taken from a survey of 18,000 AA members, as "extremely concerning"."No one should put their own life or those of their friends and family at risk during a flood," she said.Since 2013, the AA has rescued more than 14,500 drivers from floods.A total of 101 drivers have been rescued from Rufford Lane in Newark, Nottingham, in the past five years. Driving through flood water can also ...
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    MPs call for boy with epilepsy to have medical cannabis

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlfie Dingley's family moved to the Netherlands for his cannabis treatmentMPs have called on the Home Office to issue a medical cannabis licence to a boy whose rare form of epilepsy improves after taking the drug.Six-year-old Alfie Dingley, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, suffers up to 30 violent seizures a day.His parents want to treat him with medical cannabis oil, which is illegal in the UK. In September, Alfie went to the Netherlands to take a cannabis-based medication.The medication, which was prescribed by a paediatric neurologist, saw his seizures reduce in number, duration ...
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    Female stars call for end to sexual harassment at work

    Image copyright PA/Getty Image caption Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and Emma Watson signed the letter to show "solidarity and unity". Nearly 200 female British stars from film, TV and stage have signed an open letter calling for an end to sexual harassment across all industries.Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and Emma Watson are among the women to sign the letter, published in the Observer.Emma Watson has given £1m to a new campaign backed by the women - aimed at helping those affected by harassment.Women attending the Bafta Awards in London on Sunday night say they will wear black on the red ...
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    Is having a disabled partner a burden?

    It's a source of anxiety for many disabled people that they will be forever overlooked in the love stakes, or that it might be too hard for some people to keep a relationship going with them. On this week's takeover show from Ouch, three non-disabled women, Mel, Jo and Candy discuss the life they have with their disabled partners. Find out how Candy reacted when someone assumed she was either a carer or getting payment for being with her partner. What special circumstances led to Mel being particularly positive about dating a disabled man. And how Jo thinks communication is ...
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    The mystery of Toronto’s gay village killings

    Image copyright Facebook Image caption Friends hung posters of Andrew Kinsman around the Village and Cabbagetown For years, there were whispers in Toronto's gay community about a serial killer stalking the community. Now that one of their own has been charged with the murders of five missing men, they wonder why the police didn't act sooner.In a small park in the heart of Toronto's Gay Village, about 200 people assembled in the snow to mourn the victims of an alleged serial killer.Many wore armbands painted with the words "love", "heal", "rise", "grieve". The words were later used in a call-and-response ...
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    The Indian artist challenging ‘dirty taboos’ on Instagram

    Image copyright Kaviya Ilango @wallflowergirlsays Image caption Kaviya Ilango is inspired by the "dirty taboos" that don't get discussed In an illustration on Instagram, a young woman perched on the arm of a bench can be seen letting out a fart. The Indian artist behind the sketch, Kaviya Ilango, speaks to the BBC's Krutika Pathi about the "dirty taboos" that inspire her. "People generally advise you not to air your dirty laundry in public, but I am convinced that art can be a powerful medium for questioning stereotypes," says Ms Ilango who has garnered attention on the social media platform ...
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    Is the French wine brotherhood worried about Brexit?

    Image caption The Pouilly brotherhood welcomed 10 new bailli into their fold at a January ceremony It is not every day you get asked to join a medieval-style brotherhood, and I was nervous lest the Pouilly winegrowers spot that I knew nothing about wine.What if they asked me to explain the difference between a Pouilly-Fumé and a Sancerre?What if they made me do a blind tasting as a condition of entry, then drummed me out to hoots of laughter when I described the 2016 as charpenté (full-bodied) instead of chaleureux (warm)?They would soon work out I was an oenological no-hoper.Of ...
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    The country breeding a generation of chess whizz kids

    Since 2011, all children in Armenia from six to eight years old have compulsory chess lessons. For one boy it's paying off, reports Emma Levine. I was trapped. Surrounded on all sides, and there was no escape. The king's capture was imminent - and my bishop was of no use this time. "Shakh yev mat," Mikhael announced triumphantly. Check mate - and my victor was just 11 years old. It wasn't surprising - a few days earlier Mikhael had been crowned the national schools' chess champion, adding to his other trophies. He'd been playing since he was five."I learned from ...
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    Hong Kong art: Miniature art shows disappearing Hong Kong

    After World War Two, Hong Kong saw an influx of refugees from mainland China. Penniless, many of them could only live in wooden huts they built and one of these squatter villages was located at Mount Davis, an area on western Hong Kong Island. In 1983, a powerful typhoon hit Hong Kong, triggering a landslide in the squatter area. A firefighter was killed during the rescue operation and the colonial government cleared the squatters afterwards. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-43043502 ...
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    ‘I forgot my mum had died’

    On a night out to mark the first anniversary of his mother's death, Peter was punched in the head, resulting in a brain injury that left him in a coma. When he awoke, he had lost a large portion of his memory, including any knowledge that his mum had passed away. This clip is originally from BBC Radio 5 live.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43010288 ...
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    The 22-year-old running UK’s only asteroid mining business

    Mitch Hunter-Scullion runs the UK's only asteroid mining business.He hopes to launch his first prospecting satellite in 2020 and start mining later that decade.Scientists believe there are billions of pounds of raw materials in the solar system's asteroids.Video journalist: Claire Readhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42884887 ...
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    ‘I fix umbrellas to save the world’

    Thierry Millet is possibly Europe’s last remaining artisanal umbrella repair man, working out of a small shop in central Paris. When BBC News visited his workshop, he told them that by rescuing broken brollies he was doing his bit for the environment.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43007051 ...
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    World Boxing Super Series: George Groves retains WBA title after points win over Chris Eubank Jr

    George Groves produced a superb performance to retain his WBA world super-middleweight title as an enthralling points win over Chris Eubank Jr took him into the World Boxing Super Series final.The 29-year-old was patient throughout, preventing his rival from boxing up close by mixing good footwork with solid counter-punches.A cut above Eubank Jr's right eye in the third round hampered the 28-year-old, who enjoyed joy of his own in a riveting 12th round, where noise in the Manchester Arena reached a crescendo with both men looking vulnerable.But Groves' poise in parts was key and the 117-112 116-112 115-113 scores on ...
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    Murdered MP’s widower Brendan Cox quits charities

    The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, Brendan Cox, has quit two charities he set up in her memory after allegations of sexual assault were made public.Mr Cox denied assaulting a woman in her 30s at Harvard University in 2015 - but admitted to "inappropriate" behaviour while working for Save the Children.He has left posts at More in Common and the Jo Cox Foundation a week after the Mail on Sunday published the claims.Mr Cox apologised for the "hurt and offence" caused by his past behaviour.In a statement issued on Saturday, he said: "While I do not accept the allegations ...
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    Liev Schreiber and Other ‘Isle of Dogs’ Cast Attend Studio Babelsberg Night in Berlin

    Several members of the voice-cast of Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” attended Studio Babelsberg Night at Berlin’s Soho House on Friday, including Liev Schreiber, Yojiro Noda, Kunichi Nomura and Roman Coppola. The party was hosted by Babelsberg CEO Charlie Woebcken and COO Christoph Fisser, partnering with Canada Goose and Variety. Babelsberg co-produced the film, which […] Follow this link to see the original source for this post http://variety.com/2018/film/global/liev-schreiber-isle-of-dogs-studio-babelsberg-berlin-film-festival-1202703562/ ...
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    Florida school shooting: Students demand tighter gun controls

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStudent to lawmakers: "Shame on you."Young survivors of Wednesday's school shooting in Florida have taken part in an emotionally charged rally demanding tighter gun controls. Protesters in Fort Lauderdale chanted "shame on you", referring to US lawmakers and President Donald Trump.He said last year he would "never" infringe on the right to keep arms.Suspect Nikolas Cruz has admitted carrying out the attack at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, in which 17 people died.It was the deadliest US school shooting since 2012 and has re-ignited long-running debates about tougher firearm ...
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    Winter Olympics: BBC commentators react to Yarnold & Deas medals

    BBC Sport's commentary team of John Jackson, Amy Williams and John Hunt react as Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas Olympics skeleton medals are confirmed by a faltering fourth run from Austria's Janine Flock.Available to UK users only.WATCH MORE: Yarnold defends her Olympic skeleton titlehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-olympics/43100655 ...
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    FA Cup quarter-final draw: Manchester United to play Brighton

    Brighton beat League Two Coventry 3-1 on Saturday, while United won 2-0 at HuddersfieldManchester United will play Brighton in in the FA Cup quarter-finals, in a repeat of the 1983 final.The winner of Tottenham's match at Rochdale on Sunday will meet Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea, who will go to a replay after Saturday's 0-0 draw.Southampton will host the the winners of Monday's match between Manchester City and Wigan, while Leicester and Chelsea meet in another all Premier League tie.The ties take place from 16-19 March.Rochdale, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, are bottom of League One. They play ...
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    Qatar Open: Caroline Wozniacki beaten by Petra Kvitova in Doha

    Petra Kvitova, right, started 2018 at number 29 in the rankingsPetra Kvitova recovered from losing the first set to shock world number one Caroline Wozniacki and reach Sunday's Qatar Open final.The Czech won 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 to earn her 12th successive win and set up a final against Spain's Garbine Muguruza.It was the world number 21's third win over a top-10 player in Doha this week.Kvitova, who won in St Petersburg two weeks ago, is continuing her comeback following six months out after a knife attack at her home in December 2016."I don't know what happened," she said. "I ...
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