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PM remains positive about Brexit deal as Irish issue warning over commitments

Theresa May is taking an upbeat stance on securing a Brexit deal, as Ireland insists the UK must stick to its commitments on keeping a soft border with the Republic.

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Britain has boosted the number of flights from China in preparation for Brexit (Steve Parsons/PA)

Britain to woo Chinese tourists in preparation for ‘post-Brexit’ world

Thousands more Chinese tourists are set to visit the UK under Government plans to increase the number of flights from the country by 50%.

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Richard Ratcliffe is optimistic his wife could be home before Christmas (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe optimistic she will be home by Christmas

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British women imprisoned in Tehran, said he is still optimistic his wife will be home for Christmas.

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Lord Kerslake is calling for cross-party action on the NHS (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Lord Kerslake urges fundamental review after quitting as chairman of NHS trust

A fundamental review of the NHS is needed to address a financial crisis, Lord Kerslake said, after quitting as the boss of a major hospital trust in protest at funding problems.

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Elizabeth Campbell leads the council which owns Grenfell Tower (Victoria Jones/PA)

Grenfell Tower council leader to miss memorial service at request of families

The council leader linked to the Grenfell Tower fire will not attend a memorial service marking the six-month anniversary, following a request from bereaved families.

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Drivers warned to beware of ‘treacherous’ conditions at start of working week

Treacherous driving conditions are expected to cause havoc for motorists as the country returns to work, after more than 12 inches of snow blanketed parts of the UK.

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Max Clifford during his trial (Justin Tallis/PA)

Disgraced publicict Max Clifford dies in hospital after being taken ill in jail

Disgraced former celebrity publicist Max Clifford has died, the Ministry of Justice said.

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Lord Kerslake has quit his position at King's College Hospital (Ella Pickover/PA)

Lord Kerslake quits role as chairman of NHS trust in protest over funding issues

Lord Kerslake has resigned as boss of King’s College Hospital because of funding problems with the NHS.

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What the papers say - December 11

What the papers say – December 11

Snow fell across vast swathes of the UK over the weekend – and Monday’s front pages also have a light dusting of the white stuff.

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Jeremy Corbyn is calling for action from the Prime Minister (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Jeremy Corbyn demands ‘answers’ and ‘action’ over Grenfell Tower tragedy

The Government is “failing” Grenfell Tower survivors by leaving many homeless and without faith in the public inquiry six months on, Labour has warned.

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Members of the police, fire brigade and ambulance service during a joint training exercise (Yui Mok/PA)

Israeli embassy hosts training exercise for hazardous chemical incident

Emergency teams in bio suits descended on the Israeli embassy in a training exercise for a hazardous chemical incident.

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President Hassan Rouhani Boris Johnson at the start of their meeting in Tehran (AP/PA)

‘First ripple of freedom’ for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe as Iran postpones case

The husband of imprisoned Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has hailed the “first ripple of freedom” as a new court case against his wife was postponed.

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David Davis suggested Friday's agreement was not legally enforcable J(eff Overs/BBC/PA)

London and Dublin clash over significance of Brexit agreement

London and Dublin have clashed over whether the Brexit agreement intended to trigger trade talks is legally binding or not.

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In pictures: Snow turns parts of UK into winter wonderland

Heavy snowfall across parts of the UK is causing widespread disruption, closing roads and grounding flights at an airport.

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Rural areas top breath test charge table as festive drinkers are warned of risks

More motorists are charged with drink-driving in largely rural areas, an investigation suggests.

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Traffic is forced to drive in one lane as snow covers most of the A470 dual carriageway past Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

Motorists warned of havoc on roads as snow and ice hit Monday morning commute

Motorists are being warned of havoc on the roads on Monday as snow turns into ice following a weekend wintry blast.

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Cameron Millar, 10, was born without a right hand (Amalia Publicity/PA)

Cameron, 10, planning to play the drums after getting bionic hand

A boy’s Christmas wish to be able to use both his hands will be granted following a charity appeal.

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Employees at work on a Eurofighter Typhoon at BAE Systems (Peter Byrne/PA)

Jobs boost with Qatar aircraft deal worth £5bn to BAE Systems

BAE Systems has announced a contract valued at £5 billion to supply aircraft to Qatar, helping to secure jobs in the UK.

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The PM believes a new sense of optimism hangs over the Brexit talks (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

‘New sense of optimism’ in Brexit negotiations, Theresa May says

Theresa May has insisted she has stuck to her principles on Brexit following a last minute deal designed to let negotiations switch to trade issues.

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Police released CCTV after a man was subjected to a 50-hour hostage ordeal (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Two more arrests made by police over man’s 50-hour hostage ordeal

Police have made two further arrests after a man was stripped naked, tied up and beaten during a 50-hour hostage ordeal.

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