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Police officer critically ill after being hit by Maserati

A police officer is in a critical condition in hospital after he and a female colleague were struck by a Maserati as they helped deal with an unrelated early-morning incident.

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The Gateway To Wales Hotel in Deeside is engulfed by fire (Danny Lawton/PA)

Staff and residents evacuated as fire engulfs hotel on Welsh border

Fire has ripped through a hotel on the Welsh border, forcing the evacuation of residents and staff.

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The scene of a multi-vehicle crash at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston (Aaron Chown/PA)

‘Happy, loving’ taxi driver killed in multi-car crash on last job of the night

A taxi driver killed in a multi-car crash in Birmingham phoned his wife to say he would be home after his last fare before the horror smash, his brother said.

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Mrs May was boosted by the terms of a statement agreed by the EU27 at the European Council summit in Brussels (Jonathan Brady/PA)

May vows to seek trade deals with other countries despite EU rules

Theresa May will tell MPs that the UK will seek to sign trade deals with countries around the world despite potentially being bound by European Union rules for around two years after Brexit.

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Bookmaker apologises over tweet of blackface darts fan dressed as Diane Abbott

A bookmaker accused of racism after it posted a picture of a darts fan blacked-up as politician Diane Abbott has apologised.

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Ryanair pilots suspend pre-Christmas strike

Ryanair pilots have suspended a pre-Christmas one-day strike, union bosses have announced.

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UK fracking could be limited by lack of special waste facilities, research says

A lack of specialist waste treatment facilities could limit the development of fracking in the UK, say researchers from the University of Edinburgh.

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Flames advance towards a large fire break in Santa Barbara, California (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

Thousands of firefighters battle California blaze as colleague’s funeral held

Thousands of firefighters tried to shield coastal communities from one of the biggest wildfires in California’s history as a funeral procession was held in honour of one of their colleagues who was killed battling the flames.

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Police probe whether embassy worker found dead in Beirut was sexually assaulted

Lebanese police are investigating whether a British embassy worker strangled and dumped by the side of a motorway was sexually assaulted.

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Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama (The Obama Foundation/PA)

Prince Harry quizzed Barack Obama for Today programme interview

Prince Harry has interviewed Barack Obama for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

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Gravestone of Blackie the war horse (Alun Bull/Historic England/PA)

In pictures: War horse’s gravestone and prehistoric trackway protected by Historic England

A prehistoric timber trackway, a gravestone to a war horse and the gardens where Billy Butlin opened his first holiday camp are among the more unusual historic sites protected this year.

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NHS to use sickness surveillance data to manage winter demand on hospitals

Health bosses will use the latest technology to try to cope with surges in demand on services this winter.

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Brendan Cox is facing his second Christmas without Jo (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Jo Cox’s widower talks of challenges of bringing up children alone

The widower of murdered MP Jo Cox has spoken about the difficulty of being a single parent as he praised a campaign designed to tackle loneliness at Christmas.

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British embassy worker Rebecca Dykes was found dead in Beirut, Lebanon (Foreign Office/PA)

Man arrested over murder of British embassy worker in Beirut

Lebanese police have arrested a man in connection with the killing of a British embassy worker in Beirut.

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NSPCC refers 90 calls a week to police and social services over sex abuse fears

A children’s charity said it is referring an average of 90 calls a week to police and social services over concerns a young person has been sexually assaulted.

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A man inspects the rubble of a Houthi-held detention centre destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa (Hani Mohammed/AP)

UK to send £50m emergency aid to Yemen in ‘world’s worst humanitarian crisis’

The UK is set to provide an emergency £50 million aid package to help feed millions of Yemeni people caught in “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”.

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Shahida Begum fled to Bangladesh from Burma (Sciaf/PA)

Rohingya people are victims of ‘crimes against humanity’, Sciaf director says

The head of a UK aid charity has said the Rohingya people are victims of “crimes against humanity”.

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What the papers say - December 18

What the papers say – December 18

British embassy worker Rebecca Dykes, who was found dead by a Beirut motorway on Saturday, is pictured on many of the front pages.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and Tanaiste Simon Coveney during a press conference at Government Buildings in Dublin (Laura Hutton/PA)

Irish Government ‘needs to repair relationship with DUP’

The Irish Government’s relationship with the DUP needs to be repaired, a minister said.

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Nadine Dorries said the 11 rebels should face deselection (PA)

Tory Brexit rebels risking Corbyn government, says arch Leaver Nadine Dorries

Tory Brexit rebels risk putting Jeremy Corbyn in power, a prominent Eurosceptic warned as the fallout from Theresa May’s first Commons defeat over Europe continued.

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