Area of London's West End evacuated due to gas leak

Hotels and businesses in part of London’s West End have been evacuated due to a gas leak. Emergency services were called to Strand in the heart of the capital’s tourist district shortly after 02:00 BST. Roads in the area have been closed, threatening to cause rush hour disruption. The Metropolitan Police said it was working with the fire service and ...

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19 quotes about change to inspire you on Transformation Tuesday

(Picture: izusek/Getty) Need some early week inspiration to keep going with your transformation? Look no further than the #TransformationTuesday hashtags on Instagram and Twitter for people who have completed dramatic changes. There may be of plenty of pictorial inspiration on social media but you may need a bit of an extra kick up the butt to help keep you on ...

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World No. 4 Elina Svitolina thrashed by unseeded Elise Mertens as Belgian reaches semi-finals

Mertens battled through (Picture: AFP/Getty) Elina Svitolina suffered a shock Australian Open exit to unseeded Elise Mertens as the Belgian’s remarkable run of form in 2018 continued. The Ukrainian fourth seed lost 4-6 0-6 in an hour and 13 minutes as she failed to reach a Grand Slam semi-final as the 22-year-old extended her winning streak to 10 matches. Mertens ...

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Asia stocks rise as US govt shutdown ends, dollar/yen inches down

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks advanced on Tuesday after U.S. senators struck a deal to end a three-day government shutdown, sending Wall Street’s main indexes to record highs, while the dollar inched down against the yen after the Bank of Japan kept policy steady. U.S. lawmakers passed a short-term measure on Monday to fund the federal government through Feb. 8. ...

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Hurry up, German conservative urges Social Democrats on coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) – A leading member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives has urged Social Democrats (SPD) to finish coalition talks within two to three weeks, warning that Germans were losing trust in democracy after months without a new government. Volker Kauder, who leads conservatives in parliament, rejected calls by Martin Schulz, the embattled leader of the centre-left SPD, for revisiting ...

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Netflix crosses $100 billion market capitalisation as subscribers surge

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc snagged 2 million more subscribers than Wall Street expected in the final three months of 2017, tripling profits at the online video service that is burning money on new programming to dominate internet television around the world. The results drove Netflix to a market capitalisation of more than $100 billion (£71.6 billion) for the first time. ...

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South Korea government rejects 'Pyongyang Olympics' criticism

SEOUL (Reuters) – Seoul’s presidential Blue House rejected criticism on Tuesday that next month’s Winter Games had been hijacked by North Korea, saying the event will help defuse tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes. Some opposition politicians and conservative civic in South Korea have criticised North Korea’s participation in the Games, to be held in the South Korean alpine ...

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Optimism booms among Davos CEOs despite geopolitical storm clouds

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Chief executives are more optimistic about the economic outlook than they have been for many years although anxieties are rising about geopolitics, cyber threats and terrorism, a survey showed on the eve of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. The PwC survey of nearly 1,300 CEOs found that 57 percent expect global growth to improve ...

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2018 Oscars predictions: Lack of diversity may make this year’s Oscars So White all over again

Oscars predictions The 2017 awards season is well and truly on us – but with the Academy Awards less than two months away, the pieces have still not yet fallen into place. On Tuesday 23 January the Academy will finally unveil their 2018 nominations but with many film fans, insiders, and critics still debating who may even find their names ...

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Games Inbox: Resident Evil 2 remake ideas, Darkest Dungeon approval, and Super Mario Odyssey love

What do you want the Resident Evil 2 remake to be like? The morning Inbox wonders why publishers are so slow to support the Switch, as Amy Hennig reveals something worrying about single-player games. To join in with the discussions yourself email gamecentral@ukmetro.co.uk Three options or more So another day, another non-reveal for the Resident Evil 2 remake. I see ...

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