Kabul hotel attack: Intercontinental under attack 'by at least four gunmen'

Kabul’s Intercontinental hotel is under attack by at least four gunmen, according to local reports. There was no immediate information on potential casualties and no group has yet claimed responsibility, but the attackers appear to have included suicide bombers, according to ministry spokesman Najib Danish who said the attack began around 9pm local time. Isis has carried out a series of ...

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Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez see Leicester to victory against Watford

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez fired Leicester to a routine 2-0 win over Watford as Claude Puel’s powers of recovery continued. Winger Mahrez – linked with a January move – maintained his fine form with a third goal in six games after Vardy’s first-half penalty put the Foxes ahead. Leicester moved up to seventh in the Premier League while Watford’s ...

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Alexis Sanchez's transfer to Manchester United 'so close' reveals Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the signing of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is “so close” and he expects it to be “successful”. The Independent understands that the majority of details of the deal have now been sorted, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan now almost certain to go the other way. The complications that come from organising a straight swap deal were one reason ...

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Britain able to have bespoke deal with EU – Macron

LONDON (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday Britain would be able to have a bespoke deal with the European Union after Brexit, one of Prime Minister Theresa May’s objectives. But in an interview with the BBC, Macron said London’s financial centre could not enjoy the same level of access to the EU under May’s current Brexit plan, ...

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McDonald to succeed Adams as Sinn Fein leader in striking shift

BELFAST (Reuters) – Mary Lou McDonald will succeed Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein leader, the party said on Saturday, completing a generational shift for the Irish nationalist party as it bids to enter government on both sides of the Irish border. Adams, a pivotal figure in the political life of Ireland for almost 50 years, announced he would step down ...

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Celebrity Big Brother: Andrew and Courtney have suspicious chat in toilet after he’s saved from eviction

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Andrew Brady and Courtney Act’s relationship took a suspicious turn after the latest eviction, with some questionable chat and noises emanating from the toilet. Maggie Oliver and Rachel Johnson recently became the latest housemates to be evicted, but it seems spirits are ...

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HMP Liverpool: Britain's 'worst prison' cuts healthcare budget

Healthcare budgets have been cut at a prison described by inspectors as “Britain’s worst”. A damning report on HMP Liverpool on Friday said it was “squalid”. The BBC has now learnt Lancashire Care NHS Trust is leaving its contract with the jail in March citing the £6.7m it is paid to provide healthcare as “unsustainable”. NHS England has offered new ...

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Ed Sheeran announces engagement

Ed Sheeran has announced he’s engaged to his long-time girlfriend Cherry Seaborn. Posting on Instagram he said they are both “very happy and in love”, joking that their cats are happy for them too. The couple met in school although they only got together in 2015, spending most of 2016 travelling the world during his year off from music. Cherry ...

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James Brokenshire undergoes lung surgery

Former Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has undergone lung surgery. Mr Brokenshire tweeted that he had been discharged from hospital on Saturday morning. The MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup stood down from his role in Northern Ireland in January because of concerns about his health. He said recent tests had confirmed that a “small lesion” needed to be removed ...

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'Ice Maiden' team completes Antarctica ski record

Six women from the British Army have become the largest all-female group to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica. The Ice Maiden team began the 1,000-mile expedition on 20 November – each pulling an 80kg sledge behind them. After 62 days on the ice, the six soldiers crossed the finish line at the Hercules Inlet just before 10:00 GMT. They were expected ...

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