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Watford appoint Javi Gracia as new manager hours after sacking Marco Silva

Watford have appointed Javi Gracia as the club’s new head coach hours after sacking Marco Silva. The 47-year-old Spaniard has signed an 18-month contract at Vicarage Road. Silva was dismissed on Sunday morning following the 2-0 defeat by Leicester City on Saturday, with the club issuing a statement to blame Premier League rivals Everton for their approach earlier in the ...

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Turkish troops enter Afrin in northern Syria as offensive against Kurds continues

Turkish troops have reportedly entered the Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria as part of the second day of their offensive alongside Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters.  The state run Anadolu Agency said troops pushed 5km (three miles) into Afrin on Sunday a day after Turkish jets attacked the US-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters. The Turkish military has said its offensive, which they ...

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Syria crisis: Turkish assault on Kurdish enclave threatens to open deadly new phase in bloody seven-year civil war

Turkish soldiers have entered the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria in a move which could mean that the seven-year-long Syrian crisis is entering a new phase. Turkey says that it plans to establish a 19-mile-deep safe zone under its control. According to the Turkish military, its jets and artillery have so far hit 153 targets there. The Kurdish ...

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Southampton's Mauricio Pellegrino comes out firing after Tottenham draw: 'I am not afraid of losing my job'

Mauricio Pellegrino compared football management to sitting in an electric chair after Southampton’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s, but nevertheless insisted that he was “not afraid to lose my job.” Southampton, whose run of 11 league games without a win is the worst of any team in England’s top four divisions, took a shock lead against Tottenham ...

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Mauricio Pochettino refuses to blame outbreak of flu in Tottenham's squad for Spurs' failure to beat Southampton

Mauricio Pochettino refused to use an outbreak of flu as an excuse after Tottenham Hotspur laboured to a 1-1 draw at Southampton. Spurs were without Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris who were laid low by a flu bug that had been around the Tottenham camp this week. But Pochettino said that his players had to take responsibility for their own ...

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Top primary school reverses hijab ban after major backlash sees chair of governors resign

A top London primary school has reversed a controversial decision banning children under eight from wearing the hijab to school. The chair of governors who championed the ban stepped down from his role on Friday, as backlash against the decision grew.  St Stephen’s Primary School in Upton Park, Newham, faced sustained criticism over the decision to block girls from wearing the ...

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Hotel which banned Youtubers and Instagram stars trolls vegans on social media

The hotel which banned Youtubers and Instagram stars has taken to social media to troll vegans.  The White Moose Café, a luxury hotel in Dublin, caused a stir after it publicly refused a “possible collaboration” with UK-based social media personality Elle Darby.  Ms Darby had asked for “free accommodation” in return for recommending others and “bringing traffic”.  The owner of ...

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Deadly violence breaks out during protests against election result in Honduras

At least one person has died after violence broke out during protests in Honduras against President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s re-election. Security forces used tear gas against rock-throwing supporters of the centre-left defeated candidate Salvador Nasralla and tried to clear impromptu roadblocks of burning tires, according to police sources.  A local NGO said a 60-year-old man died and another person was ...

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Veteran jockey Bob Champion makes appeal to fans after lifetime of photos destroyed in fire

A jockey who beat testicular cancer and went on to win the Grand National is making an urgent appeal to fans after a major fire in a Liverpool car park destroyed a lifetime of his precious photographs. Bob Champion’s car was one of 1,600 vehicles destroyed in a massive blaze at a multi-storey car park next to the Liverpool Echo ...

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Canadian billionaire and his wife were murdered, private investigators say

A billionaire and his wife found dead side-by-side were both murdered, a report by private investigators has said.  Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead at their home in Toronto, Canada on 15 December and initially reports suggested their deaths were a murder-suicide.  But now a team of investigators hired by the couple’s family have suggested the theory, leaked to ...

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