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    Ryan Giggs has bail extended following arrest on suspicion of assault

    Wales manager and former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs has had his bail extended after he was arrested on suspicion of assault. The 47-year-old was arrested and later bailed in November after a reported row with his "on-off girlfriend" Kate Greville.

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    Brexit: Northern Ireland halts construction of import inspection facilities

    Uncertainty around the future of the Northern Ireland protocol has seen the construction of purpose-built inspection facilities at ports halted. There will still be checks on agricultural and food products, but these will be carried out in existing buildings that have been repurposed for the post-Brexit task, the country's agriculture minister has said. Gordon Lyons of the DUP said that recruitment of inspection staff for the new port facilities at places like Belfast and Larne had been stopped, and charges levied on traders bringing goods from Great Britain into Northern Ireland were also shelved.

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    Golden Globes 2021: Hollywood Foreign Press Association to launch 'action plan' to recruit black members after diversity criticism

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) - the organisation behind the Golden Globes - says it is working on "an action plan" to recruit black members, after being criticised over its lack of diversity. The voting body is made up of just 87 members, none of whom are black, according to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times.

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    COVID-19: 'Don't wreck this now,' warns Jonathan Van-Tam as some regions see rise in cases

    Rising coronavirus cases in a small number of areas in England has led the deputy chief medical officer to warn: "Don't wreck this now." Jonathan Van-Tam was speaking at Friday's Downing Street briefing on the fight against coronavirus.

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    UN report warns governments 'nowhere close' to climate targets

    A UN climate change report has found that global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions "fall far short of what is required" and that nations must "step up" to fulfil promises made under the Paris agreement. In a stark warning ahead of a make or break COP26 climate conference in Glasgow later this year, countries were criticised over their emission reduction plans - known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) - and urged to make "more ambitious" commitments. Following a legally binding international treaty on climate change signed in Paris in 2015, almost 200 countries set a goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2C - or ideally 1.5C - by the end of the century.

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    Black Lives Matter: Lewis Hamilton asks 'what's next?' as he urges fans to keep up fight for racial equality

    Lewis Hamilton has urged people who supported the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement for racial equality to "keep pushing" for "true change". The seven-time F1 champion asked his social media followers "what's next?" and said "inequities within our sport and within the world persist". Hamilton has been one of the UK's most high-profile supporters of the BLM movement and led the call for Formula One drivers to take the knee before races last year.

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    COVID-19: More than 19 million have now had first coronavirus jab - as UK reports another 345 deaths

    The UK has reported another 345 coronavirus deaths and 8,523 new cases, while more than 19 million people have now had their first vaccine dose. It compares with yesterday's figures of 9,985 coronavirus cases and 323 deaths. It comes as the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announced the next phase of COVID vaccinations will continue to prioritise people by age and not their occupation.

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    Nigeria: Hundreds of schoolgirls abducted as gunmen attack nearby military site

    More than 300 girls have been abducted from a boarding school in northern Nigeria in the latest in a series of student kidnappings in the country. Gunmen abducted 317 students from the Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe town, Zamfara state, on Friday. Local man Musa Mustapha said the gunmen also attacked a nearby military camp and checkpoint, preventing soldiers from interfering at the school.

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    Iceberg size of Bedfordshire breaks off from Antarctica

    An iceberg the size of Bedfordshire has broken off from Antarctica, near to a British Antarctic Survey (BAS) station. Large cracks in the ice of this part of Antarctica were first discovered a decade ago, and since then the BAS has been monitoring the area in case of just such an event. Evidence that an iceberg may imminently split off - called calving - was first observed in November 2020 when a new chasm opened up in the region and headed towards other cracks.

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    NatWest braced for ministers to delay privatisation target again

    NatWest Group is braced for the government to further delay its target date for returning the lender to full ownership, raising the prospect that it could face almost 20 years as a partially nationalised company. Sky News understands that the Treasury is likely to confirm alongside Rishi Sunak's Budget next week that its ambition of selling its remaining 60% stake in NatWest - formerly Royal Bank of Scotland - is to be pushed back again. People close to the bank said they expected the privatisation timetable to be extended by a further one or two years, reflecting the fact that the government has not sold any shares in the bank since 2018.