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    Chinese spy balloon: US sec of state Blinken speaks with senior Chinese official over cancelled visit

    US secretary of state Antony Blinken has spoken with a senior Chinese official about his postponed trip to the country. US officials said Mr Blinken spoke to the Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Office Wang Yi today postponing the planned visit. Officials also said they "noted" China's statement of regret but said "the presence of this balloon in our airspace is a clear violation of our sovereignty, as well as international law, and it is unacceptable that this has occurred".

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    Weather: Cold alert issued for England as experts offer advice on how to stay well during low temperatures

    A cold weather alert has been issued for the whole of England - as people are urged to keep warm and check up on those more vulnerable to the chilly conditions. The warning is from 6pm on Sunday until 6pm on Tuesday, and all regions are set to have cold nights and overnight frosts. Experts from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Met Office are encouraging people to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather.

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    Hormone injection could be the cure for men and women with low sex drives, new study reveals

    A hormone injection could be the solution for men and women with low sex drives, a new study has shown. Kisspeptin could be used to treat people distressed by their low libido by stimulating the release of other reproductive hormones in the body. Two new studies found the naturally occurring hormone boosted sexual responses in women and men with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).

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    British Athletics call for transgender women to compete with men in 'open' category

    British Athletics is calling for a change in the law to preserve women's events for those who were female at birth. The governing body announced that it supported allowing transgender women to compete in an "open" category that would replace the current male category. British Triathlon also announced last year that it planned to introduce two categories for competition - one for athletes who were female at birth and one "open" category for men, transgender women and non-binary athletes.

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    FTSE 100 reaches all-time high

    London's FTSE 100 Index has reached an all-time high at 7905 earlier this afternoon. The Financial Times Stock Exchange index of the 100 most valuable companies on the London stock exchange beat the previous record of 7,903.5 set in May 2018. It comes as central banks - including the Bank of England and the US Federal Reserve - have this week signalled that their programmes of interest rate rises either have, or may be, moderating as they believe inflation to have peaked.

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    Andrew Innes: Doctor says 'no clear evidence' to support double murder accused's diminished responsibility defence

    A doctor has told a murder trial there is "no clear evidence" to support a man's defence that he was suffering from a mental disorder at the time he killed a woman and her two-year-old daughter. The jury had previously been told that Innes was taking steroid medication for a condition and had not slept at the time of the deaths. On Friday, forensic psychiatrist Dr Gordon Cowan, 36, refuted that Innes had suffered steroid-induced psychosis, telling the court that he found "no clear evidence of

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    Nicola Bulley: Police believe missing dog walker fell into river as investigation focuses on 10-minute window

    Police investigating the disappearance of a mother-of-two say they believe she "sadly" fell into a river as they focus on a 10-minute window when she went missing a week ago. Nicola Bulley, 45, vanished in Lancashire while out walking her dog last Friday morning after dropping off her daughters, aged six and nine, at school. The mortgage adviser, from Inskip, was last seen at about 9.10am on a path by the River Wyre in the village of St Michael's on Wyre.

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    Pensioner who threatened to assassinate Nicola Sturgeon found guilty

    A pensioner has been found guilty of threatening to assassinate Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. William Curtis, 70, sent threatening social media posts to Ms Sturgeon on various occasions between 27 February and 6 March 2019. Jurors at Glasgow's High Court found that Curtis and Philip Mitchell, 60, also assaulted and abducted a sheriff in a car park in Banff, Aberdeenshire, in June 2021.

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    Ukraine war:By saying they have 'the means to respond', Putin has made a clear threat to widen war on Ukraine

    How worried should we be by Vladimir Putin's latest chilling threat of a different kind of war delivered on a key anniversary for Russians - the 80th anniversary of their victory at Stalingrad over Germany? "Those who hope to defeat Russia on the battlefield do not understand, it seems, that a modern war with Russia will be very different for them", President Putin said in the city, now called Volgograd.

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    Chinese spy balloon heading eastwards as US sec of state Blinken cancels visit

    The US defence department has said the Chinese spy balloon is heading eastwards but poses "no physical or military threat" to civilians. The Pentagon's press secretary would not confirm the current location of the balloon, which is operating at around 60,000ft. Future Wars: Could there ever be a conflict between the US and China?

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