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Royal Navy's largest ship HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail for the first time

The largest and most powerful ship ever built for the Royal Navy has set sail for the first time.
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Dr Hannah Barham-Brown

Patients relying on crowdfunding to buy wheelchairs, doctor warns

Disabled patients are increasingly having to rely on crowdfunding to pay for wheelchairs, a leading doctor has warned.
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Do you believe in fairies?

British folklore and fairy tales ‘dying out’

Folklore and fairy tales like Robin Hood, King Arthur and the Loch Ness monster are in danger of dying out - because parents aren't passing them on to kids, it has emerged.

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Nearly half of office workers fantasise about having sex with a colleague

Almost half of office workers fantasise about having sex with a colleague, according to new research.

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An example of a fake bill

BT customers warned over fake bill

Consumers are being warned of a fake invoice from BT which aims to install banking malware on their computer.
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A 16-year-old boy accused of raping an eight-year-old girl in a Manchester park will appear in court today.

Boy, 16, to appear in court accused of raping 8-year-old girl in Manchester Park

A 16-year-old boy accused of raping an eight-year-old girl in a Manchester park will appear in court today.
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The new Snap Map

VIDEO: Everything you need to know about Snapchat's new location sharing Snap Map - according to Snapchat

Social media service Snapchat has introduced a new tracker in its latest update allowing people to see the exact location of their friends.
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Hotpoint

Thousands urged to contact Hotpoint over fridge-freezer in Grenfell Tower fire

Thousands of people have been urged to contact Hotpoint after police revealed the Grenfell Tower fire started in a faulty fridge-freezer manufactured by the company.

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A 10-day giant panda cub at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo

Baby panda charms Japan

A baby panda who has become an overnight celebrity in Japan is a girl, Tokyo's Ueno Zoo has confirmed.

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The typical suitcase alone will leave a 141.00 dent in the bank balance

The average holidaymaker's suitcase contains items worth over £3k

The average holidaymaker jets off to the sunshine with a suitcase crammed full of more than £3,000 worth of tech, toiletries and tanning products, it has emerged.

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Virgin Media users are said to be at risk. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Thousands of customers ‘at risk’ following Virgin Media hack

Virgin Media is advising more than 800,000 customers with a specific router to change their password immediately after an investigation found hackers could gain access to it.

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Car have been left covered in a layer of red dust

Why have cars suddenly been covered in dust?

People across Lancashire will have woken up this morning to find their cars covered in a mysterious red dust.

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Male fairies, breastfeeding and steam rooms are included

56 new emoji are heading your way

If expressing yourself with images is your thing, your vocabulary just got a little bigger.

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Prince Harry during an interview where he opens up about how his time in Afghanistan was the trigger for him to get help dealing with his mother's death

No child should be asked to do what I did, says Prince Harry about Diana's death

Prince Harry has recalled walking behind his mother's coffin as a 12-year-old and said no "child should be asked to do that under any circumstances".

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Tiny Treasures Twin Set

Argos predicts this Christmas will be dominated by dolls and Lego

Dolls and Lego will dominate Christmas gift lists this year, with one in seven parents already shopping for the big day, according to a major retailer.

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales in the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament

So we've heard the Queen's Speech - what happens next?

Theresa May has outlined her minority Government's proposed legislative programme for the new parliamentary session.

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The Queen as she arrived at the Palace of Westminster.

West Yorkshire resident calls 999 to report the Queen for not wearing a seat belt

All eyes were on the Queen today as she arrived at the Palace of Westminster for the state opening of parliament.
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It will be hosted by IT crowd star Richard Ayoade. Photo: Channel 4

Start the fans please! Crystal Maze back on our screens this week

Channel 4’s hit ‘90s show Crystal Maze is back on our screens this Friday.
Arts

Duke of Edinburgh admitted to hospital as 'precautionary measure'

The Duke of Edinburgh has been admitted to hospital as a "precautionary measure" for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition, Buckingham Palace said.
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The Google fidget spinner

How you can play with a fidget spinner on Google

You can sit at your desk and play with a fidget spinner virtually thanks to Google.
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