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In pictures: Winter wonderland as big freeze decorates UK with ice and snow

Vast swathes of the country fell below freezing on Tuesday night – with minus 13C (8.6F) recorded in Shropshire – which left many landscapes coated in snow and ice.

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Michael Gove announced the new law during his visit to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London (PA)

Gove adamant Brexit will work for animals ‘we love’ as draft bill published

Brexit will help Britain improve animal welfare standards and combat problems such as puppy smuggling, Michael Gove has said.

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The London Stock Exchange's chairman has gained backing from its second largest shareholder (PA)

Qatar Investment Authority backs London Stock Exchange Group chairman

The London Stock Exchange Group chairman Donald Brydon has gained backing from a major shareholder, dampening prospects of his ousting at an investor meeting next week.

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A man carrying shopping bags, as inflation hits a near six-year high (PA)

Inflation surges to 3.1% in November, a near six-year high

Inflation unexpectedly jumped to a near six-year high last month, forcing the Bank of England to explain to the Chancellor how it will tackle Britain’s surging inflation.

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Oumuamua asteroid

Mysterious cigar-shaped object could be alien spacecraft, scientists say

A huge cigar-shaped object assumed to be an interstellar asteroid could be an alien starship, scientists believe.

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EU nationals in the UK will be able to apply for "settled status" (Niall Carson/PA)

EU nationals looking to stay post-Brexit will finish forms in minutes – minister

EU nationals seeking to stay in the UK after Brexit will be able to complete applications in minutes, the Immigration Minister has said.

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Guy Verhofstadt said David Davis's remarks undermined trust between the EU and UK (Niall Carson/PA)

European Parliament to demand recent Brexit deal be made legally binding ‘ASAP’

The European Parliament is to demand that last week’s Brexit deal is converted into a legally binding text as soon as possible.

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Workers at the Ineos Grangemouth petrochemicals complex (PA)

Oil and gas prices soar after market takes double-whammy hit

Oil and gas prices have made hefty gains after the market took a double-whammy hit following a European gas hub explosion and the shut down of a major North Sea pipeline.

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Vast swathes of the country fell below freezing on the coldest night of the year so far (Danny Lawson/PA)

School and transport disruption continues after coldest night of the year

The coldest night of the year so far has led to fresh disruption as flights were cancelled, schools remained closed and drivers faced lengthy delays.

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71 people were killed in the Grenfell Tower fire (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Grenfell inquiry chief urged to leave decision-making panel issue to PM May

The head of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire was warned not to express an opinion on whether he feels a panel should assist him in making decisions, because it could be seen as influencing the Prime Minister.

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Ineos only recently bought the pipeline, which takes mainly oil to the company's refinery at Grangemouth (PA)

North Sea oil and gas pipeline repairs could take three weeks, say operators

Repairs to the Forties pipeline, which carries 40% of North Sea oil and gas, could take up to three weeks, operators have said.

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Crews line up ahead of the start of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (Ryan Hooper/PA)

Gale-force winds delay start of transatlantic rowing challenge

The start of an endurance race dubbed the world’s toughest row has been postponed at the 11th hour due to gale-force winds.

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Brexit Britain will be worse off outside the EU, says think tank

Brexit Britain is guaranteed to be economically worse off outside the European Union, and crashing out without a deal would see the economy take a £100 billion hit, an influential US think tank has claimed.

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Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney hailed support from 237 companies for a campaign to improve climate-related disclosures around the world.

Carney hails support for climate-related reporting framework

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has cheered mounting support for a campaign to improve climate-related disclosures around the world as 237 firms with a stock market value of more than $6 trillion (£4.5 trillion) have signed up to back the plans.

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Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South, who has been cleared of a sexual harassment allegation (Yui Mok/PA)

Labour’s Lewis cleared of groping woman

Labour MP Clive Lewis has been cleared of groping a woman, after the party’s sexual harassment panel found insufficient evidence to proceed with a case against him.

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Office workers are among those seeing less lucrative paid overtime, says report (John Stillwell/PA)

Paid overtime less lucrative for workers putting in extra hours

Paid overtime is far less lucrative than it used to be, with only a minority of workers receiving the traditional time-and-a-half premium, a new report reveals.

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A shopper, as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals the latest inflation figures (PA)

Inflation surges to near six-year high of 3.1%

Inflation has unexpectedly jumped to a near six-year high, forcing the Bank of England to explain to the Chancellor why the cost of living has surged.

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Jailed British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella (Family handout/PA)

Jailed Briton ‘much more hopeful’ of release since Johnson’s visit to Iran

Imprisoned Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is “much more hopeful” she will be released from jail in Iran following Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s visit to the country, her husband has said.

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Forensic officers at the scene of  the house fire on Jackson Street in Worsley (Peter Byrne/PA)

Family targeted in suspected arson attack had been living under threat

A family targeted in a suspected arson attack which killed three children had been living under threat, sources have confirmed.

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The Government is looking to shift towards an organ donation system in England which presumes consent (PA)

Opt-out organ donation system moves closer as Hunt urges ‘open conversation’

Families should overcome the “fatal reluctance” to talk about organ donation, the Health Secretary urged as he launched a consultation into plans for an opt-out system.

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