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China marks Nanjing Massacre anniversary but Xi low key - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:48am - BEIJING (Reuters) - China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre on Wednesday with a call to work with Japan for peace, but President Xi Jinping kept a low profile and left the main public remarks to another senior official.

No evidence suspected NY bomber linked with militants in Bangladesh - counter... - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:47am - DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has not found any evidence linking a Bangladeshi man charged with an attempted suicide bombing in New York on Monday with militants in Bangladesh, the country's counter-terrorism chief said.

Water bills set to fall by up to 25 from 2020 - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:47am - Water bills in England and Wales will fall by between 15 and 25 a year from 2020 onwards, the regulator Ofwat says.

Democrat Jones wins U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:44am - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) - Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy Moore.

Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:43am - WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations.

Salford house fire: Murder charges over deaths - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:33am - Two people are charged with murder over the deaths of three children in a house fire in Salford.

Chris Froome: UCI 'right' to ask questions over failed test result - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:31am - Team Sky cyclist Chris Froome is asked to provide more details after adverse findings show he had double the allowed level of a legal asthma drug in his urine.

What it's like to work for a political leader in your twenties? - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:18am - Exhausting, often unglamorous - but something to tell the grandchildren about in years to come.

Life at the top - 13 Dec 2017 at 3:18am - Exhausting, often unglamorous - but something to tell the grandchildren about in years to come.

Rebellion threat to EU Withdrawal Bill - 13 Dec 2017 at 2:39am - Rebel MPs line up behind an amendment to guarantee Parliament a vote on the final Brexit deal.

Judges consider HK double murder appeal by convicted former British banker - 13 Dec 2017 at 2:27am - HONG KONG (Reuters) - Three judges in Hong Kong's Court of Appeal are set to decide the fate of a former British banker who was jailed for life last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped after his appeal hearing closed on Wednesday.

Turkey says world must recognise East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital - 13 Dec 2017 at 2:24am - ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Muslim nations must press the world to recognise East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, Turkey said on Wednesday as it opened an Islamic summit called in response to a U.S. decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital.

Moeen Ali: 'Cricket changed my life' - 13 Dec 2017 at 1:32am - England all-rounder Moeen Ali visits his hometown in Sparkhill, Birmingham to reflect on his younger days and how street cricket helped him tackle his confidence.

FBI officials said Clinton 'has to win' race to White House - NYT - 13 Dec 2017 at 1:12am - (Reuters) - Senior FBI officials who helped probe Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the race to the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Weakest schools struggle with teacher 'burnout' - 13 Dec 2017 at 1:00am - Ofsted is warning of persistently underachieving schools in England which struggle to recruit teachers.

Did Sanofi, WHO ignore warning signals on dengue vaccine? - 13 Dec 2017 at 12:47am - CHICAGO/LONDON (Reuters) - When French drugmaker Sanofi published the results of clinical trials of children given its dengue vaccine two years ago, the overall findings were that it protected against the world's biggest and fastest growing mosquito-borne disease.

Star power: Princes turn out for Star Wars premiere - 13 Dec 2017 at 12:39am - William and Harry joined cast and crew of The Last Jedi at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Newspaper headlines: Tories 'go green' and a 'white' Christmas - 13 Dec 2017 at 12:36am - A predicted surge in gas prices and weather predictions for 25 December make Wednesday's front pages.

Lottery good causes income down 15% as players shun draws - 12 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm - National Lottery cash for good causes fell 15% to 1.6bn last year, the spending watchdog finds.

Spurs player in global teacher prize shortlist - 12 Dec 2017 at 10:20pm - A PE teacher, who plays for Spurs, is shortlisted in a competition to find the world's best teacher.

Cold weather and loneliness 'lethal in winter' - 12 Dec 2017 at 10:10pm - England's chief nurse urges people to look out for family, friends and neighbours to help save lives.

Bitcoin hits another record high in march towards $20,000 - 12 Dec 2017 at 9:46pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a U.S. exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week, as investors grew optimistic that the $20,000-mark is within reach.

Life as a male sex worker - 12 Dec 2017 at 9:26pm - One man says he had his drink spiked and woke up to find himself with four naked men around him.

Comedy show welcomes screaming babies - 12 Dec 2017 at 9:01pm - Alyssa and best friend Carly run comedy nights for parents where anything goes.

May faces parliamentary showdown with Brexit rebels - 12 Dec 2017 at 8:54pm - LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's control of the Brexit process will undergo its stiffest parliamentary test yet on Wednesday, when she faces a showdown with rebels in her own party over the laws that will take Britain out of the European Union.

Boaters 'forced off London's waters' - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:45pm - Proposals to change the rules for mooring rights in London "will force people off the water" it is claimed.

Male sex work: 'Rape has become normalised' - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:28pm - It is estimated there are as many as 100,000 sex workers across the UK, and about 20% of them are male. "Tyler" - not his real name - says he was raped.

More than 20,000 meals bought for homeless people - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:25pm - The pre-paid meals were donated within 10 hours of a campaign being launched to help feed Scotland's rough sleepers.

How a Welsh jeans firm became a cult global brand - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:13pm - Despite being based in a small Welsh town, the Hiut Demin Company is exporting its jeans globally.

Baby born with heart outside body 'doing well' - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:07pm - How a baby born with her heart outside her body has survived after surgery at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

'I was saved from a 10,000 car scam' - 12 Dec 2017 at 7:07pm - Bank staff now alert police when a potential scam victim attempts to withdraw large sums of cash.

'It's another Grenfell waiting to happen' - 12 Dec 2017 at 4:39pm - Six months on from the fire that claimed 71 lives, we look at safety in similar buildings.

London Euston to become Christmas Day homeless shelter - 12 Dec 2017 at 4:39pm - About 30 volunteers from Network Rail will work alongside the charity St Mungo's and Streets Kitchen.

Donald Trump still on Theresa May's Christmas card list - 12 Dec 2017 at 4:05pm - Their recent row over the president's retweets hasn't soured the festive feeling in Downing Street.

Ceasefire - 12 Dec 2017 at 1:01pm - Could bringing together young and old bridge the generation gap exposed by the Brexit vote?

Marine flare explodes at Waterbeach recycling centre - 12 Dec 2017 at 12:26pm - The marine flare goes off as a worker at a recycling centre is sifting through waste.

Objective reality exists, says UK minister Matt Hancock - 12 Dec 2017 at 12:22pm - Matt Hancock calls it "something of a disappointment" that he has to state it publicly.

Anne Marie Morris: Tory MP has whip restored after racist remark - 12 Dec 2017 at 11:49am - Anne Marie Morris apologises for using a racist remark and says she has learnt from the experience.

Monster 'fatberg' on display - 12 Dec 2017 at 11:23am - A slice of a monster fatberg, clogging up London's sewers, is going on display in a museum.

Curbing university bosses' pay 'won't solve funding crisis' - 12 Dec 2017 at 10:40am - Some university bosses' pay is hard to stomach - but cash crisis goes wider, says NUS.