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Newspaper headlines: ‘PM’s team plots new referendum’ and Strictly winner

Newspaper headlines: ‘PM’s team plots new referendum’ and Strictly winner By BBC News Staff Image caption Reports of ministerial pleas for a second referendum on Brexit make Sunday’s front pages. The Observer says the PM is being urged to give MPs free rein to vote for another public ballot. The paper also reports that a cross-party group of MPs have warned Theresa May that Brexit is “sucking the life” out of her government and is “blocking off vital domestic policy reforms”. Image caption “PM’s team plots new referendum,” is the…

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Vietnam’s Vingroup targets global markets with smartphones in tech shift

HO CHI MINH CITY (Reuters) – Vingroup, Vietnam’s top listed firm by market value, underlined its technology ambitions on Friday with the launch of its first smartphones, which it plans to sell around the world. A couple introduce Vingroup’s Vsmart phones during the launching ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mai Nguyen Once a real estate and retail focused conglomerate, Vingroup became Vietnam’s first fully-fledged domestic carmaker two months ago with a business called Vinfast. Its four Vsmart phone models are being made in its factory…

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Sex abuse victim Natasha Mina: ‘Kickboxing gave me strength’

A kickboxer who was sexually abused as a child by her father has said the sport has given her strength. Natasha Mina, 27, has become an ambassador for the This Girl Can campaign and wants to empower women through sport. The kickboxing instructor has waived her right to anonymity in a bid to inspire and help other women who have been abused. At the age of 18, Ms Mina reported her father Peter Wilson, 59, of Leicester. He was jailed for 12 years in October for 10 sexual offences involving…

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Do autistic people ‘get’ jokes?

Originally dubbed “little professors” by Viennese paediatrician Hans Asperger, autistic people have often been thought to be a rather serious bunch. So do autistic people even have a sense of humour? A new BBC podcast, 1800 Seconds on Autism, aims to dispel that no-humour myth, among other assumptions – with razor-sharp wit running through it. The first time you heard that random joke, “What’s brown and sticky?” did you get it immediately? Robyn Steward and Jamie Knight, two autistic BBC presenters, throw the old gag around in the latest edition…

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Strictly Come Dancing finalists discuss their ups, downs and future plans

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStrictly Come Dancing: Finalists share memories and best bits from the season “I was in an ice bath last night, and oh my word I’ve got calves.” YouTube star Joe Sugg‘s life has changed in many ways since he started Strictly Come Dancing 14 weeks ago. “Suggs aren’t known for their calves, but I can actually feel a calf now,” he says proudly. “Look, I’ve got calves!” Speaking to the press on the last day of rehearsals for the Strictly final, Joe…

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Chinese hackers targeting U.S. Navy contractors with multiple breaches: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: A man types on a computer keyboard in this illustration picture February 28, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chinese hackers have breached U.S. Navy contractors to steal a raft of information, including missile plans, through what some officials describe as some of the most debilitating cyber campaigns linked to Beijing, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Victims have included contractors of all sizes, with some of the smaller ones struggling to invest in securing their networks, as hackers over the last 18 months have conducted…

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Jamieson edges ahead at Alfred Dunhill Championship

FILE PHOTO – Golf – European Tour – Nordea Masters – Hills GC, Gothenburg, Sweden – August 18, 2018 Briatin’s Scott Jamieson on the 7th hole during the third day of Nordea Masters in Molndal. Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/via REUTERS MALELANE, South Africa (Reuters) – Britain’s Scott Jamieson came through a turbulent back nine that included an eagle and a double bogey to card a 68 for a one-shot lead after the third round of the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship on Saturday. The Scot also sank three birdies on…

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Ruud Gullit says it is ‘almost impossible’ for black players to speak out about racism

Football Focus: Does football have a racism problem? Black footballers find it “almost impossible” to speak out over racism because they are cast in a “victim role” when they discuss it, says former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit. Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was subject to alleged racist abuse from Chelsea fans last week. He said newspapers are helping to “fuel racism” by the ways in which they portray young black footballers. “The biggest problem for us is to talk about it,” Gullit said. “Because the moment you talk about it…

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Neil Warnock: Cardiff boss disappointed with referee Andy Madley

Watford 3-2 Cardiff: Warnock describes referee as ‘Sunday trainee’ Neil Warnock called referee Andy Madley “a Sunday trainee” following his Cardiff side’s 3-2 defeat at Watford on Saturday. Warnock felt Madley should have shown Hornets striker Troy Deeney a yellow card after he collided with goalkeeper Neil Etheridge while sliding for the ball in the second half. “I cannot understand why we had Andre Marriner as the fourth official, and a referee who has not refereed a game all season [as the ref],” Warnock told BBC Sport. “Unless it’s because…

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Kilmarnock 3-1 Dundee: Killie bounce back to go top of Scottish Premiership

Kirk Broadfoot forced the ball over the line to give Kilmarnock the lead Kilmarnock returned to the top of the Scottish Premiership as second-bottom Dundee lost for the first time in five matches. Kirk Broadfoot’s scrappy second-half opener followed by Genseric Kusunga’s own goal put the home side in command at Rugby Park. And Chris Burke capitalised on Andy Boyle’s mistake to set up Greg Stewart for the third. Kenny Miller pulled one back for the visitors near the end. That goal kept Jim McIntyre’s side ahead of St Mirren…

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