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Shoreham air crash trial: Pilot Andy Hill ‘did nothing’ to avoid crash

Image copyright PA Image caption The court heard the aircraft erupted in a “massive fireball” when it hit the ground A pilot was “doing nothing” to avoid crashing his jet at the Shoreham Airshow killing 11 men, a court heard. Derek Davis, chairman of the show’s flying control committee, said in the seconds before he knew something was wrong with Andy Hill’s flight. Mr Hill is on trial at the Old Bailey after his Hawker Hunter crashed on the A27 erupting into a “massive fireball”. “I thought the aircraft on…

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Brexit: Japan’s PM says ‘wish of whole world’ to avoid no-deal

Image caption UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe give a joint press conference The “whole world” wants the UK to avoid a no deal Brexit, Japan’s prime minister has claimed. Speaking at a joint press conference with Theresa May, Shinzo Abe pledged his “total support” to the withdrawal agreement she has negotiated, which MPs will vote on next Tuesday. Mrs May said leaving the EU provided “an unprecedented opportunity” for the countries to strengthen relations. It comes as Honda UK announced a six-day post Brexit…

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Dior switches Paris catwalk date to avoid ‘yellow vest’ protests

PARIS (Reuters) – Christian Dior is bringing forward its men’s fashion show in Paris to avoid “yellow vest” protesters who have fought police, torched cars and smashed up shops over recent weekends, a source familiar with the decision said. FILE PHOTO: The Dior logo is seen on the facade of a shop in Paris, France, August 5, 2018. Picture taken August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau Dior, part of the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate, wrote to guests to reschedule a menswear catwalk show initially planned for Jan. 19 – a Saturday,…

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Christmas traffic: Where to avoid on the roads and rail

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow do you avoid holiday traffic jams? The Christmas getaway means congested roads and cancelled trains. Drivers have been warned of possible delays of nearly two hours as millions of cars take to the motorways. But where should you avoid and at what times will traffic be busiest? Traffic experts expect Friday afternoon to be busy as shoppers, commuters and people trying to go away for Christmas all use the same roads. Most roadworks on motorways in England were lifted or finished…

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How to avoid a travel insurance nightmare

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kitesurfing is among the activities a standard travel insurance plan might not cover you for Go to a price comparison site. Type in the country you’re going to. Find the cheapest deal. Buy. If a lot of us were being honest – we’d admit this is how we go about getting travel insurance. It might save time – but it also means you could find yourself thousands of miles from home, in hospital, with your insurance company refusing to pay out. Sophie Wilson, 24,…

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Christmas traffic: Where to avoid on the roads and rail

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow do you avoid holiday traffic jams? The Christmas getaway means congested roads and cancelled trains. Drivers are facing potential delays of up to three hours as millions of cars take to the motorways. But where should you avoid and at what times will traffic be busiest? Traffic experts expect the busiest times to be Thursday and Friday afternoon as shoppers, commuters and people trying to go away for Christmas all use the same roads. Most roadworks on motorways in England will…

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Japan rules out asking private firms to avoid telecoms gear that could be malicious

FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government has no plan to ask private companies to avoid buying telecommunications equipment that could have malicious functions, such as information leakage, its top spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said on Thursday. The comment suggests Japan does not intend, for the moment, to extend to private firms a policy of not buying such equipment for the government, after it issued a…

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Brexit vote: Can the government avoid defeat in the Commons?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRadio 4’s The World at One asks: What will happen if Parliament rejects the Brexit plan? Is there a way for the government to avoid defeat on its deal when MPs vote next Tuesday? Unless there is a dramatic shift of opinion on the government’s backbenches before then, Theresa May’s plan looks set to be sunk by an alliance of Tory Brexiteers, Conservative supporters of another referendum and all the opposition parties. But it may be the House of Commons does not…

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Tyson Fury: Deontay Wilder will try to avoid rematch ‘at all costs’

Tyson Fury (right) said the draw was a “gift decision” for Deontay Wilder Tyson Fury says WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will try to avoid a rematch with him “at all costs”. An enthralling fight in Los Angeles ended in a draw, although many ex-professionals said Briton Fury should have been declared the winner. “I’ve got a funny feeling he’s going to get his running shoes out and stay away from me,” said Fury, speaking on ITV. Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas told BBC Radio 5 live he wants a rematch.…

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Euro 2020 draw: England avoid Germany but Northern Ireland face Germans & Netherlands

England have avoided Germany in Euro 2020 qualifying but Northern Ireland must face the three-time winners and the Netherlands in Group C. At 42 in the world, the Czech Republic are the next highest ranked team in England’s group, which is completed by Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo. As well as the Netherlands and Germany, Northern Ireland will also face Estonia and Belarus. The Republic of Ireland had initially been drawn in Group C but were handed a reprieve as the group already contained two of the 12 host nations for…

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