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West Brom 1-3 Brighton: Substitute Glenn Murray scores extra time double

FA Cup: West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Brighton and Hove Albion highlights Glenn Murray came off the bench to score twice as Brighton reached the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of West Brom. After a goalless first meeting, Kyle Bartley put the hosts in front in the replay at The Hawthorns – hooking the ball in from behind the goal – before Florin Andone levelled for Brighton with a smart finish. Andone was lucky not to be sent off in the first half after catching Sam Field…

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US-Mexico border: Pentagon to deploy an extra 2,000 troops

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Soldiers are helping to lay miles of razor wire along the border The US is to send an additional 2,000 troops to its border with Mexico, the Pentagon has announced. It will bring the total number of troops stationed on the southern border to about 4,300. The Pentagon said the soldiers would help border-patrol agents, carry out surveillance work and install miles of razor wire. It comes as President Donald Trump battles Congress for funds to build a wall along the border. He says…

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Saudi Arabia may need extra time to privatize soccer clubs

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s plan to privatize its soccer clubs could be delayed beyond the targeted 2020, the head of the country’s soccer federation told Reuters, in what would be the latest setback to economic reforms. FILE PHOTO: Saudi women watch the soccer match between Al- Hilal club against Al Ittihad club at the King Fahd stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia January 13, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser Sport is one of the pillars of the government’s Vision 2030 goal to raise living standards and diversify the economy beyond oil…

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss says no extra pressure on Premier League leaders

Liverpool remian unbeaten in the Premier League this season Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says there is “no extra pressure” on his side as they head into the second half of the season top of the Premier League. The Reds are four points clear of champions Manchester City before 26 December’s fixtures. Klopp’s side are unbeaten in the league and host Newcastle United on Wednesday (15:00 GMT kick-off). “There’s no celebration, no more happiness than before, only because now we are a few points ahead,” he said. “Obviously we have played…

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Police funding: Government pledges extra £300m

Image copyright Getty Images Police forces in England and Wales are set to receive an extra £300m to help pay for pension expenses and other costs, ministers have announced. Since 2010, central government funding to police forces has been cut by almost a third, in real terms, leading the number of officers to fall by 21,000. Police and Crime Commissioners, who represent the public, say the stretched service is struggling to cope. The police minister accepted the deal came at a “time of real pressure”. Nick Hurd added that forces…

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Motability charity boss to go after extra bonus revealed

Image copyright Getty Images The boss of Motability Operations is to step down by 2020 following criticism over his pay and a scathing review from the government’s spending watchdog. The report from the National Audit Office revealed Mike Betts was in line for an extra £1.86m bonus on top of already “generous” pay. The firm operates the Motability scheme which provides wheelchairs, cars and scooters to the disabled. Mr Bett’s level of pay was described as “obscene” by MP Frank Field. Mr Field, who chairs Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee,…

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Chancellor pledges £400m for ‘little extra’ for schools

Image copyright Getty Images Schools in England are to receive a one-off £400m to buy “that extra bit of kit”, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced in his Budget. The money is worth, on average, £10,000 per primary school and £50,000 per secondary school, he said. Unions said Mr Hammond’s gesture would “infuriate” head teachers. His announcement comes as England’s school leaders have been campaigning for better funding for schools, saying their budgets have been squeezed. Responding to the chancellor’s £400m one-off cash injection, Geoff Barton, general secretary of the…

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Budget: Hammond says extra £1bn to be given to the MoD

Image copyright PA Image caption The money will also go on Dreadnought – the UK’s nuclear deterrent submarine programme The chancellor has pledged an extra £1bn, between now and the end of next year, to boost the UK’s defences. In his Budget speech, Philip Hammond said the plan was to modernise key areas such as anti-submarine warfare and cyber capabilities. He said the extra funding was prompted by “stark reminders” in the past year of the scale, scope and complexity of the threats we face”. The extra £1bn for defence…

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Budget 2018: Extra £420m to tackle potholes

Image copyright PA Local councils in England are to get an extra £420m to tackle a growing number of potholes. Chancellor Philip Hammond will make the announcement in Monday’s budget, alongside a £28.8bn fund to upgrade England’s motorways. But the Asphalt Industry Alliance has said more than £8bn would be needed for a one-time fix of potholes in England. Labour criticised the move to invest heavily on major roads, arguing money should be spent on public transport. In the budget, Mr Hammond will announce £25.5bn for Highways England for major…

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Reality Check: What extra policing do we pay for?

On Friday, BBC Radio 5 Live’s phone-in discussed the cost of policing the Royal Wedding. Reality Check had already looked into the question of how much the taxpayer could be contributing to this. Jill, the first caller, said that public money should be paying for policing at the wedding because we also pay for police at events such as football matches, film stars’ weddings and film premieres. So, is Jill right? The policing of football matches is almost entirely publicly funded. In 2012, Leeds United won a High Court action…

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