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‘Missing’ sailor Robin Davie sends radio message

Image copyright Barry Pickthall/PPL Image caption Robin Davie has sailed around the world three times A solo sailor who sparked a search when he was not heard from for six days has sent a radio message to say he is safe, well, and on his way to Cornwall. Robin Davie, 67, left port in France on his yacht “C’est la Vie” on Saturday for the 300-mile journey to Falmouth. His brother reported him as overdue on Wednesday morning when there had been no contact. But on Friday the coastguard said…

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Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Saudi women are subject to male guardianship laws A new regulation in Saudi Arabia is set to stop Saudi women from not knowing about their own divorce. Starting from Sunday, courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces. Local female lawyers suggest the measure will end what are known as secret divorces – cases where men end a marriage without telling their wives. The directive would ensure women are fully aware of their marital status and can protect rights…

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Olivia Newton-John dismisses death rumours in video message

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Newton-John also enjoyed a pop career Olivia Newton-John has scotched speculation over her health and told fans “rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated”. The Australian Grease star revealed in September she had been diagnosed with cancer for a third time. Reports recently emerged in the US and Australia speculating that she had only weeks to live. Newton-John, 70, has now assured fans in a video released on Twitter that she is “doing great”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Newton-John had a…

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Brexit: Corbyn warns of ‘complete mess’ in new year message

Image copyright PA Brexit is a “complete mess” and the country “cannot go on like this”, Jeremy Corbyn has said in his new year’s message to the country. The Labour leader said Theresa May had let down down both Leave and Remain voters by trying to “drive a bad deal” through Parliament over the UK’s exit. Meanwhile, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable has urged those seeking another referendum to “keep fighting”. No 10 said there was “still work to do” on building support for the PM’s deal. Downing Street…

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Christmas Day TV: Queen’s message tops viewing

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Queen’s Christmas message The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast was the most watched TV programme on Christmas Day, overnight viewing figures show. A combined audience of 6.4 million watched her annual message on BBC One, ITV, Sky One and Sky News. Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show on BBC One was the highest rated programme on a single channel, with 6.1 million viewers tuning in. The Barb figures show a continuing decline in Christmas TV viewing – 7.6 million watched the Queen last year.…

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Goodwill message ‘needed as much as ever’, says Queen

Image copyright PA The Queen will say in her Christmas Day broadcast that the Christian message of “peace on earth and goodwill to all” is “needed as much as ever”. She will say the message is “never out of date” and can be “heeded by everyone”. The monarch, 92, will also highlight the importance of people with opposing views treating each other with respect. It comes as Parliament remains divided over the PM’s Brexit deal, as the UK prepares to leave the EU in March. However, as head of state,…

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Gavin Williamson: UK ship in Ukraine ‘sends message to Russia’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption HMS Echo docked in the Black Sea on Friday, before Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson visited A Royal Navy warship which has been sent to Ukraine will send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the UK’s defence secretary says. HMS Echo was sent into the Black Sea earlier this month, after Russia seized three ships belonging to Ukraine’s navy and their crews. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has visited the ship in the port of Odessa. He said the presence of the British ship shows…

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Armistice message to Ulster Division found a century on

Image caption The Armistice message ordered that all hostilities would cease at 11:00 on November 11 1918 It was one of the most important messages to be sent in the past 100 years. It was carried by a Dublin man serving as a despatch rider with the 36th Ulster Division during World War One. It was the signal from Army headquarters to the commanding officer of the Ulster Division to cease hostilities on 11 November 1918. The message effectively brought to an end four long years of carnage and slaughter…

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Davina McCall sends emotional message to Big Brother

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Davina was the original host of Big Brother Davina McCall has sent a message to the presenters and crew of Big Brother ahead of the show’s final episode. The TV presenter posted a video on Twitter from Manchester, where she is filming Channel 4’s The £100K Drop. “I know it is going to be hard tonight but I’m sending you all so much love,” she told current presenters Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal. It was announced in September that the long-running reality show’s 19th…

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