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UK royal Meghan reveals she’s six months pregnant: media

BIRKENHEAD, England (Reuters) – Meghan Markle, wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, told royal well-wishers on Monday she was six months pregnant but the royal couple do not know the gender of their first baby, British media reported. Former U.S. actress Meghan and Harry married last May and announced in October that they were expecting their first child in the Spring of 2019 but gave no specific details. During a chat with some of the large crowd that turned out for their visit to Birkenhead in northern England on Monday, Meghan,…

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Ministers consider ending jail terms of six months or less

The Ministry of Justice is considering banning prison sentences of less than six months in England and Wales. Ministers argue that short jail terms are less effective at cutting reoffending than community penalties. Prisons minister Rory Stewart told the Daily Telegraph that such sentences were “long enough to damage you and not long enough to heal you”. If such jail sentences were to be scrapped it is thought it could free up thousands of prison places. Some burglars and most shoplifters are among those who could be spared jail terms…

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Aitor Karanka: Nottingham Forest manager leaves Championship club after 12 months

Aitor Karanka’s contract at the City Ground had been due to run until the summer of 2020 Nottingham Forest have parted company with their manager Aitor Karanka after just a year in the job. The 45-year-old Spaniard was appointed in January 2018 and has left the City Ground with Forest seventh in the Championship table. His final game in charge was Saturday’s FA Cup defeat by Chelsea, having beaten Leeds the previous week to move within four points of the top six. First-team coach Simon Ireland has been put in…

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Foxconn December revenue dips, first time in 10 months

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is seen on top of the company’s building in Taipei, Taiwan March 30, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Foxconn, a key Apple Inc (AAPL.O) supplier, reported a 8 percent fall in its December revenue on Thursday, dampening its performance in 2018 amid tepid demand for electronics. Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (2317.TW), said in a stock exchange filing that revenue fell 8.3 percent to T$619.3 billion ($20.12 billion) in…

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Jayme Closs: Missing 13-year-old found months after parents’ murder

Image copyright Barron County Sheriff’s Department Image caption Jayme Closs, 13, has been described as a “sweet girl” by school officials A 13-year-old girl from Wisconsin who went missing in October after her parents were murdered has been found alive, officials say. Jayme Closs, whose parents, aged 56 and 46, were discovered shot dead in their family home last year, was located on Thursday evening, police said. They said a suspect believed to be linked to the case was now in custody. Local media said Jayme had escaped from a…

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Gary Rowett: Stoke City manager sacked after less than eight months

Gary Rowett replaced Paul Lambert as Stoke City manager in May 2018 Gary Rowett has been sacked by Championship side Stoke City after less than eight months in charge. Rowett, 44, was appointed in May following the club’s relegation from the Premier League. The Potters were one of the pre-season favourites to win promotion, but they are 14th in the second tier, having won just eight of their 26 league fixtures. Ex-Stoke midfielder Rory Delap, one of Rowett’s coaching staff, will help take temporary charge of the first team. A…

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Niki Lauda: Former F1 world champion back in hospital five months after lung transplant

Lauda had double lung transplant in August Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda is in hospital in Vienna with influenza, five months after having a lung transplant. Is is understood doctors are taking every precaution given the serious nature of Lauda’s surgery. Austrian Lauda, 69, was given his transplant in August after doctors found he had “severe lung disease”. Doctors said after the transplant that he would have had between three and seven days to live without the surgery. Lauda, a Mercedes F1 non-executive chairman, has legendary status in…

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TV licence email scam: More than 5,000 complaints in three months

Image copyright Getty Images A TV licence email scam has led to more than 5,000 complaints over the past three months. Cyber crime monitor Action Fraud said fake TV licence emails regarding payment issues had been sent out to try to collect bank details. The number of reports has increased in each of the past three months, with 1,805 complaints in December alone. Action Fraud told the BBC the scam was “particularly nasty as it looks so convincing”. The emails use headlines such as “correct your licensing information” and “your…

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Premier League and Football League: 12 months, 12 unusual football facts

In 2018 we saw a Premier League team reach 100 points, an English side in the Champions League final, an England team in a World Cup semi-final, an English winner of the World Cup Golden Boot, and the immaculate birth of the Nations League. So many memories, so many numbers. Here, then, are just a few: January January is the month to assess the relentless passing of time, so Chelsea did few people any favours when they brought on Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi in their FA Cup tie against…

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Afghan presidential election delayed by three months

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Final results from October’s parliamentary elections have not yet been declared Next year’s presidential election in Afghanistan has been postponed by three months, election authority sources say. It was initially due in April. A new date in mid-July or early August is to be announced on Thursday. Many potential candidates had been unable to meet registration requirements and extreme weather meant their teams could not organise for a spring date, the sources told the BBC. It comes days after reports that the US was to…

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