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Ariana Grande: How the Thank U, Next singer reached ‘peak popularity’

Image copyright Getty Images Ariana Grande’s latest album is set to debut at the top of the UK album chart on Friday. Thank U, Next has been outselling the rest of the top five albums combined, according to the Official Charts Company. Meanwhile, on the singles chart, she’s effectively up against herself, and is highly likely to take the top two spots this week Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored is set to debut at number two, with 7 Rings retaining the top spot it’s held for the last…

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US border security deal reached to avert new US shutdown

Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another partial shutdown. Lawmakers said the deal had been struck in a closed-door meeting in Washington. No details have released, and it is unclear whether President Donald Trump will back the agreement. He is due to address a political rally in Texas. Talks had previously stalled on the detention of undocumented immigrants and funding for Mr Trump’s border wall. A deal must be reached by Friday when funding will run out…

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Trump sceptical a deal on border wall can be reached

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFive questions about Trump’s border wall US President Donald Trump says he is sceptical a deal can be reached on border security before government funding expires again next month. He spoke to the Wall Street Journal as 800,000 federal employees returned to work after the longest ever closure of federal agencies, lasting 35 days. The Republican president said he doubts he would lower the sum he is prepared to accept for a US-Mexico border wall. Congress must agree a new bill by…

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Tentative settlement reached in NHL concussions lawsuit

The NHL and attorneys for retired players on Monday announced a tentative settlement in the concussions lawsuit filed against the league. Sep 9, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr appear on stage together during a press conference and media event for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports The lawsuit, handled in federal court in Minnesota, involves more than 100 former players who claim the NHL failed to better prevent head injuries or…

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France v Croatia, World Cup final: How nation of four million reached final

World Cup 2018: Two World Cup stars go head-to-head in final 2018 Fifa World Cup final, France v Croatia Venue: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Date: Sunday, 15 July Kick-off: 16:00 BST Coverage: Watch on BBC One, BBC Sport website and iPlayer; Listen on Radio 5 live; Text commentary online When Croatia beat England in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, football history was made. Croatia, with a population of just 4.1 million, became the smallest country to reach a World Cup final since Uruguay in 1950. To give that some context, Croatia…

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China says US could lose benefits reached in trade talks

President Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese exports threatens to wipe out progress made in trade talks between Beijing and Washington, China said on Sunday. A US delegation led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross held talks with Chinese negotiators in Beijing on Saturday and Sunday. Those talks produced “positive and concrete” developments, according to a Chinese government statement carried by the official news agency, Xinhua. The statement gave few details on the talks, but it made clear that China would not deliver on commitments to…

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