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Car insurance costs reach record high as premiums set to top £900 for first time

The cost of car insurance has soared by nearly a quarter in just two years and is tipped to smash the record high – topping £900 next year. The average premium is now £827, which is 23% more than at the start of 2016 and £31 short of the £858 record set in 2011. If it keeps rising at the ...

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Why the 2018 SAG Awards will have ONLY female presenters

Women will dominate the Screen Actors Guild Awards tonight in the second ceremony this year aiming to transform the Hollywood sex scandal into a celebration of female empowerment. The annual show in Los Angeles, celebrating acting achievements in film and television, will be a female-powered affair, with women presenting all 13 of the awards. The gala dinner will also be ...

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Amazon opens no-checkout supermarket

In a move that could revolutionise the way we buy groceries, Amazon opens its first supermarket without checkouts – human or self-service – to shoppers on Monday. Amazon Go, in Seattle, has been tested by staff for the past year. It uses an array of ceiling-mounted cameras to identify each customer and track what items they select, eliminating the need ...

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In Women's March finale, Las Vegas rally kicks off voter drive

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters gathered for the Women’s March “Power to the Polls” rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, kicking off a national drive to register a million new voters as well as put more female candidates in office and stymie President Donald Trump’s agenda. The march came a day after hundreds of thousands of women and ...

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U.S. senator says FBI lost crucial texts tied to Clinton probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation has lost about five months worth of text messages between two staffers who worked on probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails and possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to a Republican lawmaker. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, ...

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Moderate U.S. senators cite progress in talks to end government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Moderate Republican and Democratic senators held talks on Sunday to break a political impasse that has kept the U.S. government shut down for two days, but it was unclear if a deal could be struck to reopen federal agencies by the start of the work week. Some of the roughly two dozen senators involved in the discussions ...

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Mexico senator quits party to join leftist presidential frontrunner

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican opposition Senator Gabriela Cuevas on Sunday said she will leave the center-right National Action Party (PAN) to join the campaign of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who leads polls ahead of July’s presidential election. The decision by Cuevas, who is head of the Senate’s foreign relations committee, represents a win for Lopez Obrador as he ...

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Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher. Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said that 19 bodies had been ...

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Why the departure of Alexis Sanchez might open a window for Arsenal to rediscover their identity

Where a door closes, a window opens. It may not always be the most auspicious of situations – especially if you’re trying to move heavy furniture out of the house – but as Arsenal accustom themselves to the Alexis Sanchez-shaped void in their squad, they will be clinging to that little morsel of wisdom, in the hope that the departure ...

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Rafael Benitez calls for January reinforcements after Newcastle's limitations laid bare at Manchester City

Rafael Benitez insists Newcastle United need to be active in the final weeks of the January transfer window to add Premier League experience to their squad, though he fears the club may have left it too late to secure all his targets. Despite last week’s breakdown in takeover talks between owner Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley, Benitez claimed to have ...

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