Britney Spears Opens Up About Her ‘Awful’ 20s: ‘I Was Lost'

Britney Spears has opened up the public breakdown she suffered in in her twenties, in a revealing new interview. The 35-year-old singer admitted the period in her life, which culminated in her shaving her own head, attacking a paparazzi and a disastrous MTV Video Music Awards performance, was “awful”. Steve Granitz via Getty Images Britney Spears The events led to ...

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'Boaty McBoatface' submarine returns home

Boaty McBoatface, the UK’s favourite yellow submarine, has returned from its first major science expedition. The vehicle was used in the Antarctic to map the movement of deep, cold water as it moves away from the White Continent towards the Atlantic Ocean. Scientists say this flow of water plays an important role in helping to regulate the Earth’s climate system. ...

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Michael Nyqvist dead: Swedish actor dies after lung cancer battle, aged 56

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, best known for a leading role in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Swedish film series, died in Sweden on Tuesday after a year-long battle with lung cancer, his representative said. He was 56. Nyqvist “passed away quietly surrounded by family” in Stockholm, his spokeswoman Alissa Goodman said in an emailed statement that called him “one ...

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Venezuela Supreme Court attacked with grenade thrown from police helicopter in 'terrorist' act

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has been attacked with a grenade thrown from a police helicopter in what the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro, described as a “terrorist attack”. Speaking on state TV, the 54-year-old embattled leader said special forces were hunting those behind the attack, which follows three months of opposition protests and some dissent from within government ranks. Reports said the ...

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British Social Attitudes Survey 2017: Britain Shifts, Slightly, To The Left Amid Rejection Of Austerity

British attitudes towards tax and spend policies have shifted to the left amid a broader rejection of austerity, an influential new study has found. NatCen’s British Social Attitudes Survey shows more people than in recent years are willing to pay higher taxes for increased spending on health, education and even some benefits. In a rejection of austerity, 83% of respondents ...

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HMP Birmingham: Violence on rise, say inspectors

Violence is on the rise at a riot-hit jail because of a high volume of illegal drugs inside, inspectors say. Safety at HMP Birmingham is at risk as a result, they said in February, after the 12-hour disturbance involving hundreds of inmates last December. The riot had a “profound” effect on staff who were in shock but committed to moving ...

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Sir Philip sold BHS to dodge pension cost, says regulator

The controversial businessman Sir Philip Green sold the BHS business to dodge responsibility for its insolvent pension schemes if the firm should go bust, says the Pensions Regulator. The claim is made by the regulator in its report on the sale of BHS in 2015 and its collapse a year later. In February, Sir Philip finally agreed, after months of ...

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Mobiles 'fast replacing' bank branch visits

Typical consumers will visit a bank branch four times a year by 2022, turning instead to their mobile phones for services, according to forecasts. At present, people visit seven times a year on average, industry analysts CACI have said. It forecasts that contact with banks will rise – but primarily through apps, with desktop banking also shrinking. Hundreds of branches ...

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London fire: Fire safety risk inspections pointless, says expert

The system to assess fire safety of high-rise buildings in the UK is “pointless”, a leading expert claims. Fire risk assessments (FRAs) carried out by councils do not consider factors such as external cladding, inspections of which are under way. It is feared cladding helped spread a blaze that killed at least 79 people at Grenfell Tower, which was not ...

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Faecal bacteria 'in ice in Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero'

Ice from three of the UK’s biggest coffee chains has been found to contain bacteria from faeces, according to a BBC investigation. Samples of iced drinks from Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Caffe Nero contained varying levels of the bacteria, the BBC’s Watchdog found. Expert Tony Lewis said the levels found were “concerning”. “These should not be present at any level ...

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