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Car Choice: Astra or Audi for a practical cabrio?

A car for the head If Madeline likes the idea of a convertible then, provided she does not mind sacrificing a couple of rear doors, there have been some generously sized four-seat open tops. With a tight budget she could consider a Vauxhall Astra convertible which has been one of the most successful of its kind and is a practical buy. ...

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Google Translate will never outsmart the human mind – and this is why

I guess I should never have signed up to be a simultaneous translator (or interpreter) – in both directions – at an EU-sponsored conference. The silver lining of Brexit is that I will probably never be called on again to translate not just a rapid-fire French speaker with a penchant for hazy abstraction into passable English, but also shortly afterwards ...

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Four historic moments when sport and diplomacy collided

It was an unexpected addition to the “ice diplomacy” of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. North Korean cheerleaders, who had supported the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team, then showed up en masse to cheer on the South Korean men’s team in their defeat to the Czech Republic. Aside from the symbolic unity on display at the opening ceremony of the ...

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Stolen Edgar Degas painting worth £700,000 found on a bus

A painting by 19th century French artist Edgar Degas worth hundreds of thousands of pounds has been found on a bus near Paris.  Degas’s painting Les Choristes, or The Chorus Singers, dates back to 1877 and was stolen nine years ago from a museum in Marseilles.  The artwork was discovered in a luggage compartment of a bus after police were ...

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Stormy Daniels performs in New York – but still refuses to spill the beans on Donald Trump

It was sixteen minutes past midnight when Stormy Daniels made her way to the neon-lit stage at a nightclub in Long Island. She appeared wearing a Little Red Riding Hood costume, accompanied by the song Little Red Riding Hood. She quickly discarded the cape and changed the music to something a little racier – Still of the Night by Whitesnake. ...

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White House on lockdown after vehicle rams into security barrier as Trump hosts Australian PM

The White House was placed on lockdown after a car struck a security barrier surrounding the complex. The Secret Service said a woman drove her car into the barrier at 17th and E streets, but did not breach it. No shots were fired and no law enforcement officers were hurt. The woman was immediately apprehended at the scene, the Secret ...

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London sees 20% rise in rape reports in a year, but police admit they 'don't understand' reason

The number of alleged rapes reported to police in London has risen by almost 20 per cent in a disturbing increase police are struggling to explain. There were 7,613 reported rapes in the year to January, compared to 6,392 over the previous 12 months, according to figures collated by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). Sir Craig Mackey, ...

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Drug suspect on toilet strike for 37 days at risk of death, court hears

A suspected drug dealer has refused to use the toilet for 37 days and is now at “risk of death”, a court has been told.  Lamarr Chambers, 24, allegedly swallowed the drugs while being chased by police in Essex and has since rejected laxatives and an X-ray but has continued to eat and drink.  Essex Police officers have been tweeting daily updates ...

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FBI warned before Florida massacre about suspect 'getting into a school and shooting the place up'

The FBI were warned more than a month before the Florida school shooting that suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz had firearms and was “going to explode”. “I just think about it, you know, getting into a school and shooting the place up,” a caller told an FBI information line, according to a newly released transcript. Accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ...

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University strikes: Ministers urged to step in to guarantee lecturers pensions after mass walkouts

Ministers have been urged to intervene in a bitter row over pensions as tens of thousands of lecturers staged mass walkouts on 57 different campuses across the country. University staff downed tools for the second day over major changes to their pension schemes, which could leave lecturers up to £10,000 worse off in their retirement. The Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Vince Cable, has called ...

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