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`Desperate´ lit cigarette claim dismissed at Grenfell...

`Desperate´ lit cigarette claim dismissed at Grenfell...

A claim that the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze may have been started by a lit cigarette being thrown into a fourth floor window has been dismissed as 'desperate speculation'.

EastEnders characters Lofty Holloway and Mary Smith will return to Albert Square

EastEnders characters Lofty Holloway and Mary Smith will return to Albert Square

Both left the show in 1988, but will now return to the fictional east London borough of Walford for the funeral of Doctor Harold Legg – another original cast-member.

Two dead and 12 injured in Strasbourg shooting

Two dead and 12 injured in Strasbourg shooting

Police have cornered the gunman in France who is known to have a criminal record. He fled the Christmas market in Strasbourg after a shootout with soldiers in the central square.

Ambani Wedding: Daughter of India's richest man ties the knot

Ambani Wedding: Daughter of India's richest man ties the knot

Business mogul Mukesh Ambani, 61, is decorating his towering 27-storey Mumbai home as he prepares to host hundreds of guests for the marriage of his daughter Isha Ambani, 27, tomorrow.

Hayley Atwell says she felt 'gross and disgusting' playing a slave owner

Hayley Atwell says she felt 'gross and disgusting' playing a slave owner

Actress Hayley Atwell, 36, has revealed she felt 'disgusting and gross' playing a slave owner in forthcoming BBC drama The Long Song.

Producers of new Torvill and Dean biopic decide against recreating Bolero that won Olympic Gold

Producers of new Torvill and Dean biopic decide against recreating Bolero that won Olympic Gold

More than 24million people watched the pair awarded nine sixes for artistic impression during the 1984 games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.

All men suspected of having prostate cancer should get £315 MRI tests, says NHS watchdog

All men suspected of having prostate cancer should get £315 MRI tests, says NHS watchdog

Studies published over the past two years have suggested thousands of lives could be saved if all men were given MRI scans as soon as suspicions are raised.

Trump stands by Saudi crown prince despite pleas from Senate

Trump stands by Saudi crown prince despite pleas from Senate

'He's the leader of Saudi Arabia. They've been a very good ally,' Trump said of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an interview in the Oval Office.

Nigella Lawson has your seasonal sweet tooth covered 

Nigella Lawson has your seasonal sweet tooth covered 

Yesterday, she shared recipes for a spectacular Boxing Day spread. Today Nigella Lawson offers up indulgent and irresistible Christmas desserts.

Disgraced Labour MP Kate Osamor apologises for 'emotional outbursts'

Disgraced Labour MP Kate Osamor apologises for 'emotional outbursts'

Miss Osamor became the centre of a controversy recently when it was said she reacted angrily and lashed out at a reporter outside of her £700,000 North London home last month.

Man accused of killing Grace Millane wrote 'apology for selfishness' before her murder

Man accused of killing Grace Millane wrote 'apology for selfishness' before her murder

Jesse Kempson, 26, who is in police custody in New Zealand over the alleged killing of 22-year-old Grace, from Essex, said he had made a lot of ‘bad decisions’ in the post in October this year.

At least five people injured after truck plows into pedestrians in Sydney 

At least five people injured after truck plows into pedestrians in Sydney 

A woman has died and six others have been injured after a truck plowed into pedestrians waiting at a bus stop in Sydney on Wednesday morning.

Stormy Daniels is ordered to pay Trump almost $293,000 in legal fees

Stormy Daniels is ordered to pay Trump almost $293,000 in legal fees

U.S judge S. James Otero told the porn star to hand over the costs of Trump's legal team after dismissing her attempt to sue him for defamation. But Avenatti pledged to appeal and said she would win.

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE Peter Kay's fortune is worth £32million

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE Peter Kay's fortune is worth £32million

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: 'Fans of comedian Peter Kay (pictured) will be saddened following claims that his sitcom, Peter Kay’s Car Share, will not return to our screens'.

The unassuming wooden beach 'shed' hiding an incredible home that fits a family-of-five

The unassuming wooden beach 'shed' hiding an incredible home that fits a family-of-five

Although unassuming, this holiday retreat sitting on Coromandel beach in New Zealand is hiding a lovely home for a family of five - and it measures a mere 40 square metres.

SARAH VINE: The Chelsea fan accused of calling Raheem Sterling a black c***

SARAH VINE: The Chelsea fan accused of calling Raheem Sterling a black c***

SARAH VINE: Since he was the smallest boy, my son, 14, has had a passion for football. Where it comes from is not clear (neither I nor his father are known for our sporting prowess).

The foods a beauty expert refuses to eat after losing 30 kilograms 

The foods a beauty expert refuses to eat after losing 30 kilograms 

Bernadette Fisers from Melbourne shed a 30kg in just 30 weeks. Her self-devised diet not only helped her lose weight but her skin now glows. Here, she shares the foods she refuses to eat.

Strictly judge Shirley Ballas gushes over her first love

Strictly judge Shirley Ballas gushes over her first love

Strictly judge Shirley Ballas, 58, has been pictured with her first dancing partner Nigel Tiffany after last Sunday’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing.

Pictured: Man, 18, who was found brutally stabbed to death in London

Pictured: Man, 18, who was found brutally stabbed to death in London

Officers were called to Topham House on Prior Street at 9.41pm, alongside paramedics from the London Air Ambulance, but Aron Warren was pronounced dead a short time later.

Trump 'would intervene in Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's case if it would help secure China trade deal'

Trump 'would intervene in Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's case if it would help secure China trade deal'

President Donald Trump has said he would consider intervening in the case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou if it would help the US secure a trade deal with China.

Canadian judge grants bail for Chinese Huawei CFO facing possible extradition to the US

Canadian judge grants bail for Chinese Huawei CFO facing possible extradition to the US

Meng Wanzhou, the 46-year-old chief financial officer of telecomm giant Huawei, had asked for bail in exchange for putting up her husband, children and $11million in real estate as sureties.

MAC on... the perils of drug taking

MAC on... the perils of drug taking

'Do you see it too, Doris? Brexit all over by Christmas, Mrs May triumphant on a massive pink elephant...'

Does this boy look overweight to you? Mother is told her four-year-old son is dangerously heavy

Does this boy look overweight to you? Mother is told her four-year-old son is dangerously heavy

Mica Pullen's four-year-old son Harley Gardner, of Preston, Lancashire, was weighed at school as part of the NHS National Child Measurement Programme. She was then sent a letter saying he is overweight.

How to stop the deliveries from hell: Online couriers cut outrageous corners - and ruin your gifts

How to stop the deliveries from hell: Online couriers cut outrageous corners - and ruin your gifts

Over the past few weeks, furious online shoppers have told us how delivery drivers have thrown their parcels over fences, left them on doorsteps and even forced them through cat flaps.

Juncker delivers hammer blow to May's hopes of saving Brexit deal

Juncker delivers hammer blow to May's hopes of saving Brexit deal

The Prime Minister is meeting Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte for breakfast in the Hague, before heading for crucial talks with Angela Merkel in Berlin.

After four months of nightmare journeys, LOUISE ATKINSON says electric cars are shocking

After four months of nightmare journeys, LOUISE ATKINSON says electric cars are shocking

Louise Atkinson picks the Renault Zoe because it is small, sporty-looking and claims to have a range of 160 miles on one charge (double the Nissan Leaf).

Dolly Parton lays 'sweet baby brother' Floyd, 61, to rest with rendition of his song Rockin' Years

Dolly Parton lays 'sweet baby brother' Floyd, 61, to rest with rendition of his song Rockin' Years

'He lived a short life of love and beautiful songs,' the Parton family said in a statement released on Tuesday, the day after the memorial service in Tennessee.

Police officer 'fought for his life as he grabbed samurai sword blade'

Police officer 'fought for his life as he grabbed samurai sword blade'

PC Ian Midgley opened the passenger door of a Toyota Prius and reached inside to grab the samurai sword and grapple with the suspect who was yelling 'Allahu Akbar' outside of Buckingham Palace.

Game Of Thrones author George RR Martin vows he WILL finish the source novels

Game Of Thrones author George RR Martin vows he WILL finish the source novels

Writing on his Not A Blog blog, the 70-year-old thanked his loyal followers for their patience. 'I am back in my fortress of solitude, and back in Westeros,' he wrote.

Recycling in England has dropped in the last year

Recycling in England has dropped in the last year

Recycling of household waste has seen a rise of only 0.3 per cent on the previous year.Waste sent for incineration has increased by 0.7 million tonnes in 2017/18 to 10.8 million tonnes in 2017/18.

These shows are more ho-hum than ho-ho-ho: CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night's TV 

These shows are more ho-hum than ho-ho-ho: CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night's TV 

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: The young competitors arrived full of serious-minded zeal, but even they were taken aback at just how D-list this show was.

Dracula ants snap their jaws shut at an incredible 200mph

Dracula ants snap their jaws shut at an incredible 200mph

Scientists from the University of Illinois confirmed that the Dracula ant found in Africa, Australia and Asia is the very fastest using cutting-edge video technology.

Blocks of melting ice are placed outside London's Tate Modern to show reality of climate change

Blocks of melting ice are placed outside London's Tate Modern to show reality of climate change

Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson has placed 24 huge blocks of ice from the from the Nuup Kangerlua fjord in Greenland outside London’s Tate Modern to highlight the dangers of climate change.

Number of patients on NHS waiting lists hit FOUR MILLION for first time in over a decade

Number of patients on NHS waiting lists hit FOUR MILLION for first time in over a decade

Waiting lists for routine treatments rose by more than half in seven years, from 2.6million in 2011 to 4.1million in September, according to the NHS England figures.

Javid and Johnson jockey for position at head of the pack of challengers

Javid and Johnson jockey for position at head of the pack of challengers

Former Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson used a magazine column to lay the ground for a leadership bid and Home Secretary Mr Javid used an interview to make a thinly veiled pitch for the top job.

ANDREW PIERCE: Brazenly biased towards Theresa May’s enemies

ANDREW PIERCE: Brazenly biased towards Theresa May’s enemies

ANDREW PIERCE: On Monday, as he left the Commons after Theresa May’s humiliating climbdown over the Brexit withdrawal deal, Jeremy Corbyn stopped by the Speaker’s chair.

ALISON BOSHOFF asks if the 'sapphic surge' is a backlash against Hollywood sexism in the #MeToo era 

ALISON BOSHOFF asks if the 'sapphic surge' is a backlash against Hollywood sexism in the #MeToo era 

ALISON BOSHOFF: Apart from the British factor, there is another unifying theme behind the roles that have caught Hollywood’s imagination. Each of their movies features lesbian sex.

How Christmas can be deadly for asthma sufferers

How Christmas can be deadly for asthma sufferers

There are 5.4million asthma sufferers in the UK. The charity pointed to figures that show three people die from asthma attacks across the home nations each day.

Woman who accuses Irish sports star of rape was found ‘battered and bruised’

Woman who accuses Irish sports star of rape was found ‘battered and bruised’

The police (pictured attending the scene on Monday) say the account of the woman, who says she was attacked and raped in a penthouse suite in Dublin city centre, is ‘credible’.

Google's Year In Search: Meghan Markle beats Roxanne Pallett

Google's Year In Search: Meghan Markle beats Roxanne Pallett

Google kept track of what the British public were searching throughout this year and 2017 and compiled lists of the people and subjects that saw the biggest relative increases in interest.

Basketball fan cops ball to face after being distracted by her phone 

Basketball fan cops ball to face after being distracted by her phone 

This is the amusing moment a basketball fan sitting front row at a game cops a ball to the faced during Melbourne's NBL clashed with Brisbane at Melbourne's Arena

Tycoon's son will face charges over death of Cerys Edwards in Sutton Coldfield

Tycoon's son will face charges over death of Cerys Edwards in Sutton Coldfield

Antonio Boparan, 31, is to be prosecuted over the death of Cerys Edwards- nine years after he smashed his 2.5-ton Range Rover into her family’s car in Sutton Coldfield.

Grindr exec resigns after president says he believes marriage is between man and woman

Grindr exec resigns after president says he believes marriage is between man and woman

Grindr's head of communications, Landon Rafe Zumwalt (left), has resigned just weeks after the company's president, Scott Chen (right), said marriage is between a man and woman

Comedian pulls out of university charity event after being asked to sign 'behaviour contract'

Comedian pulls out of university charity event after being asked to sign 'behaviour contract'

Comedian Konstantin Kisin has pulled out of a student charity event organised by Unicef On Campus society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Twitter goes wild over Netflix's very blunt Gossip Girl description

Twitter goes wild over Netflix's very blunt Gossip Girl description

Comedian Lane Moore took to Twitter on Monday to post a screengrab of the streaming network's cheeky summary of the CW series.

QUENTIN LETTS: Yvette Cooper delivered her wobbly-headed flak yesterday in Parliament

QUENTIN LETTS: Yvette Cooper delivered her wobbly-headed flak yesterday in Parliament

QUENTIN LETTS: At an hour most sensible people are pouring themselves a pre-prandial sherry we had an anti-Brexit Urgent Question, granted by Bercow to Yvette Cooper.

Google has 'no plans' to launch Chinese search engine -CEO

Google has 'no plans' to launch Chinese search engine -CEO

Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told a U.S. congressional panel Google had over 100 people working on the project at one point.

DOMINIC SANDBROOK: A coup by shameful MPs is the last thing Britain needs 

DOMINIC SANDBROOK: A coup by shameful MPs is the last thing Britain needs 

DOMINIC SANDBROOK: After all the exaggerated claims, the bragging and boasting, Theresa May's critics have reportedly reached the magic figure of 48 letters to trigger a no-confidence vote in her.

Space station crew to inspect mysterious hole on Soyuz spacecraft 

Space station crew to inspect mysterious hole on Soyuz spacecraft 

Two Russian cosmonauts have ventured outside the International Space Station today to inspect a section of a Russian spacecraft where a small hole was spotted.

Amazon Alexa's new 'hunches' feature can predict users behavior

Amazon Alexa's new 'hunches' feature can predict users behavior

The updates include location-based reminders, an email tool and a feature called 'Hunches,' in which the digital assistant is able to remind users if it thinks they've forgotten something.

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