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Sky stake changes hands in £39 billion Disney-21st Century Fox deal

Broadcasting giant Sky is set to have a new owner after Walt Disney sealed a $52.4 billion (£39 billion) takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets.

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Police show handed-in weapons

Knife possession offences at highest level since 2011

The number of criminals caught with knives or offensive weapons has hit its highest level for six years, official figures reveal.

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Theresa May was the last leader to arrive at the summit after attending the Grenfell Tower memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral (PA)

Theresa May vows to press on with Brexit after humiliating Commons defeat

Theresa May has made clear she will not be deflected from delivering Brexit by her humiliating defeat at the hands of Tory rebels in the House of Commons.

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Jayda Fransen arriving for her appearance at Belfast Laganside courts (Mark Marlow/PA)

Britain First leaders face charges in Northern Ireland

Two leaders of the far-right Britain First group have been charged over offences in Northern Ireland.

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Forensic officers at the scene of the house fire on Jackson Street in Worsley (Peter Byrne/PA)

Third person remanded over deaths of four children in house fire

A third person has appeared in court charged with the murders of four children in a house fire.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Finance Secretary Derek Mackay

Third of Scottish taxpayers to face higher bills

Changes in the Scottish Budget will see income tax bills rise for three out of 10 taxpayers – although more than half will pay less than if they lived south of the border.

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Broadcasting giant Sky is set for new ownership (Chris Radburn/PA)

Selling Sky an ’emotional’ moment for Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch said Sky is the asset he is parting with most reluctantly after Walt Disney launched a 52.4 billion US dollar (£39 billion) takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during a press conference at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

Commons defeat will not stop Brexit, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has denied that Wednesday night’s vote giving Parliament a say on the final Brexit deal could delay or reverse Britain’s exit from the EU.

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Youthquake has been named as word of the year (PA Archive)

‘Youthquake’ named word of the year after revival during general election

“Youthquake” has been named as Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year following in the footsteps of “omnishambles”, “post-truth” and “selfie” to have been awarded the accolade.

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An artist?s impression showing a huge cigar-shaped object assumed to be an interstellar asteroid which could be an alien starship, scientists believe (M Kornmesser/ESO/PA)

First scans suggest cigar-shaped space object not an alien craft, say scientists

Scientists analysing a huge cigar-shaped object in space have said initial scans suggest it is not an alien craft.

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A High Court judge has ruled a Home Office policy on European rough sleepers unlawful (Carey Tompsett/PA)

Eastern European rough sleepers win High Court fight against deportation move

Three eastern European men have won a High Court fight with Home Office ministers after being told they could be deported as a result of sleeping rough.

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What the papers say - December 15

What the papers say – December 15

After Thursday’s papers were dominated by the latest turns in the Brexit debate, Friday’s offerings are a slightly more mixed bag – with the Disney/21st Century Fox deal, the Grenfell memorial service and a church inquiry all making the front pages.

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Rupert Murdoch, as 21st Century Fox reaches deal with Disney (Ian West/PA)

New owners for Sky in £39 billion Disney-Fox deal

Broadcasting giant Sky is set for new ownership after Walt Disney launched a 52.4 billion US dollar (£39 billion) takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets.

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Tory MP and assistant referee Douglas Ross watches Lionel Messi take a corner (John Walton/Empics/PA)

Tory MP earned £1,970 officiating at Camp Nou match while Parliament was sitting

A Tory MP earned almost £2,000 for running the line at a high-profile European Champions League football match while his colleagues debated the problems with Universal Credit.

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A grey seal and her pup on the beach at Horsey Gap (Joe Giddens/PA)

Record year for birth of grey seal pups around east coast

It has been a record-breaking year for the number of grey seal pups born around the east coast of Britain.

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Relatives of victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy outside the cathedral (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

More than 1,500 people attend memorial six months after Grenfell Tower tragedy

Bereaved families and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire stood together in a moment of reflection, holding aloft pictures of lost loved ones, at the end of an emotional memorial service at St Paul’s.

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The commission calls for a UK-wide strategy for loneliness across all ages (John Giles/PA)

Jo Cox Loneliness Commission identifies ‘gap in national leadership’ on issue

The UK needs a government-led national strategy to combat loneliness, according to a commission set up by MP Jo Cox before she was murdered.

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A Sky remote control (Dave ThompsonPA)

Key questions about the Sky-Fox deal

Walt Disney has mounted a takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets.

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Judge analyses latest round of High Court fight between Sir Cliff Richard and BBC (Brian Lawless/PA)

Judge demands ‘pound-for-pound’ loss detail in Cliff Richard’s claim against BBC

Sir Cliff Richard has been told by a High Court judge to provide more information on his claim that he suffered huge financial losses following a BBC broadcast of a police raid on his home.

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Leo Varadkar arriving for the EU summit in Brussels (Olivier Matthys/AP)

Brexit supporters created N Ireland border problems – Leo Varadkar

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has said Brexiteers need to acknowledge that they created the difficulties surrounding the Northern Ireland border.

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