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Jury out in trial of man accused of murdering girl found dead in wardrobe

A jury has retired in the trial of a 24-year-old man accused of murdering a teenager whose body was hidden in a clingfilm-wrapped wardrobe for more than a fortnight.

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Amazon’s Echo Spot is coming to the UK later this month

Amazon is bringing another Echo smart home device to the UK, this time in the shape of the alarm clock-inspired Echo Spot.

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A man holding shopping bags, as the latest official inflation figures are released (PA)

Inflation falls back in December from near six-year high

Inflation has rolled back from a near six-year high, as falling price tags on clothes and toys helped ease the pressure on household finances last month.

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‘Humans more likely than rats to have caused rapid spread of Black Death’

Humans – and not rats – could have been the cause for the spread of plague during the Black Death, a new study suggests.

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Boris Johnson believes Britain should have a "grown up conversation" with Donald Trump ((Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Britain should have a ‘grown-up conversation’ with Donald Trump – Johnson

Labour’s attempts to stop Donald Trump visiting Britain are “extremely odd” as the country’s relationship with the United States is “crucial”, Boris Johnson has said.

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Roads and schools hit as wintry showers sweep across UK

Motorists faced treacherous driving conditions and dozens of schools have been closed as sub-zero temperatures and snow hit the UK.

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Army’s Lynx helicopters make final tour before decommissioning

Age finally caught up with the Lynx helicopter as the aircraft embarked on a farewell tour, marking a last salute to the British Army before bowing out of service.

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Construction work at Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick which is being carried out by Carillion (Joe Giddens/PA)

Engineering firm Van Elle warns over potential Carillion hit

Engineering firm Van Elle has warned over a potential £1.6 million hit if it fails to claw back payments owed by collapsed construction giant Carillion.

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Police have previously released CCTV images of the three men they want to trace (Nick Ansell/PA)

Pensioner dies five months after London street assault

An 82-year-old man who was attacked by three thieves for his designer wristwatch last year has now died, police have said.

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Senior German MEP Manfred Weber, who has mocked Theresa May over the Brexit passport plan (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Theresa May mocked over Brexit blue passport plan

Theresa May has been accused of lying to the British people by a senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the plan to restore dark blue British passports after Brexit.

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A farm house blanketed by snow near Langdon Beck, as dawn breaks in the North Pennines

Travel disruption expected as weather warnings cover UK

Parts of the country have been blanketed in a layer of snow as forecasters warned of plunging temperatures and possible travel disruption.

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Cabinet meets amid Carillion collapse fallout

Theresa May’s Cabinet was meeting on Tuesday as the fallout from the collapse of building giant Carillion continued to reverberate through the Government.

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The draft plan will look at the causes of social isolation and loneliness (Dominic Lipinski / PA)

Strategy to tackle loneliness in Scotland being developed

A new strategy aimed at tackling loneliness and isolation in Scotland is being developed.

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Donald Tusk tells Brexit Britain: ‘Our hearts are still open for you’

European Council president Donald Tusk has demanded more clarity from Prime Minister Theresa May over her plans for Brexit – and again held open the possibility of the UK changing its mind.

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Prisoner who went missing during home leave found

A prisoner who failed to return from a period of home leave has been found.

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The Leave campaign attracted criticism for printing a slogan on the side of its battlebus that said: "We send the EU £350 million a week." (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

How much does the UK pay to the European Union?

The exact amount of money the UK sends to the European Union was one of the biggest issues of the 2016 referendum campaign.

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There are job fears over the Carillion crisis (Yui Mok/PA)

Government urged to reassure workers over jobs after Carillion collapse

The Government is coming under pressure not to “duck and dive” over the pay and jobs of workers caught up in the collapse of construction giant Carillion amid mounting fears of redundancies.

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Greggs plans to ramp up new shop openings in 2018 after decent end to 2017.

Greggs to serve up raft of new shops in year ahead after solid end to 2017

High street chain Greggs has said it plans to ramp up shop openings over the year ahead after a solid performance in 2017 despite seeing sales growth slow over the Christmas season.

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Which? says most commuters have not seen an improvement in their train service (John Stillwell/PA)

Most commuters have seen ‘no improvement in train service’

The vast majority of commuters have seen no improvement in their train service over the past year, according to a new poll.

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A snow-covered starters' box at the PGA Centenary golf course at Gleneagles in Perthshire (Andrew Milligan/PA)

In pictures: Britain shivers in wintry weather

Snow has blanketed parts of the country as forecasters warned of plunging temperatures.

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