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UK ends standoff with EU as hopes rise for Northern Ireland Brexit deal

Talks between Irish foreign minister and UK counterpart announced amid change in ‘mood music’

Simon Coveney, the Irish foreign minister, is flying into London for talks with his UK counterpart, James Cleverly, as hopes rise of an outline deal to end the bitter dispute over the Northern Ireland Brexit arrangements within weeks.

Talks at official level will start on Thursday afternoon by video link before a working dinner between the two foreign secretaries.

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Princess Anne rides Staten Island ferry on surprise visit to New York

Sister of new monarch enjoys tourist staple after visiting National Lighthouse Museum to unveil figurine of Needles Lighthouse

Princess Anne took a ride on a quintessential New York tourist attraction and commuter staple – the Staten Island ferry that plies the harbor – during a visit to city this week, just under a month since the death of Queen Elizabeth, her mother and Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Anne, now sister to the new monarch, King Charles III, was ushered to the ferry’s pilothouse as the ship crossed the harbor on Tuesday, sailing towards the skyscrapers of Manhattan and some of the city’s most well-known landmarks such as the Empire State Building and One World Trade, which replaced the twin towers of the World Trade Centre after they were destroyed in the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

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Serial cyberstalker who harassed dozens of women has sentence cut

Matthew Hardy’s jail term cut by a year because of legal oversight in original sentencing at Chester crown court

The court of appeal has reduced the jail sentence of a serial cyberstalker who harassed women by creating fake social media accounts to spread fake claims about them.

Matthew Hardy, 31, was jailed for nine years last January by Chester crown court, after pleading guilty to stalking involving fear of violence and harassment after breaching a restraining order.

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Parents urge UK universities to reveal student suicide rates

Inquest to be held into death of Harry Armstrong Evans, who was at University of Exeter

The parents of a 21-year-old student at the University of Exeter who took his own life after failing final-year exams have called for new legislation to require universities to publish the number of students who have killed themselves at their institutions.

Harry Armstrong Evans, from Cornwall, was in the third year of a physics and astrophysics degree at the Russell Group university at the time of his death in June 2021, which will be the subject of an inquest this week.

In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. You can contact the mental health charity Mind by calling 0300 123 3393 or visiting mind.org.uk.

In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org

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London to Scotland sleeper service tipped for renationalisation

Scottish government says outsource firm Serco will lose contract to run Caledonian Sleeper next year

Serco will lose its contract to run the Caledonian Sleeper next year, the Scottish government has confirmed, with the troubled train service tipped for renationalisation.

The decision was welcomed by the governing Scottish National party and Greens as a possible opportunity to take the overnight operation linking Scotland and London into public hands.

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British teachers found not guilty over death of girl, 12, on French school trip

Jessica Lawson from Wolfreton school near Hull died in July 2015 when pontoon capsized in lake near Limoges

Three British teachers have been found not guilty of the equivalent of manslaughter by gross negligence after the death of a “beautiful and outgoing” 12-year-old pupil on a French school trip.

Jessica Lawson, from Wolfreton school in Willerby, near Hull, died when a pontoon capsized in a lake near Limoges in south-west central France. She was the youngest student on the trip in July 2015.

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South Wales police inspector convicted of assaulting vulnerable boy

Dean Gittoes grabbed back of 16-year-old boy’s hoodie, stopping him breathing properly, after spotting him ‘auditing’ police station

A police inspector who used “significant” force to restrain a vulnerable 16-year-old boy filming in a public place near a police station for a YouTube “auditing” channel, has been found guilty of assault.

Insp Dean Gittoes resorted to force within 30 seconds of encountering the teenager outside Merthyr Tydfil police station in south Wales, twisting his wrist, forcing him to fall, and holding him by the hood, making it difficult for the boy to breathe.

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Tiny reptile unearthed in Scotland was ‘closely related to pterosaurs’

Researchers say Scleromochlus taylori belonged to species that evolved into giant flying reptiles

After more than a century of debate, researchers have settled the mystery of a tiny, enigmatic reptile that left an impression on Scottish sandstone nearly a quarter of a billion years ago.

The 20cm-long creature, Scleromochlus taylori, was discovered near Elgin in Moray in the early 1900s, but all that remained from a handful of specimens were the natural moulds created in the rock when the fossilised bones dissolved away.

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