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Jailed Briton ‘much more hopeful’ of release since Johnson’s visit to Iran

Imprisoned Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is “much more hopeful” she will be released from jail in Iran following Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s visit to the country, her husband has said.

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What the papers say - December 12

What the papers say – December 12

Social media giants and snowflakes are making the headlines in Tuesday’s papers while the public enquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire is also featured on the front pages.

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Theresa May gave a statement to MPs about progress in the negotiations (Rick Findler/PA)

May: Divorce bill offer off table without UK agreeing partnership with Brussels

Theresa May has said Britain’s offer for its divorce bill with the EU will be off the table if the UK does not agree a future partnership with Brussels.

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Brexit Britain will be worse off outside the EU, says think tank

Brexit Britain is guaranteed to be economically worse off outside the European Union, and crashing out without a deal would see the economy take a £100 billion hit, an influential US think tank has claimed.

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Ineos only recently bought the pipeline, which takes mainly oil to the company's refinery at Grangemouth (PA)

North Sea oil and gas pipeline repairs could take three weeks, say operators

Repairs to the Forties pipeline, which carries 40% of North Sea oil and gas, could take up to three weeks, operators have said.

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Michael Gove announced the new law during his visit to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London (PA)

Gove adamant Brexit will work for animals ‘we love’ as draft bill published

Brexit will help Britain improve animal welfare standards and combat problems such as puppy smuggling, Michael Gove has said.

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Theresa May announced £140 million of new funding to help the world's poorest communities build resilience to extreme weather events (PA)

May marks Paris climate change gathering by increasing global funding

As international leaders gather in Paris to mark the second anniversary of the climate change plan agreed in the French capital in 2015, Theresa May has announced millions of pounds of UK funding to help those worst affected.

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Some 46 patients with early-stage Huntington's disease took part in the trial (PA)

Breakthrough drug trial in fight against Huntington’s disease

Results from a “ground-breaking” drug trial have offered new hope to people with Huntington’s disease.

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Traffic is forced to drive in one lane as snow covers most of the A470 dual carriageway past Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

Deep freeze continues as UK could see coldest night of the year

Treacherous ice and snow continued to cause travel disruption across the country as forecasters warned that the coldest night of the year could be in store.

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The Government is looking to shift towards an organ donation system in England which presumes consent (PA)

Opt-out organ donation system moves closer as Hunt urges ‘open conversation’

Families should overcome the “fatal reluctance” to talk about organ donation, the Health Secretary urged as he launched a consultation into plans for an opt-out system.

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Runners pass Manchester Town Hall during The Great Manchester Run (PA)

The UK’s economic divide between North and South to widen, report says

The economic gap between the North and South will keep expanding until 2020 as efforts to rebalance the UK economy fall short, according to new research.

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Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South, who has been cleared of a sexual harassment allegation (Yui Mok/PA)

Labour’s Lewis cleared of groping woman

Labour MP Clive Lewis has been cleared of groping a woman, after the party’s sexual harassment panel found insufficient evidence to proceed with a case against him.

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An engineer walks through a Victorian built sewer system (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Wipes form 93% of sewage blockages, study finds

Wipes make up to 93% of material causing sewer blockages, according to a study by Water UK.

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A couple take a rest on the Malvern Hills as the sun sets over Herefordshire (David Davies/PA)

Bitter spell continues as temperatures plummet as low as -13C on coldest night

Britain had its coldest night of the year as vast swathes of the country fell below freezing – with -13C (8.6F) recorded in Shropshire.

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Johnson had ‘worthwhile’ Iran meetings in bid to secure release of jailed Briton

Boris Johnson has said he had “worthwhile” meetings in Iran to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and that the Government “will leave no stone unturned in our efforts”.

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

Five quizzed over suspected murder of three children who died after house fire

Five people are being questioned over the suspected murder of three children who died after a house fire.

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The driver failed to stop at the scene and the woman was subsequently hit by a second lorry and two cars (PA)

Four drivers sought by police after woman dies in ‘multiple hit-and-run’

A woman has died after being struck by two lorries and two cars in a suspected multiple hit-and-run, police said.

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orensic officers at the scene of a house fire on Jackson Street (Peter Byrne/PA)

Five quizzed over suspected murder of three children who died after house fire

Five people are being questioned over the suspected murder of three children who died after a house fire.

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Police have been combing a landfill site in Milton, Cambridgeshire ( Joe Giddens/PA)

No trace of missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague as landfill search ends

The landfill search for missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague has concluded without finding any trace of him.

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Fire crews are at the scene in Allington Drive, Birstall (PA)

Woman in critical condition after ‘gas blast’ destroys house

A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after a home was destroyed in a suspected gas blast.

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