Firmino will not face FA punishment over clash with Holgate

Media playback is not supported on this device Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino will not face disciplinary action from the Football Association after his clash with Everton’s Mason Holgate in the FA Cup tie at Anfield in January. Holgate had alleged Firmino used a “discriminatory term”. Following an investigation, the FA concluded the evidence was “not…

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Post-Brexit transition will end on 'fixed date', ministers say

Ministers say a planned “status quo” period after Brexit will end on a “fixed date” despite critics suggesting it could “last indefinitely”. New government proposals say the transition period should last as long as it takes to “prepare and implement the new processes and new systems”. The leaked plans say there are “only a small…

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'He's like a vacuum, he sucks people in' – what makes Dembele so special?

As a former midfielder, whenever I analyse players in my old position I think about why I would and wouldn’t like to play against them. With Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele, there is a long list of reasons why he is an opponent I would hate to face. In the past few weeks he has come up…

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Billy Graham: Influential US evangelist dies at 99

US evangelist Billy Graham – one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century – has died aged 99. Graham became one of the best-known promoters of Christianity, beginning his worldwide mission in large arenas in London in 1954. He died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, a spokesman for the Billy Graham…

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John Worboys case: Met Police loses 'landmark' appeal

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Met Police has lost an appeal at the Supreme Court against two victims of black cab rapist John Worboys who won compensation for its failings. The women were raped by Worboys in 2003 and 2007 and said their treatment by police, who failed to believe their reports,…

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Chelsea can do 'something incredible' against Barcelona in second leg

Chelsea will “try to do something incredible” by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League, said manager Antonio Conte after a drawn first leg. Willian put the Blues ahead at Stamford Bridge, but Lionel Messi capitalised on an error to ensure the match finished 1-1 by netting 15 minutes from time. Barcelona, who are seven…

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Damming the Nile: Explore with 360 video

A new dam on the Nile could trigger a war over water – unless Ethiopia can agree a deal with Egypt and Sudan. Join the BBC’s Africa correspondent Alastair Leithead and his team, travelling from the Blue Nile’s source to the sea – through Ethiopia and Sudan into Egypt. Flying high above the river and…

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Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing 'beyond imagination'

Media playback is unsupported on your device The situation in the Syrian rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta is “beyond imagination”, the UN’s co-ordinator in Syria says, following days of bombing by Syria’s government. Panos Moumtzis told the BBC the bombardment near the capital Damascus, said to have killed at least 250 people, had caused…

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Bayern Munich equal record-winning run by thrashing Besiktas

Bayern Munich put five past 10-man Besiktas to equal their longest winning run and take a convincing lead in their Champions League last-16 tie. The hosts won their 14th consecutive game after a dominant second half against Besiktas, who had Domagoj Vida sent off after 16 minutes. Thomas Muller converted from close range in both…

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MPs send Brexit 'suggestions' to Theresa May

More than 60 Conservative MPs have signed a letter to Theresa May making a series of “suggestions” about the government’s Brexit strategy. The letter from the European Research Group says the UK should be free to negotiate and sign trade deals with other countries as soon as it leaves. The MPs also want “full regulatory…

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