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France debates ban on cellphones in schools

Students could soon be banned from using cellphones in French schools, in a move the government says is necessary to protect public health amid fears over the devices’ long-term effects on mental development. Under current French law, students cannot use their phones in class but schools have the power to decide if they can use them at break times. But that may change in September, as the Ministry of Education examines how to implement a campaign pledge by President Emmanuel Macron to ban cellphones from school premises entirely. The minister,…

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The best goals of 2017, from a Carroll cracker to a non-league nod to Bergkamp

Olivier Giroud, Arsenal v Crystal Palace, 1 January Never mind us waffling on about this, here’s Arséne Wenger: “Any goalscorer is ready to take any part of his body, even if it’s the little toe, to score a goal and Olivier had that kind of reflex. He transformed that goal, I would say, into art. “It was art because of the surprise, because of the beauty of the movement and because of the efficiency of the movement. That will be remembered as the ‘Giroud goal’, which nobody will forget. Every…

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Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

The teams are out! Palace in their blue and red. Arsenal in their changed grey/black kit. Wilshere looks very focused. It’s a big night for him, playing for a new contract alongside Xhaka. Re the preamble, this is the down side to Selhurst Park… Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) #relatable #content for anyone who has ever been to Selhurst Park: pic.twitter.com/q2xOyGk5sH December 28, 2017 Roy talks! We’re starting to see the best of Benteke. I’ve seen that in training, he can bring so many players into the game. If we’re going to…

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Russia ‘stop hunting spies to crack down on football hooligans’ and protect England fans

GETTY The FSB is conducting ‘intense’ scrutiny of Russian football fans Russia’s FSB – formerly KGB – is conducting “intense” scrutiny of Russian football fans under strict orders from the Government, according to Alexander Shprygin. Mr Shprygin is President of the Russian Union of Supporters and was blamed for orchestrating the mob in Marseille at Euro 2016 which left two English fans in comas and dozens injured. He said: “All the FSB agents are doing now is working on the World Cup. “They are no longer looking for foreign spies…

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Europa League draw LIVE: Updates as Arsenal and Celtic learn their fate

GETTY The Europa League draw starts at 12noon Arsenal cruised into the Europa League last-32 after a routine group stage performance. The Gunners are one of the top seeds for the draw, which takes place at 12noon. Celtic are also in the hat after dropping down from the Champions League. The Hoops finished third in their group, claiming just three points from games against PSG, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht. The draw starts at 12noon in Nyon, with both sides seeking an easy opponent to kick off their knockout campaigns. Follow…

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West Ham vs Chelsea: Michy Batshuayi cuddles hot water bottle on the bench

Chelsea ace Michy Batshuayi was spotted hugging a hot water bottle during the Blues’ Premier League clash with West Ham at the London Stadium. The benched striker was struggling to stay warm in the December weather, and resorted to pressing the bottle onto his face throughout the first half. Batshuayi has failed to impress following his £33million move from Marseille in 2016, featuring in the Blues’ midweek Checkatrade Trophy clash. Take a look through the gallery above for the best snaps and furious reactions to Michy Batshuayi’s hot water bottle…

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Nuclear fusion project hails halfway construction milestone

FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2016 file photo, cranes stand at the construction site of the ITER ( the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) in Cadarache, southern France. A vast international experiment designed to demonstrate that nuclear fusion can be a viable source of clean and cheap energy is halfway toward completion. The organization behind the ITER announced the milestone Wednesday Dec. 6, 2017 and confirmed it’s aiming to conduct a first test run in 2025. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File) BERLIN (AP) — A vast international experiment designed to demonstrate…

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Supermoon 2016 Pictures: See The Final Full Moon Of The Year As It Came Closest To Earth

The only supermoon of 2017 lit up skies across the planet last night. But don’t worry if you didn’t catch the biggest, brightest moon of the year—the world’s photographers were out in full force to capture the dazzling event from around the globe—and even from space. Here are some of the best images of yesterday’s Full Cold Moon. 12_4_Supermoon More The supermoon captured in detail, December 3, 2017. dw_ross/ Flickr Trending: ‘The Last Jedi’ is ‘Star Wars’ Saga’s Most Powerful War Commentary to Date, John Boyega Says Yesterday’s supermoon was…

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World Cup 2018 draw: England get lucky but Gareth Southgate urges caution

Gareth Southgate attempted to dampen expectations for Russia 2018 despite England being drawn in a group from which most observers would expect them to advance without too many problems. Danger lurked throughout the 32-team draw for the World Cup but England avoided the toughest opposition as they were drawn, by Diego Maradona, in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and the World Cup debutants Panama. The Hand of God plucked the ball containing England’s name from a pot during the draw staged inside Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace. Q&A The World Cup…

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Technology 

Netflix backs true-life Italian teen prostitute drama ‘Baby’ – CNET

Netflix’s crime drama “Suburra” will soon be followed by a new Italian original show, “Baby”. Emanuela Scarpa/Netflix Netflix continues its international expansion with “Baby”, an original Italian drama about child prostitution in Rome. The series is loosely based on a true story, known as the Baby Squillo scandal, in which politicians and leading Italian figures including Mussolini’s granddaughter were caught up in a prostitution case in 2013.  Now Playing: Watch this: ‘Stranger Things’ season 2 trailer has something sinister… The show will be written by a team of young Italian…

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