Entertainment 

Star Wars Last Jedi explained: Six storyline essentials you NEED to know before watching

Those who didn’t see Episode 7, or just need a quick refresher, can catch up on everything you need to know below. Don’t panic – there are no spoilers from Episode 8 itself. 1. Luke Skywalker has been hiding for a REALLY long time Much of Episode 7 was spent wondering what happened to Luke Skywalker – the main hero of the original trilogy. What we did find out was that he was training the next generation of Jedi until one of his students, nephew Ben Solo (Adam Driver), went…

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Crowd including ‘schoolchildren’ watch as 10 sentenced to death in public trial in China

In a “tragic” trial, residents in Lufeng in southern Guangdong province were invited to see the trial via an official notice on social media to see the sentencing of seven people accused of drug-related crimes and others found guilty of murder and robbery. After the sentencing – which took place in a huge stadium – eight of the accused were taken away and immediately executed. William Nee at Amnesty International said it was “absolutely tragic”. Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Nee said: “The mass sentencing rally that took place — including…

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Two months later, California wildfire victims begin to rebuild

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Jennafer Carlin Rosset had a bad feeling she wouldn’t be returning to her house when her family evacuated their Santa Rosa, California, home in October. “I knew it was going to be bad,” she told NBC News. “We had an alarm on our house and even though it wasn’t alarmed — basically when the house went up in flames, my husband got about 50 messages on his phone.” Two months later, fire-ravaged debris still litters many neighborhoods in Northern California, where 44 people died and more…

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Lifestyle 

Dame Patricia Routledge joins McCarthy & Stone choir for Sing Your Heart Out event

Actress and singer Dame Patricia Routledge joined the choir from McCarthy & Stone’s Park House retirement development at the Royal Voluntary Service’s Christmas Sing Your Heart Out concert in London. It was proof, should it be required, that life is full of surprises and, in this case, that moving into a retirement complex offers a world of friendship and activities that you might never experience elsewhere. Just ask the choir at Churchill Retirement Living’s Dean Lodge near Bournemouth, where members have just released a single and their own video on…

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China signals reconciliation with Japan at massacre memorial

NANJING, China — China marked the anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre by Japan with a message of peace and friendship last week, potentially helping to realign relations between the rival Asian powers. A somber President Xi Jinping led a nationally televised ceremony to remember the estimated 300,000 Chinese who died when Japan’s Imperial Army occupied Nanjing, then China’s capital, 80 years ago. China has consistently reminded its people of the 1937 massacre, but in what is being interpreted as a highly significant diplomatic gesture, Xi did not lay wreaths or…

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Why parents should think twice before endorsing Facebook’s kid-friendly app

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE These days, parents trying to keep their kids safe must worry not just about bike helmets and cars speeding down streets, but online predators and ads targeting kids. Facebook clearly had these parental worries in mind when they rolled out Messenger Kids, which does not include ads and allows parents to control their kids’ contact list. The press release, with its pictures of kids trying on Snapchat-eque dog filters, implicitly argues that the app is squeaky-clean fun. In terms of ads and contacts, it could…

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Technology 

Facebook reveals whether using social network site affects YOUR happiness

Facebook has published an in-depth blog post analysing whether the social networking site is actually good or bad for our mental health. The social networking giant joined the conversation about the impact the site’s had on us after a former exec blasted the service. Last week Chamath Palihapitiya, who was Facebook’s vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” for the company he helped make. He said: “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”. The former Facebook exec…

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ISIS ‘still exists’ through brainwashed victims it CONTROLS, warns priest

Father Daniel said the death cult still exists in the minds of people brainwashed while living under their rule in Iraq and Syria.  The priest told Express.co.uk those who were forced to live under ISIS rule in towns and cities controlled by the group had succumbed to their propaganda and continue to support their extremist views today. Father Daniel said: “ISIS has been defeated only militarily. Mentally, it still exists under many people who lived under their control.  “For an example, Mosul. Two million people lived there. They ran schools…

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Sport 

Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day three – live!

81st over: Australia 272-4 (Smith 128, M Marsh 12) England haven’t taken the new ball. What doing? Anderson stays around the wicket to Smith. A single puts Marsh up there. “Jimmy, what are you doing wanting to bowl with the old ball?” asks Michael Vaughan. Marsh agrees, smashing him down the ground for a superbly struck straight drive. Tasty. Oh, that does it – they take the new ball immediately after the boundary. And guess what? Gets an edge first ball. Into the ground, though. “They just have to go…

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Lifestyle 

How to avoid a Christmas hangover: This diet will help swerve a festive headache

Birmingham City University experts have come up with a foolproof “survival guide” aimed at reducing the impact of one too many mince pies and over-indulging on the sherry. Dr Matthew Cole, senior lecturer, and four students from his sports and exercise nutrition course, came up with simple rules to tackle a perennial problem at this time of year. After nutritional analysis, they found that toxins from alcohol, extra sugars from so-called healthy drinks, which can be anything but, and physical inactivity, were among key issues. The group then drew up…

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