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Kellie Bright is vying for the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball

Strictly's Kellie Bright rejects claims of 'bitchy' culture on dance show

Researchers at the University of Bath say that stirring table sugar in to a water bottle before a big physical event could be the difference between success and failure

Ditching sports drinks for a spoonful of sugar 'could make exercise easier'

George Osborne unveiled measures designed to help people on to the housing ladder this week

Favourable interest rates for Help to Buy Isa schemes

Three fire appliances attended the scene and firefighters worked for around an hour to put out the flames

Two people die in house fire in Merseyside

Snow on the North Yorkshire Moors above Hutton le Hole

Christmas lights switch-ons cancelled amid strong winds

Prince Harry was in Lesotho this week to open the new Mamohato Children's Centre in Maseru (Sentebale/PA Wire)

Prince Harry leads charge at Sentebale polo match

An investigation was launched after Arabic graffiti was found on four easyJet planes in France

Probe begins after Arabic graffiti found on four easyJet planes in France

David Cameron will warn that corruption is one of the greatest enemies of our time

David Cameron: Fighting 'evil' of corruption key to global security

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has sent a survey to party members asking for their views on air strikes against IS in Syria

Labour Party tensions increase over air strikes against IS in Syria

Cyclists lie in the road during a "die in" rally outside Transport for London's (TfL) headquarters

Coffins laid outside TfL office to represent cyclists killed on city's roads

Jess Glynne said it is harder for women in the music industry because of the double standard

Jess Glynne vows she will not be silenced 'for fear of being judged'

Adele's new album has smashed sales records

Adele's new album 'fastest selling record in British history'

Protesters gather around mock coffins during a 'die in' rally outside Transport for London's headquarters to call for more investment in cycling infrastructure

Coffins laid outside TfL office to represent cyclists killed on city's roads

How snakes lost their legs "has long been a mystery", scientists said

Fossil skull CT scan sheds light on how snakes lost their legs

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary had been released on bail in September

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary in custody after bail revoked

Protesters against fracking outside Preston County Hall, Lancashire

Ministers accused of hypocrisy as fracking schemes called in

Justice Lowell Goddard is presiding over the inquiry

Child abuse inquiry to probe claims involving politicians and churches

French president Francois Hollande walks out in the courtyard of the Invalides national monument at the end of a ceremony in Paris (AP)

Francois Hollande vows to destroy 'army of fanatics' behind Paris terror attacks

A fake ambulance used to smuggle cocaine, heroin and ecstasy into the UK

Dutchman guilty in connection with £1.6bn 'ambulance drug smuggling'

Black Friday shoppers on London's Oxford Street

Amazon sees its biggest UK sales day ever on Black Friday

Jeremy Corbyn sent a survey to Labour Party members asking for their views on air strikes against IS in Syria

Labour Party tensions increase over air strikes against IS in Syria

Margaret Rigby spent the cash on meals out, weekly shopping, clearing credit card bills and gifts, Canterbury Crown Court heard

Pensioner who spent dementia-suffering friend's savings is spared jail

The NCA and the Crown Prosecution Service are investigating every type of authorisation that the organisation has received to raid homes

National Crime Agency inquiry into use of warrants after trials collapse

Trevor Brooks - also known as radical preacher Abu Izzadeen - one of two Britons convicted of terror offences and detained in Hungary nearly two weeks ago who have been handed over to UK authorities.

Two men charged after being detained in Hungary

Jon Hunt, the founder of Foxtons estate agents

French government loses High Court bid to block mega-basement completion

A letter written to Santa by seven-year-old Christian Hickey (Greater Manchester Police/PA)

Boy, 7, shot in leg asks Santa to help catch gunmen

David Cameron at the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

Commonwealth unit to be set up to target extremist 'scourge'

Over the last seven weeks 88% of A&E patients were seen within four hours - below the 95% target, figures show

A&E waiting times 'worsening' as bed demand puts pressure on hospitals

Marches for climate change will take place this weekend following similar events last year

Thousands expected at weekend climate change marches

Flowers on the beach in Sousse, Tunisia, where 38 people were killed by a terrorist gunman

Philip Hammond holds anti-terror talks with Tunisian leader

Rikki Neave was found strangled

Rikki Neave police 'closing in' on killers after 21 years

A gun attack on two officers in West Belfast is being treated as attempted murder.

Gun attack on Belfast police officers 'has hallmarks of dissident republicans'

George Osborne's decision to increase stamp duty on some homes by 3% could depress the property market, a think tank has warned

Stamp duty rise 'will trigger buy-to-let stampede'

Potent kinds of cannabis, popularly known as 'skunk', contain high levels of the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol

'Skunk weed' cannabis 'significantly damages vital nerve fibres in brain'

Talks between the British Medical Association (BMA) and the government are set to resume.

Talks to continue in bid to avert strike action by junior doctors

The Government has pledged to increase access to GPs seven days a week

More patients have trouble getting through to GPs on phone, report shows

Security is tight around the Queen at the start of her state visit to Malta.

Tight security around Queen and world leaders at start of Commonwealth summit

Professor Sir Michael Marmot said middle earners were still facing "extreme" pressures

Pressures on middle earners 'still extreme' following recession

Matt Wrack said the political landscape had changed

Fire Brigades Union to vote on re-affiliating to Labour

Adele has announced European tour dates in 2016 (BBC/PA)

Adele smashes Oasis's sales record as 25 proves a winner

The firm said it has initiated a number of improvement plans" to boost punctuality

Network Rail 'not meeting 90% punctuality target'

The hearing takes place at Liverpool Civil and Family Courts

13-month-old Poppi Worthington's death 'presents worrying picture'

The stark difference in obesity according to where children live is growing, the report said

Regional differences in childhood obesity rates - report

Ashley Hurley, 26, cares for her severely disabled grandmother Mary Jarrett, 72, in Peckham, south-east London (Hopkin Murray Beskine/PA)

Victory for families in carers' benefit cap challenge

Estimated net migration stood at 336,000 in the year to June, ONS figures show

Key measure of immigration to the UK reaches record high

BBC Three brought hit shows including Gavin And Stacey and Don't Tell The Bride to TV viewers

BBC Three's 2016 online move 'could lose half a million viewers'

Prince Harry with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho outside the Mamohato Children's Centre

Lesotho children's centre launch hears Prince Harry speak about losing mother

Jeremy Corbyn told Labour MPs he cannot support RAF air strikes against Islamic State in Syria

Labour shadow cabinet warned not to oppose Jeremy Corbyn over Syria

Chancellor George Osborne, seen during a visit to a housing development in South Ockendon, Essex, decided to scrap plans to cut tax credits

Benefit changes 'will leave 2.6 million families £1,600 a year worse off'

Alex Robinson died at his home in Grimoldby, Lincolnshire

'Callous' man who drowned grandson, 9, in bath gets life sentence

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