Video: Psaki blames surge of smash-and-grab raids across the nation on COVID: Says pandemic is 'root cause' of 'lawlessness' and Biden's plans will get more cops 'on the beat' 

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Gerard Pique's old Barcelona contract that he signed in 2018 is leaked by the Spanish press... with the defender 'previously earning £23m-a-year' before he took a pay cut to help the club's dire financial situation

The Barcelona contract Gerard Pique signed back in 2018 has been publishedIt's claimed they agreed to a £23m-per-year deal with a £10m retirement bonusPique is also due a slice of £36m when his current contract expires in June 2024He posted his payslip on social media this month amid claims he's the top earner Read more »

Did we hit a nerve? Senior politician condemns MailOnline columnist Dan Wootton for writing about New Zealand's 'nonsensical' Covid laws (but maybe Ardern's government should listen to the THOUSANDS of Kiwis who backed Dan!)

Writing on Monday, Dan Wootton criticised New Zealand's new measuresPM Jacinda Ardern announced them after nine omicron cases were detected His column struck a nerve in New Zealand, including with senior politiciansSpeaker and Labour MP Trevor Mallard personally hit back at the ex-patUnfazed, Mr Wootton responded by saying he was 'stunned' Mr Mallard was continuing to support the government's 'cruel and nonsensical Covid policies' Read more »

Stepping into spring! Queen Letizia of Spain looks chic in a head-to-toe recycled outfit including a Carolina Herrera fur-trimmed cape and BOss leather skirt as she attends a meeting in Madrid

Queen Letizia, 48, donned a skirt and blouse for today's meeting in MadridMet members of the National Council of the Spanish Association Against CancerMother-of-two learned about their achievements in 2021 and plans for this year   Read more »

Democratic political consultant admits to murder-for-hire plot where he paid two hitmen thousands of dollars to stab work colleague to death and set his apartment on fire in 2014

Sean Caddle pled guilty to conspiracy to commit murder for hire on TuesdayHe paid thousands to one person who then recruited an accomplice back in 2014They allegedly stabbed Michael Galdieri, 52, to death and set his home on fireGaldieri had worked for Caddle's consulting group in various Elizabeth racesCaddle faces a maximum of life in prison and a $250,000 fine  Read more »

Video: Jennifer Lopez, 52, shows off her incredibly toned tummy as she dances in a crop top for new Marry Me teaser with Maluma

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Husband, 71, who stabbed his wife to death was caught on police bodycam telling officers: 'I've just killed the wife. I've had enough' - before telling detectives 'She doesn't know how to keep her mouth shut', court hears

David Maggs confessed to killing mother-of-two Linda, 74, during a 999 callHe stabbed her more than 15 times as she lay in bed at their home in PontypoolMaggs felt he was going to lose out financially as she wanted marriage to endHe denies murder but admits manslaughter on basis of diminished responsibility Read more »

Video: Christina Ricci admits she's 'exhausted' while visiting talk show just six weeks after giving birth

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'Dead guy, Navy guy': Texas man - who lied to Border Patrol agents after they found two Mexican men hiding in COFFIN draped with the American flag in his modified 'hearse' - pleads guilty to human smuggling

Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of human smuggling He attempted to bring Daniel Bueno-Hernandez and Erik Ramirez-Aguilar into the United States in a coffin draped with an American flag on October 26 When asked what he was carrying, Blood replied: 'Dead guy, Navy guy' Blood has no previous criminal record and faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison on May 11 Bueno-Hernandez and Ramirez-Aguilar were held as material witnesses and are expected to be released to ICE and deported back to Mexico Read more »

Video: Meghan King describes marriage to ex Jim Edmonds as 'embarrassing' while recapping an old episode of RHOC... after split from Joe Biden's nephew 

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Brazilian mom records nurse performing FAKE COVID vaccination on her son, 11, at gas station: Syringe was empty, and she didn't push its plunger down

Paola Dino, of São Paulo, Brazil, caught a nurse using an empty syringe while jabbing her 11-year-old at a COVID-19 vaccine appointment on TuesdayDino said she was reluctant at first to record her son's vaccine shot before her nine-year-old asked her to capture the moment on her phoneThe concerned mother tipped off health workers at the gas station vaccination site; her son eventually received his first dose of the CoronaVac vaccineThe Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency opened vaccination to children aged between five and 11 on January 14At least 356 million vaccine doses have been applied in the South American nation  Read more »

Video: Meet Sister Katie! Price, 43, covers up in a nun's habit and suffragette sash to launch £11 a month OnlyFans account amid bankruptcy - as shameless star pokes fun at her bad girl image following arrests

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Is there something going on with my devices?' Listen as FLUSTERED Josh Duggar is heard stumbling over his words during interrogation by feds over stash of child porn found after raid at car dealership has obtained audio recordings of Josh Duggar's interview with investigators following the November 2019 child porn raid at his car dealershipFeds had uncovered illicit downloads and traced them back to Duggar's business, where agents persuaded Duggar to speak with them voluntarilyInvestigators asked Duggar if he's familiar with 'peer2peer' programs such as Tor Browser that can be used to anonymously share movies, music and other files'I mean, I'm familiar with, I guess you could say,' Duggar replies. Asked how many of his machines have such software he responds: 'Probably all'Duggar is heard stumbling over his words and pleading for more clues after the agents explain why they are there 'I have quite a few questions about it .... I'm just, I'm curious, you're saying there's images being uploaded or images being downloaded?' he asks The 33-year-old fallen reality star was found guilty of possessing the sick material by a federal jury in December and faces up to 20 years imprisonment  Read more »

'It's not for one person to decide the funding model of the BBC': Tim Davie takes swipe at Nadine Dorries after Culture Secretary vowed latest licence fee announcement 'would be the last'

Tim Davie calls for 'full process involving public consultation' on licence fee He said Culture Secretary's announcement on pricing had been a 'surprise'Ms Dorries has said licence fee will be frozen at £159 for two years until 2024After that it will rise in line with inflation for the following four years, she said Read more »

Mysterious object just 4,000 light years away from Earth releases a giant burst of energy three times an hour – and is unlike anything astronomers have seen before

Mysterious object unlike anything ever seen in space discovered by astronomers'Spooky' item was observed releasing a giant burst of energy three times an hourFor one minute in every 20 the discovery is one of brightest objects in night skyObject may be a neutron star or a white dwarf with ultra-powerful magnetic field Read more »

Arsenal, Leeds and Roma target Noussair Mazraoui confirms he wants to leave Ajax for 'something new' this summer as the Morocco right-back says there is just 'five per cent' chance of him staying with the Dutch giants

Noussair Mazraoui confirms he wants to leave Ajax at the end of his current dealThe 24-year-old is being linked with big clubs such as Arsenal, Leeds and Roma The Moroccan international has scored four times for the Dutch side this season Read more »

US-backed Kurdish take control of over-run Syrian prison where 100 ISIS fighters have been holed up with hundreds of minors for six days

US-backed Syrian Defence Forces retake Ghwayaran prison in Hasakeh, Syria Makeshift jail understood to house thousands of IS-sympathists and supportersTerror group launched their own attack with suicide bombers on January 20 180 are believed to be dead, with condition of over 700 minors to be confirmed  Read more »

Walker rescued from cliff face was 'finger's grip' away from plunging to his death in Scotland

The man was clinging on in darkness about 10 metres from the top at Seaton Cliffs, Arbroath, and in a precarious position as he was slipping with a "long way to fall". Read more »

Scotland: Man who was clinging to cliff face rescued by coastguard teams

The man was found cold and tired, approximately ten metres from the top of the cliff, as he was struggling to hold on. Read more »

Antonio Brown plans to sue Bucs for 'a whole lot of money' after the team released him over his bizarre sideline meltdown when he refused to reenter a January 2 game because he claimed he was too injured to play

Antonio Brown and his attorney Sean Burstyn say they're planning legal action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Brown's January 6 release from the clubBrown was cut following a mid-game sideline meltdown on January 2 when he refused to reenter a game against the Jets before storming off the field Brown has maintained that refused to reenter the game because he was battling an ankle injury, while the Bucs contend he never said anything about it that day Burstyn accused the Bucs of defamation by suggestion Brown was suffering a mental breakdown. They seek damages and the cost of Brown's ankle surgery Brown claims the Bucs offered him $200,000 to go to a psychiatric facility following his bizarre, shirtless sideline meltdown on January 2    Read more »

Video: He IS taking a swing at it! Trump says he's he 45th and 47th president during golf outing despite not yet announcing a reelection bid 

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Video: Survivor is found clinging to overturned boat 60 hours after smuggling vessel carrying 40 people from the Bahamas capsized during storms off Florida coast

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Video: Boris Johnson blasts the EU over the 'insane' way it is enforcing post-Brexit border rules in Northern Ireland as he risks souring talks with Brussels 

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Video: Spanish PM warns Russia of massive sanctions if it invades Ukraine

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Hospital in Bangladesh named world's best new building in the prestigious RIBA architecture awards - with a 'powerful' US memorial and a 'beautiful' hotel in China shortlisted

The Friendship Hospital won the Riba International Prize 2021 thanks to its 'thoughtful and creative design'Riba's experts visited every longlisted building in the running for the prize, which is awarded every two years Hooba Design Group won the Riba International Emerging Architect 2021 award for a Tehran office building Read more »

Anthony Martial admits he is happy to be used ANYWHERE at his Sevilla unveiling and says 'the most important thing for me is playing' after struggling for minutes at Man United this season

Anthony Martial completed a six-month loan deal to Sevilla from Man UnitedThe French forward has struggled for game time at Old Trafford this seasonMartial admits he is happy to play anywhere for Julen Lopetegui's Sevilla sideThe striker revealed that he is ready to get going at the LaLiga side straight away  Read more »

'Never say never': Wayne Pivac refuses to rule out Alun Wyn Jones from playing 'some part' in Wales' Six Nations campaign despite a shoulder injury... but admits it is a 'big ask' for the country's talisman to be fit in time

Talisman Alun Wyn Jones is expected to miss Wales' entire Six Nations campaignBut Wales boss Wayne Pivac has refused to rule out Jones from playing this yearPivac claims 'never say never' about Jones playing some part in the tournament Dan Biggar has been named as Wales' Six Nations captain in Jones' absence  Read more »

Thousands celebrate Australia Day WELL into the night as excited revellers are seen tumbling out of bars - and they'll be some sore heads at work today

The country navigated another conflicted Australia Day on Wednesday with protests and wild partiesMillions of Aussies packed the beaches and waterways around the country for the annual public holidaySydney had spectacular fireworks show off the Opera House into the evening after day of eventsBleary-eyed revellers were pictured leaving pubs and restaurants late at night across the countryMeanwhile thousands attended Invasion Day rallies held around the country to demand the date change Read more »

Boston man sues Uber for $63m after he was left a quadriplegic when his driver crashed into a parked car: Claims 'dangerous' driver had a history of crashes, was forced to undergo state-imposed re-training and should never have been hired

Will Good, 31, filed a $63 million negligence suit seeking to hold Uber accountable for his injuries and for its 'unsafe business practices'Good's suit claims that his Uber driver had a spotty driving history dating back to 1996, that included multiple moving violations, crashes, at least 20 citationsThe suit argues Uber's failure to screen the driver put others in jeopardy and therefore the company bears responsibility for Good's 'life-changing injuries'  Read more »

Dramatic moment police car rams driver after he does a U-turn and starts heading the wrong way down the M4 during chase

Police officers deliberately ram car being driven wrong way down M4 motorwayDriver Reggie Reed, 21, did a dangerous U-turn on motorway on December 13Due to risk to other motorists, police were forced to perform tactical manoeuvre Reed, from Swindon, was jailed for eight months with a two-year driving ban Read more »

Met commissioner Dame Cressida Dick won't be relishing 'career threatening' Downing Street parties investigation

Dame Cressida Dick claims defiantly to have led more "politically-charged" investigations than any other senior officer, but she will have been dragged reluctantly into this one, says Sky's Martin Brunt. Read more »

Tennessee lawmakers becomes 29th House Democrat to call it quits as polls show Republicans are now favorites to win 2022 midterm election

A 29th House Democrat is not running for re-election this yearDemocratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennesee announced he won't run againHe blasted the redistricting process and accused Republicans in his state of 'dismembering' his Nashville districtBut his announcement comes as polls show Republicans favored to win in 2022 Also Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would be seeking another term The 81-year-old Democratic leader said she was running for a 19th term because 'nothing less is at stake than our democracy' The California Democrat cited January 6 and the 'state-by-state assault on voting rights' as reasons she was putting off retirement The announcement comes as a filing deadline approached for candidacy in her San Francisco, California district Pelosi didn't pledge in her video that she would serve a full term - nor did she say anything about maintaining her leadership position as speaker Read more »

A small way to fight back against the rising cost of living: Santander launches juicy £140 current account switching offer and cashback on bills

Santander offers £140 cashback to customers who switchNatWest pays £150 to new and existing customers who switch current accountSantander is also offering up to 3% cashback on selected household bills Read more »

BBC radio 'DJ Carmen' is fined £1,000 for breaking Covid rules by 'lending' her speakers to a warehouse rave after a lockdown was announced - and five days before alleged Downing Street flat party

BBC Radio 1 DJ is fined £1,000 for breaking Covid rules in November lockdownMaressa Innerarity allowed friends to borrow her speakers for a warehouse partyThe rave was held five days before an alleged Downing Street flat partyInnerarity admitted being involved in gathering of more than 30 people indoorsJudge called her actions ‘selfish’ and said event was ‘likely to spread Covid’ Read more »

He IS taking a swing at it! Trump says he's he 45th and 47th president during golf outing despite not yet announcing a reelection bid

A video on social media shows Trump at his Miami golf courseThe man filming it calls Trump the 45th president of the U.S. 'Forty-fifth and forty-seventh,' quips Trump in response - suggesting he'll be back in the White HouseTrump has not yet said he will run to try to retake the White HouseBut he has been holding rallies and took at what is interpreted as a shot at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisJoe Biden has approval in the 40s and faces an array of challengesTrump is facing his own challenges, including probes by the New York AG and the House Jan. 6th committee   Read more »

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones reveals he appeared before Jan. 6 committee in virtual interview and invoked Fifth Amendment 'almost 100 times'

Speaking on his InfoWars show, Alex Jones revealed he was interviewed by the January 6 committee Monday Claimed he  invoked the Fifth Amendment 'almost 100 times' to 'overall pretty reasonable' line of questioning Jones attended rally outside White House before following crowd to US CapitolBut he condemned rioters who broke into DC legislature as 'so stupid and so dumb' Read more »

Habito hikes rates on 7x income 'lifetime' mortgages just a month after launch, adding tens of thousands in interest for those on longer fixes

Habito has put some of its long-term fixed rates up by as much as 0.71% It offers fixes of between 10 and 40 years, as opposed to usual two or fiveProducts hiked include new seven times income mortgages launched last monthLender says the rate rise was due to increase in banks' swap rates Check the cheapest mortgage you could get: This is Money mortgage service  Read more »

Creepy holiday cottage owner, 64, avoids jail after secretly filming couple celebrating their wedding anniversary with hidden camera

Roy Strutt, 64, installed a USB dongle with a hidden camera at his holiday homeHe let a couple stay at the property in seaside village of Walberswick in Suffolk But couple found hidden camera device which had filmed wife while undressedStrutt, of Ongar, Essex, denied voyeurism, but was found guilty by magistrates Read more »

£11.7m funding for projects to restore bogs, rivers and rare mussels

Projects to restore lowland bogs, river, estuary and coastal habitat and rare freshwater pearl mussels are receiving a share of more than £11 million EU funding. The three schemes over ... Read more »

Bruno Fernandes wishes Man United team-mate Anthony Martial 'all the best' and hails their 'special connection on and off the pitch' after the French striker got his move away from Old Trafford with a loan to Sevilla

Bruno Fernandes sent Anthony Martial a good luck message after joining SevillaThe Frenchman wanted to leave Manchester United in the January windowOn Tuesday, he joined the Spanish side on a loan deal until the end of the seasonFernandes hailed their 'special connection on and off the pitch' on Instagram  Read more »

Red Bull chief Christian Horner admits he WANTS Lewis Hamilton to race in F1 this year and reignite his battle with Max Verstappen as 'he's still driving at an incredible level'

Lewis Hamilton has not declared whether he will race in Formula One this yearThe seven-time F1 champion has not revealed his future amid retirement talkHamilton lost the title to Red Bull's Max Verstappen in last season's F1 finaleRed Bull chief Christian Horner admits he wants Hamilton to return this season  Read more »
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