Tuesday evening news briefing: Why Meghan Markle missed Sandringham summit

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  • 2020-01-14 16:25:39Z
  • By The Telegraph
Tuesday evening news briefing: Why Meghan Markle missed Sandringham summit
Tuesday evening news briefing: Why Meghan Markle missed Sandringham summit  

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Duchess of Sussex 'unnecessary' for royal showdown

The Duchess of Sussex did not join the royal summit with the Queen and senior royals by phone and instead relied on her husband to put their case for a new independent life. There has been speculation about whether the duchess, who is in Canada with baby son Archie, was able to participate in Monday's discussions convened by the Queen at Sandringham. A source explained the absence of the duchess, who is reportedly the driving force behind the Sussexes' wish to step back.

Johnson officially denies Sturgeon second referendum

Boris Johnson has officially rejected Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a second independence referendum, arguing she should respect her promise the last vote was a "once in a generation event". In a brief, six-paragraph response, the Prime Minister said he would "continue to uphold the democratic decision" of the Scottish people to remain in the UK. He said he cannot agree to a transfer of rights leading to further independence referendums after Ms Sturgeon asked for such powers to be permanently devolved. Her response to his letter did not hold back.

And it seems the campaign for Big Ben to ring out on Brexit night is not dead yet. The Prime Minister announced the Government will run a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the bell to ring at 11pm on January 31 to celebrate the UK's exit from the EU. Mr Johnson said people should be able to "bung a bob for a Big Ben bong" by contributing to the £500,000 cost of a one-off chime. Nigel Farage has also got in on the act.

Link between blue light and sleep issues questioned

There are many chapters and verses in the gospel of good sleep, from chamomile tea to a firm mattress. Arguably, though, the golden rule of our modern preoccupation with good sleep is a simple one: no blue light before bed. This has meant putting our phones, tablets, laptops, TVs and games consoles away in the hours leading up to bedtime. However, it might not be as straightforward as that. A recent study on mice from the University of Manchester found that comparing exposure to different colours of light threw up some interesting findings. Read on for details.

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Video: Huge sinkhole swallows bus in China, killing six

An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion, killing six people and leaving four more missing, state media said today. Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the collapsing road as the vehicle - jutting into the air - sank into the ground. It also triggered an explosion inside the hole.


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Irish election | Ireland will go to the polls on February 8 after the prime minister called a snap general election. Leo Varadkar ended weeks of speculation about the timing of the election when he formally requested the president dissolve the current parliament. Mr Varadkar had said he preferred a summer election but power has been ebbing away from the minority government over the past few weeks. Read on for details.

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Business and money briefing

BHS pensions | Former BHS owner Dominic Chappell has been ordered to pay £9.5m towards the now defunct retailer's pension scheme after he failed to convince a court he should not contribute. Read on for details.

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Sport briefing

The records Liverpool can break | Liverpool's 61 points from a possible 63 is the best ever start to a league season by any team in Europe's big five domestic leagues and they look certain to end their 30-year wait for a league title. Here are the records the side is on the cusp of breaking.

  • Man Utd | Solskjaer insists club 'in good place' despite falling revenues

  • Liam Plunkett exclusive | The hurt of being ditched by England

  • Michael Vaughan | How it felt to play in match fixed by Hansie Cronje

Tonight's TV

How to Steal Pigs and Influence People, Channel 4, 10.00pm | Fancy becoming a vegan activist and using social media to help rid the world of animal products? Tom Costello's film might make you think again. Read on for more.

And finally...

Oscars history beckons | Only four years ago, British actress Cynthia Erivo was in two minds about going to the US after landing her big break in a Broadway musical. Erivo is now thankful that she boarded the plane. Her Broadway role as Celie in The Color Purple launched her Hollywood career and set her on the path to two Oscar nominations. And if she wins the Oscar she will make history as the youngest performer to join the 'EGOT' club. Read on for details.


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