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A US judge has denied Britney Spears's request to remove her father from his role overseeing her conservatorship.

The pop star's lawyer asked an LA court to end Jamie Spears control of her estate, in November last year.

They said the star was "afraid of her father" and wanted him removed as her sole conservator - a role he has carried out since 2008.

Although the request has been denied, the ruling is not a response to Spears' explosive testimony in court last week.

Speaking for 23 minutes, the star said she had been drugged, forced to perform against her will and prevented from having children.

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China's President Xi Jinping has warned that foreign powers will "get their heads bashed" if they attempt to bully or influence the country.

He delivered a defiant speech at an event marking the centenary of the ruling Communist Party on Thursday.

Mr Xi also said Beijing would not allow "sanctimonious preaching", in remarks widely seen as directed at the US.

It comes as China faces criticism over alleged human rights abuses and its crackdown in Hong Kong.

Relations between the US and China have worsened in recent times over trade, espionage and the pandemic.

The issue of Taiwan is also a major source of tension. While democratic Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign state, Beijing views the island as a breakaway province.

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The US, under its own laws, is required to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself should Beijing use force to take the island back.

On Thursday Mr Xi said China maintains an "unshakeable commitment" to unification with Taiwan.

"No one should underestimate the resolve, the will and ability of the Chinese people to defend their national sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said.

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Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE (July 1, 1916 – July 26, 2020) was a British-American actress. The major works of her cinematic career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films and was one of the leading actors of her time. She was the oldest living and earliest surviving Academy Award winner until her death in July 2020. Her younger sister was the actress Joan Fontaine.

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Stephen Mark Agnew (born 9 November 1965) is an English former professional footballer who is the caretaker manager at Premier League club Middlesbrough. As a player, he was a midfielder from 1983 to 2002, notably in the Premier League from Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City and Sunderland.

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I was horrified to learn that Subway has no interest in committing to improving the welfare of the thousands of chickens involved in their supply chains. I'd much rather visit places that have committed to the Better Chicken Commitment, knowing that they're working to improve their welfare standards.

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Briton Norrie beats Alex Bolt 6-3 6-1 6-2

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British number two Cameron Norrie reached the Wimbledon third round for the first time with a stunning straight-set win against Australian wildcard Alex Bolt.

Norrie, 25, has been one of the leading players on the ATP Tour this year, demonstrating his form and ability on Court One in a 6-3 6-1 6-2 victory.

The 29th seed lost the first three games before winning 11 in a row.

He broke twice more in the final set and could face Roger Federer next.

Eight-time champion Federer, 39, plays France's Richard Gasquet later on Thursday.

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Eighteen-year-old British wildcard Emma Raducanu stunned former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets to reach the Wimbledon third round.

Raducanu, who finished her A-Levels two months ago, won 6-2 6-4.

Ranked 338th in the world, she will next face Sorana Cirstea after the Romanian defeated Victoria Azarenka.

Raducanu is making her Grand Slam debut, having only made her maiden appearance on the WTA Tour in June.

But she has been touted as the future of British women's tennis, earning a Fed Cup call-up earlier in the year, and continues as the only female Briton remaining in the Wimbledon singles draw.

She will pocket £115,000 for reaching the third round - around four times her career earnings to date of $39,558 (£28,762).

Raducanu defeated Russian's Vitalia Diatchenko in the first round on Wednesday, before her shock win over Czech world number 41 Vondrousova.

posted on 2/7/21

The bakery was forced to close last month amid the UK lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus - leaving many people missing their favourite baked goods.

But now you can make some of of the popular pastry snacks at home thanks to DIY tutorials released by Greggs.

The tutorials shows recipes on how to make a steak bake and a sausage, cheese and bean melt at home - and they're easy to do.

Budding chefs are being invited to share their creations on social media under the hashtag #GreggsItYourself.

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Masabumi Hosono survived the Titanic, but not the public's scorn.

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Asda has announced it will make hybrid working permanent at its head offices once Covid restrictions are lifted.

The supermarket group said staff at Asda House in Leeds and George House in Leicester can choose where they work.

Around 4,000 staff work at both offices, with the majority based in Leeds.

England is set to lift final Covid measures on 19 July and many businesses have indicated they will continue to allow flexible working.

However, not all companies plan to embrace a hybrid approach. Goldman Sachs International has said it wants people to come back into the office once restrictions have ended.

Asda said its new approach "will encourage colleagues to select the best location to do their job", including home, head office or even a store or depot.

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Productivity monitoring doesn't work for some industries. Software engineering for example.

I can literally spend all but one day of the week playing games and still impress my boss with 6 hours worth of work a week for £40,000 a year.

Life couldn't be better! Thank you China! Best part is, I negotiated with my boss to make it a permanent arrangement.

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icrosoft’s so-called blue screen of death (BSoD) will turn black in the new Windows 11 operating system, according to those with access to a preview of the software.

The screen appears when users have a problem on their computer, often prompting a restart.

A black background will replace blue, matching the logon and shutdown screens in the new system, the Verge reported.

The BBC has contacted Microsoft for comment.

posted on 2/7/21

Anybody else watching the classic 2009 era on Iplayer?
Forgot how good EE was, the whole Ronnie, Danielle, Archie storyline was great.
This just makes current EE look even more terrible.
Each time I finish the weeks worth im chomping for the next weeks.
So character based it was great. The cafe and market buzzing.

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Microsoft will wind down Windows 10 in 2025.

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Spain lead Switzerland - Alba strike deflected in

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Derby to remain in Championship for 2021/22 season as EFL decides not to appeal independent commission's verdict

Derby, who survived on the final day of the 2020/21 season, have been fined £100,000 but will remain a second-tier club.

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The owner of Vauxhall could announce as early as next week plans to build electric vans at its Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire, the BBC understands.

The investment, said to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds, would safeguard about 1,000 factory jobs.

The future of the plant had been in doubt after Vauxhall's parent company, Stellantis, scrapped plans to build a new Astra model there.

Nissan this week said it will make new electric cars at its Sunderland plant.

Stellantis has been discussing options for the site with the UK government for several months, and is known to have been seeking financial support for its plans.

Sales of vans have been booming during the pandemic, as a result of growing home delivery sales.

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Kimberley Miners Welfare Football Club is a football club based in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, England. They are currently members of the United Counties League Division One and play at the Stag Ground.

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The 2006 European heat wave was a period of exceptionally hot weather that arrived at the end of June 2006 in certain European countries. The United Kingdom, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and western parts of Russia were most affected. Several records were broken. In the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, July 2006 was the warmest month since official measurements began.

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