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Adele opened her pre-recorded ITV special, An Audience With Adele, with the songs Hometown Glory and Hello in front of a star-studded crowd. Asked by Dame Emma Thompson who she had been inspired by in her life, Adele said: “She left in year eight but she got me really into literature, I’ve always been obsessed with English and obviously now I write lyrics”. Dame Emma then surprised Adele by inviting her former English teacher Ms McDonald on stage and the pair embraced. After smudging her make-up, Adele went off stage for a moment, asking her friend Carr to entertain the crowd while she was away. Nothing says ‘diva’ quite like a honey and hot water, Adele! ✨. Watch An Audience with Adele RN on ITV and ITV Hub – An Audience with Adele: Dame Emma Thompson, Idris Elba and Emma Watson among star-studded crowd (Evening Standard/MSN Entertainment)
Five dead and 40 injured in Waukesha incident, officials say. The town of Waukesha posted on its social media accounts that it could confirm at least five died and more than 40 were injured so far. The SUV that rammed into the crowd gathered for the Christmas parade in Waukesha killed five people and injured 40, according to officials. Five dead and more than 40 injured after SUV rams into Christmas parade in Wisconsin. A red SUV which may be the one that plowed into the crowds at the Waukesha Christmas parade is pictured in a driveway in front of a boarded-up house. “The Waukesha Christmas parade was taking place when a red SUV drove through the barricades, westbound, heading down Main Street.” – Waukesha parade news – latest: Five dead and 40 injured after driver plows into Wisconsin Christmas event (Independent/MSN News)
As coronavirus infections spread across Europe thousands of protesters have rallied against fresh lockdowns and vaccine rules in several capitals. Hundreds of rioters filled the streets of Rotterdam to protest against a fresh three-week partial lockdown, plans to introduce a Covid vaccine pass and a ban on New Year’s Eve fireworks. Protesters launched rocks and fireworks at officers and torched police cars, while Dutch police retaliated by shooting and wounding at least two people. Around 1,300 police were on duty as protesters launched fireworks and bottles at officers who retaliated with pepper spray to disperse the crowds. Previous protests in the Swiss capital, Bern, have turned violent, but police said the weekend’s demonstrations were peaceful – Where have there been anti-lockdown protests in Europe this weekend? (Evening Standard/MSN News)
Shamima Begum has claimed she was groomed by friends and older men online before fleeing to Syria to join Islamic State, as she insisted she “didn’t hate Britain”. Shamima Begum remains in a detention centre in north east Syria – Sam Tarling for The Telegraph reports. Begum is among around 900 British nationals who travelled to Syria to join or fight for Isil, including dozens of so-called “jihadi brides”. In February, Begum lost her legal battle to return to Britain and appeal the 2019 decision to strip her of her British citizenship, when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the UK government. Begum remains in the al-Roj refugee camp in Syria, which she said has become a “more scary” place to live in, and said she found “hell on earth” when she fled to the country – ‘I was groomed’: Shamima Begum insists she ‘didn’t hate Britain’ when she fled to Syria (The Telegraph/MSN News)
The Queen has attended a rare royal double christening at Windsor. Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall hosted the joint baptism of their sons at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire on Sunday evening. Eugenie, daughter of the Duke of York, was pictured arriving at the royal residence in Windsor just before 4pm on Sunday. With husband Jack Brooksbank, Eugenie’s son August was christened alongside Mike and Zara Tindall’s son Lucas Philip. The occasion marks the first time in modern history there has been a double royal christening in the UK. In Denmark, the Crown Prince’s twins: Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, were christened together in 2011 – Queen attends royal double christening at Windsor (Evening Standard/MSN News)
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