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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom welcomes in 2017 - BBC

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2016 Olympics

Olympic gold medal winners Andy Murray and Mo Farah are awarded knighthoods in the new year honors list - Sky News

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United Kingdom

Ray Davies of 'The Kinks' and veteran comic Ken Dodd awarded knighthoods for services to the arts, entertainment and charity - Press Association

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2016 Olympics

Olympic gold medallists Katherine Grainger and Jessica Ennis-Hill are made dames in the new year honors list - Sky News

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

US State Department 'surprised' by UK PM May's comments on Kerry's Israel-Palestinians speech, says his words were in line with Britain's longstanding positions, vote cast at UN - PA

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FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 Index has closed at a new all-time high of 7,142.83 - @PA

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2016 US elections

Russian embassy in the UK tweets image of a duck, with the word 'lame' and says 'everybody ... will be glad to see the last of this hapless administration' following sanctions announcement - @RussianEmbassy

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FTSE 100

FTSE 100 Index closes at new all-time high of 7106.08 - PA

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Cambodia

Cambodian court finds British businessman and associates guilty in lengthy fraud trial - Cambodia Daily

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United Kingdom

Map: Areas shown in yellow under fog warning in England, Wales - Met Office

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United Kingdom

Yellow-level fog warning issued for large areas of England, Wales - BBC

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United Kingdom

Sheffield, England-based Playtime Beds issues warning to stop children from sleeping, climbing or playing on products after York infant's death - Sky Business

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United Kingdom

Actress Liz Smith of UK sitcom 'The Royle Family' has died at age 95, family spokesperson says - PA

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United Kingdom

Boxing Day visits to UK shops down 6%, while online sales grow 11.5%, retail data company reports - Reuters

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George Michael dies

UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn: 'Sad to hear that George Michael has died. He was an exceptional artist and a strong supporter of LGBT and workers' rights' - @jeremycorbyn

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George Michael dies

Editor's note: The cause of George Michael's death is unclear, but his publicist told the PA that he "passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period." Michael's music career began with British duo Wham! in the 1980s and he later became a solo performer. He has won two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year in 1989 for "Faith." BBC News reports that earlier this month it was announced producer and songwriter Naughty Boy was working with Michael on a new album. In 2011, Michael was hospitalized for pneumonia. - Stephanie

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United Kingdom

UK Labour party accuses Tories of hypocrisy over Boxing Day rail shutdown - Guardian

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Storm Conor (2016)

Met Office says Storm Conor to bring strong winds and chill Britain on Boxing Day - Guardian

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London, England, United Kingdom

Water cut to thousands of customers in central, southwest London, northwest Surrey; Private utility Thames Water says pumps coming back online with service restored in next few hours

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Buckingham Palace, London, England, United Kingdom

Queen Elizabeth II to use Christmas Day message to praise British Olympic and Paralympic athletes and others who inspired her, according to remarks released by Buckingham Palace - AP

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