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Newspaper headlines: ‘Ordinary heroes’ honoured as George Michael’s sister dies

Newspaper headlines: ‘Ordinary heroes’ honoured as George Michael’s sister dies By BBC News Staff Image caption “Ordinary heroes,” says the i Weekend, which reports the New Year Honours list. Among those given awards are people with “inspiring stories of resilience, courage and devotion,” it says, including charity organisers and foster parents. Image caption A New…

Newspaper headlines: ‘Ordinary heroes’ honoured as George Michael’s sister dies

Newspaper headlines: ‘Ordinary heroes’ honoured as George Michael’s sister dies

By BBC News
Staff

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“Ordinary heroes,” says the i Weekend, which reports the New Year Honours list. Among those given awards are people with “inspiring stories of resilience, courage and devotion,” it says, including charity organisers and foster parents.

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A New Year honour for the former director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders has been described as a “reward for failure,” according to the Times. The paper says Dame Alison was condemned by MPs for failing to get to grips with problems over the disclosure of evidence in sex-offence cases.

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The death of George Michael’s sister on Christmas Eve leads the Daily Mirror. It says her passing comes exactly three years since her brother’s death.

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George Michael’s sister Melanie “never got over loss of pop star” brother, says the Daily Star.

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The Sun sticks with the same story and says Melanie, 59, had been ill and was discovered by her sister on Christmas Day at home in Hampstead, London.

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A fresh Brexit row leads the Daily Express, which says a top official in Brussels has threatened to extend the UK’s transition out of EU regulations. It says European Commission President Ursela von der Leyen questioned the current timeframe of next December.

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Former Labour deputy leader Tom Watson tells the Guardian he left his role and stood down as an MP at this month’s election due to a “brutal and hostile” atmosphere within the party.

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Half of middle-aged Britons have “very high” waist measurements, putting them at risk of diabetes and cancer, the Daily Mail reports. The paper says 61% of women aged 55 to 64 have waists that are too big.

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Amazon faces further regulatory hurdles as it bids to buy food delivery rival Deliveroo. The Competition and Markets Authority said it will now proceed to a more in-depth review of the proposed tie-up, which it warned could lead to higher prices.

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