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Weather: Strong winds across the country on Friday

Winds will be strong across the country. Credit: ITV weather

A band of heavy rain will push southeastwards through Friday with cloudy but mild conditions to the southeast.

It will turn colder and showery from the north behind the rainband with showers turning wintry over hills.

Winds will be strong across the country.

Top temperature 13 Celsius (55F).

Shoppers queue outside Tesco for Black Friday bargains

Shoppers have been queuing outside Tesco stores in the hope of grabbing some Black Friday bargains.

Shoppers queue outside a Tesco store in north London. Credit: Nick Dixon/Twitter

Initial indications were that customers were remaining orderly, with little sign of the chaos seen last year.

In some places there were more security guards than people queuing, with staff telling shoppers there was no need for a "massive rush".

Customers at Tesco get their hands on discount televisions. Credit: Lizzie Robinson/Twitter

A number of major stores opened at midnight, with others keeping bargain hunters waiting until at least 5am.

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Paris memorial ceremony to honour 130 killed in attacks

Terrorists killed 130 people in Paris on November 13. Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of people are due to gather for a memorial service on Friday in honour of those killed in the Paris attacks two weeks ago.

The families of the 130 people killed in the French capital on November 13 have been invited to the ceremony at Les Invalides, where President François Hollande is expected to speak.

Republican guards will hold photos of each of the victims, who died in a series of attacks across the city, including at the Bataclan concert hall, outside the Stade de France and at restaurants and cafés.

President Hollande has called for citizens to drape their homes in the red, white and blue of the nation's flag for the ceremony.

Nearly 11,000 police are expected to be deployed for the event as the city remains on high alert.

Trump denies mocking disabled New York Times reporter

Donald Trump has denied mocking a disabled reporter from the New York Times, saying he does not know who he is.

The billionaire property tycoon and frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination was criticised for doing an impression of Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition, at a rally in South Carolina

But in a statement on Thursday, he said: "I merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago.

"If Mr. Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like. If I did know, I would definitely not say anything about his appearance."

Mr Kovaleski has since disputed this, saying the pair "were on a first-name basis for years" and that he met and interviewed Trump "around a dozen times" while working for The Daily News in the 1980s.


Corbyn cancels by-election trip amid Labour row over Syria

Jeremy Corbyn is at odds with his shadow cabinet over Syria airstrikes. Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn has cancelled a trip to Oldham to campaign in a by-election amid a shadow cabinet revolt over airstrikes on Syria.

The Labour leader was due to travel to the Oldham West constituency on Friday to support Jim McMahon ahead of next week's by-election.

As recently as early on Thursday evening, Mr Corbyn tweeted that he was looking forward to the visit.

However, a spokeswoman for the Labour leader has now said: "Regrettably Jeremy Corbyn is not now visiting Oldham because matters to do with Syria mean he must return to London."

Mr Corbyn is at odds with top team after coming out and saying he could not back RAF air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria before the shadow cabinet had reached an agreed position on the issue.

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