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Line Of Duty returns: We didn’t float up the Lagan in a bubble – here’s everything you need to know

Line Of Duty returns: We didn’t float up the Lagan in a bubble – here’s everything you need to know

Entertainment
For the DIR, for the next few weeks we're only interested in one thing here and one thing only - and that's catching bent coppers.Line Of Duty fans, almost two years since we last visited AC-12, the wait is finally over. Not since Game Of Thrones' controversial swansong has there been such feverish anticipation around a TV series' return. Thanks to its tense and twisty scripts, stellar performances from core stars Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, and a roster of brilliant guest actors - plus Superintendent Ted Hastings' knack for an incredibly quotable catchphrase, fella - it has become one of the biggest shows on British TV. Image: 'Can we go through those acronyms one more time?' Kelly Macdonald joins the cast as DCI Joanne Da...
‘There isn’t a family that didn’t face disaster’: Counting the cost of a decade of war in Syria

‘There isn’t a family that didn’t face disaster’: Counting the cost of a decade of war in Syria

World
After a decade of war, you might expect every city in Syria to be in ruins, and many are.Aleppo, Idlib, Homs, Raqqa, the places which have become synonymous with the horror of this past 10 years, are all in pieces. But while the disintegration of a country at war begins with the deaths and the destruction, beyond that are the legacies. A week in northern Syria has given me a glimpse of the enduring cost of this war.It's a story of unimaginable human suffering, a population haunted by a conflict which brought the world new levels of barbarism.It's now a nation fractured into factions, with superpowers vying for control and a war from which unintended consequences remain: the Islamic State is defeated, but not gone. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible vide...
Covid: Half with cancer signs didn’t contact GP in first wave

Covid: Half with cancer signs didn’t contact GP in first wave

Health
Getty ImagesAlmost half of people with potential cancer symptoms did not contact their GP during the first wave of the pandemic, a survey suggests.Symptoms left unchecked included coughing up blood, lumps and changes to the appearance of moles.NHS figures showed a fall in referrals to cancer services last spring.But this study, of almost 8,000 people, captures the fall in people contacting their GP in the first place.The team that carried out the study, from Cardiff University and Cancer Research UK, said this raised concerns that people could be diagnosed later - and so be less likely to be treated successfully and recover.Cancer scan backlog raises late detection fearsCancer therapy with no visitors is 'hardest thing' They surveyed a representative sample of people across the UK recruite...
‘My husband’s death meant I didn’t get financial support’

‘My husband’s death meant I didn’t get financial support’

Business
When Kim Kingston lost her husband to cancer, she had no idea she could be cut out from government support because she inherited money from his pension.When the coronavirus crisis struck, Kim's work was cut off by the lockdown.But she has received nothing from government schemes designed to help support the self-employed.Kim, from Southsea in Portsmouth, is among millions shut out from help, many of whom could easily be included if the government chose to, research shows.The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which carried out its research for the BBC, concludes there is "clear unfairness" in some of the exclusions. The government said it had "designed and provided one of the most generous self-employed income support schemes in the world".The Treasury's position is that self-employment s...
‘Trump didn’t concede’: How QAnon conspiracy theorists reacted to president’s speech

‘Trump didn’t concede’: How QAnon conspiracy theorists reacted to president’s speech

Technology
The future of the QAnon movement is uncertain under a Biden administration whose existence would shatter many of its guiding prophecies - but followers are not giving up hope just yet.Despite condemning those who rioted on Wednesday, Donald Trump's speech did not mention Joe Biden as the next president of the United States, instead stating: "A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power." Some of the president's supporters have accused him of betraying them by stating he was "outraged by the violence, lawlessness, and mayhem" caused by those who he had instructed to march on the Capitol.But many QAnon supporters - who espouse a conspiracy theory in which Mr Trump is secretly fighting against an ev...