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Andor episode 4 recap: Fans celebrate return of Star Wars legend as Cassian embarks on life-threatening mission

Fans are over the moon by Mon Mothma’s return (Picture: Lucasfilm Ltd/Disney Plus)Warning: spoilers ahead for Andor episode 4. Last week, new Star Wars series Andor had an epic premiere on Disney Plus with the release of its first three episodes, reuniting viewers with Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor following his debut in the 2016 film Rogue One. In episode four, the drama heats up as Cassian embarks on a dangerous mission, while fan-favourite character Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) makes her highly-anticipated return. In the prequel show set five years before the events of Rogue One, Cassian is yet to become an esteemed Rebel Alliance fighter. However, the wheels have been set in motion for him to join the growing cause against the Empire, after he crosses paths with covert Rebe

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The sellout Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar is back – this time worth over £1,000

Grab it while you can (Picture: Liberty)Be quick: she’s only back in stock for a short time. Every year, beauty advent calendars get snapped up, long before Halloween has been and gone – but there is no calendar quite so well known for its fleeting availability as the Liberty Advent Calendar. Without fail, people flock to the waiting list, ready to pounce. Queues in store for it often go around the block – so you might want to shop online. Today it’s live and ready to buy – so don’t wait around if you’ve been eyeing it up. Retailing for £245, it’s a chance to try all the best luxury brands in one go – sampling hero products with ease. A stunning design (Picture: Liberty) Plenty of goods inside (Picture: Liberty)Even better, it’s worth £1,065, and contains 30 products.

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Kevin Feige reveals why Marvel Studios didn’t recast Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa in Black Panther 2

Kevin Feige felt recasting Chadwick Boseman’s iconic character would be ‘too soon’Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has opened up on why Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman was not recast in the upcoming sequel following his death. Wakanda Forever, set to be released on November 11, will be the first Black Panther film since Boseman’s death in 2020 after a private battle with colon cancer. Since the announcement of the sequel, fans have been discussing who will put on the famous Black Panther costume in this film. However, Marvel confirmed that they would not be recasting Boseman’s iconic role, and would instead be focusing on the wider characters and history of Wakanda in the film. According to Feige, the studio made the decision as they felt it was ‘too soon to recast’ the

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Pakistan appoints new finance minister amid economic crisis

Pakistan appointed a new finance minister on Wednesday, as the impoverished Islamic nation struggles to recover from an economic crisis worsened by deadly floods. Ishaq Dar, a senior figure in the ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, has been finance minister three times, and he is credited with overcoming economic turmoil during his previous stints in the role. His challenges will be to convince the International Monetary Fund to soften some of its conditions under which Pakistan received a $6 billion bailout in 2019 and to deal with the economic devastation caused by unprecedented flooding. He will also have to tackle a sharp rise in inflation and stabilize the rupee after it plummeted to a record record low of 240 against the U.S. dollar last week. Dar's appointment comes as Pakistan s...

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As a British-Iranian, I’m in awe of the women protesting following Mahsa Amini’s death

The women of Iran are cutting off their hair in protest (Picture: EPA)When I heard that a young Iranian woman, 22 year old Mahsa Amini, had died in police custody after allegedly being beaten so badly she suffered a fatal head injury, my British-Iranian blood ran cold. Mahsa had been detained for an alleged hijab violation. The undemocratic election of Iran’s Islamic government and the forcing of compulsory hijabs onto women  – plus the human rights violations and sexist oppression – that has ruled over the Iranian people, and especially its women, has lasted for over 40 painful long years. This death of an innocent woman has rightly sparked mass nationwide protests in the country. The women of Iran are so rightly filled with decades of rage, despair and the desire to finally h

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Australia demands Optus pay for new customer ID documents

Australia’s federal and state governments on Wednesday called for Optus to pay for replacing identification documents including passports and driver’s licenses to avoid identity fraud after 9.8 million of the telecommunications company’s customers had personal data stolen by computer hackers. The Australian government has blamed lax cybersecurity at Optus for last week's unprecedented breach of current and former customers' personal information. Most at risk of identity theft are the 2.8 million customers who had driver’s license and passport numbers stolen. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese rejected opposition lawmakers’ calls for the government to waive the costs of replacing compromised Optus customers’ passports. “We believe that Optus should pay, not taxpayers,” Albanese told Parliame...

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VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week, September 30

Each week, publications from the Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) select the Athletes of the Week for their respective region. Each athlete is then entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week vote. Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from last week, and then vote for who you think deserves the top honor. Readers are allowed to vote multiple times. Voting ends at midnight, but final totals aren’t always immediately reflected due to processing. GIRLS  ATHLETE OF THE WEEK VOTING

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VOTE: Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week, September 30

Each week, publications from the Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) select the Athletes of the Week for their respective region. Each athlete is then entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week vote. Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from last week, and then vote for who you think deserves the top honor. Readers are allowed to vote multiple times. Voting ends at midnight, but final totals aren’t always immediately reflected due to processing. BOYS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK VOTING ...

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Keir says Rupa Huq’s ‘superficially’ black comment about Kwasi ‘was racist’

Labour MP Rupa Huq outside her home in London this morning after she was suspended by the Labour Party (Picture: PA) To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said MP Rupa Huq’s comments about the ‘superficially’ black Chancellor were racist. Her remarks, widely criticised yesterday, led to a suspension from the party pending an investigation. ‘You wouldn’t know he is black’, Ms Huq had also commented, in relation to Kwasi Kwarteng’s schooling background. Sir Keir was grilled today on Good Morning Britain on the remarks. ‘What she said was racist, wasn’t it?’ said Ed Balls. ‘Yes,’ Sir Keir replied. ‘And that’s why I’m pleased that th...

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Why The Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Is The Best 911

(Porsche) A masterful blend performance and civility is what sets apart the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS in the pack of 21 total 911 models. Although, once you take it to the track, it feels utterly wrong to describe this car using words such as “middle” or “compromise.” Its combo of technicality and driving experience arguably checks more boxes than any of the other models available in Porsche’s 911 lineup. (Porsche) Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Model Breakdown Porsche currently offers five models in the 911 Carrera GTS lineup. They all make use of the same 3.0-liter twin turbo flat-six engine, which is good for 473 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The famous Porsche eight-speed PDK dual clutch automatic gearbox comes standard on all five models, with a seven-speed manual available op...

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These home products will help you stay warm this winter

How to get your home warm and keep it that way (Picture: Metro.co.uk/Supplied)We’re all set for a winter defined by spiralling energy bills. Radiators are being turned down across the country as you read this. So now is the perfect time to pre-empt the worse consequences of a harsh and expensive winter and invest in domestic products designed to get homes warm and keep them that way. From adding layers to your furniture, to cute and fluffy draught blockers that will remind you of grandma’s house, we’ve got you covered. Read ahead for our full selection of picks, and for more advice, check out our expert guide on heating your home this winter here. Window dressing If you’re lucky enough to live in a house with shutters, refurbishing them will pay for itself in lower energy

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Industry writers ‘already putting together ideas’ for season 3: ‘We want to continue as long as we can’

It sounds like there’s plenty more Industry to come (Picture: BBC/Bad Wolf/HBO)Industry creators Konrad Kay and Mickey Down have teased plans for season 3 and as season 2 drops on BBC iPlayer. The series received rave reviews for its first outing, which follows the goings on of new graduates thrust into the world of banking at the company Pierpoint. After season one aired on BBC iPlayer, as well as on HBO in America, deep in the 2020 lockdown, fans will be delighted to see the aftermath of a pretty scandalous finale played out in season two. The last episode in season one saw the graduates compete for a limited number of available full-time employment opportunities, with some faring better than others. Friendships were tested too when Yasmin Kara-Hanani (Marisa Abela) and Harpe

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Emma Atkins reveals how Emmerdale has changed her life

Emma has played Charity since the early 2000s (Picture: ITV)Get cast as a long-running character in a soap and well, everything changes. Whether a star has been in the show for two years or twenty (or even more!), being on our screens in the evenings for most of the week means audience members quickly establish them as ‘Nina from Corrie’ or ‘Zack from EastEnders’. The same can be said for Emma Atkins, who’s played Charity Dingle in Emmerdale since the early 2000s. As the ITV soap prepare to celebrate 50 years on our screen, Emma has been speaking about her time on the show so far and how honoured she feels to play an iconic Dingle. ‘The job has undoubtedly changed my life. It’s given me wonderful security; being part of the Dingle family. Whether I’d have left years ago or sust

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Coronation Street star Todd Boyce reveals how Stephen covers up and gets away with Leo’s murder

Stephen needs to think fast to cover up his crime (Picture: ITV)Stephen Reid has been struggling to keep on top of his lies and secrets in Coronation Street, and now he has one more to balance. However, Todd Boyce has revealed that this time he has ‘the perfect cover’. Earlier this week, Stephen pushed Leo (Joe Frost) off the factory gantry and left him for dead in a bin. What is it with Stephen and bins? Now, as the aftermath really kicks off in tonight’s episode, Todd Boyce has told us what’s ahead for Stephen…and it looks things work out in his favour. ‘He goes back to the scene of the crime. I mean, I think he’s guilt ridden.’ Todd explained. ‘And he’s at the back of Underworld and he sees Leo’s phone, which we were scuffling over, which had been forgotten about on the grou...

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