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Renault unveil Alpine F1 livery pictures ahead of 2021 rebrand

Renault have revealed their new look ahead of the Formula 1 team’s 2021 rebrand by releasing the first pictures of an Alpine F1 livery.

A large ‘A’ Alpine logo can be seen as the feature of the mostly black design, with flashes of red and blue in tribute to the French flag.

Labelled as a “temporary winter livery”, the full A521 car will be launched next month.

It will be Alpine’s first ever car in the sport, with Renault racing under its performance sub-brand.

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Piers Morgan donates £15,000 of his own money to charity after losing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Piers Morgan is apparently donating £15,000 of his own money to a charity supporting bereaved children of military personnel.

The Good Morning Britain presenter appeared on a celebrity episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, in which he hoped to win the top prize for charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Unfortunately, Morgan ended up walking away with £1,000 after taking a gamble on an answer about Formula 1.

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AP PHOTOS: In Italy’s Formula 1 city Monza, ambulances race

This Italian city north of Milan is best known for its Formula 1 racetrack. But in 2020, ambulances have been doing most of the racing in Monza

Over two days that an Associated Press photographer traveled on night calls with an ambulance service, the Monza-Brianza province of some 875,000 added 1,859 new cases, second only to neighboring Milan in Italy’s virus epicenter of Lombardy.

Ambulance duty is essentially COVID-19 duty: 70% of all calls are for people with the virus.

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Russian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton clinches pole after surviving dramatic qualifying session

Lewis Hamilton survived a dramatic qualifying session to put his Mercedes on pole position for the Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton came within less than a second of falling at the second hurdle, after Sebastian Vettel crashed out in his Ferrari, before making it though to Q3 and then obliterating the opposition.

Hamilton will join Michael Schumacher with the most number of victories in Formula One history should he triumph for a 91st time on Sunday.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Africa tour cost taxpayers £245,000, accounts show

The couple took their then-four-month-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor on his first overseas trip in September, after which Harry went on to travel solo to Malawi, Botswana and Angola.

The flights that the couple took cost nearly a quarter of a million pounds, making it the most expensive royal journey taken in 2019-2020, according to royal records.

This cost included scheduled flights to and from South Africa, Harry’s charter flights for the subsequent solo trips and scheduled flights for a staff planning visit.

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‘Postcode lottery’ of contraceptive services in pandemic — with one in three women unsure how to get help

One in three women does not know how to access contraception because their normal means of doing so have been cut off in the coronavirus crisis, according to research, as providers warn that women face a “postcode lottery” of services.

Marie Stopes, a leading UK abortion provider that polled 1,000 women, said those needing contraception have been “disgracefully neglected” during the public health emergency.

Frontline service providers warn that increasing numbers of women are getting pregnant because of difficulties in obtaining contraception.

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Evel Knievel estate sues Disney and Pixar over Toy Story 4 character Duke Caboom

Disney is being sued by Evel Knievel’s estate over claims that it used the stunt performer’s likeness in Toy Story 4.

Released in 2019, the fourth instalment in the Disney/Pixar franchise featured a toy called Duke Caboom (voiced by Keanu Reeves), who wore a white jumpsuit with red accents while performing tricks on a motorbike.

In legal documents seen by TMZ, K&K Promotions have filed a lawsuit against Disney and Pixar claiming that the character is a clear copy of Knievel.

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Cambodia landmine detection rat awarded miniature gold medal for ‘lifesaving bravery’

A giant African pouched rat trained to detect landmines in Cambodia has been awarded a gold medal for his “lifesaving bravery and devotion to duty”.

Magawa is known as a Hero Rat and is the most successful rat trained by Belgium-based animal charity APOPO. Since his training, he has discovered 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance, clearing over 141,000 square metres of land – equivalent to 20 football pitches.

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LEADING OFF: NL playoff race wide open, AL nearly locked in

A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday:

CRUNCH TIME

Eight teams in the National League are vying for four available postseason spots heading into the regular season’s final weekend, and Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty can get St. Louis a crucial win in the opener of a doubleheader against Milwaukee The clubs opened a five-game series Thursday that could have huge implications on the race, as none of the six other contenders are facing each other.

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