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Amber warning for snow and low temperatures

The Met Office issued an amber ‘be prepared’ warning for parts of southeast England this morning, after snow fell through the night. Commuters were warned to check their journeys before travelling. Overnight, more than 100 people abandoned their cars in Cornwall and slept in a remote pub, which set up makeshift dormitories.

One in three firms to relocate after no-deal Brexit

Business group the Institute of Directors says one in three of its 30,000 member firms plans to relocate some or all operations outside the UK if there is a no-deal Brexit, or has already done so. Interim director Edwin Morgan said: “The unavoidable disruption and increased trade barriers that no deal would bring are entirely unproductive.”

Amazon sales forecast pushes down shares

The share value of online retail giant Amazon fell 5% in after-hours trading after it forecast lower-than-expected sales for the first three months of 2019. Despite record profit over Christmas, Amazon believes sales will grow between 10% and 18% in the first quarter, less than anticipated. Profits rose 63% in the last quarter of 2018.

Fears for mother after newborn found in park

Police in London say they are “increasingly concerned” for the wellbeing of a mother who left a newborn baby in a public park in East Ham. The baby girl was found late last night and is now stable in hospital. Officers have urged the mother to contact a hospital or GP, saying she may be “in need of urgent medical attention”.

Ofsted warns of ‘deep concern’ for Steiner schools

The education watchdog has urged the government to close Steiner schools judged as inadequate unless they improve rapidly, saying failings in six of the 29 alternative schools are “deeply concerning”. Inspections found children were not adequately safeguarded and teachers were not properly vetted before being employed.

Polar vortex grips US – but temperatures rise

The extreme cold weather in the US shows some signs of abating, with temperatures rising in the midwest of the country yesterday. However, the polar vortex still has the country in its grip, with a total of 21 deaths now attributed to the weather which has seen Chicago shatter temperature records by 10 degrees, with -29C recorded in the city.

US court finds Assad murdered UK journalist

A court in the US has ruled that they Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is liable for the murder of UK-based journalist Marie Colvin in 2012, targeting her to stop her reporting. Judge Amy Jackson said the regime should pay $ 300m (£229m) in damages for her death. The 56-year-old died in an artillery attack in the besieged city Homs.

School defends LGBT lessons after petition

A primary school in Birmingham is resisting calls to stop teaching children to accept LGBT people, after 400 religious parents signed a petition calling for its No Outsiders programme to end. Head teacher Andrew Moffat resigned from another primary school in the city in 2013 after a similar dispute with Muslim and Christian parents. 

Woman thanks train driver who stopped suicide

A woman who planned to throw herself under a train has been reunited with the driver who stopped her suicide by sounding his horn and then leaving his cab to talk kindly to her. Liv Pontin had two letters in her pocket that day: one for her father and another apologising to the driver. She met Ashley John again for a BBC programme. 

Briefing: will there be a Peterborough by-election?

Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya was yesterday sentenced to three months in prison for lying to avoid a speeding ticket.

The Labour party expelled her last month and has already started campaigning in the key marginal seat. But will there actually be a by-election?

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