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17/08/2018 01:14 PM
University Challenge duo Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull to star in BBC show

Monkman and Seagull’s Genius Guide To Britain will see pair exploring remarkable inventions

University Challenge contestants Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull are to be given their own TV series.

The pair, who rose to fame as rivals on the quiz show, will tour the UK on the hunt for Britain’s most remarkable inventions in a four-part series for BBC Two.

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17/08/2018 12:46 PM
US multinational buys into UK rehab centres as demand grows

Eli Global invests in private clinics amid fears of shortage of publicly funded facilities

The UK private rehab market is set to grow exponentially, one of the largest addiction firms in the country has said after receiving US investment.

Addiction treatment centres have reported increases in the number of people seeking help, and concerns have been raised that cuts to drug and alcohol services mean some addicts are being cut adrift.

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17/08/2018 12:23 PM
Teenager detained for attempted murder of refugee in Edinburgh

Sean Gorman, 18, had pleaded guilty to racially aggravated stabbing of Syrian Shabaz Ali

A teenager has been sentenced to seven years and nine months in detention for the racially aggravated attempted murder of a Syrian refugee.

Sean Gorman, 18, previously pleaded guilty to attacking Shabaz Ali, 25, an asylum seeker. He repeatedly stabbed Ali in the chest and stomach during an argument about noise levels in a privately owned homeless hostel in Edinburgh inMay.

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17/08/2018 11:45 AM
Government given two weeks to respond to Brexit legal challenge

Group representing Britons living in EU countries argues referendum was not fair vote

Government lawyers have been given a two-week deadline to respond to the latest legal challenge over the legitimacy of the Brexit vote.

A judicial review has been launched by the UK in EU Challenge group, which represents Britons living in France, Italy and Spain.

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17/08/2018 11:41 AM
Home Office pressed for details over use of child spies

Committee seeks explanation of how practice complies with international law

Parliament’s human rights committee has asked the government to explain how the police and security services’ use of child spies is reconciled with international law.

Related: UK intelligence and police using child spies in covert operations

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17/08/2018 11:25 AM
Denmark says time is running out to avoid no-deal Brexit

Danish finance minister says he agrees with assessment that chance of no deal is 50-50

Time is running out to strike a Brexit deal, according to the Danish finance minister, who has echoed warnings that there is a 50-50 chance of Britain crashing out of the European Union without an agreement in place.

Kristian Jensen said the window of opportunity for striking a deal that was positive for both Britain and the EU was closing.

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17/08/2018 11:15 AM
In a cashless society, mobile payments are the change homeless people need | Eloise Millard
Using technology to give vulnerable people card donations won’t dehumanise them. But leaving them to rot does

By recent estimates, more than two-thirds of all retail transactions in Britain are now being made on debit and credit cards. With significantly less cash in use, people have less spare change – and that is hitting the homeless hard. Now there is a scramble to make up the difference.

Related: May urged to go further in plan to end rough sleeping by 2027

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17/08/2018 11:06 AM
Camberwell quadruple stabbing: boy critically ill as six arrested

Four boys aged between 15 and 16 stabbed in south London

A boy is in a critical condition and another is seriously hurt after four teenagers were stabbed in south London, with six males arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and grievous bodily harm.

Scotland Yard said the boys, aged between 15 and 16, were taken to south London hospitals after police were called to an incident outside Landor House in Camberwell shortly before 5.25pm on Thursday.

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17/08/2018 10:32 AM
Surge in monkey dust drug use linked to social media, police say

Online conversations blamed for spreading use of class B drug popular in West Midlands

Police chiefs have linked a surge in the use of a psychoactive substance known as monkey dust, which causes volatile and dangerous behaviour among users, to social media.

Monkey dust, or MDPV, is a class B drug that has gained popularity in recent months in the West Midlands, particularly in Stoke-on-Trent, although few other police forces have noted its use.

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17/08/2018 09:59 AM
Channel 4’s Born Famous isn’t insightful – it’s cheap poverty porn | Darren McGarvey
We need a serious look at the scandal of poverty in the UK. Instead we get the children of the rich playing make-believe

• Darren McGarvey won this year’s Orwell book prize for Poverty Safari

“Where did you learn to speak so eloquently, Darren?” is a question I am asked with alarming frequency. It’s supposed to be a compliment. The question is posed so earnestly that I – rather than taking offence – have learned to contort myself to accommodate the expectations of the middle-class people who ask it.

When they pose the query, they clearly have no idea of the subtext sizzling between the lines, which is: “I don’t expect a scruff like you to be capable of stringing a sentence together.” Then again, for many middle-class people in the UK, especially those working in the media, it appears that life is just one big TED talk.

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17/08/2018 09:30 AM
Prisons minister: I'll quit if assaults do not fall in problem jails

Rory Stewart announces £10m to crack down on violence, drugs and phones in 10 prisons

The prisons minister, Rory Stewart, has said he will resign if the number of assaults does not fall in 10 jails that are to be subjected to a fresh crackdown on drugs and violence.

Stewart, who has been prisons minister since January, announced a £10m package of measures designed to lift standards at the 10 jails, which have “acute” problems.

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17/08/2018 07:41 AM
Relaxing vaping laws would cut smoking deaths, say MPs

Government urged to rethink ban on vaping in public places and reduce taxes

The government is missing an important opportunity to cut deaths from smoking, says a committee of MPs who are calling for a cut in the tax on e-cigarettes. They are also urging the government to allow more advertising and to rethink the ban on vaping on buses, trains and in other public places.

A hard-hitting report from the all-party select committee on science and technology says the risk to smokers who continue with their habit far outweighs the uncertainty around the possible harms of vaping. Public Health England has said e-cigarettes are 95% safer than smoking.

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17/08/2018 07:30 AM
Four Feet Under by Tamsen Courtenay review – talking to homeless people

Rough sleepers are highly visible but we too often don’t really see them. A journalist decided to find out their stories

The most maddening and self-defeating aspect of the Brexit mess is that it consumes political energy and media coverage that is desperately needed elsewhere. More than anything, it is needed by the hundreds of thousands of people in Britain who do not have adequate homes, and most urgently by the estimated 4,500 people who are sleeping on the streets of British cities each night. It only takes a short stroll through any city centre to see that this country is in the grip of a crisis – rough sleeping has increased by an estimated 134% since a Tory-led coalition took power in 2010, according to National Audit Office figures. The lack of any big policy initiative aimed at getting a grip on this situation – or indeed any real public debate on the issue – is a national disgrace.

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17/08/2018 07:00 AM
Sadiq Khan: London planners must prepare for no-deal Brexit

Mayor instructs resilience forum to assess impact of food and medicine shortages

Sadiq Khan is to instruct the body tasked with planning for terrorism attacks and disasters such as the Grenfell Tower fire to start making preparations for a no-deal Brexit, to assess whether London could face potential shortages of medicines and food.

The London mayor said the government was dragging its feet and leaving businesses and EU citizens in limbo by refusing to guarantee their rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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17/08/2018 06:00 AM
Heatwaves: the next silent killer? - Science Weekly podcast

Heatwaves have ravaged much of the northern hemisphere, causing wildfires, destruction and death. Some are blaming heat stress for an increase in chronic kidney disease in Central America. Graihagh Jackson investigates the causes and health effects of heatwaves

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Heatwaves have hit many parts of the northern hemisphere this summer, ravaging landscapes and causing death and destruction in their wake. Wildfires have broken out in the Arctic Circle, as well as in California, Sweden and Greece. People are dying from the heat in Japan, where temperatures have risen to over 40C (104F).

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16/08/2018 09:30 PM
Pollutionwatch: roads account for a lot of pollution so why do we need more?

While citizens curb car use and get on their bike, infrastructure policy still backs building roads – a source of inescapable pollution

Roads are not the largest source of many air pollutants but our everyday proximity to traffic means vehicles are responsible for a lot of the pollution we breath in. Some air pollutants from diesel vehicles have been out of control, with cars producing far more nitrogen dioxide on the streets than in official tests.

But there is good news. We are travelling less. The average person in the UK travels 10% fewer miles than in 2002. Young people are turning away from car ownership, the bicycle is now the most popular vehicle in the City of London’s rush hour, and a new survey reveals that 61% of us believe we should all reduce car use.

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16/08/2018 08:18 PM
A-level results: foreign languages suffer further slump

Number of people studying German fell 16%, while French also experienced steep decline

A-levels in traditional foreign languages have suffered a further slump, with the number of people taking German falling so steeply that it has been overtaken by Mandarin.

Related: A-level results are out, but what about those not going to university? | Fiona Millar

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16/08/2018 07:08 PM
Most-polluting wood burner fuels due to get the chop

Environment secretary Michael Gove to banish house coal to curb harmful emissions

Michael Gove, the environment secretary, is due to confirm plans to ban the sale of the most-polluting fuels for domestic wood burners in an attempt to cut harmful emissions.

The sale of traditional house coal will be phased out under proposals set out in the government’s draft clean air strategy in May, which are expected to be confirmed by Gove’s department on Friday.

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16/08/2018 05:17 PM
Labour antisemitism row: Unite boss accuses Jewish leaders of 'truculent hostility'

Len McCluskey hits out as he joins fellow union bosses in urging party to adopt full IHRA definition

Len McCluskey has accused Jewish leaders of showing “truculent hostility” towards Labour, as he called for the party to draw a line under the antisemitism row by adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance guidelines in full.

The Unite general secretary’s backing for the full IHRA definition, with all its examples, in Labour’s new code of conduct, will tip the balance on the party’s national executive committee, which is due to discuss the issue at its next meeting on 4 September.

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16/08/2018 04:05 PM
UK playwrights condemn bombing of Gaza theatre

Caryl Churchill and National Theatre director bemoan ‘devastating loss’ after Israeli strike

Leading playwrights and directors in Britain have severely criticised the bombing of a major cultural centre in the Gaza Strip by Israel’s air force, calling it a “devastating loss for the already isolated community”.

In a letter to the Guardian, 14 figures from UK theatre, including the director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris, and dramatist Caryl Churchill, condemned the “total destruction” of the Said al-Mishal Culture Centre.

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16/08/2018 03:58 PM
The refugee list's destruction in Liverpool has a chilling significance

The list of dead migrants demands nothing from passersby apart from compassion. Its defacement is proof that art has become a political battleground

This summer, the Turkish artist Banu Cennetoğlu installed on the streets of Liverpool the latest version of a project that has obsessed her for years. It is not a work of art, but a work of activism: a list of all the people who are known to have died attempting to travel to Europe to make a new life.

She stumbled on this grim catalogue – which marks, where known, the names of the men, women and children as well as the places and manner of their deaths – in 2002, on the website of the charity UNITED for Intercultural Action. Back then, the names numbered 6,000. Now, there are more than 30,000. Cennetoğlu became convinced of the necessity for other people to see these names – to encounter the fragmentary stories of individuals as well as confront the sheer number of the dead.

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16/08/2018 03:56 PM
Abuse victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK

Refusal rate doubles for spousal visa holders who have suffered domestic violence

Case study: ‘They told me I was going in two hours’

The refusal rate for people applying to stay in the UK after suffering domestic violence more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 after the government pledged to make the UK a “hostile environment for illegal immigrants”.

A new rule, which allowed people who entered the UK on a spousal visa and then suffered domestic abuse, the right to apply for leave to remain, was introduced in 2002 after campaigners argued that women were being forced to choose between deportation and continued abuse or domestic violence.

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16/08/2018 03:04 PM
Far-right terrorist caught with bomb-making kit is jailed

Scottish court gives Peter Morgan 12-year sentence for Terrorism Act convictions

A far-right terrorist who was caught with bomb-making equipment and neo-Nazi material has been jailed by a Scottish court for 12 years.

Peter Morgan, 35, from Edinburgh, had already begun assembling an improvised bomb from ball bearings, which an expert said could have caused catastrophic injuries, and had a cache of bomb-making manuals at his home.

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16/08/2018 02:26 PM
UK government drops fracking question from public attitude tracker

First fracking operation in seven years set to begin despite low public support

The government has stopped asking the British public whether they are for or against fracking for shale gas just weeks before the first fracking operation in seven years is due to start.

The number of people against extracting shale gas has outweighed those in favour since 2015, and the latest polling by officials found 32% opposed with just 18% in support.

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16/08/2018 12:54 PM
A-level results raise policy questions – but first let's celebrate achievement | Jon Andrews

Despite the upheaval of the redesigned qualifications, many trends persist

We all know coverage of exam results day is fairly formulaic. Pictures of teenagers jumping up in the air clutching pieces of paper, stories about twins with a string of A*s who are now off to Cambridge, and a parade of people trying to explain all the changes that have happened that year and how it is now all different to before.

Students receiving their A-level results on Thursday will be the first to do so in the latest wave of redesigned qualifications in England. The changes, which began during Michael Gove’s tenure at the Department for Education, mean a move away from modular qualifications and coursework towards linear assessment at the end of two years of study – largely through examinations.

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16/08/2018 12:38 PM
Air pollution: London mayor backs new inquest into girl's asthma death

Khan writes to attorney general over girl who died during spikes in nitrogen dioxide

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has written to the attorney general asking him to back a new inquest into the death of a nine-year-old girl whose severe asthma attacks coincided with spikes in air pollution.

The mother of Ella Kissi-Debrah has fought a long campaign to highlight the role she believes illegal air pollution played in her daughter’s death in 2013.

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16/08/2018 11:30 AM
Conservatives call for Lord Sheikh to be expelled from party

Peer says criticism he faces for attending same Palestinian conference as Jeremy Corbyn is motivated by Islamophobia

A Conservative peer has said that calls for him to be expelled from the party because he attended the same Palestinian rights conference as Jeremy Corbyn are motivated by Islamophobia and his criticism of Boris Johnson.

Lord Sheikh has faced criticism for attending the 2014 event in Tunisia in the wake of a furore surrounding the Labour leader’s presence there and claims that Corbyn was involved in commemorating Black September terrorists behind the Munich Olympics attack in 1972. These claims have been described as “false and misleading” by the party.

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16/08/2018 10:09 AM
Rod Stewart to hold auction after clear-out at Essex mansion

Items for sale include pair of bronze-mounted side tables estimated to fetch up to £3,000

Fans of Rod Stewart and his flamboyant style will have the opportunity to bid at an auction of suitably glitzy items belonging to the singer.

Items being auctioned include a pair of gilt bronze-mounted side tables, expected to fetch up to £3,000, and a teak lounge armchair with cane back and a faux leopard print cushion, with a guide price of £250-£350.

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16/08/2018 10:00 AM
National Portrait Gallery buys painting of young Dylan Thomas

Cherubic painting by the Welsh poet’s friend Augustus John has been acquired for £214,750

A portrait of a young Dylan Thomas, with red curly locks and a fresh, butter-wouldn’t-melt expression, has been acquired for the National Portrait Gallery.

The cherubic painting, by Thomas’s friend Augustus John, has been on long-term loan and permanent display at the gallery for 20 years.

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16/08/2018 06:00 AM
Wish you weren't here: how the tourist boom – and selfies – are threatening Britain's beauty spots

Poldark, Instagram and the heatwave have led to a 20% spike in tourists to Cornwall this year. While crucial to the local economy, the crowds are proving overwhelming. Can a balance be found?

On the narrow footpath down to Porthcurno beach, I am conscious of adding to the gridlock. Overcrowding on the Cornish coast has been making the news this week, and as I stop to talk to husband and wife Aiden Fisher, 59, and Lesley Whatley, 60, holidaymakers troop past, laden with backpacks, bodyboards and tote bags stuffed with towels and plastic spades.

“I’ve been coming here since I was a child,” says Fisher, his feet sinking into the sand as he holds his walking boots. “It does seem busier now – and more international, too.”

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16/08/2018 12:01 AM
Peterloo director calls for 1819 massacre to be taught in UK schools

Mike Leigh grew up near scene of Manchester atrocity but says he was never taught about it

All schoolchildren in the UK should be taught about the Peterloo massacre, according to Mike Leigh, who has directed a film about the little-known Manchester atrocity sometimes referred to as Britain’s Tiananmen Square.

Leigh grew up in Salford, a short walk from St Peter’s Field, where on 16 August 1819 government forces charged into a peaceful rally by more than 60,000 people who were demanding political reform and protesting against poverty.

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15/08/2018 10:53 PM
Boris Johnson trip on day of Heathrow vote cost taxpayer £20,000

The ex-foreign secretary failed constituents when he went to Afghanistan, says shadow chancellor

A trip by Boris Johnson to Afghanistan on the day of the government’s key vote on Heathrow expansion cost taxpayers nearly £20,000, official figures have revealed.

Related: ‘It has made us unsafe’: Muslim women on fear and abuse after Boris Johnson’s burqa remarks

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15/08/2018 10:00 PM
Majority of Scottish voters feel ignored by UK ministers on Brexit

Support in Scotland for remain has risen since 2016 referendum, poll suggests

Almost two-thirds of Scottish voters believe the Westminster government is ignoring their concerns during Brexit negotiations, and there is now more support in Scotland for remaining in the EU than at the time of the 2016 referendum, polling suggests.

According to research for the People’s Vote campaign, 66% of Scottish voters (excluding don’t knows) support staying in the EU, compared with 62% who voted for remain in the referendum.

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15/08/2018 03:43 PM
With 676 counter-terror investigations, how do police focus resources?

In wake of Westminster incident, huge number of live cases raises questions over best way to prevent attacks

The investigation into the alleged terror attack outside parliament is one of hundreds being conducted by authorities in the UK.

Downing Street officials revealed on Tuesday that counter-terror police and MI5 had 676 investigations open at the end of June.

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15/08/2018 03:16 PM
EU rebuffs idea of escalating Brexit talks to leaders' summit

Officials dismiss hopes that May could break deadlock by negotiating with states directly

European officials have poured cold water on hopes that Theresa May could negotiate Brexit with other EU leaders in September to break the deadlock over Britain’s departure.

Diplomatic sources have rejected suggestions that May could hold direct talks on Brexit with the 27 other EU heads of state and government at a summit in Salzburg next month.

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15/08/2018 10:58 AM
As a social landlord, I want a proper plan to tackle homelessness | Alan Fraser

After a decade of cuts and plummeting staff levels, providers of housing and support want more than promises

It has been a big week for government housing announcements: the government has quietly backed down from plans to remove protection for short-term supported housing funding; has said it plans to end rough sleeping within a decade; and has announced a “new deal” for social housing tenants.

It is important to acknowledge that the government has sought to listen to the people and organisations it should be listening to when drawing up these strategies: supported housing providers, rough sleeper organisations and social housing tenants. And the plans do, broadly, tackle some of the problems. It’s helpful to hear that hostel funding will be protected, that rough sleepers will be given appropriate support, and that social housing tenants’ concerns will not be sidelined and ignored.

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15/08/2018 07:25 AM
Westminster crash: security measures face further scrutiny

Review reportedly issued stark warnings after 2017 Westminster Bridge attack

The latest apparent attack in Westminster will inevitably lead to further scrutiny of the security measures currently in place to protect parliamentarians as well as Londoners and tourists in the capital.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks, lines of crash-rated bollards, concealed barriers in the forms of balustrades and steel barriers were placed around Westminster and outside the Houses of Parliament.

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15/08/2018 12:01 AM
Government accused of 'total failure' to widen elite university access

Number of disadvantaged students at Russell Group institutions virtually unchanged since 2010

Ministers have been accused of a “total and abject failure” to widen access to top universities for disadvantaged students, after analysis by the Labour party found the proportions attending Russell Group universities had increased by only one percentage point since 2010.

Separately, research by a group of Labour MPs suggests pupils from towns are less likely to attend university than those from London, with a nine percentage point gap between pupils from London and the rest of the country, and a 20-point gap between those from low-income families in the capital and in towns.

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14/08/2018 08:09 PM
Labour frustration mounts as Corbyn wreath row drags on

Party hoped for effective summer campaign, but leader struggles to shake off questions over PLO ceremony

Jeremy Corbyn had planned to spend the summer making the case for a Labour government to voters up and down the country – putting his party on the front foot, in case Theresa May is forced into an early general election.

Instead, while loyal supporters were queuing to see him speak in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday, he was facing questions for the fourth successive day about what wreaths were laid by whom and why, in a Tunisian cemetery four years ago.

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14/08/2018 04:36 PM
How prepared is the EU for a future surge in migrant arrivals?

Migration numbers have fallen since 2015 peak, but countries are still grappling with the political and practical fallout

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14/08/2018 02:43 PM
Aftermath of motorway bridge collapse in Genoa – video

A huge chunk of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, can be seen missing in footage posted on Twitter by the Italian politician Sergio Battelli. At least 20 people have been confirmed dead

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14/08/2018 01:58 PM
How the Houses of Parliament crash unfolded – video report

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car crashed into cyclists and pedestrians before hitting security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

The suspect, in his late 20s, was arrested and taken to a police station in south London. Police are treating it as a terrorist incident. Two people were taken to hospital

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14/08/2018 11:42 AM
Moment car crashes into barriers outside Houses of Parliament – video

Footage from the BBC shows the moment a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday morning. A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. Two people have been taken to hospital and their injuries are not thought to be serious 


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14/08/2018 10:30 AM
Westminster car crash: handcuffed man taken away by police – video

A man has been arrested after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring at least two people, Scotland Yard has said.

"At this stage, officers do not believe anybody is in a life-threatening condition. Cordons are in place to assist the investigation. Westminster tube station is closed," it said.

Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command is leading the investigation and has yet to determine whether or not this was a terrorist incident.

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14/08/2018 08:29 AM
Houses of Parliament: armed police swoop on crashed car – video

Footage shows armed police surrounding a crashed vehicle outside the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning. Scotland Yard says a man has been arrested 

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13/08/2018 06:31 PM
Where does the blame lie when something goes wrong at hospital?

NHS colleagues claim Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was ‘scapegoated’ after Jack Adcock’s death in 2011

Who is to blame when something goes wrong in a hospital and a patient suffers injury or a setback, or even dies, as a result? Is it an individual or team or, given the complexity of healthcare, have the flaws been in a wider system, and hinged on available resources, not just clinical decisions?

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s role in the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock in 2011, and especially the series of legal and disciplinary processes that triggered, would have sparked renewed debate about these profound and troubling questions at any time.

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11/08/2018 04:00 PM
A son-in-law with big plans to take Sports Direct upmarket

Michael Murray, fiance of Mike Ashley’s daughter Anna, is now his ‘head of elevation’ and a key player in House of Fraser’s future

He’s only just become Sports Direct’s W1A-style “head of elevation”, but Michael Murray, the fiance of Mike Ashley’s daughter Anna, is likely to take another step up with the takeover of House of Fraser.

The ailing chain’s 59 shops are partly a property play for Ashley, who will be renegotiating all the leases with landlords over the next year.

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09/08/2018 07:40 PM
Budget crisis takes Northamptonshire council into uncharted territory

Harsh cuts programme will shine unforgiving light on plight of local government

For four years, Northamptonshire’s county council papered over the cracks of its deteriorating finances, blithely convinced the government would ultimately bail it out. Ministers refused to come to the rescue and now, amid political recriminations and public anger, the brutal correction starts.

Related: Northamptonshire council backs 'bare minimum' service plan

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08/08/2018 10:17 PM
'Boris has caused offence' over burqa remarks, says Theresa May – video

Former foreign secretary has caused offence by saying that Muslim women who wear burqas look like 'letterboxes' or 'bank robbers', said Theresa May.

Johnson, who resigned last month over the Chequers Brexit deal, prompting an outcry from other politicians and Muslim groups with his comments. 'It was the wrong language to use. He should not have used it,' the prime minister said. 

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08/08/2018 03:13 PM
CCTV said to show Ben Stokes mocking and throwing cigarette at gay men outside nightclub – video

Ben Stokes was the 'main aggressor' in a late night street fight in Bristol that left one ​man with serious facial injuries including a broken eye socket and deep cut to his face, a court heard.

The England cricketer knocked out Ryan Ali with one punch while the firefighter appeared to be backing away from a confrontation, a jury at Bristol crown court was told.

The court heard that Stokes had been out with teammates in Bristol city centre celebrating victory over the West Indies in an ODI last September. He and fellow cricketer Alex Hales were denied re-entry to Mbargo, after returning to the nightclub, where they had earlier been drinking, at 2.08am after the venue had stopped allowing patrons in for the evening.

The prosecution's case is that at around 2.35am Stokes was captured on CCTV, brawling with co-defendants Mr Ali and Ryan Hale. All three deny a charge of affray. 

Footage was earlier shown to the jury that the prosecution said depicted Stokes mocking Kai Barry and William O’Connor, described as a 'flamboyant, extrovert and openly gay young couple' before flicking the stub of a lit cigarette towards the head of O’Connor. 

The trial continues.

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