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Sir Brian Leveson warns crimes are not being prosecuted14m Sir Brian Leveson warns crimes are not being prosecuted
Sir Brian Leveson, who is retiring, says the justice system could collapse without investment.
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Dozens injured after Georgia police fire rubber bullets at demonstrators28m Updated Dozens injured after Georgia police fire rubber bullets at demonstrators
The unrest was sparked by the appearance of a Russian MP, who was allowed to chair a session of parliament Police in Georgia used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon to stop protesters storming the country’s parliament early on Friday, leaving dozens requiring medical treatment. Thirty-nine police officers and 30 civilians had been treated in hospital for injuries after the clashes, with the number likely to rise, said David Sergeenko, an adviser to the prime minister. Thousands had rallied through the night outside the building in the centre of the capital, Tbilisi, after a Russian MP was allowed to chair a session of parliament on Thursday.
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After Iran’s Drone Attack, Trump Says This Country ‘Will Not Stand for It’29m Updated After Iran’s Drone Attack, Trump Says This Country ‘Will Not Stand for It’
Iran’s destruction of the high-altitude American drone surprised some Defense Department officials, who said it was in international airspace, an assertion Iran disputed.
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John Malkovich stars in Harvey Weinstein-inspired play Bitter Wheat33m John Malkovich stars in Harvey Weinstein-inspired play Bitter Wheat
The Hollywood actor takes the lead role in a new play dealing with the #MeToo movement.
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A ‘Sorceress’ in Brazil, a ‘Wink’ in India: Walmart Pleads Guilty After a Decade of Bribes42m Updated A ‘Sorceress’ in Brazil, a ‘Wink’ in India: Walmart Pleads Guilty After a Decade of Bribes
A settlement ends an inquiry into the retailer’s dealings with government officials around the globe, which came after a New York Times report in 2012.
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Scapa Flow scuttling: The day the German navy sank its own ships1h 7m Scapa Flow scuttling: The day the German navy sank its own ships
More than 50 vessels were deliberately scuttled to stop the ships becoming the spoils of war.
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Tory MP Mark Field appears to grab activist during climate protest1h 23m Tory MP Mark Field appears to grab activist during climate protest
Minister seems to grab Greenpeace activist by the neck, while Tory MP reports abusive messages from party colleague
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India bus crash: more than 40 die as vehicle plunges into gorge1h 32m India bus crash: more than 40 die as vehicle plunges into gorge
Women and children among dead in mountainous Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh At least 44 people were killed when a bus in India’s mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh plunged into a gorge on Thursday, officials said. Another 28 were undergoing treatment, many of them for critical injuries, after the private vehicle veered off the road and fell into a 150-metre (500-foot) gorge near Banjar in Kullu district of the northern Himalayan state.
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Convicted Tory MP Chris Davies awaits recall petition result1h 41m Convicted Tory MP Chris Davies awaits recall petition result
Chris Davies, who was convicted for a false expenses claim, finds out later if he has been unseated.
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Sunrise at Stonehenge will now be visible around the world1h 43m Sunrise at Stonehenge will now be visible around the world
Summer solstice is launch date for live feed from camera close to the stones For thousands of years people have made the pilgrimage to Stonehenge to gaze in wonder at the interplay with the monument of the sun, moon and stars, but from Thursday a virtual version of the looming sky above the circle will be available to people from around the world. A live feed from a camera set up close to the stones is being set up – appropriately enough on the summer solstice – to allow people to tune in to the monument whenever they want.
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Would You Return This Lost Wallet?1h 46m Updated Would You Return This Lost Wallet?
An intriguing new study found that people across the world are more inclined to give back a lost wallet if there is money inside.
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Tory MP appears to grab Greenpeace activist during climate protest1h 55m Tory MP appears to grab Greenpeace activist during climate protest
Minister seems to grab activist by the neck, while Tory MP reports abusive messages from party colleague
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1h 57m Iran, Biden, World Cup: Your Thursday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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Turkey Jails 151 for Life for Roles in Failed 2016 Coup2h Turkey Jails 151 for Life for Roles in Failed 2016 Coup
Those sentenced include a former commander of the Turkish Air Force and 17 men who were found guilty of attempting to kill the president.
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US Catholic archdiocese cuts ties with school that refused to fire gay teacher2h US Catholic archdiocese cuts ties with school that refused to fire gay teacher
Brebeuf Jesuit prep school was ordered to let employee go ‘because this teacher’s marital status does not confirm to church doctrine’ The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has announced that it will no longer recognize a Jesuit high school as Catholic because it refuses to fire a teacher who’s in a same-sex marriage.
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2h Opinion: How Donald Trump created one hell of a mess with Iran
The shooting down of a US military drone by Iran on Thursday emphasizes that the conflict between the United States and Iran is deepening.
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2h Updated Easter Island threatened by bad tourist behavior
Easter Island has long been a bucket list destination for travelers from around the world.
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A ‘Sorceress’ in Brazil, a ‘Wink’ in India: Walmart Pleads Guilty to a Decade of Bribes2h A ‘Sorceress’ in Brazil, a ‘Wink’ in India: Walmart Pleads Guilty to a Decade of Bribes
A settlement ends an inquiry into the retailer’s dealings with government officials around the globe, which came after a New York Times report in 2012.
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Holders USA beat Sweden to top group and set up Spain tie - highlights & report2h Holders USA beat Sweden to top group and set up Spain tie - highlights & report
Defending champions and tournament favourites the USA top Group F with a 100% record by beating Sweden 2-0 to set up a last 16 meeting with Spain.
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Tory leadership: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are final two2h Updated Tory leadership: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are final two
Jeremy Hunt promises his rival Boris Johnson the "fight of his life" as the pair compete to become the next Conservative leader and PM.
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Georgian police use teargas on crowd as Russian lawmaker visits parliament3h Georgian police use teargas on crowd as Russian lawmaker visits parliament
The unrest was sparked by the appearance of Sergei Gavrilov who addressed an assembly from the parliament speaker’s seat Georgian police have fired teargas to disperse thousands of protesters who attempted to storm the country’s parliament after a Russian lawmaker addressed the assembly from the speaker’s seat, causing uproar in Tbilisi. Around midnight on Thursday police fired teargas into the crowd. It stopped firing after many of the protesters broke away and left the area.
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Then there were THREE: Sajid Javid is OUT of the Tory leadership battle3h Updated Then there were THREE: Sajid Javid is OUT of the Tory leadership battle
Jeremy Hunt managed to claw his way back to secure a place in the head-to-head this evening, amid claims that he might have been 'loaned' votes by Mr Johnson to settle old scores.
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3h Updated South Korea Apologizes After North Korean Fishing Boat Arrives at Port Undetected
A North Korean fishing boat puttered around in South Korean waters for two without being intercepted. South Koreans are scandalized by the lapse in vigilance.
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Mascot Towers owners to pay $1m repair levy as residents remain shut out3h Mascot Towers owners to pay $1m repair levy as residents remain shut out
Residents of the Sydney apartment complex won’t be able to return to their homes for at least a month Owners of apartments in the structurally damaged Mascot Towers have voted to foot the bill for a $1m special levy to fund repairs after a lengthy closed-door meeting on Thursday night. But residents won’t be able to return to their apartments for at least a month.
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Cameroon score injury-time winner against NZ to reach last 16 - highlights & report3h Cameroon score injury-time winner against NZ to reach last 16 - highlights & report
Ajara Nchout scores two brilliant goals, including an injury-time winner, as Cameroon beat New Zealand 2-1 to reach the last 16 of the World Cup, where they will face England.
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4h What kind of drone just got shot down by Iran?
The US military drone shot down by Iran today was an RQ-4A Global Hawk, US Central Command said in a statement Thursday.
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Roy Moore: Republican accused of sexual misconduct to run for Senate again – live4h Updated Roy Moore: Republican accused of sexual misconduct to run for Senate again – live
Hard-right former judge Moore running again in Alabama against the wishes of the party, while Trump says ‘stay tuned’ on possible Iran strike
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4h Updated New supersonic airplane unveiled
It's still at the conceptual stage, but a brand new supersonic airplane design unveiled this week by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics could be the clearest indication yet that we're on the brink of a new golden age of super-fast air travel.
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4h Updated US senators receive classified briefing on UFO sightings
A group of US senators, including the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence committee, received a classified briefing Wednesday about a series of reported encounters by the US Navy with unidentified aircraft, according to a congressional aide.
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Russian Discontent Surfaces in Putin’s Annual Call-in Show4h Russian Discontent Surfaces in Putin’s Annual Call-in Show
The curated questions were not all that critical, but some screen texts were. “Just one question,” one of them read. “When will you leave?”
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The Queen breaks blue tradition at Royal Ascot with grey ensemble4h Updated The Queen breaks blue tradition at Royal Ascot with grey ensemble
The monarch arrived by an open-top carriage for Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot, alongside Prince Andrew and Princess Anne. Zara and Mike Tindall were also back for day three of the meet.
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Hamas Leader Says Israel Isn’t Upholding Cease-Fire Terms4h Updated Hamas Leader Says Israel Isn’t Upholding Cease-Fire Terms
Ismail Haniya said Israel was delaying the easing of restrictions on border-crossers and arbitrarily modifying fishing zones as a “form of blackmail.”
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Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are final two in Tory leadership race4h Updated Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are final two in Tory leadership race
Johnson’s team accused of skullduggery after Michael Gove knocked out of contest by narrow margin
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Roy Moore: hard-right Republican announces bid for Senate in 2020 – live5h Roy Moore: hard-right Republican announces bid for Senate in 2020 – live
Moore, whose 2017 bid was marred by sexual misconduct scandal, running again in Alabama, while Trump says ‘stay tuned’ on possible Iran strike
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5h UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful, court rules as war in Yemen rages on
British arms sales to Saudi Arabia were unlawful because they did not properly consider whether the weapons would be used to commit "serious violations of international humanitarian law," the UK Court of Appeal ruled Thursday.
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Sperm whale and her calf die after becoming tangled in fishing net5h Sperm whale and her calf die after becoming tangled in fishing net
A sperm whale and her calf have died after becoming tangled in a fishing net in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Italy's western coast.
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5h Updated Relations between US and Iran take dangerous turn
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards claimed Thursday to have shot down a "intruding American spy drone" after it entered Iranian airspace, according to state media, amid increased hostility between Washington and Tehran.
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Renault and Nissan Make Peace in a Deal to Tighten Oversight5h Updated Renault and Nissan Make Peace in a Deal to Tighten Oversight
The Japanese carmaker will have Renault’s backing to fix governance lapses, in a deal made before a key shareholder meeting.
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Republican-controlled Senate votes to block Trump’s arms sales to Saudis5h Republican-controlled Senate votes to block Trump’s arms sales to Saudis
President vows to veto the measures after seven Republicans broke with him to reject at least some of the arms sales
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Cricket World Cup: David Warner hits 166 as Australia beat Bangladesh5h Cricket World Cup: David Warner hits 166 as Australia beat Bangladesh
Watch the best shots from David Warner's 166 against Bangladesh as Australia go top of the World Cup group table.
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Christchurch Victims Say New Zealand Has Fallen Short of Lofty Promises5h Christchurch Victims Say New Zealand Has Fallen Short of Lofty Promises
The government’s swift response to the massacre drew global praise. It also raised expectations among the victims that they say are now evaporating in the face of bureaucracy.
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Roy Moore: hard-right Republican set to run again for Senate in 2020 – live5h Updated Roy Moore: hard-right Republican set to run again for Senate in 2020 – live
Moore, whose 2017 bid was marred by sexual misconduct scandal, to announce fresh run, while Trump says ‘stay tuned’ on possible Iran strike
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Schoolboy fatally stabbed by friend after bungled drug deal, court hears5h Schoolboy fatally stabbed by friend after bungled drug deal, court hears
Alleged killer of Yousef Makki, 17, denies murder and charge of conspiracy to robbery A schoolboy was stabbed to death by one of his friends after he got caught up in a bungled attempt to rob a drug dealer in an affluent suburb, a jury has heard. Yousef Makki, 17, died after being stabbed in the heart by his 17-year-old friend in Hale Barns, a suburb in Trafford, Manchester crown court was told.
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Lordship of Manor of Bosham West Sussex part of Chichester Harbour on sale for £6million5h Updated Lordship of Manor of Bosham West Sussex part of Chichester Harbour on sale for £6million
The huge 2,230-care land and sea site in Bosham, West Sussex, is being put on the market, giving someone the chance to become the first new Lord of Bosham in nearly 100 years.
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Walmart Agrees to Pay $282 Million to Settle Bribery Investigation5h Walmart Agrees to Pay $282 Million to Settle Bribery Investigation
The settlement ends an inquiry into the retailer’s dealings with government officials in Brazil, Mexico, India and China, which came after a New York Times report in 2012.
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Tory leadership: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt through6h Tory leadership: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt through
Michael Gove is eliminated by just two votes in the final ballot of Conservative MPs.
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With Mandate From India’s Voters, Modi Promises Improved Economy Again6h Updated With Mandate From India’s Voters, Modi Promises Improved Economy Again
Problems like high unemployment, largely ignored during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election campaign, dominate the official agenda for his second term.
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Cameroon score injury-time winner against New Zealand to reach last 166h Updated Cameroon score injury-time winner against New Zealand to reach last 16
Ajara Nchout scores two brilliant goals, including an injury-time winner, as Cameroon beat New Zealand 2-1 to reach the last 16 of the World Cup as a best third-placed team.
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6h Updated Analysis: Drone shooting raises risk of war
Iran's downing of a US drone takes the bitter foes one step higher in a cycle of escalation that could soon overwhelm each side's reassurances that they have no desire to tumble into war.
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Tory leadership: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in the race6h Updated Tory leadership: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt in the race
Michael Gove is eliminated by just two votes in the final ballot of Conservative MPs.
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UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are declared unlawful by Court of Appeal6h Updated UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are declared unlawful by Court of Appeal
Campaigners have won a landmark legal challenge at the Court of Appeal in London after convincing judges the UK-made weapons contributed to civilian casualties in Yemen.
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Carney gives Facebook currency cautious welcome6h Updated Carney gives Facebook currency cautious welcome
Bank of England gives Facebook currency cautious welcome as it looks to the future of money.
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Netherlands beat Canada to top group and set up Japan tie6h Netherlands beat Canada to top group and set up Japan tie
Substitute Lineth Beerensteyn scores a second-half winner as the Netherlands beat Canada 2-1 to take top spot in Group E of the Women's World Cup.
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Manus Island to become corporate tax-free zone, says PNG prime minister6h Manus Island to become corporate tax-free zone, says PNG prime minister
Move by James Marape raises fears that Papua New Guinean island could become a tax haven The prime minister of Papua New Guinea has declared Manus Island will become a corporate tax-free zone, prompting fears it could become a Pacific tax haven. James Marape was speaking at an
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Jacqui Lambie urged by independents to use Senate vote to keep medevac laws6h Jacqui Lambie urged by independents to use Senate vote to keep medevac laws
Lambie likely to have deciding vote as Coalition attempts repeal of laws Independent MPs who passed legislation allowing the medical evacuation of asylum seekers are urging Jacqui Lambie to use her crucial Senate vote to keep the laws in place. The Coalition has indicated it will move to repeal the so-called medevac laws when parliament resumes next month, but will need the support of four crossbench senators to do so.
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Scotland to run new consultations before updating gender law6h Scotland to run new consultations before updating gender law
Equalities secretary says government failed to address concerns over rights of others in single-sex spaces The Scottish government has postponed a
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6h Updated Britain to Suspend Issuing Arms Licenses to Saudi Arabia
The announcement came after a court ruled that the government acted unlawfully in allowing the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia.
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After Iran’s Drone Attack, Trump Says He ‘Would Not Stand for It’6h After Iran’s Drone Attack, Trump Says He ‘Would Not Stand for It’
Iran’s destruction of the high-altitude American drone surprised some American Defense Department officials, who say it was in international airspace, an assertion Iran disputes.
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BBC launches a major vetting review in wake of Tory leadership debate7h BBC launches a major vetting review in wake of Tory leadership debate
The corporation says it will learn lessons after it was accused of breaching its own rules on impartiality during the biggest political show of the year watched by 5.8million people.
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Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on Iran | Letters7h Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on Iran | Letters
The British government should call for restraint and de-escalation, says a group of campaigners, politicians and leading cultural figuresThe threat of war with Iran is terrifying and the behaviour of the US government risks making the danger real. Its categoric claim that Iran was responsible for last week’s attacks on the two tankers in the Straits of Hormuz has been challenged by the Japanese and the German governments. It has served only to make a dangerous situation more serious. The context to this is Donald Trump’s scrapping of the nuclear deal with Iran last year, which blocked the way to normalising relations and immediately escalated tension. The accompanying sanctions have caused real economic damage and human suffering. In May the Trump administration turned the screw tighter by dropping exemptions for oil exports. These measures are part of the policy of regime change advocated by John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, Trump’s two senior foreign policy officials, both of whom have called for military attacks on Iran.
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Catastrophic failure of the war on drugs | Letter7h Catastrophic failure of the war on drugs | Letter
This vast unethical trade is co-created by politicians, including President Duque of Colombia, who back a policy of global prohibition, writes
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Tory leadership: Jeremy Hunt to face Boris Johnson after Michael Gove eliminated – live news7h Tory leadership: Jeremy Hunt to face Boris Johnson after Michael Gove eliminated – live news
Johnson wins fifth round of voting by Tory MPs with 160 votes against 77 for Hunt and 75 for Gove
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Tory leadership candidates threaten to BOYCOTT BBC TV debate7h Updated Tory leadership candidates threaten to BOYCOTT BBC TV debate
The five-way BBC debate earlier this week has been widely condemned after it emerged one of the 'ordinary voters' posting questions was an imam who had previously posted vile tweets about Israel.
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BBC to review vetting process after criticism of Tory leadership debate7h Updated BBC to review vetting process after criticism of Tory leadership debate
It comes after criticism of the selection of guests on a Tory leadership debate programme.
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7h Race to lead Britain down to the last two
New-look Boris Johnson emerges as frontrunner
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Tory leadership contest down to final two7h Tory leadership contest down to final two
Jeremy Hunt to face Boris Johnson in race to be next PM after Michael Gove is eliminated in latest Tory leadership ballot
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Norwegian island campaigns to abolish time7h Norwegian island campaigns to abolish time
People living on a small island in Norway are campaigning to abolish the concept of time.
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7h Pakistan to open 1,000 courts to fight violence against women
Pakistan will set up more than 1000 courts dedicated to tackling violence against women in the country, a senior judge has announced.
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Man dies, one critically ill after tent set alight in east London7h Man dies, one critically ill after tent set alight in east London
Appeal for witnesses as murder investigation launched after suspected arson attack in Wanstead A murder investigation has been launched after a tent was set alight in a suspected arson attack in east London. Two men, who are both believed to be in their 40s, were taken to hospital with burn injuries after firefighters were called to the North Circular Road in Wanstead, east London, late on Tuesday night.
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8h Updated Meghan and Harry split from joint charity with William and Kate
Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are formally splitting from the Royal Foundation, the body that co-ordinates their charitable work with William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it was announced Thursday.
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Merkel-Macron meeting fails to resolve row over EU leadership8h Merkel-Macron meeting fails to resolve row over EU leadership
Donald Tusk ‘more cautious than optimistic’ that leaders can reach a deal this week Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have clashed again over who will fill the EU’s most senior posts, prompting one frustrated national leader to claim it would be easier to elect a pope. An unproductive meeting on Thursday between the German chancellor and the French president appeared to dash any hope of a swift resolution to their dispute over the future leadership of the EU’s institutions, including a replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European commission.
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Slack: Shares surge as messaging app joins the stock market8h Slack: Shares surge as messaging app joins the stock market
The messaging app firm sees its shares jump 60% as it becomes that latest tech start-up to go public.
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Javid knocked out of Tory leadership contest8h Updated Javid knocked out of Tory leadership contest
Boris Johnson leads the race to be next Tory leader with Michael Gove two votes ahead of Jeremy Hunt.
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Putin fails to mention MH17 in phone-in but finds time for whales8h Putin fails to mention MH17 in phone-in but finds time for whales
Russian president avoids 2014 disaster in annual Q&A but is confronted by journalists on subject afterwards Vladimir Putin faced questioning on both domestic and international issues at his annual phone-in – but managed to avoid any mention of the MH17 plane disaster until journalists confronted him about it afterwards. “There is no evidence of Russia’s blame for the downing of MH17,” Putin said. “Russia has its own explanation of the crash of MH17 but no one is listening to us,” he added.
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Tory leadership: Johnson, Gove and Hunt progress as Javid is eliminated – live news8h Updated Tory leadership: Johnson, Gove and Hunt progress as Javid is eliminated – live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including the last two rounds of voting by MPs in the Tory leadership contest and the choice of the final two candidates for next PM
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British Museum Collecting Histories: Solomon Islands exhibition on how it acquires artefacts8h Updated British Museum Collecting Histories: Solomon Islands exhibition on how it acquires artefacts
The British Museum has long faced criticism over how it sourced its most prized possessions from former British colonies and beyond.
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The E.U. Has 4 Main Chiefs. What Do They Do?8h The E.U. Has 4 Main Chiefs. What Do They Do?
The race to name the presidents of the four institutions that run the European Union is on. Here’s what each of institution does, and why it matters.
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The Unspoken Agenda at the Xi-Kim Meeting? Could Be Messaging Trump8h Updated The Unspoken Agenda at the Xi-Kim Meeting? Could Be Messaging Trump
A state visit between the leaders of China and North Korea comes as each is locked in a dispute with the United States, and both are looking for leverage over President Trump.
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8h Updated Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Escalating Tensions
Iran claimed that the surveillance aircraft had entered its airspace, which the U.S. military denied, as each side accused the other of aggression.
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How to Help Afghan Farmers? Gorge on Watermelons8h Updated How to Help Afghan Farmers? Gorge on Watermelons
After a bumper harvest created a catastrophic drop in prices, a campaign to eat the fruit was bolstered by a presidential order to feed it to troops.
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UK winner claims £123m EuroMillions prize8h UK winner claims £123m EuroMillions prize
The jackpot is the third largest amount to ever be won on EuroMillions.
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Did Theresa May spoil her ballot paper? Mystery as TWO votes in Tory leadership race are inelligible8h Updated Did Theresa May spoil her ballot paper? Mystery as TWO votes in Tory leadership race are inelligible
With just two votes separating second placed Michael Gove and challenger Jeremy Hunt, the spoiled papers could have had an impact on the opponents of front-runner Boris Johnson.
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8h Updated Xi lands in Pyongyang for rare state visit
Xi Jinping has departed Beijing for Pyongyang, a historic trip that marks the first time a Chinese leader has traveled to North Korea in 14 years.
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8h Folau looks for $2.1M in legal battle
Israel Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia following a homophobic social media post, is crowdfunding A$3 million (US$2.1 million) to pursue a legal battle against the governing body.
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Russia to Release First Whales Held in ‘Jail’ for Months8h Russia to Release First Whales Held in ‘Jail’ for Months
After intervention by President Vladimir V. Putin, nearly 100 orcas and belugas will be released where they were caught with the intention of being sold to theme parks.
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Iran’s Gambit: Force the World to Rein In Trump8h Updated Iran’s Gambit: Force the World to Rein In Trump
Iran is resorting to rogue state tactics as part of a strategy to induce other countries to counter what it sees as an existential American threat.
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Erdogan Says He Will Meet With Trump to Resolve Weapons Disagreement8h Updated Erdogan Says He Will Meet With Trump to Resolve Weapons Disagreement
The Turkish president, holding a rare meeting with international journalists, also said that he would accept the results of Istanbul’s mayoral election.
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School asks pupils to nominate their best-looking classmates8h School asks pupils to nominate their best-looking classmates
Hugh Christie in Tonbridge, Kent, outraged parents as it planned to unveil the 'best looking' male and female of year nine in front of other pupils at an end-of-year awards assembly.
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9h Updated Thousands set to celebrate summer solstice
With drums and with flower garlands, with wizard hats and with warm coats, up to 10,000 celebrants are expected to converge on Stonehenge to observe the summer solstice.
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Plans for over-18 age checks on porn sites are expected to be delayed for a second time9h Updated Plans for over-18 age checks on porn sites are expected to be delayed for a second time
Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright told the Commons an 'administrative oversight' was the reason for the delay of the age check process, which was set to be enforced on July 15.
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James Middleton pleads for help after his dog bike is stolen9h James Middleton pleads for help after his dog bike is stolen
The Duchess of Cambridge's brother, 32, took to his Instagram account on Wednesday to share a picture of his stolen bike, which has a large box large enough for his nine dogs attached.
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Pop-up theatre to tour deprived areas of Greater Manchester9h Pop-up theatre to tour deprived areas of Greater Manchester
The Den will involve local communities of boroughs such as Cheetham Hill and Tameside A pop-up theatre, complete with canvas roof and cardboard seats, will be making its way across Greater Manchester, taking theatre to the masses as it tours deprived communities across the borough. The Den – “low carbon and super-lightweight” space – is the brainchild of Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre and was made possible with a £1m donation from the Oglesby Charitable Trust. It was created to bring theatre to communities who would normally struggle to access the arts.
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John Worboys pleads guilty to sex drug attacks9h Updated John Worboys pleads guilty to sex drug attacks
The "black cab rapist" pleaded guilty to further offences relating to four more women.
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Jack Shepherd: Speedboat killer loses conviction appeal9h Updated Jack Shepherd: Speedboat killer loses conviction appeal
Jack Shepherd fled to Georgia before he was convicted of killing Charlotte Brown in a boat crash.
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Woman became hooked on booze aged 13 and drank 200 units a week9h Updated Woman became hooked on booze aged 13 and drank 200 units a week
Aoife Bell, from Walthamstow, north London, began drinking vodka in the park as soon as she entered her teens to cope with being painfully shy.
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Six pull out of Bradford festival over counter-extremism funding10h Six pull out of Bradford festival over counter-extremism funding
Writers and activists quit literature festival over funding by Home Office programme Six writers and activists have pulled out of the Bradford literature festival (BLF) in protest after it emerged it received funding from a government counter-extremism programme. The group withdrew from planned appearances after learning that the 10-day event, which was founded in 2014, has accepted money provided as part of the Home Office’s counter-extremism strategy for the first time.
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10h Updated Iran shoots down US drone aircraft
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards claimed Thursday to have shot down a "intruding American spy drone" after it entered Iranian airspace, according to state media, amid increased hostility between Washington and Tehran.
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Harry and Meghan split from William and Kate joint charity10h Updated Harry and Meghan split from William and Kate joint charity
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are leaving the Royal Foundation set up by Harry and William in 2009.
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Strait of Hormuz: US confirms drone shot down by Iran10h Updated Strait of Hormuz: US confirms drone shot down by Iran
It happened over the Strait of Hormuz, amid soaring tensions between the US and Iran.
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American Accused of Spying in Russia Pleads for Help from Trump10h American Accused of Spying in Russia Pleads for Help from Trump
A corporate security officer and former Marine, charged with espionage in Russia, called on President Trump and other leaders to free him from a “political kidnapping.”
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UK heading for no-deal Brexit on 31 October, EU leaders conclude10h UK heading for no-deal Brexit on 31 October, EU leaders conclude
Irish PM says there is ‘enormous hostility’ to further extension among member states Britain will crash out of the EU on 31 October unless Theresa May’s Brexit deal is ratified or a new prime minister calls a second referendum or general election this summer, the bloc’s leaders have concluded. The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, speaking at a summit in Brussels, said that there was now “enormous hostility” among the EU27’s heads of state and government to any further delay to Brexit.
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Woman makes £92K a YEAR by writing TV jingles10h Updated Woman makes £92K a YEAR by writing TV jingles
Musician, Sarah Hughes, 28 from Gloucestershire, earns almost £8,000 a month from writing and creating advertising jingles, despite working four days a week for just a few hours.
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French DJ and producer dies after falling from Paris window10h French DJ and producer dies after falling from Paris window
French producer and DJ Philippe "Zdar" Cerboneschi has died after accidentally falling from a building in Paris, his agent has said.
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Xi Jinping Arrives in North Korea, With Many Eyes on Trump10h Updated Xi Jinping Arrives in North Korea, With Many Eyes on Trump
The Chinese leader met on Thursday with Kim Jong-un, in what American officials see as an attempt to gain leverage with President Trump on trade.
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London fire chief who in charge of Grenfell Tower to retire next year10h Updated London fire chief who in charge of Grenfell Tower to retire next year
Dany Cotton, 50, took over as London Fire Brigade Commissioner in January 2017 - six months before the worst blaze for a generation in Britain tore through the tower block in Kensington killing 72.
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Brexit: Where do Conservative leadership candidates stand?10h Updated Brexit: Where do Conservative leadership candidates stand?
Reality Check looks at the Brexit plans of the candidates to be the next Tory leader.
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UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful, court of appeal declares10h UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful, court of appeal declares
Ruling prompts government to suspend new arms sales to Saudi Arabia while it urgently reviews its processes
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Biden refuses to apologise for working with racist senators10h Updated Biden refuses to apologise for working with racist senators
Amid a political firestorm, the top Democrat insists "there's not a racist bone in my body".
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11h Protesters keep up the fight in Sudan
Beauty influencer's heartbreaking message
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Stylish stars arrive for Day Two of Royal Ascot11h Stylish stars arrive for Day Two of Royal Ascot
Helen Flanagan was leading the arrivals as a host of famous faces, socialites and royalty descended on the annual event on Wednesday, refusing to let a bit of rain dampen their fun.
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British child, 5, dies after falling into swimming pool on holiday with family in southern Spain 11h Updated British child, 5, dies after falling into swimming pool on holiday with family in southern Spain 
The five-year-old was on holiday with his family in La Vinuela, a small village on the Costa del Sol, when he fell into a swimming pool. He is thought to have been at his British expat grandfather's home.
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Ivanka Trump’s 2020 tweet violated Hatch Act, watchdog says11h Ivanka Trump’s 2020 tweet violated Hatch Act, watchdog says
Crew says aide’s tweet about her father’s re-election campaign violates rule limiting political activity by federal employees Ivanka Trump was accused on Thursday of violating the Hatch Act that bans government workers from speaking out on political campaign issues, over tweets she wrote ahead of her father’s
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11h Updated Bank of America CEO: Recession is unlikely
The soft patch in the US economy is unlikely to morph into a full-blown recession, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told CNN Business.
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U.K. Age Checks for Online Porn Sites Are Delayed11h U.K. Age Checks for Online Porn Sites Are Delayed
Rules requiring users to prove they are over 18 were postponed because officials failed to adequately notify the European Commission about the changes.
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Fresh Hong Kong protests planned for Friday11h Fresh Hong Kong protests planned for Friday
Calls for new demonstrations come as government fails to respond to a list of protester demands Hong Kong is braced for another round of demonstrations after the government failed to respond to a list of protester demands, including an investigation into police brutality and the complete withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill by a Thursday afternoon deadline. After the late afternoon cut-off set by protest leaders passed without a word from the government, messages began circulating on social media calling people to come to central Hong Kong from 7am on Friday.
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Girl, 16, with broken leg sits on train carriage FLOOR in Dublin after nobody gives up seat11h Girl, 16, with broken leg sits on train carriage FLOOR in Dublin after nobody gives up seat
Mark Beggs said his daughter Joanna was on a DART train to Dublin when she was ignored by fellow commuters. The 16-year-old was left to sit on the floor while adjusting her leg brace.
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11h Updated Slack is ruining my life and I love it
In the time it took me to type this sentence about Slack, I received more than a dozen messages in a private Slack group and more posts than I can count in several team channels. I typed many words in response to those messages — some of them even borderline good words — but came no closer to completing my job for the day: writing this article about Slack.
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US must spend $4.5bn to prevent more child migrant deaths at border, warns CBP11h US must spend $4.5bn to prevent more child migrant deaths at border, warns CBP
CBP’s acting commissioner blames rising number of deaths of child migrants in US detention on a lack of federal funding More children may die in the detention of the US government unless Congress passes a $4.6bn emergency fund for immigration services at the
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11h Ex-Interpol chief admits accepting $2M
Interpol's former president Meng Hongwei, who dramatically vanished into police custody after returning to China in 2018, has admitted to corruption charges in a court in Tianjin, Chinese state media reported Thursday.
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Ten cities ask EU for help to fight Airbnb expansion11h Ten cities ask EU for help to fight Airbnb expansion
Cities say short-term holiday lettings market is contributing to soaring long-term rents for local people Ten European cities have demanded more help from the EU in their battle against Airbnb and other holiday rental websites, which they argue are locking locals out of housing and changing the face of neighbourhoods.
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Suits trailer features Meghan Markle highlights, one year after her departure12h Suits trailer features Meghan Markle highlights, one year after her departure
Meghan, 37, played paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane on the show's first seven seasons, and the one-minute clip features some of her most memorable moments on the show.
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Teenage yobs shove primary school teacher, 56, in front of a bus12h Teenage yobs shove primary school teacher, 56, in front of a bus
Geraldine Lynne, 56, was left lying on the busy London shopping street outside a River Island after being attacked by a boy who police released this image of today.
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South Wales Police misconduct officer Rebecca Bryant sacked12h Updated South Wales Police misconduct officer Rebecca Bryant sacked
The partner of Rebecca Bryant's son was a juror in a murder trial where she was the family liaison officer.
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Snapshot of hope: child refugees share their dreams through Polaroids – in pictures12h Snapshot of hope: child refugees share their dreams through Polaroids – in pictures
To mark World Refugee Day, Save the Children invited children living in settlements in Jordan, Bangladesh and Uganda to draw their hopes and memories on a portrait of themselves
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Conservative leadership: Sajid Javid knocked out of contest12h Conservative leadership: Sajid Javid knocked out of contest
Sajid Javid is out of Tory leadership contest leaving three contenders vying for the job and to be next PM.
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12h Biden gets in own way on race
Joe Biden can't seem to get out of his own way.
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Emiliano Sala: York man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter12h Emiliano Sala: York man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter
Reports say David Henderson, 64, helping police investigating footballer’s death in plane crash A British pilot has been arrested over the death of the Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala. Detectives investigating the death of the Argentininian forward have arrested 64-year-old David Henderson from North Yorkshire on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act, according to reports. He is understood to have arranged for a fellow pilot to take Sala on a return trip from France.
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Javid out of Tory leadership contest12h Javid out of Tory leadership contest
Sajid Javid out of Tory leadership contest leaving three contenders vying for the job and to be next PM
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Tory leadership: result due in fourth round of contest – live news12h Tory leadership: result due in fourth round of contest – live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including the last two rounds of voting by MPs in the Tory leadership contest and the choice of the final two candidates for next PM
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Philippe Zdar, Influential French Music Producer, Dies at 5212h Philippe Zdar, Influential French Music Producer, Dies at 52
A major figure in the electro scene, Mr. Zdar fell out a window in an accident in Paris on Wednesday night.
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Ordinary Time review – quietly profound joys of bringing up baby12h Ordinary Time review – quietly profound joys of bringing up baby
A couple navigate the first few weeks of parenthood in Susana Nobre’s affecting, meditative drama Perhaps drawing its title from the term for the periods between major Christian festivals, this short but gracefully composed Franco-Portuguese film emanates something faintly metaphysical in its portrayal of the first few weeks in the lives of a new mother, father and baby in Lisbon. It consists of almost nothing: conversations about similar child-rearing experiences with friends and family, a trip to the countryside, painterly shots of the mum zonked out in plastic gloves on the sofa, lactation leaking out into her blouse. But, of course, this stuff is everything:
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Norwich mother complaint about tax on tall children and 90cm adult limit at Roarr! Dinosaur Park12h Norwich mother complaint about tax on tall children and 90cm adult limit at Roarr! Dinosaur Park
Abbie Lewis took her daughter Darcie, two, and her niece Aria, also two, to Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Park in Lenwade, Norfolk, for a fun day out. But she had to pay for Darcie and not for Aria.
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Yemen civil war: the conflict explained12h Yemen civil war: the conflict explained
Everything you need to know about conflict that has turned country into humanitarian catastrophe
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She’s on a Hunger Strike in an Iranian Jail. He’s Joining In, From London.12h Updated She’s on a Hunger Strike in an Iranian Jail. He’s Joining In, From London.
The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been held in Iran since 2016, has camped out in front of the Iranian Embassy to demand her release.
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Venice mayor urges Unesco to place city on world heritage blacklist12h Venice mayor urges Unesco to place city on world heritage blacklist
Luigi Brugnaro says he has no faith in Italy’s government to resolve cruise ship problem The mayor of Venice has urged Unesco to place the city on its world heritage site blacklist as he lambasted Italy’s transport minister for failing to endorse a plan to divert cruise ships from the busy Giudecca canal. Luigi Brugnaro’s frustration has been brewing since a
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Tory leadership: results due at 1pm in fourth round of contest – live news13h Tory leadership: results due at 1pm in fourth round of contest – live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including the last two rounds of voting by MPs in the Tory leadership contest and the choice of the final two candidates for next PM
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No VAR for Premier League keepers moving off goalline to save a penalty13h No VAR for Premier League keepers moving off goalline to save a penalty
The Premier League will not use the video assistant referee in 2019-20 to rule on keepers moving off their line to save a penalty.
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TUI flight declares an emergency after hitting a bird on departure from Edinburgh Airport13h Updated TUI flight declares an emergency after hitting a bird on departure from Edinburgh Airport
Flight BY1454 departed the airport shortly after 6am this morning and was bound for Lanzarote. However it is understood to have struck a bird on departure, causing damage to the aircraft.
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UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful, court rules13h Updated UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia unlawful, court rules
Campaigners win a legal challenge over the government's decision to export arms to Saudi Arabia.
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EU leaders to spar over zero-carbon pledge for 205013h EU leaders to spar over zero-carbon pledge for 2050
Diplomats think agreement unlikely at Brussels summit but bloc could signal intention to move towards towards target European leaders will spar at their latest summit over how to tackle the climate crisis, with Poland and the Czech Republic leading a minority action against a net-zero carbon emissions target for 2050. Meeting in Brussels, European leaders will debate the EU’s role in tackling the unfolding climate emergency that
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13h Updated Iran Says It Shot Down a U.S. Drone, Escalating Tensions
The drone was flying over Iranian airspace when it was brought down, Iranian state media reported. The United States disputed the account.
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Strait of Hormuz: US confirms drone was shot down by Iranian missile13h Strait of Hormuz: US confirms drone was shot down by Iranian missile
It happened over the Strait of Hormuz, amid soaring tensions between the US and Iran.
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UK porn age-verification system faces six-month delay13h UK porn age-verification system faces six-month delay
Change due on 15 July likely to be postponed over legal issues with European commission The UK’s age-verification system for online pornography is expected to be delayed for around six months because the government failed to submit an essential notification, the DCMS minister has revealed. The policy, which will require all adult internet users wanting to watch legal pornography to prove they are over 18 by providing some form of identification, was due to come into force on 15 July.
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Selling arms to the Saudis was always immoral. Now it is unlawful, too13h Selling arms to the Saudis was always immoral. Now it is unlawful, too
The court of appeal ruling must force the government to stop its complicity in the deaths of hundreds of thousands in Yemen For four years, the people of Yemen have endured a Saudi Arabian-led bombing campaign. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the bombardment, with many more injured or displaced. The assault has created the
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Conservative leadership: MPs await results of fourth vote13h Conservative leadership: MPs await results of fourth vote
Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid and Boris Johnson are vying be one of the final two candidates.
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Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un reboot alliance with talks and mausoleum visit13h Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un reboot alliance with talks and mausoleum visit
Hopes that first visit by Chinese leader in 14 years will heal rift over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme
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14h Courtney Radsch: Khashoggi report is a wake-up call for UN and US
The road to justice in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi got a lot clearer with the release on Wednesday of a 101-page report outlining the findings and recommendations of an independent United Nations expert. Her months-long investigation clarifies that this was an international crime that compels the UN and the United States to take immediate action.
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Saudi arms sales: Court of Appeal demands review14h Updated Saudi arms sales: Court of Appeal demands review
Campaigners win a legal challenge over the UK government's decision to allow arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
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London fire chief during Grenfell tragedy to take early retirement14h London fire chief during Grenfell tragedy to take early retirement
Dany Cotton announces she will leave in April after just over three years in the role Dany Cotton, the commissioner of the London Fire Brigade during the Grenfell Tower fire, has announced her early retirement at the age 50, saying she will leave in April after just over three years in the job. Survivors and the bereaved heavily criticised Cotton during the first phase of the public inquiry into the disaster when she testified that she would not have changed anything about the response.
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New cars that are susceptible to keyless theft named by security experts14h New cars that are susceptible to keyless theft named by security experts
Of the seven vehicles tested, the DS 3 Crossback, Mazda 3, Toyota RAV4 and Volvo S60 were given a 'poor' score due to their pregnable keyless systems.
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Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei confesses to bribery in Chinese trial14h Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei confesses to bribery in Chinese trial
Meng vanished in September during a visit to China from his home in Lyon The former Interpol president Meng Hongwei confessed to accepting more than $2 million in bribes and expressed regret for his crime, a Chinese court said on Thursday. The No. 1 Intermediate Court in the northeastern port city of Tianjin said Meng read a statement containing the confession at a hearing.
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Man bailed after incident at UK Harry Potter studio14h Man bailed after incident at UK Harry Potter studio
Police enquiries continue after a man was taken to hospital with a neck injury following an incident.
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US briefing: Iran shoots down US drone, sea wall costs and Biden under fire14h US briefing: Iran shoots down US drone, sea wall costs and Biden under fire
Thursday’s top story: US-Iranian tensions escalate amid dispute over an American drone. Plus, Joe Biden criticised for working with segregationist senators Good morning, I’m Mattha Busby with today’s essential stories.
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Tory leadership: MPs choosing final two candidates14h Updated Tory leadership: MPs choosing final two candidates
Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid are vying to join frontrunner Boris Johnson as the last two candidates.
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14h Satellite image shows Chinese fighter jets deployed to contested island
A satellite image obtained by CNN shows China has deployed at least four J-10 fighter jets to the contested Woody Island in the South China Sea, the first known deployment of fighter jets there since 2017.
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Toy Story: How Buzz Lightyear keeps making millions15h Toy Story: How Buzz Lightyear keeps making millions
When the new Toy Story film opens on Friday, it is not just cinemas that will be hoping for a boost from sales.
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Iran shoots down US drone15h Iran shoots down US drone
Iran says US ‘spy’ drone was flying in its airspace amid strained relations over last week’s oil tanker attacks Iran has shot down an US drone in the strait of Hormuz, accusing Washington of breaching Iran’s national sovereignty and trying to deepen tensions in the region. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday that they had used a surface to air missile to shoot down what they called a US “spy” drone they claimed was flying in the country’s airspace.
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Philippe Zdar, Influential French Music Producer, Dies at 5015h Philippe Zdar, Influential French Music Producer, Dies at 50
A major figure in the electro scene, Mr. Zdar fell out a window in an accident in Paris on Wednesday night.
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Your Thursday Briefing15h Updated Your Thursday Briefing
Climate, Reparations, Women's World Cup: Here’s what you need to know.
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John Worboys admits drugging four more women15h John Worboys admits drugging four more women
Taxi sex attacker pleads guilty at Old Bailey seven months after his release was quashed The serial sex attacker
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15h Music producer dies in fall from building
French electronic music pioneer Philippe "Zdar" Cerboneschi died Wednesday in an accidental fall from a building in Paris.
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15h Updated Saudis Called Khashoggi ‘Sacrificial Animal’ as They Waited to Kill Him
A U.N. report reveals new details in the killing of the dissident journalist, and says that Crown Prince Mohammed must have been aware of the operation.
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Spy satellite images reveal Himalayan glaciers are shrinking fast15h Spy satellite images reveal Himalayan glaciers are shrinking fast
Himalayan glaciers are now melting twice as fast as they were before the turn of the century, Cold War-era spy satellite images have revealed.
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15h Himalayan glaciers are melting twice as fast as last century
Climate change is eating away Himalayan glaciers at a dramatic rate, a new study has revealed.
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UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen declared unlawful15h UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen declared unlawful
Exports contributed to indiscriminate civilian deaths in Saudi-led bombing campaign, court of appeal rules British arms sales to Saudi Arabia that were used in Yemen have been declared unlawful by the court of appeal because they contributed to indiscriminate civilian casualties in the bombing campaign from forces led by the Gulf kingdom. The ruling from three senior judges follows a challenge brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade, which had accused the UK government of licensing arms sales when there was a clear risk that their use could breach international humanitarian law.
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Peter Dutton says women using rape and abortion claims as ploy to get to Australia15h Peter Dutton says women using rape and abortion claims as ploy to get to Australia
Home affairs minister says ‘some people are trying it on’ in an attempt to get to Australia from refugee centres on Nauru Peter Dutton has said women have been “trying it on” in claiming they were raped and needed an abortion as part of a ploy to get to Australia for medical treatment from refugee centres on Nauru. Speaking to Sky News, the home affairs minister claimed the women then changed their minds on arriving in Australia and sought a legal injunction to prevent their return to offshore detention.
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British wrestling champion Lionheart dies15h Updated British wrestling champion Lionheart dies
Tributes are paid to the wrestling champion from Ayr who has died at the age of 36.
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Gulf crisis: US confirms drone was shot down by Iranian missile15h Gulf crisis: US confirms drone was shot down by Iranian missile
It happened over the Strait of Hormuz, amid soaring tensions between the US and Iran.
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John Worboys pleads guilty to sex offences15h Updated John Worboys pleads guilty to sex offences
The "black cab rapist" entered his pleas at the Old Bailey.
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15h Updated Iran claims to have shot down US spy drone
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards claimed Thursday to have shot down a "intruding American spy drone" after it entered Iranian airspace, according to state media, amid increased hostility between Washington and Tehran.
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15h Trump privately skeptical about military engagement with Iran
President Donald Trump appeared to contradict his most senior security officials Monday, downplaying recent attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman that his administration has blamed on Iran as "very minor."
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15h Iranian military official claims missiles can take out aircraft carrier
One of Iran's top military commanders reiterated longstanding claims that the country has ballistic missiles capable of taking out an aircraft carrier, as President Hassan Rouhani said the country did not seek to wage war against any nation.
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15h The influencer using her Instagram to tell the world about Sudan
As a beauty influencer, Shadh Khidir typically uses her Instagram page to post immaculately-made up images promoting products to her followers.
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Dixons Carphone shares plunge on mobile phone woes16h Updated Dixons Carphone shares plunge on mobile phone woes
The retailer says its UK mobile business will be "significantly loss-making" this year.
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The majority of rough sleepers in London are not British citizens 16h The majority of rough sleepers in London are not British citizens 
Charity workers counted 8,855 rough sleepers on London's streets in the 12 months to March - an 18 per cent rise on the previous year.
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High-earning college vice chancellors attend meetings which decide their salaries 16h High-earning college vice chancellors attend meetings which decide their salaries 
Figures obtained by University and College Union found that 81 per cent of vice chancellors around the UK attend meetings deciding their salaries.
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Pizza delivery driver in his 40s is attacked by seven-strong youth gang in east London street16h Updated Pizza delivery driver in his 40s is attacked by seven-strong youth gang in east London street
This is the shocking moment a pizza delivery driver is attacked and robbed by at least seven youths in east London. They took his phone and motorbike on Saturday afternoon in East Ham.
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Mathias Cormann reveals lobbyists he met in lead-up to election16h Mathias Cormann reveals lobbyists he met in lead-up to election
Finance minister spoke to 31 groups including Santos, Rio Tinto, Google, Ebay and Wesfarmers The finance minister, Mathias Cormann, has revealed he met with some of the world’s most powerful corporations in the months leading up to the election, including Santos, Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Google. Outgoing crossbench senator Tim Storer used his last days in Senate estimates to put a series of questions to cabinet ministers about their dealings with lobbyists, both
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Tory leadership: MPs to choose final two candidates16h Updated Tory leadership: MPs to choose final two candidates
Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid are vying to join frontrunner Boris Johnson as the last two candidates.
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Human cost of Yemen war laid bare as civilian death toll put at 100,00016h Human cost of Yemen war laid bare as civilian death toll put at 100,000
Report outlines deadly impact of direct targeting of civilians as researchers call for resolution to conflict As the
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EFL fixtures 2019-20: Your club-by-club guide to the new season16h EFL fixtures 2019-20: Your club-by-club guide to the new season
Find out your team's fixtures in the Championship, League One and League Two during the 2019-20 season.
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16h Updated Iran Says It Shot Down a U.S. Drone
The drone was flying over Iranian airspace when it was brought down, state media reported. The United States disputed the account.
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US confirms Iranian missile has shot down drone16h Updated US confirms Iranian missile has shot down drone
It happened over the Strait of Hormuz, amid soaring tensions between the US and Iran.
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Conman Hamish McLaren jailed for up to 16 years after swindling $7.6m from victims16h Updated Conman Hamish McLaren jailed for up to 16 years after swindling $7.6m from victims
Victims of the conman, who was the subject of the Who the Hell is Hamish? podcast, applauded after the sentence was handed down At Sydney’s district court on Thursday, acting judge Colin Charteris noted with some irony that convicted fraudster Hamish Earle McLaren had been “unusually silent”. Since being arrested at his home in Bondi in December 2017, through to his sentencing on Thursday, the serial fraudster who dressed like James Bond, drove Ferraris and defrauded $7.6m from more than a dozen people including close friends and girlfriends, had chosen to remain silent.
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‘Does the president have the power to declare war?’: Democrats grill Trump official on Iran – video17h ‘Does the president have the power to declare war?’: Democrats grill Trump official on Iran – video
The US state department’s expert on Iran, Brian Hook, is on the receiving end of a series of questions by Democrats, who ask how the Trump administration views its powers to declare war. Hook stresses that the administration is pursuing diplomacy with Iran. ‘No one should be uncertain about our desire for peace,’ he tells a House foreign affairs subcommittee. Tensions between Iran and the United States have been rising following a series of attacks in the Gulf that Washington has blamed on Tehran
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17h Updated Xi Jinping leaves for Pyongyang, marking first visit by Chinese leader to North Korea in 14 years
Xi Jinping has departed Beijing for Pyongyang, a historic trip that marks the first time a Chinese leader has traveled to North Korea in 14 years.
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Husband killed his wife when 48-hour bondage sex session left her with a perforated bowel17h Husband killed his wife when 48-hour bondage sex session left her with a perforated bowel
Ralph Jankus, 52, and his wife Christel, 49, took part in a 48-hour sex session for their nuptials. Christel suffered severe internal injuries allegedly after a sharp object was inserted into her.
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Pupil is thrown out of class and reprimanded by his teacher after saying there are only two genders17h Updated Pupil is thrown out of class and reprimanded by his teacher after saying there are only two genders
The 17-year-old secretly filmed his teacher on a smartphone telling him off and then posted the clip online, claiming the heated exchange followed him being kicked out of class in Aberdeenshire.
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Chancellor Philip Hammond will urge Boris Johnson to keep open option of second EU referendum17h Chancellor Philip Hammond will urge Boris Johnson to keep open option of second EU referendum
Chancellor Philip Hammond will urge Boris Johnson to keep the option of a second EU referendum open to break Brexit deadlock at a speech to bankers and financiers in London.
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First out of the gate! Racegoers get day two of Royal Ascot off to a glamorous start17h Updated First out of the gate! Racegoers get day two of Royal Ascot off to a glamorous start
Glamorous women donned candy-coloured dresses and extravagant hats embellished with flowers and butterflies as they stepped out at the Berkshire racecourse this morning.
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Grandmother is handed £150 fine for littering after feeding a piece of her sausage roll to a PIGEON18h Grandmother is handed £150 fine for littering after feeding a piece of her sausage roll to a PIGEON
Grandmother Sally-Ann Fricker was caught throwing a piece of her sausage roll to a pigeon and was issued a £150 fine for littering by an officer of Bath and North East Somerset Council.
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Ex-Interpol boss has admitted taking £1.6m in bribes, China claims18h Ex-Interpol boss has admitted taking £1.6m in bribes, China claims
A former head of Interpol who disappeared after travelling from France to China has admitted taking $2m (£1.6m) in bribes, according to a Chinese court.
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18h Updated Royal Ascot: A day in the life
Royal Ascot may be known for its glitz and glamor but plenty of work goes on behind the scenes to make it such a spectacle.
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Cancer con artist Belle Gibson took overseas holidays but says she cannot afford fine18h Cancer con artist Belle Gibson took overseas holidays but says she cannot afford fine
Court hears the disgraced wellness blogger, who faked having cancer, spent $91, 000 between 2017 and 2019 The disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson spent more than $90,000 in two years and went to Bali and Africa, a court has heard, but still claims she cannot pay her fine for conning Australians. Gibson was
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