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24 Jun 2017, 6:15pm Brits’ bogus food poisoning claims leave hoteliers crying: ‘¡Basta!’
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Britons are warned they could be banned from all-inclusive package deals For two decades, Miguel has run one of the biggest hotels in Mallorca for holidaymakers on all-inclusive packages. But never has he been so angry and disappointed with his British guests. During a typical year, Miguel welcomes 9,000 British visitors, and many more from Germany and the Netherlands. Two years ago the hotel, popular in Thomson and First Choice brochures, had just a couple of complaints for gastroenteritis (aka Spanish tummy). But last year Miguel was hit by around 200 claims alleging food poisoning. Every single one was from a British holidaymaker, with not a single complaint coming from the Germans or the Dutch. None of the Brits complained to the hotel at the time; all the claims were lodged by UK claims management companies once the holiday-makers returned home.
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24 Jun 2017, 6:00pm Broadway v Trump: ‘feel bad’ politics is new box-office draw
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A play by Michael Moore is the latest to push blockbuster musicals asideNew York’s Broadway is not normally known for political theatre – blockbuster musicals will do – but, it seems, the times are rapidly a-changing. On Thursday, the
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24 Jun 2017, 4:45pm Fans just can’t get enough as pop is star of Dior show
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Music takes centre stage for 10-year anniversary of Kris Van Assche, artistic director of Dior HommeFor its most recent advertising campaign, Dior Homme put the male models in the background. Centre-stage was a more unlikely figure – 55-year-old Dave Gahan, frontman of Depeche Mode. Flanked by Lucas Hedges, star of
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24 Jun 2017, 4:30pm Jean-Luc Mélenchon ready to lead France’s new resistance
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The hard-left leader is prepared to fight in parliament – or on the streetsEntering the French lower house of parliament as an MP for the first time last week, Jean-Luc Mélenchon pointed to the European flag planted next to the French tricolor, turned to the camera tracking him and said: “Do we have to put up with that?” Earlier he stood on the steps of the Assemblée Nationale, alongside the other 16 newly elected MPs from his hard-left party La France Insoumise (France Unbowed), raised a clenched fist and shouted “Resistance”.
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24 Jun 2017, 3:10pm Anti-poaching drive brings Siberia’s tigers back from brink
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A WWF appeal aims to highlight the threat of habitat destruction and climate change on wild populationsIn February, Pavel Fomenko was told that the body of a young female tiger had been discovered underneath a car parked outside the town of Luchegorsk, in eastern Russia. Fomenko – head of rare species conservation for WWF Russia – took the corpse for examination where he uncovered the grim details of the animal’s death.
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24 Jun 2017, 2:36pm Kurds see chance to advance their cause in ruins of Islamic State
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With the defeat of Isis close, its opponents scent opportunity in the region. Can Kurdish forces win more autonomy?As what remains of Islamic State crumbles, the would-be victors have started circling. In Mosul, Iraqi forces have begun preparing for peace in the city where the now-encircled marauders took root three years ago. Across the border in Raqqa, with five of its neighbourhoods under their control, Kurdish forces are contemplating what comes next for them and their cause.
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24 Jun 2017, 2:02pm Updated Far-right activists detained at UK border before Britain First rally
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Antisemitic Polish priest Jacek Międlar and head of Dutch branch of Islamophobic movement Pegida among those held Prominent far-right activists from Europe who were planning to attend an anti-Muslim rally in Birmingham have been detained at airports hours before they were due to speak. Jacek Międlar, 28, an antisemitic priest, and his fellow activist Piotr Rybak were among three Polish nationals stopped on Saturday morning, according to Polish media and social media posts. They were due to speak at the rally organised by far-right group Britain First.
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24 Jun 2017, 1:58pm China landslide: at least 15 dead and more than 100 feared buried
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Rescue operation is under way in Sichuan province after more than 40 homes in Xinmo village were engulfed by landslide At least 15 people have been killed and about 100 are believed to be buried in the debris after a landslide in south-west China’s Sichuan province. Chinese state media announced on Saturday that more than 60 homes had been covered in mud and rubble as dawn broke in Xinmo, a remote village in north Sichuan.
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24 Jun 2017, 1:37pm Trump officials oppose funding museum for victims of Tuskegee syphilis study
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Justice department fighting use of unclaimed money from settlement for museum honoring black men who were not given treatment for disease
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24 Jun 2017, 12:30pm The Siberian tiger protector - in pictures
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Photographer Antonio Olmos travelled to the Russian far east to document the work of Pavel Fomenko, a man of the wilderness and tiger protector with the World Wildlife Fund You can become a tiger protector with the WWF
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24 Jun 2017, 12:26pm Invasive Asian carp found near Great Lakes beyond electrified barrier
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The fish was found miles past a barrier designed to keep it from entering the ecosystem and wreaking the sort of damage seen elsewhere in the US An Asian carp has been found just miles from the Great Lakes, beyond an electrified barrier designed to keep the invasive species from entering the ecosystem and wreaking the sort of damage seen elsewhere in the US.
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24 Jun 2017, 11:58am Number of refugees admitted to US drops by nearly half under Trump
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As the supreme court is poised to examine the travel ban, a US report provided new insight into the state of legal immigration under the Trump administration The number of refugees admitted to the US has fallen by nearly half under Donald Trump when compared with the final months of Barack Obama’s presidency, according to statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
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24 Jun 2017, 11:28am Grenfell Tower survivors evicted from hotel accommodation
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Kensington and Chelsea council writes to people affected by fire saying they must leave as hotel does not have availability Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have been evicted from their emergency hotel accommodation at short notice after the local council was unable to extend their booking.
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24 Jun 2017, 9:06am Mormon girl cut off while speaking about her sexuality in church – video
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Savannah, a 13-year-old Mormon girl from Utah, is cut off while speaking to her church congregation about being gay. Video of the incident, which happened on 7 May, shows the girl giving her testimony until the microphone is turned off and she is asked to sit down
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24 Jun 2017, 9:00am Are you fighting for tribal reform?
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We would like to hear from people who are involved in tribal constitutional reform. What issues are you facing and what are your hopes for the future?
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24 Jun 2017, 8:48am Dozens of families in unsafe Camden tower blocks refuse to leave
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Authorities try to convince Chalcots estate residents to evacuate while offering advice from fire service for those deciding to stay Authorities in Camden were working to convince dozens of families to leave their homes on Saturday after they refused to evacuate,
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24 Jun 2017, 7:20am Franco-Swiss journalist dies in Paris after being injured in Mosul blast
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Experienced conflict reporter Veronique Robert had surgery in Iraq before being transferred to hospital in French capital The Franco-Swiss journalist Veronique Robert has died in hospital in Paris after being wounded in an explosion in Mosul earlier this week. She was caught up in a mine explosion in the Iraqi city that killed the Iraqi journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad and the French journalist Stephane Villeneuve. Samuel Foley, who works for Le Figaro, suffered injuries to his face and arm.
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24 Jun 2017, 6:24am China landslide leaves scores missing – video report
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A landslide has engulfed most of a village in Sichuan province, south-west China, leaving more than 140 people feared buried. Hundreds of rescue workers began moving tonnes of rock and shale in the village of Xinmo in the hope of finding survivors. One family of three managed to escape as the landslide hit their home
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24 Jun 2017, 6:21am Updated Cladding on 27 tower blocks fails fire safety tests
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High-rises in 15 local authority areas have failed tests prompted by Grenfell Tower blaze in which at least 79 people died Cladding on 27 tower blocks in 15 local authority areas has failed fire safety tests, the government has said. The announcement by the Department for Communities and Local Government comes amid a nationwide safety operation to identify buildings with cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower in north Kensington.
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24 Jun 2017, 4:27am China landslide: more than 140 people feared buried
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Rescue operation is under way in Sichuan province after more than 40 homes in Xinmo village were engulfed by landslide More than 140 people are feared to have been buried by a landslide in south-west China, officials have said. The landslide from a nearby mountain engulfed more than 40 homes and a hotel in Xinmo, a village in Sichuan province, at about 6am local time (2300 BST), the Mao county government said.
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24 Jun 2017, 3:00am Whisper it, but Europe and Turkey are talking again | Natalie Nougayrède
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With so much volatility in the Middle East, a quiet rapprochement is in everyone’s interest Remember how, during the Brexit referendum campaign, voters were told that “millions of Turks” would swamp Europe and Britain if it didn’t get out? Government ministers went on TV to say Turkey’s accession to the EU was just on the horizon, as a result of a refugee deal brokered between Angela Merkel and the Turkish government. Brexiters assured audiences that visa liberalisation for Turks was looming: the hordes were at the gates. None of that happened, of course. Nor is it about to. Quite the opposite, in fact. Turkey is currently seeking to reset its relations with the EU – and it is doing so without winning visa-free travel to the bloc for its citizens, or signs of any progress in its EU accession negotiations. In a nutshell: it looks like the EU has played its cards rather well with this complex and antagonising partner. Surely that’s encouraging, at a time when Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and others want to put a positive spin on Europe’s prospects and insist it must start fending for itself more in the unpredictable world of Trump and Brexit.
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24 Jun 2017, 2:42am Updated Five London tower blocks evacuated over cladding safety fears
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Residents of 800 homes moved out for up to four weeks after inspection by fire brigade following Grenfell Tower fire An entire housing estate in north London was being evacuated over Friday night after a fire inspection ordered in the wake of the
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24 Jun 2017, 2:10am Xi no evil: Hong Kong bans protest slogans as Chinese president visits
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Posters or other displays that could ‘embarrass’ leaders, such as mentions of Tiananmen Square, are ordered removed from tour routes Hong Kong police have launched a crackdown on political banners and images ahead of a visit to the city by the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, to avoid “embarrassing” the country’s leaders.
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24 Jun 2017, 2:00am Family of London man who died after arrest demand answers
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Edir Frederico Da Costa died in hospital on Wednesday six days after being apprehended by police and falling unwell
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24 Jun 2017, 1:35am CPA Australia sacks chief executive Alex Malley with $4.9m payout
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Malley has faced public scrutiny over his $1.8m salary and concerns around his direction for the organisation The chief executive officer of one of Australia’s largest accounting associations has been terminated by the company board and given a $4.9m payout. CPA Australia CEO Alex Malley has faced public scrutiny over his $1.8m salary and concerns around his direction for the organisation. Seven members of the board have resigned from their positions.
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24 Jun 2017, 1:00am Al-Jazeera: the Qatar broadcaster at centre of diplomatic crisis
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Arab world’s leading TV channel is used to controversy – but now it fears for its future as Saudi Arabia wants it shut down Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based broadcaster that has found itself at the centre of the
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24 Jun 2017, 12:30am The hounds are off, in pursuit of … aniseed
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Honister Pass, Lake District
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24 Jun 2017, 12:09am Passengers hurt as double-decker bus gets stuck under Paris bridge
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Driver took wrong detour when open-top sightseeing bus was diverted away from Olympic fun day on the Seine, say police An open-top double-decker bus crashed into a central Paris bridge during an Olympic fun day on Friday, injuring at least four passengers, firefighters said.
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23 Jun 2017, 11:35pm Updated Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque and pilgrims
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Suspect blows himself up as interior ministry blames ‘evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad’ Saudi Arabian security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, the interior ministry said. The ministry described the plot as part of “self-serving schemes managed from abroad”.
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23 Jun 2017, 10:17pm Liberals launch website to lure swing voters and take on activist groups
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‘The Fair Go’ will take aim at organisations such as Getup!, which have developed effective digital campaigns while the party has lagged behind Australia’s Liberal party has launched
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23 Jun 2017, 10:05pm Bali bombing: Guantánamo inmate Hambali charged over 2002 attack
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Indonesian faces military trial for twin bombings that killed 202 people including 88 Australians and seven Americans, as well as 2003 Marriott bomb A US war court has charged an Indonesian detainee at Guantánamo Bay in connection with the
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23 Jun 2017, 8:27pm Saudi security foils terror plot targeting Mecca Grand Mosque
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Five people, including a woman, reportedly arrested in security operations in Mecca Saudi security forces foiled a terror plot targeting the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, exchanging gunfire with one of the suspects who blew himself up inside a home on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said.
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23 Jun 2017, 8:07pm Gonski 2.0 is a win for the Coalition on school policy, if not politics | Gabrielle Chan
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After twists and turns and amendments we have a better funding system – but that doesn’t mean everyone’s happy The most ridiculous thing about the school funding bill that became law just before 2am on Friday morning is the fact that most of the parliament agree on the basic principle at its heart. The Coalition, Labor, the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team, One Nation and three of five remaining crossbenchers agree on the concept of needs-based funding.
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23 Jun 2017, 7:14pm Scott Johnson inquest: police beat confessions out of me, says witness
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Corruption linked to investigation of anti-gay crimes in Sydney as third inquest into death of 27-year-old American ends A gay-hate basher who claims two policemen beat false confessions out of him in the 1980s has denied giving them a $50,000 bribe, as the third inquest into the death of Scott Johnson came to a dramatic close. In a further twist, the witness admitted that at least one of the corrupt officers had attended his wedding. Now in his 40s, the witness confessed to bashing homosexuals when he was a teenager but denied killing Johnson, whose naked body was found at the base of a North Head cliff near Manly on Saturday 10 December 1988. The witness is among a procession of convicted and alleged gay bashers from the Narrabeen area who have denied killing the 27-year-old American.
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