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13 Aug 3:26pm French politician accused of doctoring photo of Alpine climb
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Éric Woerth hits back after social media ridicule A French politician has hit back at claims he changed the angle in a photograph to make the his ascent of an icy summit in the Alps seem more perilous. Éric Woerth, a senior right-of-centre MP, insisted the picture he tweeted of his climb up the Aiguille d’Argentiere was genuine and said he was astonished French media had judged mocking of him on social media newsworthy.
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13 Aug 3:17pm Peterloo memorial quietly unveiled three days before anniversary
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Monument designed by Jeremy Deller made public despite accessibility concerns Campaigners have accused Manchester city council of a PR own goal after a £1m memorial to the Peterloo massacre was quietly made public three days before the 200th anniversary. The monument, designed by the Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, prompted criticism
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13 Aug 3:03pm Jeffrey Epstein: two jail guards placed on leave and warden reassigned, DoJ says
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Move comes after Donald Trump calls for ‘full investigation’ into billionaire’s death The US justice department said on Tuesday that two guards assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein at the New York jail in which he died have been placed on leave and the warden temporarily reassigned. The billionaire sex offender was found dead on Saturday morning, having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan correctional center (MCC) in lower Manhattan.
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13 Aug 2:30pm Italian PM summoned to face possible no-confidence vote
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Senate calls on Giuseppe Conte to respond to crisis after coalition member pulls out
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13 Aug 2:15pm Nora Quoirin: body found in Malaysia confirmed as missing girl
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Postmortem examination to determine whether further police investigation needed
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13 Aug 1:46pm Barking fire: social tenants told to return despite safety fears
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Residents of east London flats say they are being forced back before safety assessments Social housing residents of a block of flats in east London that was recently engulfed in flames say they are being forced to move back despite safety fears. All residents at Samuel Garside House in Barking were evacuated after a fire on 9 June. About 100 firefighters and 15 fire engines were dispatched to deal with the blaze. The majority of residents were put in hotel accommodation, while others were rehomed in temporary accommodation.
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13 Aug 1:46pm Mona Lisa fans decry brief encounter with their idol in Paris
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Louvre visitors complain of being moved on in seconds after spending hours in queue
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13 Aug 1:26pm Johnson fuels election talk with camera-friendly Leeds trip
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PM appears to be in campaign mode as he is filmed at a prison, and also visits a hospital Boris Johnson appeared to be in election campaign mode on a “splash and selfie tour”, as he flew to Yorkshire to visit a prison and hospital. The prime minister took an RAF flight to Leeds for a one-day trip after announcing a boost to funding for security in prisons, amid heavy speculation he wants to promote the Conservatives as a party of law and order before fighting an election on populist ground.
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13 Aug 1:07pm Tom Watson urges Labour to work with Lib Dems to stop no-deal Brexit
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Labour deputy leader says union with Jo Swinson only way to block no-deal Brexit Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has urged his party to work with the Liberal Democrats in order to stop a no-deal Brexit, as the party’s new leader Jo Swinson made clear she would work with Watson, despite having ruled out an alliance with Jeremy Corbyn. The remarks by the two senior politicians at a round table on Wednesday are likely to spark anger from the Labour leadership. Swinson has previously
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13 Aug 12:12pm Hong Kong riot police clash with airport protesters
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Batons and pepper spray used on protesters as flights suspended for second day
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12 Aug 10:25pm Hong Kong airport: hundreds of flights cancelled ahead of further protests
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More protests expected on Tuesday as Beijing state media warn that city is at a ‘critical juncture’ Hundreds of flights out of Hong Kong have been cancelled and passengers stranded, a day after one of the world’s busiest airports shut down in a dramatic response to mass demonstrations. Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, said on Tuesday that “lawbreaking activities in the name of freedom” were damaging the rule of law and that the territory’s recovery from the protests could take a long time.
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