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14 Aug 5:59pm British woman dies in Barbados after being set alight in her bed
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Killer’s identity not known, say police, as ‘devastated’ family raise funds to bring body home A British woman has died in Barbados after being doused with a flammable substance and set alight as she lay in bed. The family of Luton-born Natalie Crichlow said they were “shocked and devastated” by her death.
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14 Aug 5:30pm Grenfell survivors housed in flats with high fire risk, report finds
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Campaign group Justice4Grenfell say findings show ‘lack of humanity’ on part of council Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are living in a block of flats with a high risk of fire, according to a risk assessment report commissioned by a resident. In July 2018, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea acquired 31 flats on Hortensia Road, London for survivors of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower. The new-build property was bought from a private contractor as part of the 300 homes for Grenfell survivors.
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14 Aug 2:00pm Microplastics ‘significantly contaminating the air’, scientists warn
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Discovery of pollution in snowfall from the Arctic to the Alps leads to call for urgent research on potential human health impacts Abundant levels of microplastic pollution have been found in snow from the Arctic to the Alps, according to a study that has prompted scientists to warn of significant contamination of the atmosphere and demand urgent research into the potential health impacts on people. Snow captures particles from the air as it falls and samples from ice floes on the ocean between Greenland and Svalbard contained an average of 1,760 microplastic particles per litre, the research found. Even more – 24,600 per litre on average – were found at European locations. The work shows transport by winds is a key factor in microplastics contamination across the globe.
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14 Aug 6:04am Boris Johnson under pressure after Hammond slams no-deal Brexit - politics live
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Philip Hammond, the former chancellor, says leaving EU without a deal would be a betrayal of the referendum result
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14 Aug 5:17am Birmingham shooting: man arrested on suspicion of murder
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19-year-old held over drive-by killing of James Teer near his home in Erdington
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14 Aug 5:00am Ibram X Kendi on why not being racist is not enough
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The historian on how he confronted his own racism and the lessons he learned along the way, the far right’s abuse of free speech, and why the rise of the Squad gives him hope It is a moment that disturbs Ibram X Kendi to this day. It was the 90s, and Kendi – then in his final year of high school – was due to deliver a speech at a public-speaking contest held in Martin Luther King’s honour. “When we think of American history in the 90s, we’re really talking about the period in which people in both political parties, people of
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14 Aug 5:00am Top US bosses earn 278 times more than their employees
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Chief executives earned an average of $17.2m each last year and their pay grew more than 1000 % since 1978, survey finds Chief executives at the US’s top companies took home $17.2m in pay last year – 278 times the salary of their average worker. Between 1978 and 2018, the average pay of the bosses of the US’s largest 350 companies has grown by 1,007.5%, according to the Economics Policy Institute’s
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14 Aug 4:52am India issues new flood alert as monsoon death toll reaches 244
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Kerala residents warned of heavy rain after 1.2 million people evacuated in four states
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14 Aug 4:48am Philip Hammond: MPs can stop Boris Johnson delivering no-deal Brexit
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Former chancellor suggests No 10 advisers have no intention of negotiating a new EU deal Philip Hammond has said MPs can prevent Boris Johnson taking the UK out of the EU without a deal on 31 October, calling no deal a “betrayal of the referendum” and suggesting advisers in Downing Street have no intention of negotiating a new deal. Hammond expressed scepticism about the prospect of a national unity government taking over after a no-confidence vote but said if parliament could not agree on a way to honour the referendum result, a referendum or general election was inevitable.
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14 Aug 4:44am Sydney stabbing suspect Mert Ney faces murder charge after CBD rampage
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Police search family home of 20-year-old, who has spent night in hospital after knife attack
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14 Aug 3:11am Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms
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Fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information from Biostar 2 discovered on publicly accessible database The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan Police, defence contractors and banks. Suprema is the security company responsible for the web-based Biostar 2 biometrics lock system that allows centralised control for access to secure facilities like warehouses or office buildings. Biostar 2 uses fingerprints and facial recognition as part of its means of identifying people attempting to gain access to buildings.
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14 Aug 1:52am Fears of fresh unrest as Zimbabwe’s opposition plan protests
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Government warns of reprisals as protests and strikes planned in country crippled by debt Zimbabweans are bracing for fresh unrest after the main opposition party unveiled plans for a series of major rallies starting this week and unions called for strike action.
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14 Aug 1:19am Michaela Dunn identified as victim who died in Sydney stabbing attack
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The family of the 24-year-old woman, whose body was found in a Clarence Street unit after Tuesday’s rampage, asked for privacy The woman murdered in
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14 Aug 12:00am Fears of violence as Zimbabwe’s opposition plan protests
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Government warns of reprisals as protests and strikes planned in country crippled by debt Zimbabweans are bracing for fresh violence and unrest after the main opposition party unveiled plans for a series of major rallies starting this week and unions called for strike action.
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13 Aug 11:46pm Hong Kong: flights resume at airport after clashes between protesters and police
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Airport obtains injunction against protesters to prevent them from returning to disrupt operations Flights have resumed in and out of Hong Kong airport after two days of protests by pro-democracy activists caused chaos that paralysed the transport hub. Hundreds of flights
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13 Aug 11:06pm Four Britons arrested as Australian police seize £50m of MDMA powder
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Two held in Queensland and two in New Zealand along with two Australians as officers targets UK crime syndicate Four British men have been arrested in Australia and New Zealand after police seized drugs worth millions of dollars in an operation targeting a UK organised crime syndicate. Queensland police said officers seized 766kg of MDMA powder in one of the region’s biggest-ever busts on Tuesday. The drugs haul had an estimated value of £50.7m (A$90m).
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13 Aug 10:22pm Australian farmers jailed for smuggling Danish pig semen in shampoo bottles
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Two WA men from GD Pork pleaded guilty to breaching biosecurity laws to gain ‘unfair’ breeding advantage
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13 Aug 9:05pm Hong Kong: flights resume at airport after clashes between protesters and police
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Airport obtains injunction against protesters to prevent them from returning to disrupt operations Flights have resumed in and out of Hong Kong airport after two days of protests by pro-democracy activists caused chaos that paralysed the transport hub. Hundreds of flights
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13 Aug 8:56pm Sydney stabbing suspect Mert Ney faces murder charge after CBD rampage
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Police search family home of 20-year-old, who has spent night in hospital after knife attack
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13 Aug 8:55pm Uighur man held after leaking letters from Xinjiang camp inmates, says family
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Abdurahman Memet believed notes from his parents and brother were proof they had been imprisoned in Chinese ‘re-education’ centres A Uighur man who leaked letters from inmates at China’s secretive internment camps in Xinjiang has been detained, according to activists and relatives. Abdurahman Memet, 30, a tour guide in Turpan, last year received letters from his parents and brother, written from inside detention centres in the far western region where as many as 1.5 million Muslims
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13 Aug 7:02pm First ads banned for contravening UK gender stereotyping rules
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Watchdog bans VW and Philadelphia ads with bungling dads and ‘passive’ women Two television ads, one featuring new dads bungling comically while looking after their babies and the other a woman sitting next to a pram, have become the first to be banned under new rules designed to reduce gender stereotyping. The Advertising Standards Authority banned the ads, for Volkswagen and Philadelphia cream cheese, following complaints from the public that they perpetuated harmful stereotypes.
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