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31 Jul 6:14pm Trump claims he has done 'much more for minorities' than Barack Obama
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Comments come after former president suggested current administration suppressing minority voters
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31 Jul 5:14pm China calls for regular coronavirus testing at wholesale markets
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Beijing's outbreak last month is linked to a major wholesale market
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31 Jul 4:43pm Boston marathon bombing: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence overturned by appeals court
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New sentencing hearing ordered to decide between life in prison or renewed death penalty sentence
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31 Jul 4:11pm Activists in Albuquerque vow to meet Trump's federal agents with peaceful protests and civil disobedience
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City establishes hotline for protesters who want to organise peaceful demonstrations
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31 Jul 3:47pm Florida teenager arrested over hacking of celebrity Twitter accounts including Obama and Elon Musk
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A 17-year-old "mastermind" behind the massive hack of high-profile Twitter accounts in an alleged bitcoin scam was arrested during an early morning raid in Florida on Friday. The Tampa teenager, Graham Ivan Clark, is facing 30 felony charges over the "Bit-Con" hack of famous celebrities, politicians and business leaders including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and many others. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said the extensive fraud was sophisticated and used famous personalities to target regular Americans.
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31 Jul 3:27pm Trump administration accused of failing to plan for rollout of coronavirus vaccine
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"We have not heard anything from the federal government since 23 April," official says
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31 Jul 3:16pm Babesiosis: First UK case of deadly tick-borne disease discovered in England
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Two people living on south coast hospitalised with rare infections
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31 Jul 3:01pm Dozens of migrants in small boats head for UK one day after record Channel crossing numbers
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At least 202 people landed in Kent from France – the highest 24-hour figure
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31 Jul 2:42pm Obama is now on a head-on collision course with Trump to save the 2020 US election
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Former president spoke partly about past, writes Andrew Buncombe, but also very much about present
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31 Jul 2:34pm 'Fingerprint' of the climate crisis in flooding that has left a third of Bangladesh under water
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'This is a one in 20-year flood event that we are having now for the fifth time in the last two decades'
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31 Jul 2:30pm Hurricane Isaias travels towards Florida after causing havoc in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic
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'Interests along the entire US east coast should monitor the progress of Isaias', National Hurricane Centre says
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31 Jul 2:15pm Lack of gender and ethnic diversity in advertising industry leads to 'lazy sexist' stereotyping in ads, leading advertisers group head admits
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'The portrayal of women in ads is often very different from society,' Keith Weed tells The Independent
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31 Jul 2:10pm Dubai Crown Prince pays medical bills of Nigerian mother stranded with newborn quadruplets
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'We are still in shock because we didn't even know how to get money,' says father of babies
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31 Jul 1:53pm Jared Kushner scrapped national coronavirus strategy in political move to blame governors of Democrat states hit hardest, report claims
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'It was very clear that Jared was ultimately the decision-maker as to what [plan] was going to come out', public health expert says
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31 Jul 1:48pm Coronavirus: Train passengers at risk of catching disease within 8ft of an infected person
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Sitting next to a sufferer gives you a 3.5 per cent chance of picking up virus, scientists find
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31 Jul 1:36pm Lorry driver detained at Channel Tunnel with 150 kg of cannabis in cargo
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Police search properties across central Scotland after discovery
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31 Jul 1:28pm 'Imagine them pulling this at Christmas': Fury and frustration in Bradford at northern lockdown
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New guidelines come into force on eve of major Islamic festival Eid al-Adha
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31 Jul 1:12pm Coronavirus: Packed beaches pictured across England as infections rise and lockdown easing postponed
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Friday marks hottest day of 2020 so far in UK as temperatures surpass 35C
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31 Jul 1:08pm Coronavirus: Manchester City Council leader says new lockdown rules go 'too far'
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Action 'needs to be proportionate', Sir Richard Leese says
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31 Jul 1:04pm What is the true story behind Nigel Farage's claim that 'illegal' immigrants are staying in hotels?
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Brexit party leader makes remarks in 10-minute video cataloguing failed attempt to book hotel room in late July
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31 Jul 12:47pm Judge bans Ghislaine Maxwell lawyers from identifying alleged victims for fear they may be harassed and drop out of case
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Decision comes hours after release of newly unsealed documents from Epstein defamation trial
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31 Jul 12:39pm Bronx Zoo apologises for exhibiting African man in monkey house in 1906
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Officials at 125-year-old institution denounce past 'racial intolerance'
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31 Jul 12:30pm Riots 'worse than 2011' could hit UK amid rising tensions over policing and coronavirus, Sage experts warn
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Experts say threat of disorder is being worsened by 'lack of clear, consistent, messaging' by government
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31 Jul 12:17pm Trump threatens Portland protesters with 'very strong offensive force'
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'If it doesn't clear up, we're going to do something very powerful,' president says as Democrats accuse him of using force against peaceful protesters
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31 Jul 11:32am Black Lives Matter group apologises to family of man who died in police custody
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Group called for a judge to release footage of John Neville's death to public
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31 Jul 11:17am Trump secretly recorded boasting about how many retweets he got for backing Confederate-named base
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Republican senator James Inhofe put president's voice on speaker phone in Washington restaurant
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31 Jul 11:14am White House says Americans about to lose $600 coronavirus aid 'should call' Democrats
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"We're not" on a "path" to a deal, Speaker Pelosi says in rare dueling Friday press conferences
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31 Jul 11:13am Coronavirus vaccine: Dr Fauci 'cautiously optimistic' jab is possible this year
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Dr Anthony Fauci said today that he is "cautiously optimistic" of an effective coronavirus vaccine being available by the end of the year. Testifying before a House subcommittee investigation of the Trump administration's coronavirus response, the infectious diseases expert said he was confident that the vaccine being developed by Moderna would be successful by late fall or early winter. "We hope that by the time we get into late fall and early winter, we will have in fact a vaccine that we can say that would be safe and effective. One can never guarantee the safety or effectiveness unless you do the trial, but we are cautiously optimistic this will be successful," Mr Fauci said.
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31 Jul 11:08am Dr Fauci clashes with top Trump loyalist over proposed crackdown on protests during pandemic
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Dr Anthony Fauci has clashed with top Republican Jim Jordan about whether the government should limit protesting across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic during a House subcommittee hearing.
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31 Jul 11:00am Coronavirus: Dr Fauci says Europe better at managing Covid-19 than US due to widespread shutdown
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Trump responds on Twitter, yet again claiming more testing equals more cases
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31 Jul 10:30am Why this voter thinks Trump is turning the US into a 'police state' — but fears Biden isn't inspiring enough people
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'I think we are in big trouble if Trump gets re-elected... but we need that message of hope'
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31 Jul 10:25am Law to ban 'inappropriate' dress in Cambodia set to threaten women's freedoms, rights groups say
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'Reprimanding women for their clothing serves to reinforce notion that women are to blame for sexual violence they suffer,' says Amnesty International
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31 Jul 10:00am 'Shoulders, knees and toes to follow': Britons react to Boris Johnson's new coronavirus slogan 'Hands, Face, Space'
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'Why do those who lead us think we only understand glib soundbites?' asks one commentator
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31 Jul 9:49am Trump niece's claim about president's mental health backed by Yale psychiatrist
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'Any honest and competent mental health professional has come to the same conclusion'
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31 Jul 9:36am House prices jump at fastest pace since 2009 but Nationwide warns of 'false dawn'
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Average sale price up to £220,936 as pent-up demand and stamp duty suspension give market a temporary boost
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31 Jul 9:11am Activists bombard ICE with bogus applications for new 'Citizens Academy'
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Agency says scheme is intended to educate public and build community spirit
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31 Jul 9:05am Coronavirus vaccine: US seals $2.1bn deal with drug companies for 100 million doses
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Agreement comes after British government made similar order this week
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31 Jul 9:04am Portland protests: Trump's homeland security chief says federal police will stay – for now
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President could add to federal footprint in Portland by also sending National Guard
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31 Jul 8:55am Coronavirus: Public switching off from lockdown rules due to 'deplorable' government messaging, say experts
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Britons 'getting alienated', warns member of Independent Sage group of scientists
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31 Jul 8:31am Climate change 'driving UK's extreme weather' and temperature records, Met Office warns
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More climate change-induced heatwaves and flooding to come, climate scientists predict
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31 Jul 8:22am PC Andrew Harper's teenage killers jailed as judge says they showed 'no remorse'
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Three teenagers who killed PC Andrew Harper have been jailed as a judge said they had shown "no remorse".
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31 Jul 7:38am Prince Andrew lobbied US government for better plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein, newly released Ghislaine Maxwell documents claim
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New unsealed court documents shed more light on relationship between Duke of York and his former friend
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31 Jul 7:23am Face masks to be mandatory in cinemas, museums, and places of worship from next weekend
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The wearing of face coverings will become mandatory in cinemas, museums, and places of worship from next weekend, Boris Johnson has announced.
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31 Jul 7:21am Boris Johnson postpones further coronavirus lockdown lifting as infections rise across England
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Prime minister says he needs to 'squeeze the brake pedal' on relaxations for wedding receptions, indoor performances and bowling alleys
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31 Jul 7:13am Coronavirus: Scotland advises against travel to northern England after new lockdown rules imposed
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Nicola Sturgeon urges those intending to visit affected areas 'to cancel their plans'
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31 Jul 6:39am Coronavirus: Infections increasing across England, new official statistics show
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Modelling suggests 35,700 people could have been infected across England from 20-26 July
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31 Jul 6:35am 'Wildlife rangers risk their lives every day to stop poachers'
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We are protecting wildlife at risk from poachers due to the conservation funding crisis caused by COVID-19. Help is desperately needed to support wildlife rangers, local communities and law enforcement personnel to prevent wildlife crime. Donate to help Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade HERE
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31 Jul 6:19am Coronavirus: How the pandemic could fuel illegal poaching across Africa
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Restricted travel due to Covid-19 is cutting off vital tourism for local communities
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31 Jul 6:16am David Duke: Former KKK grand wizard and white supremacist has Twitter account suspended
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Notorious agitator had recently propagated assorted coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories
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31 Jul 6:12am Coronavirus: What led to new lockdown restrictions across the north of England?
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New rules ban separate households from gathering in homes, gardens and pubs across Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and east Lancashire
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31 Jul 6:06am Hong Kong election delayed after opposition candidates barred
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Carrie Lam calls decision 'necessary' after spike in coronavirus cases, but critics say this is an excuse for the government to avoid a humiliating defeat
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31 Jul 5:51am Shamima Begum: Government wins permission to appeal against ruling that Isis bride should return to UK
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Begum to remain in Syria aas previous judgment 'stayed' until Supreme Court considers case
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31 Jul 5:24am Lockdown guidance for north of England described as 'deeply chaotic' after late-night government announcement
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Official guidance on new rules for parts of northern England did not appear until hours after they came into effect
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31 Jul 5:21am Barry Bennell: Ex-football coach and paedophile pleads guilty to nine sexual offences
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Former Crewe Alexandra coach and Man City scout currently serving 30-year sentence for 50 child sexual offences
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31 Jul 5:06am Eurozone enters deepest-ever recession as economy shrinks 12.1 per cent
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Spain and France both record precipitous slumps as coronavirus batters economies across the Continent
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31 Jul 4:29am Coronavirus: Blackburn police officers isolating after outbreak at retirement party
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Mass quarantine will have no impact on day to day policing, Lancashire Constabulary promises
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31 Jul 4:01am Department of Homeland Security found to be gathering 'intelligence' on journalists covering Oregon protests
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'This has no operational value whatsoever, it will damage the office's reputation,' says former acting general counsel
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31 Jul 3:37am Republicans tell Trump: You can't delay 2020 election
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President has no power to move election day without congressional action – and Republicans in both houses immediately dismiss idea
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31 Jul 3:20am Michael Brown killing: Ferguson officer who shot teenager dead in 2014 won't face charges
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Reexamined evidence did not show Darren Wilson murdered the black teenager, say prosecutors
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31 Jul 3:11am UK weather: Britain expected to be warmer than Ibiza on hottest day of the year
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Some parts of England are expected to be warmer than Spain
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31 Jul 2:57am Muslim Eid celebrations not being targeted by household gatherings ban, Matt Hancock says
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Household gatherings banned in some areas while pubs remain open
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31 Jul 2:42am Jordan 'rotten meat': Child dies and 800 poisoned near Amman
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Crowds attracted to restaurant offeing half-price shawarma fall ill
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31 Jul 1:50am Obama calls Trump 'racist, nativist and sexist' at private campaign event, report says
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Former president has reportedly been hosting conversations over Zoom to raise funds for Joe Biden's presidential campaign
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31 Jul 1:36am There is something strange about our universe, scientists find after mapping the cosmos
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Our universe is much more "homogenous" than would be expected, scientists have said after producing a detailed map of matter in the cosmos.
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31 Jul 1:35am Coronavirus: New lockdown restrictions in parts of north of England following spike in Covid-19 transmission
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The new rules were announced hours before Muslims across the country were due to celebrate Eid al-Adh
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31 Jul 1:25am 'We have been left to fend for ourselves': Vulnerable workers fear returning to unsafe workplaces
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Employees with conditions such as diabetes and severe asthma are anxious about a sudden return to workplaces after months of barely leaving home
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31 Jul 1:22am Universal Credit failing millions as current design 'punishes poorest', says Lords report
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'It has led to an unprecedented number of people relying on food banks and not being able to pay their rent'
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31 Jul 1:00am England lockdown: Where are the new local restrictions and what are the rules?
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'Households gathering' is one reason for stricter measures, Matt Hancock says
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31 Jul 12:52am Targeting 12 dementia risk factors 'could delay or prevent 40% of cases'
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Excessive alcohol, a mid-life head injury and exposure to air pollution added to list of triggers
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30 Jul 7:03pm Gypsy, traveller and black Caribbean pupils at least twice as likely to be permanently excluded from school, figures show
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'We need to see education staff being aware of the background of the community,' Roma charity worker says
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