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25 Sep 6:55pm ‘It’s inhumane’: Scottish students furious and frightened after law bans them from going home - and to pubs
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<p>‘This is 17 and 18-year-olds being physically cut off from their families at one of the hardest times in their lives,’ says one third year&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 6:52pm Obamas top poll for most admired man and woman in the world
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<p>Survey conducted with more than 45,000 people in 42 countries</p>
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25 Sep 6:40pm US Rep. Craig asks supporters to vote despite snag in race
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A Minnesota congresswoman whose race has been roiled by a third-party candidate's death is urging supporters to vote for her and the rest of the Democratic ticket, even though votes in her race won’t count under current circumstances
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25 Sep 6:39pm University police officer placed on leave after dragging female student down steps
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<p>Incident described by university leaders as ‘disturbing’ and investigation launched</p>
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25 Sep 6:37pm Updated Free access to government information plunges to record lows under Boris Johnson
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<p>Labour brands failure to answer on time ‘deeply troubling’</p>
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25 Sep 6:29pm Parkland shooting victims could receive just $9000 each after court caps school liability
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<p>The ruling designates mass shootings as a single incident and limits liability at $300,000</p>
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25 Sep 6:14pm Updated Coronavirus: All the places on the government’s Covid-19 watchlist
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The government’s official coronavirus watchlist has had 38 new local authorities added to it, including all 32 London boroughs, as cases of the infectious disease surge across the UK.
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25 Sep 5:52pm Updated Matiu Ratana: Officer shot dead at Croydon police station named
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<p>Met Commissioner pays tribute to long-serving and ‘much loved’ officer</p>
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25 Sep 5:48pm Trudeau reaches deal with opposition party, election averted
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One of Canada’s main opposition parties has reached a deal with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government that will allow for Trudeau’s minority Liberal government to stay in power
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25 Sep 5:35pm US senators demand action after AP exposes palm oil abuses
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Lawmakers say the U.S. government needs to ban the import of products made with child or forced labor after an Associated Press investigation found widespread exploitation in the palm oil industry
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25 Sep 5:17pm Donald Trump launches blistering attack on the Black Lives Matter movement
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<p>President says BLM tactics 'destroying many black lives’</p>
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25 Sep 5:09pm Mother of alleged Kenosha shooter gets standing ovation at GOP event
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<p>Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting two people and injuring a third during Black Lives Matter protests in Wisconsin</p>
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25 Sep 5:07pm 22 die in Ukraine military plane crash
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Ukraine's emergency services say a military plane carrying aviation school students crashed and burst into flames while landing, killing 22 people
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25 Sep 4:55pm Mexico wants to pay US water debt, stay out of US election
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Mexico's president is calling on angry farmers in northern Mexico to allow the country to pay its water debt to the United States, noting he does not want Mexico to become an issue in the U.S. elections
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25 Sep 4:53pm Police officer shot dead by suspect held at south London station
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<p>Suspect, 23, turned gun on himself and remains in hospital in critical condition</p>
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25 Sep 4:51pm Kentucky lawmaker arrested during protests in Taylor case
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A Kentucky lawmaker spent a night in jail after her arrest during protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor
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25 Sep 4:43pm Florida to fully lift coronavirus restrictions in restaurants and bars, despite bump in cases
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<p>State removes all Covid-19 enforcement orders on bars and restaurants as cases rise among young people throughout September</p>
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25 Sep 4:42pm Wuhan citizens sue government over coronavirus deaths
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<p>Government accused of hiding the outbreak until it was too late</p>
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25 Sep 4:37pm British military facing modern-day ‘blitz’ with 60 cyber attacks a day
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<p>UK’s armed forces face around 1,800 cyber attacks per month, British military official warns</p>
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25 Sep 4:34pm Donald Trump launches blistering attack on the Black Lives Matter movement
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<p>President says BLM tactics 'destroying black lives’</p>
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25 Sep 3:54pm Why this former ‘reluctant’ Trump voter now ‘proudly’ supports the president in 2020
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<p>‘The Supreme Court is a big issue…if the roles were reversed, I’m 100% sure that Obama or Biden would do the same thing.’</p>
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25 Sep 3:43pm 22 die in Ukraine military plane crash
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Ukraine's emergency services say a military plane carrying aviation school students crashed and burst into flames while landing, killing 22 people
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25 Sep 3:41pm Manchester Metropolitan University: Two halls in lockdown as 127 students test positive for coronavirus
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<p>Health officials say measures will prevent Covid-19 spreading to wider community</p>
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25 Sep 3:38pm China: Nearly two-thirds of Xinjiang mosques damaged or demolished, new report shows
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<p>Some 65 per cent of the region’s mosques have been affected, a think tank says&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 3:38pm London officer shot dead while detaining suspect at station
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A British police officer has been shot dead inside a London police station by a suspect he was detaining, who then appears to have turned the gun on himself
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25 Sep 3:32pm NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station
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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth
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25 Sep 3:28pm Why this former ‘reluctant’ Trump voter now ‘proudly’ supports the president in 2020
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<p>‘The Supreme Court is a big issue…if the roles were reversed, I’m 100% sure that Obama or Biden would do the same thing.’</p>
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25 Sep 3:28pm Trump campaign’s patriotic economic advert used Russian stock footage
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<p>It is not the first time the president’s campaign has run into trouble with adverts</p>
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25 Sep 3:24pm UK national debt soars £36bn in August as cost of coronavirus support mounts
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<p>Government borrowed more than in any previous August since the Office for National Statistics began publishing monthly figures in 1993</p>
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25 Sep 3:20pm Manchester Metropolitan University: Two halls in lockdown as 127 students test positive for coronavirus
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<p>Health officials say measures will prevent Covid-19 spreading to wider community</p>
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25 Sep 3:12pm Ron Paul: Former presidential candidate in hospital after suffering medical emergency during livestream
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<p>The leading voice of the libertarian &nbsp;movement was reportedly ‘lucid and optimistic’ in hospital</p>
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25 Sep 3:07pm Coronavirus: Scientists urge UK not to follow Sweden’s approach to pandemic
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<p>Remarks follow Boris Johnson’s briefing with country’s chief epidemiologist</p>
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25 Sep 3:03pm Audit finds more incidents after police dog bites Black man
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The police chief says Salt Lake City’s K9 apprehension program will remain suspended indefinitely after an internal audit done after a Black man was bitten found 27 dog bite incidents since 2018
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25 Sep 3:02pm At UN, Pakistani leader calls India a sponsor of Muslim hate
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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has assailed India’s Hindu nationalist government and its moves to cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir, calling India a state sponsor of hatred and prejudice against Islam
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25 Sep 2:57pm Police officer shot dead by suspect held at south London station
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<p>Suspect, 23, turned gun on himself and remains in hospital in critical condition</p>
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25 Sep 2:56pm Coronavirus: US Covid deaths could top 400,000 by January, model shows
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<p>The prediction is even more dire if people don’t wear masks</p>
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25 Sep 2:53pm Recalled mushrooms cause salmonella outbreak in 41 people across 10 states, CDC says
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<p>Four hospitalisations linked to infections reported&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 2:36pm Spanish councillor apologises after using face mask to lip-synch EU award bid in flawless English
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<p>Opposition politicians call failed bid an ‘unprecedented embarrassment’</p>
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25 Sep 2:34pm Ron Paul: Former presidential candidate in hospital after suffering medical emergency during livestream
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Mr Paul, 85, who was discussing federal stimulus money at the time, was taken to hospital in Texas for “precautionary” reasons, Fox News reported.
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25 Sep 2:33pm Manchester Metropolitan University: Two halls in lockdown as 127 students test positive for coronavirus
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Two halls of residence at Manchester Metropolitan University have gone into local lockdown after 127 students tested positive for coronavirus.
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25 Sep 2:16pm Florida wildlife refuge to take 30 former circus elephants
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A Florida wildlife sanctuary is building a new 2,500-acre home for former circus elephants
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25 Sep 2:15pm Charlie Hebdo: Two stabbed outside magazine’s former offices in Paris after cartoons republished
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<p>Two arrested after stabbings as trial over 2015 attack continues</p>
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25 Sep 2:09pm Putin calls for new non-aggression pact on cyberwarfare
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<p>‘It’s the kind of thing Putin might float if he was planning something – to give it additional plausible deniability’</p>
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25 Sep 2:07pm Coronavirus: Government made no assessment of cost to pubs of 10pm curfew, minister admits
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<p>Liberal Democrat deputy leader demands evidence behind ‘arbitrary’ restriction</p>
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25 Sep 2:06pm Why this former ‘reluctant’ Trump voter now ‘proudly’ supports the president in 2020
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<p>‘The Supreme Court is a big issue…if the roles were reversed, I’m 100% sure that Obama or Biden would do the same thing.’</p>
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25 Sep 2:02pm New measurements show moon has hazardous radiation levels
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Future moon explorers will face ultrahazardous radiation levels
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25 Sep 1:59pm Journalism groups rebuke Trump after he calls police violence against reporters ‘a beautiful sight’
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<p><strong>Journalism is not a crime: </strong>Groups rebuke the president’s ‘unconscionable’ comments after he appears to celebrate police violence against a journalist</p>
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25 Sep 1:51pm New York dad who shielded children from gunfire lost job due to injuries
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<p>Anthony Jefferson caught on camera diving to protect children</p>
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25 Sep 1:50pm White House slaps down FBI director for dismissing Trump election fraud claims
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<p>It is the second major rebuke from the White House after the president hinted he was “looking at” replacing the head of the agency</p>
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25 Sep 1:45pm Landlords suing to push back against eviction ban
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Landlords are going to courts around the country, claiming that a national eviction moratorium unfairly strains their finances and infringes on their rights as property owners
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25 Sep 1:35pm Coronavirus: Government made no assessment of cost to pubs of 10pm curfew, minister admits
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<p>Liberal Democrat deputy leader demands evidence behind ‘arbitrary’ restriction</p>
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25 Sep 1:34pm Trump says he ‘again’ received ‘Bay of Pigs award.’ But is it real?
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<p>‘Biden betrayed Hispanic-Americans,’ president says as he makes late push for Latino voters in Flordia</p>
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25 Sep 1:33pm David Cameron’s plan for ‘tacky £50,000 swimming pool’ met with local outrage
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<p>Neighbours fear former PM will keep them up at night with ‘rowdy pool parties’</p>
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25 Sep 1:20pm Third body found in Central Park this month after fisherman hooks corpse
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<p>The body appeared to have suffered a head wound and has not been identified yet</p>
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25 Sep 1:15pm Birdsong became more beautiful during lockdown because humans weren’t drowning it out, scientists reveal
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<p>‘When you reduce noise pollution there's almost an immediate effect on wildlife’, <strong>Harry Cockburn </strong>reports</p>
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25 Sep 1:15pm Turkmenistan creates new parliament chamber
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Turkmenistan's authoritarian president, who has an unchallenged hold on power, has signed a constitutional change to expand the country's parliament to two chambers
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25 Sep 1:10pm The other issues: Pandemic focus at UN pushes out key topics
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Just as the coronavirus has taken center stage in daily life worldwide, it is hogging the conversation at the United Nations General Assembly, the biggest annual meeting of international leaders
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25 Sep 1:08pm Coronavirus UK: Highest ever daily case total for second day running as 6,874 new infections recorded
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<p>34 deaths confirmed over period as increase in testing throws up record case figures</p>
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25 Sep 1:05pm At least 30 of 41 choir members contract coronavirus after indoor rehearsal
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<p>Volunteer group rehearsed ahead of open-air performance two days later</p>
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25 Sep 1:02pm UK car production plunges 44% as industry reels from effects of pandemic and Brexit
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<p>Production losses due to the crisis have cost manufacturers more than £9.5bn so far this year, it was estimated, while at least 13,500 jobs have been lost</p>
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25 Sep 12:57pm Man survives after being bitten on head by crocodile
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<p>The snorkeler was airlifted to a hospital&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 12:53pm Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes first woman to lie in state at US Capitol
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<p>Supreme Court Justice known as RBG becomes first woman in American history to lie in state at Capitol after death aged 87</p>
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25 Sep 12:52pm Putin calls for new non-aggression pact on cyberwar
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<p>'It’s the kind of thing Putin might float if he was planning something — to give it additional plausible deniability'</p>
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25 Sep 12:50pm Coronavirus: Scientists urge UK not to follow Sweden’s approach to pandemic
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<p>Remarks follow Boris Johnson’s briefing with country’s chief epidemiologist</p>
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25 Sep 12:48pm Coronavirus: No area in England classified as ‘low risk’ as Leeds faces new restrictions
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<p>New NHS contact-tracing app shows no postcode area is risk-free&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 12:47pm Louisville police chief under fire for email saying BLM members should be washing her car
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<p>Police chief called protesters ‘woke’ in bitter email to staff last month, causing anger&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 12:44pm Trump hits battleground states courting key voters
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President Donald Trump is trying to chip away at his Democratic rival’s advantage with black and Hispanic voters during a two-day campaign swing that is ticking off boxes, both geographically and with key constituencies
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25 Sep 12:42pm Keith Hufnagel death: Skateboarding icon dies from brain cancer
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<p>Streetwear company founder had battled disease for more than two years</p>
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25 Sep 12:33pm Police officer shot dead by suspect held at south London station
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<p>Suspect, 23, turned gun on himself and remains in hospital in critical condition</p>
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25 Sep 12:33pm The latest hard-to-find item: a desk
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First it was toilet paper
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25 Sep 12:30pm Wuhan citizens sue government over coronavirus deaths
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<p>Government accused of hiding the outbreak until it was too late</p>
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25 Sep 12:24pm Keith Hufnagel death: Skateboarding icon dies from brain cancer
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<p>Streetwear company founder had battled disease for more than two years</p>
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25 Sep 12:23pm Coronavirus UK: Highest ever daily case total for second day running as 6,874 new infections recorded
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<p>34 deaths confirmed over period as increase in testing throws up record case figures</p>
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25 Sep 12:19pm Birdsong became more beautiful during lockdown because humans weren’t drowning it out, scientists reveal
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<p>‘When you reduce noise pollution there's almost an immediate effect on wildlife’, <strong>Harry Cockburn </strong>reports</p>
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25 Sep 12:10pm Kosovo and Serbia could name lake after Trump
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<p>Kosovo prime minister says he appproves of US president’s envoy’s propsal to rename lake</p>
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25 Sep 12:10pm French woman punched in face by three men ‘for wearing skirt’
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<p>‘Look at that whore in a skirt,' said one of the men prior to attack</p>
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25 Sep 12:07pm Review: Sufjan Stevens creates electronic world of inquiry
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Following his sparse and haunting 2015 album “Carrie & Lowell,” the 15-track “The Ascension” sees Sufjan Stevens shift from an internal gaze to a response to his external environment
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25 Sep 12:06pm Hacked software provider acknowledges ransomware attack
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A major U.S. provider of software services to state and local governments has acknowledged it was hit by a ransomware attack two days after telling clients an unknown intruder had compromised its phone and information technology systems
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25 Sep 12:03pm White House slaps down FBI director for dismissing Trump election fraud claims
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<p>It is the second major rebuke from the White House after the president hinted he was “looking at” replacing the head of the agency</p>
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25 Sep 11:50am Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings
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The latest hotspot for the coronavirus in the United States is the heartland, where cases are rising in a worrying trend
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25 Sep 11:39am Feds: Relax protections for woodpecker endangered since 1970
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Federal officials say a woodpecker declared endangered half a century ago has recovered enough to relax federal protections
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25 Sep 11:33am Local lockdowns imposed in several cities as UK cases rise
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Cities around the U.K. are imposing new coronavirus restrictions as they race to slow the spread of COVID-19, and London could be next
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25 Sep 11:30am Coronavirus: Boris Johnson facing defeat at hands of Tory rebels over future lockdown restrictions
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<p>42 Conservative backbenchers back amendment to give parliament power to decide</p>
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25 Sep 11:29am Palestinian leader calls for new peace process in UN speech
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an international conference early next year to “launch a genuine peace process” while criticizing the recent decision of two Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel
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25 Sep 11:25am Police defeat 10% of UK county lines drug networks in week-long blitz
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<p>The operation involved all 43 regional forces in England and Wales&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 11:22am 2 charged for handling of virus outbreak at veterans home
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Two former leaders of a Massachusetts home for aging veterans where nearly 80 people sickened by the coronavirus died have been criminally charged for their handling of the outbreak
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25 Sep 11:17am Trump camp hopes Mideast pacts translate to Jewish support
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Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but Republicans are hoping the recent steps toward normalized relations between Gulf states and Israel — which Trump vigorously touted earlier this month — bolster his appeal to Jewish voters
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25 Sep 11:05am ‘Birds do not know borders’: UK birdwatching group cuts ties with Taiwan partner over secession fears
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<p>Decision by Cambridge-based BirdLife International shocks bird conservation community on island</p>
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25 Sep 10:56am Mali swears in transitional president and vice president
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Mali’s transitional president and vice president were sworn into office, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation
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25 Sep 10:52am Ralph Northam: Virginia governor tests positive for coronavirus hours before Trump visit
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<p>Democrat entering isolation as Donald Trump due in Newport News for campaign rally&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 10:50am Pope Francis tells United Nations that coronavirus pandemic is opportunity for change
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Pope Francis has urged world leaders to use the coronavirus emergency as an opportunity to reform the injustices of the global economy and “perverse logic” of the nuclear deterrence doctrine
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25 Sep 10:47am Largest California wildfire threatens marijuana-growing area
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California’s largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana-growing enclave and authorities say many of the local residents have refused to evacuate
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25 Sep 10:44am Pentagon fears Trump will order military to put down post-election violence, report claims
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<p>Pentagon brass worried Mr Trump would use American troops on American citizens&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 10:43am Police officer shot dead by suspect held at south London station
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<p>Suspect, 23, turned gun on himself and remains in hospital in critical condition</p>
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25 Sep 10:34am US-China feud escalates as American diplomat accuses Communist Party of turning ‘local epidemic into global pandemic’
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<p>Trump has repeatedly blamed America’s geo-strategic rival over spread of coronavirus</p>
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25 Sep 10:34am Vatican cardinal pushes back after pope fires him in scandal
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The financial scandal that toppled Cardinal Angelo Becciu, one of the Vatican's most powerful Vatican officials, is mounting with evidence that he directed hundreds of thousands of euros of Vatican and Italian church funds to a charity controlled by his brother
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25 Sep 10:26am Obama endorses Warnock in crowded Georgia Senate race
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Former President Barack Obama on Friday added his name to the list of prominent Democrats endorsing the Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia’s special U.S. Senate election
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25 Sep 10:19am Switzerland to vote in referendum on freedom of movement with EU
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<p>Swiss will vote this weekend on whether to limit the number of European Union citizens who can live and work in Switzerland</p>
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25 Sep 10:12am Police officer shot dead by suspect held at south London station
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<p>Suspect, 23, turned gun on himself and remains in hospital in critical condition</p>
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25 Sep 10:11am Swexit? Switzerland set to vote on scrapping freedom of movement with EU
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<p>Bitter campaign echoing Brexit referendum sees ruling, right-wing party claim migrants ‘change our culture’</p>
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25 Sep 10:06am Trump camp hopes Mideast pacts translate to Jewish support
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Jewish American voters have leaned Democratic for decades, but Republicans are hoping the recent steps toward normalized relations between Gulf states and Israel — which Trump vigorously touted earlier this month — bolster his appeal to Jewish voters
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25 Sep 10:04am Kim Jong-un offers rare apology over shooting and burning to death of South Korean official
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<p>North Korean leader says ‘very sorry’ for ‘unsavoury’ incident in disputed sea boundary</p>
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25 Sep 10:01am Pentagon brass reportedly ready to walk if Trump orders military to put down post-election violence
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<p>Elizabeth Warren oddly suggests national security official could stop a president from doing anything</p>
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25 Sep 9:57am Trump to buck local officials with ‘gargantuan’ rally they say poses ‘severe public health threat’
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<p>President plans to pack 4,000 people into Newport News airport hangar but officials cannot stop it</p>
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25 Sep 9:49am Alexei Navalny’s Moscow flat seized ‘while he was still in a coma’ after poisoning
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<p>Russian bailiffs announced seizing Navalny’s share in his Moscow apartment while he was in hospital &nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 9:48am First man cured of HIV infection now has terminal cancer
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The first person known to have been cured of HIV infection says he is terminally ill from a recurrence of the cancer that prompted his historic treatment 12 years ago
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25 Sep 9:46am Presidential debate: This is what Biden needs to do to win the debate, according to experts
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<p>Debate experts say if Joe Biden wants to win, his message must be more than ‘I’m not Trump’</p>
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25 Sep 9:38am Coronavirus: Tens of thousands ‘wrongly given’ all clear by Lighthouse laboratories
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<p>Software chosen by Covid-19 mega-labs allegedly failed to spot dozens of positive test samples</p>
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25 Sep 9:34am Witness mandate vex some new mail-in voters in key states
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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing millions of American voters worried about their health to scramble to vote by mail for the first time
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25 Sep 9:27am Updated Police officer shot dead by suspect held at south London station
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<p>Suspect, 23, turned gun on himself and remains in hospital in critical condition</p>
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25 Sep 9:22am No-deal Brexit will lead to £1.3 billion a year rise in food and drink tariffs
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<p>Unless deal is secured with EU, supermarket shoppers will see their bills rise £1.3 billion a year in tariffs</p>
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25 Sep 9:16am Trump to buck local officials with ‘gargantuan’ rally they say poses ‘severe public health threat’
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<p>President plans to pack 4,000 people into Newport News airport hangar but officials cannot stop it</p>
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25 Sep 9:11am Updated North Korea’s Kim offers rare apology over shooting and burning to death of South Korean official
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<p>North Korean leader says ‘very sorry’ for ‘unsavoury’ incident in disputed sea boundary</p>
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25 Sep 8:50am Black man executed over murder of white couple after lawyer says he was victim of racial stereotyping
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<p>Attorney for 40-year-old accused prosecutors of racial stereotyping in original death sentence&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 8:49am Orders for big-ticket US manufactured goods up weak 0.4%
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Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods increased a weak 0.4% in August following a much larger July gain
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25 Sep 8:44am Brexit: Red alert as officials admit Northern Irish ports will not be ready for New Year deadline
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<p>Average supermarket truck ‘will need 400 certifications’ to enter from British mainland</p>
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25 Sep 8:40am EU police searching office of Kosovo war veterans group
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Witnesses say European Union security police have stormed the offices of a war veterans association in Kosovo
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25 Sep 8:31am Updated MP caught on tube without mask complains country is ‘like East Germany under the Stasi’
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<p>DUP politician Sammy Wilson pictured without mandatory face covering days after government increased fine to £200</p>
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25 Sep 8:26am Updated Coronavirus: London to go onto watchlist
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<p>Capital’s entry on list ‘stark reminder that now is time for all Londoners to pull together’</p>
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25 Sep 8:24am Updated Coronavirus: Tens of thousands ‘wrongly given’ all clear by Lighthouse Labs
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<p>Software chosen by Covid-19 mega labs failed to spot dozens of positive test samples</p>
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25 Sep 8:18am Germany: No probe of column on police that angered minister
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German prosecutors say they won’t open an investigation of a newspaper column that disparaged police and infuriated the country’s interior minister
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25 Sep 8:14am Giant rat wins animal hero award for sniffing out landmines
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A rat has for the first time won a British charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery, receiving the honor for searching out unexploded landmines in Cambodia
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25 Sep 8:08am Julian Assange lawyer says Trump election victory will be bad for WikiLeaks founder
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<p>Edward Fitzgerald also says Assange will suffer if sent to US - regardless of who wins November election</p>
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25 Sep 8:04am Lawyer says Trump victory in Nov will be worse for Assange
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A lawyer for Julian Assange said Friday that the WikiLeaks founder’s situation will be worse if President Donald Trump is re-elected in November than if Democrat rival Joe Biden wins
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25 Sep 7:59am Justice Department seeks immediate ban on WeChat in US
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The Justice Department is seeking an immediate ban on downloads of WeChat in Apple and Google app stores, saying the Chinese-owned messaging service is a threat to the security of the United States
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25 Sep 7:56am EU Council president Michel out of quarantine
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European Council President Charles Michel has ended his self-quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19 for a second time this week
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25 Sep 7:53am Madrid resists government pressure to extend soft lockdown
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Health authorities combating coronavirus in Madrid are adding a further eight areas of the Spanish capital to those with movement restrictions but have not followed a recommendation from the national government that the partial lockdown should apply to the whole city
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25 Sep 7:53am Coronavirus: Madrid resists government pressure to extend soft lockdown
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<p>Spanish government recommends lockdown for 3.3 million residents&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 7:50am Updated EU Commission appeals after losing Apple $15B tax case
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The European Commission said Friday it’s appealing a court decision that had ruled Apple doesn’t have to repay $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland
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25 Sep 7:48am Updated China aims to make 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses a year
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A Chinese health official says the country’s annual production capacity for coronavirus vaccines will top 1 billion doses next year, following an aggressive government support program for construction of new factories
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25 Sep 7:47am Turkey slams US speaker over remarks on Trump, Erdogan
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Turkey’s foreign minister is accusing US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “blatant ignorance” over her comments that questioned U.S. President Donald Trump’s commitment to democracy and his alleged “admiration” of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other leaders accused of authoritarian rule
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25 Sep 7:43am Updated Coronavirus: Boris Johnson facing defeat at hands of Tory rebels over future lockdown restrictions
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<p>42 Conservative backbenchers back amendment to give parliament power to decide</p>
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25 Sep 7:42am Coronavirus: No area in England classified as ‘low risk’ as Leeds faces new restrictions
The Independent
<p>New NHS contact-tracing app shows no postcode area is risk-free&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 7:41am Only 18% of people self-isolate after developing coronavirus symptoms, UK study finds
The Independent
<p>Research also shows just 11% of people in contact with those testing positive stay at home for 14 days</p>
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25 Sep 7:41am Election 2020 Today: Trump sows voting doubt; Biden lays low
The Independent
President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses drew swift blowback from both parties in Congress
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25 Sep 7:39am Tokyo Olympics: ‘Hundreds of millions’ of coronavirus vaccine doses could be available before games, IOC says
The Independent
<p>IOC President Thomas Bach has delivered a pep talk to Japanese government officials on Covid-19</p>
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25 Sep 7:37am Updated Brexit: NHS put on no-deal planning alert, letter reveals
The Independent
<p>Hospital chiefs have been asked to prepare health service for potential disruption from end of 2020</p>
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25 Sep 7:32am Pope John Paul II sculpture reflecting fight against communism sparks debate in Poland
The Independent
<p>Warsaw installation relates to pontiff’s efforts in 1980s to help free Poland from communism</p>
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25 Sep 7:29am ‘I’m very ashamed’: Argentine lawmaker suspended after kissing woman’s breast during virtual session of congress
The Independent
<p>Juan Emilio Ameri faces potential expulsion following the ‘serious offence’ on Zoom</p>
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25 Sep 7:22am Man left in critical condition after balcony fall as police search for four suspects
The Independent
<p>Group may hold vital information about incident, West Midlands Police say</p>
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25 Sep 7:03am Coronavirus mutating to survive and spread faster, scientists believe
The Independent
<p>There is no evidence the virus is becoming more lethal</p>
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25 Sep 7:01am Queen Elizabeth II to trim costs as COVID-19 hits income
The Independent
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her family are facing a 35 million pound ($45 million) hit from the coronavirus pandemic, partly due to a shortage of tourists
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25 Sep 6:59am 4 wounded in knife attack in Paris, suspect arrested
The Independent
Paris police say they have arrested a man suspected of a knife attack that wounded four people near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo
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25 Sep 6:58am Japan Catholic Church sued for damages in alleged sex abuse
The Independent
A woman has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church’s unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually reaches Japan
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25 Sep 6:54am Updated Trump warns Democrats he might pack Supreme Court if GOP holds White House and Senate
The Independent
<p>‘We’re not losing Florida,’ president vows on day Joe Biden was again at home. ‘You can just feel it.’</p>
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25 Sep 6:47am Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes first woman to lie in state at US Capitol
The Independent
<p>Supreme Court Justice known as RBG becomes first woman in American history to lie in state at Capitol after death aged 87</p>
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25 Sep 6:42am Julian Assange ‘binge-watched’ suicide of ex-Bosnian Croat general
The Independent
<p>WikiLeaks founder told doctor how he ‘binge-watched’ suicide of Slobodan Praljak in Hague courtroom three years ago</p>
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25 Sep 6:41am The Queen forced to make cutbacks after £35m shortfall due to coronavirus pandemic
The Independent
<p>Lockdown has hit tourist numbers at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle — as costs of royal charter flights revealed</p>
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25 Sep 6:40am Updated Pakistan Hindus rally in Islamabad over India migrant deaths
The Independent
Hundreds of members of Pakistan’s minority Hindu community are rallying in Islamabad and have briefly clashed with the police
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25 Sep 6:26am Updated Tesco reintroduces rationing due to panic-buying and stockpiling over second lockdown fears
The Independent
<p>Supermarkets urge customers to ‘shop considerately’ amid worries of second lockdown</p>
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25 Sep 6:20am Updated King Harald: Norway’s 83-year-old monarch admitted to Oslo hospital
The Independent
The Norwegian palace says the country's popular 83-year-old king, Harald V, has been admitted to the main hospital in Oslo
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25 Sep 6:16am Updated Coronavirus: Packed streets as pubs empty at 10pm for first time as new rules come in
The Independent
<p>Increased police presence to remain on streets in ‘public spaces with high footfall’, says Metropolitan Police</p>
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25 Sep 6:10am Australian think tank finds 380 detention camps in Xinjiang
The Independent
An Australian think tank says China appears to be expanding its network of secret detention centers in Xinjiang, where Muslim minorities are targeted in a forced assimilation campaign
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25 Sep 6:08am Serbia plane crash: MiG-21 military jet goes down near border with Bosnia
The Independent
Serbia's Defense Ministry says an army jet has crashed near the country’s border with Bosnia
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25 Sep 6:05am Next boss Lord Wolfson warns thousands of traditional retail jobs ‘unviable’ after pandemic
The Independent
<p>Rishi Sunal is warned of ‘1980s levels’ of unemployment as retail boss predicts years of high street job cuts</p>
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25 Sep 6:05am Updated Swiss-EU relations back on ballot over freedom of movement
The Independent
The Swiss vote this weekend on whether to limit the number of European Union citizens who can live and work in Switzerland, a measure championed by a populist party that wants to make sure the Swiss get preferential access to jobs, social protections and benefits in the rich Alpine country
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25 Sep 6:04am Switzerland to vote in referendum on freedom of movement with EU
The Independent
<p>Swiss will vote this weekend on whether to limit the number of European Union citizens who can live and work in Switzerland</p>
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25 Sep 6:00am Marseille fights against closure of public venues as France battles coronavirus rise
The Independent
Angry restaurant and bar owners are demonstrating in Marseille to challenge a French government order to close all public venues as of Saturday to battle resurgent virus infections
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25 Sep 5:11am Indian farmers protest, fear exploitation by private players
The Independent
Hundreds of Indian farmers have taken to the streets to protest new laws that the government says will boost growth in the agricultural sector through private investments
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25 Sep 4:48am UK weather: High winds and showery spells as snow hits northern England
The Independent
<p>Some parts may see a brighter weekend after freezing storms</p>
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25 Sep 4:26am Coronavirus news you may have missed overnight: Daily cases hit record level as UK braces for job losses
The Independent
<p>Students in Scotland are unable to return home amid ban on household mixing</p>
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25 Sep 4:24am Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month
The Independent
A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September and ordered the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident extended for another month through the end of October
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25 Sep 4:19am Coronavirus: Early vaccine may just alleviate symptoms, scientists warn
The Independent
<p>Developers are aiming for a Covid-19 vaccine to be available early next year while scientists caution over its effectiveness&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 4:14am Updated Has the Tory press given up on Boris Johnson?
The Independent
<p>The prime minister appears to have fallen out of favour with a number of the publications that backed him at the election less than a year ago, writes Sean O’Grady. But does it matter?</p>
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25 Sep 4:14am Greta Thunberg and youth climate protests make a return
The Independent
Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg is back
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25 Sep 3:46am Mother denied chance to clear her name of charge that will see entire family deported back to husband she fears
The Independent
<p><strong>Exclusive:</strong> Asiya Gul Iram’s dreams of escaping a life of oppression and gaining a sense of independence were shattered when she was accused, among thousands of others, of cheating in an English language test with no right of appeal</p>
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25 Sep 3:44am French woman punched in face by three men ‘for wearing skirt’
The Independent
<p>‘Look at that whore in a skirt,' said one of the men prior to attack</p>
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25 Sep 3:34am Virus again slashes French Open crowd sizes; now just 1,000
The Independent
Already repeatedly trimmed, crowd sizes for the French Open have been reduced again to just 1,000 spectators per day because of the worsening coronavirus epidemic in Paris
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25 Sep 3:34am Updated Cambodia landmine detection rat awarded miniature gold medal for ‘lifesaving bravery’
The Independent
<p>Magawa can search area the size of tennis court for landmines in 30 minutes, which would take human with metal detector four days</p>
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25 Sep 2:55am Asian shares mixed, cheered by US rally, stimulus hopes
The Independent
Asian shares are mostly higher, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy
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25 Sep 2:52am Portland protest declared unlawful assembly after fire set
The Independent
Police in Portland, Oregon, have declared an unlawful assembly at a demonstration where a fire was set outside a police union building late Thursday
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25 Sep 2:37am Coronavirus Scotland: Students banned from returning home and told not to go to pubs
The Independent
<p>‘They can’t meet indoors with another household – even mum and dad,’ official says</p>
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25 Sep 2:30am Canceled flights strand 25 Easter Islanders for 6 months
The Independent
A group of 25 residents from remote Easter Island has been stranded far from home for six months now due to the coronavirus
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25 Sep 2:27am Migrants accuse Greece of pushing them back out to sea
The Independent
Turkey and some human rights groups accuse Greece of large-scale summary deportations of migrants without access to asylum procedures
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25 Sep 2:18am AP Interview: Israeli virus czar fights outbreak, politics
The Independent
A leading Israeli public health expert, who was named the country's coronavirus czar in mid-July, has been hailed as Israel’s best hope for halting a fast-growing number of cases
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25 Sep 2:05am For Arab newlyweds, the party goes on until police bust in
The Independent
Police in the Arab world have been disrupting long-awaited wedding parties in recent weeks, with officers busting in, kicking out guests and slapping hefty fines on the party's organizers
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25 Sep 1:46am ‘Postcode lottery’ of contraceptive services in pandemic — with one in three women unsure how to get help
The Independent
<p>‘I’m talking to lots of women who are now pregnant because they couldn’t get their contraception. Me and my team are talking to 20 a day,’ says lead contraceptive nurse&nbsp;</p>
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25 Sep 1:33am The Latest: Vehicle runs into California protesters, 1 hurt
The Independent
Authorities in Los Angeles say at least one person was hurt when a vehicle ran into a small crowd of people protesting police brutality Thursday night
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25 Sep 1:15am Updated In despair, protesters take to streets for Breonna Taylor
The Independent
People dismayed that the Louisville, Kentucky, officers who shot Breonna Taylor haven't be charged with her death have vowed to persist in their fight for justice
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25 Sep 1:13am Ginsburg is first woman to lie in state at US Capitol
The Independent
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the first woman in American history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol, capping days of commemorations of her extraordinary life
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25 Sep 1:06am STORY REMOVED: US--Megan Thee Stallion-Shooting
The Independent
Please disregard US--Megan Thee Stallion-Shooting, published on September 24, 2020, and datelined in LOS ANGELES
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25 Sep 1:04am Fight over Trump tax returns goes to appeals court — again
The Independent
A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Friday in President Donald Trump’s long-running fight to prevent a New York top prosecutor from getting his tax returns
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25 Sep 12:58am Trump infuses politics into his choice for the Supreme Court
The Independent
President Donald Trump aims to maximize the benefit of his Supreme Court choice before Nov. 3 and even secure an electoral backstop should the results be contested
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25 Sep 12:35am The Latest: NM voters submit 250K absentee ballot requests
The Independent
Voters across New Mexico have submitted nearly 250,000 absentee ballot requests with especially strong demand among Democrats for alternatives to in-person voting amid the pandemic
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25 Sep 12:12am Megan Thee Stallion says person who shot her was Tory Lanez
The Independent
More than a month after she was shot in the feet after a party in the Hollywood Hills, hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion is saying for the first time that fellow rapper Tory Lanez was the person who pulled the trigger
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24 Sep 11:56pm Hearing seeks to move protest shooter for trial in Wisconsin
The Independent
A 17-year-old accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, faces a hearing to return him to Wisconsin to face trial on homicide charges that could put him in prison for life
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24 Sep 10:36pm Updated Girl dead, 3 family members hurt in Oklahoma house explosion
The Independent
Oklahoma City fire officials say a girl was killed and her parents and brother were injured when their home exploded
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24 Sep 10:35pm Updated Teenage girl killed in Oklahoma gas blast that could be heard 30 miles away
The Independent
<p>Gas leak from fireplace blamed for massive blast in Oklahoma City</p>
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24 Sep 9:16pm Updated Man dies after eating bag of licorice every day for weeks
The Independent
<p>Doctors are now warning against excessive black licorice consumption</p>
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24 Sep 9:12pm Dianne Feinstein’s husband named in UC admissions scandal
The Independent
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, University of California Regent Richard Blum, has been named by the state auditor’s office as one of the regents involved in an admissions scandal where UC wrongly admitted dozens of students as favors to well-connected people
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24 Sep 9:06pm Loneliness is public health issue linked to risk of early death, new study finds
The Independent
<p>The latest study into loneliness during the pandemic finds the condition associated with an increased mortality risk , writes Daisy Lester&nbsp;</p>
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24 Sep 9:04pm Thailand sues Facebook, Twitter for allowing banned material
The Independent
Thailand’s government has lodged complaints with police against Facebook and Twitter, alleging they failed to comply with court orders to block hundreds of accounts judged illegal under Thai law
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24 Sep 9:01pm Owner of fire-stricken ship to pay $1.8M for Sri Lankan help
The Independent
Sri Lanka's government says the owner of a large oil tanker that caught fire off the coast of the island nation has agreed to pay $1.8 million for its help in extinguishing the blaze
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24 Sep 8:29pm Police: Violence at Portland protest escalates to firebombs
The Independent
Portland police say protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at officers in Oregon's largest city during a demonstration over a Kentucky grand jury’s decision to not indict the Kentucky officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor
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24 Sep 8:12pm Demi Lovato, Max Ehrich call off engagement after 2 months
The Independent
Singers-actors Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich have called off their engagement after two months
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24 Sep 8:11pm First black inmate put to death since Trump administration resumed executions
The Independent
<p>Christopher Vialva’s death came more than 20 years after he was convicted of killing two people</p>
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24 Sep 7:58pm Smoking cannabis during pregnancy linked to psychotic-like behaviours in children
The Independent
<p>The study was undertaken by researchers in the US who analysed nine-year-old children</p>
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24 Sep 7:39pm Majority of Americans support abolishing Electoral College system in favour of popular vote
The Independent
<p>Electoral victories with popular vote losses happened only four times in US history – twice within the last 20 years</p>
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24 Sep 7:28pm Coronavirus vaccine to be ready globally in early 2021, Chinese company claims
The Independent
<p>A Chinese pharmaceutical company says its coronavirus vaccine candidate will be ready for the world by early next year</p>
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24 Sep 7:19pm Updated Two reporters arrested during Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville, despite identifying themselves as press
The Independent
<p><strong>Journalism is not a crime:&nbsp;</strong> Shelby Talcott and Jorge Ventura were detained as they were reporting on the demonstrations</p>
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24 Sep 7:18pm Obama to join Kamala Harris for 2 Democratic fundraisers
The Independent
Former President Barack Obama will join Kamala Harris for a pair of fundraisers next week in support of the Democratic ticket
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24 Sep 7:08pm Stunt legend Evel Knievel’s son sues Disney over ‘Toy Story 4’ daredevil character
The Independent
<p>Kelly Knievel says famed dad did not ‘spill his blood’ for Disney to make money</p>
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24 Sep 7:01pm How a four-day week could boost the economy after coronavirus
The Independent
<p>The government needs to be creative to get the country back on its feet – and a shorter working week could be the answer. But can it work in the UK, asks Isabelle Gerretsen</p>
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24 Sep 7:01pm Lib Dem members expected to commit party to universal basic income in vote at online conference
The Independent
<p>Bust-up over EU policy expected at four-day virtual gathering</p>
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24 Sep 7:00pm Cineworld’s woes point to an unhappy ending for cinema chains
The Independent
<p>A dearth of big releases and pandemic-induced closures has forced Cineworld to go cap in hand to its banks, writes James Moore</p>
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