Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’ – BBC News

June 27, 2017

… prime minister said the two parties “share many values” and the agreement was “a very good one”. Mrs May said it would would “enable us to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom, give us the certainty we require as we embark on our departure from the European Union, and help us build a stronger and fairer society at home”. Mrs Foster said she was “delighted” with a package that includes 1bn of new funding, plus more flexibility …

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Canadian officer is first woman to lead Changing of the Guard

June 27, 2017

… given change day, in front of Buckingham Palace in central London. Music accompanies the marches of both the old guards out and the new guards in. The soldiers, who don iconic red tunics and tall black bearskin caps, are not just accessories to provide tourists with a photo opportunity. They are a highly skilled troop prepared to assume combat duty. Until now the honor of captain has been filled solely by men. “Back when we were training at my home base in Shilo [Manitoba], two of the UK …

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California family buries man wrongfully ID’d as son

June 26, 2017

(CNN)On May 12, Frank Kerrigan buried his son in a plot next to his late wife in California. About two weeks later, Kerrigan received a phone call and a voice he wasn’t expecting. Kerrigan’s oldest child — who is homeless and mentally ill — had visited the home of a family friend,a pallbearer at the funeral. …

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‘Trumpcare’ would send her to Mexico for birth control

June 26, 2017

(CNN)All Ariana and Kevin Gonzalez want is birth control. But the California couple says that if the Republican alternative to Obamacare becomes law, they’ll be driving over the border to Mexico to get it. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. California community health centers would be put under “untenable stress” if Planned Parenthood centers were defunded, according to a group representing the centers. …

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‘I kept my daughter’s body at home for three weeks’ – BBC News

June 24, 2017

… touch with Arka Original Funerals – a Brighton company that is part of a movement in the UK to re-personalise and de-industrialise death, dying and funerals. Image copyright Gilli Davidson Image caption Niamh and her twin brother Zach aged five – a year before her diagnosis Niamh would remain at home for nearly three weeks, with her eyes closed. “We try and slow things down for loved ones, to give time to digest the news of a death. We don’t have a prescribed way …

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

… trouble. Perhaps inspired by Wiltshire’s large number of chalk hill figures – it has 13 horse figures alone – they despatched the soldiers to carve a kiwi in the hillside above Bulford Military Camp. It was designed by Sgt Maj Percy Cecil Blenkarne from a sketch of a stuffed kiwi specimen in the British Museum. The figure, the body of which measures 1.5 acres (6,100 m sq), was completed shortly before the troops went home. It was then looked after by the Kiwi shoe polish …

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Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head, captured the world’s attention after a …

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UK holiday fraudsters could face jail – BBC News

June 22, 2017

… because of a cap on the legal fees that can be charged by law firms pursuing personal injury cases at home. Mr Tanzer added: “The government must urgently address this issue. The legal loophole that is allowing firms to unduly profit from these claims must be closed. “This would allow people with genuine claims access to justice but make this area less attractive to claims firms.” …

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Ossoff’s liberalism just wasn’t right for Georgia district

June 21, 2017

… 1980. All three events were historical home runs. But politically speaking, Gingrich blazed a GOP trail in the 6th district that will take a lot more than the Democrat resistance to extinguish. At the presidential level, 6th district voters in Georgia have voted solidly Republican for years. George W. Bush won the district by more than 40 points, McCain by 25, Romney by 23. The drop came last year; President Trump barely won, beating Hillary Clinton by just one point. This is when the …

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Don’t lose sleep over apnea, but treatment is crucial

June 21, 2017

(CNN)Last week, actress Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report contained a surprising detail: The Los Angeles medical examiner listed sleep apnea as a factor in the “Star Wars” actress’ death. Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing while sleeping, for 10 seconds to a minute or longer. This can happen repeatedly during the night, causing blood-oxygen levels to dip and putting a strain on the heart. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on …

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London fire: Syrian victim Mohammed Alhajali family ‘can come to UK’ – BBC News

June 19, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVictim’s brother recounts final call: “He said: ‘Why did you leave me?’.” Arrangements will be made for the family of one of those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire to travel from Syria to the UK for his funeral, the home Office has said. Mohammed Alhajali, who was 23, was the first victim to be named. The Syrian refugee came to the UK in 2014 and studied civil engineering. A total of 58 people are …

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UK wealth gap ‘widening over past decade’ says report – BBC News

June 19, 2017

‘Wealth gap’ The foundation says the spreading of property wealth in the mid-1990s and mid-2000s fuelled a decade-long fall in wealth inequality – but that progress has since gone into reverse. The proportion of property wealth owned by the bottom four-fifths of adults grew from 35% in 1995 to 40% in 2005. However, the foundation warns “that with home ownership steadily falling since its mid-2000s peak, the proportion of property wealth owned by the bottom four-fifths …

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Britain’s ‘longest-married’ couple celebrate anniversary – BBC News

June 18, 2017

Image copyright Peter Rhys Williams Image caption Ken and Margaret Harris celebrated their oak anniversary at their Powys nursing home But after spending a month in hospital, Mr Harris was given the all clear to leave and was found a room in the same care home as his wife in the Brecon Beacons. “Ken went to war and Margaret stayed home working as a doctor’s secretary but he always had her photo in his wallet,” added Mrs Harris. “When Ken went into hospital he …

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Why we still really need to see Donald Trump’s tax returns

June 17, 2017

… You can see a baseball game is going on but it’s tough to make out the individual players or figure out what pitch the pitcher is throwing. Tax returns are like having front-row seats behind home plate. You can see the reaction on the batter’s face when he disagrees with a call. You can see how the teams interact — both with each other and amongst themselves. You can hear the pop of the fastball hitting the catcher’s mitt. It’s an entirely different game and …

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US Open 2017: World’s top three miss cut as quartet battle for lead

June 17, 2017

… the cut mark all the way through his second round late Friday. But he faltered in the closing stages and rounds of 75, 73 for four over gave the 32-year-old extra time to be with fiance Paulina and second child River Jones, who was born Monday. McIlroy, who has missed the last five weeks because of a rib injury, said in the build-up if players couldn’t hit the wide Erin Hills fairways they should “pack their bags and go home.” Well, McIroy was forced to practice what he …

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Iraqi detainees in Michigan fear deportation

June 16, 2017

… detainees without giving them an opportunity to prove they could face torture or death if returned to Iraq. The ACLU complaint was filed against Rebecca Adducci, the director of the ICE Detroit district office, and the ACLU requested a hearing on Friday for the detainees. Many of the Iraqis are Chaldeans, members of an Iraqi Christian group. Historically, they have faced problems in Muslim-majority Iraq. The Detroit metropolitan area is home to the largest US group of Chaldeans. Community …

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Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

June 15, 2017

… media agency, Amaq, reported on 8 June that the two Chinese nationals who had been taken hostage in Pakistan’s Balochistan province on 24 May were executed. The reported execution of the Chinese nationals in Pakistan is the latest instance of ISIS’ targeting of China, which is home to more than 20 million Muslims, including Uyghurs in the far western province of Xinjiang. In 2014 ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, explicitly equated China with Israel, India and the US as an …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… children were being axed, when in fact the plan was to end the free lunches for all infants, which benefits the better-off. 6) Not reacting to the Labour surge Image copyright Getty Images People knew very little about Theresa May before the campaign started – she had been home secretary for a long time but had not courted publicity like some of her cabinet colleagues. An introvert, by Westminster standards, who does not like talking about her private feelings, she tended to come …

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Anger in Taiwan as China poaches another diplomatic ally

June 14, 2017

… calling Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen — the first contact between a US president or president-elect and Taiwan’s leaders. However, Trump has since affirmed US commitment to the One China policy — a set of protocols that have governed US-China relations for decades. Panama gave no specific reason for the split but China has been investing in the country, which is home to Panama canal — a crucial shipping route. “I have ratified it because it is the correct …

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Sanders allies emboldened by Labour’s gains in UK election

June 11, 2017

Chicago (CNN)As it became clear late Thursday that UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s electoral gambit had fallen flat, and that her Conservatives’ majority in Parliament had been leveled by a resurgent Labour party, progressives in the US climbed on the shoulders of their transatlantic allies and celebrated a result already stoking ambitions at home. Corbyn’s success in confounding the British pundit class and skeptical Labour officials, many of whom openly worried …

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Election results 2017: May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks – BBC News

June 10, 2017

… as home secretary. David Davis will also stay on as Brexit secretary and Sir Michael Fallon will keep his role as defence secretary. There could be changes elsewhere in the cabinet while nine middle-ranking and junior ministers, including Ben Gummer and Jane Ellison, lost their seats at the general election and will need to be replaced. BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said the prime minister was facing calls from MPs to remove close advisers who have been blamed for the failure to …

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Five things to watch: The Comey hearing

June 8, 2017

… Comey’s testimony was released and, for one very key point, it is dead on: Trump is correct that Comey told him multiple times the FBI was not investigating him personally. The first (and only) comment from Trump’s newly appointed spokesman and lawyer on all things involving Russia, Marc Kasowitz, hammered home that they feel “totally vindicated.” “The President is pleased that Mr. Comey has finally publicly confirmed his private reports that the President was not …

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General election: Sadiq Khan warns of ‘unsustainable’ police cuts – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… argument”. The BBC’s assistant political editor Norman Smith said he expected there to be a remorseless focus on the issue of security in the final 48 hours of the election campaign before Thursday’s poll despite attempts by the Conservatives to focus on Brexit. Labour has accused Theresa May of “letting austerity damage her ability to keep us safe” by allowing total police officer numbers to fall by nearly 19,000 while she was home secretary. ‘Deeply …

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London attack: Police ‘know identities of killers’ – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… condemned the attack, saying it was “time to say enough is enough” and end the UK’s “tolerance” of extremism. Image copyright Reuters Image caption People were led away from the attack scene by police with their hands up Dominic Casciani, BBC home affairs correspondent With three attacks in three months, terrorism against soft targets is beginning to feel, to some people, like the new normal. The brutal reality is that this kind of threat is absolutely …

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Election 2017: 10 things we’ve learned over seven weeks – BBC News

June 5, 2017

… May denies social care U-turn Whiff of panic in May’s social care response 2) Numbers are important – and so are names Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn struggles over childcare cost on Woman’s Hour For any politician who has a live broadcast interview, preparation – and knowledge of your party’s policies – is essential. Two gaffes stand out. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott mixed-up her numbers in an interview …

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