Two have ‘life changing’ injuries after acid attack – BBC News

June 27, 2017

Mr Muhktar, who has since been brought out of his coma, has burns across his body arms, legs, back, neck and the right side of his face as well as damage to his right eye. image copyright Resham Khan image caption Resham Khan had just returned from a year abroad as part of her business management degree at Manchester Metropolitan Univesrity On social media, Ms Khan said: “I’m devastated. I keep wondering if my life will ever be the same. Acid attacks in the UK are unheard …

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How Harry Potter enchanted the world – BBC News

June 27, 2017

… pram. After many rejections, the manuscript was eventually picked up by Bloomsbury. The first hardback print run, which came out on 26 June 1997, was just 500 copies. Then something magic happened. That first book – and the six that followed – went on to sell more than 450 million copies around the world. image caption The Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies Okay, so books were around for a long time before Harry Potter. But JK Rowling turned book …

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Ian Paterson: Why have private patients not been compensated? – BBC News

June 26, 2017

… policies have very stringent restrictions, which can be revoked in cases of criminal activity, meaning the patient is not necessarily covered. “So people are not as safe in the private sector as they are in the NHS because policies are subject to review, so even if you sue somebody, if the insurers say it is criminal conduct it falls outside the policy,” she said. “It’s really bad and before this case I don’t think anyone realised it could happen.” image …

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Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of

June 26, 2017

… peaceful China into war ridden Syria or Iraq. While most Hong Kong independence activists are critical of the UK for denying the city a chance of going it alone — as all other British colonies were able to — the flag of the Hong Kong Colony has nevertheless become a symbol of the movement, probably because it is guaranteed to annoy China. Protester Xi An image of Xi holding a yellow umbrella has been banned, according to the Ming Pao newspaper. The umbrella became a …

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Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

June 26, 2017

… image copyright SPL image caption Foetuses and other specimens were brought back to the UK from whale processing factories image copyright Trustees of NHM image caption The famous “Thames whale”, which stranded and died in 2006, will be exhibited The whales exhibition is due to open on 14 July, the day after the NHM re-opens its front entrance. The Hintze Hall has been remodelled. Its emblematic diplodocus (“Dippy”) dinosaur is being replaced by a blue …

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10 miscarriages in 10 years: One couple’s heartbreak – BBC News

June 25, 2017

… couple’s devastating losses, how attending a memorial service for one of their lost babies helped them grieve and why they are not giving hope just yet. image copyright Jen Bickel image caption The couple met on a school trip when they were teenagers That feeling of lying on the bed waiting for the scan with Andrew sat next to me holding my hand, I’m just watching the faces of the hospital staff for any signs. It’s a feeling of “here we go again”. …

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EastEnders executive producer leaves programme after one year – BBC News

June 25, 2017

“I’ll enjoy watching EastEnders go from strength to strength but will miss everybody enormously. Elstree really is a place where you make friends for life.” image caption O’Connor is currently working on a feature about murderer Neville Heath with Gatiss Controller of BBC Drama Piers Wenger said: “I want to thank Sean on behalf of the BBC for the work he’s done on EastEnders, and we wish him all the very best for the future.” Former Channel 4 …

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Visa refusal leaves mother and toddler 4,000 miles apart – BBC News

June 24, 2017

image caption Suhail and Riza met on a holiday in Pakistan Irena said: “As he’s growing up he’s forgetting her so we have to remind him all the time on Skype or on email or WhatsApp – ‘that is your mother’. He doesn’t realise that at all.” The family had to mark Umair’s first birthday without his mother: “I cried my eyes out. I really, really cried because she wasn’t there to have a look at his first birthday,” …

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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

image copyright National Trust image caption Is it a horse or a dragon? It is said that when King Arthur awakes the hill figure will rise up and dance The Uffington Horse, in the Berkshire Downs, is considered the oldest hill figure of them all. Carved in the Iron Age, there has been an unbroken chain of people caring for this prehistoric monument for the past 3,000 years. image copyright August Schwerdfeger image caption The Osmington White Horse was carved in honour of King George …

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London fire: Police expect Grenfell death toll to rise – BBC News

June 20, 2017

But Cdr Cundy warned of the potential “terrible reality” that some people may never be identified due to the intensity of the fire. “I must consider the fact that there may be others in the building who, for whatever reason have not been reported to us. “There is also a real possibility that there may be people in the building that no-one knows are missing,” he said. image copyright Metropolitan Police Kensington and Chelsea Council has faced widespread …

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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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London fire: Queen reflects on ‘sombre national mood’ – BBC News

June 17, 2017

image copyright PA image caption The Queen met local people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire during a visit to a temporary shelter Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to “get to the bottom” of the west London tower block fire amid mounting criticism of her response to the disaster. The prime minister was jeered when she visited the Kensington site on Friday Mrs May was criticised for not speaking to Grenfell Tower residents on her first visit following the blaze. She …

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London fire: Tower victims ‘may never be identified’ – BBC News

June 16, 2017

image copyright EPA image caption Candles and messages of condolence have been left near Grenfell Tower The leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council – the authority that owns the tower block – told BBC Two’s Newsnight it would not use the type of cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower in other buildings in the borough. The cladding – installed on the tower in a recent renovation – has come under scrutiny, with experts saying a more fire resistant type could have …

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London Fire: How one Grenfell Tower resident escaped – BBC News

June 16, 2017

image copyright Reuters I rang the fire service and they told me to get out. They said “Wrap a wet towel around yourself and get out of the block.” But I opened the door and the smoke was so thick I couldn’t. I tried to leave the flat three times and each time the smoke was too thick. image caption 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters tackled the blaze I could feel myself tripping over in the dark. I was tripping over bodies. On one of the floors I tripped badly and …

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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey meets disease survivors – BBC News

June 16, 2017

… protection equipment suit (PPE), when working amidst the crisis gripping the country. The nursing staff had their names written on their suits, so they could identify one another and it is for that reason, and not Pauline’s face, that Mbalu, now 17, remembers her. “The first time I saw Pauline, she looked like a devil,” Mbalu says, referring to the PPE suit. image caption Mbalu says that after being cared for by Pauline Cafferkey, she too wants to be a nurse image …

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Why do we spend less on Father’s Day than Mother’s Day? – BBC News

June 16, 2017

So why do we spend more on our mums? image copyright Truefitt & Hill image caption Sales of male grooming products rise ahead of Father’s Day “Retailers have long made a big push on Mother’s Day because demand for gift-giving was strong, and Father’s Day more of an afterthought,” he says. With traditional gender roles continue to break down, and fathers are doing more housework and hands-on parenting “it is not surprising to see more emphasis on …

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Borough Market opens after London Bridge terror attack – BBC News

June 14, 2017

image copyright AFP image caption The market is positioned on the south end of London Bridge A trader support fund has been set up to help those who suffered financially because of the closure. Opening hours have been extended over the next two weeks, with shoppers able to visit on 18 and 25 June to further help businesses. Some traders have also created special dishes which they will be selling in exchange for donations to the fund. image copyright Reuters image caption Messages …

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

June 14, 2017

image copyright Getty images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with a woman who doesn’t like media interviews, then you have to …

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

… along with together with some options for reform and encouraged further work on the project. image copyright Empics Could there be another election? It is possible to have another election but as Theresa May has learned, forcing the public into another round of voting is not always a good idea. Voter fatigue could set in as the electorate may feel it cannot face going through a fourth UK-wide vote (including the EU referendum) in three years. Another vote could backfire with a drop in …

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Photographs reveal forgotten Manchester and Salford slums – BBC News

June 11, 2017

image copyright Shirley Baker image caption This boy’s attention appears to have been drawn to an abandoned blackboard Mary Sullivan, Sally Sheldon, Kate Withington and Bridget Cunniffe grew up in Honduras Street in Chorlton-on-Medlock, which features in some of the photographs. Ms Cunniffe said: “We didn’t have much room to play in our house, because it was just a two-up, two-down, and we had just a little back yard where all the washing used to be done. “So …

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Merkel says EU is ‘ready to start Brexit negotiations’ – BBC News

June 10, 2017

A spokesman for Mrs Merkel had previously refused to be drawn on the issue out of “politeness and respect” while the process of forming a new UK government was under way. Mrs May says she will form a government with the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland, which won 10 seats. Can Theresa May stay as PM? May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks What the election result means for Brexit Brexit delays over UK hung parliament? image copyright PA image caption Mrs May …

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Is refusing terrorists funerals a deterrent? – BBC News

June 9, 2017

To understand why this is significant, it’s vital to know the importance of funeral prayers – known as janaza – to Muslims. image caption Dr Asim Yusuf is among Muslim leaders who said they would not bury the London attackers Ahmed Patel, a campaigner against extremism, chose not to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law Mohammed Sidique Khan, one of the four suicide bombers who carried out the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. “I didn’t go to his …

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London attack: Three arrested in east London – BBC News

June 8, 2017

image caption Clockwise: Chrissy Archibald, Sebastien Belanger, Kirsty Boden, Ignacio Echeverria, Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas, Alexandre Pigeard and James McMullan were all killed in the attack On Wednesday, police searching for French national Xavier Thomas, 45, said they had recovered a body from the Thames, bringing the death toll to eight. Mr Thomas’s next of kin have been told, police said, but formal identification has not yet taken place. In pictures: Tributes to victims …

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Election 2017: What CAN’T you do in a polling station? – BBC News

June 8, 2017

image copyright AFP Dogs may not yet be entitled to vote but they are allowed to come and watch as long as they don’t disrupt the vote. In cases where a voter has two or more dogs and will struggle to control them while casting their ballot, polling station staff may be able to hold the dogs’ leads. But the Electoral Commission advises that while voters are welcome to bring their dogs, unless they’re a guide dog, they may have to be left outside. During the EU …

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Obituary: Peter Sallis – BBC News

June 7, 2017

image caption Peter Sallis (third from right) as Snug in a 1958 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream When hostilities ceased he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada). His first professional appearance came in 1946 and for the next six decades he was rarely out of work. Throughout the 1950s he made a name for himself as a reliable character actor playing everything from Shakespeare to Chekhov. Arguments I’d never had a political thought in my life Peter …

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