Petition calls for Dennis Rodman to be removed from Hall of Fame

June 22, 2017

… that’s pretty positive.” While calls demanding his removal from the Hall of Fame are growing, its unclear whether they’ll have any effect. Sports Hall of Fame rarely removes members. Former NFL player O.J. Simpson remains in the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite a murder accusation and a conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping. Rodman set a record by leading the NBA in rebounds per game for seven consecutive seasons from 1991 to 1998, according to the Hall of Fame. …

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

June 20, 2017

… emergency services A newly-established “Grenfell Fire Response Team” has been set up to lead the relief effort, which will include a 24-hour operation at the Westway Sports Centre. The new team is made up of local and central government, the Red Cross, the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGrenfell Tower community applauded firefighters as they drove past Have you been affected by recent events at …

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

June 17, 2017

… The BBC understands those missing could number about 70, with the 30 likely to be among that number. Three of those who died have been identified. Image copyright PA Image caption A vigil has been set up near to the site of the disaster Image copyright Reuters Image caption Police surrounded a car outside the church and community centre Fragile government facing huge challenge Families appeal for missing relatives Sense of community shines through Requisition houses, urges Corbyn …

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Cuba-US relations: 6 key things you need to know

June 17, 2017

Havana (CNN)President Donald Trump is set to announce Friday, before an audience of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami, that he is rolling back parts of the Obama administration’s opening with Cuba. Trump will chill Obama’s warmer relations with Cuba, officials say What Trump has said about Castro …

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

June 16, 2017

… Media captionOne eyewitness said he saw people blinking lights within the building Housing minister Alok Sharma said the government was working with the local authority to ensure that “every single family will be rehoused in the local area”. On Thursday, officials said 35 people remained in hospital – 15 of whom were in a critical condition. An emergency number – 0800 0961 233 – has been set up for anyone concerned about friends or family. More From this …

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Death sentence for Facebook post amid Pakistan crackdown online

June 15, 2017

(CNN)A Pakistan government crackdown on freedom of speech online has reached worrying new levels, activists say, after a young man was sentenced to death over a series of Facebook posts. Amnesty International’s Pakistan campaigner, Nadia Rahman, said in a statement the conviction set a “dangerous precedent.” …

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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

… May seemed like she would be happy to say “strong and stable” from dawn until the sun set over the fields of wheat she “naughtily” ran through as a child. There was little in the way of a positive message to entice floating voters. Her campaign team did not seem able to conceive of the idea that anyone would take Mr Corbyn seriously. They underestimated how well his anti-austerity message would go over with voters worn out by years of frozen wages and public spending …

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Anger in Taiwan as China poaches another diplomatic ally

June 14, 2017

… China (ROC) — was forced to withdraw from the United Nations after the General Assembly passed a motion recognizing the People’s Republic of China as the only lawful representative of China to the UN. Many other countries followed suit, including the United States, which switched diplomatic recognition to the PRC in 1979 but has maintained unofficial ties with Taiwan, an important ally in the region. US President Donald Trump set off a diplomatic firestorm before his inauguration by …

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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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House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

June 10, 2017

… through special counsel Bob Mueller’s office, and that there will be movement after the weekend. “The matter will be addressed on Monday,” the source says. It’s unclear if that means that the memos will be turned over to Congress on Monday, and the source would not provide any more details. Four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, had set a Friday deadline for Richman to respond after …

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Diamond ring purchased for $13 as costume jewelry sells for $848K

June 8, 2017

(CNN)A diamond ring purchased for 10 ($13) has sold for 656,750 ($847,667) — roughly double its initial estimated value of 250,000 ($325,000) to 350,000 ($456,000) — at the Sotheby’s Fine Jewels auction in London last night. The startling realization of the ring’s true value came decades later, when the wearer chose to have the ring appraised by a local jeweler. The ring was later identified as a cushion-shaped diamond set in a 19th century mount. …

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

June 6, 2017

… typical of what jihadists sought to achieve in all their attacks across Europe. Since 2013 security services in the UK have foiled 18 plots. A large proportion of those have involved suspects who set out to commit acts of violence similar to the attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge. Plans to use bombs, such as at Manchester Arena, are rarer because plotters need to have the technical skills for such an appalling attack – but attacking people with cars and knives is far easier …

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Producer’s childhood helped ‘inspire’ Harry Potter play – BBC News

June 5, 2017

… production. Based on an original story by Rowling and John Tiffany, it is set 19 years after the final novel of the seven-book series. Friedman said she and her co-producer, Colin Callender, “were very drawn to the notion of Harry as a dad given that he hadn’t had parents of his own, and Jo [Rowling] loved that idea”. She said: “I feel incredibly privileged and blessed that I can use my emotional background and my experiences to encourage others to put it on to paper, and …

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General Election 2017: The EU citizens in the UK who can’t vote – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… don’t like these then you should go back to your home country or move on to somewhere else. I moved here in 2014 to study and experience the UK’s culture. As an international EU student I am not eligible for a student loan for living costs. Nevertheless, I am able to support myself by working in a hotel as a waitress and giving piano lessons because free movement includes the right to work. Also, last summer I set up a business with my two sisters and my brother, making healthy …

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Election 2017: Five key things about the Question Time special – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… came to asking difficult questions. The tone was set from the get-go, when Mrs May was asked whether the public should trust anything she says given her “track record of broken promises and backtracking”. The tough questions kept coming. The Conservative leader got: “Secretly, do you really regret calling this election, now the polls have moved against you?” And: “do you really think you actually have any real leverage with Brussels?” Mr Corbyn didn’t …

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Liam Gallagher: ‘I love you Manchester…’ – BBC News

June 1, 2017

… chorus of “Stand up for the 22” and “Manchester la la la” then delivered a defiant rendition of Live Forever, without any real musical accompaniment. As the much-loved singer disappeared into the Manchester night the crowd stayed behind to sing impromptu versions of Oasis tracks that were not in the set, like Stop Crying Your Heart Out and Don’t Look Back In Anger. Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If you have a …

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Small firms hit by rates relief delay – BBC News

May 30, 2017

‘A real impact’ These are the so called “cliff edge” businesses which Philip Hammond promised to help. He announced that firms losing small business rate relief – a discount given to businesses with properties below a certain rateable value – would not see their bills increase by more than 50 a month. The government set aside 25m this year to pay for the pledge. Whitstable florist Jane Antoniades felt a huge wave of relief when she heard her rates bill …

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Barack Obama due in Edinburgh for charity fundraiser – BBC News

… Gleneagles Hotel American bar. The event at the EICC in Morrison Street is being organised by The Hunter Foundation. The charity was set up by leading businessman and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter. The Hunter Foundation has previously arranged for US politicians and actors including Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney to come to Scotland. Last year, Leonardo DiCaprio travelled to Edinburgh to speak at the Scottish Business Awards at the EICC. Announcing Barack Obama’s visit …

May 26, 2017
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Manchester Arena attack: 22 dead and 59 hurt – BBC News

… ones. Police have set up an emergency telephone number in response to the attack. It is: 0161 856 9400. Sixty ambulances attended the incident and those wounded are now being treated at six hospitals around the city. Manchester explosion: Latest updates Eyewitnesses tell of blast horror Confusion and chaos after explosion What we know so far General election campaigning suspended Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said it was “the most horrific incident” Greater Manchester had ever …

May 24, 2017
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Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul – BBC News

In its submission to the Taylor review, the CBI also said that all employees should have their terms and conditions set out in a written statement. The new “right to request” fixed hours could be used by some of the 900,000 people on zero-hours contracts, a number that has risen from 143,000 in 2008. The contracts have been attacked for allowing some firms to keep people in insecure work, depress wages and deny people their full employee rights. …

May 23, 2017
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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

… special envoy for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, has met with Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab leaders, to restart momentum for negotiations. Trump is determined to keep that momentum going. Before his trip to Israel and the West Bank, Trump is set to meet with Abbas and other Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, setting up a regional Arab consensus on a need for a peace agreement with Israel. Jerusalem Hamas leader: Trump has ‘historic opportunity’ …

May 23, 2017
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Share sale returns Lloyds to private sector – BBC News

… Former chancellor George Osborne had hoped to offer the shares at a discount direct to the public, with a campaign similar to the classic Tell Sid campaign for British Gas in the 1980s. The turnaround has not been without pain. About 57,000 jobs have been cut at Lloyds as it returned to profitability. The EU also forced the bank to sell 600 branches due to competition rules and 17bn was set aside to fund PPI misselling – the biggest bill for any of the banks caught up in the scandal. …

May 18, 2017
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Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

Washington (CNN)America faces a fateful choice: Does it believe Donald Trump or James Comey? A theatrical showdown is now looming between the President with a hazy relationship with the truth and the FBI director he fired, whose finely tuned sense of his own integrity has often steered him into rocky political waters. The epic head-to-head was set up by stunning allegations that in February Trump pressured Comey to shut down the FBI’s Russia probe that was, among other avenues of inquiry, …

May 17, 2017
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