Parsons Green: Underground blast a terror incident, say police

September 15, 2017 11:09 am0 comments
Parsons Green: Underground blast a terror incident, say police

Media playback is unsupported on your device An “improvised explosive device” was detonated on a Tube train in south-west London during Friday’s morning rush hour, Scotland Yard has confirmed. The blast, at Parsons Green station on a District Line train from Wimbledon, is being treated as terrorism. Twenty-nine people have […]

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North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

September 14, 2017 11:23 pm0 comments
North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, its second such move in weeks. South Korea’s military said the missile reached an estimated altitude of about 770km (478 miles) and travelled 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe said his country would “never tolerate” […]

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Pound jumps as Bank of England hints at rate rise

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Pound jumps as Bank of England hints at rate rise

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Bank of England has said that higher inflation and a pick up in growth could lead to a rate hike in “the coming months”. Members of the Bank’s nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee voted 7-2 to keep interest rates on hold at 0.25%. […]

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Grenfell Tower fire: First public inquiry hearing to open

September 13, 2017 11:58 pm0 comments
Grenfell Tower fire: First public inquiry hearing to open

A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, officially opens later. It will examine the cause and spread of the fire, high-rise regulations, and the actions of the local authority. The head of the investigation, judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will give a […]

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Ian Paterson: Victims of disgraced surgeon get £37m

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Ian Paterson: Victims of disgraced surgeon get £37m

About 750 victims of rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson are to be paid compensation from a new £37m fund. Private healthcare firm Spire has agreed to pay £27.2m, with £10m coming from Paterson’s insurers and the Heart of England NHS Trust. Paterson was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding […]

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Grenfell fire chief calls for sprinklers in tower blocks

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Grenfell fire chief calls for sprinklers in tower blocks

London’s fire commissioner says the Grenfell Tower blaze must be a “turning point”, calling for sprinklers in all high-rise council flats. At least 80 people died when fire engulfed the west London block in June. A BBC Breakfast investigation which focused on half the UK’s council and housing association-owned tower […]

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Public sector pay cap to be lifted

September 12, 2017 12:37 pm0 comments
Public sector pay cap to be lifted

The cap on public sector pay rises in England and Wales is to be lifted. Ministers will now get “flexibility” to breach the longstanding 1% limit. The announcement came as the government said police officers would get a 1% rise plus a 1% bonus, with prison officers getting a 1.7% […]

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Brexit: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote

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Brexit: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote

Media playback is unsupported on your device The government’s bid to extract the UK from EU law in time for Brexit has passed its first parliamentary test. MPs backed the EU Withdrawal Bill by 326 votes to 290 despite critics warning that it represented a “power grab” by ministers. The […]

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Hurricane Irma: Two-thirds of Florida without power

September 11, 2017 1:07 pm0 comments
Hurricane Irma: Two-thirds of Florida without power

Media playback is unsupported on your device About 6.5 million homes in Florida, two-thirds of the total, are without power after Hurricane Irma cut a deadly path through the state, officials say. Relief operations are under way and engineers are working to restore power, but many areas remain stranded. The […]

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Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc in British Virgin Islands

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[unable to retrieve full-text content] At least five people have died in the British Virgin Islands from where the BBC’s Laura Bicker reports. BBC News – Home

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