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Five charged over Extinction Rebellion Tube protests

[ad_1] Image copyright Extinction Rebellion Image caption Protesters climbed to the top of a train carriage at Shadwell station Five people have been charged following climate change protests at three London Tube stations.Some of the activists were dragged from the roof of trains by commuters at Stratford, Canning Town and Shadwell during Thursday's rush hour.Two men and two women have been charged with obstructing a train at Shadwell.One man has
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Sainsbury’s to stop selling fireworks

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some have called for firework sales to be banned to protect pets and the vulnerable Sainsbury's has become the first major supermarket to stop selling fireworks at its 2,300 stores across the UK.The company said it made the decision following a regular yearly review of all its products.Last year, a petition to ban the public sale of fireworks to protect animals, children and
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Motorbiking to Everest: Landslides, monsoons and altitude

[ad_1] These bikers have become the first all-female motorcycling group to reach Everest base camp.As if the 1,500-mile (2,400km) journey through the Himalayas was not tough enough, monsoon rain caused landslides that blocked some mountain passes and turned others into rocky mud-baths.They also had to negotiate ice-cold waterfalls.Some 24 women set off from Kathmandu, Nepal, raising money for charities and good causes.But broken bones, exhaustion and altitude sickness meant only
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Brexit: DUP ‘encouraging’ Tory MPs to reject deal

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DUP MP Sammy Wilson says the party wants Conservatives to "take a stand" against the deal The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said it is "encouraging" Conservative MPs to vote down Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal on Saturday.The UK and EU announced a revised plan that includes different proposals to avoid a hard Irish border.But the DUP will not support it and has
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Autism: Strangers help Abertillery girl celebrate birthday

[ad_1] Image copyright PJ Robins Image caption The local community rallied after friends failed to show up for Remi's birthday The father of an autistic girl said he was "blown away" when strangers responded to a desperate plea to help his daughter celebrate her birthday.Remi was so upset when only two children turned up for her fifth birthday party that she asked her mother "where are all my friends?"So her
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Gerry Adams: A past that hasn’t gone away

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGerry Adams denies IRA claims in court In the early years of the peace process, Gerry Adams once quipped: "They haven't gone away, you know."He was talking about the IRA. But it could easily refer to claims about whether he was in the organisation, which have persisted for most of his life. More lately, the issue of his past has involved
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Muckamore Abbey Hospital: Belfast Trust spends £4m on vacancies

[ad_1] Image caption A report about Muckamore Abbey Hospital listed a series of catastrophic failings The Belfast Health Trust has spent £4m on agency staff in order to cover vacancies at scandal-hit Muckamore Abbey Hospital, it has emerged.Some 36 employees have been temporarily suspended. A police investigation is under way into allegations of abuse of patients.The agency staff, mostly nurses, are travelling from England and further afield to work at
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Little Mix to create new bands for BBC TV talent show

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Little Mix are launching a new TV talent show in which they will create and mentor new bands.The group - who won the X Factor in 2011 - will look for singers who will be put together to form a band.Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall all auditioned for the X Factor as solo singers before being put together to become Little
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Police arrest 743 in blitz on ‘county lines’ drugs gangs

[ad_1] Image caption Police enter a house during a raid Police have made a record number of arrests in a week-long push to tackle so-called county lines drug gangs. Officers arrested 743 people and seized drugs worth over £400,000, 12 guns and dozens of other weapons. The operation, by forces across England and Wales, resulted in the "disruption" of 49 "deal lines", police said. Senior officers say better co-ordination between
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‘Mumps’ outbreak among south Wales university students

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Students have been encouraged to make sure they have had two doses of the MMR jab A suspected outbreak of mumps - a contagious viral infection that causes swelling of the glands - has struck students at universities in Wales.Public Health Wales (PHW) is investigating almost 30 suspected cases in Cardiff and the Cwm Taf area.It is urging people to make sure they