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  • Caldey Island: police investigate second man over sexual abuse claims

    Separate investigation comes after it was revealed that Cistercian monk allegedly abused at least 11 girls in 1970s and 80s Detectives are investigating a second man over accusations of sexual abuse on Caldey Island after it was revealed that a Cistercian monk allegedly abused at least 11 girls in the 1970s and 80s. Police said the alleged assault took place at about the same time, and the accused was visiting the island off Tenby in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales. Continue reading...

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  • Philip Hammond pledges driverless cars by 2021 and warns people to retrain

    UK chancellor says driverless vehicles will revolutionise people’s lives but says for some it will be ‘very challenging’ The chancellor has warned that a million British workers will need to retrain with the driverless cars set to revolutionise the workplace and people’s lives. Philip Hammond reaffirmed a budget pledge to ensure “genuine driverless vehicles” on Britain’s roads by 2021 – and said people should be prepared for it to be “very challenging”. Continue reading...

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  • No subsidies for green power projects before 2025, says UK Treasury: Government accused of ‘turning their back on renewables’ after saying there will be no more money for new low-carbon levies.

    Government accused of ‘turning their back on renewables’ after saying there will be no more money for new low-carbon levies

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  • Thanksgiving parade and Christmas castles: Thursday's best photographs

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including Thanksgiving parade preparations, Windsor Castle at Christmas and Tokyo illuminations Continue reading...

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  • LTA admits child protection failings after coach abused players for years

    • LTA: ‘The actions we took were not enough and we apologise sincerely’• Former Wrexham TC head coach Daniel Sanders sentenced to six years The Lawn Tennis Association, the governing body of the sport in Britain, has admitted to child protection failings for allowing a coach to remain in his role for years, despite repeated warnings, until he sexually abused an underage player and was sent to prison in July. Daniel Sanders, 42, formerly the head coach at Wrexham Tennis Centre, one of the UK’s...

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  • Iran sets court date for jailed Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

    British woman jailed in Iran is to appear in court on 10 December charged with spreading propaganda, husband says Iran has told jailed aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe that she will appear in court on 10 December, her husband said on Thursday. “She’s been told she will appear in court on December 10,” Richard Ratcliffe said. He said that he understood she would appear in court charged with spreading propaganda. Continue reading...

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  • Uber hacking: customers not at risk of financial crime, says minister

    Digital minister, Matt Hancock, says government still trying to gauge number of people affected in the UK There is no evidence that Uber customers who had their personal details stolen are at risk of direct financial crime, a minister has insisted, despite hundreds of users complaining that their accounts have been hacked from Russia. The digital minister, Matt Hancock, told the House of Commons that the government was still trying to gauge the number of people in the UK affected by the global...

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  • Gove says UK law will specifically recognise animal sentience

    Environment secretary moves to end social media campaign against Conservative MPs who voted against EU withdrawal bill amendment Michael Gove has promised to make “any necessary changes” to UK law to recognise that animals can feel pain, after a social media campaign accused Conservative MPs of voting down proposals to accept they are sentient beings. The environment secretary issued a statement to the House of Commons insisting that it was a misconception to say Tory MPs voted against the idea...

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  • Irish report shows lack of respect in EU for UK's handling of Brexit

    Leaked paper says David Davis’s failure to mention Brexit confused French, and Czechs thought Boris Johnson ‘unimpressive’ The near contempt felt by European leaders at the British government’s management of the Brexit negotiations, and their concerns over the “unimpressive” and “surprising” behaviour of Boris Johnson and David Davis, have been revealed by a confidential report drawn up by the Irish government. The leaked document, from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, is based on recent...

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  • England and Wales police record highest number of violent sexual crimes in EU

    64,500 of 215,000 violent sexual crimes recorded across EU were in England and Wales, compared with 34,300 in Germany The highest number of violent sexual crimes, including rapes, in Europe are recorded by the police in England and Wales, according to new European Union official statistics. The disclosure comes as official British figures show that 1.2 million women and 700,000 men in the year to March 2017 reported being the victims of some form of domestic abuse in England and Wales. Continue...

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  • Thames Water to shut Cayman Islands subsidiaries under new chairman

    UK’s largest water company, which has not paid corporation tax in the UK for the last 10 years, to review business Thames Water has appointed the former SSE boss Ian Marchant as chairman to spearhead a review of the business, including closing the company’s controversial Cayman Islands subsidiaries. Britain’s biggest water and wastewater services company, which has not paid corporation tax in the UK for the past 10 years, said there was no tax advantage from its two Cayman subsidiaries and that...

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  • British risk complicity in Yemen 'famine crime', says Alex de Waal

    Africa analyst believes UN inaction makes security council members accessories to crisis in Arab nation gripped by cholera, hunger and violenceListen to the podcast: ‘Famine as mass atrocity’Britain is in danger of becoming complicit in the use of starvation as a weapon of war in Yemen, academic and author Alex de Waal has said. “The UK and the US, and others on the security council risk becoming accessories to the worst famine crime of this decade,” said De Waal. Continue reading...

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  • Facebook to tell users if they interacted with Russia's 'troll army'

    Social network says tool will let users see if they have liked or followed accounts created by organisation that carries out misinformation operations Facebook has promised to tell users whether they liked or followed a member of Russia’s notorious “troll army” who are accused of trying to influence elections in the United States and the United Kingdom. The social network says it will create a tool allowing users to see whether they interacted with a Facebook page or Instagram account created by...

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  • Rain causes flooding in Lancashire and north Wales – video

    Dozens of people have been rescued in north Lancashire after heavy rain caused serious flooding. Anglesey in north-west Wales was also hit. The Met Office said about 1.7in (4.3cm) of rain had fallen in 24 hours in parts of Lancashire. The flooding has led to widespread travel disruption. • Dozens rescued from floods as severe UK weather continues  Continue reading...

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  • Retailers and small companies welcome business rates change

    Switch from RPI to CPI in 2018 will save sector about £211m over two years, but some hoped chancellor would freeze rates Retailers have welcomed a change in the way business rates are calculated, which will save them an estimated £210m over the next two years. After pressure from major high street names, the tax will switch from the retail price index (RPI) measure of inflation to the lower consumer price index (CPI) in 2018, two years earlier than expected. The Treasury said the change would...

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  • How to make the perfect cock-a-leekie soup

    St Andrew’s Day is approaching and this traditional Scottish soup is an ideal celebratory dish. But would you add sausage? Or prunes? St Andrew’s Day, which falls at the end of this month, is celebrated as the feast day of Scotland’s patron saint and a last hurrah before we disappear under an avalanche of mince pies and mulled wine. And if there’s one thing the Scots are good at, apart from politics, economics, terriers and whisky, it’s an honest broth. According to the Victorian journalist and...

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  • Dozens rescued from floods as severe UK weather continues

    Nearly 30 people evacuated in north Lancashire as heavy rain caused widespread flooding and travel disruption across north-west England and north Wales Nearly 30 people have been evacuated from their homes in north Lancashire as heavy rain caused widespread flooding and travel disruption across north-west England and north Wales. Lancashire constabulary said emergency services, the Environment Agency and Lancaster city council had received more than 500 flood-related calls, attended more than...

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  • Chancellor targets English regions with multibillion investment

    Budget aims to tackle London-centric economy by announcing spending plans for areas including the north and Midlands English regions including the north and the Midlands will receive a multibillion-pound investment in an effort to reduce the weighting of the economy towards London. Speaking as he announced plans aimed at improving transport links and devolving more power to the regions, Philip Hammond said “far too much of our economic strength is concentrated in our capital city”. Continue...

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  • Europe needs a leader. Who will step up if Merkel goes?

    The German leader’s departure could bring crisis to the EU. Britain could have helped if it hadn’t jumped ship Suddenly Brexit matters, a lot. Until recently I had regarded it as one of those crises that we muddle through somehow, like the bank collapse or the winter of discontent. Time is the great compromiser. Project fear would turn out to be project not-quite-as-bad-as-we-thought. Related: What does Germany’s political crisis mean for Brexit? | Martin Kettle Continue reading...

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  • The victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

    The Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 resulted in the deaths of 71 people The deaths of 71 people in Grenfell Tower have been confirmed by the authorities and police have said they do not expect to find any more bodies. Scotland Yard named 39 of those who died, and the identities of another 32 people were confirmed when their inquests were opened and adjourned at Westminster coroner’s court. Continue reading...

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  • John Cantlie: plea for release of British Isis hostage five years after kidnap

    Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders says Cantlie is one of around 22 journalists and media workers still held Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders has called for renewed efforts to secure the release of British photojournalist John Cantlie held by the Islamic State group on the fifth anniversary of his kidnapping. Cantlie was taken near the Turkish border in northern Syria along with US journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Isis in 2014. Continue reading...

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  • Completion of London's Thameslink rail project delayed until December 2019

    Promise of 24 Thameslink trains running through central London each hour will not be fulfilled until another £900m of work is carried out The £7.5bn Thameslink project designed to run trains automatically through central London every two and a half minutes will now not be completed until the end of the decade. Related: UK's biggest rail franchise to be broken up Continue reading...

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  • Car production rises as exports make up for falling UK demand

    Just over 157,000 cars produced in October, 3.5% more than same time last year, as exports rise by 5% and domestic demand falls 2.9% Car production increased last month as rising exports made up for falling demand in the UK, new figures reveal. Just over 157,000 cars rolled off production lines in October, 3.5% more than the same month last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Continue reading...

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  • Traditional cider makers say tax on strong brands will hurt their business

    Duty band for super-strength white cider and perry will penalise us, warn artisans Traditional cider makers have warned they will be unfairly penalised by a tax on super-strength cider, as the rest of the drinks industry toasted the budget freeze on alcohol duty. The chancellor unveiled plans, including a new duty band on still cider and perry with an alcohol content between 6.9% and 7.5%, in a move the Treasury said was aimed at “white cider”. Continue reading...

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