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  • Ariel footage of Loughborough Junction shows scene after fatal train incident – video

    Ariel footage shows emergency workers and forensic officers removing the bodies of three people who were killed by a train near Loughborough Junction station in south London. British Transport Police were called to the 'unexplained' incident at about 7.30am * Some viewers may find the content of this video distressingLoughborough Junction: three killed by train in south London Continue reading...

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  • Gaza and wildcats : Monday's top photos

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...

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  • Sharp fall in number of people seeking asylum in EU

    Almost 730,000 applications were made in 2017, a 44% drop on the 1.3m made in 2016 Fewer people sought asylum in the European Union last year, although numbers remain higher than before the arrival of 1 million people in 2015 triggered a political crisis that continues to divide Europe. Showing a sharp drop in asylum claims, the latest report from the EU’s asylum office was published on Monday after emergency talks in the German government over asylum policy and a bitter standoff between EU...

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  • Loughborough Junction: three people killed by train in south London

    British Transport Police describe incident as unexplained after three people were pronounced dead at the scene Three people have died after being hit by a train at Loughborough Junction in south London, police have announced. The fatal incident happened around 7.30am. Continue reading...

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  • Glasgow must review heritage planning in wake of fire, says MP

    Glasgow North East MP calls for radical action to protect city’s Victorian architecture The city of Glasgow should undertake a “radical and very honest” review of the way that it manages its heritage buildings in the wake of the devastating fire that gutted the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building, according to a local MP. Paul Sweeney, the Scottish Labour MP for Glasgow North East who viewed the damage to the Mackintosh building with the fire service on Saturday evening, the night after...

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  • Thomas Markle says Prince Harry told him 'give Trump a chance’

    Duchess of Sussex’s father reveals son-in-law’s thoughts on US president and Brexit Prince Harry called for Donald Trump to be “given a chance” his father-in-law has revealed in his first broadcast interview. Thomas Markle told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he was angry about something Trump had done when he spoke by phone to Harry for the first time last year. Continue reading...

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  • Virgin Money takeover by CBYG to result in 1,500 job losses

    £1.7bn deal creates UK’s sixth-largest bank with 6 million customers and 9,500 staff More than 1,500 jobs, mainly senior management posts, are to be axed in the £1.7bn takeover of Virgin Money by the owner of Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks. Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank Group (CYBG) and Virgin Money have agreed to create the UK’s sixth-largest bank with 6 million personal and small business customers. Continue reading...

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  • UK facing weakest growth since 2009 as Brexit and trade war fears bite –business live

    Britain’s bosses warn that weak consumer spending, business investment and trade are creating a ‘torpor’BCC predicts weakest UK growth since 2009Brexit and trade war fears hit confidenceBusiness investment weakening 9.14am BST In another sign of economic weakness, London house prices have fallen for the 10th month in a row. Rightmove reports that asking prices in the capital are down 0.9% compared with May, and are 1.0% lower than a year ago. That’s the 10th monthly fall in a row, as the...

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  • Jeremy Hunt: NHS cash boost is not dependent on 'Brexit dividend'

    Health secretary says extra £20bn annual funding will happen even if Brexit delivers no economic benefits Jeremy Hunt has conceded that having a Brexit dividend to partly finance an increase in NHS spending will depend on the economy outstripping forecasts, as he pledged the £20bn in extra annual funding would be provided even if this did not happen. Related: The Tories’ NHS pledge puts them on a Brexit bus to nowhere | Matthew d’Ancona Continue reading...

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  • Global debt has hit a high – can financial regulators cope?

    IMF figures show the world is more indebted than during the financial crisis and needs more borrowing to create growth At the end of May, the International Monetary Fund launched its global debt database. For the first time, IMF statisticians have compiled a comprehensive set of calculations of public and private debt, country by country, constructing a time series stretching back to the end of the second world war . It is an impressive piece of work. The headline figure is striking: global debt...

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  • UK pension funds get green light to dump fossil fuel investments

    Government directive means trustees will be able to push harder for green investments Managers of the £1.5tn invested in Britain’sworkplace pension schemes are to be given new powers to dump shares in oil, gas and coal companies in favour of long-term investment in green and “social impact” opportunities. Government proposals published on Monday are designed to give pension fund trustees more confidence to divest from environmentally damaging fossil fuels and put their cash in green alternatives...

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  • Eurozone braces for row with Greece over bailout exit terms

    Concerns likely that country will suffer fourth collapse unless EU writes off some debt Eurozone finance ministers are braced for a row this week with the Greek government over the terms of a “golden goodbye” as the country prepares to exit its third bailout programme. Concerns that Greece will suffer a fourth financial collapse unless an agreement is signed with the EU to write off some of its debt mountain are likely to surface before a showdown in Brussels on Thursday. Continue reading...

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  • Scientists scramble to stop bananas being killed off

    British firm races to produce bananas resistant to fungus sweeping global plantations A British company has joined the race to develop a banana variety resistant to diseases and climatic changes that threaten to disrupt the availability of the country’s favourite fruit – or even kill it off altogether. The UK alone consumes more than 5bn bananas a year, while the fruit is a staple food in many poor countries and accounts for an export industry worth $13bn (£9.8bn) a year. Continue reading...

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  • Bob Mortimer: my doctor said I'd have a heart attack on stage

    Comedian reveals his heart was 95% blocked before triple bypass surgery in 2015 The comedian Bob Mortimer has revealed a doctor told him that he risked having a heart attack on stage had he and comedy partner Vic Reeves gone ahead with a live tour in 2015. Mortimer, 59, has spoken of the triple-heart bypass he underwent after it was discovered that “95%” of his arteries were blocked. Continue reading...

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  • Westminster council accused of playing politics over bike route

    London mayor’s office calls last-minute legal bid to halt CS11 cycleway ‘disgraceful’ Westminster council has been accused of political game-playing after it emerged that the Conservative-run local authority had made a last-minute legal bid to block a new cycle route despite it being supported in a public consultation. The council’s decision to seek a judicial review to halt construction of the long-planned scheme risks further poisoning its relations with Sadiq Khan, a week after Westminster...

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  • UK debit cards transactions overtake cash for the first time

    Consumers used debit cards 13.2bn times in 2017, while the number of cash payments fell 15% Debit card payments have overtaken cash as the most popular form of payment in the UK for the first time, according to banking industry figures. Consumers used their debit cards 13.2bn times last year, up 14% compared to 2016, according to a report by UK Finance, the trade body for the UK banking and financial services sector. The number of cash transactions fell by 15% to 13.1bn transactions in the same...

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  • Deliveroo's hiring conditions to face scrutiny by MPs

    Frank Field’s work and pensions committee will investigate gig economy Deliveroo is facing a parliamentary inquiry into the pay and conditions of its couriers in the latest challenge to the gig economy. Frank Field MP, chairman of the work and pensions committee, which has already taken evidence from workers at Hermes, Uber, DPD and Parcelforce, will now gather evidence from Deliveroo riders over the next five weeks. Continue reading...

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  • Money for old socks: John Lewis to buy back clothes to cut waste

    Retailer offers incentive to send back worn and unwanted items instead of binning them John Lewis is to buy back worn and unwanted clothing from its customers – including underwear and old socks – in a UK industry first that aims to reduce the 300,000 tonnes of fashion waste going into landfill each year. Customers can arrange through an app to have any unwanted clothing that they bought from John Lewis collected from their home, and they will be paid for each item regardless of its condition....

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  • Eight arrested after violence at Manchester cycling event

    Twelve injured and riot police deployed as protesters throw bottles, food and beer kegs A cycling festival in Greater Manchester has been disrupted by violence, leading to 12 people being injured and eight arrests. Thirty protesters interrupted the event at Curzon Ashton Football Club’s Tameside stadium on Saturday at about 3.15pm. Organisers of the Eritrean Cycle festival said the protesters threw bottles, food and beer kegs, and that young children were put in danger. Continue reading...

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  • Pundit challenged over clapping female host's World Cup analysis

    Patrice Evra’s applause for Eni Aluko was ‘sexist’, according to social media critics ITV moved to avoid a sexism row last night as the former footballer Patrice Evra was advised to modify his interaction with his fellow World Cup pundit Eni Aluko after clapping her in a manner that enraged some viewers. Evra was made immediately aware of the reaction on social media to the broadcast. He was accused of sexism after applauding the former Chelsea and England international Aluko when she made a...

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  • Ben Jennings on the £20bn 'Brexit dividend' for the NHS – cartoon

    Theresa May has claimed leaving the EU will generate extra funding for the health service

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  • Suicides raise alarm about UK's treatment of child refugees

    Three Eritrean teenagers killed themselves after travelling to Britain without their parents At least three teenage refugees who arrived in Britain from the migrant camp in Calais have killed themselves in the past six months, raising questions about how the Home Office and local authorities handle profoundly vulnerable asylum-seeking children and young people in the UK. Three young men from Eritrea, two of them aged 18 and one aged 19, have taken their own lives in London since last November....

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  • Former al-Qaida agent turned MI6 spy reveals role in US laptop ban

    Aimen Dean said he discovered that Hamayun Tariq, a Briton, was planning to bomb flights to US A former MI6 spy has revealed how the actions of a West Midlands man who became a master bomb-maker for Isis led to America’s laptop ban on flights. Aimen Dean made the revelation in his autobiography, explaining how Hamayun Tariq, from Dudley, had plans to smuggle bombs “disguised as laptop batteries”. Continue reading...

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  • Man critical but stable after possible ammonia attack in east London

    Police searching for two men in their 20s in connection with incident in Ilford A man is in a critical but stable condition in hospital after being attacked with noxious substance in east London. Police are searching for two men – William Deo, 20, and Gavin Okwu-Brewis, 29 – in connection with the incident in Ilford on Wednesday night. Continue reading...

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