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Sajid Javid urged to act in immigration scandal 'bigger than Windrush'
More than 1,000 students forcibly removed over English language test cheating claims The home secretary, Sajid Javid, is under mounting pressure to head off an immigration scandal that MPs have warned could be “bigger than Windrush”.About 34,000 foreign students have had their visas cancelled or curtailed and more than 1,000 people were forcibly removed from the UK as a result of the English language testing scandal, which involved the government accusing tens of thousands of students who sat a Home Office-approved test of cheating. Related: English test scandal: 'Eight years pretty much destroyed' Continue reading...
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Isis 'sub-contracted' Sri Lanka bombings to serve its own ends
Local group National Towheed Jamaat needed help to mount such a complex operation Three days after the bombings of churches and luxury hotels that killed over 300 people in Sri Lanka, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the atrocity. The claim was not unexpected. The bombings – multiple suicide attacks designed to cause mass casualties among Christian worshippers on Easter Sunday and among tourists too – had all the hallmarks of an Isis attack. The group needs to prove its capability and relevance after suffering defeat in its core heartland in Syria and Iraq. It still commands support among a network of sympathisers across the Islamic world. It had the motives and the means. Continue reading...
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Jussie Smollett case: brothers who helped stage attack sue actor's attorney
Defamation lawsuit alleges that actor’s lawyer and his firm continue to perpetrate a lie publicly about attack against Smollett Two brothers who said they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself are suing the Empire actor’s attorney for defamation. A lawyer for Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo filed the federal lawsuit on Tuesday in Chicago on behalf of the brothers. It names Mark Geragos and his law firm as defendants. Continue reading...
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Climbers brought in to help protect Notre Dame from elements
Protective tarpaulins unfurled over fire-ravaged cathedral to prevent rain damage Climbers have been brought in to unfurl protective tarpaulins over Notre Dame to protect it from the rain after the Parisian cathedral was left badly damaged and open to the elements by a fire last week. The blaze on 15 April felled the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral’s spire and destroyed two-thirds of its vaulted roof, leaving the building in fragile condition. Continue reading...
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Trump baby blimp back and even bigger for UK state visit
Balloon depicting nappy-wearing US president could be five times size of predecessor The Trump baby blimp, which became the focal point of protests against the US president’s visit to the UK in July, will rise again for the state visit and could be accompanied by a bigger version, activists have revealed. Related: What happened next? The Trump baby blimp: 'In retrospect, we should have ordered a bigger balloon' Continue reading...
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Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg dies aged 98
Ruler of Grand Duchy for 36 years took part in D-day landings with British army Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, who took part in the D-day landings with the British army before spending nearly 36 years as his country’s head of state, has died aged 98. He had abdicated in 2000 to make way for his son, Henri, who said his father passed away surrounded by family. Continue reading...
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Malawi starts landmark trial of first ever child malaria vaccine
Immunisation gives partial protection against the killer disease, and lessens the severity of other cases Malawi will begin immunising young children against malaria today, in a landmark large-scale pilot of the first vaccine to give partial protection against the disease, the World Health Organization said. Although the vaccine protects only a third of children aged under two years from life-threatening or severe malaria, clinical trials have found those who are immunised are likely to have less severe cases of the disease. Earlier, smaller trials also showed the vaccine prevented four in 10 cases of malaria overall, in babies aged between five and 17 months. Continue reading...
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Kamala Harris joins impeachment calls as Democrats remain divided – live
Democrats are split on impeaching Trump. Elizabeth Warren backs it but Bernie Sanders has warned the procedure could backfire Sign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 1.29pm BST Hello and welcome to our live blog coverage of the 2020 race for the White House. Senator Kamala Harris, a candidate for president, perked some ears at a town hall hosted by CNN Monday night by joining calls for Donald Trump’s impeachment. Related: Don McGahn, ex-White House counsel, subpoenaed over Mueller report The Radical Left Democrats, together with their leaders in the Fake News Media, have gone totally insane! I guess that means that the Republican agenda is working. Stay tuned for more! Continue reading...
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Italian mayor bans bean growing to help child with rare allergy
Broad bean cultivation banned within 300-metre radius of child’s home near Florence The mayor of an Italian town has banned the cultivation of broad beans within a 300-metre radius that surrounds the home of a child who has a rare allergy. Lorenzo Falchi brought in the ban in Sesto Fiorentino, near Florence, at the request of the mother of the child, who has favism, a genetic disorder that triggers anaemia if broad beans are eaten or their pollen is inhaled. Continue reading...
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Greta Thunberg condemns UK's climate stance in speech to MPs
Teenager who sparked global youth movement hits out at airport expansion and support for fossil fuels ‘You did not act in time’ – Thunberg’s full speech The UK government’s active support for fossil fuels and airport expansion is “beyond absurd”, Greta Thunberg has told MPs. The 16-year-old Swedish student, who sparked a global youth-based movement when she began a “climate strike” outside Sweden’s parliament last year, gave a typically blunt speech. She told MPs: “This ongoing irresponsible behaviour will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind.” Continue reading...
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Shots fired at home of Labour councillor in Sheffield
Police investigate shooting that took place in Nether Edge area of city during early hours Police are investigating after shots were fired at the home of a Labour councillor in Sheffield. A police cordon remains in place outside the house belonging to Mohammad Maroof, who is standing for re-election in the Nether Edge and Sharrow ward on 2 May. The shots were fired at a window and the front door in the early hours of Tuesday. Continue reading...
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Texas couple sentenced for enslaving Guinean woman for 16 years
Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure receive seven years Toure is son of late Guinean president Sekou Toure A Texas couple has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison each for enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years. A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, sentenced Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure each to two seven-year terms and one five-year term, all sentences to be served concurrently. Continue reading...
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Spain's general election 2019: all you need to know
Spain will hold its third general election in four years on Sunday 28 April On Sunday 28 April, Spain will hold its third general election in four years. The poll was called by the country’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, after rightwing parties and separatist Catalan parties rejected his 2019 budget in February. Continue reading...
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MPs may vote on key Brexit legislation next week
Theresa May considers tabling withdrawal and implementation bill in next 10 days Follow the latest updates on Brexit - live Theresa May is preparing to give MPs a vote on the key piece of legislation enacting Britain’s exit from the European Union next week, as negotiations with Labour continue. The prime minister will discuss Brexit with her cabinet colleagues, with government sources suggesting one likely way forward is to table the withdrawal and implementation bill (WAB) in the next 10 days. Continue reading...
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CCTV footage shows suspected Sri Lanka suicide bomber entering church – video
New footage has emerged appearing to show a suspected suicide bomber entering St Sebastian's church in Negombo. The subsequent explosion was the deadliest of the series of coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 50 people. The footage was broadcast widely on Sri Lankan news channels Sri Lanka bombings were in retaliation for New Zealand attacks, minister says Sri Lanka bombings – a timeline and visual guide Continue reading...