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Paper giant accused of masking deforestation

ECOLOGICAL watchdog the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) said today it was suspending a bid by the Asia Pulp and Paper wing of corporate paper giant Sinarmas to be readmitted.

The group said it was awaiting clarification of “its corporate structure and alleged unacceptable forest ...

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Labour says Damian Hinds’s comments on RPI links to student loans ‘staggering’

LABOUR attacked Education Secretary Damian Hinds today over his “staggering” claim that there is no problem with the government’s linking of student loan interest rates to the Retail Price Index (RPI) measure of inflation.

Mr Hinds told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that there is ...

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Talk of national governments and new parties shows the desperation of those opposed to a radical Labour government

SUMMER is often described as silly season in politics and this summer two very silly ideas have come to the fore with much talk of a new party to the right of the modern Labour Party and the formation of a so-called “national government.”

Neither phenomenon is new. The formation of the ...

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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

“QUEEN of soul” Aretha Franklin has died today, prompting a flood of tributes to the iconic black singer.

A statement from the artist’s family said she died from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Ms Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 ...

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Number of students who think they are likely to go uni is dropping

YOUNG people are less likely to consider university than they were six years ago, according to a study out today.

The Sutton Trust’s poll of students aged 11 to 16 found that the proportion of young people who think it’s important to go to university to do well and get on in life has ...

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World in Brief August 15 2018

PALESTINE: Israeli occupation forces eased their blockade of Gaza today, reopening the Kerem Shalom crossing after nearly two weeks of closure.

Tel Aviv also allowed a partial resumption of fishing in Palestine’s coastal waters, as Egypt tried to broker a lasting ceasefire.

Israeli ...

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Picket Lines Fair Game

Some claim they don't do politics, Cos it's a game of dirty tricks, That powerful people try to fix, I guess that much is true. I too can see what's going wrong. The same sad singers — the same sad songs That leave no space for me and you To feel that we belong. But if that leaves us ...

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Uni fees survey shows most students see fees as a rip-off

MOST students believe that their £9,000-a-year tuition fees are a rip-off, a new survey shows.

Just 13 per cent of students quizzed at English and Welsh universities agreed that their degrees are “worth the money,” according to today’s YouGov poll results.

In contrast, 62 per ...

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Man arrested for Westminster terror crash

POLICE arrested a man yesterday on suspicion of terrorism after he drove a car into the security barriers of the Palace of Westminster.

Scotland Yard said the driver, a man in his late twenties, was arrested at the scene by armed officers following the incident at around 7.40am which ...

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Labour members call for inquiry into Israeli meddling

LABOUR members and supporters have called on general secretary Jennie Formby to launch an urgent investigation into Israeli interference in the party.

In a letter seen by the Star, signatories accuse the Israeli government of undertaking a fierce propaganda campaign against Labour leader ...

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Lam targets Champions Cup place

BRISTOL head coach Pat Lam is targeting Champions Cup qualification on their Premiership return.

Newly promoted Bristol’s most recent top-flight adventure lasted just one year, making a swift return to the Championship in 2017 after claiming just three league wins and finishing 13 points ...

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Rail travellers hit by 3.2% fare increase

LONG-SUFFERING rail travellers face a whopping 3.2 per cent rise in fares, it was revealed today, sparking union protests at stations across the country.

The rise comes on top of a 3.6 per cent increase imposed last year and will hit 40 per cent of fares from January, including season ...

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Inflation rises for first time since November

INFLATION has risen for the first time in eight months, largely propelled by higher transport and fuel costs, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showed today.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose to 2.5 per cent in July, up from 2.4 per cent in June.

Annual energy price ...

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Police Federation chairman hits back at May over cuts

POLICE FEDERATION chairman John Apter shamed Prime Minister Theresa May today over police funding cuts after she heaped praise on officers for their handling of the suspected terror attack outside Parliament.

The organisation, which represents rank-and-file officers in England and Wales, ...

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Taliban fighters attack checkpoints, killing 48

TALIBAN fighters overran adjacent checkpoints in the northern Baghlan-e-Markazi district today, killing at least 48 soldiers and police, officials say.

Baghlan provincial council leader Mohammad Safdar Mohseni said the insurgents had set fire to the checkpoints — one military and the ...

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New Zealand bans non-residents from buying homes

NEW ZEALAND’S parliament passed legislation today to ban non-residents from buying homes in a bid to control runaway prices.

“We’re here today to take another step toward restoring the great New Zealand dream of home ownership,” said Associate Finance Minister David ...

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Erdogan threatens counter-measures to US tariffs

PRESIDENT Recep Tayyip Erdogan was combative yesterday in the face of US tariffs being placed on Turkish aluminium and steel exports, threatening to boycott US-made electronic goods.

He suggested that Turkey would stop procuring US-made iPhones and buy Korean Samsung or Turkish-made Vestel ...

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Malta lets refugee vessel dock after Macron's government turns cold shoulder

MALTA agreed to save France’s blushes last night by allowing a refugee rescue vessel to dock after the Macron government ignored pleas by French officials.

Aid boat the Aquarius, operated by French aid groups SOS Mediterranee and Medecins sans Frontieres, rescued 141 refugees last Friday ...

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China challenges US tariff increase on its solar panels at WTO

BEIJING announced today that it has lodged a challenge to a US tariff increase on solar panels with the World Trade Organisation.

The 30 per cent tariffs unveiled in January improperly help US producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said, revealing that a formal ...

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North Korea marks anniversary of liberation from Japan

WAR veterans from the former Soviet Union joined National Liberation Day celebrations in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang today to mark the Korean peninsula’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule.

North Korea’s first president Kim Il Sung, known as the supreme leader, served as a ...

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Locals demand public inquiry into sudden care home evacuation

SHOCKED locals are demanding a public inquiry after 28 dementia-stricken patients were removed from a care home in a fleet of ambulances without warning.

The vulnerable residents of privately owned Warneford House were whisked away earlier this month and forced to seek alternative ...

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