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Domestic violence victims in rural areas are being let down, report claims

Domestic violence victims living in rural areas are “lacking support that could mean the difference between life and death”, a report has claimed.

Research by the National Rural Crime Network showed victims stay longer with abusive partners, on average three years before ...

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‘Carers’ facing sentence over Margaret Fleming murder

A couple convicted of murdering a vulnerable woman for whom they claimed to be carers will return to court for sentencing.

Margaret Fleming, who had learning difficulties, vanished “from the face of the Earth” around December 1999. Her body has never been found.

Edward ...

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Half a million permits bought for post-Brexit driving overseas

More than half a million permits which may be required to drive abroad after Brexit have been bought since February, according to Government figures.

During the past five months, 584,000 International Driving Permits (IDPs) have been issued at a cost of £5.50 each, transport minister ...

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe transferred to mental health ward

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran has been transferred to a hospital mental health ward, her husband said.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport while travelling with their young daughter in April 2016 and sentenced to five years in prison ...

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Next prime minister urged to lower salary threshold for migrants

The next prime minister should lower the salary threshold for migrant workers from £30,000 to £20,000 to avoid skills shortages, a coalition of business and education bodies has said.

The group, which includes the British Retail Consortium, business advocacy group London First ...

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US House votes to condemn Trump’s tweets against congresswomen

The Democratic-led House of Representatives has voted to condemn US president Donald Trump’s “racist comments” against four congresswomen, despite protestations by Mr Trump that he has not got “a racist bone in my body”.

Two days after the president tweeted ...

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe transferred to mental ward

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran has been transferred to a hospital mental ward, her husband said.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 40, was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport while travelling with their young daughter in April 2016 and sentenced to five years in prison after ...

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Jeremy Corbyn fails test of leadership, say Labour peers in newspaper ad

More than 60 Labour peers have taken out a newspaper advertisement to accuse party leader Jeremy Corbyn of “failing the test of leadership” amid the ongoing anti-Semitism row.

The full page advert, published in The Guardian on Wednesday, criticises Mr Corbyn for a “toxic ...

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New events announced by Edinburgh International Book Festival organisers

Comedian James Acaster and former Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart are among the guests added for new events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Organisers of the festival, which runs from August 10 to 26, have announced the additions to this year’s festival, which is ...

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Partial lunar eclipse lights up skies 50 years on from Apollo 11 launch

Stargazers have been treated to a cosmic spectacle as a partial lunar eclipse was visible across parts of the UK.

The event on Tuesday evening coincided with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 launching its moon mission.

Clear skies across much of the country gave people a stunning ...

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Dyson ad banned for misleading viewers over cord

A television ad for a Dyson fan has been banned for giving the misleading impression that it is cordless.

The ad, seen in April, showed the mains-operated Pure Hot + Cool Fan in a family’s open-plan flat.

The fan was shown from several different angles – straight on, from ...

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Snow Patrol ballad Chasing Cars named most-played song of the 21st Century

Snow Patrol’s ballad Chasing Cars has been crowned the most-played song of the 21st Century.

Frontman Gary Lightbody has previously said the track is “the purest love song” he has ever written.

The anthem failed to reach number one when the indie-rockers released it ...

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Dame Helen Mirren: End of universal TV licence for over-75s is heartbreaking

Dame Helen Mirren has urged the next prime minister to restore free TV licences for all over-75s, calling the end of the universal entitlement “heartbreaking”.

From June next year, the benefit will be restricted to over-75s who claim pension credit, with the BBC saying it ...

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Aldi ad banned over misleading price comparison with Tesco

An ad for discounter Aldi has been banned for misleading customers by artificially skewing price comparisons with Tesco.

The press ad, seen in early December and featuring baskets of Christmas-themed items such as chocolate and Champagne from Tesco and Aldi, was headed: “Swap to Aldi ...

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Force given another £5 million for trial of crime-predicting technology

The Home Office has given another £5 million to a police force testing software that predicts whether someone will commit a crime.

West Midlands Police is trialling the system to analyse data on knife and gun offences, as well as modern slavery.

The National Data Analytics ...

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Higher iron levels may boost heart health but also ‘increase stroke risk’

Naturally high iron levels may boost heart health, but they also increase the risk of stroke, a new study suggests.

A study examining genetic data from more than 500,000 people indicates that, while high iron levels are associated with a lower risk of high cholesterol, they also reduce the ...

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Walking 8,900 steps a day could protect against Alzheimer’s, study suggests

Walking just 8,900 steps a day could help protect against cognitive decline and brain tissue loss from Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say.

The study also indicates lowering vascular risk factors, such as smoking, high cholesterol, and obesity, may offer additional protection ...

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Next Tory leader will have to compromise on Brexit – Rudd

Whoever wins the Tory leadership will have to compromise on Brexit, Cabinet minister Amber Rudd has said.

The Work and Pensions Secretary, who backs Jeremy Hunt in the election, said she was “surprised” by the hardline stance taken by the Foreign Secretary and Boris Johnson on ...

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Drill rapper Unknown T charged with murder

Drill rapper Unknown T, real name Daniel Lena, has been charged with murder.

The 19-year-old, from Homerton in east London, was also charged with violent disorder and is due to appear at a magistrates’ court on Thursday July 18.

Two other men, Mohammed Musse and Raman Boreland, ...

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Menstrual cups safe and effective, scientific review suggests

A scientific review of the international use of menstrual cups suggests they are safe and may be as effective as other sanitary products.

The findings indicate they result in similar or lower leakage than disposable sanitary towels (pads) or tampons.

Globally, menstruation can affect ...

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Jota hopes to be pitch-perfect for Wolves

Cristiano Ronaldo believes Diogo Jota is the best player in the Portugal squad – at singing.

The Wolves midfielder was a member of the Portugal group which won the UEFA Nations League earlier this summer.

The 22-year-old did not get to win his first cap but he certainly made an ...

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