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Bosnian city popular with tourists awash with rubbish amid landfill protest

Uncollected rubbish is piling up on the streets of the southern Bosnian city of Mostar – one of the Balkan nation’s main tourist destinations – since residents began blocking access to the city’s sole landfill.

They claim that it poses serious health and ...

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Floating hotel’s crew celebrate top traveller rating

A floating hotel by the team behind the Royal Yacht Britannia has been named the best in Edinburgh by a travel website just six months after it opened.

Fingal, based at Leith, picked up the number one hotel spot on TripAdvisor within the last week.

The rating – achieved after ...

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Drugs laws must be changed to allow safe consumption rooms, says minister

Scotland’s public health minister has urged the UK Government to change drugs laws after visiting a medically supervised safer drug consumption facility in Paris.

Plans to set up a similar space in Glasgow have been under discussion for a number of years, with the Scottish ...

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Hyponatraemia whistleblower was failed, inquiry says

The wrong conclusions were reached following an investigation into how a whistleblower’s hyponatraemia concerns were handled by officials, an inquiry said.

Chairman Sir John O’Hara QC scrutinised the deaths of five children from the condition last year and heavily criticised a ...

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BBC director-general: We took on over 75s TV licences at height of austerity

BBC bosses have said shouldering the cost of over 75s licence fees stemmed from Conservative austerity.

Director-general Lord Tony Hall claims that cuts and an incoming Tory government lie behind the BBC decision to take on the expensive concession, which would have cost the broadcaster ...

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Live coverage: Second vote in Tory leadership race

Conservative MPs have voted in the second bout of the contest to select Britain’s next prime minister.

Candidates need to gain at least 33 votes from MPs to remain in the race to reach the final run-off, which will see some 160,000 Tory members select the next leader. The results ...

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UK set to host key international climate talks

The UK looks set to host major international climate talks in 2020 – after reaching a deal with Italy over rival bids to hold the UN meeting.

Under the proposal, the Foreign Office said the UK will host the “Cop26” meeting, which is due to be in Europe next November, ...

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Senior Tories show support for pregnant MP Stella Creasy over maternity rights

Theresa May has signalled her support for a potential rethink of parliamentary rules over maternity leave after pregnant MP Stella Creasy admitted feeling forced to choose between “being an MP and being a mum”.

The Labour MP for Walthamstow said the Independent Parliamentary ...

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Stewart ‘hopeful’ of remaining in Tory leadership race

Rory Stewart said he was “never confident” but “always hopeful” as he battled to remain in the contest to be the next prime minister.

As Tory MPs vote for the second time, candidates need to secure 33 votes to survive, and Mr Stewart said he believed he had that ...

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Scotland making slow progress towards cycling target, MSPs told

The Scottish Transport Secretary has said the Government is expected to miss a target for 10% of everyday journeys to be made by bike by 2020.

Michael Matheson said cyclists currently make up around 4% of these trips.

Addressing MSPs in the Holyrood chamber, he acknowledged the slow ...

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Family day out for Queen on first day of Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot was a family day out for the Queen who was joined by her children and grandchildren for an afternoon out at the races.

Despite the rain, thousands of racegoers were treated to the sight of the head of state and senior royals processing in carriages along the famous Berkshire ...

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Nigel Farage milkshake protester ordered to pay compensation

A man who threw milkshake over Nigel Farage has been ordered to pay the Brexit Party leader compensation following the “act of crass stupidity”.

Paul Crowther, whose “politically motivated” act cost him his job and led to threats being made to his family, was told ...

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Trump, outsider-turned-insider, sells himself as rebel for 2020 re-election bid

As he mounts his bid for re-election, US President Donald Trump is offering himself as the outsider once again – but it is a much more awkward pitch to make from inside the Oval Office.

Mr Trump is set to formally announce his 2020 bid at a rally in Orlando, Florida, where advisers ...

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Geraint Thomas taken to hospital after crash at Tour de Suisse

British rider Geraint Thomas has been taken to hospital for assessment following a crash which has forced him to pull out of the Tour de Suisse.

The Welshman came off his bike around 30 kilometres from the end of stage four of the race and received medical attention at the side of the ...

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Caster Semenya: IAAF used me as ‘human guinea pig’ for testosterone limit

Caster Semenya has accused world athletics’ governing body the IAAF of using her as “a human guinea pig” to test its testosterone limit for intersex athletes and said it can never be allowed to happen again.

The double Olympic 800 metres champion was reacting to the ...

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New hedgehog road sign to warn drivers of small wildlife hazards

NEW signs featuring a picture of a hedgehog are to appear on roads across the country to warn motorists of the potential hazards caused by small wild animals.

The signs will be used to warn drivers in areas where there are large concentrations of animals such as squirrels, badgers, ...

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Mountain rescue team replaces plastic tags with woolly ones

A LAKE District mountain rescue team has scrapped the use of plastic tags, and replaced them with wool from the local sheep.

Volunteers with Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team used plastic seals on the packs they take up into the hills when lives are in danger.

But ...

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LETTER: Mount Pinatubo in 1991 spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race has emitted in its years on Earth

I AM pleased to see that we are being reminded of the consequences if we do not reduce our daily carbon emissions.

It has been suggested we should reduce the use of fossil fuels, eat less red meat, maybe even stop our bonfire nights and new year firework celebrations.

All ...

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LETTER: Mount Pinatubo in 1991 spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race has emitted in its years on Earth

I AM pleased to see that we are being reminded of the consequences if we do not reduce our daily carbon emissions.

It has been suggested we should reduce the use of fossil fuels, eat less red meat, maybe even stop our bonfire nights and new year firework celebrations.

All ...

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Holdups after M6 crash

THERE are tailbacks on the M6 southbound following an accident between junctions 34 and 33.

One lane is closed and there is queueing traffic due to the accident whilst the vehicles involved await recovery.

The accidnet happended just before 4pm and holdups are ...

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Convicted child abuser had ‘heart of gold’, inquiry told

A former teacher at a childcare institution has described a convicted child abuser as having a “heart of gold” and being a “father figure” to youngsters.

Chris Brown, 77, was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry on Tuesday when he said he had doubts ...

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