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Pedalling for the Star in its 90th anniversary year

TRAINING was just one aspect of preparations for this year’s ride to be interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Although cycling was identified as a suitable form of daily exercise, limitations of one-hour duration and other restrictions prevented me from getting meaningful miles in ...

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World in brief: August 8, 2020

PALESTINE: A woman died yesterday after being shot in the chest during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The ministry blamed Israeli fire for the dawn gunshot that wounded Dalia Samoudi, 23, who died later in ...

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George Floyd’s death: MPs’ claims of ‘shock and anger’ ring hollow

THE death of George Floyd at the hands of the US police prompted huge demonstrations across the US. 

In Washington, police officers and government agents dressed in riot gear faced accusations of using rubber bullets to push the crowd away from St John’s Church close to the White House ...

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The furlough scheme must not be ended now

THE global pandemic has taken an enormous cost in terms of lives, health and livelihoods.  

This government should have done everything it could to combat all of these, but it has failed on every count.

We are faced with the greatest pandemic to have hit the world for 100 years. ...

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Thousands to demonstrate against Tories' betrayal of the NHS

THOUSANDS of health workers will mobilise alongside NHS campaigners today to express their anger over a political betrayal of the heroic efforts and sacrifices which were made during the coronavirus pandemic.

Protests will take place in dozens of cities, towns and smaller communities ...

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Former MP Eric Joyce sentenced for making an indecent image of a child

FORMER MP Eric Joyce was sentenced today to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work for making an indecent image of a child.

The 59-year-old, who was the Labour MP for Falkirk between 2000 and 2012 and then sat in the Commons as an ...

2020-08-07 20:53 open_in_new
RMT issues warning of passenger surge ahead of expected heatwave

RAIL union RMT issued a “red alert” to its members today over an expected surge in passenger numbers on trains to the seaside this weekend after very hot weather was forecast for much of the country.

Millions of people are expected to head to the coast and other leisure attractions, ...

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Beirut blast: Firefighters in Britain hold minute's silence

FIREFIGHTERS across Britain are holding a minute’s silence tomorrow in honour of emergency service workers in Beirut and those who were killed by the devastating blast. 

At least 10 firefighters have gone missing after responding to the initial fire at Beirut’s port on Tuesday which ...

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South Korean doctors strike against government medical policy

THOUSANDS of young doctors in South Korea staged a one-day strike today over government medical policy.

The strikers were interns and resident doctors who oppose a plan to expand admissions to medical schools to resolve a shortage of physicians.

The doctors said that the plan would ...

2020-08-07 20:53 open_in_new
World in brief Friday August 7 2020

KASHMIR: Indian troops placed steel barricades and razor wire across roads around Kashmir on Wednesday, saying travel restrictions were needed to deal with coronavirus.

The measures followed the official lifting of a curfew in Srinagar, and marked the first anniversary of the ...

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Schools with poorer children will get less funding than those in wealthier areas

SCHOOLS whose pupils are from poor families are receiving less funding than those serving wealthier areas and current government policy is make the problem worse, the National Education Union (NEU) has warned.

Funding per pupil is hundreds of pounds less for poor children than for ...

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Russia to treat any missiles launched at its territory as a nuclear attack

RUSSIA will perceive any ballistic missile launched at its territory as warranting nuclear retaliation, the military warned in an article published today.

The harsh warning in the official military newspaper Red Star is directed at the United States government, which pulled out of the ...

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Anti-gentrification activists clash with police over eviction of left-wing pub collective

ANTI-GENTRIFICATION activists clashed with hundreds of police today while attempting to prevent the eviction of the owners of a popular left-wing bar in Berlin.

The Syndikat, located in Neukolln neighbourhood since 1985, was told in September 2018 by a property management firm on behalf of ...

2020-08-07 20:53 open_in_new
Trump bans TikTok and WeChat in crackdown on Chinese tech

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump signed executive orders banning TikTok and the social-media app WeChat today, escalating the crackdown on Chinese-developed technology.

Song-and-dance app TikTok said it was “shocked” by the ban and would be taking legal action against it.

It would ...

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Europe’s militarised borders blasted as 50 refugees drown in the Atlantic trying to reach the Canary Islands

REFUGEE-rights organisations blamed Europe’s militarised borders today as news broke of refugee shipwrecks off the west coast of Africa.

Around 50 refugees are reported to have died while attempting to reach Spain’s Canary Islands from Western Sahara in two separate boats on ...

2020-08-07 20:53 open_in_new
Hundreds attend pupil-led protest against the Scottish Qualifications Authority results fiasco

HUNDREDS of students gathered in Glasgow and Edinburgh today for a pupil-led protest against the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) results fiasco.

Students received worse results than they were expecting on Tuesday after the SQA downgraded results based on teachers’ predictions and ...

2020-08-07 20:53 open_in_new
‘F**k the bank. I’m banking on the Morning Star!’

COMRADES, for the second consecutive week, my postbag runneth over!

“The bank has just cut the interest on my account,” wrote a Merseyside reader. 

“Well fuck the bank. I’m banking on the Morning Star!” he concluded, enclosing a cheque for ten grand! 

This big ...

2020-08-07 20:53 open_in_new
Diane Abbott hits back at claims leaked report created 'false narrative' about abuse

DIANE ABBOTT rubbished claims today that evidence of abuse directed at her by senior Labour Party officials was deliberately rehashed to create a “false narrative.” 

Senior Labour officials named in a leaked internal report that appears to show them seeking to sabotage former leader ...

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Rescuers find more bodies from Beirut blast

RESCUE teams pulled more bodies from the rubble of Beirut’s port today, three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon’s capital, killing nearly 150 people and wounding thousands.

Among the four bodies recovered was that of 23-year-old Joe Akiki, a port ...

2020-08-07 19:50 open_in_new
‘Invasion’ rhetoric sparked by refugee Channel crossings is ‘dangerous,’ human rights groups warn

“INVASION” rhetoric sparked by refugees crossing the English Channel is “dangerous” and “dehumanising,” human-rights groups said today as the number of people reaching Britain hit a record high.

At least 235 people, the largest number in a single day, landed on the Kent coast ...

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India hits grim Covid-19 milestone as cases across Africa reach a million

INDIA hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic today, while confirmed cases across Africa topped a million.

India's Health Ministry reported 62,538 cases on Friday, raising the nation’s total to 2,027,074. The death toll now stands at 41,585.

India has the ...

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