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England make case to win Test series as Rabada faces ban

BEN STOKES and Ollie Pope made centuries on Friday to hammer a South Africa team already hit by a ban levied on its star bowler Kagiso Rabada.

England took control on a potentially decisive second day as Stokes made 120 in Port Elizabeth, Pope went 135 not out for his maiden Test ...

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Majority be damned - this government is still susceptible to mass revolt

THE attention of Labour — not just the party but the entire labour movement — is focused on the question of the party’s leadership.

This will be the case for the next few weeks even though there is a host of pressing problems and contentious issues which are the stuff of daily ...

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Turkey's Peoples’ Democratic Party vows to block government's sickening child rape bill

TURKEY’S opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is calling for the government to drop a sickening child abuse law that would see those who rape minors granted amnesty if they marry their victims.

Standing against the legislation is “a duty of humanity,” the party said ahead of ...

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Remember when the US shot down Iran’s airliner?
In 1988 it was the US that targeted a civilian plane – and immediately tried to cover it up, with the full support of Britain. Using freedom of information requests, SOLOMON HUGHES exposes the scandal ...
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Lack of safeguards in liberty deprivation cases constitutes ‘breach of human rights’

A LACK of safeguards to protect vulnerable people in care from being unlawfully stripped of their freedom constitutes a breach of human rights, mental-health charity Mind warned yesterday.

Tens of thousands of people in care have been left in limbo for more than a year while their carers ...

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Italy's highest court confirms NGO captain should not have been arrested for saving refugee lives

ITALY’S highest court confirmed today that a former captain of an NGO refugee-rescue ship should never have been arrested.

In June last year, Carola Rackete was captain of the civil rescue ship Sea Watch 3, which is operated by the German charity Sea Watch.

The ship’s crew saved ...

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McGuigxit and Pacquiao's potential McGregor payday

Josh Taylor’s split from the McGuigans — “The hottest love has the coldest end.”

WITH the seemingly shock announcement that Scotland’s Josh Taylor has decamped from Cyclone Promotions — headed up by Barry McGuigan — and signed with Top Rank in the US and MTK Global as his new ...

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Back Midnight Tune for a song at Haydock

AS THE lead-up to Cheltenham begins in earnest, so the number of trials flies by the wayside. But Haydock Park and Ascot both offer final flings in several categories for the biggest of national hunt events on Saturday afternoon.

At the Merseyside venue, WINDSOR AVENUE will be hoping to ...

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Social football: A pitch for well-being

WELL-BEING is generally defined as being in a positive physical, social and mental state. The three are linked and an improvement in one of these areas can make it easier for the other two to follow suit.

At the top level, football is about the physical, mental, and technical qualities of ...

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Tories accused of ‘corporate hijacking’ of taxpayer-funded overseas aid

THE government was accused today of the “corporate hijacking” of taxpayer-funded overseas aid to developing countries to promote business opportunities for British corporations.

The Tories also intend to splash out £15 million in aid money on a Britain-Africa “investment summit” ...

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Left wing? You may be on police extremism list

THE Home Office has lumped together left-wing groups and green campaigners with neo-nazis and white supremacists in literature and posters supposedly designed to educate officers about extremism.

The Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) document has categories including white supremacist and ...

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Major oil conference cancelled after pressure from environmental activists

A MAJOR oil and gas exploration conference has been cancelled at the request of the venue’s owners following pressure from environmental campaigners and doctors.

Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) had booked the conference set for Thursday at the Royal College of General Practitioners’ (RCGP) ...

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Turkey accused of fuelling resurgence of Isis in Libya

TURKEY has been accused of aiding the resurgence of Isis in Libya by transferring jihadists from Syria to aid the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in the fight for control of the country.

Pentagon spokesman Paul Selva said that the battle between the Tripoli-based GNA and ...

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Tributes paid to UCU's first black president Nita Sanghera

TRIBUTES were paid by campaigners and trade unionists today following the death of Nita Sanghera, the University and College Union’s (UCU) first black president.

Ms Sanghera passed away on Thursday following a short illness after serving on the union’s West Midlands regional committee, ...

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Bakers' union nominates Long Bailey and Burgon in Labour leadership and deputy contest

REBECCA LONG BAILEY and Richard Burgon received the backing of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) today to progress to the next stage of the Labour leadership and deputy leadership contests.  

BFAWU said that shadow business secretary Ms Long Bailey had ...

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Iran's supreme leader hits out at the West in first Friday sermon in 8 years

IRANIAN supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei branded US President Donald Trump “a clown” who will “push a poisonous dagger into the heart of the nation” during Friday prayers today.

In his first Friday sermon since 2012 he went on the offensive, branding Western countries as too ...

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Firefighters hit out at cuts to services as figures show travel time to fires is increasing

CUTS to fire and rescue services are putting lives at risk as firefighters take longer to get to incidents, their union warned today.

The latest Home Office figures show that the time taken for appliances to travel to fires is steadily increasing — including to serious incidents where ...

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British brands still profiteering from deforestation despite promises on palm oil

BRITISH brands have failed yet again to meet their own commitments on palm oil, with many companies continuing to profiteer from the destruction of forests and wildlife.

Not one British company achieved top scores on the WWF’s latest palm oil scorecard yesterday — a 10-year project ...

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Women's Cricket Lisa Keightley says final is the minimum for England at World Cup

NEW England head coach Lisa Keightley has challenged her players to reach the final of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Australia next month.

The 48-year-old has replaced Mark Robinson and will not have long with the squad before she is thrust into the pressure of a major ...

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‘Desperately needed’ hospitals delayed due to Carillion collapse

ENGINEERING giant Carillion’s collapse will delay the construction of two “desperately needed” hospitals for several years, an official report found yesterday.

The 646-bed Royal Liverpool, which was set to open in 2017, is forecast to be completed more than five years late, according ...

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Government to consider mesh implant compensation

THE Scottish government has confirmed that it will consider setting up a fund to support mesh-injured women after being quizzed by Lothian Labour MSP Neil Findlay.

Mr Findlay asked the SNP in Holyrood yesterday whether it would provide financial support for hundreds of women who have said ...

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