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Measles cases triple in Europe

Measles cases triple in Europe

Measles cases in Europe tripled between 2017 and 2018 to 82,596 - the highest number recorded this decade, shows.While vaccination rates are improving, the WHO says coverage is not high enough to prevent circulation of the virus in many countries.Ukraine reported the highest number of measles cases last year - more than 10 times that of the next highest, Serbia.Over 90% of cases were in 10 countries, including France, Italy and Greece.Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious health complications, including infections of the lungs and brain.There were...

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Lovers jailed for ex-partner's murder

Lovers jailed for ex-partner's murder

An "evil monster" who stabbed his ex-partner to death in the street has been jailed for life with a minimum of 29 years.Torbjorn Kettlewell, 30, stabbed Kelly Franklin, 29, more than 30 times in Hartlepool after she ended their abusive 12-year relationship.His lover Julie Wass, 48, was jailed for eight years for manslaughter.Both were found guilty of the 3 August killing by jurors at Teesside Crown Court.Ms Franklin's family said Kettlewell was an "evil, vicious monster" who had "plagued" her life in a "controlling and abusive relationship".In a statement read to the court, Ms Franklin's...

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February 8, 2019
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Philip Green 'paid harassment accuser £1m'

Philip Green 'paid harassment accuser £1m'

Sir Philip Green paid a female employee more than £1m to keep quiet after she accused him of kissing and groping her, .The paper said the senior female employee was one of five members of staff who signed gagging orders after being bullied or harassed.It reported a black male executive also received £1m after Sir Philip said he was "throwing spears in the jungle".The Topshop boss denies allegations he behaved wrongly.Lawyers representing Sir Philip told the Telegraph that he was a "passionate businessman, who can at times be over-exuberant and hot-headed" and that he could be "perceived at...

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February 11, 2019
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China musician video 'shows he's not dead'

China musician video 'shows he's not dead'

Chinese state media have released a video appearing to show a Uighur musician previously reported to have died in a detention camp.The video, dated 10 February, features a man said to be Abdurehim Heyit stating that he is in "good health".Turkey earlier called on China to close the camps following reports of his death. Up to a million Uighurs are reportedly being detained.Some Uighurs have questioned the video's authenticity.Nury Turkel, chairman of the US-based Uyghur Human Rights Project, told the BBC that some aspects of the video were "suspicious".The Uighurs are a Muslim...

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February 11, 2019
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Couple sat on knife-wielding burglar

Couple sat on knife-wielding burglar

A rail enthusiast and his wife tackled a butter knife-wielding burglar who tried to steal a prized collection of model trains, a court heard.John Headington, 85, and his 57-year-old wife Susan sat on Robert Barnes to restrain him after the break-in.Lincoln Crown Court heard Barnes used a brick to smash his way into the house while the couple slept on 20 November.Barnes, 28, admitted burglary and possession of a bladed article and was jailed for two years and four months.The court heard Mrs Headington was woken by the sound of Barnes, of no fixed address, breaking in through the kitchen door...

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February 13, 2019
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Gordon Banks: World Cup-winning goalkeeper dies aged 81

Gordon Banks: World Cup-winning goalkeeper dies aged 81

Share this with England's 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died aged 81.Regarded as one of the game's greatest in his position, Banks was named Fifa goalkeeper of the year six times and earned 73 caps for England.He is perhaps best known for his wonder save from Pele during the against Brazil.Born in Sheffield, he won the League Cup with Stoke and Leicester, before retiring in 1973."It is with great sadness that we announce that Gordon passed away peacefully overnight," his family said."We are devastated to lose him but we have so many happy memories and could not have...

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Environment in multiple crises - report

Environment in multiple crises - report

Politicians and policymakers have failed to grasp the gravity of the environmental crisis facing the Earth, a report claims.The think-tank IPPR says human impacts have reached a critical stage and threaten to destabilise society and the global economy.Scientists warn of a potentially deadly combination of factors.These include climate change, mass loss of species, topsoil erosion, forest felling and acidifying oceans.The report from the centre-left says these factors are "driving a complex, dynamic process of environmental destabilisation that has reached critical levels."This...

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Philip will not be prosecuted over crash

Philip will not be prosecuted over crash

The Duke of Edinburgh will not face prosecution over his road crash near the Sandringham estate, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.The 97-year-old voluntarily gave up his driving licence on Saturday after his in Norfolk last month.He later apologised to the occupants of the other car - two women and a baby.The CPS says it decided that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute the duke.Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor from CPS East of England, said: "We took into account all of the circumstances in this case, including the level of culpability, the age of the driver and the...

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February 16, 2019
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Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change

Climate strike: Schoolchildren protest over climate change

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. Please let us know if you agree to all of these cookies.AcceptRejectPupils from around the UK went "on strike" on Friday as part of a global campaign for action on climate change.Students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem.Organisers Youth Strike 4 Climate said protests took place in more than 60 towns and cities, with an estimated 15,000 taking part.They carried placards, some reading: "There is no planet B."The action was part of...

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Best-selling author lied about cancer

Best-selling author lied about cancer

Dan Mallory, author of the best-selling The Woman in the Window, has admitted to lying about having brain cancer.Mallory, who wrote the thriller under the pseudonym AJ Finn, said he claimed to have had cancer as a way to disguise his struggles with bipolar disorder.His admission comes after accused him of a history of lies about his personal life.The US author told the magazine it was "never the goal" to "take advantage of anyone else's goodwill".Mallory was a book editor before The Woman in the Window, his debut novel, was published in January 2018. It debuted at number one on the New York...

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