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  • Six injured after car hits crowd celebrating Eid in Newcastle
    Posted by Helen Pidd North of England editor on June 26, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Driver arrested in incident that police say is not terror-related, while ambulance service reports three children are among those hurtSix people were taken to hospital with serious injuries following Eid celebrations in Newcastle after a woman attending the event drove into them.Three children were injured in what the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Chi Onwurah, said had been called a terrible accident. Continue reading... […]

  • EU nationals to be offered nearly same rights at Britons
    Posted by Anushka Asthana, political editor on June 25, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Only the right to vote and the rights of ‘serious and persistent criminals’ would differ from those of UK citizens after Brexit, says David DavisTheresa May will offer to give Europeans living in the UK the same residency, employment, health, welfare and pensions rights as British citizens, but demand that “serious and persistent” criminals may be more easily deported than at present. Related: ‘Back soft Brexit,’ unions urge Labour Continue reading... […]

  • Grenfell Tower fire prompts safety checks on high-rises across Scotland
    Posted by Press Association on June 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Holyrood announces investigation as 60 tower blocks across England fail combustibility testsHolyrood is to carry out its own investigation into the safety of high-rise blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.MSPs on the local government and communities committee are to expand an ongoing inquiry into housing and building regulations in Scotland to include high-rise accommodation. Related: Decent homes for all… Has the social housing dream died? Continue reading... […]

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier takes to the seas
    Posted by Ewen MacAskill Defence correspondent on June 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    The £3.5bn cost of the vessel is so high that doubts have been raised over whether the Royal Navy can afford enough fighters for itCaptain Jerry Kyd seems remarkably relaxed given he is scheduled on Monday to take to sea for the first time one of the biggest and most expensive defence projects in British history, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.To reach open sea, he will have to conduct two complicated manoeuvres, firstly to take it from the Rosyth dockyard basin where the carrier was built and then under the three Forth bridges. The calculations are fine but the prospect of miscalculation does not appear to scare him. Related: Cuts could leave Trident nuclear base at risk of attack, says police boss Continue reading... […]

  • UK public are more dissatisfied than ever with NHS, poll shows
    Posted by Sarah Boseley Health editor on June 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Head of BMA to reveal survey shows more people unhappy with NHS than satisfied for first time, and 82% worried for futureMore people are unhappy with the NHS than satisfied for the first time in a poll of the public run by Britain’s doctors, and 70% say they think the health service is going in the wrong direction.The growing public concern will be revealed by Dr Mark Porter, leader of the British Medical Association, who will tell his annual representative meeting in Bournemouth on Monday that the government is “trying to keep the health service running on nothing but fumes”. Continue reading... […]

  • Skilled labour shortage fuelled by uncertainty for EU workers
    Posted by Sarah Butler on June 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Survey by Lloyds finds more than half of British companies are struggling to recruit the staff they need – up from almost a third in January British businesses face their biggest challenge in recruiting skilled labour in a decade, as high employment combines with a fall in the value of the pound and uncertainty about the future for EU nationals in the UK.A net balance of 52% of 1,500 UK companies questioned in May said they had experienced difficulty in recruiting skilled labour during the past six months, compared with 31% in January. Continue reading... […]

  • Nine dead and 28 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia
    Posted by Sibylla Brodzinsky in Bogotá on June 25, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    A flotilla of boats and the air force went to the aid of vessel that sank with about 150 people on board in Peňol-Guatapé reservoir At least nine people have died and dozens are missing after a tourist boat carrying about150 people sank in a reservoir in north-west Colombia, near the city of Medellín, officials have said.Margarita Moncada, a local rescue official, confirmed the death toll. Jorge Hernando Nieto, Colombia’s national police chief, told local radio that at least 30 people had been reported missing in the accident, which was on the on the Guatapé-El Peñol reservoir..@FuerzaAereaCol apoya a esta hora rescate de personas de embarcación que naufragó en Guatapé, Antioquia #FAC Continue reading... […]

  • Chalcots estate residents count the cost of evacuation order
    Posted by Sarah Marsh on June 25, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Despite being told to leave so their blocks in Camden can be fire-proofed, around 120 households are reported to be considering staying As they contemplated a decision between staying in towers deemed unsafe or facing weeks living out of a suitcase, residents of the Chalcots estate were clear about one thing on Sunday: either way, the result would bear a heavy personal cost. Related: Hundreds evacuated from London tower blocks over fears of Grenfell repeat Continue reading... […]

  • Demonstrators confront police in east London over Da Costa death
    Posted by Kevin Rawlinson on June 25, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Riot police were called to angry scenes at Stratford bus station after Edson Da Costa, 25, died in hospital following arrestBricks were thrown and fires lit on Sunday as protesters confronted police over the treatment of Edir Frederico Da Costa, the 25-year-old black man who died six days after being arrested by officers, who, according to the police watchdog, used force and CS spray against him.Late on Sunday night, two police officers were injured as the large crowd split into several smaller ones outside Forest Gate police station near the scene of the arrest. Earlier demonstrators had confronted police at Stratford bus station, before moving back to the police station as darkness fell.Big shots police officers trying to fob crowd off telling us the IPCC will take care of it. Continue reading... […]

  • Conservatives edge closer to a deal with the DUP
    Posted by Henry McDonald, Rajeev Syal and Anushka Asthana on June 25, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Agreement understood to hinge on additional funding for Northern Ireland as sources say deal could come this TuesdayNegotiators on the deal between Theresa May and the Democratic Unionist party aimed at sustaining a minority Conservative government into Brexit talks are hoping to reach an agreement by Tuesday, DUP sources have indicated.It could be finalised as the deadline also looms for the DUP, Sinn Fein and the other Northern Ireland parties to find an agreement of their own to restored devolved power sharing in Belfast. Continue reading... […]

  • The July night sky
    Posted by Alan Pickup on June 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Nights are getting longer again, bringing the first dark skies of summer. Look out for Saturn – more than a dot, even with binocularsAs the sun turns southwards, our nights begin to lengthen and the moonless spell later in July brings many of us our first dark skies of the summer. The chart shows the Plough in the NW as the Summer Triangle reaches the high meridian. Formed by the bright stars Vega, Altair and Deneb, in the constellations Lyra, Aquila and Cygnus respectively, it is bisected by the Milky Way, which arches high across our E sky from Sagittarius and Scorpius (SCO) low in the S to Cepheus, Cassiopeia and Perseus in the NE.1st 02h First quarter; 08h Moon 2.7° N of Jupiter3rd 21h Earth farthest from Sun (152,092,504km) Continue reading... […]

  • Dozens die in Portugal's worst forest fire
    Posted by Steph Hodsman (MetDesk) on June 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Blaze follows days of excessive heat, while torrential rain brings floods to New Zealand, trapping people in their homesThe area of Pedrógão Grande in central Portugal experienced the worst forest fire the country has ever experienced last week, killing at least 64 people and injuring many more. The blazes broke out on the afternoon of Saturday 17 June and spread rapidly, trapping people in their cars. Some 350 soldiers and 1,600 firefighters battled the blaze, which is thought to have started from a dry thunderstorm triggered by the very hot, humid conditions of the days leading up to it as temperatures exceeded 40°C. Continue reading... […]

  • Corrections and clarifications
    Posted by Corrections and clarifications column editor on June 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Moudud Ahmed | Sun readers in the general election | Sited/cited homophone• In an editorial on Bangladesh (The country’s vicious politics do a disservice to its people, 19 June, page 24), we said that Moudud Ahmed and his family had been evicted when their home was seized by court order. In fact no such ruling was made, and they were evicted despite living for 36 years as tenants under a registered lease deed.• A piece on the Opinion pages (Labour can’t be complacent: the time to mobilise is now, 22 June, page 33) said 30% of Sun readers voted for the Labour party. To clarify: of those Sun readers who did vote in the general election, 30% cast their ballot for Labour, according to a post-election survey by YouGov. Continue reading... […]

  • Cyber-attack on UK parliament: Russia is suspected culprit
    Posted by Ewen MacAskill and Rajeev Syal on June 25, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Fewer than 90 email accounts with weak passwords are believed to have been hacked in ‘sustained’ attackThe Russian government is suspected of being behind a cyber-attack on parliament that breached dozens of email accounts belonging to MPs and peers.Although the investigation is at an early stage and the identity of those responsible may prove impossible to establish with absolute certainty, Moscow is deemed the most likely culprit. Related: NHS seeks to recover from global cyber-attack as security concerns resurface Continue reading... […]

  • Bond Street: status of UK's most exclusive shopping street under threat
    Posted by Zoe Wood on June 25, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Soaring rents and rates are pushing retailers including Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss and DKNY to think about moving outThe status of Bond Street as the UK’s most exclusive shopping destination is under threat, as one in four retailers on the famous street consider shutting up shop and moving out as a result of high rents and business rates.About 25 of the 100 top fashion brands with stores on Old and New Bond Street are understood to have flagged to the property market that they are ready to quit the world-famous fashion district. Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, De Beers and DKNY are among the big brands understood to be considering their options.Retailers are asking do we need to be on Bond Street or should we go somewhere else and get more bang for our buck? Continue reading... […]

  • Murdoch's Sky takeover bid: culture secretary's verdict due this week
    Posted by Mark Sweney on June 25, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Some analysts believe Ofcom’s investigation into £11.7bn deal has raised concerns but suspect it will get green light six years after earlier bid’s failureRupert Murdoch is about to learn whether the government has cleared his latest bid to buy Sky or whether concerns about competition could yet derail the deal.The culture secretary, Karen Bradley, will this week deliver her verdict on whether to greenlight 21st Century Fox’s proposed £11.7bn takeover of the satellite broadcaster, or refer the deal to the competition authorities for further scrutiny. Continue reading... […]

  • Jeremy Corbyn wants to scrap Trident nuclear plan, says Michael Eavis
    Posted by Kevin Rawlinson on June 25, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Labour leader who voted against weapons renewal programme quipped about ridding UK of it, says Glastonbury founderJeremy Corbyn intends to scrap the UK’s Trident nuclear programme as soon as possible, according to the founder of the Glastonbury festival, Michael Eavis. As the festival in Somerset ended on Sunday Eavis recounted a conversation he had had with the Labour leader, telling an audience on Sunday that he had asked Corbyn: “When are you going to get rid of Trident?” Corbyn, he said, had replied: “As soon as I can.”According to the news site Somerset Live, Eavis told the audience at a Q&A session: “Wasn’t [Corbyn] fantastic? I said to him ‘when are you going to be prime minister?’” Corbyn had responded: “In six months.” Continue reading... […]

  • Glastonbury 2017: 'the best one yet', declares organiser Emily Eavis
    Posted by Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Nadia Khomami on June 25, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Ed Sheeran is headliner for last night at Worthy Farm after secret set by the Killers, winding up politically charged festivalAs a politically fired-up Glastonbury 2017 ends, co-organiser Emily Eavis has said: “It has to be the best one yet.”Ed Sheeran was due to be the Sunday night headliner, completing a line-up that saw Radiohead, Foo Fighters and – in a secret set – the Killers take to the stages of Worthy Farm over the three-day festival. Continue reading... […]

  • Italy to wind up two failing banks at potential cost of €17bn
    Posted by Graeme Wearden on June 25, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza, blighted by bad loans and a mis-selling scandal, will open as usual on Monday, says finance minister The Italian government is stepping in to wind up two failing lenders and prevent a bank run, at a total cost of up to €17bn (£15bn).After an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday, ministers agreed to a decree splitting Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ banks, keeping branches open. Related: Italian banks are living on borrowed time … and money Continue reading... […]

  • Martin Rowson on tensions over the Tory leadership – cartoon
    Posted by Martin Rowson on June 25, 2017 at 6:16 pm

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