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BBC will not appeal against Cliff Richard privacy victory

Singer is clear to claim substantial damages after conclusion of four-year legal battle

The BBC will not appeal against Cliff Richard’s landmark privacy victory, leaving the corporation facing a bill for millions of pounds following the conclusion of a four-year legal battle.

The singer is now clear to claim substantial damages as a result of the BBC’s decision to report in 2014 that the singer was being investigated by police regarding historical child sexual assault claims.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:02:47 GMT
Italy bridge collapse: 39 dead as minister calls for resignations

Transport minister says senior management of Genoa bridge operator ‘must step down’

Italy’s transport minister has called on senior managers at the company that operated the collapsed Genoa motorway bridge to resign, as the death toll rose to at least 39.

Rescuers searched overnight for survivors through tons of concrete and steel under the shattered structure of the Morandi Bridge. “We’re not giving up hope, we’ve already saved a dozen people from under the rubble,” a fire official, Emanuele Giffi, told AFP. “We’re going to work round the clock until the last victim is secured.”

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:29:55 GMT
Police question man on suspicion of terrorism over Westminster crash
  • Arrested man, thought to be Salih Khater, 29, of Birmingham
  • Officers raid properties in Nottingham and Birmingham
  • Mayor suggests Parliament Square could be pedestrianised

Police are continuing to question a man over a suspected terrorist attack in Westminster, after the investigation went nationwide with raids on addresses in Nottingham and Birmingham.

The 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism after a silver Ford Fiesta was driven into cyclists travelling around Parliament Square on Tuesday morning. He is understood to be Salih Khater, a British national who lives in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham and is of Sudanese origin.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:00:01 GMT
Child drownings in Germany linked to parents' phone ‘fixation’

Lifeguards warn parents to put phones away, after more than 300 people drowned this year

German lifeguards have issued a warning that a growing number of child drownings this summer are linked to their parents’ obsession with mobile phones.

More than 300 people have drowned in Germany this year, with hardly a day passing during the current heatwave when a swimmer has not died.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:40:56 GMT
Sadiq Khan wants to restrict number of Uber drivers in London

London mayor says cap on new licences would mean less congestion

The London mayor is seeking powers to limit the number of Uber drivers operating in the capital, blaming a surge in private hire drivers for the city’s increasing congestion and pollution.

Sadiq Khan said a cap on new licences was an urgent and necessary step. But unlike New York, which announced a cap last week, he is unable to impose restrictions.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:34:20 GMT
Thirty men charged with sexually abusing girls in West Yorkshire

Allegations of rape and trafficking of five girls date from between 2005 and 2012

Thirty men have been charged with raping and trafficking five girls in West Yorkshire.

The allegations against the defendants relate to non-recent sexual offences dating back to between 2005 and 2012. They relate to five women who say they were abused as children in the Huddersfield area between the ages of 12 and 18.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:17:41 GMT
House of Fraser pulls plug on website after warehouse dispute

Retailer’s warehouse operator has stopped processing orders in dispute over payment

House of Fraser has taken its website offline amid multiple complaints from customers about delayed or failed deliveries since the company was bought by Sports Direct late last week.

The problems come after House of Fraser’s warehouse operator, XPO Logistics, “paused” processing orders amid a dispute over payment.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:44:33 GMT
'Tenants on our own land': New Zealand bans sale of homes to foreign buyers

Law aims to boost housing affordability after prices in some areas rise by over 75%

The New Zealand government has banned the sale of existing homes to foreign buyers, saying New Zealanders were sick of being “tenants in our own land”.

Associate minister of finance David Parker said the ban would mean housing would become more affordable for locals, and supply would increase.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:09:01 GMT
Twitter suspends Infowars' Alex Jones for abuse

Far-right conspiracy theorist will not be able to tweet, retweet or favourite tweets for seven days

Controversial Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been suspended from Twitter for up to seven days.

The suspension has put Jones into what Twitter describes as “read-only mode” preventing him from tweeting, liking or retweeting, but not removing his tweets or personal account from the social network. The Infowars Twitter account remains unaffected.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:04:08 GMT
RBS bankers joked about destroying the US housing market

Transcripts of pre-financial crisis conversations show senior bankers’ disregard for customers

RBS bankers joked about destroying the US housing market after making millions by trading loans that staff described as “total fucking garbage”, according to transcripts released as part of a $4.9bn (£3.8bn) settlement with US prosecutors.

Details of internal conversations at the bank emerged just weeks before the 10-year anniversary of the financial crisis, which saw RBS rescued with a £45bn bailout from the UK government.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:08:08 GMT

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