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Adams and his past: Claims that haven’t gone away

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGerry Adams denies IRA claims in court In the early years of the peace process, Gerry Adams once quipped: “They haven’t gone away, you know.” He was talking about the IRA. But it could easily refer to claims about whether he was in the organisation, which have persisted for most of his life. More lately, the issue of his past has involved the murder of Jean McConville. Notable republican figures – Ivor Bell, Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price – implicated Mr Adams…

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US suspect ‘disappointed’ by Dunn family rejection

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump said he “spoke with Boris” before meeting Harry Dunn’s family The US woman accused of involvement in the crash which killed Harry Dunn has said she was “disappointed” not to have met his family. Mr Dunn’s parents rejected a “bombshell” offer from Donald Trump to meet Anne Sacoolas at the White House on Tuesday. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn felt “a little ambushed” when the president revealed she was in the next room. Mr Trump described his meeting with the couple…

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Police stop and search 3,000 children in 15 months

It states that stopping and searching must be done for a good reason and be both “necessary and proportionate”. Five years on – Has much changed on stop-and-search tactics? Officers can search based on “facts, information and/or intelligence” or “reasonable suspicion” someone is carrying an illegal item. The data reveals that 3,172 searches were carried out on children aged 0-15 between April 2018 and June 2019 – and 62% were negative. It also shows: Officers failed to find drugs on a seven-year-old girl who was stopped in Clackmannanshire in June…

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Jailed British holidaymakers ‘to be released soon’

“This has been a nightmare, especially for the baby,” the Connors wrote in an email to BBC Washington correspondent Chris Buckler on Tuesday. “To be treated like this is just insane,” they wrote, adding that they had visited the US many times previously for holidays. “We never asked to be here; we should have never been here,” they said. Related Topics Pennsylvania Canada US immigration Immigration United States Detention centres Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50061122

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Central heating boilers ‘threaten climate goals’

The government wants low-carbon heat systems to be standard for all new homes built after 2025. But that will still leave the vast majority of existing homes in the UK with polluting heat systems. Big lifestyle changes ‘needed to cut emissions’ Ditch cars to meet climate targets, say MPs A spokesman for the Treasury said a plan to support the move to sustainable heating systems would go out to consultation later this year. The task is huge. Policy Connect says more than 20,000 homes a week must switch to low-carbon…

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‘No consent’ circumcision doctor suspended

“If I went round and cut his bits off I would be getting years in prison. “Even if they struck him off it wouldn’t have been enough punishment, because he has caused my son so much pain, but such a short suspension is a slap in the face.” ‘Very regretful’ Dr Mehat said he would be writing a letter of apology “directly to the patient”. “I am very regretful that the care I provided to the patient did not go well as we had both hoped,” he said in a…

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Corbyn will go if he loses election – McDonnell

Under his leadership, Labour did better than expected in the snap 2017 election but still got 56 fewer seats than the Conservatives. In an interview for GQ with Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former adviser, Mr McDonnell was asked whether it was possible for Mr Corbyn to carry on if he failed to win next time around. He replied: “I can’t see… I think it is the same for my own personal position, I can’t see so. “What we’d do is as the tradition, which is have an election for a…

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Celebrating Non-League football

Image copyright Colin McPherson Image caption Two Matlock Town fans read the matchday programme before the FA Cup Third Round Qualifying round tie against Eastwood Town at Causeway Lane, Matlock, in 2010. The visitors, from Nottingham, who played one division higher than Matlock, won 3-0 to move to within one round of the FA Cup First Round Proper. The match was watched by 655 spectators. Image copyright Colin McPherson Image caption Two Glossop North End supporters wait for the teams to come out before their club’s game with Barnoldswick Town…

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Wife died after being left in filth

‘Horrendous’ odour The mother-of-two was rescued after Wallach alerted the Elms Medical Centre on 24 August 2017, as she was “babbling”. The court heard how paramedics found Mrs Wallach sitting in a chair at their home on Gwendoline Street, covered in urine, faeces and flies. The odour in the house was described as “horrendous” by the emergency services. Image copyright Crown Prosecution Service Image caption Firefighters and paramedics had to fight their way through piles of rubbish During the trial, Wallach told jurors he looked after her to the best…

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Teenager stabbed to death outside shopping centre

He added: “The victim of this stabbing was a schoolboy with his whole life ahead of him. He had everything to live for. “This was a senseless attack and we share the concern and alarm this murder will no doubt cause in the local community.” ‘Scary’ Police said the teenager’s friends and members of the public provided first aid but he died at the scene at about 15:50. His next of kin have been informed, and the second boy who was stabbed remains in an east London hospital. A Section…

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‘I put the environment before profits’

But, she says she blagged a mortgage and brought her eco-consciousness to every aspect of the Honey Pot. Image copyright Rachel Gunderson Image caption Happy pastie-maker Rachel All the cafes straws are paper, they use recycled takeaway containers and napkins – and most surprisingly they’ve stopped using biros. “We just use pencils – they’re loads cheaper, they last loads longer and we’ve just got one of those old school sharpeners with the handle,” she says. And all that pencil sharpening has had an unintended, but very welcome side effect. “All…

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1Xtra Live called off after ‘serious incident’

West Midlands Police said in a statement: “Security [at Arena Birmingham] alerted police to an assault which took place in the backstage area at 10pm on Saturday. “It’s understood that a man sustained a slash wound during the assault. He was treated by on-site medical staff and did not require hospital treatment.” The force also appealed for anyone with information to come forward. Skip Twitter post by @WMPolice Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at https://t.co/c5j877IEzN 8am – midnight, or call 101 anytime. To remain…

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Girl’s organs ‘save four children’s lives’

‘So proud’ “She has actually saved four children’s lives,” Ms Tara said. “That was just Missy all over, she just cared about everybody and anything. “A few years back she sat all the adults down and told us all if anything ever happened to her she would like her organs to be donated to other children, to help save lives. “Her mam, dad, and two step-parents have took that decision to carry out her wishes and us as a family have backed them all the way. We are all so…

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MP denies sexual assault allegations

At a previous hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Mr Elphicke indicated he would give a not guilty plea in front of a crown court judge. Social media warning During the hearing, Judge Deborah Taylor issued a warning to the public gallery after Mr Elphicke’s defence raised potentially illegal comments about the case made on Twitter. She said: “It is not only news outlets that are subject to contempt of court rules. Members of the public who prejudge cases by posting comments on places such as Twitter or Facebook are subject…

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