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Accused Briton ‘wrote of joy fighting IS’

On the second day of his trial, the jury was shown Facebook pictures of Mr James posing with YPG insignia wearing military garb. In a December 2017 diary entry, he allegedly wrote: “The situation with Turkey continues to worsen the war is long from over but I am playing my part in this war and feel good to be a part of history and with the revolutionary force of YPG. “Daesh is the biggest threat the world has seen since Hitler so anything I can do in these operations is…

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What does air pollution do to our bodies?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUK scientists estimate air pollution cuts British people’s lives by an average of six months The countdown has begun to the launch of one of the world’s boldest attempts to tackle air pollution. From next Monday, thousands of drivers face paying a new charge to enter central London. The aim is to deter the dirtiest vehicles in an effort to reduce diseases and premature deaths. The initiative comes as scientists say the impacts of air pollution are more serious than previously thought.…

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What does a soft Brexit mean?

For companies that operate in European markets that is a huge benefit. It helps protect their complex supply chains, which often see parts cross borders several times during the manufacturing process. But the removal of internal tariffs also means members of a customs union have to apply the same external tariff to goods arriving from the rest of the world. And, after Brexit, that would limit the UK’s ability to pursue a fully independent trade policy, breaking one of Theresa May’s red lines. Media playback is unsupported on your device…

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New Radio 1 show: ‘Random, filthy, ridiculous’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Melvin (left), Charlie and Rickie (far right) with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger at their old station At Kiss they were very popular. The three played a key role in a successful time for the station, leaving its breakfast show with nearly two million listeners. But after a decade of early starts, Ricky tells Newsbeat they’re ready to swap earlies for evenings. Image caption The Radio 1 9-11pm slot is now known for late night naughtiness, largely thanks to former host Charlie Sloth Late nights…

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‘Incredibly early’ basking shark spotted

“This is an incredibly early sighting and it’s always exciting to see them. Normally, we’re looking at May to see them arriving,” Captain Leeves said. “They only come up when the plankton comes up and having that still, lovely warm, settled period – bless your heart, there was one on the surface,” he added. It is not the earliest known sighting of a basking shark in the UK – that was thought to have occurred around 24 March 2011, when a shark was also spotted off Cornwall, thought to have…

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Help requests for alcoholic parents rise

Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT Image caption Joe and Amelia now Joe developed an issue with alcohol as an adult but he gave up completely when he became a father and is now teetotal. However, his ability to quit led to a new, very painful thought. “I can’t help but think if I could do that for my children why couldn’t he?” he says. Joe remembers the happy times before his father’s issues with alcohol started. But Amelia, eight years his junior, only remembers her father drinking. When he died she…

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Why are university students catching mumps?

PHE said latest figures showed cases of mumps in England had decreased in 2018, with 1,024 confirmed cases compared with 1,796 in 2017. There have also been a handful of reported cases at the universities of Bath, Hull and Liverpool and in the US – specifically Temple University, in Philadelphia, which has recorded about 100 people with signs of the infection. There does not appear to be any reason as to why the Nottingham numbers are much higher, though experts have said it could be that there are more in…

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Tributes as The Beat star Ranking Roger dies

The mid seventies was one of the most influential periods in the history of British pop music. The merging of Caribbean rhythms and the tropes of the immigrant West Indian experience alongside young white bands struggling to find an identity in Thatcher’s disunited kingdom produced what would become the second wave of British dominance in popular music across the world. My friend Roger, as a founding member of the English Beat was at the centre of this febrile and explosive clash of cultures, uniquely placed to document the excitement of…

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Craft workers ‘need their own titles’

The levels of apprenticeships are “poorly understood” by the public, the think tank says – and introducing titles could be a way of showing people’s achievements. Sign of respect Those who have vocational qualifications equivalent to a university degree could be known as “craftsman” or “craftswoman”, the think tank says. The exhausting road to my apprenticeship dream Firms re-labelling jobs as apprenticeships Eight things about apprenticeships But those who have advanced further could be known as “master craftsman” or “master craftswoman”. The report points to the example of Germany, where…

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Shopkeeper killed in robbery named

Detectives said the shop’s till was stolen and may have been dumped somewhere by the robber. No arrests have been made. Image copyright PA Image caption A large part of Marsh Road was cordoned off and a forensics tent was set up outside Costa Coffee Police said they wanted to hear from anyone who saw a black Vauxhall Astra being driven away from Marsh Road at speed. Det Ch Insp Simon Stancombe said: “This was a vicious and unwarranted attack on a completely innocent man. “Ravi’s attacker got away with…

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Scottish independence vote ‘will happen’

“Nothing in this life is absolutely certain but I think it’s as inevitable as its possible to be. “Before I set forward a path for Scotland I think it’s reasonable for me to know what the starting point of that journey is going to be and the context in which we are going to be embarking on it. “We need to know – and hopefully we will know this over the next few days and over the next three weeks. “Is the UK leaving the EU? Is it leaving with…

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‘Most wanted’ murder suspect arrested

Report End of Twitter post by @JusticeForJoshH The Josh Hanson Trust, a charity set up in the wake of his death, wrote on Twitter: “Today, on the 23rd of March 2019 and after three and a half years of waiting, today is Josh’s day.” Ian Cruxton, the NCA’s head of international operations, said: “O’Brien has spent several years looking over his shoulder as he has been at the centre of an extensive operation to track him down. “I’m delighted that the pressure brought to bear by this has finally resulted…

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