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How Mexicans help satisfy British demand for blood plasma

A growing source of the UKs blood plasma is from Mexicans crossing the border into the US and donating at high frequencies, which some experts fear could risk their health The first time I went, I wanted to cry, said Luca, a mother of three, describing how her economic situation would compel her to do the journey from her home in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Jurez to line up outside a blood plasma donation center in El Paso, Texas. There are more than 800 such facilities in the…

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Ireland election: polls open with Sinn Fin poised to play key role

Republican party is hoping poll surge will translate into a parliamentary breakthrough Voters are going to the polls in Ireland after a tumultuous general election campaign during which Irelands next coalition government. On Friday Fianna Fil, the main opposition party, is tipped to emerge as the biggest party, putting its leader, Michel Martin, in pole position to woo smaller parties to form a parliamentary majority and ruling alliance. Mary Lou McDonald on the general election campaign trail in central Dublin this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Polling stations opened at 7am…

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Katy Perry offers no respite for the embattled royals

Another blundersome week for the royal crew who, still reeling from Harrys exodus and revelations about Andrew, now find out that the singer has no Asian heritage Over the past few years, the royal helicopter took off comparatively infrequently from the field by Kensington Palace. Over the past month, however, it has been like an Oliver Stone movie out there. Its the Platoon of ribbon-cutting, the Nam of nursery visiting. Since Harry and Meghan decided to step back from their royal duties, the general stepping forward of other royals has…

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Church sorry for saying that sex is just for married heterosexuals

Church of England archbishops acknowledge pastoral guidance jeopardised trust The archbishops of Canterbury and York have apologised over a statement issued by Church of England bishops last week which an open letter saying the guidance had made the C of E a laughing stock, added: We await the evidence that they have truly heard and taken onboard our concerns by what comes out of the Living in Love and Faith report. I along with thousands who signed our letter look forward to understanding what a issued a statement saying I…

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Setback for Boris Johnson as Lords amend Brexit bill

Peers back three amendments including right of EU citizens to physical proof of right to stay in UK Boris Johnsons Brexit deal has received a setback in the Lords after three amendments to the bill were passed. In the governments first parliamentary defeat since the general election, peers voted for EU citizens to have the right to be given official documentation if they lawfully reside in the UK after Brexit. They backed a cross-party amendment to the withdrawal agreement bill allowing for physical proof of status. The second defeat was…

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Prince Harry and Meghan’s UK home being closed down

Reports add to speculation that Duke and Duchess do not plan to spend much time in UK Frogmore Cottage, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is in the process of being shuttered, according to reports, fuelling speculation the couple do not intend to spend any meaningful time in the UK in the near future. Key live-in staff a house manager and a cleaner are being moved to other duties within the Queens household. Other staff members, used on an ad hoc basis and including chefs, maids and…

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Italian PM calls for unity as three senators move to far-right party

League party leader Matteo Salvinis influence is insidious, says Giuseppe Conte The Italian prime minister, teach climate change in schools, has hinted at forming a parliamentary group that would include other disgruntled M5S politicians. In what was hailed as a victory against the far right, M5S in September went into coalition with the centre-left Democratic party (PD) after the collapse of its alliance with Matteo Salvinis League when he brought down the government in a move to force elections. But the past four months have been marred by constant bickering…

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Its Day of the Triffids for todays Britain, but with antidepressants as the monster

Controversial look at dependence on drugs in sci-fi film by Austrian director Jessica Hausner has divided critics An award-winning science-fiction thriller billed by critics as a modern Day of the Triffids takes a provocative approach to Britains growing dependence on mood-lifting chemicals and antidepressants. Little Joe, released in UK cinemas in February, and starring Ben Whishaw, Emily Beecham and Kerry Fox, has odd, disturbing story of a newly bred plant designed to spread joy. On set in a vast greenhouse laboratory, the acclaimed Austrian director Jessica Hausner first told her…

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Harry Dunn’s mother ‘distraught’ after suspect filmed driving in US

Footage of Anne Sacoolas, who returned to the US after the crash that killed British teenager, angers parents Harry Dunns mother has said she is distraught after the American suspect in the crash that killed the teenager was filmed back behind the wheel. Dunn, 19, died after his motorbike after Northamptonshire police interviewed Sacoolas in the US. Chief crown prosecutor Janine Smith has previously said she will meet Harrys family once a charging decision has been made. But the family has spoken of their frustration at the length of time…

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Bionic neurons could enable implants to restore failing brain circuits

Scientists say creation could be used to circumvent nerve damage and help paralysed people regain movement Scientists have created artificial neurons that could potentially be implanted into patients to overcome paralysis, restore failing brain circuits, and even connect their minds to machines. The bionic neurons can receive electrical signals from healthy nerve cells, and process them in a natural way, before sending fresh signals on to other neurons, or to muscles and organs elsewhere in the body. One of the first applications may be a treatment for a form of…

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Queen greets her Nato guests but problems mount for absent son

Such engagements would normally be for Prince Andrew to undertake but no longer As the Queen hosted world leaders to mark 70 years of Nato cooperation and collective spirit, her Buckingham Palace reception was counterpointed by political discord and protest. Outside, hundreds of anti-Donald Trump and anti-Nato demonstrators blocked roads in central London. Inside, the Duke of York was absent from the guest list, having quit public life in the wake of Virginia Giuffres allegations. As a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, who was appointed vice-admiral on his 55th birthday,…

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Billionaires only, please! London vault for the ultra-rich opens

Exclusive safety deposit bank near Harrods angles to be worlds most expensive Welcome to the billionaires new piggy bank. A bank vault in a grade-II listed 120-year-old former mansion next to the Dorchester Hotel on Londons Park Lane will open for business next week. This is no ordinary bank. This one will be slightly more discerning of its customers than the average high street bank branch. We wont deal with millionaires, says Sean Hoey, managing director of the facility, run by Ashok Sewnarain, said it was opening the London vault…

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Boris Johnson thrusts London Bridge attack into centre of election battle

Prime minister says terrorists convicted of the most serious offences should never be released from prison Boris Johnson on Saturday said that those convicted of the most serious terrorist offences should never be released from prison, as arguments over the blame for Fridays Tory governments record of imposing draconian austerity cuts to the prison services, while attempting a botched probation privatisation and failing to run an effective sentencing system. On Saturday further details emerged about the knifeman, Usman Khan, and how he was subdued with a fire extinguisher and a…

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The day after at London Bridge: ‘We are still here, singing’

Choristers, shoppers and traders not put off area targeted for second time The mood at London Bridge on Saturday was one of almost eerie calm. The bridge itself remained cordoned off, with vehicles that had been caught up in the attack still parked behind the police cordons. Usually one of the main arteries of London transport, the bridge was silent, populated only by police officers and forensic teams in blue suits taking evidence. Tony Fitzgerald, 50, walked past the TV cameras stationed at the base of the bridge carrying a…

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Full metal junket: music tourism hits right note with fans

Numbers going overseas for music events are soaring Three thousand heavy metal fans disembarking from a cruise ship in Invergordon, imagine that, says Olaf Furniss, the founder of consultancy Music Tourist. Music cruises are one of the interesting growth areas of music tourism. There has been a boom; it is a real development of the last few years. Furniss is referring to the phenomenon that was the More than 90bn audio streams were listened to by British music fans last year but Furnisss three-year-old consultancy, which focuses on closer collaboration…

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