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Brother of Grenfell victim: ‘stay put’ fire policy should have been abandoned earlier

Channel 4 News - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:57

The brother of the first named victim of the Grenfell Tower fire says the fire brigade should have abandoned their “stay put” policy much earlier. Omar Al Haj-Ali and his brother Mohammed – both refugees from Syria – were told to stay put three times before deciding to flee, but only Omar made it out alive.

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Indians among top homebuyers in US

Times of India - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:57
By purchasing residential property worth $7.8 billion during the 12-month period ending March 2017, Indians emerged as the fifth largest investor in real estate in the US.
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Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for July 21, 2017

Sydney Morning Herald - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:55
There's a new plan to burn Canberra's rubbish to generate electricity and Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury has legal woes.
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Brexit negotiations reveal ‘fundamental differences’, says Michel Barnier

Channel 4 News - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:54

The European Union’s chief negotiator said today that there are “fundamental differences” between the bloc and the United Kingdom.  The second round of Brexit talks concluded with arguments over the divorce settlement with Michel Barnier warning “accounts must be settled”.  But Brexit Secretary David Davis was more upbeat.

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Electrifying rail plans scrapped

Channel 4 News - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:52

The Government has scrapped plans to electrify three rail lines.  The transport secretary announced new technology means works on the Midland Main Line, the Lake District Line and the Great Western Line will no longer be needed.

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Scientists reverse brain damage in girl who almost drowned

Daily Mail - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:49
Eden Carlson was two years old when she pushed her way through the baby gate and a heavy door, then jumped into the family pool in Arkansas last February.
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Largest crime rise in a decade

Channel 4 News - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:48

The largest rise in crime for a decade has been recorded in England and Wales, with the biggest increase in violent and sexual crime. This, as the Home Office revealed police numbers are at their lowest since 1985.

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SC: Tough to define ‘privacy’ in net age

Times of India - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:46
Just the act of operating an iPhone or iPad which uses fingerprints to open the device and allows the operator to store the impression and such actions, along with sharing of personal data by people on social network sites, makes defining breach of privacy a challenging task, the SC observed.
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Syrian rebels 'betrayed' by Trump decision that has McCain fuming

Sydney Morning Herald - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:45
The Trump administration's decision to end a covert CIA weapons and training program for opposition fighters has thrown fight against IS into doubt.
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Channel 4 News headlines, Thur 20 July

Channel 4 News - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:44

Can we trust the independent fire safety tests being carried out after the Grenfell Tower disaster? We highlight a potential conflict of interest at the heart of the testing regime.

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MP Sir David Amess: Grenfell fire safety tests must be transparent

Channel 4 News - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:44

Conservative MP Sir David Amess says he will be raising the potential conflict of interest revealed by Channel 4 News with appropriate ministers “as a matter of urgency”.

The joint Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fire Safety and Rescue said without transparency, there’s a danger the public will lose confidence in the whole thing.

Channel 4 News asked the government, the testing body and the company involved for interviews – they declined.

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Lineker agent says women not as tough as men

Daily Mail - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:43
Jon Holmes made the comments today as the BBC faced a backlash over its list of top earners which revealed only a third of its top earners were women.
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Pakistan tries to poke its nose into Doklam

Times of India - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:37
Amid the Sino-Indian military standoff near the Bhutan-China-India tri-junction, Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit met the Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui.
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Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dead at 41

CNN - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:37
Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park, was found dead Thursday according to a spokesman for the LA County Coroner.
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Lancashire police pull protester from wheelchair

Daily Mail - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:34
Fellow protesters claim Nick Sheldrick (pictured), 36, was knocked out of his chair by officers outside Cuadrilla's controversial shale gas exploration site near Preston, Lancashire.
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Brazilian judge seizes $2.8 million in Silva's pension fund

ABC (USA) - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:34
A Brazilian judge has seized about $2.8 million in pension funds of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in connection with his recent corruption conviction

Not Dead Yet UK intervenes in assisted suicide court case.

Alex Schadenberg - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:30
Alex Schadenberg
International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Disability rights group - Not Dead Yet UK is intervening at the UK High Court in the Conway case. The Conway case seeks to strike down Britain's law that protects people from assisted suicide in the UK.

In their press release, Not Dead Yet states that legalising assisted suicide by any means would put other disabled and terminally ill people at risk. The Not Dead Yet UK press release states:Not Dead Yet UK maintains any imposed safeguards will never be watertight enough to successfully protect all ill and disabled people from a change to the Suicide Act. The Act currently provides much needed protection to disabled and terminally ill people by prohibiting anyone from assisting another person to kill themselves. Even if only one person dies against their wishes as a result of a change to the law that is one death too many and completely unacceptable. We argue that disabled and terminally ill people are just as entitled to this protection as everyone else; to single out one group of society as different to the rest is a dangerous move and will be open to misinterpretation. Legalising Assisted Suicide for disabled and terminally ill people would again set us aside from the rest of society. We would effectively be second class citizens again, with suicide seen as a valid choice for us while non-disabled people would be encouraged to live. This issue was last considered by Parliament almost two years ago (September 2015) when Rob Marris MP’s “Assisted Dying Bill” was decisively defeated by 330 to 118 votes in the House of Commons. Mr Conway is now attempting to override Parliament’s decision by seeking a change in the law through the Courts.The Press release then quotes from a few of their notable leaders:Baroness Jane CampbellDisability campaigner Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, one of the founders of Not Dead Yet UK said, “We have successfully seen off attempts to change the law on Assisted Suicide in Parliament. Now we must change tactics to ensure the Courts continue to uphold our equal right to life. The law must not be weakened via the back door.” Speaking for Not Dead Yet UK, co-founder Phil Friend said, “A change in the law is a terrifying prospect to the vast majority of disabled and terminally ill people who work hard towards achieving equality for all. Until we have reached that objective Assisted Suicide will remain a dangerous and prejudiced option, likely to increase suffering and distress”. Liz CarrLiz Carr, star of BBC1 drama ‘Silent Witness’ states, “Disabled and terminally ill people want support to live – not to die. It is important that the Court hears from the people most at risk from any change to the current law. As a long standing supporter of Not Dead Yet UK I am keen to take an active role in making that happen”.Link to other articles concerning the disability rights group Not Dead Yet.
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Malaysia's Migrant Money Trail

Al Jazeera - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:20
A look into the forces that profit from recruiting migrant labourers, many of whom work illegally and are underpaid.
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Kovind — From leaky mud hut to 340-room palace

Times of India - Thu, 2017-07-20 21:19
Soon after his thumping win, President-elect Ram Nath Kovind, the next occupant of the 2,00,000-sq ft sprawling Rashtrapati Bhavan with 340 rooms, recalled the thatched house in his native Kanpur Dehat where he spent his childhood.
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