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Four men took own lives after webcam blackmail

Four men have killed themselves in the UK in the last year after becoming victims of sextortion, police say. The number of people reporting financially-motivated webcam blackmails has more than doubled from 385 in 2015 to 864 up to November 2016. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it believed it was also significantly under-reported and […]

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‘Limited evidence’ for benefit sanctions, NAO says

Benefit sanctions leading to “hardship, hunger and depression” are being imposed on people despite “limited evidence” on how well they work, the National Audit Office says. The public spending watchdog also said use of the sanctions “varies substantially” between jobcentres. Sanctions can be imposed on people who fail to comply with conditions attached to the […]

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Ambulances too slow to 999 calls

Ambulance services are struggling to reach seriously ill and injured patients quickly enough after rising demand has left the system at breaking point, a BBC investigation has found. Patients with life-threatening conditions – like cardiac arrests – are meant to be reached in eight minutes. But only one of the UK’s 13 ambulance services is […]

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Syria conflict: Aleppo defeat ‘not the end for rebels’

The fall of rebel-held eastern Aleppo would not mean the end of the fight against President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian opposition’s senior negotiator has told the BBC. George Sabra added, however, that it would make any hope of a peace deal more difficult. Syrian forces backed by heavy air strikes have seized more than a […]

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Brazil Chapecoense football team in Colombia plane crash

A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia. Police say five people survived the crash but the rest of those on board died. The chartered aircraft was carrying members of the Chapecoense football team. The team was due to play […]

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Shops ‘could be a thing of the past by 2050’

High Street retailers could be consigned to history by 2050 as virtual reality takes over the way we shop, experts predict. … The only time we can expect to be asked “Are you being served?” is when interacting with an artificially intelligent app. The kind of department store which was epitomised by the Grace Brothers’ […]

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Syria war: Key Aleppo rebel area captured by forces

Syrian government forces have captured a key part of eastern Aleppo, splitting rebel-held territory. Both state TV and the monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that the district of Sakhour had fallen to the Syrian army. The Syrian army and their allies launched a major offensive to retake control of Aleppo in […]

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Legal battle over UK’s single market membership

The government is facing a legal battle over whether the UK stays inside the single market after it has left the EU, the BBC has learned. Lawyers say uncertainty over the UK’s European Economic Area membership means ministers could be stopped from taking Britain out of the single market. They will argue the UK will […]

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