Brazil's Pantanal wetlands on fire - in pictures

Number of fires in world’s biggest tropical wetlands more than doubled in first half of 2020 compared with last year

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Firefighter dies battling wildfire sparked by gender reveal
<p>The death occurred Thursday as crews battled the El Dorado Fire</p>
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Amal Clooney: Lawyer quits UK envoy post over Boris Johnson’s ‘lamentable’ Brexit bill
Amal Clooney has quit her role as UK special envoy in protest over Boris Johnson’s government’s “lamentable” decision to vote through a Brexit bill it admitted breaks international law.
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Trump administration threatens to axe funding to schools allowing trans children to compete in sports
The US Department of Education has threatened to withhold school funding from Connecticut school districts over a state policy that would allow transgender children to compete against those that correspond to their gender identity in sports. 
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Space Weather: Solar storm forecasting system developed by 'citizen-scientists'
Physicists from Reading enlisted help to analyse so-called 'coronal mass ejections' (CMEs) - powerful expulsions of charged particles and magnetic field from the Sun.
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DJ Jazzy Jeff talks 'Fresh Prince' reunion, mansion rental
DJ Jazzy Jeff thought the popularity of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” would eventually fizzle out after the show's final episode in 1996
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Amal Clooney quits as UK special envoy as she reacts with fury to UK's latest Brexit Bill
AMAL CLOONEY has quit her role as a special envoy for the UK Government in anger at a controversial Brexit Bill.
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Adorable moment seal pup clambers aboard kayak to pose for photo off the Sunderland coast
Denise Walter was kayaking with her husband in Roker Harbour, Sunderland when the animal jumped up onto her boat earlier this week.
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Hunt for brothers aged 7 and 9 snatched from their beds in the middle of the night
Brothers Matthew and Jerry Kinman are missing as of Thursday morning.
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Love Island star Terry Walsh expecting first child with fiancée Danielle Purdy
Love Island star Terry Walsh, who shot to fame on the ITV dating show in 2016, is expecting a baby girl with his wife-to-be Danielle Purdy
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Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas takes little dig at Arsenal over Houssem Aouar transfer
The north London club need to raise funds to afford the French midfielder.
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Amal Clooney quits UK envoy role over 'lamentable' Brexit bill
Exclusive: prominent human rights lawyer writes to foreign secretary with stinging denunciationAmal Clooney, the high-profile human rights lawyer, has resigned from her position as the UK’s special envoy on media freedom in protest at the government’s intention to breach international law through the internal market bill.In a stinging denunciation of Boris Johnson’s threat to override Britain’s international treaty obligations in the EU withdrawal agreement, the barrister described the government’s actions as “lamentable”. Continue reading...
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Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study
A drug company says that a medicine it sells to tamp down inflammation has helped prevent the need for breathing machines in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the first large study that primarily enrolled Hispanics and Blacks
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Liverpool prospect Ki-Jana Hoever set for £10m switch to Wolves
The 18-year-old is moving on
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Donny van de Beek explains what Man United need to win trophies
Man Utd summer signing Donny van de Beek is eyeing silverware in his debut season at Old Trafford.
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When to book a coronavirus test and what to do if you can't get one
Everyone in the UK is now eligible to request a coronavirus test, but the NHS Test and Trace appears to be facing high demand
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Widower sails 2,500 miles to fulfil late wife’s request to scatter her ashes on Hawaiian volcano
Quentin Quiner, 53, from San Antonio, Texas, sailed across the Pacific Ocean for 24 days so he could lay his wife to rest at the tropical island of Maui.
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US warns Afghan women of increased risk of extremist attack
Message from the US embassy comes during long-postponed direct talks between the government and the TalibanThe United States has warned women in Afghanistan that they are at increased risk of attack by extremist groups.The US embassy in Kabul warned on Thursday that “extremist organisations continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets […], including a heightened risk of attacks targeting female government and civilian workers, including teachers, human rights activists, office workers, and government employees.” Continue reading...
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Welsh and Scottish leaders: Johnson hasn't talked to us for months
Drakeford decries ‘vacancy’ at heart of UK government as Sturgeon calls for Covid meetingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first ministers of Wales and Scotland have attacked Boris Johnson for failing to speak to them directly about the possibility of a new national lockdown in England.Mark Drakeford, the Welsh first minister, said there was a “vacancy” at the heart of the UK government and argued his country’s porous border with England made it crucial for the prime minister to communicate directly with him regularly. Continue reading...
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Nadia Sawalha 'retrained her brain' to love her body amid underwear snaps
Nadia Sawalha has been posting a string of revealing pictures of herself in her underwear as she says she's finally learned to love her body
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The Conservatives could steal a march on Labour on green policy
<p>The government and opposition are locked into a competition to outdo each other in promising a zero-carbon future, writes John Rentoul</p>
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Gatwick Airport is sharing snaps of its best airport dogs and they're adorable
Gatwick Airport is introducing some of the dogs which work at the airport and they're adorable
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London boroughs among 30 new places to become Covid-19 'hotspots' in a fortnight
Hounslow, Barking and Dagenham, Windsor, Nottingham, York, Middlesbrough, Belfast and Stockport are all projected to be Covid-19 hotspots within a fortnight, according to experts at Imperial College London
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Ian Brown releases anti-vaccine song after refusing to wear a mask
The Stone Roses star sings about a 'sonic lockdown'.
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London is ‘just two weeks behind’ parts of UK under local lockdown
Sadiq Khan has said he is 'really worried' about rising infection rates in the capital.
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Mum who was slammed for giving baby 'some mouthfuls of beer' defends the photo
A mum who shared a picture on Facebook showing her baby daughter appearing to drink from a pint of beer defended her actions and claimed the drink "isn't harmful to babies"
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Banksy's Show Me The Monet expected to fetch up to £5m at London auction
<p>Piece is set to become one of the street artist’s most expensive works</p>
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Ouch! Bee sting to the mouth floors Tour de France rider
Tour de France rider Lukas Pöstlberger was forced by a bee sting to the mouth to abandon with the finish in Paris just two days away
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Fruit Pastilles recipe is changing - so more people can eat them
The 139-year-old recipe will soon be tweaked
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Kate Middleton pregnant: Duchess forced into devastating choice amid pregnancy fears
KATE MIDDLETON was once forced to make a devastating choice while pregnant with her first child, as she was unable to return back home with her parents following his arrival, unearthed accounts reveal.
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Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show is returning to Amazon Prime Video
The second volume of Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Show is set to feature performances from Travis Scott, Rosalía and Miguel
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Lonely pensioner who asked for friends after wife died overwhelmed by responses
Tony Williams decided to advertise for a friend in his window after the sudden death of wife Jo and now says the 'love and compassion' people have shown has brought him to tears
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Pep Guardiola asked to assess Man City transfer activity this summer
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gave his assessment of how the club are doing in the transfer window.
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China sent warning shot by US: Pompeo attacks Beijing’s 'military blustering' over Taiwan
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has attacked China in a brutal warning over Taiwan.
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‘Creep put semen in co-worker’s water and smeared it on her keyboard after she said no to date’
Stevens Millancastro allegedly defiled his female colleague's belongings after she turned him down for a date
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United States bans transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat
The ban of transactions is set to be rolled out from Sunday
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How UK judge dissected Brexit international law row: 'It's Crown's sovereign right!'
BORIS JOHNSON's proposal to break international law "in a specific and limited way" has sparked widespread condemnation - but according to precedent set by a British judge, the Crown has a sovereign right to change its policy, even if this involves breaking international convention.
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In N. Carolina Senate race, Tillis calibrates ties to Trump
North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis is calibrating his ties to President Donald Trump as he tries to find the right path for reelection in a closely divided state
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Let’s not fool ourselves about why men like Wayne Lineker prefer younger women
I will never cease to find society’s celebration and encouragement of senior men dating young women creepy.
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Meghan Markle and Harry told they could have settled legal claim in cheaper, quicker way
MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry could have settled their legal action against newspapers in a quicker and cheaper way, according to the chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation .
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Father of baby boy found crying beside his dead Ugandan mother hits back in custody battle
Eric Nnanna, who is claiming asylum in the UK, says he wants his 18-month-old son Adriel to be raised in Britain after he was found crying in his cot next to the dead body of his mother in Glasgow.
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Lebanese soccer player dies from stray bullet head wound
Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says one of the country's leading soccer players has died, nearly a month after he was wounded in Beirut by a stray bullet that hit him in the head
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Father-of-five who is a full-time carer for his chronically ill wife slams rule of six
Joe Campbell, 32, from Grimsby, says his family-of-seven have been stopped from seeing anyone from outside their household due to the new law.
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QAnon conspiracy theory gaining ground in UK, analysis shows
Followers believe that Donald Trump is waging secret war against ritual child abusersA conspiracy theory that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against an elite who engage in ritual child abuse is growing across UK social media, Guardian analysis has found.The QAnon conspiracy theory is propelled by an unlikely coalition of spirituality and wellness groups, vigilante “paedophile hunter” networks, pre-existing conspiracy forums, local news pages, pro-Brexit campaigners and the far right. Continue reading...
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NHS Nightingale hospital in Birmingham on high alert to reopen as cases soar
As parts of the Midlands have been put back into lockdown, the temporary hospital at the NEC arena in Solihull, Birmingham, has been placed back onto 'higher alert footing and could reopen in two days if necessary
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Boris Johnson is failing so badly because he still thinks like a newspaper columnist - a disastrous weakness during this crisis
<p>Dystopian Britain is almost upon us thanks to the chronic incompetence of a government led by PR specialists unable to cope with a real world calamity</p>
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Seafront home where Princes Harry and William holidayed with Diana goes on the market for £4million
The four-bedroom property overlooking the sea in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, is the former holiday home of the princes' grandfather Earl Sussex who owned it until his death in 1992.
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Historic books worth £2.5m stolen during 'Ocean's 11' heist found in Romania
The antique books, which included works by Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton and Copernicus, were taken in a daring raid on a London warehouse in 2017
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