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Coronavirus: Highest ever daily total as more than 7,100 new cases reported
<p>Total number of infections stands at  446,156</p>
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Live Updates On The First 2020 US Presidential Debate
President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are facing off Tuesday in their first debate of the 2020 presidential election.The debate is taking place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. It starts at 2am UK time and will last for 90 minutes. The debate is being moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who has said he will try to be “as invisible as possible” and likely won’t fact-check the candidates.Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be a limited audience and the candidates will be spaced out on the stage.Read live updates below:Related... Biden Could Score A Big Debate Win Just By Staying Awake Do The Presidential Debates Matter? Listen To Running Mate, Our US Election Podcast For Brits The Wildest Thing About Trump's £55,000 Hair Care Bill
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Biodiversity crisis: 40% of world’s plants now at risk of extinction, major report finds
<p>International assessment led by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, says we risk losing plants yet to be discovered, writes Harry Cockburn</p>
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Donald Trump accused of MOCKING Christian supporters in leadup to US debate
DONALD TRUMP privately mocks his Christian followers, claiming they are "hustlers" and "full of s**t", according to an incendiary new account.
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Chris and Shanann Watts' final text messages ahead of chilling new Netflix show
The new original documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door examines the disappearance and killing of mother Shanann Watts and her children using 'raw, firsthand footage'
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Meghan Markle on 'defensive' and displaying 'signs of anger' in latest interview
Body language expert Judi James has given her interpretation of the subtle signals Meghan Markle displayed during her Most Powerful Women Summit interview with Fortune editor Ellen McGirt
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Pearl Harbor shooting probe finds mental health care flaws
The Navy says its investigation into a shooting at Pearl Harbor last December was unable to determine what caused a submarine sailor to kill two civilian workers before fatally shooting himself
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Error leaves thousands in NYC with flawed absentee ballots
Nearly 100,000 New York City voters have received absentee ballots with the wrong names and addresses on the return envelopes
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Convicted paedophile battling police to keep job as ice cream man
He was found with photographs of children’s soiled underwear and Barbies mimicking sex acts on him.
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Coronavirus: Almost 1 million women have not been able to attend lifesaving NHS breast screenings due to pandemic
<p>‘It is putting women at risk of death. If I hadn’t checked myself I’d still be obliviously wandering around with breast cancer. And the prospect of that terrifies me,’ woman tells <i>The Independent</i></p>
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Priti Patel 'asked Home Office to explore sending asylum seekers to island in the south Atlantic'
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Trump revives earpiece conspiracy before Biden debate - but it's not the first time Democrats have heard it
<p>President’s campaign amplifies social media posts spreading baseless conspiracy that cropped up in every presidential election over past 20 years</p>
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Review: In 'Dick Johnson Is Dead,' a celebration of life
Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s extraordinary new film, “Dick Johnson Is Dead,” was spurred in part by what she never captured, says Associated Press Film Writer Jake Coyle in his review
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Black History Month: Postboxes painted to honour black Britons
Sir Lenny Henry is among a variety of figures to feature on the postboxes in Black History Month.
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Egg freezing 10-year limit should be scrapped, says ethics body
UK ethics body says it would give women worried about declining fertility more time and options.
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Ambulance service put in special measures by watchdog over ‘high levels of bullying and harassment’
<p>Inspectors say leadership failed to recognise risk to staff and patients safety</p>
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Priti Patel 'Wanted To Send Migrants To Remote Atlantic Island'
Home secretary Priti Patel reportedly ordered officials to explore plans for building an asylum processing centre on a remote volcanic island in the south Atlantic – more than 4,000 miles from the UK.Home Office officials were instructed to look into the feasibility of transferring asylum seekers arriving in the UK to a centre on Ascension Island, a British overseas territory, according to the Financial Times.Another option said to have been considered was to construct an asylum centre on St Helena, another island in the group where Napoleon was exiled after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.The Foreign Office was consulted on the proposals, according to the paper, and provided an assessment on the practicalities of shipping migrants to such remote locations.In the end, it appears that Patel decided not to go ahead with the scheme, however the Home Office made no attempt to deny that the idea had been considered.Labour condemned the scheme as “inhumane, completely impractical and wildly expensive”.A Home Office official said: “The UK has a long and proud history of offering refuge to those who need protection. Tens of thousands of people have rebuilt their lives in the UK and we will continue to provide safe and legal routes in the future.“As ministers have said we are developing plans to reform policies and laws around illegal migration and asylum to ensure we are able to provide protection to those who need it, while preventing abuse of the system and the criminality associated with it.”Ascension Island, which is used as a staging post to supply and defend the Falkland Islands, has an RAF base and population of fewer than 1,000.Moving asylum seekers there and keeping them supplied was said to represent a considerable logistical challenge.Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said: “This ludicrous idea is inhumane, completely impractical and wildly expensive. So it seems entirely plausible this Tory Government came up with it.”The proposal appears to further reflect the influence of Australia – which has used offshore processing and detention centres for asylum seekers since the 1980s – on the UK’s immigration and asylum policy.The government has based its post-Brexit points-based immigration system on that developed in Australia.Patel recently met with former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, known for his tough stance on immigration, who was appointed by Boris Johnson as a trade adviser to the UK.Related... Spitting Image Creator Insists Show Won't Just Be Lampooning Right-Wing Political Figures Judge Grounds Charter Flight Due To Take Asylum Seekers To Madrid Priti Patel Has An Absolute Nightmare Trying To Defend 'Rule Of Six' Laws And Covid Testing
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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink warns Frank Lampard against selling Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger
'Their best centre-back is Rudiger.'
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Priti Patel looked at idea of sending asylum seekers to South Atlantic
Home secretary asked officials to see if applicants could be processed on isolated St HelenaA Whitehall brainstorming session prompted by Priti Patel led to the idea being floated of sending asylum seekers to a volcanic island in the South Atlantic, the Guardian understands.The Financial Times reported that the home secretary had asked officials to look into the idea of processing asylum seekers on Ascension Island, an isolated volcanic British territory, and on St Helena, which is part of the same island group but 800 miles away. Continue reading...
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Tourists should tread lightly when borders reopen
<p>As I experienced in India’s Himalayan valleys last week, states may be officially open but visitors are not welcomed with open arms, writes Adam Withnall </p>
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ROSS CLARK: Until recently, Boris Johnson had a reputation as a libertarian
ROSS CLARK: Coming from any British prime minister, the new restrictions on our day-to-day lives imposed over the past couple of weeks would be extraordinary.
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A million women miss vital breast screening as huge backlog forms after coronavirus lockdown
The charity Breast Cancer Now estimates that 986,000 patients in the UK are waiting for life-saving mammograms because screening ground to a halt when the pandemic struck.
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Quorn ad is rapped for eco claims
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the advert claiming a Quorn rice pot helped cut a consumer's carbon footprint was likely to mislead customers.
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Priti Patel ‘explored shipping asylum seekers to south Atlantic island to be processed’
<p>‘This ludicrous idea is inhumane, completely impractical and wildly expensive’, shadow minister says</p>
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Photos of Sgt Ratana murder suspect posing with a 5ft medieval SWORD emerge
Alleged gunman Louis De Zoysa, 23, remains in a critical condition after apparently blasting himself during a tussle with officers after Sgt Ratana was hit in the heart in the Croydon police station.
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Three-quarters of Americans want to know more about presidential candidates’ plans to tackle global warming: poll
<p>With just over a month to go until election day, findings from Yale University reveal that 76 per cent of US adults are interested in news stories on how Trump and Biden will respond to climate crisis</p>
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Woman spent £35k life savings on sperm donor and IVF to become mum age 39
Lisa Green, from Solihull in the West Midlands, had always dreamed of becoming a mum - but as she got closer to 40, she feared she'd never find the right person to have a baby with.
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Broadband 'so bad I work from my friend's shed'
Customers of a service for rural areas say they have been unable to join video meetings.
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Drogheda bomb scare: Army disposal team dispatched to Irish estate - mass evacuation 
A BOMB SCARE in a Drogheda estate in Ireland has seen homes evacuated.
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Hydrogen-powered train will run on mainline for the first time TODAY
Grant Shapps hopes hydrogen trains will start taking paying passengers in 2023. The trains do not emit harmful gases, instead relying on hydrogen and oxygen.
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Newspaper headlines: PM 'hasn't a clue' and 1m missed breast cancer scans
Many of Wednesday's papers reflect on Boris Johnson's confusion over Covid rules in the North East.
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Cat Osterman named 1st Athletes Unlimited softball champion
Team USA pitcher Cat Osterman is the first Athletes Unlimited softball champion
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Hydrogen-powered train makes UK maiden journey
The Hydroflex made a 25-mile round-trip in Warwickshire, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph.
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Talking Horses: Paul Nicholls has huge team despite Covid cutbacks
The 11-times champion trainer discusses possible plans for his horses, including big names newly arrived from IrelandAmid all the Covid-related talk of racehorse owners cutting back and getting out of the game, Paul Nicholls’s stable is bucking the trend. New boxes having been added there this summer to house the many animals he has been sent.“We’ve just built up a bit of extra capacity,” the 11-times champion jumps trainer told the Guardian during a pre-season tour of his Ditcheat stable, where the strength in depth of equine talent gives him an obvious chance of a 12th title. “We’ve got 150 in work and Will Biddick is doing some pre-training for us down the road at Alhampton. So some days we’re probably riding out 170 between us. We’ve got a lovely, lovely team of horses.” Continue reading...
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Four of our iconic red post boxes have been painted black to honour BAME Britons
Royal Mail said the boxes in London, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast have been transformed as part of Black History Month in October.
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Two fifths of the world's plants 'at risk of extinction'
Kew's annual State of the World's Plants and Fungi report brings together expertise of 210 scientists from 42 countries to classify species at risk of extinction.
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40% of world’s plant species at risk of extinction
Race against time to save plants and fungi that underpin life on Earth, global data showsTwo in five of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction as a result of the destruction of the natural world, according to an international report.Plants and fungi underpin life on Earth, but the scientists said they were now in a race against time to find and identify species before they were lost. Continue reading...
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Deaths from natural causes in English and Welsh prisons 'unacceptably high'
Panel calls for improved access to healthcare for inmates to avoid preventable deathsCoronavirus - latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe number of deaths from natural causes on the prison estate is “unacceptably high”, a watchdog has warned, urging ministers to do more to allow inmates to be allowed out to die.The average age of an inmate dying a “natural death” is 56, compared with 81 in the general population, the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) on Deaths in Custody said. Continue reading...
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Arthritis drug to be trialled as Covid treatment in UK care homes
Adalimumab could counter hyper-inflammation seen in severe coronavirus casesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA commonly used arthritis drug is to be trialled with care home residents who have Covid, after it was observed that those taking it for their joint pains were less likely to end up in hospital with the virus.Older people in care homes, who often have some degree of dementia, tend not to do well in hospital, where they become more confused and may pick up infections. The trial will break new ground by giving the drug to people at care homes, where they can be supervised and monitored afterwards by doctors and nurses. Continue reading...
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Cut to £20-a-week Covid boost will lead to big rise in poverty, UK charities warn
Benefit given to 16 million people not mentioned in chancellor’s new support package announcementCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAround 700,000 people, including 300,000 children, will be “cut adrift” into poverty at a time of surging unemployment and plummeting living standards if the government cuts the £20-a-week pandemic uplift to key social security benefits, charities have warned.The letter reflects growing pressure on the chancellor Rishi Sunak, who failed to say whether he would protect the £20 increase, which benefits around 16 million people, when he outlined his latest Covid-19 support package last week, despite warning that the UK faced a winter of business failures and rising unemployment. Continue reading...
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Near-blind Ansell's mole-rats detect magnetic cues with eyes, study shows
Research shows Zambian species with surgically removed eyes change nest-building habits but other behaviours remain intact Near-blind, underground-burrowing, African Ansell’s mole-rats can sense magnetic fields with their eyes, a study has found.Native to Zambia, the animals have eyes that span just 1.5mm in diameter, live in elaborate underground tunnel systems of up to 1.7 miles (2.8km) long and feed on plant tubers and roots. Continue reading...
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UK spent £569m on 20,900 ventilators for Covid care but most remain unused
Government was right to prioritise speed over cost, says National Audit OfficeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government spent £569m buying 20,900 ventilators to keep people alive during the Covid-19 pandemic but lack of demand means NHS hospitals have used just a few of them.All but 2,150 of the machines it bought are still being held in a Ministry of Defence warehouse in case they are needed in the coming second wave of the disease. Continue reading...
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Victorian Society risk list: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet pub added
The Victorian Society releases its annual list of 10 important buildings most at risk of being lost.
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UN: Libya rivals reach preliminary pact on prisoner exchange
The United Nations says talks between Libyan rivals in Egypt have concluded with preliminary agreements to exchange prisoners and open up air and land transit across the country’s divided territory
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Greggs is tastier than the City thinks, at least in the long term
<p>The food-on-the-go specialist is still opening new outlets despite the pandemic, while demonstrating its ability to adapt, James Moore writes </p>
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