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Boots to close 220 of its 320 photo labs putting 400 jobs at risk

Boots has confirmed that it is closing 220 of its 320 in-store photo labs across the UK, putting around 400 jobs at risk. The health and beauty retailer said that it was shutting the labs, which currently offer one-hour services on processing rolls of film, in response to changing consumer demands and fierce competition from online printing services. It said ...

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The bar is so low for Donald Trump that people praise him when he reads straight from an autocue

You might have missed it, but most people think Donald Trump did really well last night.  His State of the Union address – a highly revered formality within US politics – was described by Republicans and analysts as the “pivotal moment” and the “best State of the Union style address in a generation”. A CNN poll found that 57 per cent of ...

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There's no clear cure for European doctors leaving the NHS

How will we cope with losing half of all our doctors (More than half of European doctors are thinking of leaving UK over Brexit, Adam Lusher, 1 March) or did you not mean to include all the UK born ones?  No wonder there was a vote for Brexit when we — especially the media — have failed for so many ...

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Government cut disability benefits of man with no legs 'because he could climb stairs with his arms'

A double-amputee who was told by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that he was fit to work because he could “climb stairs with his arms”, has won his appeal against the decision and will receive his missing benefits payments. Julius Holgate, from Hackney, north London, fell into debt and resorted to selling his jewellery and other belongings to ...

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Simultaneous Taliban attacks kill at least 16 in Kabul

Almost simultaneous attacks in Kabul have left at least 16 people dead and 44 injured, the health ministry says. The two suicide attacks took place at about midday local time (07:30 GMT) on Wednesday, targeting a police station and intelligence agency offices. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attacks. It is the latest in a string of attacks ...

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Syria conflict: All parties committed war crimes in Aleppo – UN

UN human rights investigators say Syrian civilians fell victim to war crimes committed by all parties during the battle for Aleppo last year. Daily air strikes by Syria’s government and its ally Russia claimed hundreds of lives, according to a new report. Government forces also dropped chlorine bombs, resulting in hundreds of civilian casualties, it alleges. Rebels are meanwhile accused ...

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British dessert eating surges after people ditch healthy eating in February

If you managed to stick to your healthy eating intentions for January but then fell spectacularly off the bandwagon come February, you’re not alone. In heartening news for anyone feeling guilty about quitting their New Year diet, it seems lots of us have given in to our sweet tooths (teeth?) once again. New data from nationwide food-delivery service Deliveroo reveals there ...

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Toy giant Hasbro is trying to trademark the smell of Play-Doh

How much is a smell worth? A lot, it seems, to multinational toy company Hasbro. Last month, the group submitted an application to trademark the distinctive scent of Play-Doh in the US. The application to the US’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), covers all toy modelling compounds. It describes Play-Doh’s particular smell as “a unique scent formed through the combination of ...

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Former Isis sex slave vows to achieve dream and become lawyer after surviving regular rape and abuse

A Yazidi woman who was kidnapped by Isis and raped and abused by nine militants has vowed to achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer after surviving the group’s horrific abuse. Dalal was just 17 when jihadis overran her village in the Iraqi region of Sinjar on 4 August 2014 in a bloody campaign that triggered international intervention in the conflict. ...

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US police chiefs denounce Donald Trump illegal immigration crackdown in open letter

An alliance of 61 police chiefs have criticised the enforcement of Donald Trump’s immigration policies and are pleading for a change of tact. In an open letter, the senior figures explain that if local police perform the “federal government’s” job by enforcing deportations, it will create “harm” in their communities. Mr Trump has pledged to bring in local police forces to ...

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