Firefighter who had world's most extensive face transplant didn't fear dying during life-threatening surgery because 'death wasn't worst outcome'

A volunteer firefighter who underwent the world’s “most extensive” facial transplant said he didn’t fear dying during the life-threatening procedure because ‘death was not the worst outcome’. Patrick Hardison’s face was severely burned in September 2001 when breathing apparatus helmet and mask melted on his head after a ceiling collapsed. In August 2015, he received a face transplant covering his ...

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The scandal of the extra tax being slapped on people for accessing their savings

Emergency tax being charged on cash taken from pension savings is being slammed as a scandal by a former pensions minister. HM Revenue & Customs has admitted that in the first three months of this financial year it had to refund over £26million to 10,000 people who had paid too much tax on lump sums taken from pension pots. If ...

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Matt Damon reveals he knew Harvey Weinstein 'harassed' Gwyneth Paltrow after friend Ben Affleck told him

Matt Damon and George Clooney both spoke out against Harvey Weinstein in a series of TV interviews on Monday. Matt revealed he knew the Hollywood producer was a ‘womanizer’ and also said he heard about Gwyneth Paltrow’s experience with Weinstein from his good friend Ben Affleck. “When people say like, ‘Everybody knew,’ Like, yeah, I knew he was an a**hole,” ...

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UK certain Iran nuclear deal to be preserved, U.S. says remains committed

LONDON (Reuters) – There is absolutely no doubt that a deal between Western powers and Iran to curb its nuclear programme will survive despite the U.S. decision not to recertify the deal, Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Monday. FILE PHOTO – Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at a press conference with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray in London, ...

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Police 'let down' modern slavery victims, says report

Media playback is unsupported on your device Victims of modern slavery are being let down “at every stage” by police in England and Wales, a report has said. Cases had been closed without any enquiries being made, and in some cases detectives didn’t speak to the victims, the Inspectorate of Constabulary said. The study, which looked at 10 police forces, ...

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Disabled 'losing out on jobs' over Access to Work cap

Media playback is unsupported on your device Disabled people are “losing out” on jobs because of a government support scheme that is “no longer fit for purpose”, campaigners say. Access to Work – which gives workplace support to disabled people – is beset by errors, with many having support cut, charity Inclusion London said. One deaf, leading artistic director said ...

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Venezuela swears in opposition governors despite boycott

Four newly-elected opposition governors in Venezuela have agreed to be sworn in by the constituent assembly, defying their coalition’s official position. The Roundtable for Democracy (MUD) had said none of its candidates would kneel before the pro-government assembly, which it regards as illegitimate. However governors for Táchira, Mérida, Nuevo Esparta and Anzoátegui have all pledged allegiance. The MUD says it ...

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Gold Star family receives $25,000 personal check from Trump — signed on the same day as a Washington Post exposé

Screenshot via Twitter The Gold Star family of a fallen US Army soldier received their $25,000 personal check from President Donald Trump that was promised months ago. The check’s date is the same date of The Washington Post’s report that first revealed Trump’s offer of the money. “I’m still speechless,” Jessie Baldridge, the soldier’s mother, said. The Gold Star family ...

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Nicaragua will join Paris climate pact, leaving U.S., Syria isolated

(Reuters) – Nicaragua is set to join the Paris climate agreement, according to an official statement and comments from Vice President Rosario Murillo on Monday, in a move that leaves the United States and Syria as the only nations outside the global pact. Nicaragua’s president Daniel Ortega speaks with his wife and vice-president Rosario Murillo during an event to commemorate ...

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Border wall prototypes a first small step on Trump campaign promise

San Diego, Calif. (Reuters) – Nine months after President Donald Trump took office, the first tangible signs of progress on one of the central promises of his campaign have appeared along the U.S. border with Mexico. The top of five of U.S. President Donald Trump’s eight border wall prototypes are shown near completion along U.S.- Mexico border near San Diego, ...

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