Child labour exploitation referrals surge 63%, figures show

The number of children feared to be victims of labour exploitation in the UK has risen by more than 60 per cent in the past year, an analysis of government statistics has revealed. There were 1,575 referrals for labour exploitation in 2016, among whom 1,107 were adults and a record 468 were children – marking a significant 63 per cent increase. Overall referrals ...

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Seven in 10 Brits support 'world government' to protect humanity from global catastrophes

Nearly seven out of 10 people in the UK support the creation of a form of world government that would be able to force countries to deal with major risks facing the world such as climate change and nuclear weapons, according to a major new survey. And 62 per cent said they considered themselves to be “a global citizen” in ...

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Senate committee probing Trump-Russia links issues two new subpoenas related to Michael Flynn

Former CIA director John Brennan told Congress he had personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the US presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in Donald Trump’s campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on it.  Meanwhile, a Senate committee issued two additional subpoenas to businesses of ousted Trump national security adviser ...

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Woman arrested on charges of smuggling U.S. space technology to China

WASHINGTON A California woman was arrested on Tuesday on federal charges of conspiring to procure and illegally export sensitive space communications technology to her native China, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Si Chen, also known as Cathy Chen, 32, could face a prison term of up to 150 years if convicted of all charges contained in the ...

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Top banks' first-quarter commodity revenue slides 29 percent to 11-year low

LONDON Commodities-related revenue at the 12 biggest investment banks fell 29 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017 to its lowest in more than a decade, mainly due to weakness in the energy sector, a consultancy said on Wednesday. Revenue from commodity trading, selling derivatives to investors and other activities in the sector fell to $800,000 million (617.28 billion ...

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Childminder accused of manslaughter tells of attempts to save baby

UK news Viktoria Tautz, accused of shaking 10-month-old Joshua Paul in fit of temper, recounts day of death in court Viktoria Tautz, 34, arrives at the Old Bailey on the second day of her trial. She denies manslaughter. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock UK news Childminder accused of manslaughter tells of attempts to save baby Viktoria Tautz, accused of shaking 10-month-old Joshua Paul ...

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Soldiers to patrol UK streets as threat raised to critical after Manchester bombing

Manchester Arena attack Theresa May raises level for first time since 2007, signalling that further attack may be imminent • Manchester attack – latest updates• What we know so far Theresa May raises UK threat level to ‘critical’ – video Manchester Arena attack Soldiers to patrol UK streets as threat raised to critical after Manchester bombing Theresa May raises level ...

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Morrissey attacks politicians and the Queen over Manchester terrorism response

Manchester Arena attack Controversial singer says MPs remain remote while public bear the brunt of the threat from extremists Singer Morrissey said politicians were too PC to admit the concert bombing was the work of an Islamist extremist Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Manchester Arena attack Morrissey attacks politicians and the Queen over Manchester terrorism response Controversial singer says MPs remain remote ...

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Girl power will add so much to Strictly Come Dancing as Darcey Bussell praises extra female judge on show

Darcey Bussell says she is thrilled there will be more girl power on Strictly Come Dancing with an extra female on the panel. Dancing With The Stars dance expert Shirley Ballas , 56, is jetting in from America to join the panel to replace Len Goodman in the new BBC series. TV judge Darcey, 48, said: “I don’t know Shirley ...

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