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US to review China intellectual property policies

The US has formally launched an investigation into China’s policies regarding intellectual property. The top US trade official, Robert Lighthizer, said his office had “determined that these critical issues merit a thorough investigation”. The move was expected after President Donald Trump asked Mr Lighthizer to review China’s practices. China has voiced “serious concern” over the inquiry, which could result in ...

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Think tank calls for ban on jail terms of less than six months

A think tank has called for a ban on prison sentences of six months or less in Scotland. Reform Scotland said only an outright ban on short sentences could bring about change in the justice system. The organisation said the move should extend to a year if automatic early release for short sentences remains in place. The Scottish government said ...

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Disputed Venezuela assembly takes parliament's powers

Venezuela’s controversial new constituent assembly has overwhelmingly voted in favour of assuming the powers of the opposition-led parliament. The move has been rejected by parliament, which said Venezuelans and the international community would not recognise the new powers. President Nicolas Maduro says the new assembly will end the deadly political unrest in the country. But many have called it a ...

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McDonald's could face first UK strikes

Fast-food company McDonald’s could face its first staff strike in the UK, after workers at two stores backed a call for industrial action. Employees at McDonald’s restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford, near London, voted overwhelmingly for a strike. The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said staff wanted secure working hours and a £10 per hour wage. A spokesman ...

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Key Barcelona attack suspect confirmed dead

Key suspect in Barcelona attacks Moussa Oukabir identified as one of men killed by police in Cambrils This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App ...

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Oxford medical student dies in Nepal landslide

Tributes have been paid to a medical student who died following a landside in Nepal. Lottie Fullerton was trekking on 10 August when she was hit by falling rocks and suffered a fatal head injury. The 22-year-old, who was about to enter her fourth year at Jesus College, Oxford, has been described as “the best of people” by a friend. ...

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Clearing placements at five-year high, early figures show

Some 11,180 students were placed on undergraduate courses in the UK through clearing in the first 24 hours after yesterday’s A-level results. Figures from the university admissions service, Ucas, show it was the highest number for five years. Students placed through clearing tend to be those who did not get the grades for their favoured courses. But a dip in ...

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Extra police at Grenfell Tower site for Notting Hill Carnival

Extra police officers and protective barriers will be deployed around Grenfell Tower during the Notting Hill Carnival. Work on the tower will also pause over the bank holiday weekend, the Met Police said. Thousands of revellers are expected to pause near the tower, which is towards the end of the carnival route. They will observe a minute’s silence at around ...

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Increase in complaints about housing for soldiers in Scotland

Complaints about poor quality housing for soldiers in Scotland and Northern Ireland increased by 43% in one year, according to new figures. Data obtained by BBC Scotland reveals that 621 grievances were raised in 2016, up from 433 in 2015. They highlighted concerns about duration of works, communication and missed appointments, among others. But Ministry of Defence contractor CarillionAmey said ...

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Ex-BBC reporter Liz MacKean dies after stroke

Ex-BBC News correspondent Liz MacKean has died after suffering a stroke. MacKean, 52, worked for the corporation for more than 20 years but left in in 2013 amid a row over the decision to shelve her investigation for Newsnight about disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile. She began her career at BBC Hereford and Worcester, before presenting on Breakfast and reporting from ...

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