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London attack: Macron and Turnbull lead world condemnation

French President Emmanuel Macron has led the global condemnation of Saturday’s terror attack in London which left seven people dead. A French citizen was among those killed, the foreign ministry says. The dozens of people injured also included four French nationals. Mr Macron spoke by phone with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and said France was “more than ever at ...

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Global beer sales drying up, says report

People are drinking fewer alcoholic drinks, according to a new industry report tracking consumption worldwide. Beer sales continued to slide last year and the trend towards cider sipping stalled. The global market for all alcoholic drinks contracted 1.3% in 2016, driven by a 1.8% fall in beer sales, the International Wine and Spirits Record (IWSR) found. Cider sales went in ...

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Philippines violence: Marawi civilians trapped as fire breaks truce

Hundreds of civilians remain trapped in the besieged Philippine city of Marawi after gunfire disrupted a four-hour truce to evacuate them. Officials had hoped that around 1,000 residents would leave the city but only some 130 were freed, reports said. The ceasefire between the army and militants allied to so-called Islamic State (IS) had been reached through intermediaries. The fighting ...

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UK growth estimate revised down

The UK’s economy grew more slowly than first estimated in the first three months of the year, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) now says the economy expanded by 0.2% in the quarter – slower than its original estimate of 0.3%. It said the change was due to downward revisions for growth in the UK’s dominant ...

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Net migration falls 84,000 in 2016

Net migration to the UK was estimated to be 248,000 in 2016 – a fall of 84,000 from 2015, figures show. The Office for National Statistics said the change was driven by “a statistically significant” increase of 40,000 people leaving the country. These were mostly EU citizens – 117,000 emigrated, up 31,000 from 2015. Net migration is the difference between ...

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Shopkeeper robber jailed and faces deportation

A man who robbed a shopkeeper at knifepoint has been jailed for four years and recommended for deportation. Jersey’s Royal Court heard Polish national Pawel Dzielak slammed a knife with a 10-12cm (4-5in) blade onto a St Helier shop counter. Dzielak, 32, left the shop with two mobiles phones and between £300-£400 which he spent on a hotel room, food, ...

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Indian woman 'forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint' returns

An Indian woman who alleges she was forced by a Pakistani man to marry him at gunpoint has returned to India, a day after a court in Islamabad granted her request to leave. The woman, named only as Uzma, was escorted across the Wagah border by Indian high commission officials. She had accused her husband, Tahir Ali, of torturing her. ...

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Google AI defeats human Go champion

Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence has defeated the world’s number one Go player Ke Jie. AlphaGo secured the victory after winning the second game in a three-part match. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis said Ke Jie had played “perfectly” and “pushed AlphaGo right to the limit”. Following the defeat, Ke Jie told reporters: “I’m a little bit sad, it’s a bit ...

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General election 2017: UKIP manifesto launch 'an act of defiance'

UKIP’s Paul Nuttall says the launch of his party’s general election manifesto will be “an act of defiance” against terrorism after the Manchester bombing. Mr Nuttall promised to set out a “clear-cut and uncompromising” agenda. The unveiling of the manifesto in Westminster comes as some low-key campaigning by other parties restarts after Monday evening’s attack. UKIP is hoping to recover ...

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Boy critically ill after Shankill bonfire site incident

A nine-year-old boy is critically ill after coming into contact with a hazardous substance at a west Belfast bonfire site over the weekend. Police have been clearing the scene at Glenwood Street after drums containing a substance were dumped at the site. “We are concerned that a number of other young people in the area could have potentially come into ...

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