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Essex fire: Flames engulf Basildon packaging warehouse

A huge fire has broken out at a packaging warehouse in Essex. About 100 firefighters from are tackling the blaze at the building on Festival Way in Basildon. Residents reported hearing two “massive explosions” and seeing “plumes of thick smoke” at about 00:20 BST. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said the building, near Festival Leisure Park, was “completely alight” ...

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Oxford University employee charged with Chicago murder

An Oxford University employee has been charged with murdering a 26-year-old in Chicago. Somerville College’s Andrew Warren, 56, and US professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, are accused of fatally stabbing Trenton Cornell-Duranleau in Mr Lathem’s flat. Chicago Police charged the pair with first-degree murder after they were returned to the city from California. Mr Cornell-Duranleau, a hair stylist, was found with ...

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IS conflict: Iraq launches ground offensive in Tal Afar

Iraqi ground forces have begun an operation to retake Tal Afar, the last major city in the country held by the Islamic State group, officials say. In a televised speech announcing the offensive overnight, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the jihadists had the choice between “surrender or die”. The army targeted Tal Afar after seizing Mosul, IS’s main stronghold 55km ...

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Hard Brexit 'offers £135bn annual boost' to economy

Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A hard Brexit is “economically much superior to soft” argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, either within free trade deals or unilaterally, would deliver huge ...

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Pension cold-calling ban to include texts and emails

A forthcoming ban on cold-callers who try to scam people out of their pension savings will include emails and texts, the government has announced. Nearly 3,000 savers have been conned out of an average of £15,000 each since 2014, after fraudsters persuaded them to cash in their pensions. Certain types of cold calls, including those involving mortgages, are already banned. ...

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Lebanese army recaptures third of IS stronghold of Ras Baalbek

The Lebanese army has recaptured a third of a key region near its north-eastern border with Syria from so-called Islamic State, officials say. Government troops launched an offensive in Ras Baalbek, the last remaining IS stronghold in the country, on Saturday. The army says there are about 600 militants in the mountainous region, which IS has held since 2014. About ...

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India train crash in Uttar Pradesh leaves 23 dead

At least 23 people were killed and more than 60 injured when a train derailed in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Police said that at least eight carriages jumped the tracks near Muzaffarnagar, about 130km (80 miles) north of the capital Delhi. The cause of the crash, which happened on Saturday evening, is not yet clear. Rescuers worked ...

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Erdogan critic Dogan Akhanli arrested in Spain

A German-Turkish writer who is a known critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been arrested in Spain. Dogan Akhanli, who has written extensively on human rights in Turkey, was detained at the request of Turkish authorities in the city of Granada. German Green MP Volker Beck said the move was politically motivated and that he had requested that Mr ...

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Cromer disorder: Pubs shut as seaside town 'in lockdown'

A seaside town was reportedly in “lockdown” on Saturday night as disorder forced pubs and bars in the resort to shut. Venues in Cromer, Norfolk, said they had closed early due to “local events”. Cromer Pier posted on social media to say its theatre bar was closing “on the advice of police”. Norfolk Police said extra officers were on patrol ...

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returns from UK

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has returned home after three months of medical leave in the UK. Officials refused to disclose what he was being treated for. It was the president’s second spell of medical leave this year – leading many Nigerians to question whether he was well enough to run the country. President Buhari, 74, walked unaided from the plane ...

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