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November 12, 2018 10:33 PM California fires containment: Santa Ana winds RAGE

CALIFORNIA is in the grips of the deadliest wildfires in the state’s history, and Santa Ana winds risk spreading them even further. So how contained are the infernos? The Sunshine State is not unfamiliar with wildfires. But these three - Camp/Paradise, Woolsey and Hill - have shaken communities to the core. So far, 31 people are dead, more than 200 missing 71

November 12, 2018 5:45 PM UK weather forecast: WALL OF SNOW to smash Britain as polar blast freezes November

A ‘MINI ice-age’ winter blast will bring a colossal wall of snow smashing through Britain THIS MONTH as the nation braces for Arctic gales, blizzards and sub-zero temperatures. Rare fluctuations in solar activity will drive a freak twists in the jet stream opening the floodgates to a bank of bitter Polar air during the second half of November, experts 66

November 8, 2018 11:41 AM Woman who spent £16m in Harrods released on bail

A woman who spent £16m at Harrods and is subject to the UK's first Unexplained Wealth Order will be freed on bail following her arrest last week. Zamira Hajiyeva, 55, is the wife of an ex-state banker who is serving a 15-year prison sentence for embezzlement in their home country of Azerbaijan. Mrs Hajiyeva was arrested last week by the Metropolitan 59

November 7, 2018 11:40 AM Should there be a tax on red meat?

A "meat tax" could prevent almost 6,000 deaths per year in the UK, according to researchers, but should politicians be telling people what they can and can't eat? Scientists at the University of Oxford say governments should consider imposing price hikes on red meat - such as beef, lamb and pork - to reduce consumption. They say it would save lives and more than £700m in UK healthcare 63

November 7, 2018 9:16 AM Meat tax could save thousands of lives and slash healthcare costs

Although the tax would push up the price of burgers, sausages and mince, scientists are calling on governments to consider it. A study has found meat taxes could save an estimated 220,000 lives globally by 2020 and reduce healthcare costs by £30.7bn. Consumption of red meat such as beef, lamb and pork has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease 59

November 2, 2018 4:42 PM EU risk ‘DESTROYING’ trade with the US as sanctions on Iran edge closer

LEADING economists have warned the European Union faces “destroying” business with the United States if they continue to trade with Iran despite Washington’s impending sanctions. The SPV is hardly promising. European companies know that if they trade with Iran, potential business in the US will be destroyed, because they will be sanctioned there 90

October 31, 2018 5:10 PM Chinese city CONFISCATES dogs who bark too much & owners MUST pass exam to reclaim them

THE Chinese city of Jinan has demanded dog owners keep their four-legged friends on a leash, carry a dog license and prevent their animals from barking too much or risk their pet being taken away. A dog owner in China can lose points on their social credit score if these rules are not adhered to. Once the dog owner loses 12 points, the authority is able to keep their 75

October 31, 2018 3:35 AM US-China TRADE war: Trump slaps BAN on Chinese chipmaker over security concerns

DONALD TRUMP has banned US companies from working with a Chinese government-backed chipmaker as it threatens US national security, triggering further tensions between Beijing and Washington. The US commerce department announced the move to block sales of American components to China’s Fuijan Jinhua Integrated Circuit Company Ltd. on Monday. The agency 96

October 30, 2018 2:50 AM Excluded children at risk of knife crime

Excluded schoolchildren are at serious risk of becoming involved in knife crime, a children's charity has warned. Barnardo's added excluded children are also at risk of "being groomed and exploited by criminal gangs". The charity said 47 councils, about one in three in England, had no spaces in pupil referral units (PRU), which look after excluded children 61

October 29, 2018 6:24 PM Budget 2018: Philip Hammond SILENT over workers’ pensions in speech

PHILIP Hammond remained noticeably silent on changes to workers’ pensions which were expected to be announced today, as the Chancellor delivered his Budget speech with no reference to Dutch-style pension schemes. Mr Hammond was expected to launch a consultation on collective defined contribution schemes, also known as Dutch-style pension schemes, with one MP hailing 50