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un urges israel and gaza to ‘step back from brink of war’

the united nations has issued an urgent appeal for israel and gaza to “step back from the brink” of war, after the worse violence seen since the summer of 2014 erupted along the border.see related gaza could soon become 'uninhabitable', un warnseast jerusalem declared capital of palestine by 57 muslim nationsiron dome: how israel's missile defence system worksnickolay mladenov, un special coordinator for the middle east, said both sides needed to take a step back from confrontation just hours after an escalation in violence that saw 200 projectiles fired towards israel from gaza and dozens of airstrikes launched in response.highlighting the worsening humanitarian situation in gaza and the deteriorating political and security situation ...




eu immigration to uk at five-year low

the number of eu citizens migrating to uk has fallen to its lowest level in five years, even as total net migration rose to almost 300,000 in 2017.see related why brits are feeling better about immigration brexit: prisoners ‘could fill immigration work gap’why sajid javid wants to relax immigration controlsaccording to official figures from the office for national statistics, migration from the eu stood at 101,000 in the year to the end of december.the number of eu citizens coming to the uk “looking for work” decreased by a third in the last year, but this was more than offset by an increase in the number coming from outside the eu, which is now at its highest level for 13 years.the number of new arrivals is almost three times the g...




why did donald trump ‘side with russia’ on election meddling?

donald trump has offered an “extraordinary show of trust”, after siding with russian president vladimir putin’s assertion that moscow did not interfere in the 2016 us presidential election.at a press conference following a summit between the two leaders in helsinki, trump “handed russian president vladimir putin an unalloyed diplomatic triumph”, by refusing to support the collective conclusion of the us intelligence agencies on the issue, the washington post says.“they said they think it’s russia. i have president putin; he just said it’s not russia,” trump said. “president putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”see related helsinki summit: what do donald trump and vladimir putin want? kremlin ann...




theresa may ‘scrapes through’ vote on customs bill

theresa may’s government has narrowly avoided defeat on its customs bill, after it twice survived by just three votes (305-302) following demands from pro-brexit mps to change its wording.may’s decision to “cave in” to the changes, put forward by jacob rees-mogg’s pro-brexit european research group (erg), “infuriated remainers, who sided with labour on the crucial amendment”, itv says.see related chequers’ brexit white paper explained in 300 wordschequers summit: four brexit scenarios on the table at pm’s crunch talksthe times says that one of the four erg amendments may accepted in the lead up to the vote was “intended ...




‘trump baby’ blimp headed for the us

the trump baby blimp which flew over protests during the us president’s recent trip to london is reportedly going to be transported to the us for use during protests there. a new jersey organisation raised more than £3,400 in less than a day to cover the cost of transporting it across the atlantic to the us.292 crocodiles killed in ‘revenge attack’villagers in the indonesian province of west papua have reportedly slaughtered nearly 300 crocodiles in a wildlife sanctuary, in an act of revenge. local media reports that a man was killed by one of the reptiles while gathering vegetables ...




tuesday 17 july 2018 | the week uk

americans increased their spending in shops, restaurants and online stores in the second quarter, reports the times. consumers splashed $506.8bn in june, meaning that ret...




ten things you need to know today: tuesday 17 jul 2018

zimbabweans are preparing to head to the polls in the first election since former president robert mugabe was removed from power in november last year.emmerson mnangagwa, president and leader of the ruling zanu-pf, is standing against more than a dozen other candidates, inclu...




amazon workers across europe go on strike

thousands of amazon workers in a number of european countries have gone on strike today to demand better working conditions.see related what is amazon prime day and when does it start?amazon prime day 2018: the best deals on tvs, laptops and amazon echoamazon prime day hacks: how to get the best dealsworkers in germany will join colleagues from spain, italy, poland, france and britain in demanding labour contracts that guarantee healthy working conditions at so-called “fulfilment centres” run by the world’s largest e-commerce company.the mass walkout is planned to coincide with a major sales promotion, known as amazon prime day, which runs until midnight and is one of the retail giant's busiest sales days of the year.a group called a...




top school threatened with closure after ‘mock slave auction’

a top state secondary school, where a group of boys allegedly whipped and chained another pupil in a “mock slave auction”, has been threatened with closure.beechen cliff school, one of the highest-ranking state schools in bath, “has been given a termination warning notice by the government, threatening to withdraw its funding”, reports the sunday times.according to the bath chronicle, at least seven white teenage pupils allegedly chained a fellow black student to a lamppost and whipped him with sticks during one lunchtime in january, “calling him extreme racist names harking back to the slave trade”.andrew davies, headmaster of beechen cliff, initially expelled three of the pupils said to be involved - but governors later ruled t...




donald trump’s weird eating habits explained

theresa may and her ministers were keen to accommodate donald trump during his recent visit to the uk, even down to his unusual food preferences.see related the royals’ weird eating habits revealedchildren ‘eating extra meal a day in calories’, says health watchdogwho are trump’s biggest british supporters?the various menus announced in advance were “heavily tailored to trump’s nursery-food tastes”, says the guardian, with the black-tie meal at blenheim palace featuring “unthreatening dishes such as beef, and hearty puddings of ice cream or lemon meringue pie”.the president’s diet has been ridiculed as childish and unhealthy. here is what he eats and some of the weird ways he does it.he normally doesn’t eat breakfastac...




the crown season three: first photo of olivia colman as the queen

netflix has released the first promotional image of olivia colman as the queen in the forthcoming third series of royal drama the crown.the photo, shot in the elegant style of a royal portrait, shows colman in full costume, clad in one of the queen’s trademark cardigans and holding a teacup.under the photo, the accompanying caption simply reads “patience” - a clever dual reference both to the monarch’s famous restraint and the long wait ahead for fans before the show’s return. no release date has been confirmed, but it is thought that new episodes will appear at the end of 2018 or early 2019.the still is the first glimpse of the upcoming series, which will feature new actors in the roles of the queen, prince philip and princess mar...




kodak’s bitcoin mining scheme collapses

the technology company behind kodak’s cryptocurrency mining scheme has confirmed that the project has collapsed. see related kodak launching own cryptocurrency for photographersbitcoin: why did its value skyrocket?spotlite usa had demonstrated kodak-branded computers capable of solving complex algorithms to unlock the bitcoin virtual currency at the consumer electronics show (ces) in las vegas in january.the company hoped to rent the computers, called kodak kashminers, to cryptocurrency miners for a fee of $3,400 (£2,600) for a 24-month period. considering cryptocurrency ranking site coingecko valued bitcoin’s price at around $15,000 (£11,000) in january, significantly lower than today’s high of $6,500 (£5,000), spotlite claimed...




unstable iceberg looms over greenland village

an 11-million-ton iceberg is looming over on a village in greenland, putting it at risk of annihilation.the enormous iceberg towers over the colourful wooden houses of innaarsuit, a tiny coastal settlement which is home to around 200 residents.the tableau might be picturesque, says npr, but living in the shadow of the ice behemoth “could be life-threatening”.large icebergs are unstable structures, prone to “calving” - shedding massive shelves of ice. this particular tower of ice is so vast that falling shards could trigger a devastating tsunami.“there are cracks and holes that make us fear it can calve any time,” village council member susanne eliassen told local media, the bbc reports.if disaster were to strike, the majority of ...




prince louis official christening photos: what do they reveal?

kensington palace has released five photographs of the christening of the duke and duchess of cambridge’s third child, prince louis.see related prince louis’s christening: everything you need to knowprince louis arthur charles: the story behind the royal baby namefifth in line to the throne, the prince was baptised in the chapel royal at st james’s palace last monday. four of the images released were taken by british photographer matt holyoak in the morning room and garden of clarence house.this morning a fifth photograph (above), by jersey-based photographer matt porteous, was also released showing prince louis laughing with his mother.so what do the photographs reveal about the royals and their special day?in the photos, the duke a...




amazon prime day hacks: how to get the best deals

at 8pm tonight, amazon prime day will officially begin, offering the site’s prime customers some of the most lucrative deals in online shopping.see related what is amazon prime day and when does it start?billed as amazon’s “black friday” or “christmas in july”, prime day comes around once a year, so be sure to make the most of it with these prime day hacks for the best deals.get a free trialthe deals available on prime day are only for prime customers, a membership for which currently costs around £7.99 per month.however, if you’re not a prime member, the site offers a trial membership that will give you full benefits for 30 days. be sure to unsubscribe once you’ve had your fill of prime day deals, unless you want to becom...




tudor shipwreck to be excavated on kent beach

a 400-year-old shipwreck hailed as a “marvellous” historical find is to be excavated and preserved on the kent beach where it was discovered.archaeologists will work at tankerton beach, near whitstable, this week to uncover the remains of the ship, whose exposed timber measures around 12 metres long.the vessel, whose identity is not yet known, will then be examined by experts who believe that its contents may offer precious insight into life and trade in tudor england.“the hull's construction suggests it is a late 16th or early 17th century single-masted merchant ship of around 100 to 200 tonnes”, the bbc reports.examination of an oak plank concluded that the wood came from “woodland in southern britain and was felled in 1531”, ...




whatsapp 100 plot: what are brexiteer mps up to?

theresa may is facing a show of strength by her party’s brexiteer wing this evening over her plans for exiting the european union.see related chequers’ brexit white paper explained in 300 wordscould theresa may stay the course?who does the shadowy european research group represent?amid what sky news describes as “an escalating crisis for the prime minister”, mps will vote on a series of amendments to the taxation (cross-border trade) bill proposed by tory brexiteers.the amendments are the first flashpoint for the pm following the news that more than 100 eurosceptic tory mps are now in a whatsapp group - dubbed the whatsapp 100 - “co-ordinated by former brexit minister steve baker who is giving them voting instructions”, says the...




love island final: when is it and how can you get tickets?

the final episode of love island is nearing. after the longest running season of the reality show to date, the grand finale is set to air soon. here is everything you need to know about the last episode - and where you can get tickets to join in with the action:when is the love island final?there is no official answer yet as to when the last episode will air. however, radio times estimates that it will be monday 30 july, as that is “exactly eight weeks since love island kicked off on monday 4th june, and for the past two years the series finale has aired on a monday night”.how can you get tickets?you can be part of the live action at the love...




angry mob slaughters 292 crocodiles in indonesia

an angry mob slaughtered almost 300 crocodiles at a farm on the indonesian island of west papua after a local man was killed by one of the reptiles.shocking images show bloodied crocodile carcasses piled high after the mass slaughter in the coastal town of sorong on saturday.a local woman called olga told the jakarta post that the dead man was factory worker called sugito who was mauled to death while gathering grass to feed his cows.“a local resident heard him shouting for help but [...] sugito was found dead,” she said.police said that the man fell into an enclosure belonging to a crocodile farm, the straits times reports. the 48-year-old victim “was bitten on the leg and then fatally struck by the tail of one of the crocodiles”.af...




pogba leads wild france world cup celebrations

france star paul pogba scored a vital goal and then led the riotous french celebrations after his team’s world cup win over croatia.the manchester united midfielder “danced and celebrated long into the night” after the game, says the daily mail. “pogba answered many of his critics with an outstanding performance at the luzhniki stadium to cap an excellent tournament and was only too happy to parade the famous trophy on his social media accounts.”see related france win world cup final with 4-2 victory against croatiahe even filmed himself singing ‘it’s coming home’, before apologising to england fans, and played a part in the invasion of the post-match press conference during which coach didier deschamps was showered with c...