Christianity crackdown in India as families driven from village | World | News

The families were forced to flee their village in the Latehar district, in eastern India, earlier last month due to their religion. They are “living in fear” and have not returned home because local authorities have been unable or unwilling to help them. The Christians said they told to renounce their religion by Hindu radicals at a village meeting on June 5. When they refused, they were severely beaten and driven out of the village. One of those forced to flee from Pahli village, 25-year-old Shyamlal Kujju, said: “We are…

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Scotland INVADED by giant jellyfish | UK | News

The Barrel jellyfish is the UK’s largest jellyfish, with a diameter of up to almost 3ft and weights of up to 77lbs. In summer and autumn they can swarm off the coast, sometimes washing up in large numbers. However they are gentle giants. Barrel jellyfish feed entirely on tiny plankton, so their sting is too weak to hurt humans. Noel Hawkins, the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Communities Officer, filmed the giant jellyfish off Ardmair Beach near Ullapool. Mr Hawkins said the jellyfish were on the NW Highland Snorkel Trail…

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UK economy BACK ON TRACK as economists hail HEATWAVE for role in financial ‘rebound’ | Politics | News

Higher demand for business and financial services and recent warm weather encouraging consumer spending helped drive the boost. The sector ranges from accounting and law to medical care, teaching, retail and hospitality and accounts for nearly 80 per cent of Britain’s economy. Its strongest growth since October was much better than expected and follows positive PMI reports from the manufacturing and construction sectors, which suffered in the first three months of the year from factors including the unusually bad weather. The all-sector PMI also rose, prompting speculation the economy grew…

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Thailand cave rescue: Video shows boys in positive mood – one wearing an England shirt | World | News

The one-minute Thai Navy SEAL footage shows them laughing and saying they are healthy, despite rescuers facing a race against time as heavy monsoons are forecasted for later this week. Each of the team are seen making a traditional Thai greeting gesture to the camera before introducing themselves by a nickname, adding: “I’m in good health.” The clip ends with laughter among the group with one of the 12 boys saying he was forgotten in the round of introductions. Due to the treacherous conditions in the deep caves, several of…

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World Cup 2018: Theresa May asked is football coming home after England win | UK | News

England‘s astounding victory against the South American team prompted wild celebrations across the country, with fans taking to the street to celebrate after a tense game. Three Lions supporters blocked streets in London and brought traffic at a standstill, erupting in renditions of The Lightning Seeds’ classic “Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home). The celebration continued during PMQs on Wednesday as Tory MP Rachel Maclean asked Theresa May: “Mr Speaker, after last night I’m sure I don’t need to ask the Prime Minister. “Does she believe that football is coming home?”…

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Fury as SNP try to ruin England game with FIVE votes in House of Commons | Politics | News

But culture secretary Matt Hancock mocked the Scottish Nationalists’ for their failed tactics because English Tory MPs continued to watch the match on their phones as they trooped through the lobbies. He said: “We were going through the voting lobbies watching the match on phones, so I was voting to fund the NHS next year and watching the football at the same time. Mr Hancock also suggested the SNP may have forced the votes because they were upset that Scotland did not reach the World Cup finals. The five votes…

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US and Israel form working group to challenge Iran | World | News

Representatives of Washington and Israel have been meeting for months in a bid to support groups against Iran’s government, according to Israeli officials. American news outlet Axios published a report from Israeli journalist Barak Ravid, who was briefed by Israeli officials about the attempt of the White House and Israel to challenge Iran. The report said: “Israel and the United States formed a joint working group a few months ago that is focused on internal efforts to encourage protests within Iran and pressure the country’s government. “Two Israeli officials told…

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Theresa May told to ban bouncy castles after girl, 3, dies | UK | News

The youngster suffered multiple injuries from being thrown into the air when an inflatable trampoline is exploded, according to witnesses. Police and Health and Safety Executive officers are investigating the incident. At Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Harlow MP Mr Halfon called for inflatable attractions to be banned pending a safety inquiry. He told Mrs May: “I have been contacted by other parents around the country whose children have been injured in similar circumstances. “A reputable operator from Harlow has told me that bouncy castles can be bought for just…

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Esther McVey apologises in Commons for benefits blunder | Politics | News

NAO chief and Auditor General Sir Amyas Morse wrote in an open letter that Ms McVey was wrong to say his organisation feared UC was being rolled out “too slowly” and should “continue at a faster rate”. Ms McVey admitted her interpretation was “mistaken” and she apologised to the House. “What I meant to say was that the NAO had said that there was no practical alternative to continuing with UC,” she told MPs, adding stressing that she had asked Speaker John Bercow on Tuesday for permission to correct the…

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Bali volcano eruption: Where is the Mount Agung danger zone? | World | News

An ash column rose 6,000 feet into the air above Mount Agung following an eruption earlier today.  The eruption struck at 12.20pm local time (5.20am BST) and showered ash onto the volcano’s slopes.  Bali’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has warned in a series of tweets that “successive eruptions occurring potential it’s still high”. The volcano has been experiencing its current active period since November when 844 earthquakes struck around Mount Agung.  The first eruption on June 28 belched a cloud of ash into the air,…

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