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Army deployed in Cumbria over new flooding fears

The Army has been called in to support efforts to protect parts of Cumbria amid fears of further flooding. Troops have been helping put out sandbags in preparation and flood defence gates have been closed in Cockermouth, Carlisle and Keswick. Heavy rainfall in the area is feeding already-swollen rivers and saturated ground. Cumbria has suffered severe flooding three times this ...

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Queen’s Christmas message: Hope in ‘moments of darkness’

 The Queen has used her Christmas Day address to speak of light triumphing over the dark in a year that has seen “moments of darkness”. It comes after a year which has seen a number of terror attacks, including mass shootings in Paris and the killing of 39 people at a Tunisian resort. During the broadcast, the Queen acknowledged the ...

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Eighteen migrants drown as boat capsizes off Turkey

Several children are among at least 18 people who drowned when their boat capsized trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, officials say. The wood boat capsized in high waves as it tried to cross from Turkey’s Izmir province to the Greek island of Lesbos. Twenty-one people were rescued. At least 24 people have died in two similar sinkings this ...

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Middle East: A breeding place for war

One hundred years after the inception of Sykes-Picot, world powers are back fighting over the same spit of land. A century ago today, a 36-year-old author and purported Arabist named Mark Sykes made his way to 10 Downing Street in London to meet the leaders of Britain and discuss the tricky issue of dividing the spoils of the collapsing Ottoman ...

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Putin gifts Modi Gandhi’s notes, Indian sword

Russian President Vladimir Putin presented visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a page from the diary of Mahatma Gandhi and an 18th century Indian sword, an official statement said on Thursday. Putin presented the items to Modi while hosting the latter for a private dinner on Wednesday evening. “President Putin presented to the Prime Minister a page from the diary ...

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Girl, three, calls 999 after pregnant mum falls down stairs

A three-year-old girl helped her heavily-pregnant mother call 999 after she fell down the stairs. In the call, Emma, who was alone in the house in Somerset with her mother Catherine Bazzard told the operator what had happened and where they lived. She told call handler Sarah Morris her “mummy was not bleeding but banged her head” and “has a ...

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Online retailers launch end-of-year sales ahead of Christmas

Spending will continue into Christmas Day when shoppers are expected to splash out £728m online: 11% more than last year The presents may still be under the tree, but retailers are already launching their end-of-year sales.. Currys PC World started its sale online at noon on Christmas Eve, and will be followed by Amazon at 4pm, then John Lewis at ...

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Railway signal problems and flooding hit Christmas getaway

Rail passengers have been hit by signal problems and flooding, as engineering work is due to disrupt train services over the festive period. Signalling problems at Gillingham disrupted Southeastern commuter trains from London, while flooding caused all trains to be cancelled between Folkestone Central and Dover Priory. Network Rail said 13% of journeys had been delayed across the entire network. ...

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Stories about Bangabandhu inspired Tulip to join politics

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s grand-daughter Tulip Siddiq, who is on her first visit to Bangladesh after being elected a British MP, takes part in a function at the Uttara unit of Dhaka’s Scholastica School on Wednesday. British MP Tulip Siddiq says stories about her maternal grandfather Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, narrated by her mother and aunt, inspired her to enter ...

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PM seeks pvt entrepreneurs’ support for health sector dev

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday called upon the private sector entrepreneurs to supplement the government efforts in providing better healthcare services to people and thus achieve further progress in the health sector. “It’s possible to take the country with the united efforts of all,” she said while addressing a function at her official residence Ganobhaban marking the handover of ...

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