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Royal Marine Alexander Blackman gets seven years for Taliban killing (1 hour 46 minutes old)

Royal Marine could be free within weeks after being sentenced for manslaughter of Taliban insurgent.

Rape victim says judge 'right about women's drunkenness' (8 hours old)

Rape victim Megan Clark agrees with a judge who said drunk women were putting themselves at risk.

London attacker's wife condemns actions (5 hours old)

Statement says she is "saddened and shocked" by deaths and wishes injured a "speedy recovery".

Cyclone Debbie: 'Monster' storm batters Australia (1 hour 17 minutes old)

The Queensland premier says "everyone will be in shock" when the full impact is known.

NHS targets suncream prescriptions for cuts (1 hour 7 minutes old)

Doctors could also be told to stop prescribing gluten-free food, cold remedies and some painkillers.

Daily Mail's 'Who won Legs-it!' headline draws scorn (1 hour 2 minutes old)

The front page focusing on the legs of the prime minister and first minister is called sexist.

Tesco fined £129m for overstating profits (1 hour 45 minutes old)

Tesco will also compensate investors but avoids prosecution for overstating profits in 2014.

Immigration should rise and fall after Brexit, David Davis says (14 hours old)

The Brexit secretary was speaking as key figures from the pro and anti-EU camps clashed on Question Time.

Exhausted runner helped to finish line in US race (11 hours old)

Other participants in the Philadelphia Love Run gave her a helping hand - or two.

MPs 'walk out' in protest at 'too gloomy' Brexit report (1 hour 8 minutes old)

Several Brexit-backing MPs "politely" walked out of a Brexit select committee meeting, it is claimed.

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The Guardian

Marine A, who killed unarmed Taliban fighter, set to be freed in two weeks (1 hour 26 minutes old)

Alexander Blackman’s conviction for murdering wounded Afghan insurgent was reduced to manslaughter earlier this monthThe former Royal Marine Alexander Blackman is expected to be freed from prison in around two weeks after senior judges sentenced him to seven years for the manslaughter of an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan.After a long campaign that led to Blackman’s murder conviction being quashed and replaced with manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, a new sentence was set by the court martial appeal court on Tuesday. Continue reading...

GPs to stop prescribing omega-3 oils, gluten-free food and cough medicine (5 hours old)

NHS also removes medication for upset stomachs, haemorrhoids and erectile dysfunction from list of prescribed itemsThe NHS is to stop giving patients travel vaccinations, gluten-free foods and some drugs that can be bought over the counter in an attempt to rescue its ailing finances.Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, announced the changes in an interview with the Daily Mail in which he detailed new efforts to get better value for money so that money saved could instead be spent on promising therapies that have recently been developed. Continue reading...

No 10 refuses to criticise Daily Mail's sexist 'Legs-it' May/Sturgeon coverage - Politics live (1 hour 1 minutes old)

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 12.48pm BST Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, has weighed in on “Legs-it”.Apparently, some mild interest in politicians' legs today; here are mine. They're a bit short. But with a lovely Aboyne vista here. #Legs-it pic.twitter.com/0a4c8XW6fjFor clarification, I'm not actually Aboyne today. I'm fog bound at City airport. This was just the only picture of my legs I had on my phone 12.42pm BST Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said the Daily Mail’s Mail/Sturgeon splash today was the sort of thing that would deter wo[...]

Mosul residents were told not to flee before airstrikes that killed civilians (2 hours old)

Pentagon opens investigation into reports that more than 150 civilians died in US-led bombings to retake Iraqi city from IsisResidents in Mosul were instructed not to leave their homes ahead of airstrikes last week that are reported to have killed more than 150 civilians, Amnesty International has said.The recent spike in civilian casualties suggests the US-led coalition in Iraq is not taking adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths as it battles Isis alongside Iraqi ground forces, according to a report by the human rights group on Tuesday. Continue reading...

Westminster attack: Khalid Masood's wife 'saddened and shocked' (5 hours old)

Rohey Hydara condemns husband’s actions and expresses condolences to the families of victims who diedThe wife of the Westminster attacker, Khalid Masood, has said she is “saddened and shocked” by the atrocity, and condemns his actions. Rohey Hydara spoke out after Masood’s mother, Janet Ajao, said she had “shed many tears” for her son’s victims. Continue reading...

Brexit: UK backing away from threat to leave with no deal, say EU diplomats (5 hours old)

UK officials recognise that failure to agree post-Brexit trade deal with EU27 would cause havoc, according to EU sourcesEuropean diplomats based in the UK say the British government is stepping back from its threat to leave the EU without a trade deal if negotiations break down. Related: Sir Tim Barrow to hand-deliver article 50 letter to Donald Tusk Continue reading...

Boys found dead near cliffs were 'having a laugh' when they fell (4 hours old)

Harry Watson and Alex Yeoman, both 17, died in ‘tragic accident’ while taking photos in Teesside, mother of one of boys saysThe teenage best friends who fell from cliffs in Teesside were “having a laugh” and taking photographs when they fell, one of their mothers has said.Harry Watson and Alex Yeoman, both 17, died on Friday night after apparently falling from Huntcliff in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, a seaside resort in north-east England. Continue reading...

Trump begins tearing up Obama's years of progress on tackling climate change (5 hours old)

Fossil fuels to the fore as president signs orders to review clean power plan, lift ban on coal leases and discard expert thinking on true cost of carbon emissionsDonald Trump will launch a major assault on Barack Obama’s climate change legacy with a series of orders that undermine America’s commitment to the Paris agreement.Asked by the Guardian if Trump accepted the science of manmade climate change, a senior White House official replied: “Sure, yes, I guess, I think the president understands the disagreement over the policy response and you’ll see that in the order tomorrow. We’re taking a [...]

Tesco to pay £129m fine over accounting scandal (3 hours old)

Supermarket reaches deferred prosecution agreement with Serious Fraud Office and will pay investors £85m in compensationTesco is to pay out £235m to settle investigations by the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority into the 2014 accounting scandal that rocked Britain’s biggest retailer.It will pay a fine of £129m as part of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the SFO, although this deal requires court approval. Continue reading...

Elon Musk wants to connect brains to computers with new company (2 hours old)

Tesla and SpaceX founder launching Neuralink to explore technology of implanting tiny electrodes into the brainTesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is launching a new company called Neuralink with the intention of connecting computers directly to human brains, according to a report.The Wall Street Journal reported that the billionaire entrepreneur, whose other interests include sending humans to Mars, is exploring “neural lace” technology – the implanting of tiny electrodes into the brain that could be used to give direct computing capabilities. Continue reading...

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BBC News - UK

Royal Marine Alexander Blackman gets seven years for Taliban killing (1 hour 46 minutes old)

Royal Marine could be free within weeks after being sentenced for manslaughter of Taliban insurgent.

Rape victim says judge 'right about women's drunkenness' (8 hours old)

Rape victim Megan Clark agrees with a judge who said drunk women were putting themselves at risk.

London attacker's wife condemns actions (5 hours old)

Statement says she is "saddened and shocked" by deaths and wishes injured a "speedy recovery".

Tesco fined £129m for overstating profits (1 hour 45 minutes old)

Tesco will also compensate investors but avoids prosecution for overstating profits in 2014.

NHS targets suncream prescriptions for cuts (1 hour 7 minutes old)

Doctors could also be told to stop prescribing gluten-free food, cold remedies and some painkillers.

MPs criticise bat attack abuse sentence (1 hour 53 minutes old)

A man was given a suspended jail term despite repeated attacks, one with a cricket bat, on his then wife.

New £1 coin's 'hidden' security feature (15 hours old)

The new 12-sided £1 will be immediately available from 33 banks and post offices around the UK.

Police investigating 'human waste in Coca Cola cans' (3 hours old)

Police are investigating after what appeared to be human waste was found in cans at a Coca Cola factory.

Councils 'face funding gap' to fix roads (7 hours old)

Authorities say they do not receive enough money for road repairs, with one in six in poor condition.

Windsor Castle anti-terror barriers 'ugly', locals say (2 hours old)

The anti-terror measures have been described as an "over-the-top" reaction to last week's attack in London.

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World news | The Guardian

As Jared Kushner ascends White House ladder, Senate Russia inquiry adds scrutiny (16 hours old)

Trump’s son-in-law will lead Office of American Innovation to privatize certain government functions, as he agrees to testify in Russia election investigationJared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, found himself back in the spotlight for better and for worse on Monday. As the US president appointed him to a new White House role, it was revealed that Kushner would testify before a Senate committee investigating Russian interference in last year’s election. Continue reading...

Mosul residents were told not to flee before airstrikes that killed civilians (2 hours old)

Pentagon opens investigation into reports that more than 150 civilians died in US-led bombings to retake Iraqi city from IsisResidents in Mosul were instructed not to leave their homes ahead of airstrikes last week that are reported to have killed more than 150 civilians, Amnesty International has said.The recent spike in civilian casualties suggests the US-led coalition in Iraq is not taking adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths as it battles Isis alongside Iraqi ground forces, according to a report by the human rights group on Tuesday. Continue reading...

Cyclone Debbie: police fear fatalities with extent of damage unclear (2 hours old)

Slow-moving category-four storm hits Australia’s north-east but it will be at least a day before destruction can be assessed • Worst storm in Australia in years hits the mainland – as it happenedThe extent of injuries from Cyclone Debbie is yet to be determined as Queensland’s police commissioner warned people to prepare for the possibility of deaths after the category-four storm struck the eastern coast of Australia.The scale of destruction was yet to emerge on Tuesday evening amid reports of severe damage to homes and communities cut off from communications. Continue reading...

United Airlines: leggings ban 'not sexist' even though it affects women more (18 hours old)

United Airlines spokesman defends ‘guidelines that apply to everyone’ after two young girls wearing leggings were kept from boarding a plane in DenverThe United Airlines dress code for pass riders is “absolutely not” sexist, a spokesman for the carrier said on Monday, a day after a social media storm blew up when two young girls were prevented from wearing leggings when boarding a plane in Denver. Related: United Airlines defends gate decision to bar girls wearing leggings from flight Continue reading...

Russian authorities 'imprisoning Crimean Tatars in psychiatric hospitals' (7 hours old)

Since annexation many ethnic Tatar activists have been detained in outdated mental institutions, rights activists sayLawyers and human rights activists say Russian authorities in Crimea are increasingly imprisoning human rights activists in psychiatric hospitals and submitting them to psychological abuse. Since the annexation of the region three years ago many ethnic Tatar activists who oppose the occupation have been arrested and subjected to abuse and imprisonment in outdated mental institutions, said Robert van Voren, a Dutch human rights activist and political scientist. Continue reading.[...]

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada dies aged 87 (1 hour 43 minutes old)

ANC says South Africa has ‘lost a titan’ with death of politician who was imprisoned with Nelson Mandela on Robben IslandThe South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, one of Nelson Mandela’s closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule and a fellow Robben Island prisoner, has died aged 87. Related: Nelson Mandela’s fellow ANC activist breaks silence to demand Jacob Zuma’s resignation Continue reading...

Negotiations to ban nuclear weapons begin, but Australia joins US boycott (14 hours old)

At least 113 countries meet at UN to discuss ban, but US ambassador says the world is too unsafe for the US not to have nuclear weaponsNegotiations on a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons have begun in New York, but have been publicly condemned by the United States, which is leading a coalition of more than 40 countries – including Australia – boycotting the talks.At least 113 countries are part of the negotiations which have begun at UN headquarters in New York this week, aiming to negotiate a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”. Con[...]

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed after protests (19 hours old)

Moscow court hands down 15-day prison sentence and a fine to Navalny, who was arrested at anti-government rallyRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been fined and sentenced to 15 days in prison, a day after some of the biggest anti-government protests since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012 swept the country.Navalny was jailed and given a 20,000-rouble (£280) fine by a Moscow court for disobeying police orders and organising the protests, which led to more than 1,000 people being detained. Continue reading...

Canadian government aims to legalise marijuana by 1 July 2018 (20 hours old)

Liberal lawmakers plan to reveal legislation in April to decriminalise and regulate recreational marijuana, one of Justin Trudeau’s campaign promisesThe Canadian government is scrambling to craft legislation to legalise recreational marijuana by 1 July 2018 – a move that would fulfill a campaign promise by the prime minister, Justin Trudeau. The Liberal government will reveal the legislation in the second week of April, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, putting Canada on course to become the first G7 country to fully legalise marijuana use. Continue reading...

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, France's hard-left rebel, targets the disenchanted (21 hours old)

Presidential candidate without a party has overtaken Socialist Benoît Hamon in polls and vows to make second round of electionFor Jean-Luc Mélenchon, France’s hard-left presidential candidate, it is a case of one down, two to go. Opinion polls suggest the veteran political rebel, who is calling for a nonviolent “citizens’ revolution” and for the French constitution to be torn up and rewritten, has overtaken the official Socialist party candidate, Benoît Hamon. Continue reading...

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