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Sri Lanka attacks: Mass funerals held as nation mourns.

Tue 23 Apr 2019, 11:31 am by papa_umau

Sri Lanka has held its first mass funeral as the country marks a day of mourning for the victims of Sunday's bomb blasts.

The death toll from the attacks on churches and hotels has risen to 321 with about 500 wounded, police said.

The country has observed three minutes of silence and a state of emergency and a curfew is in effect to prevent further attacks.

Sri Lanka's government has blamed …

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Millions pledged to rebuild Notre Dame.

Tue 16 Apr 2019, 11:26 am by papa_umau

Hundreds of millions of euros have been pledged to help rebuild Notre-Dame after a devastating fire partially destroyed the French cathedral.

The fire, declared fully extinguished some 15 hours after it began, ravaged the 850-year-old building's roof and caused its spire to collapse.

But firefighters who worked through the night managed to save the Paris landmark's main stone structure, …

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No-fault evictions to be banned in England.

Mon 15 Apr 2019, 11:45 am by papa_umau

Private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants at short notice without good reason under new plans.

The government says it wants to protect renters from "unethical" landlords and give them more long-term security.

Section 21 notices allow landlords to evict renters without a reason after their fixed-term tenancy period ends.

The National Landlords Association said members were …

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Divorce law: Reforms to end 'blame game' between couples.

Tue 09 Apr 2019, 11:32 am by papa_umau

Divorce laws in England and Wales are to be overhauled so couples can split faster and, it is hoped, with less acrimony.

Under current rules, one spouse has to allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour by the other for divorce proceedings to start straight away.

In future, they will only have to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.

It will also stop one partner refusing a …

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Websites to be fined over 'online harms' under new proposals.

Mon 08 Apr 2019, 11:19 am by papa_umau

Internet sites could be fined or blocked if they fail to tackle "online harms" such as terrorist propaganda and child abuse, under government plans.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has proposed an independent watchdog that will write a "code of practice" for tech companies.

Senior managers could be held liable for breaches, with a possible levy on the industry to …

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Schools and NHS could be held accountable over youth crime..

Mon 01 Apr 2019, 11:49 am by papa_umau

Teachers, NHS workers and police officers in England and Wales could be held accountable for failing to spot violent crime among young people under government plans announced on Monday.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has launched a consultation to assess whether there is a "public health duty" to report concerns over children at risk.

He said he will use "all the tools" at his disposal to end …

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Another established business hits the buffers.

Mon 25 Mar 2019, 11:47 am by papa_umau

Majestic Wine to close stores and rebrand as Naked.

Majestic Wine has announced plans to revamp its business by closing some of its 200 stores and concentrating on its online Naked Wines division.

The change will also see the company being renamed Naked Wines.

More details of the store closures - and any job losses - will be given in June along with its full-year results.

Naked Wines was …

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Cookstown hotel disco 'crush': Three teens dead.

Mon 18 Mar 2019, 11:54 am by papa_umau

Three teenagers have died after reports of a crush at a St Patrick's Day party at a hotel in Cookstown, County Tyrone.

A 17-year-old girl and two boys aged 16 and 17 died after the incident outside the Greenvale Hotel on Sunday night.

A number of other teenagers have also been treated in hospital.

The police said a large group of young people had been waiting to get into a disco at about 21:30 …

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Web is in a downwards plunge.

Tue 12 Mar 2019, 11:40 am by papa_umau

Tim Berners-Lee: 'Stop web's downward plunge to dysfunctional future'

Global action is required to tackle the web's "downward plunge to a dysfunctional future", its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told the BBC.

He made the comments in an exclusive interview to mark 30 years since he submitted his proposal for the web.

Sir Tim said people had realised how their data could be "manipulated" …

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