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Jose Mourinho: Manchester United sack him.

Tue 18 Dec 2018, 12:16 pm by papa_umau

Manchester United have sacked manager Jose Mourinho after identifying a catalogue of his failings at the club.

The Portuguese, 55, took over in May 2016 and led United to League Cup and Europa League titles but they are 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool.

The club have made a change after no progress with results or style despite spending nearly £400m on 11 players.

The club also says …

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Bloodhound supersonic car project saved.

Mon 17 Dec 2018, 1:04 pm by papa_umau

I reported last week that  this 1,000mph race car project has been saved from bankruptcy after an entrepreneur stepped in to buy the business.

The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle - built with a jet engine bolted to a rocket - is all but finished.

Its future was in jeopardy amid a failure to secure investment which forced the firm financing it into administration.

But Yorkshire-based entrepreneur …

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Restaurant dishes 'contain more calories than fast-food meals'.

Thu 13 Dec 2018, 11:20 am by papa_umau

The calorie content of meals in UK restaurants is "excessive" and sit-down restaurants are unhealthier than fast-food chains, BMJ research suggests.

Health experts say meals should not exceed 600 calories, but in this study they averaged 1,033 in restaurants and 751 in fast-food chains.

University of Liverpool researchers analysed thousands of meals from places like Hungry Horse and McDonald's.


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Report: Global CO2 emissions at record levels in 2018.

Sun 09 Dec 2018, 11:56 am by papa_umau

Something I have been worried about for a while has actually happened.

Global carbon emissions are on the rise, and hit record levels in 2018, after remaining flat in 2016 and experiencing a small gain last year, a new report shows.

The report by the Global Carbon Project came out just as world leaders gathered in Poland to discuss the next steps for reducing carbon emissions under the Paris …

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Funeral firms 'took advantage of grief', says Co-op boss.

Tue 04 Dec 2018, 12:32 pm by papa_umau

Funeral costs are up 84% in 10 years

The boss of the UK's largest funeral provider, the Co-op Group, has admitted the industry has taken advantage of people's grief in the past.

Steve Murrells said price wasn't on the agenda for people arranging a funeral - which created "the wrong behaviour in the industry".

Last week, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a major investigation …

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David Attenborough: Climate change 'our greatest threat'.

Mon 03 Dec 2018, 11:39 am by papa_umau

The naturalist David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity's greatest threat in thousands of years.

The broadcaster said it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of "much of the natural world".

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland.

The meeting in Katowice is the most critical on climate change …

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Sammy Woodhouse: Rapist Arshid Hussain 'gets chance to see victim's child'.

Wed 28 Nov 2018, 11:16 am by papa_umau

A child exploitation scandal victim has called for a law change amid claims a man who raped her has been invited to play a role in her son's life.

Arshid Hussain, who was jailed for 35 years in 2016, was told by Rotherham Council he could seek visits from the child he fathered, The Times reported.

Sammy Woodhouse told Good Morning Britain she was devastated when she was informed at a court …

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Matthew Hedges: British academic pardoned by UAE.

Mon 26 Nov 2018, 12:11 pm by papa_umau

A British academic who was jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates has been freed after a pardon.

Matthew Hedges, 31, denied spying and said he had been researching his PhD.

His wife, Daniela Tejada, who appealed for clemency, said she was "elated" and "can't wait to have him back home".

The UAE issued the pardon as part of a series of orders on the country's National Day anniversary.



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Trump's asylum ban halted by judge.

Tue 20 Nov 2018, 11:26 am by papa_umau

US migrant caravan: Trump's asylum ban halted by judge.

A US federal judge has blocked an order issued by President Trump to deny asylum to migrants crossing the southern US border illegally.

US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued the temporary restraining order after hearing arguments by civil rights groups.

Mr Trump signed the order earlier this month in response to the migrant …

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