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Meghan and Harry: Duchess of Sussex expecting a baby.

Mon 15 Oct 2018, 10:11 am by papa_umau

The Duchess of Sussex is pregnant and is due to give birth next spring, Kensington Palace has revealed.

The announcement comes as Meghan, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, who got married in Windsor five months ago, arrived in Sydney on Monday ahead of a 16-day tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Kensington Palace said the couple were "delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public".



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NHS waste handler stripped of contracts.

Tue 09 Oct 2018, 12:50 pm by papa_umau

A firm has been stripped of NHS contracts after hundreds of tonnes of waste from hospitals was allowed to pile up at its sites.

Health Minister Stephen Barclay said new arrangements have been made with Mitie to replace the service by Healthcare Environment Services (HES).

"NHS services continue to operate as normal", Mr Barclay told MPs.

HES has said it had highlighted the need to invest in …

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Final call to save the world from 'climate catastrophe'.

Mon 08 Oct 2018, 11:56 am by papa_umau

Final call to save the world from 'climate catastrophe'

By Matt McGrath

BBC Environment correspondent, Incheon, South Korea.

It's the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures.

Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C states that the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C.

Keeping to the …

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Civil partnerships: Law to change for mixed-sex couples.

Tue 02 Oct 2018, 2:55 pm by papa_umau

All couples in England and Wales will be able to choose to have a civil partnership rather than get married, Theresa May has announced.

The move will give mixed-sex couples and their families the option of greater security, the government said.

And it will address the "imbalance" that allows same-sex couples to choose between a civil partnership or marriage - a choice denied to mixed-sex …

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Pret allergy death:

Mon 01 Oct 2018, 11:59 am by papa_umau

Pret allergy death: Father had to ring wife to say daughter would die.

A man whose daughter died after eating a Pret A Manger sandwich on a flight has described how he had to ring his wife to say she would die.

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse went into cardiac arrest on a flight to Nice after buying the baguette at Heathrow Airport in 2016.

Her father, Nadim, said her symptoms came on very fast, "like …

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UK life expectancy has stopped.

Tue 25 Sep 2018, 11:10 am by papa_umau

Life expectancy progress in UK 'stops for first time'.

Life expectancy in the UK has stopped improving for the first time since 1982 when figures began.

Women's life expectancy from birth remains 82.9 years, and for men it is 79.2, the figures from the Office for National Statistics for 2015-17 show.

In some parts of the UK life expectancy has even decreased.

For men and women in Scotland …

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America hits China with the hardest trade tariffs ever.

Tue 18 Sep 2018, 12:06 pm by papa_umau

US imposes new tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods.

The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing.

These will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far.

Handbags, rice and textiles will be included, but some items expected to be targeted such as smart watches and high chairs have been …

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Novichok city in lockdown after ‘two Russian’ diners are taken ill at restaurant.

Mon 17 Sep 2018, 12:40 pm by papa_umau

SALISBURY city centre was in lockdown last night after a man and woman, believed to be Russian, were taken ill as they ate in a restaurant.

Police in protective suits sealed off a Prezzo restaurant after the emergency, described by police as a “medical incident”, sparked panic among diners at the eaterie.

It lies just yards from the Zizzi restaurant where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and …

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Debenhams 'could shut up to 80 stores' in move that would put thousands of jobs at risk.

Tue 11 Sep 2018, 11:54 am by papa_umau

Debenhams 'could shut up to 80 stores' in move that would put thousands of jobs at risk after retailer was plunged into turmoil with 15.9m wiped off its value

Creditors KPMG were drafted in to reduce costs and save chain from going bust.

Retail experts have warned that Debenhams could end up like House of Fraser.

They say the department store has 'too many stores' and some will need to close.



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