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Urgent warning over firefighter numbers as ‘brutal’ wildfires rage across UK

Surrey wildfire: Major incident declared at Hankley Common So far this year there have been more than 500 wildfires across Britain fuelled by heat waves, tinder dry conditions and climate change. There were 247 wildfires last year compared to 533 as of Monday, August 1, according to the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC). The figures […]

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‘Very real risk’ Nuclear disaster warning after shelling rocks power plant in Ukraine

Ukraine: Strikes reported near Zaporizhzhia’s nuclear power station The nuclear power plant,  located on the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine, was taken over by Russian forces in March. It is the largest of its kind in Europe, with six reactors.  The plant was targeted by shelling on Friday. Russia and Ukraine accused each other of carrying […]

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Prince Harry issued ‘massive whitewash’ warning as tension builds over bombshell book

The Duke of Sussex is expected to publish his book in the autumn after pledging to tell his story, including “the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned”. Billed as an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir by its publisher Penguin Random House, Harry said when the work was announced: “I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity […]

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‘Shut your doors’ Sixty firefighters on scene as fire rages in London – residents warned

A large fire also broke out in a field in Swanley, Kent, near the M25 on Thursday. Firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service fought the flames said to have covered 12 acres. LFB has previously identified burning cigarettes and barbecues as “the worst offenders” for starting grass fires. The blaze at Woolwich Common comes less […]

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World

Footage emerges of enormous billowing smoke as Ukraine forces ‘bomb’ Russian occupied area

Claims have been made on social media that the fire struck Skadovsk, a port city on the Black Sea in Ukraine’s Kherson region. A Twitter user shared images which appeared to show smoke and helicopters in the air nearby. MilitaryLand.net, a blog focused on the war, tweeted from its account: “Locals report several explosions in […]

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Supply chain chaos as UK’s largest shipping port to strike for 8 DAYS over pay dispute

Members of the union Unite will walk out on August 21 after talks at the conciliation service Acas failed to resolve the row. Unite said more than 1,900 workers at Felixstowe, the country’s biggest container port, will be taking industrial action. The strike was called after Unite said the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company failed […]

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French physicist apologises after latest James Webb photo was actually a slice of chorizo

French Atomic Energy Commission research director Etienne Klein told his followers on social media “no object belonging to Spanish charcuterie exists anywhere but on Earth”. The scientist had claimed in a tweet posted last Sunday that the photo was of the star Proxima Centauri and was taken by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Mr […]

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‘Truly dire!’ Andrew Neil sends ominous UK economy warning as inflation soars

Britain’s central bank warned today that Britons face two years of falling household incomes and inflation set to soar to more than 13 percent. It also predicted the country would plunge to its longest economic recession since the 2008 financial crisis. Mr Neil tweeted: “Some truly dire predictions from [the] Bank of England. Five consecutive […]

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London Tube strikes: Underground and Overground workers to walk out in DAYS over pay

Up to 10,400 transport workers across the network are expected to strike on August 19. Tube workers employed by Transport for London (TfL) are due to strike as part of a six-month dispute over pensions and jobs while Overground workers employed by Arriva Rail London will strike over pay. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will […]

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Michael Schumacher health update: F1 legend’s family ‘caring for him with great affection’

The Ferrari great suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in December 2013 just months after retiring from motor racing. Since then his family has been caring for him at home. The seven-times F1 World Champion was recently honoured by a German state which bestowed upon him its prestigious State Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia. […]