Floods claim more than 800 lives across India, Nepal and Bangladesh

Millions affected by severe flooding in south Asia, as aid agencies struggling to cope with disaster warn of food shortages and risk of disease

More than 800 people have been killed and 24 million affected following widespread floods across south Asia.

Severe flooding has devastated communities and destroyed crops in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with NGOs warning of food shortages and the risk of disease.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/aug/22/floods-across-india-nepal-and-bangladesh-claim-more-than-800-lives-south-asia


Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues to mourn Heather Heyer

  • Charlottesville to commemorate Heyer and two pilots who died in crash
  • City council votes unanimously to cover statues with black fabric

Charlottesville will cover statues of Confederate generals Robert E Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in black fabric to mourn Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed when a car rammed into a group of people protesting a white nationalist rally in the city.

Related: Charlottesville mayor opposes Robert E Lee statue: ‘A lightning rod’ for terrorism

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/22/charlottesville-confederate-statues-black-heather-heyer


UK is briefly in the black – but fixing the public finances will take time

Repairing the hole in the public finances after the financial crash is taking a lot longer than it did after previous recessions

The government was in the happy – and unusual position – of being in the black in July. To the surprise of the City, tax receipts were higher than public spending. Not by much, but a surplus is still a surplus even if in the context of a £1.8tn economy it is small change.

This, though, was a classic case of one swallow not making a summer. For a start, the deficit in the first four months of the More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/22/uk-public-finances-financial-crash-recessions


Brexit uncertainty could see 41 percent fall in UK air traffic - Sky News, citing report

LONDON (Reuters) – Uncertainty over the status of flights between Britain and the European Union once the UK leaves the bloc could cause a huge slump in air travel from Britain’s airports, Sky News said on Tuesday, citing an industry report.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/UKDomesticNews/~3/I13wMMMokH4/uk-britain-eu-airports-idUKKCN1B21C2


Wings over Scotland blogger arrested for alleged harassment

Stuart Campbell detained in Bath after woman complained of online harassment over past two years

Stuart Campbell, a controversial blogger who runs the Wings over Scotland website, has been arrested after a woman alleged she had been harassed online.

Campbell, 49, originally from Stirling, was arrested in Bath on Friday on suspicion of harassment and malicious communications, and released on bail until mid-September while police investigate further. The arrest was carried out by Avon and Somerset police at the request of the Metropolitan police.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/22/wings-over-scotland-blogger-arrested-for-alleged-online-harassment


Nestle, Unilever, Tyson and others team with IBM on blockchain

CHICAGO/NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Nestle SA , Unilever Plc , Tyson Foods Inc and other large food and retail companies have joined IBM’s project to explore how blockchain technology can help track food supply chains and improve safety, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/technologyNews/~3/pAfNMS4YIeo/us-ibm-retailers-blockchain-idUSKCN1B21B1


UK not yet planning to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan

Michael Fallon welcomes Donald Trump’s decision to increase military presence but stops short of saying UK will follow suit

The UK will rethink how its military resources are deployed in Afghanistan but Michael Fallon is not yet mulling an increase in troop numbers like Donald Trump, a senior defence source has said.

The UK government source said it was premature to talk about raising the level of military personnel in Afghanistan and no direct requests had been made by the US, despite Trump’s suggestion that Nato countries should follow his lead.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/aug/22/uk-not-yet-planning-to-increase-troop-numbers-in-afghanistan-michael-fallon


Trump heads to Phoenix for large rally but visit likely to increase tensions

  • Republican governor Doug Ducey expected to snub president’s trip
  • Trump could use Arizona rally to pardon disgraced sheriff Joe Arpaio

Donald Trump has been snubbed by the Republican governor of Arizona as he heads to the state for a campaign rally on Wednesday, amid fears that the event will attract neo-Nazis determined to wreak havoc.

Doug Ducey, once an outspoken champion of Trump, has no plans to attend the rally in Phoenix, his spokesman told the Arizona Republic newspaper. Democrats said they understood the governor will be over the border in Mexico.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/22/trump-phoenix-arizona-rally-doug-ducey


Too many have died in Afghanistan already. Trump must not draw us back | Owen Jones

If history tells us anything it is that the west cannot win this bloody conflict. The UK must refuse to become embroiled again

The test of any professed opposition to Donald Trump is what response is forthcoming when he starts dropping bombs or sending soldiers to die. There were those who spoke in grave tones about Trump’s threat to world peace – even implying he was an American Hitler – but got teary eyed as soon as sent missiles hurtling towards a Syrian airfield. Now he has unveiled plans to send more American soldiers to the graveyard More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/22/afghanistan-conflict-bloody-deaths-uk-us-trump


Fake UK lawyer jailed for conning dying woman out of life savings

Michael Cremin tricked Sandra Burch, who has terminal cancer, out of £92,000 and committed other frauds to buy fleet of cars

A “fantasist” who posed as a barrister to trick a woman with terminal cancer out of her life savings has been jailed for eight years.

Michael Cremin conned Sandra Burch out of £92,000 in a property deal and also committed other frauds to buy a fleet of cars worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/22/fake-uk-lawyer-jailed-for-conning-dying-woman-out-of-life-savings


McGregor must stick to what he knows, says former sparring partner

LONDON (Reuters) – Conor McGregor should rely on the skills that have made him a two-weight UFC champ and not try to out-box unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather when the two clash in Las Vegas on Saturday, former sparring partner Steve Collins Junior told Reuters.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/UKSportsNews/~3/Nn9DVut5rxg/uk-boxing-mayweather-mcgregor-idUKKCN1B218K


BHS owner Dominic Chappell prosecuted by pensions regulator

Former bankrupt who bought high street retailer that collapsed a year later is sued for failure to provide information

Dominic Chappell, the former owner of BHS, is to be prosecuted by the pensions watchdog for failing to provide information for an investigation into its sale.

Chappell headed Retail Acquisitions, the company that acquired BHS for £1 from Sir Philip Green in 2015. A year later, it collapsed with the loss of 11,000 jobs and a pension deficit of as much as £571m.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/22/dominic-chappell-prosecuted-bhs-collapse-pensions-regulator


Battle over Confederate statues – video explainer

Statues of Confederate leaders are being removed from public spaces in several US cities. Hundreds of monuments honouring the losing side in the civil war could soon be moved or destroyed, prompting an outcry from far-right groups

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2017/aug/22/battle-over-confederate-statues-united-states-video-explainer


UK medicines agency seizes HIV home-test kits over false result risk

Over 100 Hightop test kits, which have not met EU regulations, seized as agency warns consumers against using them

More than 100 HIV home-testing kits have been seized by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) amid fears over their reliability.

The agency believes it has seized all stock of the Hightop HIV/Aids home-test kit from UK suppliers but is warning consumers against purchasing the product online or using it, if already purchased, because of the potential for false results.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/22/uk-medicines-agency-seizes-hiv-home-test-kits-over-false-result-risk


Police investigating death at Flamefest in Tunbridge Wells

Man pronounced dead and woman taken to hospital by air ambulance after being found unconscious at adults-only festival in Kent

Police are investigating a death at an event in Kent billed as a “kinky rave festival”, where a woman also required medical treatment.

A man, in his 50s, was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning after the Flamefest in Tunbridge Wells over the weekend.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/22/police-investigating-death-at-flamefest-in-tunbridge-wells-adult-festival-kent


Top Singapore taxi firm ComfortDelgro in exclusive talks with Uber

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s biggest taxi operator, ComfortDelgro Corp Ltd , entered into exclusive talks with Uber Technologies Inc for a potential tie-up, it said on Tuesday, in a move that could help Uber in its fight with dominant ride-hailing firm Grab.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/technologyNews/~3/h9ahHwB4FSM/us-comfortdelgro-uber-idUSKCN1B216Y


'Isis's last stand': Militants caught between converging forces on Iraq-Syria border, says General James Mattis

US Defence Secretary says Middle Euphrates River Valley between countries will soon be liberated from extremists' grasp on surprise visit to Baghdad More Here…

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-iraq-syria-border-converging-forces-last-stand-james-mattis-comments-islamic-state-daesh-donald-a7906311.html


Chris Christie becomes unlikely hero for New Jersey drug treatment centers

New Jersey governor has opened his state’s first rehab facility for prisoners, cut insurance red tape and emphasized treatment over punishment

At 10am on a Thursday, Alan Oberman’s methadone clinic in Pleasantville, New Jersey is bustling with people and life. Parents are yelling, babies crying, and smokers smoking. With the beach nearby and fresh-cut grass in the graveyard across the street, it feels like a neighborhood and smells like summer.

The clients are of all types: men and women, bespectacled and tattooed, clean-cut and unkempt, young parents with children in tow and grandparents alike.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/22/the-new-jersey-governor-drug-addiction-treatment


To fight child obesity – let children play outdoors more with their friends | Rob Wheway

Instead of shrinking pizzas and burgers, it is vital to get children to play outside unsupervised – and not just for the exercise

Obesity is an environmental issue not a disease. Children growing up in the 1950s and 1960s were not obese. Virtually all people over 60 (and many younger) remember walking to infant school without an adult. Most travelled unaccompanied from the age of five after being taken for a couple of weeks by a parent. Children would also be able to run around in their own street and go on errands at this age. In other words, they had More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/22/fight-child-obesity-let-children-play-outdoors-more-with-friends