High court rejects challenge to ‘hostile environment’ NHS charge

Judge dismisses Windrush cancer patient’s claim regulations required public consultation

A judge has rejected a challenge by a member of the Windrush generation to the government requirement for the NHS to charge overseas patients for treatment.

A 58-year-old man identified as “MP” who required urgent treatment for blood cancer had sought a judicial review of the relevant regulations, which formed a plank of the hostile environment policy.

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Russia ‘paved way for Ukraine ship seizures with fake news drive’

EU’s security commissioner says Moscow spread false claims for at least a year before last month’s seizures

The Kremlin launched a year-long disinformation campaign to soften up public opinion before its recent seizure of three Ukrainian ships and their crews in the Sea of Azov, the EU’s security commissioner has alleged.

Julian King said Russia had paved the way for its decision to fire on and board two artillery ships and a tug boat through the dissemination of fake news.

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Humiliation, homoeroticism and animal cruelty: inside the frathouse

Photographer Andrew Moisey uncovered ritual hazing, extreme drunkenness and toxic masculinity on one college campus – from men destined to be America’s future leaders

Last year in the US, four freshman students died as a direct result of hazing rituals during college fraternity initiation ceremonies. All the deaths occurred during or just after drinking bouts in which the victims consumed vast amounts of spirits in a short space of time while older students egged them on. One of the deceased, Maxwell Gruver, 19, a student at Louisiana State University, was found to have had a blood-alcohol level over .49 g/dl at the time of his death – just .31 is considered life-threatening.

“Nobody can physically drink that much ... You have to be forced to drink it,” his mother told ABC news. “It’s senseless. I mean, how is making your brother do all these things, and humiliating somebody, a brotherhood?”

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Humanity is on path to self-destruction, warns UN special rapporteur

On 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Nils Melzer says global community has failed to learn lessons of second world war

As those who lived through two world wars die out, taking with them real memories of past atrocities, the world is back on a path to self-destruction, a leading authority on torture has warned.

Human rights are facing a “worrying backlash” from a global community that has failed to “learn the lesson” of the past.

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Taj Mahal ticket price rises by 500% for Indian visitors

Hike is latest attempt to limit footfall after experts say flow of people causing irreversible damage

The ticket price for Indian visitors to the Taj Mahal has been raised by 500%, in the latest attempt to lower tourist numbers and reduce damage to the country’s top tourist site.

Indians make up the majority of the Taj Mahal’s 10,000-15,000 average daily visitors. Nearly 6.5 million people marvelled at the white marble 17th-century masterpiece in 2016.

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Theresa May postpones Brexit deal vote, reports say

Prime minister to make statement to MPs as pound falls to lowest level in 18 months

Theresa May has postponed the final vote on her Brexit deal, according to reports.

If the development is confirmed it will be seen as a clear admission by the prime minister that she does not believe she can get the unpopular withdrawal agreement through the House of Commons.

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Russia’s worst serial killer jailed for life

Mikhail Popkov raped and killed dozens of women in Angarsk over two decades

A court in Siberia has convicted a former police officer of raping and killing dozens of women, making him Russia’s worst serial killer in the last century.

Mikhail Popkov, 54, terrorised his home city of Angarsk for nearly two decades, luring women into his car late at night and then assaulting them with tools such as axes and shovels.

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Man admits causing Sheffield crash that killed four people

Elliott Bower, 18, and two others await sentencing over collision during police chase

An 18-year-old man has admitted causing the deaths by dangerous driving of four people, including a 16-month-old boy, in a car crash in Sheffield.

Elliott Bower was driving a Volkswagen Golf that collided with a people carrier as it was being pursued by police in the Darnall area of the city last month.

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Trump’s China tariffs are a regressive tax on Americans and risk a recession | Robert Reich

By imposing tariffs, Trump has in effect raised taxes on most Americans and made them poorer

“I am a Tariff Man,” Trump tweeted last week. “When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so…. We are right now taking in $billions in Tariffs. MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN.”

I’m sorry, Mr President, but you got this wrong. Tariffs are paid by American consumers. About half the $200bn worth of goods you’ve already put tariffs on come almost exclusively from China, which means American consumers are taking a hit this holiday season.

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The new abnormal: why fires like Paradise will happen again and again

Of the traumatic consequences of climate change, scientists consider increasingly ferocious wildfires to be one of the most starkly apparent

Ruth McLarty, an experienced surgeon, was fairly certain she was about to die in a particularly grisly way. Surrounded by a hellish inferno of burning trees and cars, McLarty reasoned the flames would engulf her long before the smoke could choke her to death.

Trapped in nearby vehicles, some of McLarty’s colleagues made similarly macabre calculations. Two nurses, stuck in the back of a stalled police car, contemplated shooting each other. Another nurse rolled down her window and gulped in the smoke. McLarty edged her car away from a burning wreckage, fired off some final messages to her sister and called her daughter, who said she could hear the roar of the blaze over the phone.

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