‘Please pray for us’: Kerala experiences worst monsoon in nearly a century – video report

Floods in the southern state of Kerala in India have left more than 320 people dead and more than 220,000 displaced from their homes. It is believed the death toll may rise, with more rain predicted and thousands of people still awaiting rescue.

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Jews and Palestinians are the losers in this pointless political spat | Rachel Shabi

Finger-pointing over Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Tunis has now spread to the Tory party. Yet all it does is provoke division

Calls this week for the Conservative peer Lord Sheikh to be expelled from his party, for attending the same Palestinian rights conference as the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in 2014, are the signs of a row that has spiralled out of control.

Like Corbyn, Mohamed Sheikh was at the conference at the invitation of the Tunisian president – though he did not lay a wreath. His attendance has prompted the Tory MPs Zac Goldsmith and Robert Halfon to claim the peer breached the party’s code of conduct. Goldsmith tweeted: “If this man is not immediately expelled from the Conservative Party, the Party hierarchy’s complaints about Corbyn will look entirely cynical.” This is an unfortunate arrangement of words, since such complaints look pretty cynical whether or not the man is expelled.

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Armed forces doctors’ IT system ‘threaten patient safety’

Problems include wrong patient details appearing, work not saving and system freezes

Doctors for the armed forces have said their ability to provide a safe service is being hampered by serious problems with their IT system.

The British Medical Association (BMA) says it has been raising the issue for two years with the surgeon-general and Ministry of Defence (MoD) amid concerns it is jeopardising patient care.

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Armed forces doctors’ struggle with IT system ‘threatening patient safety’

Problems encountered include wrong patient details appearing and documents printing in other cities

Doctors for the armed forces have said their ability to provide a safe service is being hampered by serious problems with their IT system.

The British Medical Association (BMA) says it has been raising the issue for two years with the surgeon-general and Ministry of Defence (MoD) amid concerns it is jeopardising patient care.

Related: UK army minimum recruitment age should be raised to 18 – survey

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US to cancel $200m in funding for Syria stabilization projects

Administration confirms it will not spend cash earmarked for Syria, citing increased contributions from coalition partners

The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the US from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners.

Related: Children among dozens killed by explosion at Syria weapons depot – reports

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North Ayrshire council to provide free sanitary products in all public buildings

Scottish Labour council to introduce policy aimed at tackling period poverty

A Scottish council will provide free sanitary products in all public buildings in a universal scheme aimed at breaking the taboo about period poverty.

North Ayrshire council believes it is the first local authority in the UK to introduce the policy, which will come into effect in up to 100 libraries, community centres and other public offices from Friday.

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Stormy Daniels blames Celebrity Big Brother withdrawal on custody issue

Channel 5 ‘categorically denies’ adult film star’s account of her failure to appear on the show

Stormy Daniels has blamed her last-minute decision to pulled out of an appearance on Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother on a “custody development” involving her child.

The adult film star, whose accusations of an affair with Donald Trump have dogged the US president, was due to appear as the high-profile guest star on the long-running reality TV series.

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Two appear in court charged with FGM of three-year-old

Man and woman, who have London addresses, also charged with possessing extreme pornography

Two people have appeared in court in London charged with the female genital mutilation of a three-year-old girl.

A man, 42, and a woman, 36, each face five charges which, in addition to FGM, also include failing to protect a girl from the risk of genital mutilation and possession of extreme pornographic images of people having sex with animals.

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Kerala floods: death toll rises above 324 as rescue effort intensifies

220,000 people left homeless in southern Indian state after unusually heavy rain

More than 324 people have died in the worst flooding in nearly a century in the south Indian state of Kerala.

Roads are damaged, mobile phone networks are down, an international airport has been closed and more than 220,000 people have been left homeless after unusually heavy rain in the past nine days.

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Karl Buckley obituary

My father, Karl Buckley, who has died aged 87, was one of the Windrush generation. He arrived in Britain in autumn 1948 with £5 in his pocket and a determination to make a better life for himself.

He lost his first job as an apprentice carpenter in London as he worked too slowly; Karl said that was because it was so cold, and his hands did not warm up enough to hold the tools until lunchtime. When he was first looking for lodgings, he would see signs saying “No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs”.

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Woman’s Weekly’s ‘exploitative’ contracts anger authors

As well as slashing fees for short stories, the magazine has demanded fiction writers waive all rights to their work

The new issue of the Woman’s Weekly fiction special is out now, promising its readers short stories from writers who “never fail to come up with new twists and turns and unexpected plots”. But, in a twist that may have surprised the editors, authors are up in arms over a new contract that demands all rights for any story it publishes.

Woman’s Weekly has been a British newsstand favourite for a century, with its blend of cakes and crochet, fiction and fashion. It is now part of media giant TI Media, which produces magazines including Homes & Gardens and Marie Claire.

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A long, hot summer always raises the pulses of archaeologists | Becky Wragg Sykes

Spectral pleasure gardens and the ancient routes of hunter-gatherers are only some of the forgotten gems coming to light

We buckle in, the engine roars to life, and we begin creeping across the airfield; wings wobble alarmingly with acceleration, then that stomach-dropping lurch pulls us away from the ground. Rising skywards, nervousness distils to anticipation for the priceless views of the great Clun-Clee ridgeway in south-west Shropshire. It’s 2003, deep in AE Housman country and my first experience of aerial archaeology. My undergraduate dissertation was exploring the meagre record for the last prehistoric hunter-gatherers of the region, and I wanted to see the lie of the land. Flying over swelling hills I’d pored over in cartographic form and trudged across on foot was exhilarating, even though we didn’t discover any new sites that year.

If we’d gone up this summer, it might have been a different story. Right across the country, hundreds of archaeological sites are literally transpiring from the soil, as grass and crops become desiccated after months without rain. Deeper soils hold on to moisture longer, so plants growing over buried features such as ditches, walls or even old flowerbeds will dry out at different rates. Archaeologists have quietly spent decades developing a whole gamut of “remote-sensing” methods that allow us to visualise the skin-thin layer of sediments covering Britain’s bedrock. Its wrinkles and lumps contain our deep history written across fields, meadows and hills.

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Well done Ticketmaster for closing resale sites, but it ain’t over yet

GetMeIn and Seatwave are gone, but Viagogo and StubHub will snap up touts

Ticketmaster’s decision to shut down its ticket resale sites – GetMeIn and Seatwave – has been greeted with widespread approval.

The two websites will be replaced with a system allowing fans to sell unwanted tickets at face value, albeit with Ticketmaster collecting a 15% commission.

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Anger as Austria’s foreign minister invites Putin to her wedding

Critics say Russian leader’s attendance undermines EU’s tough stance over Ukraine

Vladimir Putin is to attend the wedding of the Austrian foreign minster, Karin Kneissl, triggering outrage among critics who say her invitation undermines the EU’s stance against Russia over Ukraine.

The Russian president will drop by on Saturday afternoon to raise a glass to Kneissl and her groom, the businessman Wolfgang Meilinger, in a vineyard in Austria’s picturesque Styria region, before flying to Berlin for talks that evening with Angela Merkel.

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‘Teens get a bad rap’: the neuroscientist championing moody adolescents

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s studies of the adolescent brain have won her awards. So when she says GCSEs are damaging to teens’ health, perhaps we should listen

Annual media coverage of August’s exam results has traditionally conformed to an unwritten rule that all photos must show euphoric teenagers celebrating multiple A*s. This year, the images may tell a different story. Radical reforms to GCSEs are widely predicted to produce disappointment, and many teenagers are bracing themselves for the worst.

Parents may be unsympathetic, however, if their 15- or 16-year-old spent the exam year ignoring all their wise advice to revise, and instead lay in bed until lunchtime and partied all night with friends. Even if the exam results turn out to be good, many will wonder why their teenager took so many risks with their future.

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