Global super-rich bought 153 homes for at least £20m each in past year

Highest number of sales in Hong Kong as London’s ultra-prime housing market slips amid Brexit concerns

More than 150 homes around the world changed hands for more than £20m ($25m) each in the past year, as the “relentless creation of private wealth” fuelled the global ultra-prime housing market.

The world’s richest people spent a combined £5.2bn ($6.6bn) on 153 properties that each sold for more than £20m in the year to end of August 2018, according to research by the estate agent Knight Frank.

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I salute the heroic Stansted protesters who saved me from deportation | Anonymous

The ‘Stansted 15’ face jail for stopping my flight from taking off. But without them, I’d have missed my daughter’s birth

I’ll never forget the moment I found out that a group of people had blocked a charter deportation flight leaving Stansted airport on 28 March 2017, because I was one of the people that had a seat on the plane and was about to be removed from Britain against my will. While most of those sitting with me were whooping with joy when they heard the news, I was angry. After months in detention, the thought of facing even just one more day in that purgatory filled me with terror. And, crucially, I had no idea then of what I know now: that the actions of those activists, who became known as the Stansted 15, would help me see justice, and save my life in Britain.

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I salute the heroic Stansted protesters who saved me from deportation | Anonymous

The ‘Stansted 15’ face jail for stopping my flight from taking off. But without them, I’d have missed my daughter’s birth

I’ll never forget the moment I found out that a group of people had blocked a charter deportation flight leaving Stansted airport on 28 March 2017, because I was one of the people that had a seat on the plane and was about to be removed from Britain against my will. While most of those sitting with me were whooping with joy when they heard the news, I was angry. After months in detention, the thought of facing even just one more day in that purgatory filled me with terror. And, crucially, I had no idea then of what I know now: that the actions of those activists, who became known as the Stansted 15, would help me see justice, and save my life in Britain.

Related: Activists convicted of terror offence for blocking Stansted deportation flight

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Charlottesville: jury to recommend sentence for James Fields

White nationalist convicted of first-degree murder in death of Heather Heyer faces 20 years to life in prison

A man convicted of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia faces 20 years to life in prison as jurors reconvene to consider his punishment.

The panel that convicted James Alex Fields Jr will hear more evidence Monday before recommending a sentence for Judge Richard Moore.

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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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MPs to investigate links between video games and gambling

After fake news inquiry, DCMS committee to look into ‘addictive technologies’

A House of Commons committee has announced plans to investigate the growth of “immersive and addictive technologies”, to advise the government on how to create policy and regulation that can protect the public from the negative effects of digitisation and “gamification”.

The digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee, which is nearing the end of a multiyear investigation into fake news – which has encompassed the Cambridge Analytica scandal, online privacy policies, regulation of electoral campaigning and the general data protection regulation – will lead the inquiry.

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MPs to investigate links between video games and gambling

After fake news inquiry, DCMS committee to look into ‘addictive technologies’

A House of Commons committee has announced plans to investigate the growth of “immersive and addictive technologies”, to advise the government on how to create policy and regulation that can protect the public from the negative effects of digitisation and “gamification”.

The digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee, which is nearing the end of a multiyear investigation into fake news – which has encompassed the Cambridge Analytica scandal, online privacy policies, regulation of electoral campaigning and the general data protection regulation – will lead the inquiry.

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Activists convicted of terror offence for blocking Stansted deportation flight

Chelmsford crown court jury finds 15 guilty of endangering safety of airport over 2017 action

Fifteen activists who blocked the takeoff of an immigration removal charter flight have been convicted of endangering the safety of Stansted airport, a terrorist offence for which they could be jailed for life.

After nearly three days of deliberations, following a nine-week trial, a jury of six men and six women at Chelmsford crown court found the defendants guilty of intentional disruption of services at an aerodrome under the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, a law passed in response to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

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Activists convicted of terror offence for blocking Stansted deportation flight

Chelmsford crown court jury finds 15 guilty of endangering safety of airport over 2017 action

Fifteen activists who blocked the takeoff of an immigration removal charter flight have been convicted of endangering the safety of Stansted airport, a terrorist offence for which they could be jailed for life.

After nearly three days of deliberations, following a nine-week trial, a jury of six men and six women at Chelmsford crown court found the defendants guilty of intentional disruption of services at an aerodrome under the 1990 Aviation and Maritime Security Act, a law passed in response to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

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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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