Whitsundays shark attacks: drum lines to be set as two tourists remain critical

Fisheries Queensland to set baited lines in Cid Harbour after separate attacks on same day

Drum lines will be set after two tourists were critically injured in separate shark attacks at a harbour in the Whitsunday Islands in north Queensland.

A 12-year-old New Zealand girl holidaying with her father and sister received a life-threatening wound to her leg on Thursday afternoon at Cid Harbour.

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Pheasant shooting to be banned on public land in Wales

Natural Resources Wales announced the move following a campaign by animal rights activists

Pheasant shooting is set to be banned on public land in Wales following sustained campaigning by animal rights activists who consider the practice to be cruel.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said it would not be renewing leases to shoot the gamebirds from March 2019 and that it would also not support the breeding of pheasants on government-owned estates.

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Labour’s annual conference to focus on austerity and Brexit

The party says it plans to unveil new policies to ‘empower local communities’

For all the pre-event talk about Brexit and internal rules, Labour’s annual conference will have an official focus on boosting living standards and helping communities, themes central to the party’s election campaign last year.

Also echoing the 2017 theme, the conference will partially borrow from the election slogan, with the logo showing the motto: “Rebuilding Britain, for the many, not the few.”

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NHS proposes A&E appointments system in targets shakeup

Patients may have to pre-book for emergency care as health chiefs look to Danish model

Patients could have to start booking appointments in A&E units, and those with only minor ailments wait many hours before they are seen, under a proposed shakeup of NHS targets.

NHS England chiefs are examining whether to relax the longstanding obligation to see 95% of A&E patients within four hours.

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US hits China with sanctions for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles

Russian blacklist also expanded to include many indicted by Mueller for role in 2016 election meddling

The US has sanctioned the Chinese military for buying Russian fighter planes and missiles, and blacklisted more than 30 Russians, most of whom have been indicted for their role in Moscow’s effort to subvert the 2016 US election.

The new sanctions unveiled by the state department on Thursday will sharpen tensions with Beijing amid a brewing trade war – and further sour relations with Moscow.

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Spacewatch: floating ‘space junk’ captured

Surrey Space Centre scheme for removing orbiting debris successfully nets test junk

A satellite launched from the International Space Station has caught a piece of simulated space junk by ensnaring it in a net. Co-funded by the European commission, the 100kg RemoveDebris satellite was launched to the station in April as cargo on a supply mission. It was deployed from the station in June, and on 16 September began its experimental phase. It launched a small object to act as a dead satellite and a few seconds later fired a net at it.

The net unfurled as it caught up and then wrapped itself about the object. The extra mass that the net provides will help drag the object down into Earth’s atmosphere, where it will burn up.

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Salzburg humiliation leaves May idling at the Brexit crossroads

PM left with an acute political challenge as Tory factions crow over her summit performance

With little more than a week to go until the Tory party faithful gather in Birmingham for their annual conference, Salzburg was meant to be a political warm-up lap for Theresa May.

Downing Street hadn’t expected an enthusiastic reception for the Chequers plan from EU leaders but, after a series of cautious interventions from Michel Barnier, the hope was that they would make the political space for her to keep her fractious party on board – leaving the serious haggling to October.

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Golf Digest helps free wrongly convicted illustrator after exposing flimsy case

Valentino Dixon’s drawings, published in the magazine, led to him being cleared of a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit

Drawing golf courses was the reason God put him here, Valentino Dixon thought. Maybe one day he’d even get a chance to try the game.

Dixon wrote as much in Golf Digest magazine back in 2012. Incarcerated at the time in the infamous Attica correctional facility in New York, he was in the midst of serving 39 years to life for a murder he had been convicted of in 1991. Now, six years after his story came to the attention of the magazine’s readers, and after spending 27 years in prison, he may finally get his chance as his conviction has been vacated.

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