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Endangered Pangolins Are Being Smuggled For Meat By Criminal Organisations

In the last decade pangolins have become the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world, with over 300 poached every single day. But until now very little was known about the booming trade as it went on under the radar. The scaly anteaters (now considered endangered) are prized for their meat, a delicacy in China and Vietnam, and their scales, ...

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Patronised, Talked Down To And Harassed: Parliament's Boys' Club Culture Laid Bare

Female MPs have revealed the stark reality of their daily battles against sexism, bullying and discrimination in Parliament, with 30% reporting having experienced sexual harassment and half saying they have been bullied. HuffPost UK spoke to 40 women politicians in the midst of the widening row over sexual harassment across different sectors and industries, and after the forced departure of ...

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Donald Trump's tweets on Nato, Russian meddling and North Korea should be ignored, say top US security officials

Amid global anxiety about President Donald Trump’s approach to global affairs, US officials had a message to a gathering of Europe’s foreign policy elite this weekend: pay no attention to the man tweeting behind the curtain. US lawmakers – both Democrats and Republicans – and top national security officials in the Trump administration offered the same advice publicly and privately, ...

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British homeowners' financial gloom deepens as majority braced for borrowing cost rise, survey finds

British households’ gloom about their finances deepened this month, and most now expect borrowing costs to rise again within six months after the Bank of England (BoE) raised interest rates in November, a survey showed on Monday. Data company IHS Markit said its Household Finance Index, a monthly gauge of financial wellbeing, fell to a seven-month low of 42.2 from 42.9 ...

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Gambia suspends death penalty as country shrugs off authoritarian past

The Gambia‘s President has announced a suspension of the death penalty as the West African country seeks to rebuild its international standing following the removal of its authoritarian ruler last year. “I will use this opportunity to declare a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in The Gambia, as a first step towards abolition,” Adama Barrow said in a speech ...

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Paramedics told 'move your van' in abusive note left on ambulance

Paramedics have voiced their anger after a note saying “move your van” was left on their ambulance, prompting claims such cases of abuse towards medical staff were on the rise.  The letter, left on an emergency vehicle answering a call in Tunstall, Staffordshire, said: “If this van is for anyone but number 14 then you have no right to be parked here. “I couldn’t give a ...

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Kate Middleton divides opinion wearing green dress to the Baftas

The Duchess of Cambridge has divided opinion by wearing a green dress at the Bafta Awards. The majority of attendees at last night’s film awards ceremony donned black to take a stand against sexual harassment in support of the Time’s Up movement, in a similar fashion to last month’s Golden Globe Awards. With that in mind, many are questioning whether ...

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Brit Award 2018 nominations: Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Paloma Faith, Dua Lipa and Little Mix among hopefuls

Dua Lipa is leading the 2018 Brit Award nominations so far with five nods, including best British female, single, album, video and breakthrough act. The “New Rules” hit maker is up against Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware, Kate Tempest and Laura Marling in the best British female category.  Meanwhile Ed Sheeran, who smashed records this year with the release of his third album divide, faces ...

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Conor McGregor says Floyd Mayweather rematch will not happen as unbeaten boxer decides to remain in retirement

Conor McGregor has claimed that talks between him and Floyd Mayweather to meet in an MMA rematch have ended unsuccessfully after the unbeaten American boxer decided to remain in retirement. Following their initial boxing encounter last August that Mayweather comprehensively won via a 10th-round stoppage, the 40-year-old had been teasing a potential rematch in the Octagon, with McGregor repeatedly calling ...

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What it was like to sail aboard the RMS St Helena's final voyage

The word “lifeline” is one too often bandied about and devalued; but, in the case of the Royal Mail Ship St Helena, it is entirely appropriate. In fact, she is its very definition. For 27 years now, since her shiny new hull first slipped through the murky waters of Cardiff Bay in 1990, the RMS – or “Betty Blue Bucket”, ...

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