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Republic of Ireland to face Denmark in 2018 World Cup play-off as Northern Ireland face Switzerland

The Republic of Ireland will face Denmark in the qualification play-offs for the 2018 World Cup, with Northern Ireland paired with Switzerland. The draw, which took place at Fifa’s headquarter in Zurich on Tuesday afternoon, is a generous one for both Irish sides as it means they avoid play-off heavyweights Italy and Croatia, with all ties being played over two ...

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Daphne Caruana Galizia: Investigative journalist killed in Malta car bomb was 'assassinated for exposing corruption'

The son of Malta’s well-known investigative journalist, who worked on the Panama Papers exposé, said she was assassinated because of her work exposing corruption.   Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, was killed in a car bomb on Monday soon after leaving her home in Mosta, on the north side of the island. The explosion occurred near the village of Bidnija, sending ...

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Slaves on our Streets: Theresa May and Justin Welby back Church of England anti-slavery project

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, today backed a major new anti-slavery project by the Church of England. Working across all 42 English dioceses, over the next three years The Clewer Initiative, which was launched at Lambeth Palace today, will encourage parishes to support victims and spot the signs of modern slavery in their ...

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Catalonia: Spain's constitutional court declares Catalan referendum law void

Spain’s top court has officially ruled that Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum was illegal because a regional law that backed it was against Spain’s constitution. The Catalan regional parliament passed the so-called “self-determination referendum law” in early September. Regional leaders went on to stage the October 1 referendum on whether the region should separate from Spain. Spain’s Constitutional Court had earlier ...

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Donald Trump's pick for drug czar withdraws amid claims he made opioid epidemic worse

Donald Trump’s pick for drug czar has “withdrawn his name from consideration” after reports saying his actions had damaged the US’s efforts to counter a prescription painkiller epidemic, the President has said. An expose by The Washington Post and CBS’ “60 Minutes” revealed that Republican Congressman Tom Marino had championed a bill that effectively handcuffed federal agents from pursuing pharmaceutical ...

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Market woes leave homeowners 'trapped'

Media playback is unsupported on your device “Trapped” and “frustrated” – This is how people describe being unable to sell homes whose values have yet to recover from the financial crisis that started more than a decade ago. House prices are lower in real terms than they were in 2007 in more than half of England and Wales, according to ...

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Sellafield firefighters strike in dispute over pay

Firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria have begun the first of two strikes in a dispute over pay. A 12.5-hour walkout by 63 members of the GMB union got under way at 06:00 BST. A further strike is scheduled for 19 October. Sellafield said it was “unprecedented the GMB union hasn’t ensured safe levels of firefighters will ...

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New Concorde museum in Bristol opens to the public

A new museum, which is home to the last Concorde aircraft to fly, has opened to the public for the first time. On display at Aerospace Bristol is Concorde Alpha Foxtrot. which made its final flight into Filton Airfield in November 2003. The aircraft is on show in a purpose-built hangar at the £19m attraction. Other items in the collection ...

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Ghost of boy 'seen at Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire'

A castle where the ghost of a boy was apparently seen holding visitors’ hands without them noticing has been voted England’s spookiest. English Heritage (EH) staff gave the verdict on Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire, which is built on an ancient burial ground. The 1,800 EH employees rated the site they work at on a “spooky scale”. Other events at the ...

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Family 'hit hard' as ex-England captain Terry Butcher's son dies

The “hero” son of former England football captain Terry Butcher has died, his family has confirmed. Ex-Army Capt Christopher Butcher, who had served in Afghanistan, died on Monday morning. Announcing the death on Facebook, his younger brother Ed described him as a “hero” and said he was the “best brother” he could have had. “His death has hit the entire ...

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