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Flying Scotsman to mark Carlisle-to-Settle line reopening

The Flying Scotsman is to mark the reopening of the landslip-hit Settle-to-Carlisle rail line. The stretch at Eden Brows, between Carlisle and Armathwaite had to be shut in February 2016 after 500,000 tones of earth moved. Network Rail has underpinned the line by driving hundreds of concrete-filled steel piles into the bedrock as part of a £23m scheme. The famous ...

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Hacking suspect Lauri Love 'would work' with US

A hacking suspect facing extradition to the US said he “would want to work” with its intelligence agencies to highlight system “vulnerabilities”. Lauri Love, 31, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is appealing against an extradition order signed last year by the home secretary. Mr Love, from Stradishall, Suffolk, faces trial accused of hacking into the FBI, the US central bank and ...

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Stonehenge tunnel plan 'modern scar on ancient landscape'

A farmer who owns land which a Stonehenge tunnel would pass through says it would be “modern scar on an ancient landscape”. The government wants to build a 1.8 mile (2.9 km) tunnel past the ancient landmark in a bid to improve journey times on the A303. But archaeologists have warned the plans would cause irreversible damage. Farmer Rachel Hosier ...

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London attack: Khalid Masood was a 'very dark person'

A manager at the hotel in East Sussex where Khalid Masood stayed before carrying out the Westminster attack has spoken of her shock. Debbi Hall said Masood came across as a “very pleasant man” when she met him. “He was in fact a very dark person who was about to cause a lot of damage to people’s lives,” she said. ...

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Second World War veteran aged 90 is transitioning to a woman

A World War Two veteran has begun the process of transition into a woman – at the age of 90. Patricia Davies, who was born as Peter, has spent her whole life as a man, despite knowing since the age of three that she was female. Ms Davies, a retired industrial photographer from Leicestershire, said she feared living openly as ...

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Iranian man sentenced to death for 'insulting Islam' through messaging app

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to death by Iranian authorities for “insulting Islam” through messages he sent on an instant messenger app. Human rights lawyers claim that Sina Dehghan, who was just 19 when he sent the messages, was tricked into signing his own death warrant after being persuaded to confess to the breach of Islamic law with the ...

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Donald Trump will host Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar a Lago for their first meeting

Donald Trump has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to his beach resort in Mar-a-Lago for their first meeting.  Mr Xi will meet the US President at his lavish Florida resort next week, China’s Foreign Ministry has announced.  The meeting between the world’s two biggest economic powers comes amidst tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea and after the US ...

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Ivanka Trump's appointment as Presidential adviser 'violation of nepotism laws', says Barack Obama's ethics lawyer

Barack Obama’s White House ethics lawyer has claimed Ivanka Trump’s appointment as an adviser to President Donald Trump is a violation of nepotism laws. Ms Trump has now been hired as an official government employee after saying she would serve as an unpaid senior advisor to the president.  Some have argued that the role is violation of the nepotism law, which states no ...

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Donald Trump says meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping will be 'very difficult'

Donald Trump has said his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping will be “very difficult.” The US President took to Twitter to say next week’s meeting with China “will be a very difficult one in that we can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses.” He said: “American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives.” The ...

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Inmate dies after prison officers kept him in wrist locks as he 'foamed at the mouth', jury finds

An inmate died after prison officers used unlawful force against him, a jury has found. John Ahmed, a 42-year-old father of four, was subject to multiple uses of force in three separate locations at Strangeways Prison in Manchester over around twenty minutes before he became unresponsive, the court heard. Shortly before he died, Mr Ahmed had been exercising in the prison yard ...

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