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Driverless cars trial set for UK motorways in 2019

A consortium of British companies has unveiled a plan to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019. The Driven group also plans to try out a fleet of autonomous vehicles between London and Oxford. The cars will communicate with each other about any hazards and should operate with almost full autonomy – but will have a human ...

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Uber ‘secretly tracked users even after they deleted the app’, report claims

(Picture: DANIEL SORABJI/AFP/Getty Images)Uber secretly tracked users even after they deleted its app – and Apple threatened to kick them off the App Store for it. Tragic photo of father saying hello and goodbye to his son The tactic led to a showdown with Apple boss Tim Cook, according to a report in the New York Times. ‘I’ve heard you’ve ...

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Woman found five hours after East Cowes coast fall

A woman lay injured for about five hours after falling down a steep slope while on a solo charity walk around England, lifeboat rescuers have said. The walker was a member of the armed forces raising money for Help for Heroes and was found in woodland near East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. A member of the public heard ...

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Jeremy Corbyn responds to Jme tweets encouraging people to vote

Jeremy Corbyn has thanked Jme for his support after the British grime MC told his followers how to vote for the Labour leader in the forthcoming general election.  Jme tweeted instructions to register and vote to his 688,000 followers, ahead of the snap election which will take place on 8 June.  He retweeted posts by Novelist, who listed positive aspects about the ...

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Rodrigo Duterte: 'Give me salt and vinegar and I'll eat terrorists' livers'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned that he could be “50 times” more brutal than Muslim militants who stage beheadings and said he could even “eat” the extremists if they’re captured alive by troops. Duterte has repeatedly threatened drug suspects with death, but he raised his shock rhetoric to a new level as president when he said in a speech during ...

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Hanne Gaby Odiele: Top intersex model on how doctors tried to change her gender as a child

29-year-old Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele hit the front pages a few months ago with her public announcement that she was intersex. In her video, she also called for an end to the “traumatising surgeries” that are still forced on intersex children to try and change their gender. And she’s now explained why she decided to make the video and ...

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Spring Offensive, Clapham Omnibus, London, theatre review: Victoria Willing has created a brilliant update to Abigail's Party

Fans of both Abigail’s Party and I’m Alan Partridge will enjoy this claustrophobic and caustic play about cabin fever, loss, and the family unit. Written and starring Victoria Willing, Spring Offensive invites the audience into April’s Bed and Breakfast – ‘the best on the Somme’. Over the course of one evening, April and her two guests needle and prod one another, as they await the arrival ...

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Saudi Arabia elected to UN women's rights commission

Saudi Arabia has been elected to the UN women’s rights commission, prompting outrage from human rights groups. The kingdom is now one of 45 countries sitting on a panel “promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women,” according to the UN. The ultra-conservative Islamic ...

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UK house asking prices hit record average high of £313,000 as property market recovers from Brexit blip

Property asking prices have recovered from a Brexit blip, hitting an all-time high of £313,655 in April after rising 1.1 per cent month-to-month. Property website Rightmove found average asking prices increased £3,547 from March, surpassing the previous peak of £310,471 reached in June 2016, at the time of the EU referendum. Prices are up 2.2 per cent over the year and ...

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What would actually happen if aliens made contact with Earth

There isn’t much of a plan for what we’d do if we heard from aliens, according to the man probably most likely to make contact with them. Andrew Siemion, scientific director of the Breakthrough Listen project, has said that he spends just a few minutes each day thinking about how he would announce if the project actually found alien life. ...

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