Phillip Harkins US extradition ruling due at European Court

The European Court of Human Rights is expected to rule on the case of a Scottish man fighting the UK’s longest extradition case. Phillip Harkins, originally from Greenock, has been fighting extradition to the United States for 14 years. The 38-year-old was accused of taking part in an attempted robbery in Florida in 1999 in which a man was killed. ...

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Cancer diagnosis 'more common than marriage'

A cancer diagnosis is one of the most common life-changing events in Scottish life, with more cases than marriages or first births, the latest figures show. Macmillan Cancer Support said there were 31,467 cancers diagnosed in 2015 compared with 29,691 marriages and 23,695 first births. Cancer was also named as the disease people in Scotland most feared, ahead of conditions ...

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Fire hits London's Camden Lock Market

Seventy firefighters have been tackling a “significant” blaze at the famous Camden Lock Market in north London. London Fire Brigade said 10 fire engines were sent to the market, which is a popular tourist attraction. One eyewitness said the fire was moving “very fast” and there were fears of an explosion in nearby buildings. The Metropolitan Police said: “London Fire ...

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Stevie Nicks joined Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for a surprise duet at BST Festival

Stevie Nicks performing at the British Summer Time Festival (Picture: WENN.com) Concertgoers at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park got a pleasant surprise on Sunday evening as Stevie Nicks joined Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers on stage. The legendary Fleetwood Mac front woman joined the band, who are close friends with Nicks, to bring the annual summertime festival ...

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GoNNER review – don’t lose your head

GoNNER (NS) – a summer blast Another indie hit makes the move from PC to Nintendo Switch, with a surreal action platformer about making friends with whales. There are some problems in gaming that are almost as old as the industry itself. Prime amongst those is the summer games drought, and publishers’ tendency to release two-thirds of all their games ...

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Games Inbox: Wolfenstein II shooter of the year, Splatoon 2 vs. Splatoon 1, and The Sexy Brutale love

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – not your average shooter The morning Inbox asks if Horizon Zero Dawn is still the best-looking video game, as one reader asks if Far Cry 4 has the best explosions. To join in with the discussions yourself email gamecentral@ukmetro.co.uk Best of the year I realise I’m a bit late to the part on this, ...

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The Reaction To Patton Oswalt's Engagement Proves We Don't Understand Grief

American comedian Patton Oswalt recently announced his engagement to actress Meredith Salenger. Many fans on Twitter were delighted to hear that the two stars were planning to tie the knot. On the flip side, though, there was a depressingly predictable backlash against the announcement coming 15 months after Oswalt’s first wife, Michelle, suddenly died. It proves that so many of ...

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In Praise Of The Moff: On The Legacy Of Doctor Who's Departing Showrunner

Doctor Who is regenerating. We’ve known this for some time but the fiery vapours swirling around Peter Capaldi’s hands during the recent season finale put paid to any lingering doubts. On Christmas Day, both Capaldi (the Doctor since 2014) and Steven Moffat (showrunner since 2010) will leave the TARDIS. Not everyone will be sorry to see them go. In the ...

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Right To Home? Homelessness In England's Rural Areas

Idyllic images of the countryside and nostalgic ideas about village communities can present rural life as ‘the dream’, offering people the chance to escape the stresses of urban living and find a new sense of calm. Whole TV programmes are sold on the premise that buying a house in the countryside is the ultimate ideal. But as last week’s Rural ...

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On Drones, Britain Must Heed The Warnings Of A US Federal Judge

American democracy is broken and drone strikes are the symptom; so said a Bush appointed US Federal Judge last week. She was handing down judgment in a case brought by Faisal bin Ali Jaber, a Yemeni environmental engineer who lost his brother-in-law and his nephew in a 2012 US drone strike. Faisal’s relatives, Salem bin Ali Jaber and Waleed bin ...

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