US economy creates more jobs than expected in July

The US economy created more jobs than expected in July helping to send the unemployment rate lower once again, sharpening expectations of faster monetary tightening by the American central bank. According to the US Bureau of Labour Statistics non-farm payrolls increased by 209,000 in the month, beating the Wall Street analysts’ consensus of 183,000. The data lifted the value of ...

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It's not true that people voted for Jeremy Corbyn because they 'knew he wouldn't really win'

One of the myths about the June election – that people felt it was safe to vote for Jeremy Corbyn because they believed he could not win —has been debunked by the respected British Election Study, based on polling of 30,000 voters. Academics at Manchester, Oxford and Nottingham Universities concluded that the opposite was true: “the more likely someone thought ...

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Emmanuel Macron's approval rating goes negative after just three months in office

Emmanuel Macron’s honeymoon with voters has ended after just three months in office, according to new polls of the French public. The French president’s approval ratings have already gone negative, with those approving of his record slipping seven points, to 36 per cent. Those disapproving of Mr Macron’s record rose to 49 per cent, up seven, a net negative score ...

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Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4 leaks online

Following news that thousands of files have been stolen from HBO, the fourth episode of Game of Thrones season 7 has leaked online in middling quality. The show has been dogged by leaks over its past six seasons. Seven had a good run, with episodes 1 to 3 staying under wraps, but the fourth episode, titled ‘The Spoils of War’, ...

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Siberia: Seventeen people are missing inside flooded diamond mine

Russian officials say 17 people are missing inside a flooded diamond mine in Siberia.  The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry says rescue workers have established contact with 134 of the 151 miners who were down in the pit when it got flooded on Friday. The ministry 133 people have been evacuated to safety so far.  The mine’s owner, the state-controlled Alrosa ...

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Benjamin Netanyahu's ex-chief of staff Ari Harow agrees to testify against him in corruption probe

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s former chief of staff has agreed to testify against his former boss as part of two ongoing investigations into allegations of corruption. Ari Harow struck a deal to turn state’s witness on Friday, which is widely being viewed as a potential turning point in police enquiries into the Israeli premier.  Mr Harow is under investigation ...

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Churchstoke man drowned during holiday swim with daughter

A man drowned while swimming with his daughter after being caught in a strong current during a holiday in Italy, an inquest has heard. Simon Pearson, 47, from Churchstoke, Powys, died at the Lido Bosco Verde beach in Ostuni on 18 July. He was with his 10-year-old daughter and father-in-law when they drifted from the shore and shouted for help, ...

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Pregnant mum had 'no idea' 12 migrants were in van

A pregnant mother had “no idea” there were 12 Vietnamese migrants in the back of a van she was travelling in, a court heard. Katie Bethel, 28, and Aaron Harris, 33, were arrested on 4 July 2015 at Coquelles’ Eurotunnel check-in. The couple were returning from Calais to Folkestone when they were stopped by customs officers after a four-hour trip ...

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£1m cannabis farm disguised in Darwen mill building

An elaborate £1m cannabis farm has been uncovered in a former mill building complete with living quarters and a lift disguised by a stone fire place. Police had to break through breeze-block walls built to hide the three-floor farm in Darwen, Lancashire. They found 1,300 plants with a value of at least £760,000, 16kg of loose cannabis worth £230,000 and ...

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Timothy Brown: Parent deaths 'predictable', report says

The deaths of a husband and wife who were killed by their schizophrenic son were “predictable but not preventable”, an independent review has found. Timothy Brown, 47, was receiving help from Mersey Care when he stabbed his parents to death in 2014. Brown, of Devonshire Road, Toxteth, claimed a “spaceman” told him to kill his parents Paul, 73, and Dorothy, ...

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