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UK businessman charged with murdering Romanian wife at reunion

A British engineer is facing up to 30 years in a French prison after being charged with murdering his Romanian wife during a post-coronavirus lockdown reunion.  Craig Sneddon, who is in his 40s and from Kirkcaldy, Scotland, was arrested in the early hours of June 13 – a Saturday – outside their holiday rental in […]

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Royal Navy begins trials of its first ever crewless boat

An unmanned fast rigid inflatable boat, capable of patrolling autonomously for 45 hours or pursuing hostile targets at 38kts for 100 miles is entering sea trials with the Royal Navy.  The crewless Pacific 24 boat is based on the current RIB in service with the Royal Navy – which is used in a wide range […]

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Coronavirus Australia: Sydney school shut after positive test

A Sydney primary school will be shut for cleaning after a student tested positive for the coronavirus. Lane Cove West Public School in Sydney’s north will close on Thursday for deep cleaning after a year two student was confirmed to have COVID-19, the New South Wales Department of Health says. ‘The school will be non-operational […]

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JobMaker cash splash inject $250MILLION into struggling creative sector and support $600,000 jobs

Scott Morrison is set to announce a $250million boost for Australia’s struggling creative sector to help embattled industries rebuild after the coronavirus crisis. The Prime Minister’s targeted JobMaker plan aims to get the show back on the road for all workers employed within the nation’s creative economy, benefiting tradespeople working on film sets as well […]

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Democratic State Senator collapses after protesters attack him

A night of unrest in Madison, Wisconsin, left two statues destroyed, windows smashed and a Democratic state senator hospitalized after he was attacked by a group of protesters near the state Capitol. State Sen. Tim Carpenter said he had been heading into work late Tuesday when he stopped to take a video of protesters gathered […]

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Coronavirus US: BLM protests ‘haven’t caused spike in cases’

Black Lives Matter protests across the United States haven’t caused a spike in coronavirus cases like health experts had initially feared, new research shows.  A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research used cellphone data to track protests held in 280 large cities across the US and found no evidence, overall, that the demonstrations […]

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Coronavirus UK: 64 new fatalities in preliminary death toll

Britain today announced 64 more Covid-19 deaths in the preliminary daily toll, taking the overall number of victims on the brink of topping 43,000. Department of Health bosses have yet to confirm the final toll, which includes laboratory-confirmed deaths in all settings.  The preliminary count, which only includes a fraction of the deaths in England, […]

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Singer Margarita Pracatan ‘dies aged 89’

Singer and star of the Clive James Show Margarita Pracatan has died aged 89 in New York, it has been reported. The Cuban who rose to fame in the mid-90s on ITV’s late night chat show died in Manhattan on Tuesday, friends revealed. Known for her flamboyant dresses and hilarious covers of classic hits by […]

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New Jersey family of three drowned ‘after both adults jumped in to help the struggling youngster’

Officials have confirmed electrocution was not a factor in the accidental drowning deaths of a New Jersey girl, her mother and her grandfather.  Bharat Patel, 62, his daughter-in-law Nisha Patel, 33, and her unnamed daughter, eight, were found unresponsive the back yard of their new home in East Brunswick on Monday.  The medical examiner’s office […]

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South Dakota couple plead not guilty to using a cattle prod on their four children

A South Dakota couple have pleaded not guilty to charges that they gave four children illegal drugs and zapped them with a cattle prod to get them to comply with orders. Lance Long, 36, and Crystallynn Long, 40, of Sioux Falls, made their initial court appearances Monday. The Longs pleaded not guilty to several counts, […]