A-level results: Thousands accepted to universities

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are discovering their A-level results. In England, A-levels have been moving away from coursework and returning to students being marked on final exams. Exams regulator Ofqual is promising standards will be held steady to ensure students do not lose out amid changes. Ucas figures […]

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Omarosa’s scorched-earth tell-all is a rare public breach of Trump’s loyalty test

You could start counting off former White House staffers and you’d run out of fingers. And toes. Not all of them have been fired, but a fair number have. Sometimes spectacularly. Omarosa Manigault Newman is doing something none of her predecessors have done — she’s gone nuclear on her former boss and the White House. […]

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Report details sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania’s Catholic Church

A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 300 "predator priests" have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims. "We believe that the real number of children whose records were lost or who were afraid ever to come forward is […]

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New Mexico compound judge receives death threats

A New Mexico judge has received death threats after granting bail to five adults arrested at a desert compound. Judge Sarah Backus said the prosecution had not convinced her the defendants were a threat to the community. Police had arrested the two men and three women at a remote compound raided in the search for […]

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Italy bridge: Rescuers search for survivors in Genoa

Rescuers in the north-western Italian city of Genoa continue to search for possible survivors after the dramatic collapse of a motorway bridge. The interior minister said at least 37 people were killed when dozens of vehicles fell 45m (148ft). About 16 people were injured in the collapse and the number missing ranges from four to […]

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UK inflation rate rises for first time since November

UK inflation rose to 2.5% in July, after holding steady at 2.4% in the previous three months as the cost of transport and computer games increased. It was the first jump in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) measure since November and was in line with forecasts. Meanwhile the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation […]

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FBI agent Peter Strzok ‘fired over anti-Trump texts’

A veteran FBI agent who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with a colleague during the election has been fired from the FBI, his lawyer has said. Peter Strzok has been accused by Republicans of being biased against Donald Trump, and seeking to prevent his election victory. Mr Trump has pointed to the text exchanges as evidence […]

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Lira crisis: Turkey to boycott US electronic goods over sanctions

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country will boycott US economic products, after Washington imposed punitive sanctions on Ankara. "If [the US] has the iPhone, there’s Samsung on the other side," Mr Erdogan said, referring to Apple and its South Korean competitor. The US doubled tariffs last week over Turkey’s refusal to extradite […]

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Genoa motorway bridge collapses in Italy ‘killing at least 10’

A major motorway bridge has collapsed near the Italian city of Genoa, leading to vehicles falling some 100m (328ft). Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said it was likely to be "an immense tragedy", while police sources said at least 10 people had died. The head of the local ambulance service was quoted by one source […]

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Zimbabwe election crisis: MDC’s Tendai Biti in court

Zimbabwean opposition politician Tendai Biti has appeared in court in handcuffs on charges of inciting violence after he was deported from Zambia. Zambia’s government rejected Mr Biti’s request for asylum on Wednesday. Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Mr Biti had been released on bail following his intervention. Prosecutors accuse Mr Biti of fuelling illegal protests […]

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