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Shamima Begum says ‘sorry’ to Manchester bombing victims in GMB interview
Shamima Begum says ‘sorry’ to Manchester bombing victims in GMB interview
A pilot study by Durham University researchers has found that exposing volunteers to infrared light showed improvement in their memory. Dr Paul Chazot, who led the study, and Tracy Sloan, a volunteer, explain the study. The helmet, worth £7,250, was devised by County Durham GP Dr Gordon Dougal.
Scotland’s Northern Isles, Orkney and Shetland, have long benefited from North Sea oil revenues. But with reserves declining, and climate change forcing a transformation of energy policy around the world, the islands have become a hotbed of renewable energy innovation. As Scotland prepares to host the COP26 UN climate summit in November, the Northern Isles could serve as an example for other nations, both of cutting edge technologies, and of difficult political choices.
U.S. SEC. OF STATE ANTONY BLINKEN: “Colin Powell dedicated his extraordinary life to public service because he never stopped believing in America. And we believe in America in no small part because it helped produce someone like Colin Powell.”Tributes poured in Monday for former Secretary of State and top military general Colin Powell, who died at age 84. Current Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Powell’s life “a victory” for the military, the nation… “and in a larger sense, a victory for the American dream.” President Joe Biden described Powell as (quote) “a dear friend and a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity” who (quote) “embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat.” Biden added that Powell could also (quote) “drive his Corvette Stingray like nobody's business." Powell served under three Republican presidents - as national security advisor for Ronald Reagan, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs for George H.W. Bush and as secretary of state for George W. Bush. And he was the first Black person to serve in each of those roles, Vice President Kamala Harris noted on Monday. “When he filled those roles, he was, by everything that he did and the way he did it, inspiring so many people.” George W. Bush recalled that many presidents relied on Powell’s counsel, adding he was (quote) “such a favorite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice." But it was under Bush that Powell delivered what he later called (quote) “a blot” that would “always be part” of his record – making Bush’s case to the U.N. Security Counsel that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction. It was the basis for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Powell later admitted that his presentation was rife with inaccuracies provided by others in the administration. In 2008, Powell broke with his party to endorse Democrat Barack Obama.Obama on Monday called Powell an exemplary soldier and patriot, adding, “although he'd be the first to acknowledge that he didn't get every call right, his actions reflected what he believed was best for America and the people he served.”Powell died of complications from COVID-19. He had previously been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, that was in remission and early stage Parkinson's disease, a close friend of his told Reuters. The blood cancer reduces the body’s ability to fight infection and puts people at higher risk for severe COVID. In a brief statement, the Powell family said he had been fully vaccinated and thanked the staff at the Walter Reed Medical Center who treated him.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces plans for a green future - including £5,000 boiler grants.
The dozen or so Afghan refugees gathered, pencils in hand, in this small studio in Tajikistan are taking part in something that back home would expose them to reprisals from the Taliban: drawing. Leaning over their sketches, the students of refugee street artist Omar Khamosh, many of whom are women, apply themselves to portraits and landscapes evoking the country they left most often under duress.
Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso on Monday declared a state of emergency in the country grappling with a surge in drug-related violence, and ordered the mobilization of police and military in the streets.
Nestle raised its outlook for the year on Wednesday (October 20). The world's biggest food group says it's getting a boost from price hikes and strong earnings from coffee. Sales of its Starbucks-branded products jumped more than 15%. It now expects growth of up to 7% for the full year, up slightly on earlier forecasts. But Nestle has warned of inflation pressures in the supply chain, which could mean higher prices for consumers. The firm says its costs will rise by 4% this year, and even more in 2022. That follows a similar warning from rival Danone earlier this week. U.S. giant Procter & Gamble has already said it will raise prices in its home market to counter higher costs. Nestle has kept its forecast for profit margins unchanged, indicating it expects to increase prices in line with rising costs. Shares in the firm were up 3% in early trade Wednesday.
The ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF began trading on Intercontinental Exchange's NYSE Arca on Tuesday under the ticker BITO after being greenlighted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission."For the smaller investors and retail investors I think it's a it's a win," said Tomasulo.
The military government that rules Myanmar is reportedly releasing over 5,600 political prisoners, who were detained in the protests that hit the country after the military's coup in February.That's according to its state-run television.Video obtained by Reuters shows a release from one prison, but local activists and media reports say some of those people freed were quickly arrested again - something which couldn't be verified.The prisoners are said to include politicians and journalists.The military government has released prisoners several times since the coup.The U.N. has welcomed the news, but says the military isn't releasing prisoners out of a change of heart - but because of international pressure.The military government says it is committed to peace and democracy.
Daniel Craig describes how he "had no other thought" other than rushing to help people caught in a gas explosion in Ayr. He pulled a boy from the rubble but says he "put in as much effort as everyone else". All four members of the family are being treated in hospital.
The UK has recorded 223 COVID-19 deaths within 28 days of a positive test in the biggest daily jump since early March.
FBI agents on Tuesday raided homes in Washington D.C. and New York City linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a metals tycoon with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin... and to Paul Manafort, the one-time campaign manager for former U.S. President Donald Trump.Members of the FBI's Evidence Response Team carried boxes out of the D.C. mansion in one of Washington's wealthiest neighborhoods and towed away a vehicle.The FBI also confirmed "law enforcement activity" at the home in New York City's Greenwich Village neighborhood but declined further comment. The specific reason for sealing off and searching the homes was not immediately clear, and an FBI spokesperson did not provide details. A representative for Deripaska said the two homes belonged to relatives.The 53-year-old Russian billionaire has been under U.S. sanctions since 2018 along with several other influential Russians because of their ties to the Kremlin after alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Deripaska - who owns part of Rusal, one of the world’s largest aluminum conglomerates - sued to have the U.S. sanctions lifted but his case was dismissed in June.The U.S. Treasury Department also targeted several of his companies, including Rusal. Washington later dropped those sanctions but kept them on Deripaska.Deripaska once employed Paul Manafort, who was convicted in 2018 on tax evasion and bank fraud charges and was among the central figures scrutinized under investigations of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.In December of 2020 - his last full month as president - Trump pardoned Manafort.
A robotic dog stole the limelight at a security trade fair near ParisLocation: Villepinte, France(SOUNDBITE) (English) GHOST ROBOTICS SPECIAL PROJECTS HEAD, TOM JACOBS, SAYING: "This is the Ghost Robotics Vision 60, it is an unmanned quadruped robot. It is used for security, patrolling, defense – anything you need to put a sensor on top, and get to difficult terrain, it can go there, it can walk for three hours on one battery."The Milipol defense and security trade fair takes place every two yearsand showcases technological innovations in defense and security equipmentThe robotic dog was built for reconnaissance(SOUNDBITE) (English) GHOST ROBOTICS SPECIAL PROJECTS HEAD, TOM JACOBS, SAYING: "It really can be used to save lives, so in dangerous situations where you need to enter a building and there's an unknown threat in the building, better to put the robot in to go first, to inspect and do some reconnaissance, check out the situation, declare it safe, either from enemy combatants, or from gas or smoke detection viewpoint as well."Ghost Robotics says the dog costs under $1 million
A Haitian gang that kidnapped a group of missionaries including 16 American and 1 Canadian is asking for $17 million to release them, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing a Haitian official. The official said the FBI and Haitian police are in contact with the kidnappers and seeking the release of the missionaries from Christian Aid Ministries, abducted over the weekend outside the capital Port-au-Prince by a gang. Negotiations could take weeks, the official told the Journal. At the White House, Tuesday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki would share few specifics - “And I can't get into too many details operationally here because that's never - has never been - in the interests of bringing people home who are being held for ransom. What I can reiterate, Kristen, is that the FBI is a part of a coordinated U.S. government effort to get the U.S. citizens involved to safety. Also that the U.S. embassy in Port au Prince is coordinating with local authorities and providing assistance to the families to resolve the situation.” Kidnappings have become more brazen and commonplace in Haiti amid a growing political and economic crisis, with more than 600 incidents in the first nine months of 2021 alone, according to a report by a Haitian nonprofit. Haitians on Monday mounted a nationwide strike to protest gang crime and kidnappings, which have been on the rise for years and have worsened since the July assassination of President Jovenel Moise.
The older brother of the Manchester Arena bomber has fled the country as he seeks to avoid giving evidence to the inquiry.
The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May has paid tribute to her Conservative MP James Brokenshire, who died earlier this month after a battle with lung cancer. She told MPs: "James was a remarkable man. He was an outstanding minister, a great constituency Member of Parliament and a true friend … the government is the poorer for his loss, this Parliament is the poorer for his loss and our country is the poorer for his loss.".
After the meeting, Depp met fans - who were waiting for him outside the Serbian presidency - and signed autographs.The American actor was visiting Serbia to promote the animated series "Puffins", created by Danielle Maloni and Peter Nalli.The show is released by Italian company Iervolino Entertainment, and produced in Serbia with the support of the Serbian Ministry of Culture by Iervolino Studios, which has production subsidiaries in Belgrade and Novi Sad.The 168-episode 3-D animated series is about little birds, with five main characters: Johnny Puff - voiced by Depp, Tic and Tac, Didi, and Pie at odds with a walrus named Otto.The five minutes episodes are available in the iTunes Store and Amazon Prime Video.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng says the Government is not currently planning to introduce Plan B coronavirus restrictions, despite calls from the NHS Confederation to do so. Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Mr Kwarteng said ministers and scientists were monitoring Covid-19 data "on an hourly basis", and do not feel additional coronavirus restrictions are necessary. Instead, Mr Kwarteng said the Government would continue to focus on encouraging people to receive coronavirus vaccines, including booster jabs.
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