Hawaii sends out missile alert by mistake

People across the US state of Hawaii received a text on Saturday morning, warning of an impending missile strike. It was declared a false alarm shortly afterwards, but not before panic started to spread. “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill,” read the message, all in capital letters.…

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Syrian war: Reports of chlorine gas attack on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

A chlorine gas attack has been carried out on a besieged rebel-held enclave on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, reports say. People in the Eastern Ghouta region, which is under daily bombardment, reported a smell of gas after a missile strike, the BBC has learned. Health workers said six people were treated for…

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'I am the Espanyol coach and will be' – Flores distances himself from Stoke job

Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores has distanced himself from taking charge of Stoke City, saying he is “happy” at the Spanish side. The Potters sacked Mark Hughes last Saturday with the club in the Premier League relegation zone. Stoke held talks with Sanchez Flores this week but the ex-Watford manager said on Saturday: “Here I…

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Murder arrests over male model's death

A young model has died after being found stabbed in a London street. Two men were arrested after the 25-year-old was discovered fatally wounded in Old Oak Road, East Acton, at about 16:00 GMT on Thursday. Several fashion brands and a modelling agency have named the victim as Harry Uzoka. Friends and fans, including fellow…

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Carillion: Urgent talks on construction firm's future

The future of troubled engineering firm Carillion is being discussed at high-level government meetings this weekend, the BBC understands. The firm is a key government contractor for projects including the HS2 high speed rail scheme, schools and prisons. There are fears it is close to collapse as it struggles with £1.5bn of debt and a…

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Iran sanctions: Tehran vows retaliation over Trump move

Iran says a decision by the US to impose sanctions on the head of its judiciary has “crossed a red line”. The foreign ministry vowed to retaliate, but did not say what form such action might take. Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani was among 14 individuals and entities targeted over alleged rights abuses. It came as US…

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Open Banking 'revolution' to challenge banks' dominance

A fundamental change to the way people can bank, manage and spend their money in the digital world is under way. A change in the law and the start of the Open Banking system means people can allow businesses, other than their bank, to access their financial data. Organisers say this has the potential for…

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Phil Neville a candidate for England women head coach role

Former Manchester United and England full-back Phil Neville is a contender to take over as England women’s boss. Mo Marley has been in temporary charge since Mark Sampson was sacked following evidence of “inappropriate behaviour” in a previous role in September. But Neville, who has previously coached with Manchester United, Valencia and England Under-21s, would…

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Hospital operations for child teeth removal increase in England

Dentists have accused the government of having a “short-sighted” approach to tooth decay in England after hospital operations to remove children’s teeth increased to nearly 43,000. There were 42,911 operations in 2016-17 – up from 40,800 the previous year and 36,833 in 2012-13, NHS figures show. The British Dental Association said England had a “second-class”…

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Donald Trump must apologise for comments – African Union

Media playback is unsupported on your device The organisation representing African countries has demanded that US President Donald Trump apologise after he reportedly called nations on the continent “shitholes”. The group’s mission in Washington DC expressed its “shock, dismay and outrage” and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans. The US leader made the alleged remark…

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