Very hot tea can raise risk of oesophageal cancer, suggests study
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Very hot tea can raise risk of oesophageal cancer, suggests study

Combined with excess alcohol consumption, scaldingly hot tea raises relative risk fivefold, says Chinese researchers UK experts point out that in the west tea is consumed at lower temperatures than in China, which is ‘less damaging to the oesophagus’. Photograph: Atw Photography/Getty Images Very hot tea combined with heavy alcohol consumption can increase the risk…

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Dow Jones suffers worst day in over six years as global stock markets fall
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Dow Jones suffers worst day in over six years as global stock markets fall

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 4.6% as investors fled amid fears of rising interest rates: ‘This was volatility unleashed’ Traders on the floor of the New York stock exchange on Monday, when the Dow Jones fell. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP US stocks took a further steep plunge on Monday, with the Dow Jones industrial average…

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East Coast could return to public sector, Chris Grayling admits
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East Coast could return to public sector, Chris Grayling admits

MPs told collapse of franchise means government or Virgin could run line in short term Virgin Train’s was in breach of its £3.3bn East Coast franchise. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo The East Coast rail franchise could be returned to the public sector after the government announced Virgin Trains had breached its £3.3bn contract. The transport…

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Pressure grows on DPD and Theresa May after courier dies of diabetes
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Pressure grows on DPD and Theresa May after courier dies of diabetes

Couriers/delivery industry MPs and customers speak out after courier firm fined Don Lane for not finding cover while at doctor’s appointment Don Lane, who was a courier with DPD at its Bournemouth depot. Photograph: RichardCrease/BNPS Downing Street’s adviser on modern work has described the death of a diabetic DPD delivery driver as “shocking”, as Marks…

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Russian and regime jets bomb civilian areas in north-west Syria
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Russian and regime jets bomb civilian areas in north-west Syria

Raids on Idlib province follow the downing of a Russian fighter plane by Syrian rebels Civil defence workers search a ruined building after an airstrike in Idlib city centre on Monday. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Russian and Syrian jets bombed towns and villages across north-west Syria on Monday, devastating civilian areas and forcing fresh waves…

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Barnier: new trade barriers ‘unavoidable’ if UK leaves single market
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Barnier: new trade barriers ‘unavoidable’ if UK leaves single market

EU chief negotiator’s warning comes as official says a ‘customs partnership’ is unrealistic David Davis (middle) said talks with Michel Barnier had been ‘very constructive’. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA Michel Barnier has warned that Britain will inevitably face barriers to trade in both goods and services if it chooses to leave the customs union and single…

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Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam goes on trial over Brussels shootout
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Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam goes on trial over Brussels shootout

French national says ‘my silence is my defence’ as four-day trial gets under way in Belgium Salah Abdeslam sits in court surrounded by Belgian police officers. Photograph: Emanuel Dunand/Pool/EPA The only surviving member of the extremist group that carried out the 2015 Paris terror attacks has refused to answer questions as he appeared in court…

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University of Cambridge admits significant sexual misconduct problem
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University of Cambridge admits significant sexual misconduct problem

Institution receives 173 complaints of improper behaviour in nine months The University of Cambridge said the large number of complaints received through its anonymous sexual misconduct reporting system was ‘a metric of success’. Photograph: Geoff Robinson Photography/REX The University of Cambridge has admitted it has “a significant problem” with sexual misconduct after it received 173…

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Xanax misuse: doctors warn of ’emerging crisis’ as UK sales rise
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Xanax misuse: doctors warn of ’emerging crisis’ as UK sales rise

Xanax is a trade name for alprazolam, a benzodiazepine tranquiliser used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Photograph: Alamy The UK is the second-largest market for untraceable online sales of Xanax in the world, research has found, prompting warnings from doctors, MPs and youth workers of an “emerging crisis”. Data revealed to the Guardian shows…

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Trump claims pro-NHS marches show universal healthcare doesn’t work
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Trump claims pro-NHS marches show universal healthcare doesn’t work

British PM rejects US president’s claim that pro-NHS marches showed universal healthcare did not work A Boris Johnson impersonator lies in a makeshift hospital bed next to an effigy of Theresa May during a demonstration in London on Saturday. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images Theresa May has rebuked Donald Trump over his claim the NHS…

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