Italian-flagged migrant rescue boat sets sail in challenge to far right minister
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Italian-flagged migrant rescue boat sets sail in challenge to far right minister

The first non-military, Italian-flagged, rescue boat to operate in the Mediterranean since the migration crisis began has left for waters off Libya, in a direct challenge to Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini. NGO rescue boats have all but disappeared from the main migration routes since Salvini announced soon after taking office this summer that…

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Unilad: Facebook viral publisher goes into administration
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Unilad: Facebook viral publisher goes into administration

Unilad, one of the biggest publishers on Facebook, has gone into administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk and casting doubt on whether outlets that rely on the social media platform for distribution can become sustainable businesses. The website’s parent company, Bentley Harrington, has debts of more than £6m, including £1.5m owed to HMRC, a…

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Drug dealer jailed for forcing trafficked children to sell heroin
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Drug dealer jailed for forcing trafficked children to sell heroin

A drug dealer who trafficked three children including a teenage girl to use in a “county lines” crack and heroin selling ring has been jailed for 14 years after a landmark prosecution. Birmingham-based Zakaria Mohammed, 21, recruited the vulnerable children to extend his drugs network to Lincoln, but was caught after two missing 15-year-old boys…

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EU chief attacks USSR comparison and urges UK to compromise
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EU chief attacks USSR comparison and urges UK to compromise

The president of the European council, Donald Tusk, condemned Jeremy Hunt’s “unwise and insulting” comparison of the EU to the Soviet Union, as he piled pressure on the British government to compromise for a Brexit deal. Tusk also implicitly criticised Theresa May after she accused the EU of not showing her enough respect. “Emotional arguments…

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China planted chips in Apple and Amazon servers, report claims
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China planted chips in Apple and Amazon servers, report claims

A Chinese military unit has been inserting tiny microchips into computer servers used by companies including Apple and Amazon that give China unprecedented backdoor access to computers and data, according to a new Bloomberg report. The tiny chips, as small as the tip of a sharpened pencil and designed to be undetectable without specialist equipment,…

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