Folic acid to be added to flour in effort to reduce serious birth defects
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Folic acid to be added to flour in effort to reduce serious birth defects

All flour will be fortified with folic acid after ministers swung behind a plan that medical experts believe will stop hundreds of babies a year from being born with birth defects, the Guardian can reveal. Ministers will order the introduction of automatic fortification within weeks after being convinced by their own advisers that the policy…

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Brexit: EU ambassadors meet for update as sources dismiss claims deal agreed tonight – Politics live
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Brexit: EU ambassadors meet for update as sources dismiss claims deal agreed tonight – Politics live

One EU diplomat stressed “that the deal is at negotiator level [only],” so much could still change. Last week, diplomats were told a deal had been done by negotiators only for it to unravel amid continuing talks … If the putative deal does not hit any road blacks with ambassadors it will move to EU27…

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Bavarian poll humiliation for Angela Merkel’s conservative allies
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Bavarian poll humiliation for Angela Merkel’s conservative allies

Angela Merkel’s conservative partners in Bavaria have suffered their poorest result for over six decades in a humiliating state election result that is likely to further weaken Germany’s embattled coalition government. The Christian Social Union has secured just 35.5% of the vote, according to initial exit polls, meaning it has lost the absolute majority it…

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Old Vic among UK beneficiaries of trust embroiled in drug crisis
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Old Vic among UK beneficiaries of trust embroiled in drug crisis

The Old Vic, the National Theatre and several other UK cultural and educational institutions received donations totalling more than £7m last year from the Sackler family, whose influential philanthropic role has come under the spotlight after allegations that the transatlantic dynasty’s fortune has been tainted by the US opioid crisis. The largest beneficiary was Imperial…

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Number of supervised offenders charged with violent crimes rises 21%
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Number of supervised offenders charged with violent crimes rises 21%

The number of offenders charged with serious crimes including murder, manslaughter and rape while they were being monitored in the community has jumped by more than a fifth in a year in England and Wales, the Guardian can reveal. There were 627 serious further offence (SFO) reviews conducted in 2017-18, a freedom of information request…

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Trump: Jim Mattis ‘sort of a Democrat’ and could quit as defense secretary soon
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Trump: Jim Mattis ‘sort of a Democrat’ and could quit as defense secretary soon

Donald Trump suspects his defense secretary, General Jim Mattis, might be a Democrat and “could be” heading for the exit. Trump was responding to a specific question from journalist Lesley Stahl, for an interview to air Sunday night on CBS News’ 60 Minutes, about whether Mattis was “going to leave”. “Well, I don’t know,” the…

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