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Founders of plastic waste alliance ‘investing billions in new plants’
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Founders of plastic waste alliance ‘investing billions in new plants’

The founding companies behind a self-styled alliance to end plastic waste are among the world’s biggest investors in new plastic productions plants, according to a European NGO. A majority of the firms which announced this week they were collaborating to try to help tackle plastic pollution are likely to be at the heart of a…

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Hungary: pithy insult dogs Orbán as anti-government protesters resort to ridicule
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Hungary: pithy insult dogs Orbán as anti-government protesters resort to ridicule

Visitors to Budapest in recent weeks may have noticed the proliferation of a strange three-character code all across the city: “O1G”. Graffitied on to walls and fences: O1G. Traced into the snow on car windscreens every time a wintry flurry falls: O1G. The abbreviation is short for Orbán egy geci, a pithy phrase deriding the…

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Super blood wolf moon: stargazers battle cold and clouds to see lunar eclipse
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Super blood wolf moon: stargazers battle cold and clouds to see lunar eclipse

Thousands of stargazers have battled sub-freezing temperatures to catch a glimpse of a lunar extravaganza known as a super blood wolf moon. The rare celestial event takes places when the moon is positioned slightly closer to the Earth than normal, and appears slightly bigger and brighter than normal – a phenomenon called a super moon.…

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Labour complains over treatment of Diane Abbott on Question Time
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Labour complains over treatment of Diane Abbott on Question Time

The Labour party has lodged a formal complaint with the BBC over the treatment of the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, by the new Question Time presenter, Fiona Bruce during Thursday’s show. Last week, Abbott accused the programme of legitimising racist abuse, claiming she was repeatedly interrupted and singled out before the show, with Bruce…

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Domestic abusers may face lie-detector tests on release from prison
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Domestic abusers may face lie-detector tests on release from prison

High-risk domestic abuse offenders could face mandatory lie-detector tests when released from prison under long-awaited proposals published on Monday. The Home Office, meanwhile, has released analysis that puts the cost of domestic abuse in England and Wales at about £66bn a year. The polygraph tests piloted on offenders on licence are part of a broad…

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EU citizen registration in UK could become ‘new Windrush’, say migration experts
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EU citizen registration in UK could become ‘new Windrush’, say migration experts

Migration experts have warned that the post-Brexit system for registering EU citizens living in the UK could become a new “Windrush scandal” as the scheme to register an estimated 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK begins. From Monday, the third phase of testing will open to EU residents in the UK, who will…

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Native American mocked by students: ‘I saw my country being torn apart’
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Native American mocked by students: ‘I saw my country being torn apart’

A high school student seen with classmates appearing to confront a Native American veteran has issued a statement saying that video footage of the incident gave the false impression that the teens were instigators in the confrontation. Nick Sandmann, a student from the private, all-male Covington Catholic High School in northern Kentucky, was seen in…

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Zimbabwe warns brutal crackdown is ‘foretaste of things to come’
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Zimbabwe warns brutal crackdown is ‘foretaste of things to come’

A brutal crackdown in Zimbabwe that has followed protests against fuel price rises is “just a foretaste of things to come”, the president’s spokesman has said. The harsh words will increase concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in the poor southern African country, coming after a week in which police and soldiers have beaten…

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