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Schools in England forced to cut support for special needs pupils
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Schools in England forced to cut support for special needs pupils

Cash-strapped schools in England have been forced to cut support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) after nearly a third of headteachers said they were forced to slash their budgets last year, a survey reveals. Nearly all the school leaders polled (97%) said that funding for Send pupils was insufficient, and 95%...

Man died after falling into gap, RAIB finds
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Man died after falling into gap, RAIB finds

A man who fell into the gap between the train and platform while getting off a London Underground service was not seen by two drivers, a report has found. He was crushed by the Tube train he had been on and then hit by another one. He died at the scene. The curve of the...

Mexico hit by powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake, killing at least one
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Mexico hit by powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake, killing at least one

A powerful earthquake has struck south-west Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco, killing at least one man who was crushed by a falling post, and causing rock falls and damaging buildings. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said a 7.0 magnitude quake struck 11 miles (18km) north-east of the resort of Acapulco, Guerrero, in the early hours...

Rents outside London soaring at fastest rate on record, agencies say
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Rents outside London soaring at fastest rate on record, agencies say

Private rents outside London are rising at their fastest rate for 13 years, research suggests, as tenants making plans for life post-pandemic compete for properties. The property website Zoopla said average rents across the UK outside the capital rose by 5% over the 12 months to the end of July – adding more than £450 to a...

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: TPLF says 150 have died of starvation

About 150 people died of starvation in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region in August, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has said. These are the first hunger-related deaths that the TPLF has reported since its fighters recaptured most of the region from federal forces in June. There is no independent confirmation of its statement. The UN...

Spanish woman sues after DNA test reveals birth swap error
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Spanish woman sues after DNA test reveals birth swap error

A woman has demanded compensation from health authorities in northern Spain after discovering she was mistakenly swapped at birth with another baby 19 years ago, local reports say. The woman was mixed up with a baby who was born on the same day in 2002 at a hospital in Logroño, south of Bilbao. Both babies...

Wales’ MPs could be cut by eight as major changes published
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Wales’ MPs could be cut by eight as major changes published

Wales could lose eight of its 40 MPs under major proposals to change the country’s Westminster constituencies. Arfon, which covers part of Gwynedd, could go and the number of north-east Wales MPs could drop from six to four. Welsh Secretary Simon Hart could face a battle for his seat as Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire...

Jewellery worth €10m stolen in heist at Bulgari store in Paris
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Jewellery worth €10m stolen in heist at Bulgari store in Paris

A group of thieves have struck the Bulgari store on the Place Vendôme in Paris, making off with about €10m (£8.6m) in jewellery. They then led police on a high-speed chase during which two of the suspects were captured, sources have told AFP. Three individuals, wearing sharp suits and armed with guns, robbed the recently revamped...

Dismayed business groups warn tax rises will harm recovery
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Dismayed business groups warn tax rises will harm recovery

Business groups reacted with dismay to the government’s national insurance hike and surcharge on dividend income to boost health and social care spending from next April, calling it a tax on jobs and a blow to the economic recovery. The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) said the extra financial burden from higher tax charges ignored the damage...