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Three refugees claim the UAE funded ISIS war crimes by giving them weapons, kit and aid during Syrian civil war in landmark UK court case
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Three refugees claim the UAE funded ISIS war crimes by giving them weapons, kit and aid during Syrian civil war in landmark UK court case

Three refugees are arguing the UAE funded war crimes by ISIS terrorists in the Syrian civil war in a landmark case in British legal history. The men, who are from Syria but are now asylum seekers in the UK, claim Arab officials financed human rights abuses in the war-torn country in 2015. They said they saw severe...

Covid cases to fall this winter even without Plan B restrictions, modelling suggests
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Covid cases to fall this winter even without Plan B restrictions, modelling suggests

Modelling shows Covid cases could fall before Christmas even if plan B restrictions are not introduced, a government adviser has said. Professor John Edmunds, a member of Sage and the sub-group SPI-M, said the numbers are likely to decline “some time in the autumn” but warned they could rise again in the spring. His comments came as the government came under...

London under siege: Armed gangs force police to deploy special units as violence erupts
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London under siege: Armed gangs force police to deploy special units as violence erupts

A Section 60 stop and search has been authorised in the Wandsworth and Merton area following the terrifying witness accounts. Additional officers have now been deployed in local areas to “provide reassurance”. The Met Police received multiple reports of males armed with weapons in Putney, the Sutton and Croydon Guardian reported. The force said in...

Tesla Model 3 is first battery electric car to top Europe’s monthly sales chart
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Tesla Model 3 is first battery electric car to top Europe’s monthly sales chart

The Tesla Model 3 was the bestselling car across Europe in September, the first time a battery electric vehicle has topped the monthly sales charts in the region. Tesla sold 24,600 Model 3 cars during the month, taking a 2.6% market share that meant it outperformed established internal combustion engine models such as Renault’s Clio or Volkswagen’s...

HSBC profits rise 74% as economy rebounds from Covid crisis
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HSBC profits rise 74% as economy rebounds from Covid crisis

HSBC’s profits rose 74% in the third quarter as improving economic conditions allowed the bank to release hundreds of millions of pounds originally set aside for a potential jump in loan defaults during the pandemic. The London-headquartered bank said pretax profits rose to $5.4bn (£3.9bn) in the three months to 30 September, up from $3.1bn a...

Biden delays release of JFK assassination files due to pandemic
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Biden delays release of JFK assassination files due to pandemic

President Joe Biden has further postponed the release of secret government files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, citing delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The files had originally been scheduled to be released by next week. They will now be released in two batches – one later this year and another in late 2022,...

Herbalist’s murder highlights assault on Mayan spirituality in Guatemala
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Herbalist’s murder highlights assault on Mayan spirituality in Guatemala

In meetings, Domingo Choc Che was quiet and reflective, speaking up only once others had said their piece. But he would come alive when he entered the jungles of Guatemala’s northern Petén department, sharing his knowledge of traditional medicines with anyone who wanted to learn. “He was more at ease with plants,” said Mónica Berger, a...

Roman villa with world’s only Caravaggio mural up for sale
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Roman villa with world’s only Caravaggio mural up for sale

A sprawling villa in Rome containing the only ceiling mural ever painted by the Italian master Caravaggio is being put up for sale for almost €500m (£422m). The 2.75-metre wide painting Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto was commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte in the 16th century to adorn the ceiling in what was his...

Motorola faces competition inquiry over UK emergency services network
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Motorola faces competition inquiry over UK emergency services network

The UK’s competion regulator is investigating Motorola over concerns that it has “cashed in” on its monopoly over mobile networks for the UK emergency services. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Monday that it would launch a market investigation into the Airwave network that is used by police, fire and other emergency services to communicate securely. The...