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Roads are becoming more deadly in developing countries

Roads are becoming more deadly in developing countries ONE out of every 40 people who died in 2015 was killed in a vehicle accident, either as a driver, passenger or pedestrian. Globally, road accidents are less deadly than the most common killers around the world: cancers, ischaemic heart disease and strokes. According to the World Health Organisation,1.3m people were killed on roads out of 56.2m total deaths, or a death rate of 2.4%. In contrast, the death rates for cancers and heart disease was 15.5% each; it was 11.1% for…

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The UK Independence Party elects a former Liberal Democrat candidate as its new leader

The UK Independence Party elects a former Liberal Democrat candidate as its new leader IT WAS an unappetising choice: a leader barely known even in Westminster or one who spends her time campaigning against the threat posed by sharia, and who calls Islam “evil”. In the end, on September 29th the UK Independence Party (UKIP) opted for the former, electing Henry Bolton, a 54-year-old former Liberal Democrat candidate, as its new head. Mr Bolton was seen as the favoured candidate of Nigel Farage, the party’s former leader and most popular…

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Another job opening in the Trump administration

Another job opening in the Trump administration WHEN President Donald Trump gathered his cabinet secretaries around a table and invited them to sing his praises, his administration was compared to an early scene in “King Lear”. Four months later, it is looking more like the last act of “Hamlet”, such is the rising body count. On September 29th Tom Price was pushed out as secretary of health and human services, following a series of revelations about his penchant for taking private jets at public expense. This made him at least…

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Thousands of pro-Spanish unity demonstrators gather in Barcelona

Thousands of pro-Spanish unity demonstrators gather in Barcelona BARCELONA (Reuters) – Thousands of pro-unity demonstrators opposing a banned referendum on Catalonian independence from Spain gathered in a Barcelona square on Saturday in a sign of how the disputed vote on Sunday has divided the country. The referendum, declared illegal by Madrid, has thrown the country into its worst constitutional crisis in decades and raised fears of street violence as a test of will between the central government and the wealthy northeastern region plays out. Demonstrators waving Spanish flags filled the…

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City stay ahead of United with win over champions Chelsea

City stay ahead of United with win over champions Chelsea LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City stayed ahead of age-old local rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League on Saturday with a deserved 1-0 win away to champions Chelsea. After Jose Mourinho’s United romped to a 4-0 victory over bottom club Crystal Palace, City had much the better of the late game at Stamford Bridge. A second-half goal by former Chelsea forward Kevin de Bruyne won it and left them just ahead of United on goal difference. Chelsea,…

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De Bruyne gives Manchester City victory over Chelsea

De Bruyne gives Manchester City victory over Chelsea (Reuters) – Manchester City regained top spot in the Premier League with a deserved 1-0 victory over an out-of-sorts Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Having been knocked down into second place by Manchester United’s win over Crystal Palace earlier in the day, Pep Guardiola’s side jumped back ahead of their city rivals on goal difference thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s superb second-half strike. City are now unbeaten in 15 league games and have dropped only two points this season. Chelsea sustained…

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'Not appropriate,' envoy tells Boris over Kipling poem in Myanmar

'Not appropriate,' envoy tells Boris over Kipling poem in Myanmar LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s ambassador to Myanmar was forced to interrupt Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson earlier this year as he tried to recite a nostalgic colonial poem by Rudyard Kipling in public during a visit to the country’s most famous Buddhist site. Johnson, who helped lead the Leave campaign in the 2016 Brexit referendum, is caught on camera starting to recite Kipling’s poem, Mandalay, after striking a bell at the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon. “The temple bells they say,” Johnson…

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Monarch package holidays protection extended for 24 hours

Monarch package holidays protection extended for 24 hours Monarch Airlines has been granted a 24-hour extension on its licence to sell package holidays. The agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority means customers can buy Atol-protected holidays on Sunday. It is Monarch’s second temporary licence in two years. It faced similar issues in 2016, when it was reported to be in poor financial health. If continuing talks fail, 10,000 of its passengers currently abroad could face uncertainty over their travel plans. Flight-only bookings would not be affected as they do not…

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Fellaini double helps Man United crush Palace 4-0

Fellaini double helps Man United crush Palace 4-0 Sept 30 (Reuters) – MANCHESTER UNITED 4 CRYSTAL PALACE 0 Manchester United provisionally went top of the Premier League after Marouane Fellaini scored two goals either side of Juan Mata’s opener and Romelu Lukaku’s record-equalling strike in a 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace on Saturday. The result extended Palace’s Premier League record to seven successive opening defeats without scoring in former England manager Roy Hodgson’s second game in charge. United have 19 points from seven games, three more than second-placed Manchester City…

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Fellaini strikes twice as Man United crush Palace 4-0

Fellaini strikes twice as Man United crush Palace 4-0 Sept 30 (Reuters) – MANCHESTER UNITED 4 CRYSTAL PALACE 0 Manchester United provisionally went top of the Premier League after Marouane Fellaini scored two goals either side of Juan Mata’s opener and Romelu Lukaku’s record-equalling strike in a 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace on Saturday. The result extended Palace’s Premier League record to seven successive opening defeats without scoring in former England manager Roy Hodgson’s second game in charge. United have 19 points from seven games, three more than second-placed Manchester…

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