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Gove: I'll make Brexit work for animals too

Gove: I'll make Brexit work for animals too The government has published a new law that says it must treat animals as “sentient beings” when it makes laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised to “make Brexit work not just for citizens but for the animals we love and cherish too”. The draft law also increases the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty to five years in jail. The Green Party said the government had done a “screeching u-turn”. Gove hits back at ‘animal sentience’ social media campaign The move follows…

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Will change to organ donor rules mean more transplants?

Will change to organ donor rules mean more transplants? In an attempt to make more organs available for transplant, ministers are proposing a radical change by moving to a system of “presumed consent”. Current rules in England mean those willing to donate their organs, should they die, sign up to a donor register. A consultation on the new system, which would see opting out of organ donation replacing opting in, starts on Tuesday. Wales has already adopted an approach of presumed consent. Scotland plans to introduce a similar scheme. Northern…

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Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York

Subway bomber wounds self, three victims in New York NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, 27, was taken to a hospital after suffering burns from the explosive device, which was attached to his body with Velcro and zip tires and did not fully ignite, officials said. It was not clear whether…

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Late goals rescue Cardiff in 2-2 draw at Reading

Late goals rescue Cardiff in 2-2 draw at Reading (Reuters) – Cardiff City struck twice late on through Lee Tomlin and Joe Bennett to salvage a point as the Championship title challengers recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Reading on Monday. Soccer Football – Championship – Reading vs Cardiff City – Madejski Stadium, Reading, Britain – December 11, 2017 Reading’s Paul McShane in action with Cardiff City’s Liam Feeney Action Images/Paul Childs Second-placed Cardiff have 44 points from 21 games and now trail leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers by…

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Bitcoin futures suggest breakneck rise in price to slow

Bitcoin futures suggest breakneck rise in price to slow NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Newly launched bitcoin futures on Monday suggested that traders expect the cryptocurrency’s blistering price gains to slow in the coming months, even as it blasted above $17,000 to a fresh record high in the spot market. Chicago-based derivatives exchange Cboe Global Markets (CBOE.O) launched the futures late on Sunday, marking the first time investors could get exposure to the bitcoin market via a large, regulated exchange. The one-month bitcoin contract <0#XBT:> opened at 6 p.m. local time…

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Technology 

Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns

Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns About half a million children and young people gamble every week, a Gambling Commission report is expected to show. The regulator has warned that children as young as 11 are using so-called skin betting websites, which let players gamble with virtual items as currency. The items won – usually modified guns or knives within a video game known as a skin – can often be sold and turned back in to real money. The Gambling Commission is releasing its annual…

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U2 knocks Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' off Billboard top spot

U2 knocks Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' off Billboard top spot LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U2 knocked Taylor Swift off her perch at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with its new release “Songs of Experience,” giving the Irish band its eighth No. 1 album in the United States. Irish group U2 receive an award at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards at Wembley Arena in London, Britain, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez “Songs of Experience” sold more than 185,000 units in its first week, according to Nielsen Music data…

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Business 

Major Forties oil pipeline to be closed for repairs

Major Forties oil pipeline to be closed for repairs One of the UK’s most important oil pipelines is being closed after a crack was discovered in Aberdeenshire. The Forties pipeline carries crude North Sea oil across land for processing at Grangemouth. The crack was discovered last week at Red Moss near Netherley. The pipeline’s owner Ineos said on Monday that, despite pressure being reduced, the crack had extended. The Forties pipeline carries about 40% of North Sea crude oil. More than 80 platforms will have to shut down production. Ineos…

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Russia's Putin: U.S. decision on Jerusalem is destabilising Middle East

Russia's Putin: U.S. decision on Jerusalem is destabilising Middle East ANKARA (Reuters) – Russia and Turkey agree that a U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is destabilising the situation in the Middle East, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday. Speaking in Ankara alongside Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Putin also said Russia hoped to sign credit agreements for the defence industry with Turkey in the near future. Reporting by Jack Stubbs and Polina Devitt in Moscow and by Tulay Karadenis in Ankara; Editing by Andrew Osborn…

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PM May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

PM May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May hailed “a new sense of optimism” in Brexit talks on Monday, telling parliament Britain and the European Union should sign off on a deal at a summit this week “to move forwards together” to discuss future trade ties. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May meets the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borissov, at 10 Downing Street in London, December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville May, weakened after losing her Conservatives’ majority at a June election,…

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