• MSPs to back call for Scottish independence vote – BBC News
  • Devon farmer challenges Tesco over promotional picture – BBC News
  • PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting – BBC News
  • NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’ – BBC News
  • Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs – BBC News

MSPs to back call for Scottish independence vote – BBC News

Follow the debate on Holyrood Live Ms Sturgeon wants the backing of the Scottish Parliament in pursuing a “Section 30” order from the UK government. The power to call a referendum is reserved to Westminster, and this order would transfer the authority to hold a vote to Holyrood. The debate on the motion started a week ago, on 21 March, but the two-day debate was suspended when Holyrood business was…

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Devon farmer challenges Tesco over promotional picture – BBC News

Image caption Martin Godfrey received an apology from Tesco, which was using the image to promote a campaign aimed at tackling food waste Mr Godfrey, from Okehampton, Devon, said the picture was originally taken when he was working for Shillingford Organics near Exeter, but was later sold on as a stock image. Related Topics Tesco More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsSaas Rebrander Master License WP Link Shield Pro…

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PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting – BBC News

The first minister has said that a second referendum should be held ahead of the UK’s EU departure to give the people of Scotland a choice between what she calls a “hard Brexit” and becoming an independent country. Nut Ms May has warned that a second referendum will make the UK “looser and weaker”. What is Article 50? Do voters want a second referendum? All you need to know about…

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NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’ – BBC News

‘Diverted’ patients The Health Foundation report also found that 1 in every 8 of local commissioner’s budgets in England is spent on care provided by non-NHS organisations. Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, said: “Rising demand for emergency care meant that NHS providers haven’t had the capacity to deliver planned care and patients had to be diverted outside the NHS. “NHS hospitals were left squeezed…

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Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs – BBC News

But health organisations and campaigners were almost universally of the view that there should have been wider action. In the latest Health Select Committee report, MPs made further calls for curbs on big discounts and price promotions on unhealthy food, citing evidence from the food industry that responsible retailers were being disadvantaged by those who continued to offer discounts on food high in sugar and fat. ‘Price war on vegetables’…

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Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

Click to see content: schoolholidaysrise_birmingham Across England, term-time holidays accounted for an average of 27% of all missed “sessions” of school. There are two sessions of school each day, morning and afternoon. Pupils in Yorkshire and The Humber and the North East of England lost the most time to holiday. The figures showed the number of absences was equivalent to 1.5 school sessions for every pupil. In Outer London the…

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‘Fake research’ comes under scrutiny – BBC News

Stephen Metcalfe, the committee’s chairman, said it was vitally important that people have confidence in research that is paid for by public funds. “Where research has been found to be fraudulent at a later point it has a big impact on the public – it leads to mistrust,” he told BBC News. “What we want to do is to investigate how robust the mechanisms are for ensuring that research is…

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Report: Uber executives went to a literal escort bar on a business trip to Seoul

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick with his then-girlfriend, Gabi Holzwarth.Image: dimitrios kambouris/Getty Images In case there was still any doubt, Uber’s top executives are really terrible. A report in The Informationout Friday night alleges that CEO Travis Kalanick and Senior Vice President of Business Emil Michael took Uber staffers towait for itan escort-karaoke bar in Seoul, where male Uber managers picked women working at the bar out of a lineup. Again:…

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Art world’s Welsh national gallery wish list – BBC News

Image copyright Bedwyr Williams/ Other Image caption A photographic presentation of Bard Attitude Williams himself would choose two of his own works for the gallery; Bard Attitude a series of comedy routines from 2005 where, dressed as a Celtic bard with a flowing fake beard, Williams plays on a cliche of Welsh heritage and identity. Image copyright Keystone/ Getty Image caption Swansea painter Ceri Richards, chosen by Dr Rowan Williams…

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Mud, sweat and cheers: The rise of obstacle course racing – BBC News

Image copyright Christine carr Image caption People wade through open water and crawl through mud during events When you ask them why do they do it, they come up with a similar set of answers. Obstacle courses are above all “fun” and a “challenge”, often tackled with friends. There is always said to be a great atmosphere and the camaraderie drives people on, but the key point is the “anti-competitiveness”…

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Anti-IS fighter family probed by police – BBC News

Media captionKimberley Taylor speaking to BBC News from Raqqa in February 2017 An anti-IS fighter who travelled to Syria from Blackburn has claimed her family is being threatened with prosecution. Kimberley Taylor – the first known British woman to fight against IS – joined Kurdish forces in the battle to reclaim Raqqa in March 2016. Ms Taylor claims her parent’s laptops and phones have been taken away and not returned…

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Strike action begins at Faslane and Coulport naval bases – BBC News

The Faslane base on the Clyde is home to the UK’s fleet of Trident nuclear submarines. Unite has accused Babcock of a “systematic campaign to undermine workers”, claiming it had withdrawn facilities for shop steward meetings and was “failing to meaningfully consult and negotiate with the trade union”. ‘Major disruption’ The union represents a range of workers at the two bases, including cleaners, housekeepers, logistics operatives, drivers and mail staff….

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Major pancreatic cancer study launched – BBC News

“It’s important we offer all patients the opportunity to be part of research alongside their standard care.” Menu of trials In Scotland, pancreatic cancer incidence rates have increased by 12% over the past 10 years. In Scotland, about 620 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 10 years ago, and this has risen to about 790 people. Over this same period in Scotland, pancreatic cancer mortality rates have increased by 6%…

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Wild Film Festival Scotland gets under way in Dumfries – BBC News

Organisers have promised an “exciting weekend of award-winning films, stunning photography, celebrity guests, inspirational talks, controversy, art and music.” Among the headline speakers is Sacha Dench, the woman dubbed the “human swan”, who announced earlier this week that she plans a powered paraglider flight from tip to toe of the Hebrides. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsArbitrage ATM Arbitrage ATM takes you to running a legitimate online business…

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Lawmakers demand information on Flynn’s Russia ties

Washington (CNN)Republicans and Democrats are demanding more information about connections between President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and several foreign entities — including the Kremlin-backed media outlet RT. The top Democrat and Republican on the House Oversight Committee sent individual letters to four top Trump administration officials requesting any documents they have related to Flynn’s communications with and payments from Russian, Turkish or other foreign sources. “We…

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Koh Samui Travel Guide

(CNN)Gazing on the developing island of today: Five-star hotels. Upmarket dining scene. Plentiful shopping. While the isle’s built-up northern and eastern coasts increasingly cater to the tourists, in the south and west locals still stick to the simple life, and traditions that brought backpackers on rickety fishing boats from the mainland to this island paradise in the first place. Sheraton Samui Resort

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Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage…

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Exploring Meghalaya, India’s abode of the clouds

(CNN)When it comes to aptly named destinations, the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya is up there with the best. Meaning “abode of the clouds,” it’s home to the top two wettest places on earth,according to Guinness World Records. But across this cool, green state travelers will also find India’s cleanest village, the country’s highest waterfall and a man who just might be the country’s biggest Bob Dylan fan.

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India becomes second country to give rivers human status

New Delhi (CNN)A decades-long fight against river pollution in India has been given a much needed boost. On Monday, a court in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand declared the Yamuna and Ganges rivers “living entities.” The court justified its ruling on the grounds that the rivers were “losing their very existence” and the situation required “extraordinary measures to be taken to preserve and conserve the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna,” using…

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Why maternity and mental health coverage may decide health care bill’s fate

(CNN)House GOP leaders are now looking to change an Obamacare provision that guarantees all health insurers cover services such as maternity, mental health and prescription drugs, in hopes of wooing conservative lawmakers to their side. The dramatic shift — which would strike at blow at the heart of Obamacare — comes after conservative Freedom Caucus members lobbied President Donald Trump Wednesday to eliminate the provision, which is not in the…

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$27,000 melons? Unwrapping the high price of Japan’s luxury fruit habit

(CNN)It looks like a jewelry shop with its high-end exterior. But a peek inside the sparkling glass display cases at any of Sembikiya‘s Tokyo outlets reveals expensive treasures of a surprising kind. From heart-shaped watermelons to “Ruby Roman” grapes, which are the size of a ping pong ball, this retailer specializes in selling mouth-watering produce at eye-watering prices. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH

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In coach’s rant, a lesson for parents and athletes

(CNN)If you’ve been on Facebook this week, chances are you’ve seen someone share comments made by Geno Auriemma, coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. UConn hasn’t lost a game in more than two years and is in play for a fifth consecutive national title. Even after more than 30 years as head coach at UConn, Auriemma said that recruiting “enthusiastic kids is harder than it’s ever been.”…

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Grieving father: ‘I don’t play Trump songs anymore’

(CNN)Last year, Kraig Moss sold the equipment for his construction business in upstate New York and stopped making mortgage payments so he could follow Donald Trump on the campaign trail. The amateur country crooner sang pro-Trump ditties while strumming a guitar emblazoned with Trump campaign stickers, earning him the moniker “Trump Troubadour.” International media dubbed him “the voice of unheard America.” See the latest news and share your comments with…

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