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Mother wins MoD apology over 'Snatch' Land Rover death

Media playback is unsupported on your device In July 2005, Sue Smith’s son, Pte Phillip Hewett, was killed by a roadside bomb while travelling in a lightly armoured “snatch” Land Rover in Iraq. He was the ninth of 37 service personnel to be killed in the vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, which came to be known as “mobile coffins”. Twelve years later, following a legal battle that reached the Supreme Court, Sue has finally got her apology. “He didn’t die for nothing,” she says. Speaking exclusively to the BBC, Sue ...

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“60 FPS Or Death,” Project Cars 2 Dev Says

From what we’ve seen of Project Cars 2 so far, it’s looking to be a gorgeous simulation driving game that has enough under the hood to give hardcore fans a lot to play with. It has been a significant effort for Slightly Mad Studios to get Project Cars 2 looking and running so well. We caught up with Slightly Mad COO Rod Chong recently for a wide-ranging interview, one part of which touched on Project Cars 2’s graphical abilities. He told us that Slightly Mad is always looking to dial ...

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Friendship, death and a selfless girl who saved a football season

People have traveled from all over the world to write stories about Harrold, Texas, and aesthetically, it’s hard to figure out why. It looks the same as most other stops in North Central Texas, with goats and wind turbines and a 7-Eleven a mile and a half down the road. Sometimes, a wild pig or a tornado will break up the monotony. Harrold’s school superintendent, David Thweatt, was making his 45-second commute one day when he heard a noise and looked down to see a rattlesnake slithering around the wheel ...

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Cot death charity raises concerns over baby boxes

A cot death charity has raised concerns over the use of Finnish-style baby boxes, which infants can sleep in. Issuing new advice to parents, the Lullaby Trust said there was no evidence baby boxes reduced the rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The cardboard box, filled with baby products and a mattress, can itself be used as a bed, and has been given to new parents by some NHS trusts. The charity said its leaflets would no longer be put in the boxes. “We will no longer allow our ...

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UK theme park rides closed after Ohio death

Six high-speed theme park rides have been shut across the UK after a death on a similar attraction in the US. An 18-year-old man died and three others were critically injured after being flung from the ride at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday. The ride, known as the KMG Afterburner, swings at high speed from side-to-side while also spinning passengers. The Health and Safety Executive ordered the re-inspection and temporary closure of similar rides in the UK. Three of the rides closed are in theme parks, Pleasurewood Hills in ...

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Rashan Charles death: Family urge peace

The family of a black man who died after being apprehended by police has appealed for peace after unrest broke out on the streets in the wake of his death. Rashan Charles, 20, died in Dalston, east London, on 22 July. On Friday, angry clashes broke out as protesters blocked part of Kingsland Road and set mattresses alight. A spokesman for Mr Charles’s family said they understood the anger but called for “dignified” protest. “Burning down homes will not give justice,” they added. Mr Charles was pursued by officers and ...

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Unrest at Hackney death protest

Media playback is unsupported on your device Fireworks and bottles have been hurled at riot police as a protest over the death of a black man turned violent. Rashan Charles, 20, died in hospital after being apprehended by police in Dalston, east London, on 22 July. Angry clashes broke out on Friday evening after protesters, some with Black Lives Matter placards, blocked part of Kingsland Road on Friday evening and set mattresses alight. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the death. At one point on Friday evening, protesters, some ...

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Crossrail worker death: Firms fined £1m for safety breaches

Companies working for Crossrail have been fined £1m for three sets of failures, one of which led to the death of a construction worker. Renè Tkáčik, 44, died when nearly a tonne of wet concrete poured onto him. The two other incidents saw a worker injured when a tipper truck crushed his leg, while another man was injured when a high pressure mixture struck him. The companies admitted the health and safety breaches at Southwark Crown Court. BFK – joint venture contractors comprising of BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) and ...

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Charlie Gard: Death threats sent to Great Ormond Street staff

Staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital have received death threats over the treatment of baby Charlie Gard. The hospital said police had been called after families were “harassed” and “unacceptable behaviour” was recorded in the hospital. It is involved in a legal battle to remove life support from the 11-month-old, who has a rare genetic disorder. His parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard said they did not condone abuse and had also faced “nasty and hurtful remarks”. Charlie, who was born on 4 August 2016, has a form of mitochondrial ...

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