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Charlottesville: State of emergency over US far-right rally

Media playback is unsupported on your device Officials in Charlottesville in the US state of Virginia have declared a state of emergency ahead of a large march by white nationalists. Thousands of people are expected to join the “Unite the Right” rally against plans to remove a statue of a pro-slavery US Civil War general. Violent clashes between far-right groups and counter-protesters have left at least two injured, police say. President Donald Trump has condemned the violence. On Twitter, he said: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that ...

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Lib Dems seek end to pay cap for emergency services

The public sector pay cap should be scrapped in recognition of the work of the emergency services following recent disasters, says Tim Farron. The outgoing Lib Dem leader said firefighters, police and medical staff “deserve so much better”. The pay cap, which has been in place since 2012, limits pay rises for public sector workers to 1% a year until 2020. Ministers have said that wage restraint in the public sector helps protect jobs and repairs the public finances. But Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said earlier this month he had ...

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Grenfell fire: Families given £200,000 from emergency fund

More than £200,000 of a £5m emergency fund has so far been given to families affected by last Tuesday’s fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington. As of Monday, 180 families directly affected by the blaze had received money, the Grenfell Response Team said. The GRT, which is organising the relief effort, said 78 families were on course to be rehomed locally by Monday night. Police have named five victims of the fire – 79 people died or are missing presumed dead after the blaze. Anthony Disson, 65, Ya-Haddy Sisi Saye, ...

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Egypt's Sisi declares state of emergency after church attacks

Egypt’s president has announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that killed at least 45 people. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s measure will have to be approved by the parliament. He had earlier ordered the deployment of the military across the country. So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the blasts in Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday. The group has targeted Copts in Egypt recently and warned of more attacks. President Sisi made a defiant speech at the presidential palace after a meeting of the ...

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Syria civil war: UN calls emergency talks after 'gas attack'

Media playback is unsupported on your device The UN Security Council is to hold emergency talks after a suspected chemical attack in Syria left dozens of civilians dead and wounded. The attack on a rebel-held town brought furious international reaction, with the US and other powers blaming the Syrian government for the deaths. Officials in Damascus deny using any such weapons. The attack will overshadow a conference in Brussels at which 70 donor nations will discuss aid efforts in Syria. Delegates want to step up humanitarian access for thousands of ...

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M1 closed near East Midlands Airport for Jet2 emergency

A section of the M1 was closed due to an “aircraft emergency” on a flight from Gran Canaria. Police closed the motorway in both directions near East Midlands Airport to allow “a clear flight path” for the plane, which landed safely on Saturday. Traffic was stopped between J23a and J24 at 21:30 GMT for about 20 minutes. East Midlands Airport said the closure was “precautionary” after a Jet2 flight with 153 people on board alerted them to a suspected malfunction. A spokeswoman for Jet2 said flight number LS670 called for ...

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Paris attacks: State of emergency 'to protect elections'

The state of emergency imposed in France after the Paris attacks must be extended to protect elections next year, PM Bernard Cazeneuve has said. He said he was seeking the extension until 15 July, covering presidential and parliamentary polls from April to June, and Bastille Day on 14 July. Parliament is expected to approve the measure on Tuesday. It will be the fifth extension of the emergency powers introduced after the attacks on 13 November last year. Islamist extremists killed 130 people and wounded hundreds in gun and bomb attacks ...

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FCC aims to improve phone emergency alerts after recent bombings

Wireless subscribers in the US have been seeing occasional emergency alert notifications in recent years. These messages can make the public aware of imminent danger from natural disasters or terrorist attacks, or simply help law enforcement find a missing child. However, after the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, there’s pressure to improve these alerts, which are currently woefully inadequate. Luckily, the FCC already has a plan. A number of government agencies including FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security started designing the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) in ...

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Italy quake: Emergency declared as hopes for more survivors fade

Italy has declared a state of emergency in the regions worst hit by Wednesday’s earthquake as hopes of finding more survivors fade. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged €50m (£42m) in funds for rebuilding. At least 250 people are now known to have died and 365 were injured. Teams have continued to search the rubble of toppled buildings for a second night. However, hundreds of aftershocks have hampered the efforts of the 5,000 rescuers. In addition to the funds, Mr Renzi cancelled taxes for residents and announced a new initiative, ...

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Turkey coup attempt: State of emergency announced

Turkey’s president has declared a state of emergency for three months following Friday night’s failed army coup. Speaking at the presidential palace in Ankara, Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that “all the viruses within the armed forces will be cleansed”. The declaration could be used to extend the detention of nearly 10,000 people rounded up since the failed coup. More than 600 schools have been closed and thousands of state workers sacked in a crackdown by the president. “This measure is in no way against democracy, the law and freedoms,” said ...

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