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Biggest fall in UK retail sales in seven years

UK retail sales posted their biggest quarterly fall in seven years in March, as the prices of everyday goods continued to climb. By volume, sales were down 1.4% on the preceding quarter, and down 1.8% compared with February 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics. In the quarter, they fell across all types of shop except those selling textiles, clothing and footwear. But the total amount spent was still higher than a year ago. ‘Clouds gathering’ Kate Davies, senior statistician at the ONS, said: “This is the first time ...

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Royal Marine Alexander Blackman gets seven years for Taliban killing

A Royal Marine convicted of killing a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has been jailed for seven years. Sgt Alexander Blackman, 42, will be freed in weeks as he has already served more than three years in jail. The sentencing came after the Court Martial Appeal Court ruled Blackman’s original murder conviction should be reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The 2011 shooting took place after a British patrol base came under fire. One of two insurgents was seriously injured by gunfire from an Apache helicopter sent ...

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London attack: Two men continue to be questioned as seven released

Seven of the 11 people arrested since the Westminster attack have been released with no further action, police have said. The Metropolitan Police said two men remain in custody, while two women have been released on bail until late March. Police are trying to establish whether attacker Khalid Masood acted alone. Meanwhile, the Saudi Arabian government has confirmed that Masood worked in the country as an English teacher in two different spells between 2005 and 2009. Four people were killed and 50 injured after Masood drove his car into people ...

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London attack: Seven held after Westminster attack

Seven arrests have been made in raids following the Westminster attack that left four dead, police have said. Acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Counter Terrorism Mark Rowley said hundreds of detectives have worked through the night, carrying out searches at six addresses. Those who died were a woman in her 40s, a man in his 50s, PC Keith Palmer and the attacker, he said. Seven of the injured are still in hospital in a critical condition. A further 29 had been treated in hospital, Mr Rowley added. In the ...

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Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record

Astronomers have detected a record seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star. The researchers say that all seven could potentially support liquid water on the surface, depending on the other properties of those planets. But only three are within the conventional “habitable” zone where life is considered a possibility. The compact system of exoplanets orbits Trappist-1, a low-mass, cool star located 40 light-years away from Earth. The planets were detected using Nasa’s Spitzer Space Telescope and several ground-based observatories are described in the journal Nature. Where should we look for ...

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NASA announces discovery of seven Earth-like exoplanets in a single solar system

Astronomers have identified more than 4,700 potential exoplanets in the last few decades, and you can add seven more to the list today. NASA has announced the discovery of an amazing planetary system in orbit of a nearby star consisting of seven Earth-like planets in the habitable zone. The star known as TRAPPIST-1 is a mere 39.13 light years away. It’s much smaller and cooler than our sun, but all seven of those planets are clustered in very close, which would make for an incredible view. TRAPPIST-1 is what’s know ...

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GPs urged to commit to seven day service or lose funding

GPs in England must keep their surgeries open for longer to meet demand from patients, or risk losing funding, Downing Street has warned. Number 10 said many patients were going to already pressurised A&E departments because they cannot get appointments. The government wants to see surgeries open between 08:00 and 20:00, seven days a week, unless they can prove the demand is not there. The British Medical Association accused ministers of “scapegoating” doctors. Downing Street issued a statement saying surgeries should do more to ensure they offer appointments in the ...

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Rio Paralympics 2016: Great Britain win seven gold medals on day two

Media playback is not supported on this device 2016 Paralympic Games Venue: Rio de Janeiro Dates: 7-18 September Time in Rio: BST -4 Coverage: Live updates, video clips, medal table, results and news alerts, catch-up service, plus commentary on BBC Radio 5 live. Television coverage on Channel 4. Sprinter Jonnie Peacock won Great Britain’s seventh gold medal of an extraordinary second day of the Paralympic Games in Rio. Peacock, 23, retained his T44 100m title with a dominant performance. Cyclists Sophie Thornhill, with pilot Helen Scott, and Jody Cundy earlier ...

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Seven day NHS pledge faces 'staff shortages'

A confidential review of the government’s plan for a seven-day NHS has identified 13 risks, according to the Guardian and Channel 4 News. These include concerns over a shortage of doctors and other health staff. The leaked risk register was drawn up by the Department of Health, and sets out a series of possible problems. The Department of Health said the government was tackling an “unacceptable variation” in standards in care across the week. The government has promised a “truly seven-day service” by 2020. The documents, obtained by Channel 4 ...

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Eurostar staff to strike for seven days

Eurostar rail workers are to take seven days of strike action this month in a dispute over their work-life balance, the RMT union says. Staff will walk out from 00:01 BST on 12 August until 23.59 BST on 15 August, and for three days over the UK Bank Holiday weekend from 27 August. The union says the dispute is over unsocial hours and duty rosters for about 80 train managers. Eurostar said all passengers with reservations will be able to travel. A spokesman said: “On the days of the strike ...

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