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Liz Truss warns Boris Johnson over Brexit border plans

An extraordinary cabinet row has erupted over Brexit with Liz Truss warning that Boris Johnson’s border plans risk smuggling, damage to the UK’s international reputation and could face a legal challenge from the World Trade Organization. The international trade secretary wrote to the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and Michael Gove on Wednesday warning of four “key […]

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LGBT asylum seekers’ claims routinely rejected in Europe and UK

People seeking asylum in the UK and Europe on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity are routinely seeing their claims rejected because of a widespread “culture of disbelief” and an “impossible burden of proof”, researchers have said. Calling for a major overhaul of the way asylum systems treat LGBT+ claimants, the team from […]

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Palace letters: Queen’s secret correspondence surrounding Gough Whitlam’s dismissal to be released on 14 July

Previously secret correspondence between the Queen and former Australian governor general Sir John Kerr surrounding the dismissal of Gough Whitlam will be released in full on Tuesday morning, Australia’s national archives has confirmed. The decision will guarantee the public will be able to access the entirety of the so-called palace letters, a series of more […]

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Philip Pullman to release unseen His Dark Materials novella in October

A previously unseen His Dark Materials story about a teenage Lyra, written by Philip Pullman over a decade ago and that he never intended to publish, will be released this autumn. Serpentine, out in October, follows Lyra Silvertongue as she returns to Trollesund, the remote town where she first met the armoured bear Iorek Byrnison […]

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‘We cried a lot’: Hong Kong family torn apart as protester seeks asylum in Australia

“Leaving a place that I love was very difficult. We’re all Hong Kong people who come out to protest because we love Hong Kong. But now we are forced to leave.” Jay* is a former Hong Kong resident who attended many of last year’s protests including on the frontlines. He was arrested and charged with […]

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George Floyd told officers ‘I can’t breathe’ more than 20 times, transcripts show

Newly released transcripts of the minutes leading up to George Floyd’s death reveal he told officers “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times, only to have his plea dismissed by Derek Chauvin, the white officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck, who said: “It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.” Floyd’s […]

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Researchers Announce The First Cartilage-Mimicking Gel That’s Strong Enough For Knees

The thin, slippery layer of cartilage between the bones in the knee is magical stuff: strong enough to withstand a person’s weight, but supple enough to cushion the joint during impact from decades of use. That combination of soft-yet-strong has been hard to reproduce in the lab—but now, Duke University researchers say they’ve created an […]