• Devon farmer challenges Tesco over promotional picture – 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
  • Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News
  • ‘Fake research’ comes under scrutiny – BBC News

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 ProductsMailZingo Starter Plan Give Your Subscribers the World’s…

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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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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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MI6 takes to silver screen to recruit unlikely spies – BBC News

Media captionThe cinema advert is the first in the service’s history Cinemagoers may think they already know what it takes to be a spy. Generations of James Bond fans have cheered 007 as he shoots and sleeps his way through a world of sinister villains and exotic women. The image is hi-tech, violent, romantic and more than a little cynical. It’s a world-beating brand, but one today’s spymasters are doing…

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Trump card: White House plays its hand in health care battle

Washington (CNN)To make a deal, you have to know when it’s time to walk. President Donald Trump ripped that classic move from his boardroom playbook Thursday night, seeking to splinter the resistance of House Republicans refusing to pass the health care bill that has left his new administration in limbo. After days of trying to charm members of Congress, Trump gave them an ultimatum: If they don’t vote yes Friday,…

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GOP health care bill: Inside a district that could make or break the vote

Colorado's 4th congressional district (CNN)When it comes to the fate of the GOP’s health care bill, no district is more important than this swath of eastern Colorado. Rep. Ken Buck is one of several Republicans who have said they might vote against their party’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. That has raised tensions in this largely rural district. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST…

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The emotional speech that could unite House Republicans

Washington (CNN)Republican Rep. Brian Mast, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who lost both of his legs, told reporters he recounted his own experience to his colleagues at the closed-door GOP conference meeting Thursday night over the health care bill. The Florida congressman told fellow lawmakers his own personal story about sticking together in combat. “I’ve just never been in a battle that we only had to fire one…

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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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Freedom Caucus member still a ‘no’ on GOP health bill, despite whip efforts

Washington (CNN)Rep. Mo Brooks as of Thursday evening remained a holdout on the GOP health care bill, which he decried as a “massive Republican welfare plan.” The Alabama congressman and member of the House Freedom Caucus told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on “Erin Burnett OutFront” that he was no closer to supporting the bill after meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and White House chief…

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Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 — if they vote no on health care bill

Washington (CNN)In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a new fund for Republican 2018 reelection races — but they’ll only open it up to GOPers who vote against the bill. The advocacy groups helmed by Charles and David Koch have unveiled a new pool of money for advertisements, field programs and mailings that would exclude…

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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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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at…

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Dakota Access Pipeline vandalized before it comes online

(CNN)With the Dakota Access Pipeline nearly ready to start operation, the company that runs it says the 1,172-mile long oil pipe has been vandalized in several places. In a court-ordered status report filed Monday, attorneys for Dakota Access write there have been “recent coordinated physical attacks … that pose threats to life, physical safety, and the environment.” Much of the report is filed under seal and documents released to CNN…

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Bill observing Obama’s birthday fails to pass Illinois legislature

Washington (CNN)Illinois lawmakers failed to pass a measure in the legislature that would have made former President Barack Obama’s birthday a statewide holiday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The bill would have observed August 4 as a legal holiday in his home state, but the Chicago Tribune said the proposal was six votes short of passing, where it would have next moved to the Illinois Senate. “The fourth day of…

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Chinese park installs facial recognition software to stop toilet paper thieves

Beijing (CNN)It seems like the pettiest of powder room problems, but apparently toilet paper theft has gotten so bad at the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing, authorities have installed facial recognition software in the stalls. In order to get a few sheets, visitors now need to make eye contact with a computer before the dispenser spits out a serving of TP. The facial recognition program keeps the dispenser from…

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