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UK police forces 'still abusing stop and search powers' 11.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Home secretary suspends 13 forces from stop and search reform scheme after report finds they failed to meet three out of five of its requirements

Most of Britain’s police forces are still failing to obey rules to prevent abuse of their stop and search powers, according to the police regulator, raising the prospect that the government will legislate to force them to do so.

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found that one in seven stops may be unlawful, despite promises by police chiefs to reform.

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Flint officials ask US Congress for $55m to replace city's old lead pipes 11.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Officials from Michigan city testified to congressional leaders Wednesday to ‘help us restore our city’ after lead was discovered in drinking water

Officials from the embattled city of Flint, Michigan, testified to Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday to reiterate their call for urgent upgrades to the midwestern city’s basic services.

Abnormally high levels of lead were discovered in the city’s drinking water after an emergency manager, appointed by the state government, switched Flint’s water from Detroit’s supply to the Flint river, leading to extra corrosion in the old lead service lines that carry the city’s water.

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Department of Health receives £205m emergency bailout 11.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Treasury forced to top up £116.3bn budget when it became clear Jeremy Hunt’s department would not balance its books

George Osborne has been forced to give the Department of Health an emergency bailout to stop it busting its budget for this year, in a further sign of the intense pressures on NHS finances.

The Treasury has given the DH an extra £205m on top of the £116.3bn it was originally allocated in its 2015-16 budget. It handed over the money when it became clear that, in a serious breach of Whitehall protocol, health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s department would be unable to balance its books by the end of March.

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Female bombers kill 56 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp 11.2.2016 Rediff: News
Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people, health and rescue officials said on Wednesday.
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Our adoration is killing the NHS. It needs tough love | Simon Jenkins 11.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Archaic demarcations between GPs, consultants and nurses are wasting billions. These have to go John Reid, then the Labour government’s health secretary, in 2004 offered GPs a deal that ended weekend and home visits. They could hardly believe it. He also leveraged their average pay to £100,000 a year. People said it would send thousands rushing to accident and emergency. The British Medical Association called the deal “a bit of a laugh” , and the King’s Fund later calculated it added £30bn in costs to the NHS with no appreciable benefit. But no one blamed the NHS. Everyone loved the NHS. The attempt by Jeremy Hunt, today’s health secretary, to remedy part of Reid’s disastrous reform enjoys no such popularity. There is two-thirds support for the junior hospital doctors in their strike against weekend ...
At least 12 indigenous Peruvians dead after contracting rabies from bats 11.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Several other people remain sick in remote Achuar villages in Amazon region as authorities rush to Morona river basin to vaccinate people

At least 12 people in remote indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon have died from rabies in recent months and several more remain sick after catching the disease from bats, a local governor said on Wednesday.

Authorities were rushing to vaccinate people in native Achuar villages near the Morona river basin where the deaths have surged, said Fernando Meléndez, the governor of the Loreto region.

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West Bengal Elections: We should forget past differences, say Congress, CPI(M) state leaders 10.2.2016 DNA: Recent Columns
 With the clamour for forging an alliance between CPI(M) and Congress for the coming Bengal assembly polls growing louder in the parties' rank and file, senior leaders on Wedesday said the two should forget the past and work together for better future of West Bengal. "We should not live in the past. It is time to respect the aspirations of the masses who want to get rid of the misrule of Trinamool Congress," CPI(M) Politburo member Mohammed Salim told a seminar here. "It is true that we (CPI(M)) had opposed Congress during Emergency. But presently the situation in the state is nothing but unannounced emergency. This is not the time to think about past differences, but to work together towards the common goal of progress of Bengal," he said. Asked about the present situation on the alliance, Salim said "I am not the high command. I can only say there is a process in our party and it is going through it. But I would like to say that it is CPI(M) which is the champion of coalition politics in post ...
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Birmingham pub bombings: informer may have been in IRA unit, court told 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Lawyer for victims’ families says new evidence means inquest into blasts that killed 21 people should be reopened

There may have been an informer inside the IRA unit that carried out the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings and police could have been given advance warning, a hearing on whether to reopen the inquest has been told.

Timings for the emergency services’ response may also have been wrongly recorded, hiding the possibility that there was a sufficient period after telephoned warnings were received to evacuate the two bars where the device exploded, the coroner’s court has heard.

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The day the NHS saved my life: I lost nearly all my body's blood after giving birth 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

I needed an operation and lifesaving transfusion when my placenta became stuck – and the care didn’t stop there

I was feeling pretty pleased with how the birth of my son, Elliott, had gone. It certainly hadn’t been easy, but it had been relatively straightforward and had taken just seven hours from the first contraction – which I was told is unusual for someone having their first child. I was on a high.

And then I noticed the blood. At first, the midwives in the birth centre didn’t think it was anything to worry about. But when it didn’t stop it soon it became clear my placenta was stuck.

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UAE's Adnoc to store crude in India's strategic facility; to give two-third of oil for free 10.2.2016 ET: Oil & Gas
In a first of its kind deal, UAE's national oil company Adnoc has agreed to store crude oil in India's maiden strategic storage and give two-third of the oil to it for free.
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Hospital's failure to give woman scan at weekend blamed for her death 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Coroner attacks Tunbridge Wells hospital’s weekends policy after it delayed CT scan for 69-year-old until Monday and she died

A coroner has criticised a hospital over its failure to send a woman for a potentially life-saving CT scan under “highly unsatisfactory” weekend arrangements.

North-west Kent senior coroner Roger Hatch said Sandra Wood, 69, died of natural causes “as a consequence of the failure by Tunbridge Wells hospital to correctly diagnose and treat her”.

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Subway in the sky: has La Paz's cable car made a real difference to the city? 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Almost two years on and the teleférico to El Alto has proved a cheap and stress-free way to link neighbouring cities that were long seen as social worlds apart

As the highest, longest urban cable car system in the world, La Paz’s “subway in the sky” was guaranteed a mention in the Guinness World Records book even before it opened in May 2014. The question back then, however, was whether it could also win a place in the hearts of its 1.5 million potential users.

Twenty months on, the answer appears to be a resounding yes. The aerial transport network has not only proved popular among locals, but is also lauded as a symbol of efforts to close the geographic and economic gap between Bolivia’s indigenous poor and mestizo middle class.

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French MPs to vote on controversial changes to constitution 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Measures proposed after November Paris attacks could strip French nationality from convicted terrorists and enshrine state of emergency powers

French MPs are preparing to vote on François Hollande’s controversial package of measures to change the French constitution in response to the Paris terrorist attacks in November.

A narrow majority of MPs in the lower house of parliament is expected to approve the heavily contested measures that would strip convicted terrorists of their French nationality and enshrine the state of emergency powers into the constitution.

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'Everyone is catching it': Venezuelans fear the worst as Zika infections rise 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

The numbers infected with the Zika virus could be as high as 400,000 say experts, and medicine is in short supply as the country’s recession takes a toll

You can spot them by their warm winter clothes, despite the tropical heat. Inside a dingy public health clinic in the Libertador municipality of Caracas, half a dozen people are waiting to find out if they have the Zika virus.

“It’s the chills that are the worst,” says Angy, 21. She displays a scarlet rash on both her upper arms. Alongside her, her mother, Belkis Carillo, a nurse, needs no convincing. “Everyone is catching it,” she says. “My sister, my cousin, my nephew. They’ve all had it.”

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Jessica Ennis-Hill’s coach: Britain should move Rio 2016 camp over zika virus 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
• Toni Minichiello wants preparation to take place outside of Brazil
• ‘We should be looking at finding a camp that minimises the risk’

Britain should move its preparation camp for the Rio Olympic Games outside Brazil to minimise the risk of catching the Zika virus, Jessica Ennis-Hill’s coach said, adding he would not encourage the reigning heptathlon champion to defend her title.

Related: 'Everyone is catching it': Venezuelans fear the worst as Zika infections rise

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Junior doctors' strike: how have you been affected? 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Whether you’re volunteering in your local community during the strike or you’re a patient whose appointment has been cancelled, we’d like to hear from you

Junior doctors are striking today in the continuing dispute over new contracts proposed by the government.

The British Medical Association’s decision to go ahead with today’s strike means thousands of operations and appointments have been cancelled with junor doctors only providing emergency care.

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Junior doctors strike: second 24-hour walkout over new contracts – live updates 10.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Doctors will only provide emergency care for 24-hour BMA accuses Jeremy Hunt of rejecting deal 8.48am GMT Frances Perraudin videos an early morning picket line at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire hospital. Junior doctors gather on the picket line at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire hospital. pic.twitter.com/tsRBUtp4m1 There are around 1,000 junior doctors working in Sheffield. Around 35% of them are going to work today. pic.twitter.com/SxU3bnYp2z 8.47am GMT On a drizzly and cold February morning junior doctors, some of whom have many years of practice, have joined the picket lines at the gates of St George’s hospital in Tooting in south west London, writes Aisha Gani. Doctors handed out leaflets, turquoise stickers and lanyards with the caption: “one profession” while some motorists going by beeped in support. Up and early: junior doctors from various departments on strike outside St George's and handing out stickers ...
Magnitude 6.3 quake hits central Chile, no major damage reported 10.2.2016 DNA: Urban Tales
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off the coast of central Chile on Tuesday evening, the US Geological Survey said, although there were no immediate reports of major damage. The quake, centred 48 miles (79 km) southwest of Coquimbo, was around 20 miles (32 km) below the seabed. It struck at 9:33 p.m. (0033 GMT). Chile's emergency office said some homes had been left without electricity and local media reported rock falls on the highway following the quake, which was also felt in neighbouring Argentina. No other damage was reported, and the navy said the earthquake had not generated the conditions to cause a tsunami. The Coquimbo area was hit by a magnitude 8.3 quake last September, which killed several people and caused a small tsunami, and it has been regularly affected by aftershocks since then. Chile, located on the earthquake-prone Pacific Rim of Fire, is the site of the largest earthquake ever recorded, a massive magnitude 9.5 in May 1960 that caused a huge tsunami in ...
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Don't link Zika with nerve disorder, says WHO 9.2.2016 TOI: All Headlines
Don't link Zika with nerve disorder, says WHO
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WHO warns against rush to link Zika virus to Guillain-Barré syndrome 9.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Though a World Health Organisation official acknowledged three reported deaths from the rare nerve disorder, he called for caution with no link yet found

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged caution about linking the Zika virus with a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barré which health officials in Colombia have blamed for three deaths.

“Yes, we have seen cases of death from Guillain-Barré syndrome; three have been reported. But I would urge caution” on linking it with Zika, a WHO spokesman, Christian Lindmeier, said.

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