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Manchester Arena attack: Survivors refused role in inquiry

Image copyright Family photosImage caption The bomb was detonated at the end of an Ariana Grande concert and killed 22 people Manchester Arena bombing survivors have lost their bid to be represented at a public inquiry into the 2017 bombing. In April, chairman Sir John Saunders denied survivors of the blast “core participant” status in […]

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Funeral costs rise despite ‘pauper’ ceremonies

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Many councils have defended the rising cost of cremations The cost of cremations in the UK has continued to rise despite reduced services on offer during the pandemic. Two thirds of councils have continued with price increases of up to 16% from last year, while limited numbers of mourners can […]

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Coronavirus: Scotland to enter next phase of lockdown easing

Image copyright PA MediaImage caption Scotland’s beer gardens have already reopened, and indoor areas of pubs and restaurants could follow on 15 July Scotland is set to formally enter the next phase of the government’s “route map” out of the coronavirus lockdown. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will make the announcement in a speech at Holyrood. […]

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Man charged after paramedics stabbed in Wolverhampton

Image caption The ambulance crew were on a call at a property in Stephens Close, Wolverhampton A man has been charged with wounding two paramedics who were stabbed during a call-out to his home. Michael Hipgrave and Deena Evans, of West Midlands Ambulance Service, were hurt at a property in Stephens Close, Wolverhampton, on Monday. […]

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JK Rowling joins 150 public figures warning over free speech

Image copyright Reuters Some 150 writers, academics and activists – including authors JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood – have signed an open letter denouncing the “restriction of debate”. They say they applaud a recent “needed reckoning” on racial justice, but argue it has fuelled stifling of open debate. The letter denounces “a vogue […]

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TikTok algorithm promoted anti-Semitic death camp meme

Image copyright Getty Images TikTok has deleted a collection of videos found by the BBC to be using a “sickening” anti-Semitic song that gained more than 6.5 million views. The song surfaced on the app on Sunday and includes the lyrics: “We’re going on a trip to a place called Auschwitz, it’s shower time.” The […]