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Novichok victim's family pay an emotional tribute
The family of Dawn Sturgess, the woman who died in Wiltshire having been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok, have released a tribute to her.
They say she had the biggest of hearts.

The Met police is still heading a murder investigation while her partner Charlie Rowley remains critically ill in hospital.

Statement from the family of Dawn Sturgess:
“Dawn's death has been devastating for us. Dawn will always be remembered by us as a gentle soul who was generous to a fault.
“She would do anything for anybody and those who knew Dawn would know that she would gladly give her last penny to somebody in need.
“She had the biggest of hearts and she will be dreadfully missed by both her immediate and wider family.
“Our thoughts and prayers also go out to Charlie and his family and we wish Charlie a speedy recovery.
“We would like to take this opportunity to pass on our sincerest thanks to all of the NHS staff involved in Daw..

All boys and coach rescued from Thai caves
All 12 boys and their football coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flood Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said.
It's a successful end to a perilous mission that has gripped the world.

“The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe,” the Thai navy SEAL unit said on its official Facebook page.

The “Wild Boars” soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice and a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

British divers found the 13, hungry and huddled in darkness on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex, on Monday last week.

After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers.

Another four were rescued on Monday and the last fou..

Beers, burgers and TVs – World Cup spending helps UK retailers
The soccer World Cup prompted shoppers in Britain to spend more on beer, barbecues and big-screen televisions in June but the overall increase in sales slowed in a reminder of how wary many consumers remain, a survey showed on Tuesday.
Total retail sales values rose by 2.3 percent compared with June 2017, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said.

That was the joint second-biggest increase of 2018 after a winter slowdown, but was weaker than a 4.1 percent jump in May as the excitement around England’s progress in the World Cup boosted sales only for specific goods.

“The reality is that sales don’t grow on the feel-good factor alone,” Helen Dickinson, the BRC’s chief executive, said.

“With household incomes still barely growing faster than inflation, conditions for consumers and retailers remain extremely tough.”

Consumer spending accounts for around 80 percent of Britain’s economy and the Bank of England is watc..

Rescuers begin challenging final push to free last 5 from Thai cave
The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave complex are in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said on Tuesday as rescuers began a third and more challenging final mission to free the remaining five.
“At this moment (there are) no worrisome conditions, everyone is safe,” Jesada Chokdamrongsuk, Thailand's health ministry permanent secretary, told reporters.

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.

“The kids are footballers, are strong and have high immunity,” Jesada said when asked why they survived so long.

The boys had a good appetite but were mainly being given bland, easily digestible foods. However, doctors later relented after some of the boys asked for bread with chocolate topping.

They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of..

Jeremy Hunt throws his support behind PM as he's named Foreign Secretary
Theresa May has appointed Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Secretary after predecessor Boris Johnson resigned in protest at the government's plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union.
The appointment of Hunt, the long-serving health minister, sees a close May ally replace the maverick Johnson, and could alter the Brexit balance of May's top ministerial team.

While Johnson was one of the most high-profile Brexit campaigners, Hunt backed “Remain” during the 2016 referendum campaign.

Hunt told LBC Radio in October 2017, however, that he had changed his mind on the issue, in part because of what he said was disappointing “arrogance” in the EU's behaviour during negotiations.

Last month, Hunt said it was inappropriate for businesses like Airbus to issue warnings about moving jobs because of Brexit and that they should instead be getting behind May in her push for a good deal o..

Pivac named as Gatland's successor
Wayne Pivac, head coach of Welsh rugby union side Scarlets, will take over from Wales coach Warren Gatland after he steps down following the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Pivac replaces Gatland, the longest serving and most successful coach of Wales, with the New Zealander's contract set to expire after the World Cup.

“In Wayne Pivac, we have secured the best man for the job and we have done so rigorously and decisively to the collective benefit of all involved in Welsh rugby,” Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips said at a news conference.

The 55-year-old former Fiji boss will be the 23rd man to lead Wales since David Nash was appointed head coach in 1967.

Published: 09/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub

Boris Johnson quits as Foreign Secretary
Boris Johnson has resigned as Foreign Secretary following former Brexit Secretary David Davis out of the cabinet.
British foreign minister just days after Prime Minister Theresa May secured a hard-won agreement from senior ministers on an EU exit strategy.

“This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. His replacement will be announced shortly. The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work,” an emailed statement from May's office said.

Published: 09/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub

Police unable to link Amesbury poisoning to Skripals attack
Britain's top counter-terrorism officer said detectives were unable to say if the Novichok that two Britons were exposed to was the same that struck down a former Russian double agent and his daughter.
Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after she was exposed to Novichok on June 30 in western England, just a few miles from where Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with the same poison four months ago.

“This latest horrendous turn of events has only served to strengthen the resolve of our investigation team as we work to identify those responsible for this outrageous, reckless and barbaric act,” Neil Basu, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer, told reporters.

“They are unable to say at this moment whether or not the nerve agent found in this incident is linked to the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal,” Basu said.

Published: 09/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub

England beat Sweden to reach World Cup semis
England advanced to their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years after a 2-0 last-eight victory over a disappointing Sweden.
Headers by Harry Maguire and Dele Alli secured the victory.

Centre back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first international goal after 30 minutes as England had much the best of the first half.

Jordan Pickford made excellent saves to deny Marcus Berg, twice, and Viktor Claesson after the break but England generally looked the more dangerous side and were rewarded when Alli headed the second from a Jesse Lingard cross in the 59th minute.

England previously reached the semi-finals in 1966, when they went on to win the World Cup for the only time, and 1990 and will next face either Russia or Croatia, who meet later on Saturday.

Published: 07/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub

Brexit minister David Davis quits in row over negotiations
Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned because he was not willing to be “a reluctant conscript” to Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to leave the European Union, delivering a blow to a British leader struggling to end divisions among her ministers.
The late-night resignation was praised by Brexit campaigners in May's Conservative Party, who felt her plan to press for the closest possible trading ties with the EU had betrayed their desire for a clean break with the bloc.

His resignation seemed to spur others to follow suit, with a source saying that a junior minister in the same department had also quit, just two days after May had held a crisis meeting with ministers to overcome the deep divisions over Brexit.

With nine months before Britain leaves and just over three before the EU says it wants a deal, May has been under intense pressure from the bloc and from many businesses to show her negotiating po..


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