The Great British Bake Off! Hottest June day for 40 years as heatwave continues

The temperature has reached 34.5C at Heathrow, west London, making it the hottest June day since 1976.As well as marking five consecutive days that the mercury has soared past 30C, Britain's scorching heat has also topped temperatures in holiday destinations such as Lisbon, Marseille, Barcelona and Athens.It is the hottest prolonged spell in June since the drought summer of 1976 and also the warmest summer solstice on record.Britain's hot spell has seen the Met Office issue a level three amber heatwave...

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New Zealand’s net migration hits record high

New Zealand annual net migration hit another record in May driven by foreign immigrants, with most coming from China, the UK and Australia.Annual net migration reached 72,000 in the year to 31 May versus 68,400 in the same period a year earlier, Statistics New Zealand said.Three-quarters of the 130,400 migrant arrivals were non-New Zealand citizens, with New Zealanders leaving and returning to the country almost balancing each other out in the last year.There has been a net migration gain of 73,000...

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French fitness blogger dies after exploding cream dispenser strikes her in the chest

A well-known lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser.Rebecca Burger's death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a "domestic accident".A warning against the faulty dispensers was posted to her Instagram account, saying it had "exploded and struck Rebecca's chest, causing her death".French media reported she had died of cardiac arrest after the incident, despite medical attention.The popular fitness and travel figure was well-known in France,...

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People think the Queen was making a political statement with her hat

Queen Elizabeth II has delivered the 2017 Queen's Speech which marks the beginning of a new parliamentary session.Avidly watched by political commentators, journalists and anyone else who can get away watching TV in the middle of the day, the speech steered away from Theresa May's more unpalatable policies and chose to focus instead on Brexit.The Queen said that the Government will "provide certainty" over Brexit and maintain a "deep and special" alliance with the EU.Just one thing though - notice...

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Namibia unveils world’s largest diamond exploration ship

Anglo American’s (AAL.L) diamond unit De Beers on Thursday launched the world’s largest diamond exploration vessel off the coast of Namibia as it looks to maintain high production levels until 2035.The 12,000-tonne, 113-metre-long SS Nujoma was built at a cost of $157 million and is named after Sam Nujoma, Namibia’s founding president.“I am very, very confident this (vessel) will allow us to continue to extract 1.2 million carats a year,” De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver told Reuters by telephone.He...

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World population will reach 9.8 billion in 2050, India to surpass China in 7 years: UN

India’s population is expected to surpass China’s in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, a UN report said Wednesday.The report by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Population Division forecasts that the current world population of nearly 7.6 billion will increase to 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100.It said roughly 83 million people are added...

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Pakistan to introduce strict visa policy for Chinese nationals

Pakistan will review its visa policy for Chinese citizens to plug the loopholes leading to the misuse of the current 'lenient' policy, officials said on Wednesday.The decision, taken by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, came days after the kidnapping and killing of two Chinese nationals who were "misusing" their business visas.The conditions and requirements for issuance of business and work visas to the Chinese nationals will be reviewed, the Interior Ministry said."The decision has been...

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US Total Solar Eclipse Sparks Spectator Excitement

The first total solar eclipse across the continental United States in a century is expected to spark watching parties and traffic jams as it darkens skies from Oregon to South Carolina, authorities said on Wednesday.During the Aug. 21 eclipse, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, blocking the face of the sun and leaving only its outer atmosphere, or corona, visible in the sky.It is the first coast-to-coast total eclipse since 1918. Weather permitting, people can watch as the moon's 70-mile...

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Video Shows Woman Demanding ‘White Doctor’ For Her Son In Waiting-Room Rant

As the woman stormed through the Canadian medical facility, she was adamant: She wanted a white doctor to treat her son - not a brown one and not one with an accent."So you're telling me that my kid has chest pains, he's going to have to sit here until 4 o'clock?" she told an employee at the walk-in clinic in Mississauga, Ontario. "Can I see a doctor please that's white, that doesn't have brown teeth, that speaks English?"The employee responded that the facility couldn't suddenly summon a Caucasian...

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Man dangles baby from window for Facebook ‘likes’; gets jailed

A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling a baby out of a window in order to attract "likes" on Facebook.The man posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a window in a high-rise building with the caption: "1,000 likes or I will drop him."It prompted other social media users to demand his arrest for child abuse.He was charged with endangering the baby's safety following his arrest on Sunday, police said.The child was dangled out of the 15th-floor window...

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