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Flood defences misselling scandal as experts say £14m of taxpayers’ money wasted on measures that will fail

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Flood defences misselling scandal as experts say £14m of taxpayers’ money wasted on measures that will fail

Millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been wasted on fitting thousands of properties with poor quality flood defences that will fail when Britain is next struck by major storms, flood relief experts have warned. A number of firms have been accused of installing substandard flood defence

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One million pensioners will be on ‘suckers lists’ by 2019

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One million pensioners will be on ‘suckers lists’ by 2019

Around one million pensioners will be on "suckers lists" of people vulnerable to scams within two years, a lead researcher for trading standards has warned. The number of victims is soaring at a rapid rate with the Government’s database of 300,000 people expected to more than triple

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Leftist Benoît Hamon who wants ‘universal wage’ for all wins French Socialist primaries in boost for Emmanuel Macron

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Leftist Benoît Hamon who wants ‘universal wage’ for all wins French Socialist primaries in boost for Emmanuel Macron

Benoît Hamon, a leftist likened to Jeremy Corbyn, trounced ex-prime minister Manuel Valls in French Socialist presidential primaries, partial results suggested on Sunday night. Mr Hamon, an ex-education minister who wants to reduce the working week from 35 to 32 hours, tax robots and provide a

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Unbelievably cute rare liger cub born in Russia

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Unbelievably cute rare liger cub born in Russia

Tsar the liger cub is a cross between a lion and tiger and is one of only 30 in the whole world.  Video block text

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Huge avalanche after control team drops bomb on mountainside

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Huge avalanche after control team drops bomb on mountainside

Avalanche control teams dropped explosives from a helicopter onto Ajax Peak in Colorado, USA on Thursday.  They set off a controlled slide to prevent a bigger one, more dangerous one in the future. Video block text

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‘Leave my wife alone’ says François Fillon as French presidential contender defends British spouse at mass Paris rally

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‘Leave my wife alone’ says François Fillon as French presidential contender defends British spouse at mass Paris rally

A crowd of 15,000 gave an emotional François Fillon and his British wife an ovation on Sunday as the front-running French presidential contender sought to allay fears his electoral hopes could founder over allegations she was paid for a fake job as his parliamentary assistant. The nominee for

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Mid-air credit card scammers given suspended jail sentences

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Mid-air credit card scammers given suspended jail sentences

Two men have been given jail sentences after exploiting a mid-air banking loophole to buy £1,500 worth of duty free goods using ‘maxed out’ credit cards Peter Jackson and Geoffrey Dunn deliberately took flights in order to take advantage of the scam which meant they were able to purchase items

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Foreign visitors to US could be denied entry ‘unless they hand over social media and mobile phone data’

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Foreign visitors to US could be denied entry ‘unless they hand over social media and mobile phone data’

The White House reportedly hopes to start collecting social media data from foreign visitors, denying entry to those who refuse.  According to CNN, travellers would also be asked to share their mobile phone contacts under the controversial proposals.  White House policy director Stephen

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Chinese New Year: workers travel home for the final time, as China’s big cities no long offer economic prosperity

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Chinese New Year: workers travel home for the final time, as China’s big cities no long offer economic prosperity

After giving up on transforming his fortunes in one of China’s modern cities, Zhang Zhihao has returned for good to the grimy, rural village he calls home for this week’s Lunar New Year.  He is among thousands leaving the country’s major cities for the final time, as a slowing economy

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3D tech, but zero interest: TV manufacturers stop making set once hailed as future

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3D tech, but zero interest: TV manufacturers stop making set once hailed as future

It wasn’t long ago that 3D television was being talked up as the next big revolution in home entertainment. But now it appears that the much-trumpeted concept has died an early death, as the only two major 3D TV makers have discontinued the product. Last year giant TV maker Samsung announced it

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