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New Zealand happy to forget the UK’s ‘betrayal’

Image caption The UK joined the then European Economic Community in 1973, before voters agreed in a 1975 referendum that it should remain It was a story of break-up and betrayal, and of a long-distance relationship that went sour. It’s not a cliffhanger from Shortland Street, New Zealand’s longest-running TV soap opera, but a real-life tale of abandonment. It happened ...

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Itai Dzamara: The man who stood up to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and vanished

Image copyright Kumbirai Mafunda Itai Dzamara was one of the most outspoken critics of Robert Mugabe before his disappearance. Three years later, his loved ones are still waiting for answers. Kim Chakanetsa reports from Zimbabwe. Sheffra Dzamara has not seen her husband Itai Dzamara in more than three years. Her life changed irrevocably on the morning of 9 March 2015 ...

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Palestinians face uncertainties over Abbas succession

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mahmoud Abbas’s office released this image of the president (centre) walking in a hospital corridor Wearing an elegant dressing gown, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is shown walking unaided along the corridor of Ramallah’s best private hospital. A family photograph has him sitting upright in bed casually studying a newspaper. A hospital official said the ...

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Water resistant sunscreen claims ‘meaningless’, says Which?

Image copyright Getty Images Water-resistant sunscreen products work much less well after they have been worn in the sea, a consumer group has warned ahead of the summer holiday season. Which? tested two products claiming to be water resistant and found the sun protection factor (SPF) dropped by up to 59% after 40 minutes in salt water. Cancer Research UK ...

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Five charts that tell the story of diversity in UK universities

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDavid Lammy told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Oxford University was moving at a “glacial pace”. Attention has turned to the lack of diversity at the UK’s top universities once again, as the University of Oxford publishes its admissions figures. While Oxford says that the proportion of its undergraduate students from ...

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Tax rises needed ‘to prevent NHS misery’

Image copyright PA Taxes are going to have to rise to pay for the NHS if the UK is to avoid “a decade of misery” in which the old, sick and vulnerable are let down, say economists. The Institute for Fiscal Studies and Health Foundation said the NHS would need an extra 4% a year for the next 15 years ...

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Church of England offers prayers read by Amazon’s Alexa

Image copyright Getty Images/Amazon Image caption From the pew to the… speaker? The Church of England is offering worshippers the chance to use voice-activated virtual assistants to pray. People can ask Amazon’s Alexa device to read a prayer of the day, the Ten Commandments or the Lord’s Prayer or to recite grace before a meal. But the smart speakers will ...

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