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Ms McCormack said the tests carried out as part of the investigation were "small scale", but added: "All I can say at the moment is they (tiles and insulation) don't pass any safety tests". That comes after London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to seek an amnesty for people who may have been living in the public housing block illegally. Fears about cladding is not limited to apartment buildings, and at least one hotel chain is calling in experts to make certain it meets safety regulations.
  • UK Tory govt still working on supply deal

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    Theresa May has promised to work with "humility and resolve" as she prepares to set out her legislative programme for the next two years in a Queen's Speech expected to be dominated by Brexit . But Conservative Party sources told the BBC that a last minute deal is still possible. "We are putting our shoulder to the wheel to try to get a good deal in London and also get a good deal here in Belfast as well".
  • Sarfraz chosen skipper, 3 Indians in ICC team of tournament

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    The 15 youngsters, who are from the same community, were arrested from Madhya Pradesh's Burhanpur district and are set to be produced in front of a court today. In 2014, about 60 Kashmiri college students watching an India-Pakistan match in the hostel of an Uttar Pradesh college were charged with sedition for cheering the Pakistani team after India lost the Asia Cup match.
  • UAE warns Qatar to take neighbours' demands 'seriously'

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    He says demands to shut the network are "nothing but an attempt to muzzle a voice of democracy in the region and suppress freedom of expression ". The Qatari government has been asked to agree to the demands within 10 days. The source added that the anti-Qatar alliance had thought that Turkey was not going to strongly back Qatar in the crisis out of fears of angering Riyadh, which has also been an ally of the Turkish government.
  • Term time holiday dad Jon Platt found guilty

    Term time holiday dad Jon Platt found guilty

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    Jon Platt lost his legal challenge at the Supreme Court in April, despite winning earlier legal battles in a case brought by Isle of Wight Council. He's also been given a 12-month conditional discharge. But local magistrates found there was no case to answer and threw the case out, so the local authority appealed to the High Court in London. However, Ben Rich, prosecuting on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, said that because permission was not granted for the term time holiday, Mr Platt ...
  • Deadly London tower blaze began in a Hotpoint fridge freezer

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    Tests will be carried out to establish whether a product recall is necessary, the government said. Police said the official number of victims has risen to nine but that the presumed death toll remains 79. To help the recovery effort, police will install an elevator on Grenfell Tower's exterior next week. She said all "complete bodies" had been removed and there was "a awful reality that we may not find or identify everyone who died due to the intense heat".
  • Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide

    Record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide

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    A report from the United Nations refugee agency found 65.6 million people were displaced from their homes a year ago. The report also supplied data on host countries, revealing that Turkey hosted the most refugees in 2016, with almost three million fleeing to Turkey for safety.
  • North Korea conducts another rocket engine test

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    If confirmed, the North's move marked the first time since March that it carried out a ground test of a new high-thrust rocket engine . It can be used to build Intercontinental ballistic missiles . South Korea began developing Hyunmoo-2 after a 2012 agreement with its ally, the United States, to increase the range of its weapons to 800 kilometers (500 miles) and raise the warhead limit to 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds).