Thursday 19th April 2018

world news


Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government's bid to cut plastic waste.

Announcing a consultation on a possible ban ministers said 8.5bn plastic straws were thrown away in the UK every year.

The prime minister said plastic waste was "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world".

And Theresa May will urge leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which began earlier, to follow the UK's lead in tackling the problem.

The Queen has formally opened the summit at an event at Buckingham Palace attended by prime ministers and presidents from the 53 states that make up the organisation.
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Tributes Paid To Dale Winton, Who Has Sadly Passed Away Aged 62

Graham Norton has led tributes to TV and radio presenter Dale Winton, who has died at the age of 62.

Norton paid tribute, thanking him for the "the best bit of showbiz advice I ever got - don't quit the hit!"

The former Supermarket Sweep host died at his home on Wednesday, his long-term agent Jan Kennedy said.

Winton spent nearly a decade hosting the ITV daytime hit but also hosted the BBC's lottery show In It To Win It and game show Hole In The Wall.

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Theresa May faces fresh questions over destruction of Windrush landing cards


Theresa May is facing fresh questions over the destruction of thousands of landing cards amid an escalating row over the treatment of the Windrush generation.

Documents recording the arrival of children of Caribbean migrants were destroyed by the Home Office in 2010 - when Ms May was home secretary - but she tried to blame the previous Labour administration by saying the decision was taken in 2009.

Downing Street later said it was an "operational" decision taken by officials rather than ministers, but Lord Kerslake, a former head of the civil service, said it was "pretty unlikely" that the Home Office would destroy records.

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New hospital and Withybush changes in Hywel Dda shake-up plan

Far-reaching changes to west Wales hospitals have been set out by Hywel Dda health board.

Each of the three options involve Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest losing its status as a round-the-clock general hospital.

Glangwili hospital in Carmarthen would also stand to lose key services including A&E.

But a new hospital, including an A&E, would be built somewhere near the Carmarthenshire-Pembrokeshire border.

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Katie Hopkins musical confronts the age of outrage

The title of a new musical - The Assassination of Katie Hopkins - is designed to provoke a reaction. And it has succeeded, not least from the woman herself. But its creators say the show is not what she - or the audience - might expect.

"We wish Katie Hopkins nothing but a long and healthy life."

Chris Bush, the writer of The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, is spelling out the fact that her show is neither about how brilliant it would be if the right-wing controversialist was bumped off, nor is it encouraging anyone to help her meet that fate.

Bush will make this clear several more times during our interview, just to get the message across.

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Cornwall child migrant woman wins fight for British passport

A woman who has lived in the UK for 47 years has won her fight for a passport.

Mary-Ann Astbury, 54, who moved with her adoptive parents from Canada to Britain in 1971, was told by officials she could not renew her passport.

The Home Office apologised and said it would contact her "to discuss her options should she wish to apply to naturalise as a British citizen".

Ms Astbury said: "It's a step forward, but I still feel I am already a British citizen."

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100 Women: 'Record number' of Nepalese women climbing Everest this season


A record number of Nepalese women are climbing Mount Everest this spring season, officials have told the BBC.

Fifteen Nepalese women are planning to climb from the Nepali side, with just five male Nepali climbers so far.

The last time a large number of Nepalese women climbed Everest was in 2008, when all 10 reached the summit.

Many of this year's female climbers want to use the opportunity to bring attention to gender and environmental issues.

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Ceri Gillett

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