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19/06/2018 19:22:55  

European boss says 10% of attempted transactions failed

Visa has said a “very rare” partial failure that stopped a backup network switch in one of its two data centres from activating was the root cause of the fiasco earlier this month that caused millions of transactions in Europe to be declined.…

19/06/2018 19:22:45  

Amid outrage over family separations, state department hosted #FamilyTravelHacks on Facebook Live

On Tuesday morning, the Department of State held a live webinar on Facebook. “Are you traveling with kids this year?” the event description read. “[W]ant tips to make travel easier? Join us for this Facebook Live with Carl and Kim from Passport Services. They’ll share lots of tips with you to make traveling with the whole family easier.”

It was an odd time to choose to advise people about travelling with children. In the last few months, the Trump administration has separated almost 2,000 migrant children from their parents as part of a new “zero tolerance” border policy. There has been mounting criticism of the practice, and nationwide protests against Trump’s policy are planned for 30 June.

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19/06/2018 19:22:27  

Formal change yet to happen, despite Commons’ vote in favour of parental leave system

Among the many issues to be considered by MPs before Wednesday’s crucial vote on the EU withdrawal bill is one particular complexity faced by a handful of them: the implications of late pregnancy.

With no formal parental leave system in place in the Commons, the precise numbers on the key amendment vote could be swayed by the fact that three MPs who would vote against the government are heavily pregnant.

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19/06/2018 19:22:26  

After two Lords defeats for the government, the battle returns to the Commons

A much-debated and much-amended section of the EU withdrawal bill returns to the Commons on Wednesday for a potentially crucial vote. Amendment 19 seeks to give parliament a final say on a Brexit deal – but how much say has varied wildly between its various incarnations. This is its progress so far:

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19/06/2018 19:22:25  

Cambridge museum to display brutally realistic bust of the late monarch

The least amused portrait of Queen Victoria ever created, showing the monarch with brutal realism as an ageing, pouchy cheeked woman with tired eyes, has been saved from export at a cost of more than £1m.

It will go on permanent public display for the first time at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The marble portrait was carved by Sir Alfred Gilbert – best known for the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus – between 1887-89.

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19/06/2018 19:22:24  

Meat packers and makers of fizzy drinks and beers may struggle to obtain CO2

World Cup barbecues may be under threat as beers, fizzy drinks and meat producers warn of potential shortages caused by a lack of CO2.

The British Retail Consortium has written to major retailers informing them that drinks and meat supplies could be affected as at least one UK gas supplier has had to ration orders.

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19/06/2018 19:22:18  

Students still have to apply for ‘special consideration’ to have mark adjusted, says Eduqas

An examination board has apologised to A-level students and their teachers after a mix-up in recordings made it difficult for candidates to answer questions in Spanish and French exams taken this month.

Related: Share your 2018 GCSE and A-level experiences

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19/06/2018 19:22:18  

Both sides say they will not back down in latest Commons clash on EU withdrawal bill

Theresa May faces a nail-biting parliamentary clash with Conservative rebels on Wednesday as the government seeks to defeat an attempt to give MPs a “meaningful vote” before Britain could leave the EU without a deal.

The EU withdrawal bill, the government’s flagship piece of Brexit legislation, returns to the House of Commons on Wednesday against a backdrop of increasing anxiety about the risk of negotiations with the EU27 failing to yield an agreement.

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19/06/2018 19:21:56  

Judith Daniels thanks her council for her wonderful local library, Keith McClellan looks at the role they play in democracy, and Keith Martin argues their closure is breaking the law

I could not agree more with your leader (Editorial, 18 June) and the wonderful, life-affirming institutions that are public libraries. While sitting in my local community library writing this letter, I am surrounded by myriad activities including a well-attended jobs fair, people browsing shelves, and a cafe stocked with delicious food.

It is a sad indictment that our libraries are being decimated because local councils are being starved of the very necessary funds to keep them alive. Every generation from a child in arms to a centenarian can feel at home in a library’s multicultural, inclusive atmosphere. Loneliness is the scourge of our disconnected and alienated world, so libraries help to solve a real mental health problem by opening their doors to everyone. I agree too that helpful, knowledgeable staff and volunteers are the lynchpin that ties it all together. I am very fortunate that in Norfolk we have not lost this educational, vibrant, inclusive mine of information. I could not be more grateful to our far-sighted county council.
Judith Daniels
Norfolk

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19/06/2018 19:18:53  

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has spoken in public for the first time of the loss of her younger sister, Inés Zorreguieta, who died this month.
19/06/2018 19:18:45  

Tracking devices stopped working as the pudding reached 52,500ft, attached to a high altitude balloon.
19/06/2018 18:22:57  

For months in the Australian-run detention centre she pleaded for her sons. The eldest, Fariborz Karami, killed himself last week

Two days before her son took his own life on Nauru, Fazileh Mansour Beigi’s final plea for help carried with it a warning too.

For months inside the Australian-run regional processing centre, Mansour Beigi had begged for help for her sons, whom she had watched deteriorate over five years in immigration detention. To anyone she could, she wrote letter after letter, pleading for someone to intervene.

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19/06/2018 18:22:56  

Calls for prime minister Peter O’Neill to visit restive Southern Highlands province, amid anger over election result

Riots that erupted last week in Papua New Guinea could turn into a full-scale conflict, locals have said, as anger and chaos grip the Southern Highlands province.

In the last week, protesters incensed by the failure of a court challenge relating to an election result have set fire to a commercial plane, government buildings and the home of the local governor, as well as ambushing two police cars.

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19/06/2018 18:22:38  

Government also resubmits bill to criminalise those deemed to be helping illegal immigration

The Hungarian government has stepped up its anti-immigration measures with plans to introduce a 25% tax on aid groups it says support migration.

Viktor Orbán’s administration has been among the most hostile to immigration in Europe. His Fidesz party was re-elected in a landslide victory in April, promising to crack down on non-governmental organisations it says support migrants.

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19/06/2018 18:22:37  

Sebastian Trabucatti convicted of manslaughter over the death of Harrow pupil Archie Lloyd

A club promoter has been spared jail after being convicted at a court in Crete of first degree manslaughter over the death of 18-year-old public schoolboy Archie Lloyd, who he punched during a row in Malia in 2015.

Harrow pupil Lloyd was celebrating the end of his A-Level exams with friends in Malia when he was knocked to the ground on 6 August 2015 by Sebastian Trabucatti.

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19/06/2018 18:22:37  

David Holden to be charged with manslaughter over 1988 killing of Aidan McAnespie

A former soldier who shot dead a 23-year-old man as he walked through a British army checkpoint in Northern Ireland 30 years ago is to be prosecuted for gross negligence manslaughter.

Aidan McAnespie was killed in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, on 21 February 1988 while on his way to play football at a local Gaelic Athletic Association club.

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19/06/2018 18:22:36  

Trade body fears fruit will rot due to government’s failure to entice seasonal workers

Strawberry and other soft fruit farmers are warning of potential shortages because they are struggling to find enough workers to pick fruit.

The British Summer Fruits (BSF) trade body said its members were 10% to 15% short of labour and expect to be more than 30% short by the autumn as the government drags its feet on a seasonal agricultural workers scheme.

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19/06/2018 18:22:33  

The global online retail platform aims to be free from certain animal-derived products as of next year – in line with changing consumer attitudes towards animal welfare

Animal welfare in fashion has had a huge boost this week. Asos – the second biggest clothing site in the UK, with 64.4m visitors in the six months to May 2018 – has pledged to ban silk, mohair, cashmere and feathers from its site from January 2019. In addition, products using down, teeth and bone – including mother-of-pearl, which is taken from the shell of some molluscs – also fall under the planned ban.

Peta, the animal rights organisation, came out in support of Asos’s move to update its animal welfare policy. “The global online retail platform is reflecting a profound shift in public attitudes towards the rearing and killing of animals for fashion,” said Peta UK’s director, Elisa Allen. “Consumers are changing the face of the industry by demanding that designers and retailers offer clothing and accessories that look beautiful without harming animals.”

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19/06/2018 18:22:32  

In a new exhibit, artefacts from the magician’s personal collection are on display

Those attending the press preview of the New York Historical Society’s latest exhibition expected a tour of David Copperfield’s personal collection of magic paraphernalia, widely regarded to be the biggest and most comprehensive such archive in the world. What we didn’t expect, however, was a tour guided by Copperfield himself, who emerged from behind a lectern in the museum’s vestibule, in the sleek all-black ensemble he often wears onstage, to unveil Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection.

Related: David Copperfield: lawsuit reveals secret of disappearing magic trick

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19/06/2018 18:22:31  

• Australian defeats former World No 1 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5
• Scot raced into first set lead but failed to maintain pace

Not a soul in tennis – including the man himself – expected Andy Murray to do even half of what he did at Queen’s Club on Tuesday afternoon, and push Nick Kyrgios all the way over three thrilling sets, celebrating a rousing return to tennis after 342 days away.

It was an extraordinary performance in many ways. On Saturday, a fit and inspired Kyrgios, returning after nearly three months out injured, took the world No 1, Roger Federer, to a third-set tie-break in the semi-finals at Stuttgart. This should have been a stroll in the sun for the Australian against an opponent who only five months ago was lying on an operating table in Melbourne hoping his long-time confident, Dr John O’Donnell, had successfully scraped clean the detritus gathered around the ball-joint of his left hip.

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19/06/2018 18:22:25  

The Glasgow School of Art was a masterpiece, but promises to build a reproduction are premature

The gutting by fire of Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building is a huge loss to Scotland and the world. The highly distinctive structure, completed in 1909, was Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece. It is also the home of one of the UK’s most important art schools and a place beloved by students, many of whom have spoken in recent days of their shock and sadness. Neither the fact that the art school has a strongly Scottish identity, nor divisions between Scottish and UK politicians over Brexit, should obscure a shared sense of deep dismay.

That anger was also being expressed even before the fire was fully out is understandable, and right. A costly and painstaking £35m restoration was nearing completion, with timbers to match the originals sourced from a Massachusetts mill. An exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum, planned to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, opened a few weeks ago. The refurbished Mackintosh-designed Willow Tea Rooms reopens in a fortnight; another tea room is one of the centrepieces of the new V&A in Dundee. Mackintosh was a one-off, his career a brilliant chapter in the story of Scottish and British art and design. Now the heart of Glasgow’s Mackintosh legacy has been ripped away.

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19/06/2018 18:22:25  

The policy of separating families has the president’s name written all over it. But it also has an awful American pedigree

“This is un-American!” has been one of the more common reactions to the news about the Trump administration’s decision to enthusiastically tear apart immigrant families and throw toddlers in cages – or, as Fox News’s Steve Doocy delicately put it, not cages but “warehouses with walls built out of chain-link fences”. “This is not who we are!” cry my fellow American liberals. But when does what a country does become what a country is?

The stories now coming out of the United States are so devastating they can only be described as a national moral stain: five-year-olds being led away by officers who say they are giving them a bath, only for their parents to then be told they won’t be seeing them again; mothers being deported and forced to leave children behind with no way of contacting them; hundreds of terrified children locked within chain-link fence walls, aka cages, while an official jokingly describes their cries as “an orchestra”.

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