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MPs seize control of Brexit process by backing indicative votes amendment

Amendment giving MPs a series of votes on alternatives to May’s Brexit deal passes 329 votes to 302

MPs have inflicted a fresh humiliating defeat on Theresa May, voting to seize control of the parliamentary timetable to allow backbenchers to hold a series of votes on alternatives to her Brexit deal.

An amendment tabled by former Tory minister Oliver Letwin passed, by 329 votes to 302 on Monday night, as MPs expressed their exasperation at the government’s failure to set out a fresh approach.

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:25:23 GMT
Tuesday briefing: 'Meaningful' gives way to 'indicative' Brexit vote

Commons MPs decide to do Brexit themselves … housing development where poor children don’t get to play … and the search for hangover-free alcohol

Good morning, I’m Warren Murray, and if you want something done properly, here it is.

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Tue, 26 Mar 2019 06:27:36 GMT
Warning of legal limbo for 3m EU citizens living in UK after Brexit

Free movement, housing and social security rights at risk, says parliamentary report

EU citizens living in the UK would be stripped of their freedom of movement, housing and social security rights by Home Office legislation introduced to regulate immigration following Brexit, a parliamentary report has warned.

Despite repeated government reassurances that their privileges will be protected, a study by the joint committee on human rights (JCHR) concludes that more than 3 million Europeans living in Britain would be left in legal “limbo”.

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Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:01:10 GMT
England’s Sterling and Southgate call for action on racist abuse in Montenegro

• England manager says treatment of players ‘unacceptable’
• Sterling, Rose and Hudson-Odoi targeted by Podgorica fans

Gareth Southgate has denounced as “unacceptable” the racist abuse to which his players were subjected by sections of the home support during their resounding win in Montenegro, with the Football Association having submitted a formal complaint to Uefa.

Danny Rose was subjected to monkey chants after a foul on Aleksandar Boljevic in stoppage time at the end of the 5-1 Euro 2020 qualifying win, with Southgate subsequently made aware of similar abuse throughout the victory.

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Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:00:50 GMT
Democrats refuse to retreat on Trump legal issues despite Mueller disappointment

House committee chairs call on attorney general William Barr to send them full Mueller report by 2 April

As Donald Trump declared victory following the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Democrats showed no signs of backing down from the numerous legal questions encircling the president and his associates.

The completion of the highly anticipated Mueller report prompted an intense debate in Washington over how to proceed as Democrats said a summary of its findings by the attorney general, William Barr, “raises as many questions as it answers”, even though it probably laid the issue of collusion with Russia firmly to rest.

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 23:22:05 GMT
Too poor to play: children in social housing blocked from communal playground

In a move reminiscent of the ‘poor doors’ scandal, a London developer has segregated play areas for richer and poorer residents

At least one multimillion-pound housing development in London is segregating the children of less well-off tenants from those of wealthier homebuyers by blocking them from some communal play areas.

Guardian Cities has discovered that developer Henley Homes has blocked social housing residents from using shared play spaces at its Baylis Old School complex on Lollard Street, south London. The development was required to include a mix of “affordable” and social rental units in order to gain planning permission.

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Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:48:16 GMT
Stun-gun kidnapping of Chinese student alarms Canada

Police search for Wanzhen Lu, 22, who was bundled into van by masked gang in Markham, near Toronto

Police in Canada are searching for a Chinese university student following an armed kidnapping using “significant” violence over the weekend.

Wanzhen Lu, 22, was shocked several times with a stun gun by three masked attackers on Saturday evening in the city of Markham, Ontario, north of Toronto. A fourth person waited in a nearby vehicle.

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Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:14:33 GMT
Children’s chances of surviving cancer less than 30% in poor nations – study

Stark differences revealed in five-year survival rates between rich and low- and middle-income countries

Figures reveal a striking disparity in five-year cancer survival rates for children in developing nations compared with those from rich countries.

More than 80% of children diagnosed with the disease in high-income states will live for more than five years, yet fewer than 30% of young people with cancer in low- and middle-income nations have the same chance of survival, research has shown.

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Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:00:17 GMT
Sitting down for too long may be causing 70,000 UK deaths a year

Extended sitting or lying down in daytime increases risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer – and costs NHS £700m – says study

Sitting or lying down for long periods during the day is not only bad for your health it could be the cause of almost 70,000 deaths and cost the NHS at least £700m a year, new research has revealed.

Scientists have previously flagged that sedentary behaviour increases the risk of a number of diseases as well as a premature death.

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Tue, 26 Mar 2019 06:00:15 GMT
Nasa cancels all-female spacewalk, citing lack of spacesuit in right size

Space agency blames shortage of outerwear after first-of-its-kind mission falls through

Nasa’s plans for an all-female spacewalk have fallen through – at least in part because the agency doesn’t have enough spacesuits that fit the astronauts.

Early this month, Nasa announced that Christina Koch and Anne McClain would take part in the first-of-its kind mission on 29 March, walking outside the international space station (ISS) to install new batteries. In the past, missions have been all-male or male-female.

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Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:45:29 GMT

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