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Brexit: More than £100K spent on Facebook and other ads for May’s deal

Image copyright Reuters The government spent almost £100,000 on Facebook adverts promoting Theresa May’s Brexit deal before calling off a Commons vote on it, figures released by the US social media giant reveal. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn branded it a “waste of public money” in the House of Commons on Tuesday. The overall spend on social media adverts by the government is likely to be far higher, however. Ads were also bought on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google, but neither the companies nor the government would tell the BBC how much…

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Science 

Gene study unravels redheads mystery

Image copyright jam noorlander Eight genes linked to red hair have been discovered by scientists, helping to shed light on how redheads inherit their distinctive locks. The Edinburgh University-led research has been described as the largest genetic study of hair colour to date. It had been thought red hair was controlled by a single gene, MC1R, with versions passed on from both parents. However, not everyone carrying two red-haired versions is a redhead, meaning that other genes had to be involved. The team examined DNA from almost 350,000 people who…

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Cruise couple held over suitcase cocaine

Image copyright Cruise and Maritime Voyages Image caption The couple had been travelling on the Marco Polo A British couple in their 70s have been arrested after cocaine was found in their cruise ship cabin. Officers found 20-22lb (9-10kg) of the drug “ingeniously concealed” in false compartments in four suitcases, Portuguese police said. The man and woman, aged 72 and 70, were held on suspicion of drug trafficking when the ship docked at Lisbon. Operator Cruise and Maritime Voyages said it was “co-operating fully with officials”. You might also be…

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Zomato India driver sacked after eating customer’s takeaway

Image copyright @Madan_Chikna Image caption The Zomato delivery driver was filmed eating food from his delivery bag Takeaway delivery firm Zomato has apologised after one of its drivers was filmed eating a client’s food and resealing the containers in India. The video, which was filmed in Madurai in southern India, shows a man wearing a Zomato shirt sitting on a moped eating food out of boxed orders then resealing them and putting them back into a delivery bag. The video has been viewed thousands of times on social media. Zomato…

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Amazon sackings ‘follow sales data leaks’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Merchants bribed Amazon workers who looked at internal logs of what sold well, the WSJ reports Amazon has sacked workers it believes had been misusing internal data on high-selling products, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. Amazon reportedly believed the staff, in India, China and the US, had abused their access to an internal database. And some USB ports on desktop computers had since been disabled so no further data could be copied, the paper said. Amazon said staff that broke its “high ethical standards”…

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Bournemouth nightclub crash: CCTV shows car hitting doorman

CCTV footage captures the moment a man’s car hit a doorman outside a nightclub in Bournemouth. Shailem Dodson, 20, has been cleared of attempted murder and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, after previously pleading guilty to dangerous driving, drink-driving and assault by beating. The crash happened outside Halo nightclub in Bournemouth in December 2017. Prosecutors at Winchester Crown Court alleged Dodson, of Gunville Road, Blandford Camp, Dorset, targeted nightclub staff after an altercation earlier that night. The doorman suffered only minor injuries, police said. Dodson, a former soldier, is…

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Science 

ISS: Spacewalk cosmonauts investigate mystery hole

Image copyright NASA Image caption The two cosmonauts will spend about six hours outside the ISS Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are engaged on a spacewalk to investigate a mysterious hole that caused a loss of air pressure in August. The cause of the hole on the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft, docked to the station, has not yet been established. However, Russian officials have said they believe it was caused by a drill and may have been deliberate. Oleg Kononeko and Sergei Prokopyev will spend about six hours…

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Johnny Sexton: Ireland and Leinster fly-half signs new IRFU contract

Sexton has scored 738 points in 78 appearances for Ireland Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton has signed a new deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union that means he will play for Ireland and Leinster until 2021. Sexton, 33, was named 2018 World Rugby player of the year after helping Ireland to a Six Nations Grand Slam. The two-time British and Irish Lions back was contracted to the IRFU until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. “It is where I have always wanted to play so I am delighted…

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Sports 

Athletics: Minsk to host Europe v U.S. clash next year

(Reuters) – Europe will take on the United States in a Ryder Cup-style track and field clash in Minsk next year, European Athletics announced on Tuesday. The event, scheduled for Sept. 9-10, will serve as a warm-up for athletes to prepare for the World Championships starting in Doha on Sept. 28. “We are proud to announce there will be a match for the first time since the 1960s,” European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen said in a statement. “We are going to include every track discipline up to the 3,000m…

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