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Supersonic Bloodhound car project axed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bristol-built vehicle was was tested at Newquay Airport A project to race a car at more than 1,000mph has been axed after it failed to secure a £25m cash injection. The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle – built with a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter jet engine bolted to a rocket – is all but built. The Bristol-based team behind it was aiming to beat the existing land speed world record of 763mph (1,228km/h). A test run in Newquay in 2017 saw the vehicle reach speeds of 200mph…

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Flog It! axed as part of BBC One daytime shake-up

Image caption Paul Martin has been hosting Flog It! since 2002 The BBC’s long-running antiques programme Flog It! has been cancelled after 17 years. It is being removed as part of a shake-up to “modernise” BBC One’s daytime schedule, the corporation said, making room for six new shows. The programme, presented by Paul Martin, sees people have their antique items valued by experts before getting the option to sell them at auction. Episodes that have already been recorded will be shown next year. The series has been a regular on…

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Tencent’s shares slide after Monster Hunter: World gets axed in China

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tencent Holdings Ltd saw its shares tumble on Tuesday amid concern of a hit to the Chinese technology firm’s gaming revenue after regulators blocked the sale of one of its blockbuster titles. A Tencent sign is seen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song Analysts had expected “Monster Hunter: World”, developed by Japan’s Capcom Co Ltd, to be one of 2018’s biggest launches for Tencent, which licensed the game to sell to personal computer users on its…

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Tencent’s Monster Hunter: World axed in China days after launch, shares slide

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Shares in Chinese technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd’s tumbled on Tuesday a day after Chinese regulators blocked the sale of one of its blockbuster video games, “Monster Hunter: World”, less than a week after the game was launched. A Tencent sign is seen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song The game, where players hunted fearsome creatures, has been pulled off Tencent’s WeGame distribution platform after it was released on August 8, the gaming firm said in…

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Tencent’s ‘Monster Hunter: World’ axed in China days after launch

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese regulators have blocked the sale of technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd’s blockbuster video game “Monster Hunter: World”, less than a week after it was launched. A Tencent sign is seen during the fourth World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song The game, where players hunted fearsome creatures, has been pulled off Tencent’s WeGame distribution platform after it was released on August 8, the gaming firm said in a statement posted on the website. “The game is no longer available…

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Christine Hamilton axed from charity over burka tweet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Christine Hamilton with her husband, UKIP politician Neil Christine Hamilton has been removed as a charity ambassador after comparing burkas to the hoods of the Ku Klux Klan. The broadcaster and wife of UKIP Welsh Assembly member Neil Hamilton sparked outrage on Twitter with her comments. Muscular Dystrophy UK said it opposed “prejudice and discrimination” and had severed all links with Mrs Hamilton. But she said the tweet was not intended to equate Muslim women with the violent white supremacist organisation. Mrs Hamilton, who…

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Bristol Airport flight axed over ‘disruptive’ passengers

Image copyright @ASP4179/Twitter Image caption More than 140 passengers were taken off the plane at Bristol Airport A flight was cancelled and a man arrested after “disruptive” passengers treated a plane like “a nightclub”. A Bristol-to-Prague Easyjet flight with more than 140 on board was delayed and eventually cancelled on Friday night. Avon and Somerset Police said a 32-year-old Merthyr Tydfil man was arrested for a public order offence and released under investigation. Easyjet said it did not tolerate abusive behaviour and will “always push for prosecution”. A Bristol Airport…

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Abrahams axed from shadow cabinet over bullying claims

Image copyright PA Debbie Abrahams has been sacked from Labour’s frontbench amid a probe into claims of workplace bullying. The shadow work and pensions secretary was suspended earlier this year pending the outcome of an internal inquiry. Labour said following a “thorough investigation”, Ms Abrahams had been referred to the disputes panel of the ruling National Executive Committee. But the MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth said the probe was “neither thorough, fair, nor independent”. When the allegations surfaced in March, the 57-year old said they were “spurious” and she…

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