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Christmas Island: Australia ‘to re-open’ controversial detention centre

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Christmas Island detention centre operated from 2003-2018 Australian PM Scott Morrison says he will re-open a controversial detention centre on Christmas Island, after a historic defeat in parliament. On Tuesday, non-government MPs secured enough votes to pass a bill making it easier for sick refugees held offshore to be treated in the country. Mr Morrison said the law would weaken the nation’s tough border policies and embolden human traffickers. Opponents accused him of spreading fear before an impending election. Since 2013, Australia has…

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Tamworth hospital: Suspect, 43, held over George Bryan Centre fire

Image copyright Bradley Stokes Image caption All patients and staff have been transferred to other centres, police say A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a “severe” blaze broke at a mental health centre in Staffordshire. The 43-year-old, from Tamworth, was detained over the fire in the George Bryan Centre at the Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital in the town. There were no reports of casualties in the fire, which broke out at about 21:15 GMT on Monday. “All occupants and staff have been evacuated from the…

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Six Nations: Bath centre Jonathan Joseph returns to England squad

Jonathan Joseph’s last England appearance came in the defeat by Ireland in the 2018 Six Nations Six Nations 2019: Ireland v England Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday 2 February Kick-off: 16:45 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live, highlights on BBC Centre Jonathan Joseph has been added to the England squad heading to Portugal on Wednesday to begin preparations for the Six Nations. Joseph has not played for England since last year’s Six Nations campaign. But the 27-year-old returned for his club Bath at the weekend after a…

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British Cycling: BBC obtains email at centre of testosterone delivery

July 2018: Former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Freeman – We never crossed the line An email at the centre of the controversy over a mystery delivery of testosterone to the National Cycling Centre has been obtained by the BBC. The correspondence, dated 18 October 2011, is from a staff member at one of the country’s leading medical suppliers, Fit4Sport Limited, to Dr Richard Freeman, the former chief medic at British Cycling and Team Sky. The email contains confirmation that a pack of testosterone gel sent to him five…

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Masters 2019: Judd Trump & Kyren Wilson’s growing rivalry takes centre stage

Kyren Wilson (left) celebrates a thrilling win over Judd Trump in last year’s Masters semi-finals 2019 Dafabet Masters Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 13-20 January Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app. There was a certain inevitability about Judd Trump and Kyren Wilson being drawn together in the first round of the Masters. Take the two best young talents in English snooker, add bundles of confidence, fierce determination, some cracking matches, a personality clash and a few…

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Powerful blast shakes street in centre of Paris

Image copyright AFP Image caption Firefighters could be seen evacuating an injured person Firefighters are tackling a blaze in a business in the centre of Paris after a powerful explosion which reportedly injured many people. Cars were wrecked and other buildings damaged by the blast on Rue de TrĂ©vise in the 9th Arrondissement. Police have asked people to stay away from the area, to allow emergency services access. A gas leak is thought to have caused the explosion in a bakery, a French public radio journalist tweeted. Skip Twitter post…

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Tower Hamlets stabbing: Three injured at health centre

Image copyright Google Image caption Three people were taken to hospital with stab injuries Three people have been stabbed at a health centre in east London. Police were called just after 11:00 GMT to St Stephen’s Health Centre in Tower Hamlets. Three people were taken to hospital with stab injuries. Their injuries are not being treated as life-threatening, police said. One man has been detained and taken to hospital for treatment. A cordon remains in place and inquiries are continuing. The incident is not being treated as terror-related, the Met…

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Father Christmas given parking ticket at shopping centre

Image copyright Sam Wise Image caption Santa claimed it was a genuine mistake but the shopping centre said it was unfortunate Well-wishers have rallied around Santa after he was given a ticket for parking in the wrong space. Father Christmas said he was “stunned” to receive the notice for wrongly parking in a parent and child space at Thornaby’s Pavillion Shopping Centre. He told BBC Tees: “Santa Claus gets a parking ticket? It’s unheard of.” People on Facebook called for the attendant to get a lump of coal for Christmas,…

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Is the shopping centre ready to check out?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Bull Ring shopping centre in Birmingham was built in 1964 In the 1960s shopping centres offered a vision of the future – large shiny complexes which looked to bring the ease and glamour of US suburban malls to UK town and city centres. From the 1970s to the 1990s they were followed by out-of-town shopping centres, often built on land which had recently housed Britain’s vanishing heavy industries. In the past decade there has been a 21st Century renaissance in the original concept…

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Teenagers attack police in Durham town centre disorder

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStanley town centre mob of youths attacks officers Up to 100 teenagers surrounded police in a town centre before a mob attacked officers during an “appalling” disturbance. Fireworks and bricks were launched and a community officer was punched in face in Stanley, County Durham. Police have since launched a text alerts service to inform parents of local disorder, urging them to “take responsibility” for their children. It is hoped they will be encouraged to collect teenagers from disturbances. Officers were called out…

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