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Kings Cross attack: ‘Corrosive substance’ thrown at men

Image copyright Google Image caption Police were called at 13:33 GMT to an altercation between two groups of men on Argyle Square, near King’s Cross train station. Two men have been taken to hospital with facial injuries after a “corrosive substance” was thrown at them near Kings Cross station. Police were called at 13:33 GMT to an altercation between two groups of men on Argyle Square, Bloomsbury. The groups had left the location before officers and 10 firefighters arrived at the scene, police said. Two men were later found nearby…

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War’s terrifying reality made virtual by Red Cross

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The crack of a sniper round strikes terror as you crouch behind a cinder-block wall. An explosion rips into your ear drums. Down the street a building collapses into dust. A helicopter gunship emerges through the smoke, leaving nowhere to hide. This is not a real battle, however, but a virtual reality simulation evolved by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help train those who work in war zones. “We had some people who tested our product from Syria and they could not finish…

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Army captain is first Briton to cross Antarctica solo

Image copyright PA Image caption Captain Lou Rudd said 1980s music, chocolate, cheese and salami helped him through An army officer has become the first Briton in history to trek unaided across Antarctica. Capt Lou Rudd, 49, finished the solo 921-mile (1,482km) journey at 19:21 GMT on Friday after 56 days. He was just two days behind the American explorer Colin O’Brady who became the first person to complete the feat on Wednesday. Capt Rudd, from Hereford, said it was a “minor miracle” both had done it and he was…

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Frenchman sets off to cross Atlantic in a barrel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jean-Jacques Savin spent months constructing the barrel in a shipyard in south-west France A Frenchman has set off to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, using ocean currents alone to propel him. Jean-Jacques Savin, 71, left El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands and hopes to reach the Caribbean in as little as three months. His reinforced capsule contains a sleeping bunk, kitchen and storage. He will drop markers along the way to help oceanographers study Atlantic currents. “The weather is great. I’ve…

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World Cup snowboard cross: Charlotte Bankes claims third for GB

Bankes (right) won three World Cup medals for France last season Britain’s Charlotte Bankes finished third at the first World Cup snowboard cross event of the season in Cervinia. The 23-year-old, who was born in Hemel Hempstead but moved to France aged four, switched nationalities from France to Britain last month. Having finished seventh in qualifying, Bankes won her quarter-final easily. In the final, four-time Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis took gold and only 0.06 seconds separated Olympic bronze medallist Eva Samkova from Bankes. Having secured a place in the final to…

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Silver Cross Mother: Parent of soldier who died by suicide gets Canada honour

Image copyright Courtesy Anita Cenerini Image caption Private Thomas Welch in Afghanistan Every Remembrance Day, the Royal Canadian Legion names one mother of a soldier to represent all mothers who have lost children in Canadian military service. This year, Anita Cenerini, the woman who has been given the honoured post, holds a unique significance. Anita Cenerini did not immediately agree to take on the role of National Silver Cross Mother when she was first approached by the Royal Canadian Legion. “It took me a while to ask the question: ‘Did…

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Prince Harry plants cross at London’s Field of Remembrance

Britain’s Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, salutes after laying a cross at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, November 8, 2018. Jeremy Selwyn/Pool via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry visited a Field of Remembrance at London’s Westminster Abbey on Thursday to plant a memorial cross, part of a series of events to commemorate the end of World War One a century ago. The Field of Remembrance has been held in the grounds of the abbey annually since 1928. Ex-service personnel and members of…

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Melbourne Cup: Cross Counter first British-trained horse to wins Australia’s famous race

Cross Counter crosses the finishing line first in the Melbourne Cup, which was first staged in 1861 Cross Counter has made history by becoming the first British-trained racehorse to win the Melbourne Cup. Charlie Appleby saddled the winner, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, in the 158th running of Australia’s famous race. Cross Counter led home a 1-2-3 for British-trained runners from Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran. The Cliffsofmoher, trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien, suffered a serious injury after breaking down early in the race. Cross Counter is owned by…

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Theresa May on why Boris Johnson speech made her cross

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: “There are one or two things that Boris said that I am cross about.” Theresa May has told the BBC she is “cross” with Boris Johnson after the former foreign secretary launched a fresh attack on her plan for Brexit. The PM said Mr Johnson, who addressed an audience of more than 1,000 people at the Tory conference, could always be relied upon to put on a “good show”. But she said parts of his speech about Northern Ireland angered…

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