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Surge in gas and ram-raid ATM attacks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOne gang used oxy-acetylene canisters to cause an explosion Thieves are increasingly trying to smash or blast their way into UK cash machines – with the number of attacks on ATMs nearly doubling in four years. Attempts to steal cash have risen from 400 attacks in 2014 to 723 last year, according to a report by ATM operator Cardtronics. It said one in five incidents in Europe occurred in the UK. Thieves are generally unsuccessful, with 41% of cases resulting in cash…

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Bacton Gas Terminal to be protected by sandscaping plan

Image copyright North Norfolk District Council Image caption This is how the coastline at Bacton and Walcott would look after sandscaping A £22m “sandscaping” plan to protect a gas terminal from coastal erosion has been approved by planners. The scheme would see a 3.5-mile (5.6km) stretch of north Norfolk protected by 1.8 million cubic metres of sand. Sandscaping, as it is known, will defend the area from cliff erosion and reduce the risk of flooding by extending the size of the beach. The “innovative” project, which could start next year,…

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France fuel protests: Tear gas fired in clashes in Paris

Image copyright AFP Image caption The clashes broke out before the official demonstration even began Police and protesters have clashed in Paris ahead of a third weekend of mass “yellow vest” demonstrations sparked by rising fuel prices. Police fired tear gas while several officers had yellow paint thrown at them. At least 16 people were arrested. Thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest at fuel costs and the high cost of living. President Macron struck a conciliatory tone earlier in the week but said he would…

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Migrant caravan: US fires tear gas at Mexico border

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Desperate migrants made a run for the US border in Mexico US border guards have used tear gas against a group of migrants attempting to storm the US border with Mexico. Video footage shows dozens of people running towards the fence that separates the two countries near the city of Tijuana, while photos show clouds of tear gas rising into the air. The US has also closed the border crossing to vehicles and pedestrians. Tensions have been high in the Mexican city since the arrival…

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Syria war: Aleppo ‘gas attack’ sparks Russia strikes

Image copyright AFP Image caption Dozens of people in Aleppo were treated with breathing difficulties overnight Russia has carried out air strikes against Syrian rebels it accuses of launching a chemical attack on the government-held city of Aleppo. Both Syria and its Russian allies say shells carrying toxic gas injured about 100 people late on Saturday. State media showed images of Aleppo residents being treated in hospital as they struggled to breathe. The rebels deny carrying out a chemical strike and say the claims are a pretext for an attack…

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France fuel protests: Police in Paris fire tear gas

Image copyright Reuters Police in Paris have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters demonstrating for a second weekend against rising fuel prices. Clashes broke out on the Champs-Elysées despite a police security cordon around sensitive sites in the centre of the French capital. Some 280,000 people took part in protests at more than 2,000 locations across France last Saturday. Organisers billed the latest protests as “act two” in their rolling campaign. Known as “yellow jackets” after their distinctive high-visibility attire, the protesters oppose an increase in fuel…

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Climate change: Warming gas concentrations at new record high

Image copyright SerrNovik Image caption Coal fired plants such as this one in Arizona are a significant source of carbon emissions Concentrations of key gases in the atmosphere that are driving up global temperatures reached a new high in 2017. In their annual greenhouse gas bulletin, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says there is no sign of reversal in this rising trend. Carbon dioxide levels reached 405 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, a level not seen in 3-5 million years. Researchers also note the resurgence of a banned gas…

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UK’s richest man eyes North Sea oil and gas fields

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jim Ratcliffe is the founder and chairman of Ineos Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe is hoping to extend his grip on the North Sea by buying oil and gas fields from US giant ConocoPhillips. Mr Ratcliffe’s company Ineos and ConocoPhillips have both confirmed that they are in exclusive talks. Among the assets up for grabs is Conoco’s 6.5% stake in the Clair field, west of Shetland. The field potentially has 7 billion barrels of oil in place, according to BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley.…

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Gas cylinders explode at former Nottingham cattle market fire

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKeyvan Ganji captured the fire as it raged through Nottingham Cattle Market Gas cylinders have exploded as firefighters tackle a large fire at a city’s former cattle market. Explosions caused by compressed gas cylinders were heard after a fire broke out in four buildings at Nottingham Cattle Market at about 18:00 GMT. Residents near the business estate, off Meadow Lane, close to Notts County football ground, have been asked to keep their windows and doors closed. The fire service said some people…

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