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A&E waits at worst level for 15 years

Image copyright Getty Images A&E waits in England have reached their worst level since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004. The deterioration in performance came after hospitals appeared to be coping well in the early part of winter. During January, just 84.4% of patients were treated or admitted in four hours – well below the 95% threshold. It means nearly 330,000 patients waited longer than they should with hospitals reporting significant problems finding beds for those needing to be kept in. More than 80,000 patients were kept waiting an…

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Knife crime: Fatal stabbings at highest level since records began in 1946

Image copyright Getty Images The number of fatal stabbings in England and Wales last year was the highest since records began in 1946, official figures show. There were 285 killings by a knife or sharp instrument in the 12 months ending March 2018, Office for National Statistics analysis shows. The number is the highest since records began in 1946. The ONS says the largest increase in victims was seen among young men and boys. The figures show a 45% increase in the number of victims aged 16-24 and a 23%…

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – Herdman: Davies can help take Canada to the next level

John Herdman swapped Canada’s women’s team for the men’s side As national programme director, he is also revolutionising the entire set-up Herdman tells FIFA.com about his surprise switch and the rise of Alphonso Davies It was a move that stunned a nation and shocked the football world. While many had speculated over John Herdman’s next job after Canada’s women, no-one predicted it would be with the Canucks’ men. The surprise was not that Herdman had been targeted. Though he had no coaching experience in men’s football, the Englishman boasted a…

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Jose Mourinho: Ex-Manchester United manager is ‘too young to retire’ & ‘belongs at top level’

United have won a record six successive games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since Mourinho left Jose Mourinho says he is “too young” to consider retirement as he spoke for the first time since he was sacked by Manchester United. Mourinho, who was appearing as a pundit for Qatar-based broadcaster beIN Sports on its coverage of the Asian Cup, says he still belongs at the top level. The 55-year-old had not spoken to the media since his dismissal in December. “I want to coach. I belong to top-level football and [that]…

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Inflation falls to lowest level in nearly two years

Image copyright PA The UK inflation rate fell to 2.1% in December, from 2.3% the previous month, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) figure was the lowest in nearly two years, pushed down by petrol price falls. The inflation reading was in line with analysts’ expectations. The figure is close to the Bank of England’s target of 2% and may mean the Bank is less likely now to consider any rate rises in the near future. Inflation is being outstripped by average UK…

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Migrant crisis: Illegal entries to EU at lowest level in five years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The route from North Africa to Spain is now Europe’s most active The number of people caught trying to enter the EU illegally has fallen to its lowest level in five years, the bloc’s border agency says. An estimated 150,000 illegal crossings were registered by Frontex last year, the lowest amount since 2013. It highlighted a sharp fall in the numbers crossing the Mediterranean to Italy, where a populist government has refused to allow rescue boats to dock. But it said that arrivals in…

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Anak Krakatau: Indonesia flights rerouted as volcano alert level raised

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anak Krakatoa has erupted a number of times in recent months: this image was taken in July The alert level for Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano has been raised to the second highest level possible, after a series of eruptions spewed out lava. All flights around the volcano have been rerouted and a 5km exclusion zone has also been imposed. Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said the alert level had been raised from level two to three – the second-highest level possible. Last Saturday, the…

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Australia v India: Hosts level series with Perth win

Australia’s Nathan Lyon took eight wickets in the second Test in Perth Second Test, Perth (day five) Australia: 326 & 243 India 283 & 140: Lyon 3-39, Starc 3-46 Australia win by 146 runs Scorecard Coverage: Ball-by-ball commentary of every match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website, plus desktop, tablets, mobiles and app. Australia won a Test match for the first time since March’s ball-tampering controversy as they beat India in Perth to level the series at 1-1. India, chasing 287 for victory, began the…

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Strasbourg shooting: France hunts gunman as alert level raised

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPater Fritz describes hearing gunshots and helping a victim of the Strasbourg shooting France has issued a maximum level of alert as police hunt a gunman who opened fire at a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg. Three people were killed and 13 wounded, eight of them seriously. The gunman, 29, known to authorities as a suspected extremist, escaped after reportedly being injured. Some 350 officers are involved in the search for the gunman. France’s counter terrorism prosecutor has opened…

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Total says batteries investment depends on level playing field with Asia

FILE PHOTO: Chairman and CEO of Total Patrick Pouyanne attends the APEC CEO Summit 2018 at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 16 November 2018. Fazry Ismail/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – Oil and gas major Total will invest heavily in car battery production only if it can compete on a level playing field with Chinese and Asian manufacturers, its chief executive said on Friday. Battery maker Saft, a unit of Total, said in May that it planned to invest more than 200 million euros ($233 million) in a next-generation…

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