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Asthma: Young people in the UK ‘more likely to die’

Image copyright Getty Images Young people in the UK are more likely to die from asthma than those in other wealthy countries, a report has found. Death rates for asthma in 10 to 24-year-olds was highest in the UK among all 14 European nations included in an analysis of 19 high-income countries. The UK also had the highest obesity rates for 15 to 19-year-olds among the European nations. The government said it had “world-leading plans” to safeguard child health. Overall, the report found the UK to be lagging behind other…

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SeaWorld rescue: People trapped on ride in San Diego

Image copyright SDFD Image caption Firefighters released a photo of the malfunctioning gondola ride More than a dozen people trapped on a ride are being rescued at the SeaWorld amusement park in San Diego. Around six gondolas stopped functioning on Monday night after a gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on the Bayside Skyride, police in the US city told FOX5 News. Some 16 people were trapped on the ride, some of them in gondolas suspended above water. So far, 14 have been rescued, says the San Diego fire…

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Helping people with a learning disability to find love

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlison and Michael go on dates that their mothers help organise A couple who both have Down’s syndrome have spoken about how their relationship has thrived thanks to the support of their families. Alison Williams, 35, and Michael Gallagher, 31, from Anglesey, have been together for 12 years after meeting at a sports club. Support group Mencap Cymru said people with learning disabilities have the right to meaningful relationships. It urged carers to help them and not to be “frightened”. For Alison…

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Shamima Begum: How do countries deal with people returning from IS?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women and children waiting in the back of a truck, having fled Baghouz – one of the the Islamic State (IS) group’s last remaining holdouts Shamima Begum, the London schoolgirl who travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State group (IS) in 2015 could be prevented from returning to the UK, the Home Secretary has said. “My message is clear,” Sajid Javid told the Times: “If you have supported terrorist organisations abroad I will not hesitate to prevent your return.” Shamima Begum is one…

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Valentine’s Day: People share their 14 February horror stories

Image copyright Getty Images Flowers, chocolates and a romantic dinner for two? Or how about discovering that your long-term partner is cheating on you when he accidentally gives you the wrong Valentine’s Day gift? That is what happened to Claire from Manchester, who is among those sharing their 14 February horror stories. “It was quite a few years ago,” said Claire, who was in a serious relationship with her boyfriend at the time. “I got some presents – a personalised mug, a personalised card, a red rose and some chocolates.…

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Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham boss says people underestimate his side

Mauricio Pochettino brought on Fernando Llorente in the 84th minute and the striker scored with his first touch in the opposition box Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said “people underestimate us” and called his players “heroes” after they beat Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League last-16 first leg. Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente scored as Spurs dominated the second half at Wembley. “The team is fighting. I am so proud,” said Pochettino. “They deserve full credit. What they are doing is amazing.” Spurs completed an unlikely…

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London knife crime: ‘I don’t know how many people I’ve stabbed’

“I started carrying a knife when I was 12 because everyone was doing it at the time. “To fit in more you had to do certain things so I started to stab people. I didn’t do it because I wanted to be bad.” Robert Bragg was once heavily involved in the world of knife crime. The 26-year-old served six years in prison for a range of gang-related crime and tells Radio 1 Newsbeat he believes tougher sentences would have encouraged him to change his ways a lot earlier. He’s now…

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Young people told – become a care worker

Image copyright Provided by govt press office Image caption Bradley McKenzie used to work as a fitness instructor, but now provides care to people with mental health and alcohol problems Young people in England are being targeted by the government in a bid to recruit thousands of more care workers. The Every Day is Different campaign will be promoted on social media and online platforms to get the under-40s to take up jobs such as care workers, therapists and activity co-ordinators. There are currently more than 100,000 vacancies in the…

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Why so many people believe conspiracy theories

Image copyright Getty Images Did Hillary Clinton mastermind a global child-trafficking ring from a Washington pizzeria? No. Did George W Bush orchestrate a plot to bring down the Twin Towers and kill thousands of people in 2001? Also no. So, why do some people believe they did? And what do conspiracy theories tell us about the way we see the world? Conspiracy theories are far from a new phenomenon. They have been a constant hum in the background for at least the past 100 years, says Prof Joe Uscinski, author…

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