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Australia’s drought leading to ‘suffering’ of children, UN warns

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChildren speak to the BBC about their experiences last year A prolonged drought in Australia is having a devastating impact on children and forcing them to “grow up” prematurely, a UN report warns. Large parts of eastern Australia have endured severe drought for months, crippling farming communities. Children in these areas are resilient but endure a growing psychological toll, said the UN’s children’s agency. Many children have “long and stressful” days that involve witnessing strain on their parents and animals, Unicef said.…

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Andy Murray retirement: Rafael Nadal says former world number one is ‘suffering’

Nadal and Murray are friends off the court and posed with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as part of New Year’s celebrations at the Brisbane Open last week Andy Murray’s impending retirement was a decision he had to take because he is “suffering”, says long-time rival Rafael Nadal. The 31-year-old Briton announced on Friday that he will quit this year, and next week’s Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career. “When you are going on court without a clear goal because you cannot move well and you have pain, then…

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Thomas Cook still suffering from heatwave

Image copyright Getty Images Thomas Cook has warned that its annual profits are set to be about £30m lower than expected, its second profit warning in two months. Earnings at its tour operator unit were £88m lower in the year to September, as people delayed booking holidays because of the prolonged heatwave at home. It also said its bookings for this winter were 3% down on last year and suspended its dividend. Chief executive Peter Fankhauser said it had been a “disappointing year”. He added: “The UK was particularly hard…

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Asian Games: Tranquil Budha looks to lift spirits after suffering exclusion

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Nepal’s Bishwarupa Budha is refusing to let her last minute exclusion from the women’s 10,000 meters at the Asian Games diminish her morale, determined instead to shine in the 5,000m, the contingent’s chef de mission said on Sunday. Budha suffered an embarrassing blow when she was told by race officials that her entry for the 10,000m had been sent too late, and the 23-year-old trudged off the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium track before Saturday’s race had started. “We are investigating the incident,” Nepal chef de mission Keshab…

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Confused Spain suffering from Lopetegui sacking fall-out

KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – The real consequences of the sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui were laid bare in Spain’s chaotic display against Morocco on Monday, which raised serious doubts about how far they can go in the World Cup despite somehow finishing top of Group B. FILE PHOTO: Spain coach Julen Lopetegui during friendly against Argentina at Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain – March 27, 2018 REUTERS/Juan Medina/File Photo The 2-2 draw in Kaliningrad was thrilling for neutrals but exposed huge vulnerabilities in the 2010 world champions, who had to come…

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Finsbury Park terror attack victims ‘still suffering’

Image copyright Rick Findler/PA Wire Image caption Hundreds of people attended a memorial event, which aimed to combine a traditional British street party with breaking the day’s fast Survivors of a London terror attack are still suffering a year on, one victim’s brother has said. Bashir Ibrahim said “bubbly” Abdirahman had struggled since last June’s attack when a van was driven into people outside Finsbury Park Mosque. One man was killed and nine other people injured. Mr Ibrahim spoke at a memorial event held a year on from the attack,…

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‘Our children are suffering things that no child should have to go through’

Sean Mendez runs a London-based charity called Solidarity Sports. Since the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14th 2017, he has been supporting a number of children and young people affected by the tragedy. The Grenfell Memorial Wall gave a focus for grieving relatives, survivors and volunteers. Hastily erected by church workers on the evening after the fire, within hours, hundreds of messages of remembrance had been left and extra boards were placed along the railings. Over the last year Radio 4 has followed families whose lives have been affected by…

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