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Brexit: Senior Tory suggests vote could be delayed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNewsnight: Sir Graham Brady ‘would welcome’ Brexit vote being deferred A senior Tory MP says he would welcome a delay in next week’s Commons Brexit vote, if it would help address concerns over the controversial backstop. But Tory backbench chairman Sir Graham Brady said getting “clarity” on the issue was more important than “timing”. It comes after reports that Theresa May was being urged to postpone the vote, which she is widely expected to lose. Dismissing those reports, a No 10 spokesman…

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Under-25s turning their backs on alcohol, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Young people are turning their backs on alcohol, a new study has suggested. Researchers looked at official health data from the last decade and found almost a third of 16 to 24-year-olds in 2015 said they didn’t drink, compared with around one in five in 2005. Non-drinking was found across a broad range of groups, suggesting it was becoming “more mainstream”. Binge drinking rates also decreased – from 27% in 2005 to 18% in 2015, based on Health Survey for England figures. Almost 10,000 people were…

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Union leader suggests Israel ‘created’ anti-Semitism row

Image caption Mark Serwotka rejoined the Labour Party in 2016, after 25 years A trade union leader has been recorded suggesting that Israel created the anti-Semitism row in the Labour Party. In a recording published by the Independent, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka suggested the country had created the story to hide what he called its own “atrocities”. Labour Against Anti-Semitism said Mr Serwotka had brought the entire TUC into disrepute and he should resign. The PCS said he had made the point that anti-Semitism must be opposed. The Independent…

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Low-carb diets could shorten life, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some low-carb diets are rich in animal fats and proteins A low-carb diet could shorten life expectancy by up to four years, a study suggests. Low-carb diets, such as Atkins, have become increasingly popular for weight loss and have shown promise for lowering the risk of some illnesses. But a US study over 25 years indicates that a moderate cut in carb consumption – or switching meat for plant-based protein and fats – is healthier. The study relied on people remembering the amount of…

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Footage suggests basking sharks use Scottish seas for courtship

Image copyright SNH?University of Exeter Image caption The footage was captured on camera tags Scientists have gathered new footage they believe offers evidence that basking sharks gather in Scotland’s seas to mate. The video shows sharks being “sociable”, including gathering in groups on the seabed. Basking sharks are the second largest fish in the world, reaching lengths up to 10m (33ft). Despite their size and prevalence in Scotland’s seas, little is understood about their social behaviours. Researchers from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the University of Exeter have been studying…

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Study suggests drastic decline in mountain hares

The number of mountain hares on moorland in the eastern Highlands is at less than 1% of their levels in the 1950s, according to new research. The study draws on data from one of Scotland’s most renowned ecologists, Dr Adam Watson. Conservation groups have called for an end to the “indiscriminate and ruthless” mountain hare culls. Moorland managers say they find the report’s conclusions “staggering” and at odds with their own experience. Source link

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British Asians more socially conservative than rest of UK, survey suggests

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIs homosexuality still taboo in British Asian families? BBC Three investigates British Asians are more socially conservative – and more optimistic – than the wider UK population, a ComRes survey for the Asian Network suggests. The survey found that less than half of respondents – 43% – thought same-sex relationships were acceptable. It also found more than half (54%) of British Asians had “toned down” their Asian identity to “fit in”. More than 2,000 British Asians responded to the poll as part…

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Social media and reality TV is ‘bad for body image’, survey suggests

Image copyright Kristy Image caption Kristy said her boyfriend didn’t want her to have surgery: “He adores me no matter what.” More than half of 18 to 34-year-olds feel that reality TV and social media have a negative effect on how they see their bodies, a survey has found. The ComRes survey of 2,000 British adults for BBC 5 Live also suggested that younger people were more likely to consider having cosmetic surgery. Some 35% of people said shows such as Love Island and The Only Way is Essex were…

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Brazilians not so soccer mad after all, report suggests

ZURICH (Reuters) – Brazil’s reputation as a soccer-mad country has been dented by a report which found that only 60 percent of those interviewed said they were interested in the sport. A man walks on a street painted in the colors of the Brazilian flag ahead of the 2018 World Cup, at Vila Isabel neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes The United Arab Emirates came top of a table compiled by global information, data and measurement company Nielsen Sports which ranked 30 countries according to…

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Brazilians not so soccer mad after all, report suggests

ZURICH (Reuters) – Brazil’s reputation as a soccer-mad country has been dented by a report which found that only 60 percent of those interviewed said they were interested in the sport. A man walks on a street painted in the colors of the Brazilian flag ahead of the 2018 World Cup, at Vila Isabel neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes The United Arab Emirates came top of a table compiled by global information, data and measurement company Nielsen Sports which ranked 30 countries according to…

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