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Oh boy – vintage Mickey Mouse posters to fetch thousands at auction

LONDON (Reuters) – Seven rare vintage posters of Mickey Mouse are expected to fetch thousands of dollars at an auction that coincides with the 90th anniversary of the cartoon character’s first film appearance. The seven posters, dating from the 1930s and 1940s, went on display on Friday at a commemorative exhibition in London organized by Disney. They are going under the Sotheby’s hammer in an online auction that runs until Nov. 26. A price list in a statement from the auctioneer and Walt Disney Co. UK & Ireland suggests they…

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Thousands caught up in ‘appalling’ cervical screening blunder

Image copyright Science Photo Library More than 40,000 women in England have not received information regarding cervical cancer screening after a failure to send out letters by the NHS. The errors were made between January and June. Around 4,000 of them were results of tests, the remainder were letters inviting them for screening or reminding them they were due. Between 150 and 200 of the test results that were not sent out were abnormal results. Nearly half of these have since been chased up and no harm has been caused,…

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Diabetes glucose monitors ‘available to thousands more’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The glucose monitoring device works via a sensor attached to the skin, allowing people to check their blood sugar levels Wearable glucose monitors will be made available to tens of thousands more people with type 1 diabetes from April 2019, NHS England has announced. Its decision comes after an investigation found patients in some areas of the country were being denied access to the device. It reduces the need for finger-prick blood tests and helps people with diabetes to manage their condition. Diabetes…

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China scours social media, erases thousands of accounts

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top cyber authority has scrubbed 9,800 social media accounts of independent news providers deemed to have posted sensational, vulgar or politically harmful content on the Internet, it said late on Monday. Chinese instant messaging app Bullet Messenger is seen next to Tencent’s Wechat app on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken September 4, 2018. Picture taken September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration China’s strict online censorship rules have tightened in recent years with new legislation to restrict media outlets, surveillance measures for media sites and…

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Thousands try to get tickets for Michelle Obama’s London talk

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The former first lady and lawyer says she has been ‘humbled’ by the response to her tour Ten of thousands of people have been disappointed trying to get tickets for an audience with Michelle Obama at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Many on social media have said there were more than 40,000 people in the tickets queue. The former US First Lady is appearing at the 2,900-seat venue on 3 December. Tickets are appearing on Viagogo for thousands of pounds, but the venue said it…

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Thousands still watch TV in black and white

Image caption Children watch Andy Pandy in 1950 More than 7,000 people still watch TV in black and white more than half a century after colour broadcasts began. London has the most TV licences for black and white sets at 1,768, followed by 431 in the West Midlands and 390 in Greater Manchester with 390. A total of 7,161 UK households have failed to start watching in colour despite transmissions starting in 1967. BBC2 was the first channel to regularly broadcast in colour from July that year with the Wimbledon…

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Data leak affects thousands of wealthy Moscow residents

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Thousands of wealthy Moscow residents who subscribed to a regional internet provider have had personal data including names, home addresses and mobile numbers posted online. People affected by the high-profile data leak are all clients of Moscow-based internet provider Akado Telecom, a large telecommunications network owned by billionaire businessman Viktor Vekselberg, which said it had opened an inquiry into the incident. Russian authorities have been paying close attention to such incidents following leaks that led to the publication of information about military intelligence agents accused of links…

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Thousands protest conditions and infrastructure in Rome

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The hashtag “romadicebasta” (Rome says enough) has been trending on social media Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Rome to protest at the Italian capital’s run-down state. Demonstrators gathered outside the city hall to denounce Mayor Virginia Raggi for failing to tackle issues including uncollected rubbish and potholed roads. Ms Raggi took control of Rome in 2016 for the Five Star Movement (M5S), which formed a national coalition government earlier this year. Her popularity has fallen after failing to address the indebted…

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Brixton Topcats: How Jimmy Rogers’ basketball club inspires thousands

Image copyright Owen Harvy The noise in London’s Brixton Recreation Centre is deafening as at least 100 youngsters run around two courts playing basketball. Shouts from the coaches echo across the hall as the energetic members of the Brixton Topcats – a basketball club that has global recognition – run up and down the hall, shooting hoops. There’s a strong sense of community here. The club is based at the heart of Brixton, one of south London’s most multicultural areas. Parents stand at the sidelines, chatting and watching their children…

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People’s Vote march: Thousands expected for London protest

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The March for the Many was held in Liverpool last month Protesters calling for a referendum on the final Brexit deal are gathering in London for what organisers say will be the “biggest, loudest and most important” demonstration of its kind. The event, organised by the People’s Vote campaign, will see a march ahead of a rally in Parliament Square. Young voters will lead the march, which organisers are expecting to be more than 100,000-strong. MPs from all the main political parties are supporting…

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