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‘This shows people do care’: Georgia jury awards rape victim $1bn in damages

Victim say her case proves ‘you may not get it immediately, but you will get what you’re worth’ A Georgia jury has awarded a $1bn damages verdict against a security company after an apartment complex guard was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl. Hope Cheston – who has chosen to be identified – was outside by some picnic tables with her boyfriend during a party in 2012 when an armed security guard approached, attorney L. Chris Stewart told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The guard told the boyfriend not to move and raped Cheston, Stewart said. Continue reading...

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North Korea casts doubt on summit and warns US of ‘nuclear showdown’

Vice foreign minister says nation will not ‘beg the US for dialogue’ and threatens America will ‘taste an appalling tragedy’ North Korea cast further doubt on a planned summit between its leader, Kim Jong-un, and Donald Trump, warning that Pyongyang could make the US “taste an appalling tragedy”. Related: North Korea must disarm before any economic relief, says Mike Pompeo Continue reading...

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Yulia Skripal: ‘We are so lucky to have survived assassination attempt’

Daughter of double agent says she would like to return to Russia ‘in the longer term’ Yulia Skripal has said she wishes to return to Russia “in the longer term” despite the nerve agent attack on her and her father Sergei, which she described as life-changing. Related: Sergei Skripal discharged from Salisbury hospital Continue reading...

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Irish anti-abortion campaigners dodge Google’s ad ban

Campaigners use alternative platforms to promote message on news sites and games Anti-abortion campaigners have sidestepped Google’s ban on online adverts relating to the referendum in Ireland on Friday, so as to promote their message on popular websites. This May the tech company banned paid messages relating to the referendum from appearing on its services, which dominates many aspects of online advertising. Continue reading...

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‘They throw mud’: new PM facing up to messy world of Italian politics

Giuseppe Conte respected by friends and colleagues but his parents are a little worried The man nominated as Italy’s prime minister may be respected in the legal and academic realms but he is far-removed from the complex, messy world of Italian politics - something that is of mounting concern to his parents. “They are a little worried,” Vittoria Macchiarola, a childhood friend of his mother, told the Guardian. “He is already very important in his career, but look what happens when you get into politics: they throw mud.” Continue reading...

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‘Haunting’ school shooter drills become the new normal in US schools

‘How is this going to help us?’ a teacher asks as versions of this ritual are now stitched into the fabric of the American educational system Naomi Wadler: the 11-year-old helping lead a protest movementThe gunshots came from upstairs, pop-pop-pop, and Lindsay Aikman’s heart thumped faster and faster. The school’s public address system announced an active shooter. Related: Florida school shooting survivors march on unfazed by personal attacks Continue reading...

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham takes week off after David Hogg comments

11 companies boycott The Ingraham Angle over Twitter attackNaomi Wadler: the 11-year-old helping lead a protest movementThe Fox News host Laura Ingraham announced late on Friday that she would take the next week off, after 11 advertisers dropped her show over her mockery of a teenage survivor of the Florida school shooting. Related: Florida school shooting survivors march on unfazed by personal attacks Continue reading...

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Foreign Office considers Russian consular access to Yulia Skripal

Announcement regarding daughter of poisoned spy comes amid row over search of Russian aircraft by British authorities The Foreign Office has said it is considering Russia’s request for consular access to Yulia Skripal as a fresh row develops over why British authorities searched a Russian aircraft travelling from Moscow to London on Friday. Russia’s transport ministry said it would demand an official explanation from the UK government for why a Russian Aeroflot passenger plane was searched by authorities at Heathrow on Friday, and threatened “similar actions” against British Airways planes in Russia. Continue reading...

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Florida school shooting survivors march on unfazed by personal attacks

In the week since the March for Our Lives student activists have rebuffed claims of a secret plan to repeal the second amendment Naomi Wadler: the 11-year-old helping lead a protest movementIn the week since they organized a worldwide protest against gun violence, student survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, have faced personal attacks and accusations that they want to repeal the second amendment. Related: 'Haunting' school shooter drills become the new normal in US schools Continue reading...

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Tesla car that crashed and killed driver was running on Autopilot, firm says

Company says driver took no action despite system’s warningsUber settles with family of woman killed by self-driving carTesla has said a car that crashed in California last week, killing its driver, was operating on Autopilot. Related: Exclusive: Arizona governor and Uber kept self-driving program secret, emails reveal Continue reading...

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