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Turkey halts more migrant boats as toddler deaths fail to stop crossings

BODRUM (Reuters) – Turkish authorities stopped 57 people trying to cross to the Greek island of Kos on Thursday night, as migrants trying to reach Europe remained undeterred by the drowning of two toddlers this week on the same route.

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The washing machine that cleans TWO loads at once: Haier unveils model that deals with different colours simultaneously

The company unveiled its new machine at tech conference IFA in Berlin. The average person family creates 220 loads of washing over the course of a year, the firm said.

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Stuck with a terrible landlord? As if tenants have any other choice

By Dawn Foster

Private landlords hold all the power in the UK’s skewed rental sector. No wonder so many tenants have tales of horror and harrassment

There are few who still believe the earth is flat, but people who believe there is no housing crisis in Britain still walk among us. For those who still believe in self-regulating markets, the important factor is the choice in tenancies available in the UK: housing association and council tenants still rent, many still own homes and increasing numbers rent privately. Those not “locked in” to home ownership can move around a myriad of privately rented flats as they see fit, the theory goes.

Related: Britain’s housing system is an example of just how bad it can get for renters

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Drowned Syrian toddlers and their mother buried in Kobani

KOBANI, Syria (Reuters) – Two Syrian toddlers who drowned with their mother as they were trying to reach Greece were laid to rest in the Syrian town of Kobani on Friday, a Reuters witness said.

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Real Madrid president blames Manchester United naivety for David de Gea deal failure

By Guardian sport

• Florentino Pérez says United chief executive Ed Woodward ‘lacks experience’
• ‘We thought they would have learned from what happened in the past’

The Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has hit back at Manchester United over the failed David de Gea transfer deal, describing the English club as naive and inexperienced.

Speaking to the radio station Cadena Ser, Pérez blamed the naivety of the United chief executive Ed Woodward for the collapse of De Gea deal, which fell apart because the paperwork was not signed off in time for Monday’s deadline.

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My year abroad was terrible – but I don’t regret it

By Annie Foyster

Spending a year working in Spain was a lonely and tough experience, but I’m grateful for the life lessons I learned

The idea of spending a year in a hot, beautiful country is an alluring option for any 20-year-old university student, and record numbers of students now take a year out to study or work abroad through Erasmus. Two years ago, I joined them.

It often feels like you can’t criticise your own year abroad – no one wants to hear that, actually, it was terrible. Perhaps that’s why all my friends returned saying they “had suuuch an amazing time”.

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Piers Morgan ‘offered permanent Good Morning Britain role’

By Mark Sweney

Former CNN presenter says he has held talks with ITV and he ‘hopes to conclude the deal very soon’

Piers Morgan has been offered a permanent job on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, he has said.

Morgan, who was dropped from CNN last year, tweeted that ITV has offered him a “permanent slot” on the breakfast show but that a deal had yet to be signed.

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Who runs Hollywood? Google has an answer, but it’s not a good one

By Alex Hern

Search engine’s ‘direct answers’ service pulls in information from antisemitic conspiracy theories

With its “direct answers” service, search engine Google aims to cut down on the amount of time users spend seeking information by algorithmically answering common queries.

Unfortunately, sometimes it goes wrong:

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Number of Emirati soldiers killed in Yemen fighting – WAM

DUBAI (Reuters) – A number of soldiers from the United Arab Emirates have been killed while taking part in a Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen’s dominant Houthi group, UAE state news agency WAM said on Friday.

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Migrants hold out on Hungarian ‘freedom train’; Orban says millions coming

BICSKE, Hungary (Reuters) – Hundreds of migrants, including Syrian refugees, were stranded on a train in Hungary for a second day on Friday, demanding passage to Germany in a standoff with riot police.

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U.S. clerk jailed for gay marriage defiance; dispute goes on

ASHLAND, Ky. (Reuters) – A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

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Scientists develop BOMB-PROOF plants: Mutant TNT-resistant blooms could help clean up warzones

Experts at the University of York ave taken an important step in making it possible to clean millions of hectares of land contaminated by explosives.

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Concerns over two missing boys in family court case

By Press Association

East Sussex officials believe boys aged five and two, who were subject of child protection plans, have been taken to north Cyprus by their mother

Two boys at the centre of a family court case have gone missing, lawyers say.

Social services officials believe that Charlie Clift, five, and Kaiton Warnes, two, are in north Cyprus with their mother Amelia Warnes, 23, from Eastbourne, East Sussex.

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Isis destroys ancient tombs in Palmyra

By Reuters in Damascus

Antiquities chief confirms destruction of three towers including tomb from AD103 that was four storeys high and had underground floor

Islamic State has blown up three ancient tower tombs in Palmyra built between AD44 and AD103, Syria’s antiquities chief has said, having also destroyed two ancient temples at the site in central Syria in the last few weeks.

Maamoun Abdulkarim said sources in Palmyra had confirmed the destruction of three tombs including that of Elahbel, built in AD103, which he said was four storeys high and had an underground floor.

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‘Flash crash’ trader indicted by US grand jury

By Reuters

Indictment reveals new details about how prosecutors say Navinder Sarao sought out the help of computer programmers to manipulate markets

London day trader Navinder Sarao has been formally indicted by a US federal grand jury on charges of market manipulation that prosecutors say helped contribute to the 2010 “flash crash,” according to a court filing made public on Thursday.

The Justice Department first announced criminal charges against Sarao in April and is seeking to have him extradited to the United States to stand trial. He was released on bail at the end of August, but lawyers were unable to delay his extradition hearing, which is scheduled for late September.

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Russia says Syria’s Assad ready to share power with opposition

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is ready to hold snap parliamentary elections and could share power with “healthy” opposition.

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German volunteers launch online phrasebook for refugees

By Nabeelah Shabbir

Guide translates essential phrases such as ‘transit camp’ or ‘we need to sleep’ into about 30 languages

A group of German volunteers has launched a collaborative online phrasebook to help refugees cope with their arrival in the country.

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Extra screen time drags down teenagers’ exam grades, study finds

LONDON (Reuters) – Teenagers who spend an extra hour a day surfing the internet, watching TV or playing computer games risk performing two grades worse in exams than their peers who don’t, according to research by British scientists.

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Bulgaria detains 39 Syrians near the Serbian border

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria detained 39 Syrians in a forest near the western town of Pernik after they were apparently abandoned on a motorway as they tried to make it from Bulgaria into neighgbouring Serbia, the district governor said on Friday.

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Retail stocks lead FTSE lower, with focus on U.S. jobs

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index fell on Friday, led lower by weakness in retail and mining stocks, with the focus on U.S. jobs data later in the session that could provide clues as to when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates.

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