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Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad

Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad

Image copyright solidcolours/Getty One of the world’s biggest tobacco firms, Philip Morris, has been accused of “staggering hypocrisy” over its new advert that urges smokers to quit. The Marlboro maker said the move was “an important next step” in its aim to “ultimately stop selling cigarettes”. But Cancer Research said the firm was simply trying […]

Infected blood victims’ support payments ‘must increase’

Infected blood victims’ support payments ‘must increase’

Image copyright Factor 8/Marc marnie Victims of the NHS contaminated blood scandal have written to the health secretary asking for an immediate increase in support payments, the BBC has learned. The public inquiry into the scandal is not due to look at financial support until 2020. Campaign group Tainted Blood said, at the current rate, […]

Ryanair flight: ‘Racial abuse passenger’ referred to police

Ryanair flight: ‘Racial abuse passenger’ referred to police

Media captionThe incident was captured by passenger David Lawrence, who spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live about what happened Ryanair has been criticised for apparently failing to remove a passenger from a flight after racial abuse of a woman in her 70s. The incident, on a flight from Barcelona to Stansted on Friday, was recorded […]

Hamilton misses out on F1 title win at US GP

Hamilton misses out on F1 title win at US GP

Lewis Hamilton just failed to clinch a fifth world title when he finished third in a thrilling US Grand Prix. Mercedes let a victory slip through their fingers by delaying a second pit stop and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen took his first victory for more than five years. Hamilton’s title rival and Raikkonen’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel […]

Red Funnel ferry hits yachts at Cowes harbour

Red Funnel ferry hits yachts at Cowes harbour

Media captionAn eyewitness describes hearing shouting in the “disorientating” thick fog A ferry has hit several yachts and run aground off the Isle of Wight. The Red Falcon “came into contact” with a number of boats while trying to berth at Cowes Harbour, operator Red Funnel said. None of the 40 passengers onboard were hurt, […]

Royal tour: Meghan takes morning off as Harry goes solo in Sydney

Royal tour: Meghan takes morning off as Harry goes solo in Sydney

Image copyright Getty Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have decided to cut back Meghan’s schedule “slightly” during their tour of Australia, Kensington Palace says. Meghan, who is pregnant, spent the morning resting, while Harry gave out medals to Invictus Games athletes. Flying solo with fellow ex-servicemen, Harry could not resist trying on a […]

Harrow fire: Woman dies in suspected gas blast

Harrow fire: Woman dies in suspected gas blast

Media captionA blaze caused by the explosion took hours to control (Credit: Ahmed J Versi) A woman has died in a suspected gas explosion in north-west London. Her body was found in a first-floor flat destroyed in the blast in Fulbeck Way, Harrow, just before 01:00 BST. Another woman, a man and a baby were […]

Smoke billows from Newton Abbot warehouse blaze

Smoke billows from Newton Abbot warehouse blaze

Image copyright APEX Image caption There are no reports of injuries in the fire Huge clouds of smoke have been billowing from a disused warehouse which has caught fire. Eight fire crews are tackling the blaze at the Brunel Industrial Estate in Newton Abbot, Devon. There are no reports of injuries, Devon & Somerset Fire […]

Ian Tomlin death: Battersea murder-accused pair in court

Ian Tomlin death: Battersea murder-accused pair in court

Image copyright Met Police Image caption Ian Tomlin was described as a “great father” Two men have appeared in court charged with murdering a father-of-two who was beaten to death outside his home in Battersea, south-west London. Ian Tomlin, 46, was killed outside flats on Charlotte Despard Avenue on Wednesday. Gary Beech, 48, who lives […]

Royal tour: Prince Harry and Meghan launch Invictus Games

Royal tour: Prince Harry and Meghan launch Invictus Games

Image copyright Getty Images Prince Harry has praised the dedication of those taking part in the Invictus Games for injured service personnel. Speaking at the opening ceremony, he said those taking part had turned the games into a “symbol of… honour and optimism for a new generation”. He also told the crowd at Sydney Opera […]