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Six believed hurt after substance 'sprayed'

Six people are believed to have been injured in Stratford, east London, after reports they had been sprayed with a “noxious substance”. Police were called to the Westfield Shopping Centre just before 20:00 BST. A man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. The Metropolitan Police said there had been reports of a group of males spraying people with the substance. Ambulance and fire services are also at the scene. Those reported injured are believed to be in a number of different locations. The incident is not believed…

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Blackpool 'gas explosion': Three people injured

Three people are in hospital following a suspected gas explosion at a Blackpool guest house. Fire crews and paramedics rescued two people who were trapped in the Charles Street building after the blast shortly before 18.00 BST. Lancashire Police said a number of people were also treated at the scene and advised people to avoid the area. The conditions of the injured is not yet known. Evacuation Residents of Charles Street and Milbourne Street, which runs parallel to it, have been evacuated by police. A safety cordon has been set…

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US bombers stage North Korea show of force

US bombers have flown close to North Korea’s east coast in a show of force, the Pentagon says. The move is to demonstrate that President Donald Trump has a “range of military options to defeat any threat”, spokeswoman Dana White said. The US and North Korea have ramped up their rhetoric recently. At the UN on Tuesday, Mr Trump said that he would “totally destroy” North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or its allies. “This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone [DMZ] any US…

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M3 Winchester closed: Thousands of drivers hit by delays

A section of the M3 motorway is closed after reports of “potential hazardous material” on the road, police have said. Thousands of motorists have been caught in queues on the motorway and surrounding roads. Police said a bomb disposal team was at the scene of the closure between junctions nine and 11 at Winchester. The motorway had been closed in both directions from about 04:00 BST, but the northbound side has since reopened. The southbound carriageway is expected to remain shut until at least 18:00, Highways England said. Motorists have…

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Iran tests missile despite Trump pressure

Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran says it has successfully tested a new-medium range missile, in defiance of US President Donald Trump. The launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which has a range of 2,000 km (1,242 miles), was shown on state TV. It is unclear when the test took place. At the UN on Tuesday, Mr Trump criticised Iran’s missile programme and the 2015 nuclear deal with the country. On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would increase its military power “as a deterrent”. The Khoramshahr missile…

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North Korea: Tremor detected near weapons' test site

A magnitude-3.4 earthquake has been detected in North Korea. The earthquake occurred about 50km from a nuclear test site, monitors say. Previous quakes have occurred during weapons’ tests. Chinese seismologists said it was a “suspected explosion”. But South Korea says that it could be a natural quake not caused by a nuclear test. North Korea carried out a massive nuclear test on 3 September which has been widely condemned at the UN. Decoding Kim’s nuclear Pacific threat North Korea: Does this mean war? The size of Saturday’s tremor is smaller…

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Uber petition over London licence loss reaches 400k

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for Transport for London to reverse its decision not to renew Uber’s licence. On Friday, the regulator said Uber was not “fit and proper” to hold a London private hire operator licence on the grounds of “public safety and security implications”. More than 400,000 names have since been added to Uber’s petition on Change.org. The ride-hailing app firm says it will appeal against TfL’s decision. The petition, started by Uber London, says: “If this decision stands, it will put more…

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