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MPs begin Mugabe impeachment hearing

The Zimbabwean parliament has started impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe. Mr Mugabe, who has been in power since independence in 1980, is accused of allowing his wife to “usurp constitutional power” by trying to position her as his successor. The motion to remove him is supported by Mr Mugabe’s own Zanu-PF party. Mr Mugabe has refused to resign despite last week’s military takeover, and days of protests against his rule. Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC News – Home

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Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay

Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes. But years of legal pushback by the industry over every detail means the ads will be less hard-hitting than what was proposed. Tobacco control experts say the…

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St Helena: Flights to remote Atlantic island begin at last

The first scheduled commercial airline service to the remote British island of St Helena in the south Atlantic is to land shortly. A plane from South Africa is expected to touch down in the new airport, ending the island’s reliance on a ship once every three weeks. It is hoped the service, funded by the UK, will boost tourism and help make St Helena more self-sufficient. But British media have dubbed it “the most useless airport in the world”. Built with £285m ($ 380m) of funding from the UK Department…

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England begin World Cup qualifying campaign with 6-0 win

Media playback is not supported on this device England began their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Russia at Prenton Park. Russia played much of the game with 10 women as Ksenia Tsybutovich was shown a second yellow card for handball on the half-hour, when England led 2-0. The hosts were 4-0 up at half-time, with Nikita Parris, Jodie Taylor, Jordan Nobbs and Lucy Bronze scoring. Toni Duggan added two more as Mark Sampson’s side won their first match since the Euro 2017 semi-finals. Full match highlights…

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Hurricane Irma: Florida to begin huge relief operation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Search and rescue teams in Florida are due to swing into action as daylight reveals the extent of damage wreaked by Hurricane Irma. The huge storm weakened as it moved up the state’s western coast overnight but Miami and other urban areas have been battered and inundated. In the islands of the Florida Keys, the local emergency manager has warned of a looming “humanitarian crisis”. Media reports link at least four deaths to the storm. Irma is now a category one hurricane but…

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Brexit: MPs to begin scrutiny of vital withdrawal bill

MPs from all parties have been urged to “work with” the government to pass its main Brexit bill as they prepare to begin debating the legislation. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill will end the supremacy of EU law in the UK dating back more than 40 years but convert all existing EU laws into domestic ones. Labour says it will vote against the bill at its stands, saying it amounts to a huge power grab by the executive. Ministers say it is an “essential foundation” for post-Brexit Britain. The UK is…

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Bolt & Farah headline as World Athletics Championships begin in London

World Athletics Championships on the BBC Venue: London Stadium Dates: 4-13 August Coverage: Live across BBC One and Two, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and app. Click for times Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt and British distance legend Mo Farah will attempt to sign off with gold at the World Championships which begins in London on Friday. The pair, who have 28 world and Olympic titles between them, will both retire from the track by the end of the season. Elsewhere,…

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