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France wildfires force mass evacuation

Wildfires in southern France have forced the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight, officials say. Firefighters have been deployed to battle the fires near Bormes-les-Mimoses, in the country’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. France earlier asked its EU neighbours for more help fighting the fires. Some 4,000 hectares (15.4 sq miles) of land have burned along the Mediterranean coast, in the mountainous interior and on the island of Corsica. “The evacuations, at least 10,000, followed the progression of the fire,” a fire official was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency. “It’s…

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Froome can be force for years to come – Brailsford

Media playback is not supported on this device Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will be a “force” in the race for years to come, says Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford. Briton Froome, 32, sealed his fourth title and third in succession on Sunday’s final stage in Paris. The record for most Tour titles won is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. “Chris can go on – there’s no reason to think that he can’t,” said Brailsford. “Physically he’s got what it takes…

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, July 17: Van Dijk may force through Liverpool switch, Chelsea preparing Aguero bid, Arsenal join race for Morata?

Transfer rumours and paper review Monday, July 17, 2017 bring you all the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers… Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is considering handing in a transfer request in an effort to force through a move to Liverpool. (The Sun) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also keen on signing the Dutch centre-back this summer. (Daily Express) The Gunners are also ready to join the hunt for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata – if Alexis Sanchez quits the club. (The Sun) Chelsea are preparing…

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North Korea missile: US says it will use military force 'if we must'

The US has said that it will use its “considerable military forces” on North Korea “if we must”. Describing the North’s latest missile test as a sharp military escalation, the US ambassador to the United Nations said the US will table a new resolution against Pyongyang. Ambassador Nikki Haley also threatened to use trade restrictions. The missile launch, the latest in a series of tests, was in defiance of a ban by the UN Security Council. North Korea’s actions were “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution,” Ms…

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Queen's Speech: Labour to force vote on public pay cap

Media playback is unsupported on your device Labour is to table an amendment to the Queen’s Speech calling for the 1% public sector pay cap and cuts to the police and emergency services to end. Jeremy Corbyn says the amendment, which will be voted on on Wednesday, will be a “test case” of MPs’ willingness to oppose further austerity measures. He will say firefighters who fought the Grenfell Tower blaze “deserve” a rise after seven years of near stagnation. The Conservatives are expected to win a vote with Democratic Unionist…

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Player protests force change on GTA V mod kit

Player protests have prompted the publishers of GTA V to halt legal action against a widely used software add-on for the single-player version. Take-Two claimed the Open IV program that let people change, or mod, the game’s basic elements aided cheats. In response, players wrote thousands of negative reviews of the game and more than 77,000 signed a petition calling for Open IV to be left alone. GTA creator Rockstar also put pressure on Take-Two to change its mind. In a message placed on the GTA V chat forums, Rockstar…

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North Korea 'ready for nuclear attack' amid show of force

Media playback is unsupported on your device North Korea has warned the US not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is “ready to hit back with nuclear attacks”. The comments came as North Korea marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, Kim Il-sung. A huge parade in Pyongyang was held amid speculation current leader Kim Jong-un could order a new nuclear test. Among the hardware on display appeared to be new intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. The show of strength comes amid mounting…

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