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Amazon plans hundreds of lay-offs

Amazon is cutting hundreds of positions at its headquarters and global operations, a move that comes after several years of significant growth. The cuts were first reported by the Seattle Times, which said the actions are focused on streamlining the firm’s consumer retail business. Amazon said it is working to offer affected staff new roles. It said it expects “small reductions in a couple of places and aggressive hiring in many others”. Amazon, which lists thousands of job openings on its website, has expanded rapidly in recent years, both through…

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Warning hundreds of fire deaths may be linked to skin creams

Media playback is unsupported on your device Hundreds of fire deaths may be linked to the use of skin creams containing paraffin, a senior firefighter warns. If people use the creams regularly but do not often change clothes or bedding, paraffin residue can soak into the fabric and act as an accelerant when it comes into contact with a cigarette or a flame from a heater. A BBC investigation found most creams do not carry warnings despite the risk. The medicines regulator is conducting a safety review into the creams….

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Hundreds of cases dropped over evidence disclosure failings

The number of prosecutions in England and Wales that collapsed because of a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence increased by 70% in the last two years, the BBC can reveal. Last year, 916 people had charges dropped over a failure to disclose evidence – up from 537 in 2014-15. It comes after recent collapsed rape cases highlighted a failure to share evidence with defence solicitors. The Crown Prosecution Service said the justice system had “systemic” problems. In the lead up to criminal trials, police and prosecutors have…

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Dolores O'Riordan: Hundreds queue in rain to pay respects

Hundreds of people have gathered to pay their respects to the late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan in her home city of Limerick. Large crowds gathered for the event ahead of her funeral on Tuesday. Hundreds queued outside St Joseph’s Church, where the singer’s open coffin is lying in public repose until 16:00 GMT on Sunday. This is the public’s first opportunity to see her body. O’Riordan died suddenly in London last week, aged 46. Many of those waiting carried yellow flowers such as daffodils, which they said represented sunshine. Inside,…

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Birmingham Crash: Hundreds attend taxi driver's funeral

The funeral has been held for a taxi driver who was one of six people killed in a crash in Birmingham. Imtiaz Mohammed had called his wife to say he was on his last job of the night shortly before the six-vehicle crash on Lee Bank Middleway on Sunday. Hundreds gathered to celebrate his life in what was described as a “peaceful and sobering service” at the Central Mosque. The mosque is just a few hundred yards from the scene of the accident. Midlands Live: Funeral of taxi driver killed…

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Hundreds of thousands of poor people detained in hospitals

Faida Mwenge’s baby boy is nearly 3 months old but she and her son are still not allowed to leave the hospital — not until their bill is paid. The 20-year-old in eastern Congo has been detained since giving birth via an emergency cesarean section and owes hospital authorities $ 190 before she and little Jospin will be released. Mwenge is one of hundreds of thousands of people estimated to be illegally detained every year by hospitals in poor countries worldwide, according to a new study attempting to quantify the…

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Hundreds of families block organ donation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Organs from 505 registered donors could not be made available for transplant in the last five years because of objections from relatives. BBC 5 live found that almost a third of families blocked organ donation because they felt the process took “too long”. The law states that consent lies with the deceased, but in practice, relatives’ wishes are always respected. The NHS wants to reduce the number of “overrides” by encouraging prospective donors to talk to their relatives. In England, NHS figures showed…

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