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Sacha Baron Cohen offers to pay 'Borat' mankini fines

Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay fines for six Czech tourists who were arrested in Kazakhstan for wearing nothing but ‘Borat’ inspired mankinis. The group had posed for photos in the capital city of Astana. On 14 November, local media reported the tourists had been fined 22,500 Tenge ($ 67; £51) each for their “indecent” appearance. The notorious one-piece was made famous by the English actor’s character, Borat, a fictional Kazakh TV presenter. “To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was…

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NHS offers smartphone GP appointments

A 24-hour service has been launched for NHS patients, offering GP consultations via videolink on smartphones. The pilot scheme will initially cover 3.5 million patients in Fulham, west London. Patients will be able to check their symptoms through the mobile app and then have video consultations within two hours of booking. The Royal College of GPs has warned the service may not help patients with complex needs. The new free service has been launched by a group of London GPs and the online healthcare provider Babylon. Virtual consultation Dr Mobasher…

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Scotland offers free abortions to women from Northern Ireland

Women from Northern Ireland can now have free abortions through the NHS in Scotland. Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland except for cases where the woman’s health is at risk. That has led to women travelling to Great Britain, where they have had to pay for terminations. New regulations allowing women from Northern Ireland to access abortion services in Scotland come into force on Monday. Public health minister Aileen Campbell said the Scottish government also wanted to address the “barriers” women face when travelling to Scotland for an abortion. She…

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News: United Airlines offers passengers chance to manage flights through new app

United Airlines has debuted enhancements to its mobile app that add even more convenience for customers to manage their reservations on-the-go. With the newest version of the United app, customers will be able to change and cancel flights in the app, add their MileagePlus and United Club cards to the Apple Wallet and access other helpful travel tools. These updates build on the airline’s recent announcement to allow customers to access boarding passes for 19 other carriers through its mobile app. “Every day 800,000 customers rely on our mobile app…

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Natural approach offers 'hope' to women with PCOS

Corrinn Russell had suffered for eight years before receiving any relief from her polycystic ovarian syndrome. After being diagnosed with the condition, which affects up to 21 per cent of reproductive age women, the 17-year-old was advised by doctors to try the contraceptive pill or a drug called Metformin, an insulin sensitiser that causes gastro side effects for about 50 per cent of people.  A study suggests a natural approach can provide relief for women suffering PCOS. Photo: Stocksy “I didn’t try it … I had girlfriends who had tried it…

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Brexit: May offers more assurances to EU nationals

Theresa May has vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit ahead of a key summit of European leaders. In a Facebook post, the prime minister insisted the application process for settled status would be “streamlined” and the cost “as low as possible”. She said representatives of EU citizens will sit on a “user group” which will iron out any problems in the system. The other 27 EU leaders will assess overall progress in the talks so far. At a…

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News: AHIF 2017: Sub-Saharan Africa offers new opportunities to investors

The hotel sector in sub-Saharan Africa has evolved during the past decade due to high demand growth, entrance of new global brands and increasing supply in major markets. This is the overview presented by Xander Nijnens, executive vice president, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL sub-Saharan Africa, during AHIF 2017. Nijnens said: “This evolution is resulting in increasingly experienced investors developing products that are better suited to address demand, which is providing a clear shift in focus to the domestically driven midscale and budget segments.” The report confirms hotel operating performance…

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