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News: Ryanair seeks to process most passenger cancellation claims by Friday

Ryanair today has offered passengers an update on its progress at working through the cancellation of 2,100 of its 103,000 flights over the next six weeks. The low-cost carrier has revealed it expects to have re-accommodated over 175,000 customers on other Ryanair flights – over 55 per cent of affected customers. All 315,000 customers affected have now received an email advising them of their flight changes and offering alternative flights, refunds and EU261 notices. By the end of today, more than 63,000 flight refunds will have been processed, Ryanair said,…

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North Korea: US seeks tough United Nations approach

The US envoy to the UN has urged the Security Council to take the “strongest possible measures” against North Korea after its latest nuclear test. “The time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means before it is too late,” Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the council in New York. She also warned countries which did business with the North that they were aiding their nuclear ambitions. Reports suggest the North is preparing new test missile launches. Ms Haley said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had shown through his…

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Storm Harvey: Trump seeks $7.8bn for flood recovery

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has asked Congress for $ 7.8bn (£6bn) as an initial payment to help with recovery efforts following massive flooding in Texas. Officials say there will be further requests for funds when the full impact of Hurricane Harvey becomes known. Some residents have been allowed to return to their homes but flood waters are still rising in other areas. Mr Trump is to visit the state for a second time on Saturday. The hurricane made landfall in Texas a week…

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Brexit: UK seeks data transfer pact with EU

The UK will seek “new arrangements” with the EU in order to allow for the continued free flow of personal data, according to a government paper. It argues the UK starts from “unprecedented” alignment with EU law, but acknowledges collaboration will be needed to protect British interests. Many UK businesses and law enforcement agencies rely on EU data. One legal expert said the paper was a “step forward” but overlooked some key points. The paper puts forward the UK government’s position that a UK-EU model for exchanging and protecting data…

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Brexit: UK seeks 'close co-operation' on legal disputes deal

The UK is to call for “close co-operation” with the EU to resolve cross-border legal disputes after Brexit. An agreement will be needed on how divorces, commercial disputes and consumer claims that span multiple countries are handled. Currently EU regulations specify how the appropriate court is chosen. Lawyers have warned that clarity will be needed once the UK has left the organisation in March 2019. In the latest in a series of papers setting out its Brexit negotiating plans, the government will say disputes need to be resolved “in a…

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Eddie Murphy dragged into Mel B divorce as her ex seeks custody of his daughter

Eddie Murphy will be dragged into Mel B’s bitter divorce battle if her estranged husband seeks visitation of the actor’s daughter with the former Spice Girl. A judge in Los Angeles on Thursday ruled Stephen Belafonte could apply for access to 10-year-old Angel as a step-parent, in a move that would allow the Hollywood actor to join the legal battle. Mel B with her estranged ex-husband Stephen Belafonte, their daughter Madison, and Mel B’s daughters Angel and Phoenix. Photo: Mel B/Instagram Susan Wiesner, representing the Leeds-born singer, real name Melanie Brown,…

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AI seeks fantasy football challengers

Computer scientists at University of Southampton are testing an artificially intelligent tool for predicting Premier League football results. The machine learning algorithm has managed to beat BBC football commentator Mark Lawrenson’s predictions for two seasons in a row. The team now wants fantasy football fans to try to beat it. The algorithm could also help the players generate better teams, the researchers said. What is it? Fantasy football is a game in which users assemble an imaginary team of real-life footballers and score points based on the players’ actual statistical…

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