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Should anyone who has been part of their own care proceedings, be allowed to work for Social Services?  We can prove that there are Social Workers and managers, currently employed by councils around the UK, who have had their own children taken into care or have been part of their own care proceedings.

Colin Weir, the winner of one of the UK’s biggest-ever Euromillions jackpots, has died at the age of 71 after a short illness. Mr Weir and wife Chris, from Largs in North Ayrshire, claimed the £161m prize in July 2011.

German reunification, IRA semtex caches and the Birmingham Six were just some of the topics of discussion for Charlie Haughey and Margaret Thatcher when the two met in Strasbourg in 1989.

US "honorably discharged Marine" faces deportation

USA

In his 21 months of detention, Jose Segovia Benitez says he’s been denied critical treatment for his PTSD and heart condition.  Jose Segovia Benitez survived two tours of duty with the US Marine Corps, a bomb blast, and a traumatic brain injury. But the US is not helping him recover. On the contrary, the government may be leading him to his death.  Credit Sam Levin in Adelanto, California

Texas shooting: Five dead and 21 injured

USA

Texas shooting: Five dead and 21 injured after ‘white male’ opens fire in Midland and Odessa Five people have been killed and another 21 injured

Apple Apologises Over Siri Privacy And Will No Longer Keep Voice Recordings

USA

Apple Inc. (AAPL:UW) apologized for privacy mishaps surrounding its Siri voice assistant and said that it would no longer retain audio recordings of Siri interactions.

French police deployed tear gas and used pepper spray on protesters in Paris, Thursday, December 5. The Eiffel Tower shut down, France's vaunted high-speed trains stood still and teachers walked off the job as unions launched nationwide strikes and protests

Major Volcanic Eruption

Europe

A major explosion saw the Stromboli volcano in Italy erupt on Wednesday at 12.18pm local time. The eruption appears to have come from the summit vents, producing an ash plume that rose hundreds of metres into the sky. The explosion ejected bombs to the upper slopes of the volcano and caused a pyroclastic flow that traveled down the Sciara into the sea, Volcano Discovery reports.

Italy’s Government Collapses, Turning Chaos Into Crisis ROME — After 14 months of bickering, Italy’s government collapsed on Tuesday

More than 75 people, including two Turkish nationals, were killed and many more wounded in a suicide truck bomb attack on a security checkpoint in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, according to an Oronjo government spokesman. 

Ebola epidemic in DRC constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, World Health Organization says. First Ebola patient in DR Congo's Goma dies yesterday. Vaccinations against Ebola begin in DR Congo city of Goma. Ebola case confirmed in eastern DR Congo city of Goma.  Ebola case reported near DR Congo's border with South Sudan. The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a global public health emergency, the United Nations health agency has

A car bomb went off on Friday (July 12) at a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayu where local elders and lawmakers were meeting

Concerns overcrowding at prisons for Isis suspects could fuel radicalisation. Photos have surfaced of overcrowded and “degrading” conditions in Iraqi detention centres used to hold thousands of men, women and children with suspected links to Islamic State.  Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday it had acquired rare photographic evidence of conditions falling short of the most basic international standards at three facilities in Nineveh province. HRW warned the situation could lead to the radicalisation of vulnerable

Three people have been injured after a rocket hit an Iraqi compound housing several international oil companies, including the US multinational ExxonMobil

The Iraqi army, directed by U.S. advisers, launched an offensive Sunday aimed at wresting Mosul from the hands of ISIS and ending its brutal two-year occupation.

Iran Have Huge Stockpiles of "Hidden" Weapons

Iran

“Today, many of our equipment are unveiled but our more effective equipment are not unveiled and they would appear when they are needed to strike a tough blow to the enemy,” Dadras said on Wednesday, Mehr reported. He further highlighted the growing advances in the country’s defense sector, saying Iran’s stealth tools and equipment exist in the Islamic Republic military’s ground, air and marine sectors.

Almost from his first day in office Trump set about eroding the entire rationale for Iran’s signing up to the deal. He started by undermining civil aviation deals

UK sends second warship to Gulf after Iran threats over tanker seized off Gibraltar. Tensions are mounting in the Gulf

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