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‘Record hate crimes’ after EU referendum

Image copyright Ewa Banaszak Image caption A Polish family in Plymouth received what police described as a “hate-filled” letter A majority of police forces in England and Wales saw record levels of hate crimes in the first full three months following the EU referendum, according to new analysis. More than …

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Offensive campervan slogans banned in Queensland

Image copyright Fiona Goodall Image caption Similar slogans have been used by Wicked Campers in New Zealand An Australian state has banned sexist and offensive slogans on campervans and other vehicles following a high-profile campaign. It follows complaints about “degrading slogans and imagery” on hire vehicles primarily aimed at young …

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Keep out

Media captionHungary recruiting ‘border-hunters’ A new police unit in Hungary, launched to reinforce patrols along the 175km (110-mile) border fence with Serbia, is struggling to find suitable candidates despite a massive recruitment drive. Many fail the psychology test, one of several designed to weed out inappropriate applicants. Several YouTube videos …

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Refereeing warlords

Media captionFergal Keane visits Bambari – where UN peacekeepers separate two rival warlords. A change of attitude towards peacekeeping under US President Donald Trump could spell disaster for places like the Central African Republic, where the presence of a UN mission is trying to keep notorious warlords in check, writes …

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Harrison Ford ‘in near-miss’ at US airport

Image copyright AP Image caption A long-time aviation enthusiast, Harrison Ford owns several aircraft US actor Harrison Ford has been involved in a near-miss while flying his plane in California, US media say. They say Ford, aged 74, was instructed to land on a runway at John Wayne airport in …

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Swipe right for new ‘mum friends’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Parenting can be lonely, say the app’s creators A new app aimed at mothers has launched in London and New York, aimed at helping mums build friendships. Peanut adopts the format of dating apps such as Tinder where mothers upload profiles and pictures and “swipe” …

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Montreal ranked top city for students

Image caption Students at Concordia University in Montreal, the top ranked world city for students Montreal has been named as the best city in the world for students. This international ranking of university cities has seen Paris slip from first place – a position the French capital has held for …

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Keeping it fresh

Image copyright Tupperware Image caption Tupperware parties are no longer polite gatherings over tea and cake, but have been updated to “a girls’ night out” When I meet Tupperware Brands boss Rick Goings there’s a funny moment. He’s just finished his lunch, but wants to pack the remainder away for …

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