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Minister may intervene in Parole Board’s decision to free child killer Colin Pitchfork

Justice secretary has 21 days to request formal reconsideration of decision in case of double murderer

The UK justice secretary is considering intervening over the Parole Board’s decision to approve the release of the child killer and rapist Colin Pitchfork.

The double murderer was jailed in 1988 after raping and strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986.

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‘He’s never spoken up about Muslims’: Keir Starmer leaves Batley voters disaffected

Muslim voters say unhappiness with Labour leader means they will place votes elsewhere for first time

When Keir Starmer shifted Labour’s position on Kashmir in the first weeks of his leadership last year, he may not have realised that his stated intention of preventing “issues of the subcontinent to divide communities here” could cost the support of some of its most loyal voters.

Canvassing outside Jamia Masjid in Heckmondwike on Friday, the Labour candidate in the Batley and Spen byelection, Kim Leadbeater, received a hostile reception from voters who are unhappy with the party’s stance on foreign policy issues such as Palestine and Kashmir, amid a perception that the party takes some forms of racism more seriously than others.

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Covid live: France lifts outdoor mask-wearing and curfew rules; London could be in ‘foothills of third wave’

Vigilance urged as France eases restrictions; PHE London director says unlikely capital will have all over-30s double-vaccinated by 19 July

People in UK with both jabs may not have to quarantine, says scientistUnder-18s could be ‘reservoirs’ for virus when all UK adults are jabbed‘Two Americas’ as Delta variant spreads and vaccination rates dropUganda Olympic athlete arriving in Tokyo tests positive for coronavirus‘Devastated’ Phuket races to vaccinate in time for holiday season

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With Covid vaccination penetration in the US likely to fall short of Joe Biden’s 70% by Fourth of July target, pandemic analysts are warning that vaccine incentives are losing traction and that “two Americas” may emerge as the aggressive Delta variant becomes the dominant US strain.

Efforts to boost vaccination rates have come through a variety of incentives, from free hamburgers to free beer, college scholarships and even million-dollar lottery prizes. But of the efforts to entice people to get their shots have lost their initial impact, or failed to land effectively at all.

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Inspired a group set up in Britain during the pandemic, several of the world’s leading scientists plan to launch an independent expert group this week to advise, warn and criticise global policymakers about the climate and nature crises.

The new body has been inspired by Independent Sage – the cluster of British scientists who have held UK ministers and civil servants to account for their lack of transparency and mishandling of the Covid pandemic.

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Oil firm led by Tory donor investigated over alleged bribes in nine countries

UK-based Petrofac accused of making payments over more than 15 years to secure contracts

A multinational oil firm which was led by a major Conservative donor has been under investigation for allegedly paying million-pound bribes to secure contracts in nine countries.

The anti-corruption agency the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been examining allegedly suspicious payments made by the UK-based firm Petrofac.

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Mrs Livingstone, I presume? Museum to feature role of explorer’s wife

Revamped gallery to reveal the importance – and presence – of Mary Moffat in missionary’s life and travels

Dr Livingstone, the Scottish explorer and Christian missionary in Africa, was a hero for Victorian schoolboys, his reputation enhanced by exuberant biographies. But next month the reopening of a museum on the banks of the River Clyde, following a £9.1m investment, is to set his famous story in a broader context.

The cliche runs that behind every great man stands a great woman. In Livingstone’s case, the reputation of his fearless wife, Mary Moffat, actually went before him, smoothing his path through remote regions.

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