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British children hurt in Lisbon tram crash

[ad_1] Image copyright Sebastiao Almeida/Publico Two British children were among 28 people injured when a tram derailed and overturned in Lisbon, Portugal. Most of the casualties were taken to hospital following the accident on Friday evening but none of them is believed to be in a serious condition. Reports said the tram came off the rails on a bend at the bottom of a steep hill, before hitting a building.A
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Halt prison pepper spray plan, ministers urged

[ad_1] Ministers are being urged to reverse plans to issue prison officers with a synthetic pepper spray, known as Pava, following a trial.From next year, canisters will be issued to staff in publicly run prisons for men, in a bid to reduce violence. The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) says its own analysis of the six-month trial in four prisons showed the spray was often used "unsafely and inappropriately". Ministers have
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Do autistic people ‘get’ jokes?

[ad_1] Originally dubbed "little professors" by Viennese paediatrician Hans Asperger, autistic people have often been thought to be a rather serious bunch. So do autistic people even have a sense of humour? A new BBC podcast, 1800 Seconds on Autism, aims to dispel that no-humour myth, among other assumptions - with razor-sharp wit running through it. The first time you heard that random joke, "What's brown and sticky?" did you
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Stansted Airport: Drone ‘missed landing plane by 15m’

[ad_1] Image copyright Press Association Image caption The Boeing 737 was coming in to land at Stansted Airport A drone flying more than 20 times the allowed height came within 15m (50ft) of a Boeing 737 approaching a runway at Stansted Airport in Essex.The plane was flying at 10,000ft (3km) and coming in to land on 17 August when the captain spotted the drone.The first officer then saw "a dark-coloured
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LGBTQ Christmas charity sends cards to the lonely

[ad_1] We all like getting Christmas post, but what if you didn't have anyone to send you so much as a card?El, 20, from Devon, was supported by her family when she came out, but she realised lots of people are not as lucky.Despite struggling with illness, she sends 'rainbow cards' to anyone whose family don't accept them because of their sexuality or gender. Produced and filmed by Ruth EvansAdditional
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Universal credit claimants fear spending Christmas without money

[ad_1] Image caption Erin Barrett said her experience of universal credit had left her at times unable to afford food People who claim universal credit say they fear being left without money over Christmas because of delays to their benefit payments.Erin Barrett, 26, said the system had left her choosing between buying food or Christmas presents for her son.The debt charity Christians Against Poverty has called on the government to
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Newcastle man charged with planning act of terror

[ad_1] Image caption Cordons were put in place around several streets in the West End of Newcastle A man has been charged with planning an act of terrorism.The 33-year-old from the Arthur's Hill area of Newcastle is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.He was arrested in Arthur's Hill on Tuesday and taken to a police station in West Yorkshire. He has now been charged with one count of
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Anglesey school plea not to buy staff Christmas gifts

[ad_1] Image copyright Ysgol Gymuned Rhosybol Image caption Pupils at Ysgol Gymuned Rhosybol on Anglesey will not be buying staff Christmas gifts A school has asked parents not to buy Christmas presents for teachers in a bid to relieve pressure on families and support those in need.Ysgol Gymuned Rhosybol on Anglesey asked parents who wanted to give gifts to donate to charity instead. One parent said teachers she knew would
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Newspaper headlines: May and Juncker clash and ‘Brexit charge’ for Brits

[ad_1] Newspaper headlines: May and Juncker clash and 'Brexit charge' for Brits By BBC News Staff Image caption The picture of the clash between Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker is used on a number of Saturday's front pages. "May threatens to crash Brexit deal after summit showdown," is the headline on the FT Weekend, which says the PM had a "frank confrontation" with the EU in Brussels.