Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk'

Ministers 'must act on faulty white goods fire risk'

More people will die from fires started by faulty white goods if ministers do not act to implement safety guidelines, the London Fire Brigade, the city’s mayor, and safety groups have warned. In a letter to Theresa May, they say some fridges and freezers are being sold with a flammable plastic backing. And the letter says people continue to use white goods that are subject to product recalls to fix lethal faults. The Grenfell Tower…

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Trump under fire for response to far-right

Trump under fire for response to far-right

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump is facing criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for his response to violence at a Virginia white supremacist rally. A woman was killed and 19 were injured when a car ploughed into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville. Mr Trump condemned violence by “many sides” – but stopped short of explicitly condemning the far-right. The White House has since clarified in a statement that…

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US warns of fidget spinner fire and choking hazards

US warns of fidget spinner fire and choking hazards

A US government body has released safety guidance for battery-operated fidget spinners, following incidents of the toys catching fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising people to avoid charging the toys, some of which are Bluetooth-enabled, overnight. Children of all ages are also warned not to put fidget spinners of any kind in their mouths. A recent BBC investigation discovered unsafe toys on sale in the UK. Although intended for stress relief…

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US firm reveals gun-toting drone that can fire in mid-air

US firm reveals gun-toting drone that can fire in mid-air

A US technology firm has developed a drone that is able to aim and fire at enemies while flying in mid-air. The Tikad drone, developed by Duke Robotics, is armed with a machine-gun and a grenade launcher. The gun can be fired only by remote control, and is designed to reduce military casualties by cutting the number of ground troops required. But campaigners warn that in the wrong hands, it will make it easier to…

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Grenfell Tower fire: New council leader heckled by public

Grenfell Tower fire: New council leader heckled by public

Media playback is unsupported on your device The newly elected leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council has been booed and heckled amid continuing anger over the Grenfell Tower fire. Protesters shouted “resign” and “shame on you” as Elizabeth Campbell was made council leader at a public meeting. The councillor said she was “deeply sorry” for the “grief and trauma” caused by the blaze in west London. The fractious meeting ended early after a female resident…

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Immigration 'amnesty' for Grenfell fire residents

Immigration 'amnesty' for Grenfell fire residents

Media playback is unsupported on your device Foreign nationals directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire are to be allowed to stay in the UK for 12 months regardless of their immigration status. The Home Office said it would not conduct immigration checks on survivors and those coming forward with information. Labour called for a wider “amnesty”. Meanwhile, ministers have ordered a taskforce to help run Kensington and Chelsea Council, which has faced heavy criticism…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government to 'keep eye' on council

Grenfell Tower fire: Government to 'keep eye' on council

The government will keep “a close eye” on Kensington and Chelsea council after its leader quit over the Grenfell Tower fire, the communities secretary says. Sajid Javid said it was “right” that Nicholas Paget-Brown stepped down and said the process to select a successor would be “independent of government”. London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for commissioners to take over the council. Earlier, a victims’ group said one resident had had rent deducted from their…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Sadiq Khan calls on PM to appoint commissioners

Grenfell Tower fire: Sadiq Khan calls on PM to appoint commissioners

London’s mayor has urged Theresa May to appoint commissioners to run Kensington and Chelsea council after its leader resigned over the Grenfell Tower fire. Sadiq Khan welcomed Nicholas Paget-Brown’s decision to stand down, but said public trust could not be restored by other members of the council. He said residents “quite rightly feel desperately neglected”. Mr Paget-Brown resigned on Friday, saying he had to “accept my share of responsibility for perceived failings”. At least 80…

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