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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 4 Aug 2019

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Doctors can now delay menopause for 20 years

Doctors have created a procedure which can delay the menopause by up to 20 years, says the Sunday Times. The surgery - which can take as little as 30 minutes – could also stop health issues associated with menopause, such as osteoporosis and heart problems. “Being able to delay the menopause has been life-changing,” said one woman who underwent it.

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Government report says no-deal Brexit could disrupt schools

A secret government report says that a no-deal Brexit would mean schools may have to close, exams could be disrupted and fresh food for pupils’ meals could run short because of panic buying, with prices soaring by up to 20%. The Department for Education analysis also raises the possibility of teacher absences caused by travel disruption.

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Pilots arrested after failing breath test at Glasgow Airport

Two pilots have been arrested at Glasgow Airport for allegedly failing a breath test before boarding a flight to New York. The United Airlines pilots, aged 45 and 61, remain in custody and are expected to appear before Paisley Sheriff Court on Tuesday. United Airlines said in a statement the safety of its customers and crew was "always our top priority".

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Boris Johnson announces one-off cash boost for the NHS

Boris Johnson has announced a one-off cash boost of £1.8bn for NHS hospitals in England. The sum announced by the Prime Minister will be available immediately to go towards new equipment and upgrades to 20 hospitals. However, Labour said the figure - which is less than 1% of NHS England's annual budget - fell "significantly short" of the amount needed.

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Stop describing abuse allegers as victims, says judge

Police should stop using the word “victim” people who come forward with allegations about sex offences because it creates a “presumption” that they are telling the truth, a former High Court judge has argued. “People who come forward should be referred to as complainants, not victims,” said Sir Richard Henriques.

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Tens of thousands flee Kashmir amid renewed violence

Tens of thousands of tourists are leaving the disputed region of Kashmir after authorities issued a security alert and India said it had killed militants who were trying to attack its forces. Meanwhile, the Foreign Office has issued new advice to avoid all travel to the region, stating: “There is a risk of unpredictable violence, including bombings, grenade attacks, shootings and kidnapping.”

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Twenty die in mass shooting in El Paso, Texas

Twenty people were killed and 26 injured in a mass shooting in the Texas city of El Paso. The massacre happened at a Walmart store a few miles from the US-Mexican border. Governor Greg Abbott described it as “one of the most deadly days in the history of Texas”. US President Donald Trump described the attack as “an act of cowardice”.

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Hong Kong activists clash with riot police as protests continue

Protestors in Hong Kong have clashed with riot police as the city entered its third consecutive day of mass protests. Police say they arrested 20 people during yesterday’s clashes for offences including unlawful assembly and assault.  Two months of demonstrations caused by a controversial extradition bill show no sign of calming.

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Remainers plot historic tactical voting to hit Boris

Remainers plan to join forces in 100 target seats at the next general election to oust hardline Brexiteers and stop Boris Johnson winning a majority. The People’s Vote campaign’s planned targets include former leader Iain Duncan Smith, the environment secretary, Theresa Villiers, and Zac Goldsmith. It is set to be the biggest campaign of tactical voting ever planned.

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Two arrested in Essex after deaths from class-a drugs

Two men have been arrested after six people died in Essex within two days. Local police have been investigating the suspected drugs-related deaths of three men and three women at the end of last month. The men were arrested on suspicion of class-A drugs offences. Health chiefs fear a bad batch of drugs could be killing users.

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