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People warned not to exercise during the heatwave

People are being warned not to exercise over the coming days, as record temperatures are forecast to create deadly conditions. A lot of heat is produced by the body during exercise and this combined with the temperatures could see even the fittest people suffering from heat exhaustion, experts have said. Scientists say everyone is at […]

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Marburg virus: Ghana confirms two cases of highly infectious disease

Ghana has confirmed two cases of the Marburg virus, a highly infectious disease similar to Ebola, the country’s health service said on Sunday. The two people tested positive for the virus, before later dying, but the results have now been verified by a laboratory in Senegal, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). A total […]

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Female bears ‘may choose dens near humans to keep threat of males away’

Female bears sometimes choose to live closer to humans in a bid to keep themselves and their new-born cubs safe from male bears, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at changes in the habitat characteristics of dens used by females to give birth to cubs. Led by conservation experts at Nottingham Trent University and European […]

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Cutting UK taxes now would be a mistake, International Monetary Fund warns

Cutting taxes at the moment would “be a mistake”, according to a top official at the International Monetary Fund. Four of the final five Tory leadership candidates have pledged to cut taxes if they become prime minister. But not Rishi Sunak, who has argued that slashing taxes would fuel rising inflation. “I think debt-financed tax […]

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Cats rescued from wildfires at higher risk of deadly blood clots, scientists warn

Cats rescued in California wildfires that suffered burns and smoke inhalation are at risk of forming deadly blood clots, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, say their new findings could change the standard of care that cats rescued from wildfires receive, and hopefully save more lives. The study, published last […]

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Parcel delivery firms must ‘substantially’ improve complaints handling, warns watchdog

Parcel firms “must get better” at handling customer complaints after around a quarter of people have had problems when raising issues with deliveries, regulator Ofcom has warned. The watchdog confirmed a raft of measures first set out last December and said fines or tighter regulation could be on the way if it fails to see […]

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Schools see a third of pupils absent as children stay at home in potentially-record breaking heatwave

Headteachers are seeing around a third of pupils absent from school as parents choose to keep children home during the hottest days forecast in the UK’s heatwave. A number of schools are teaching remotely on Monday and Tuesday, when the Met Office is forecasting temperatures to soar into the high 30C and potentially even reach […]

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