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Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

World
Russia has blamed Israel and threatened retaliation after one of its military planes was shot down by Syrian missiles in a "friendly-fire" incident. It said Israeli jets attacking targets nearby had "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences".Russia's defence ministry said the aircraft, carrying 15 servicemen, disappeared from radar 22 miles (35km) off Syria on Monday night as it was returning to Hmeimim airbase, near Lattakia.It said Israel had not warned it about the jets' attack until a minute before, and that it reserved "the right to proper retaliatory actions". Image: The aircraft was heading to Hmeimim air base when it disappeared Everyone on board died when the IL-20 reconnaissance plane wa...
TSB boss Paul Pester to step down after IT fiasco

TSB boss Paul Pester to step down after IT fiasco

Business
TSB chief Paul Pester is to step down after seven years in charge, in the wake of a major IT failure at the bank.In April this year, customers were left without access to online banking services for several weeks when an attempt to move data to a new computer system went wrong.The bank is still struggling to get its IT systems to work properly.On Monday, it apologised to customers who faced disruption to their online and mobile banking over the weekend.Following Mr Pester's departure, TSB chairman Richard Meddings will take on the role of executive chairman until a new chief executive is appointed.Mr Meddings said: "Although there is more to do to achieve full stability for customers, the bank's IT systems and services are much improved since the IT migra...
Plastic pollution: 'Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo'

Plastic pollution: 'Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo'

Science
Researchers in the US have been investigating the final journeys taken by disposable contact lenses. They found 15-20% of US users simply flick these fiddly lenses down the drain via the bathroom sink or toilet. The Arizona State University study suggests that much of the plastic material then ends up in waste water treatment plants.The lenses are consequently spread on farmland as sewage sludge, increasing plastic pollution in the environment.Around 45m people wear contacts in the US, while rates in other countries vary, with between 5 and 15% of the population in Europe using them. Over the last decade, the use of softer plastic contact lenses has grown rapidly with people using daily, weekly or monthly disposables in greater numbers than ever before. T...
Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Toby Alderweireld ready to run down Spurs deal to force Manchester United move

Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Toby Alderweireld ready to run down Spurs deal to force Manchester United move

Sports
LET ME LEAVE Centre-back frozen out last season after rejecting new deal and is set on an Old Trafford switch, but Spurs are demanding up to £75m for his services Toby Alderweireld will run down his Spurs contract and demand a move away if his club do not let him join Manchester United, according to reports. The Belgian centre-back refused to sign a new £130,000-a-week deal last season and has been an outcast since, but Spurs still want £75million for him, which has put United off a deal. Alderweireld’s time at Spurs appears to be over Alderweireld, 29, is desperate for a United move and will turn down any other interested parties, according to the Mirror. His current Spurs deal has only 11 months to run, but the club ...