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England face Belgium, Tunisia & Panama in World Cup group

England face Belgium, Tunisia & Panama in World Cup group

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device England have been drawn with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G at next year's Fifa World Cup in Russia.Gareth Southgate's men will begin their tournament against Tunisia on Monday, 18 June (19:00 BST) in Volgograd.They will then face World Cup debutants Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on 24 June (13:00 BST) before playing top seeds Belgium four days later in Kaliningrad (19:00 BST).Russia play Saudi Arabia in the opening game in Moscow on 14 June (16:00 BST).Holders Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea while five-times winners Brazil are in Group E alongside Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia. The 2018 tournament takes place in 12 stadiums across Russia between 14 June a...
Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to 'sustain' NHS

Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to 'sustain' NHS

Health
Ninety MPs have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to set up a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England.They say a non-partisan debate is needed to deliver a "sustainable settlement".The letter to Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond said patients were being "failed" by the system.A government spokesperson said it was "committed" to making the sector sustainable.The government had already provided an additional £2bn to social care over the next three years, the spokesperson added.Non-partisan approachOne-third of the MPs who have signed the letter are Conservative.They include Sarah Wollaston, chair of the health select committee, former education secretary Nicky Morgan and Andrew Mitchell, a minister under the last government.Tories George
A black-rights group warns would-be passengers about American Airlines

A black-rights group warns would-be passengers about American Airlines

Finance
TRAVEL advisory notices, which alert passengers to the risks of going to certain places, are standard business for frequent flyers. But last week brought an unusual one. The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), America’s oldest civil-rights organisation, warned black flyers about the dangers of travelling with American Airlines.The NAACP says that  “a pattern of disturbing incidents” has been reported by black passengers specifically about American Airlines. Such incidents “suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias”. Of the four incidents that the NAACP cite, two involved prominent black activists, PR Lockhart notes at Vox, a news site. Although the NAACP does not mention them by name, one is thought to be Rev William
The Latest: Tibetan group protests at China Embassy in India

The Latest: Tibetan group protests at China Embassy in India

Technology
The Latest on the ruling Communist Party's congress meeting in Beijing (all times local): 3 p.m. Members of the Tibetan Youth Congress have protested at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi as China's ruling Communists opened their national congress. The protesters held up placards blaming China for occupation and genocide in Tibet. Indian police blocked the nearly two dozen protesters from entering the building. Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to get a second five-year term as party leader at the meeting that opened in Beijing on Wednesday. The protesters called Xi a dictator whose continued rule would be dangerous. Tibetan Youth Congress President Tenzing Jigme said in a statement that Tibet had nothing to celebrate as Buddhist monasteries have been destroyed and young Tibetans hav...
Branson's Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Branson's Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Technology
The Virgin investment group has taken an undisclosed stake in Hyperloop One, one of several companies trying to create a pod-based transport system.The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.Virgin's founder, Sir Richard Branson, is joining the Los Angeles-based firm's board as part of the deal, and it is rebranding itself as Virgin Hyperloop One.One expert suggested the tie-up would help raise the company's profile."This is unproven technology and there's a long way to go before it ever finds itself in use in the real world," commented Prof David Bailey from Aston Business School."But this deal will certainly help in terms of marketing and potentially attract further investors to come into the operation."Hyperloop One recently tested a prototype pod in the Nevada desert, which reached ...