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Police uncover teenage girl ‘suicide’ Instagram group

Police uncover teenage girl ‘suicide’ Instagram group

Technology
Getty ImagesSocial media groups involving teenage girls that led to "suicidal crises" and "serious self-harm" have been uncovered by police, BBC News has learned.Twelve girls, aged between 12 and 16 years old and from across southern England, were part of an Instagram chat group whose name refers to suicide.The group was discovered when three of the girls went missing and were found seriously unwell in London.Instagram says it found no suicide or self-harm related content in the group. 'Serious self-harm'BBC News has obtained a police briefing about the investigation which discovered the online groups.It says "peer-to-peer influence increased suicidal ideation amongst the children involved to the extent that several escalated to suicidal crises and serious self-harm."How can we protect soc...
England Under-21s lose AGAIN as Aidy Boothroyd’s side beaten by Portugal to leave them rock bottom of Euro 2021 group

England Under-21s lose AGAIN as Aidy Boothroyd’s side beaten by Portugal to leave them rock bottom of Euro 2021 group

Sports
England Under-21s were left rock bottom of Euro 2021 Group D as they were beaten 2-0 by Portugal on Sunday evening. It is two straight defeats for Aidy Boothroyd’s side in the tournament without scoring a single goal. AFP England Under-21s were poor again at Euro 2021 Pressure is growing on the manager with his side struggling despite a wealth of talent at his disposal. Noni Madueke and Japhet Tanganga were given their England Under-21 debuts for the vital Euro 2021 following the opening 1-0 defeat to Switzerland. Steven and Ryan Sessegnon were also recalled by boss Aidy Boothroyd, with Callum Hudson-Odoi missing from the squad through injury. Getty England Under-21s have plenty of talent, including Arsenal’s Emile...
Group of U.S. attorneys general urge President Joe Biden to cancel $50K in student debt

Group of U.S. attorneys general urge President Joe Biden to cancel $50K in student debt

Business
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A group of attorneys general from more than a dozen states called on President Joe Biden and Congress Friday to cancel up to $ 50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower, an issue that the new administration has yet to fully embrace. In a letter addressed to Biden, the group asked the president to take executive action supporting Senate Resolution 46 and House Resolution 100, two separate measures that aim to cancel the same debt. Advertisement "When borrowers are unable to manage their Federal student loan repayment, the consequences can be catastrophic," the group wrote in the letter. "As many as one in five federal student loan borrowers are in default. Many are unable to manage their debt due to disability, illness, or job loss." The attorneys general argue tha...
South African Muslim group safely buries its virus dead

South African Muslim group safely buries its virus dead

World
JOHANNESBURG -- Not even the full protective gear can mask the respect with which the men wash the body of a newly deceased member of their Muslim community.“To Allah we belong. Unto him shall we return. Ghusal Room 1,” reads a sign, referring to ghusal, the Muslim cleansing ritual, at the entrance to a room designated for victims of COVID-19.The body is shrouded, placed in a coffin and buried in a nearby cemetery in Lenasia, a community of about 100,000 people on the outskirts of Johannesburg.For more than 30 years the Saaberie Chishty ambulance service, funded by community donations, has responded to medical emergencies. Now the service has greatly expanded to offer oxygen and home care for those with mild COVID-19 cases, and transport to the hospital for those with more severe illness.C...

Group: Angry mob targets radio station in north Afghanistan

World
An international journalists group says an angry mob ransacked a local radio station in northern Afghanistan last week after a mosque imam incited the attackers, claiming loud music played by the station had interfered with his prayer serviceBy RAHIM FAIEZ Associated PressJanuary 19, 2021, 9:32 AM• 2 min readKABUL, Afghanistan -- An angry mob ransacked a local radio station in northern Afghanistan last week after a mosque imam incited the attackers, claiming loud music played by the station had interfered with his prayer service, an international journalists group said Tuesday.The International Federation of Journalists condemned the attack last Friday in the city of Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province.It quoted Mohsen Ahmad, director of the Zohra Radio that was targeted in the attack, ...