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Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

World
Iranians living outdoors in bitterly cold temperatures after an earthquake are making desperate pleas for help.More than 430 people were killed and about 7,000 injured when the quake hit near the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday.The government is scrambling to get aid to the worst-hit Kermanshah province, where hundreds of homes were destroyed.President Hassan Rouhani, visiting the region, said state-built houses suffered more damage, and those responsible would be held accountable.Temperatures in Kermanshah province fell close to freezing for the second night in succession.Ali Gulani, 42, lives in the province's badly-hit town of Qasr-e-Shirin, and told BBC Persian people were burning crates to try to stay warm."We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water," he said. "You can ...
Emotional toll of diabetes 'needs more recognition'

Emotional toll of diabetes 'needs more recognition'

Health
Many people living with diabetes are struggling with related emotional problems - an issue that needs support and recognition, a charity says.Diabetes UK surveyed 8,500 people about diabetes and how it affected their daily life.Three in five said their condition made them feel down. Of those in employment, 16% felt discriminated against at work - and 7% had not even told their employer about their diabetes.Clare (not her real name), 26, says she had to quit her job as a management consultant as a direct result of her diabetes.She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13. Despite being one of 4.5 million people affected by the condition in the UK, she says the "lack of understanding" she encountered in the workplace left her feeling "frustrated, anxious and stressed"."I was const...
The Latest: Death toll from Somalia blast rises to 276

The Latest: Death toll from Somalia blast rises to 276

World
The Latest on explosion in Somalia's capital (all times local): 12:45 a.m. Somalia's information minister Abdirahman Osman says the death toll from Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu has risen to 276, with about 300 people injured. It is the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. The toll is expected to rise. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not yet commented. ——— 12:40 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is "sickened" by the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. Guterres in a tweet Sunday night urged "unity in the face of terrorism." Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu killed at least 231 people. Another 275 are hurt. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not yet commented. Off
Inflation's £5bn toll on Government coffers

Inflation's £5bn toll on Government coffers

Business
Government borrowing jumped by far more than forecast last month as the Treasury battles the impact of higher inflation on the public finances.Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed net borrowing, excluding state-owned banks, increased by £2bn to almost £6.9bn in June compared with the same month last year - a rise of 43%.The figures underline the scale of the challenge facing a politically-weakened Government wanting to balance the budget while facing demands from critics to loosen the purse strings, in particular by removing the pay cap from public sector workers.All this while the economy falters.Higher inflation - a consequence of the pound's weakness since the Brexit vote - has threatened Government coffers as it risks hitting taxes if businesses and consumers re