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100k Muslims gather in Birmingham for largest Eid celebration in Europe

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“We’re all overwhelmed that so many people from different faiths and from across the world have travelled to Birmingham for this year’s Celebrate Eid.

“We’ve been working for months with five local Mosques and our charity partner Human Appeal to organise the community for a memorable day of prayer, games and fun.”

During Ramadan this year, worshippers raised £435,000 in a single night for international humanitarian aid charity Human Appeal, which comes just weeks after it handed over a cheque for £1.2 million.

The money will go directly to the Saving Syria project, which is raising funds for orphans in the war-torn country.

Othman Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal, said: “It is a great honour once again for Human Appeal to be part of Celebrate Eid; the biggest gathering of Muslims in Europe.

“As well as tragedy throughout the holy month of Ramadan, there has been unrivalled generosity.

“British Muslims have given so much to help those in need here in the UK and around the globe.

“This Eid we celebrate the generosity of the Muslim community.”

Religious Eid is a single day that signals the end of Ramadan and the start of the next month, Shawwal.

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, where Muslims focus on personal reflection and prayer through three types of worship: charity, prayer and fasting.

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Turkish president: Saudi Arabia’s ultimatum to Qatar ‘breaches international law’ 

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Mr Erdoğan’s remarks are Turkey’s strongest statement of support for Qatar to date in the diplomatic crisis, which began when the four Arab states imposed a blockade on Qatar on June 5th.

The list of demands to end the blockade, which were issued with a ten-day deadline for compliance, include closing the Al Jazeera television network, closing a Turkish military base, downgrading ties with Iran and extraditing alleged terrorists.

Qatar on Saturday said the ultimatum was “not reasonable”.

The Turkish president specifically said the Arab states’ demand that Turkey close its military base in Qatar was “a disrespect” towards his country.

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Antibacterial soaps may do more harm than good, scientists warn

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But they also said antibacterial products – some of which have been banned in the United States, and are being phased out here – could cause harm to some consumers, especially pregnant women and those breastfeeding.

Environmental health professor at the University of San Francisco, Dr Barbara Sattler said: “People think antimicrobial hand soaps offer better protection against illness, but generally, antimicrobial soaps perform no better than plain soap and water.”

Late last year, America banned 19 different antimicrobial chemicals, including triclosan and triclocarban, saying they were not effective and should not be marketed for use in over-the-counter consumer wash products.

However scientists fear they have merely been replaced with ones that are even worse.

British firms such as Unilever say they are phasing the two chemicals out of their products by the end of this year,adding they will be replaced by “a range of alternatives, including natural and nature-inspired antibacterial ingredients”.

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Labour pledges to scrap benefits cap – but frontbencher doesn’t know how much it would cost

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Labour has pledged to scrap a cap on welfare payments – despite not knowing how much it would cost to do so.

Debbie Abrahams, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said a Labour government would look at how to abolish the benefits cap which limits certain welfare payments for households to £20,000 outside London and £23,000 inside the capital.

However, while she insisted getting rid of the cap, which applies to approximately 116,000 households, would not cost an “astronomical” sum she admitted Labour had not actually costed the proposal.

Her comments come after the High Court declared on Thursday that the benefits cap unlawfully discriminated against single parents with children under the age of two.

Appearing on the BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, Ms Abrahams was asked whether Labour planned to scrap the cap as part of its wider bid to bring about the end of austerity.

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Police who smeared victims in wake of Hillsborough disaster could face criminal charges, report suggests

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Criminal charges could be brought against police officers for smearing the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, it emerged today.

South Yorkshire Police documents show officials who reviewed the case in 2012 believed the “release of misleading statements to the press/public could be an attempt to pervert the course of justice”, according to The Sunday Times.

The review, carried out for the force’s former chief constable David Crompton and released under freedom of information laws, added that “there could be some potential for criminal proceedings”.

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Soaring obesity could see millenials die at younger age than their parents 

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Four in ten young adults in Britain are overweight or obese, according to new figures released by the NHS.

Nearly three million 16- to 24-year-olds weigh too much – a million more than two decades ago, the statistics reveal.

Doctors said the generation risked dying at a younger age than their parents, despite a host of medical breakthroughs in recent decades.

The figures from NHS Digital, show 39 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds are overweight or obese, up from 27 per cent in 1993.

Soaring numbers have dangerously large waist sizes, the statistics reveal.

In total, 17 per cent of young men have a waist of at least 40 inches, compared with 4 per cent in 1993.

And 23 per cent of women of this age have a waistband of at least 34.5 inches – a rise from 9 per cent in 1993.

Professor Lord Ian McColl, a former surgeon, said: “Overweight and obese young people may well end up living shorter lives than their parents, most of whom were slim in their youth.

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Six injured as ‘car crashes into pedestrians celebrating Eid’

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A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “On Sunday June 25, at approximately 9.14am, Northumbria Police received reports that a vehicle had collided with pedestrians outside of Westgate Sports Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.

“Police inquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened but, at this time, it is not believed to be a terror incident.

“Police have arrested a 42-year-old woman who is currently in police custody.”

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British doctors trial simple gut operation that ‘cures or controls’ diabetes

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“The remaining people demonstrate big improvements of blood sugar control and can drastically reduce their dependence on insulin or other medication.

“In many patients, blood sugar levels go back to normal within days, long before declines in fat levels or weight.”

The treatments stem from a new view of the causes of diabetes, a condition in which there is too much glucose in the blood.

Diabetes has previously been blamed on the pancreas not secreting enough insulin, the hormone that controls glucose levels – but Rubino and his colleagues believe the gut is the key player.

Andrea Midmer, 59, a nurse, took part in the trial, in which a plastic liner or “endobarrier” was fitted into her stomach to stop the walls of her upper gut coming into contact with the food she ate.

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David Davis warns Tory leadership contest would be ‘catastrophic’ for Brexit negotiations

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David Davis has warned it would be “catastrophic” for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union if the Tories engaged in a leadership contest during negotiations with the bloc.

However, the Brexit Secretary refused to rule out challenging Theresa May himself to be leader in the future.

His comments come after Boris Johnson ruled out running to be Tory leader until after Brexit is delivered in 2019.

Meanwhile, Priti Patel, the International Development Secretary, has also refused to be drawn on her own leadership ambitions.

Mr Davis was asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show if a Tory leadership contest would be “catastrophic” for Brexit, and replied: “Yes. Listen, let me be absolutely plain about this. Number one, I happen to think we have got a very good Prime Minister.

“I know she is coming under a lot of pressure at the moment but I have seen her in action, I have seen a number of prime ministers in operation over the years – I go right back to Margaret Thatcher – and I think she is very good, she makes good decisions, she is bold, she takes her time.”

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