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BBC to give senior staff ‘youth mentors’ to teach them how to be in touch with under 30s

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James Purnell, the BBC’s director of radio and education, said he hoped the scheme would help them compete with large technology companies such as Facebook and Amazon as they “reinvent” the BBC for the next generation.

“The idea came from a presentation by another group of young BBC employees who pointed out that in our content-making areas (e.g. TV, Radio) the percentage of senior leaders under 30 is particularly low.

“In 2016/17 it was only 0.1%. Which maybe doesn’t sound unusual until you think that the founders of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple were all 30 or under,” he wrote in a blog post.

It comes as figures show the BBC is failing to keep 16 to 34-year-olds interested in its content. 

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Mexico City earthquake: rescuers in desperate search to save young girl trapped in rubble of primary school

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On Wednesday, the president traveled to the state of Morelos, just south of the capital, where 71 people died, to survey damage. In Puebla state, site of the earthquake’s epicenter, at least 43 died.

The earthquake toppled dozens of buildings, tore gas mains and sparked fires across the city and other towns in central Mexico. Falling rubble and billboards crushed cars and nearly 5 million homes, businesses and other facilities were without power at one point.

Although authorities and property owners will need time to fully assess the damage, initial reports suggest that collapses were limited mostly to buildings that predate the 1985 quake, after which stricter building codes were enacted.

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Canada MP apologises for calling minister ‘climate Barbie’

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She replied: “Do you use that sexist language about your daughter, mother, sister?

“We need more women in politics. Your sexist comments won’t stop us”.

He has now apologised, tweeting: “I apologize for the use of Barbie, it is not reflective of the role the Minister plays”.

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Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico left entirely without power 

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The storm is following a similar path to that of Hurricane Irma, which ripped across the Caribbean earlier this month, claiming at least 84 lives and reducing the island of Barbuda to rubble.

Maria is the fourth major hurricane – defined as Category 3 or higher – to hit the region this year, making the season the worst in many years.

“Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the National Hurricane Centre said.

With Maria tracking north-west, hurricane warnings have been issued for the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat. A tropical storm warning was in force for Martinique, Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St Eustatius, St Maarten, St Lucia and Anguilla.

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UK weather forecast: a cloudy day predicted, with showers expected in the north

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Cloud and rain dominate today’s weather forecast, with mist and fog developing in the evening.

A band of cloud and rain in western and northern areas this morning will slowly move east, moving into central Britain by this afternoon. The south-east of England should remain dry with early sunshine giving way to increasing cloud.

After early cloud and any lingering overnight rain clears from the far east of Ireland, it will be mainly dry with periods of sunshine. The risk of a few showers pushing in from the west later, however.

Tonight the band of cloud and patchy rain will slowly clear from eastern Britain during the evening, to leave the rest of the night dry with largely clear skies and light winds. As a result, banks of mist and fog are likely to develop.

However, for Ireland, after a generally dry start to the night, it will turn increasingly windy, with spells of rain spreading from the south-west later. A few showers may push into the far west of Scotland too.

Here’s a closer look at today’s weather in key parts of Britain.

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Right-to-die cases do not need to go to court, judge rules

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A judge has made a landmark ruling that legal permission will no longer be required by a court before life-supporting treatment is withdrawn from patients suffering from severely debilitating illnesses, lawyers say.

Mr Justice Peter Jackson ruled that a 50-year-old woman who had suffered from Huntington’s disease for more than 20 years should be allowed to die after a hearing in the Court of Protection, where judges analyse issues relating to people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves, in London.

The woman’s daughter plus doctors caring for her all agreed that life support treatment should end.

And Mr Justice Jackson said in future judges should not be required to make rulings in similar cases – where relatives and doctors were in agreement and medical guidelines had been followed.

Mr Justice Jackson said he could understand why the woman’s mother and doctors had asked for a ruling.

But he said, in a written ruling on the case published on Wednesday: “In my view it was not necessary as a matter of law for this case to have been brought to court.”

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Police make sixth arrest in Parsons Green bomb probe

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“We had trouble with that house in the past. I’m not surprised to see tape around there.

“I think at one stage it was used as an in between house.

“I think they tried to use it for ex-jail people and I think they tried to use it for asylum seekers.”

He said the shouting, which he is not sure whether it came from the police or not, was so loud that it made at least three dogs in the area bark.

Speaking about trouble at the house in the past, he said: “At one stage there were drug pushers in there.”

He also said he thinks there was some police activity at the house “maybe a month ago”.

Paula Anderson, 43, lives next door to the property and said she was also woken up by “a lot of banging”, adding: “When I looked out there were lots of police officers.”

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Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte says son will be killed if involved in drugs

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“I said before my order was: ’If I have children who are into drugs, kill them so people will not have anything to say’,” Duterte said in a speech on Wednesday night before government workers at the presidential palace in Manila.

“So I told Pulong (Paolo’s nickname): ’My order is to kill you if you are caught. And I will protect the police who kill you, if it is true’,” he said.

Duterte, 72, won the presidential elections on a brutal law-and-order platform in which he promised an unprecedented campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in society by killing up to 100,000 traffickers and addicts.

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North Korea shrugs off Donald Trump’s threat as ‘dog’s bark’

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North Korea’s foreign minister has brushed aside US President Donald Trump’s fiery threat to destroy his nation, comparing it to a “dog’s bark” and suggesting Pyongyang would not be deterred by the rhetoric.

Trump used his stormy maiden address at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to warn the North that Washington would “totally destroy” it if the US or its allies was attacked.

The bellicose speech came after months of escalating tensions over advances in the rogue weapons programme operated by Pyongyang, which has defied tough sanctions to launch its sixth and largest nuclear test and to fire a series of missiles over Japan.

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