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France rejects Johnson’s idea of Channel bridge after Brexit
LONDON: France on Friday politely rejected Boris Johnson’s idea of building a giant bridge across the English Channel after Brexit, saying that, while far-fetched ideas were worth considering, there were plenty of major European projects to finish first. Foreign Secretary Johnson, who led the campaign to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum, broached the idea of building a 35-kilometre Channel Bridge during a visit
 
 
Scotland sees sharp rise in drug deaths
EDINBURGH: Scotland has seen a sharp rise in the number of drug deaths as years of abuse by the so-called “Trainspotting generation” finally take their toll, prompting calls for a rethink on drug policy. “I’ve seen a lot of death,” said Derek Harper, 57, a former drug addict from the once drug-ridden Edinburgh neighbourhood of Leith, where the 1996 film Trainspotting was set. “Half the people at school (are now) dead (from)
   
British author Mayle passes away at 78
London: Peter Mayle, who wrote the best-selling novel A Year In Provence,” has died at the age of 78, his publishers announced. Following a short illness, the British author died on Thursday in a hospital near his beloved home in southern France, publishing house Alfred A. Knopf said.A Year In Provence, his memoir about his first 12 months after relocating to the south of France, was released in 1990 with an initial print run of
 
 
British biscuit lovers hit by Brexit squeeze
London: A much-loved British biscuit has fallen victim to the Brexit-linked slump in the pound, as McVitie’s Digestives on Friday said their packets will shrink. Packets of the quintessentially British brand will be cut from 500 to 400 grammes this month, after the weakened pound ramped up import costs. “The rising cost of ingredients and changes in the exchange rates means it has become more expensive to bake our products,”
   
Teen pleads not guilty in train bombing case
London: An Iraqi teenager on Friday pleaded not guilty to allegations he was behind the attempted bombing of a London underground train last year which left 30 people injured. Ahmed Hassan, 18, is facing charges of attempted murder and causing an explosion over the Sept.15 attack at Parsons Green station. Wearing a purple jumper, Hassan appeared at the London court by video link from prison. The blast, which occurred during
 
 
Government will ‘not challenge Worboys release’
London: The government will not seek a judicial review of the Parole Board‘s decision to release black-cab rapist John Worboys from prison, the Justice Secretary has said. David Gauke said legal experts had informed him it would “not be appropriate” for him to pursue a legal case. Worboys was jailed in 2009 for drugging and sexually assaulting 12 women and raping one, but is due to be freed after less than 10 years in prison.
   
Social media becoming popular as career choice
London: Working in social media or gaming is becoming a more common career aspiration for 21st-century youngsters, a survey has found. It reveals that many seven- to 11-year-olds are looking to modern technology for future jobs, ahead of professions traditionally picked by children, such as police officer or doctor. However, the survey, which involved 13,000 UK primary school children, did reveal that teaching, and becoming a
 
 
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