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Free-climber who scaled The Shard detained

Image copyright INSTAGRAM/@powers.of.passion Image caption George King-Thompson admitted being in breach of an injunction designed to deter trespassers A free-climber who scaled one of the tallest buildings in Europe has been detained for six months. George King-Thompson, from Oxford, climbed the 310-metre (1,017ft) Shard skyscraper in London on 8 July. The 20-year-old was given a […]


Drugs firms reach $260m US opioid settlement

Image copyright Getty Images Four drugs companies have reached a $260m (£200m) deal with two Ohio counties over their role in fuelling the US opioid crisis. The agreement averts a trial that had been scheduled to start in Ohio. The counties had been seeking billions from Israel-based drugmaker Teva and drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health […]


Thai king strips consort of titles for ‘disloyalty’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, pictured here piloting a fighter jet, was appointed the king’s royal consort in July Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn has stripped his royal consort of her rank and titles over “misbehaviour and disloyalty against the monarch”. She was appointed in July, just two months after the king’s marriage to Queen […]