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Google to use recycled
materials in all products
Google has promised to use recycled
materials in all products from its main
hardware line by 2022.
The pledge will be enforced across
its Made by Google range, which
includes the Pixel smartphone and
laptop, and the Google Home speaker.
Starting in 2022, 100 per cent of
Made by Google products will include
recycled materials “with a drive to
maximise recycled content wherever
possible”, the tech giant said.
By 2020, 100 per cent of shipments
to or from customers will also be
“We’re always working to do more,
faster,” said Anna Meegan, its head of
sustainability for consumer hardware.
Supercars destroyed in
high-speed road crash
A speeding motorist destroyed super-
cars worth £500,000 after ploughing
into them in a crash likened to a scene
from The Fast and the Furious.
An Audi Q7 was allegedly chasing a
Porsche when it span out of control in
Chelsea, west London, smashing into a
row of parked cars before flipping over.
One woman revealed that three of
her vehicles had been damaged: a
McLaren, a Porsche and a Bentley.
Summer Haider told MailOnline: “I re-
ally thought there had been some sort
Another said it was a “miracle” no
one was killed. “It was very lucky no
pedestrians were around,” she said. “If
another vehicle had been coming they
would have been history.”
John Lewis’s cosmetics
class for children is axed
John Lewis has cancelled a “back-to-
school” make-up masterclass aimed at
12-year-olds after charities and parents
called it “wrong and worrying”.
The event advertised itself as being
aimed at girls aged 12 and over, and
said they could learn how to make the
best of [their] skin and brows before
the new term.
Clare Harvey, a parent, said the
event was “encouraging girls to break
school rules as most have no make-up
policy”, and another customer, Hayley
Webb, added that “12-year-olds
shouldn’t be encouraged to wear
The event had been scheduled at
the end of August at the MAC counter
in John Lewis Bluewater, Kent.
Grandson killed 77-year-
old woman with bayonet
A man killed his 77-year-old
grandmother with a bayonet after
believing she had been replaced by a
witch, while suffering an undiagnosed
“delusional disorder”, a court heard.
Dorothy Bowyer was stabbed to
death at her home in the Peak District
village of Buxworth, Derbyshire. The
family’s ex-mountain rescue dog was
also killed in the early hours of Feb 14.
After carrying out the attack her
grandson William Blunsdon, who had
lived at the address for about 18
months, drank two glasses of wine and
smoked cannabis, the court heard.
He was jailed at Derby Crown Court
yesterday for 10 years and four months,
after admitting manslaughter on
grounds of diminished responsibility.
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UK joins US to protect Gulf shipping
By Harry Yorke
BRITAIN has formed a maritime coali-
tion in the Gulf with America to protect
international shipping amid growing
tensions with Iran, the Government
announced last night.
The Ministry of Defence said the
Royal Navy would work with the US to
ensure safe passage for merchant ships
through the Strait of Hormuz.
It follows the seizure of the British-
flagged tanker the Stena Impero by the
Iranian Republican Guards last month
in retaliation for the impounding of
one of its vessels off Gibraltar.
Proposals for a joint mission are
thought to have been suggested by
Washington in July, before the seizure
took place, but were reportedly
snubbed by Theresa May. Instead, Jer-
emy Hunt, then foreign secretary, said
the UK was attempting a European-led
operation. Last night’s announcement
suggests Boris Johnson’s new adminis-
tration has taken a different approach.
While no other European nation has
joined the task force, the move will be
seen as an attempt by the Government
to bounce others, such as France, into
Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary,
said last night that the move demon-
strated the UK’s commitment to ensur-
ing shipping was protected from more
“unlawful threats”. “Upholding inter-
national maritime law and freedom of
passage is in all our interests. We are
seeing, across our seas and oceans, too
many incidents that seek to challenge
such freedoms,” he said.
Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secre-
tary, said that it was “vital” to secure
the Strait “given the increased threat”
but insisted the UK’s approach to Iran
He added that the UK would con-
tinue to work to “de-escalate” tensions
with Tehran and remained committed
to the nuclear deal.
“Our aim is to build the broadest in-
ternational support to uphold freedom
of navigation in the region, as pro-
tected under international law,” he
said. In a statement, the MoD said that
for now the mission would mainly
draw on assets already deployed in the
region, which included the Type 45 de-
stroyer HMS Duncan and Type 23 frig-
ate HMS Montrose.
So far, 47 ships had been escorted
through the strait by the vessels, offi-
cials said. The US, which has been
building up forces in the region, has
also committed two warships to the
mission as well as providing aerial sur-
Tensions in the region have been ris-
ing in the wake of the Trump adminis-
tration’s decision to reimpose sanctions
on Iran following its abandonment of
the nuclear deal. Tanker traffic through
the Strait – where a fifth of the world’s
oil passes – has become the focus for a
standoff between Tehran and Washing-
ton, which has increased its military
presence in the region.
The build-up in the region has led to
a number of flashpoints, including the
shooting down of a US drone and the
seizure of several foreign oil tankers by
In the latest incident, Iranian state
television claimed on Sunday that the
country’s forces had seized an Iraqi
tanker in the Gulf suspected of smug-
gling fuel to other Arab states.
It is believed to be the third deten-
tion in the last month.
fire for calling
an ‘IS salute’
By Helena Horton
THE BBC has been forced to apologise
after Stacey Dooley wrongly described
a Muslim gesture as an “IS salute” in a
In narrating a programme about the
brides of Isil fighters the presenter said
over a clip of women displaying the
raised finger of Tawheed: “As we left
camp, we saw women raising their in-
dex finger in an IS salute.” Though used
in the past by Isil, it refers to the belief
in the oneness of God, and is widely re-
garded as a key component of Islam.
It was to appear in the documentary
but drew complaints when an excerpt
was shown on BBC News at 10 on Sun-
day. A spokesman said: “We wrongly
described a gesture made by women
filmed in a Kurdish controlled deten-
tion camp in Northern Syria as an ‘IS
salute’. While IS have attempted to
adopt this for their own propaganda
purposes, for accuracy we should have
been clear that many people of Muslim
faith use this gesture to signify the one-
ness of Allah. We apologise for this er-
ror and have removed this description
from the footage.”
But anti-racism charity Tell MAMA
called it “grossly wrong, ignorant, and
damaging.” Anisa Subedar, a BBC jour-
nalist, said: “This is what happens
when you pass over real journalists to
cover these kinds of stories.” Oz Katerji,
also a journalist, said: “The gesture has
been adopted by ISIS but does not be-
long to them, and referring to it as such
is beneath a news broadcast.”
u BBC bosses have reversed a year-old
bar on reality show stars on Strictly
Come Dancing , adding Jamie Laing, of
Made in Chelsea, to the 2019 line-up.
Fury as strike-hit flights may
not qualify for compensation
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cancelled. Last night passengers said
they were still in the dark over whether
flights would take off as planned. Some
demanded compensation after need-
lessly spending hundreds of pounds on
alternative flights and hotels.
Teenagers Scott Kinchlea and Chloe
Donovan spent £700 more on their
holiday to Vienna after their BA flight
was cancelled. Determined to travel,
they paid for a flight from another air-
port and flew to Austria only to find
their original flight had in fact taken off
from Heathrow as planned. “Thanks
for ruining my holiday,” Mr Kinchlea,
18, wrote on Twitter last night.
Abz Hussain, from London, was due
to fly to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday but
said his flight had been switched to
Manchester. The 34-year-old, who paid
more than £6,500, said neither airline
nor Heathrow had been in touch to say
if the original flight would be rein-
stated. “Nobody has bothered to call
us. We’ve been left in limbo,” he said.
The Civil Aviation Authority said pas-
sengers whose flights were cancelled
must be given an alternative flight or a
refund. But the regulator added pas-
sengers were not automatically enti-
tled to additional compensation as
industrial action was considered be-
yond the control of airlines.
Unite said strikes already announced
for Aug 23 and 24 would remain until a
ballot result was known. BA pilots have
also threatened to strike this summer.
u A BA plane made an emergency land-
ing in Valencia after smoke allegedly
engulfed the cabin. In a video posted
online passengers could be seen dis-
embarking via emergency slides.
Miguel Galindo said his daughter
took video of the incident. “They flew
for 10 minutes with a cabin full of
smoke, no info from crew and oxygen
masks failed to release,” he said.
The flight is thought to have left
Heathrow on Monday. BA said: “We are
aware of an incident and will release
more information as soon as we have it.”
Iraq ‘shifted landscape’ for
authorising military action
By Camilla Tominey
PARLIAMENT’S role in authorising the
use of military force should be
strengthened after the Iraq war
“shifted the landscape”, according to a
The consensus that a government
should seek the approval of MPs for
military action has been endorsed by
research by the Public Administration
and Constitutional Affairs Committee
that calls for more disclosure.
It follows the 2003 decision by the
Labour government to seek Commons
approval for military action in Iraq and
subsequent votes on Libya in 2011 and
Syria in 2013.
The report, Authorising the Use of
Military Force, calls for a fundamental
shift in the interaction between gov-
ernment and parliament when Britain
is on a war footing, highlighting the
need for regular information sharing.
It also suggests that there be an onus
on MPs to ensure they are up to date on
defence and foreign affairs matters.
It adds: “Nothing should compro-
mise the ability of governments to use
military force when our national or
global security is threatened.”
Sir Bernard Jenkin, the committee
chairman, called for a new Commons
resolution on the issue, saying: “Our re-
port recognises that the landscape has
shifted in the wake of the Iraq war, cre-
ating new expectations for both gov-
ernment and Parliament.
“It is beyond dispute that the legiti-
macy of the government’s decisions to
use military force comes from its abil-
ity to command the confidence of the
elected House of Commons.
“Governments must ensure that MPs
are able to make an informed decision
when scrutinising and ultimately de-
ciding whether to approve or reject the
use of military force: this means access
to documents and sensitive informa-
tion, and a beefed-up role for parlia-
Dooley interviewing a so-called Isil bride for the Panorama documentary. The reigning Strictly Come Dancing champion has had her journalism credentials questioned
Raising the index
finger was wrongly
described as ‘an IS
salute’ in a news
her ‘anguish’ over
By Simon Johnson
SCOTTISH POLITICAL EDITOR
NICOLA STURGEON yesterday de-
scribed her “personal pain and an-
guish” over Alex Salmond facing trial
for a series of alleged sex crimes.
The First Minister of Scotland told an
Edinburgh Fringe audience she missed
her mentor and predecessor after the
allegations meant a change in their 30-
She said it was difficult for her to talk
about him, for both personal and legal
reasons, but that he was a “really im-
portant, dominant person” in her life.
In January, Mr Salmond was charged
with two offences of attempted rape,
nine of sexual assault and two of inde-
cent assault. He denies them all and is
expected to stand trial in early 2020.
Asked by political commentator Iain
Dale about their relationship, Ms Stur-
geon said: “Think how you would feel.
Is there a degree of personal pain and
anguish in that? Of course there is.”
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