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New Channel 4 Weather graphics launch today
After a few months in development, I’m excited to announce that some new weather graphics are launching on this evening’s Channel 4 Weather forecast. The concept behind the new graphics, which will complement existing graphics, is to be able to better place the weather in context from a wider, global perspective. In an age when…
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Government considers reforming gender identity rules
Adults could be legally allowed to change their gender without a medical diagnosis and without having to live for two years as their desired gender.
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Charlie Gard parents upset over ‘backlash’
The parents of Charlie Gard say they're extremely upset at comments they've received since Great Ormond Street hospital revealed its staff have been targeted with violent threats and abuse over the case.
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Morning Joe presenters over Donald Trump twitter row
Two US breakfast show hosts targeted by President Trump in a bizarre Twitter tirade have told Channel 4 News that everything he said was false. Trump lashed out at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, claiming they had “spoken badly of him”.
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Growing number of homeless children in temporary housing
The local government association is warning the growth in homelessness is unsustainable - not just for the councils but the families forced to live like this.
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BBC salary report reveals huge gender pay gap
There are few women and even fewer ethnic minority stars: the BBC has published its list of top earners to an outcry over diversity. Theresa May demanded to know why the corporation paid women less than men for doing the same job, while a number of high profile presenters were forced to defend their salaries.
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Tomassina Hessel: ‘Grenfell residents have endured years of contempt’
North Kensington resident, Tomassina Hessel, and Justice for Grenfell campaigner, Moira Samuels, discuss Kensington and Chelsea Council’s response to the tower block fire.
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Calls for Kensington Council leadership to resign over Grenfell
The council at the heart of the Grenfell Tower disaster is meeting tonight. On the agenda: formally approving a new leader and chief executive. But they’ll also debate a petition signed by more than 1,500 people calling for the entire council leadership to resign, claiming there’s no confidence in their ability to manage public buildings.
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Channel 4 News headlines, Wed 19 July
As Kensington and Chelsea Council try to appoint a new leadership, Grenfell Tower residents tell the whole lot to resign.  
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Clampdown on gender stereotypes in adverts
Pink pens just “for her”, mums who make the gravy and do the washing-up before being told to be “beach body ready”. We’ve all seen the ads. Now the Advertising Standards Authority is cracking down on gender stereotypes, including ones which show men failing to carry out simple household tasks.
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Sir Simon Fraser: ‘UK needs clearer political leadership’
Sir Simon Fraser, former chief civil servant at the Foreign Office, says “clearer political leadership” is needed as the UK negotiates with the EU over Brexit. He says the EU wants a “clear, organised approach” from the UK.
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The terminally-ill woman fighting for the right to die
A terminally-ill man suffering from motor neurone disease has begun a high court challenge against the ban on assisted dying. Noel Conway says he feels “entombed” by the disease and wants a doctor to be able to help him bring about a “peaceful and dignified” death at a time of his choosing. Jackie Long has…
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Schools in England given extra money
Schools across England will receive an extra £1.3 billion over the next two years, the Government has announced, but the money will come from efficiencies and savings within the department’s own budget. Justine Greening confirmed plans for a national school funding formula, saying it would be supported by extra investment. But Labour demanded to know…
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May’s warning to Cabinet on leaks
Brexit Secretary David Davis has insisted it’s time to “get down to work” as Britain began the second round of  negotiations in Brussels. But he only stayed at the talks for a couple of hours, without apparently taking any notes. Theresa May is to warn ministers to stop leaking the contents of Cabinet discussions, after…
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Channel 4 News headlines, Mon 17 July
Brexit talks begin in earnest in Brussels – Europe armed with files – as May tells her bickering Cabinet to shut up.  
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UK news | The Guardian

Child treated for HIV at birth is healthy nine years on without further treatment (Mon, 24 Jul 2017)
Researchers say case of child infected at birth but no longer displaying symptoms may spare others long-term therapy A child who was infected with HIV at birth and given a short course of treatment has remained healthy for the last nine years without further drugs, according to scientists at a conference in Paris, in a case that could give hope to children born with the virus. Researchers say they hope to learn from the case of the child, born in South Africa, to save others from having to take powerful daily medication as they are growing up and for the rest of their lives. Continue reading...
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Heavy drinking will kill 63,000 people over next five years, doctors warn (Mon, 24 Jul 2017)
Doctors urge government to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol as research reveals extent of liver disease Almost 63,000 people in England will die over the next five years from liver problems linked to heavy drinking unless ministers tackle the scourge of cheap alcohol, doctors are warning. Senior members of the medical profession and health charities are urging the government to bring in minimum unit pricing of alcohol and a crackdown on drink advertising to avert what they claim is the “public health crisis” of liver disease deaths. Continue reading...
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Ben Needham: blood found on toy car and sandal (Mon, 24 Jul 2017)
Police say discovery ‘corroborates and strengthens’ theory that boy died in accident 26 years ago on Greek island of Kos Signs of blood have been found on a toy car and sandal believed to have belonged to toddler Ben Needham, who disappeared on Kos 26 years ago. South Yorkshire police said the development “corroborates and strengthens” the theory Ben died in an accident at his grandparents’ farmhouse where he had been staying. Continue reading...
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