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Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extent – BBC News

Only in 2012 have satellites seen the summer floes in the polar north more withdrawn than in 2020.

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This summer’s Arctic sea-ice shrank to its second lowest ever extent in the era of satellite observation.
The floes withdrew to just under 3.74 million sq km (1.44 million sq miles) last week, preliminary data indicates.
The only time this minimum has been beaten in the 42-year spacecraft record was 2012 when the pack ice was reduced to 3.41 million sq km.
Shorter autumn days and encroaching cold mean the floes are now starting to regrow.
It’s norm…

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EU warns Boris Johnson time running out for Brexit deal – follow live – The Independent

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France has warned Boris Johnsons government there will be no new approach coming from the EU as Brexit talks remain in limbo. It is up to them to tell us now, beyond tactics, if they want to continue negotiating, said Clément Beaune, French European affairs minister.
EU negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday a deal was still within reach and stressed the blocs willingness to move to legal texts one of No 10s demands. EU Council president Charles Michel warned time is very short asking the UK…

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Covid-19: Gyms can reopen in Liverpool City Region – BBC News

They were ordered to close when the area was placed into tier 3 of the coronavirus restrictions.

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image captionThe decision follows a petition after gyms in Lancashire were allowed to stay open
Gyms will be able to reopen in the Liverpool City Region, the area’s mayor has said.
They were ordered to close when the area was placed into tier 3 of the coronavirus restrictions last week.
Steve Rotheram told BBC Radio Merseyside they would now be allowed to reopen but soft play areas would close after talks with the government.
He had campaigned against the decision after…

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End Sars protests: People ‘shot dead’ in Lagos, Nigeria – BBC News

Witnesses say several people died when soldiers opened fire in Lagos but the army calls it “fake news”.

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image captionProtesters in Lagos built barricades, blocking roads in Nigeria’s commercial hub
A number of people taking part in a protest against police brutality have reportedly been shot dead or wounded in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos.
Witnesses quoted by local media said up to 12 people had been killed and others wounded after soldiers opened fire. Amnesty International said it had obtained credible reports of deaths.
The army denies the reports. Officials have promised an investigation.
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