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Scores of women say top UK surgeon left them with traumatic complications

Anthony Dixon is said to have made inappropriate comments to patients and been too quick to suggest invasive surgery

A group of 100 women are considering legal action against Britain’s most influential pelvic surgeon, claiming that operations he conducted left them with traumatic, life-altering complications.

They claim that Anthony Dixon, a consultant colorectal surgeon at Southmead hospital in Bristol and the private Spire Bristol hospital, was too quick to recommend invasive surgical procedures to deal with pelvic problems.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:12:43 GMT
Hundreds of worshippers killed in Egypt mosque attack

Scores more wounded after al-Rawdah mosque in north Sinai targeted in attack marking major escalation in battle with insurgents

At least 235 people have been killed and scores more injured in a bomb and gun assault on a mosque in Egypt’s north Sinai, in the deadliest attack in the country in recent memory.

A bomb ripped through the mosque as Friday prayers were finishing, before militants in four off-road vehicles approached and opened fire on worshippers, a military source told the Guardian. Some witnesses said they had seen around 20 attackers.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:26:39 GMT
Oxford Street panic subsides after central London alert

Police say they found no evidence of shots being fired but nine people were injured in the rush caused by the false alarm

An outbreak of mass panic led to people fleeing in fear, armed police being deployed and a section of central London being evacuated on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Nine people were injured as hundreds ran to escape what they believed to be an attack on Friday evening, only to find it was a false alarm. The reaction was a sign of just how jittery many have become at the end of a year in which the capital and Manchester have been targeted by five terrorist attacks.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:35:44 GMT
Sex offender hid in Caldey Island abbey for seven years

Paul Ashton was found while on the run after his image was posted on a Crimestoppers Most Wanted list

A sex offender lived in the abbey on Caldey Island for seven years while on the run from police until he was found in 2011, taken back to the mainland and jailed.

Paul Ashton lived among the Cistercian monks on the private island off the Pembrokeshire coast in south-west Wales as police searched for him after finding thousands of images of child abuse on his computer. Ashton was finally found after his image appeared on a Crimestoppers Most Wanted gallery.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:02:25 GMT
French president to launch 'cultural war' on sexual abuse

Emmanuel Macron to set out emergency plan aimed at educating public and pupils, and improving police system for victims

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is to launch a “cultural war” against sexism and sexual violence with a five-year emergency plan including educating secondary school children about pornography and simplifying the system for rape and assault victims to go to the police.

When Macron won the presidential election in May, his centrist movement promised not only to overhaul the existing political party system, but to rethink sexual politics and gender equality – a campaign issue that Elysée officials said “pre-dated” the scandal surrounding abuse allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and others.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:47:10 GMT
Briton held in Turkey on terrorism charges released on bail

Former soldier Joe Robinson was arrested while on holiday in July after spending a month in Syria with Kurdish militia in 2015

A former British soldier who was arrested in Turkey on suspicion of terror offences after he joined the struggle against Isis in Syria has been released on bail after four months in jail, his family confirmed.

Joe Robinson, 24, from Accrington, Lancashire, was on holiday in July in the town of Didim, about 62 miles (100km) north of Bodrum, south-west Turkey, when police raided the resort where he was staying with his Bulgarian fiancee and her mother.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:16:41 GMT
Would-be Obama assassin identified by cat hairs, authorities say

Fur on an explosive package was matched to cats owned by Julia Poff, accused of attempted postal attacks on former president and Texas governor

The person behind a plot to harm and possibly kill Barack Obama was identified, authorities said, when tiny cat hairs found on an explosive package were matched to cats owned by a 46-year-old Texas woman.

Legal documents filed in a Houston court this week detail the case against Julia Poff, who is accused of mailing homemade packages to the then president and to the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, in October 2016.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:52:27 GMT
Damian Green inquiry report into allegations may not be published

Result of investigation by Cabinet Office expected in coming days, but No 10 says full report may not be made public

Downing Street has said it may not publish any report into allegations against the first secretary of state, Damian Green, who is currently under investigation by the Cabinet Office.

The inquiry by its head of propriety and ethics, Sue Gray, was launched in early November after journalists and the Conservative activist Kate Maltby wrote a piece claiming Green had touched her knee in 2015 and, one year later, sent her a suggestive message.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:48:46 GMT
Hammond backtracked on funding after 'fury' at NHS boss's demands

Sources say health service would have got more in budget if NHS England chief executive had not made public demand for extra £4bn

Philip Hammond backtracked on plans to give the NHS more money than it eventually got in the budget after reacting with “fury” to its boss Simon Stevens’s public demand for an extra £4bn next year.

Related: The Guardian view on NHS spending: what’s enough? | Editorial

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:36:55 GMT
Tiger is shot dead in Paris after escaping from circus

Police tweet that ‘all danger is over’ after tiger is killed by circus staff near the Eiffel Tower, some time after it escaped

A tiger escaped from a circus and roamed the streets of Paris before being killed, French police have said.

The big cat was “neutralised” by a staff member from the circus near a bridge over the river Seine, about a mile from the Eiffel Tower.

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:56:55 GMT

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