Rubber ducks are far from squeaky clear, scientists claim

Rubber ducks can be a haven for nasty bugs, scientists have said, after a study revealed 80% of them contain “potentially pathogenic bacteria”. Although the cute yellow toys have been a staple at bath time for generations, the research indicates that the plastic provides ideal conditions for bacterial and fungal …

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‘I know what Putin fears’

The former president of Ukraine has applauded the growing round of expulsions of Russian diplomats following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, saying “I have no doubt” Moscow was behind the attack and that military action against Russia should not be ruled out. Viktor Yushchenko was himself poisoned in 2004. …

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Australia’s captain among three cricketers sent home

Three players for Australia’s national cricket team have been sent home from a tour of South Africa over their role in a ball-tampering scandal. Captain Steve Smith, vice captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft will fly back in the next 24 hours and face “significant sanctions”, the country’s cricket …

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu taken to hospital

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been taken to hospital with high fever and a severe cough, his spokesman has confirmed. The 68-year-old’s personal physician believes he has not fully recovered from an illness two weeks ago, and therefore decided he should undergo further tests at hospital. Mr Netanyahu’s ill …

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