Tag Archives: The Independant

Tunisia holidays: Why tourists should look beyond the beach and discover its ancient Roman heritage

“Carthago delenda est” – or, “Carthage must be destroyed” – was a favourite phrase of Roman orator Cato the Elder. It took until 146BC and an emphatic victory in the Third Punic War for his punchline to be delivered. Rome’s vengeful legions levelled the city and sold its population into slavery. Today, Tunisia is again reeling in the wake of ...

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Emily Skye: Fitness blogger gets real about how pregnancy changed her body

A fitness blogger has opened up about the pressure on women to regain their pre-baby bodies post-partum.  Emily Skye, a famous Australian fitness personality, recently gave birth to her first child – a little girl called Mia Elise Redmond. But, despite saying she would commit to a strict training regime once the nine months were over, Skye admits her priorities ...

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Japanese volcano eruption: Soldier killed and 11 injured at winter resort as rocks rain down and avalanche traps skiers

One man was killed and at least 11 people injured, some critically, when rocks from an erupting volcano rained down on skiers at a mountain resort in central Japan on Tuesday and an avalanche soon after the eruption engulfed about a dozen skiers. Six of those trapped were members of Japan’s Ground Self Defence Force (SDF) engaged in winter training ...

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West End gas leak: Over 1,450 people evacuated from London nightclub, hotel and railway station for own safety

Approximately 1,450 people have been evacuated from a nightclub and a hotel and a major railway station is closed after a gas main ruptured in the Strand, central London. Witnesses described “chaos” as doormen at the Heaven nightclub ordered them to leave after the alarm was raised at around 2am, while guests at the hotel were moved into emergency accommodation. ...

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Apache helicopter pilots become first active-duty same-sex couple to marry at West Point

Two army captains have made history after exchanging vows at West Point in New York, becoming the first active-duty same-sex couple to get married at the esteemed United States military academy.  Daniel Hall, 30, and Vincent Franchino, 26, declared their love for each other in front of family and friends in the academy’s chapel. They first met at West Point ...

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Australian government announces £35m plan to save Great Barrier Reef

An AUS$60m (£34.6m) rescue plan to save the Great Barrier Reef has been announced by the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The package, which will be rolled out over the course of 18 months, will be used partly to fight the outbreak of crown-of-thorns starfish, which are known to contribute to the decline of corals. Other proposed uses of the ...

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Kurdish forces in Syria launch powerful counterattack to set up extended battle against Turkey

Turkey is hoping for a quick victory in Afrin, but its soldiers and allied Syrian militiamen are facing counter-attacks by Kurdish forces on villages close to the border. The Kurds are reported to be readying reinforcements to join the battle from their bases in north east Syria where they have thousands of troops who until recently were fighting Isis. Turkish ...

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Kurdish forces in Syria launch powerful counterattack to set up extended battle against Turkey

Turkey is hoping for a quick victory in Afrin, but its soldiers and allied Syrian militiamen are facing counter-attacks by Kurdish forces on villages close to the border. The Kurds are reported to be readying reinforcements to join the battle from their bases in north east Syria where they have thousands of troops who until recently were fighting Isis. Turkish ...

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Joe Scarborough releases song inspired by the Women's March and it's cringeworthy

Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough released his own empowerment anthem “inspired by the Women’s March and dedicated to those who #Resist.” The rocker dad dropped the single called “Stand” over the weekend just in time for the 2018 Women’s March. In the song, he sings, “Once in your life, you may get the chance to stand against a column of ...

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More Britons positive about personal finances now than last year

More Britons feel positive about their personal finances than last year despite concerns over food prices, household bills, the weak pound and Brexit, a survey has found. Three quarters (75 per cent) of UK adults feel positive about their finances this year, up from 41 per cent last year, the survey for VoucherCodes found. A quarter (25 per cent) feel ...

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