Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 25, 2023

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World closest its ever been to catastrophe as Doomsday Clock set at 90 seconds to midnight -- Metro

BREAKING: The Doomsday Clock has been set at 90 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been to the marker that represents global annihilation

Outline: (what is this?) doomsday clock

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ? Putin, ? Trump, ? arsenal

Half Moon Bay: Seven dead in another California mass shooting -- BBC News (UK)

Seven dead in second California shooting in three days

Outline:  california mass shooting

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  - US, -- America, + UK

Baby died after being found between sleeping mum and arm of chair -- BBC News (UK)

Six-month-old baby died after being found between its mother and the arm of a chair; The mother admitted passing out in the chair after drinking "two or three" bottles of wine

Outline:  substance misuse midwife

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  ? autism

Princess Eugenie pregnant with second child -- BBC News (UK)

Princess Eugenie, the King's niece, is expecting her second child this summer; The royal baby will be 13th in line to the British throne and will be a plain Miss or Master

Outline:  second child princess eugenie

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Andrew, ++ Eugenie, ? BBC News

'Menopause leave' trial rejected by ministers -- BBC News (UK)

Women and Equalities Committee accused ministers of making "glacial progress" on menopause support; MPs said a lack of support was pushing women out of work and made 12 recommendations

Outline:  workplace menopause policies

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Menopause, ? HRT, ? Doug

UK menopause law change rejected as it could discriminate against men -- The Guardian

Ministers block proposal to make menopause a ‘protected characteristic’ under Equality Act; The cross-party women and equalities committee published a report last July

Outline:  menopause care

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Equality Act, ? covid

IVF: Woman's anger at fertility changes after 30k spend -- BBC News (UK)

Woman's anger at proposed NHS Wales fertility changes for single women after 30k spend

Outline:  nhs wales fertility changes

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ NHS, ++ IVF

Turkish president Erdogan tells Sweden not to expect Nato bid support -- BBC News (UK)

Sweden applied to join Nato after Russia invaded Ukraine - but needs Turkey, already a member, to approve; Erdogan condemned the latest protest, carried out by a far-right politician from a Danish party, as blasphemy not to be defended by free speech

Outline:  nato bid support sweden

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + Turkey, - Sweden, - NATO

US to offer Serbia economic and diplomatic support amid tensions with Kosovo if Belgrade joins Western sanctions against Russia -- euronews

Washington ready to offer Serbia economic and diplomatic support on condition that Serbia joins Western allies in sanctions against Russia; Washington and Brussels may ask Kosovo to meet Serbia's demand in establishing "communities of Serb majority municipalities" in northern Kosovo

Outline:  euronews serbia

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - US, - Serbia, ± Kosovo

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Wednesdays FT: Germany agrees to send battle tanks in boost for allies' backing of Ukraine

Outline:  bbc news home wednesdays ft

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Ukraine, ? Brexit, ? Bitcoin

Sadiq Khan issues high air-pollution alert for London -- BBC News (UK)

Londoners asked to avoid unnecessary car journeys after high air-pollution alert issued

Outline:  pollution alert

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ London, ± ULEZ, - Khan

Bristol study finds Covid booster gives tenfold increase in antibodies -- BBC News (UK)

Blood samples from more than 9,000 people were tested; The booster was found to have given a tenfold increase in antibodies compared to the first two

Outline:  third coronavirus vaccine

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ BBC, ? Bitcoin, ? myocarditis

David Walliams replaced by Bruno Tonioli as Britain's Got Talent judge -- BBC News (UK)

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli replaces David Walliams on Britain's Got Talent judges' panel; The comedian and children's author joined Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden on the show in 2012

Outline:  got talent judge david walliams

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Walliams, ++ Britain, ? BBC

Sir Elton John sends concert tickets to Telford students -- BBC News (UK)

Telford Priory School students performed I'm Still Standing with teacher Ben Millington; Sir Elton John said he was "blown away" by their lockdown rendition of the song

Outline:  telford students sir elton john

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Elton John, ? Nicola Sturgeons

Emily Atack: Is it my fault I'm sent explicit messages? -- BBC News (UK)

TV star Emily Atack is sent hundreds of explicit messages and messages every day; The 33-year-old actress has made a BBC documentary on the issue

Outline:  tv star emily atack

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Emily, ? Carly

The face of a mystery man found dead in the woods -- BBC News (UK)

Remains were discovered in woodlands near Balmore Golf Course in East Dumbartonshire in October 2011; Police have been unable to identify the man who was found dead more than 11 years ago

Outline:  unidentified human remains

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Sean Bean, ? Chelsea, ? Simon Jordan

"I was shot and captured after the D-Day landings" -- BBC News (UK)

Private Glennie was an 18-year-old soldier when he faced the terrifying reality of D-Day; Allied forces faced bullets and shells as they launched the largest air and sea invasion in history

Outline:  pte glennie

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ BBC, ? UK, ? twitter

About 200 asylum-seeking children have gone missing, says minister -- BBC News (UK)

Of 4,600 child asylum seekers who had arrived in the UK since 2021, 440 had gone missing; Robert Jenrick said it was "extremely concerning" but added he had not seen evidence children were being abducted

Outline:  child asylum seekers

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - UK, - England, ? Tory

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