Turkey earthquake: UK engineers investigate ‘inferior’ building materials – BBC News

A UK team of structural and civil engineers is traveling to the earthquake zone in Turkey to assess why so many buildings collapsed. Turkish engineers have provided them with proof of inferior building materials being used in the construction of some buildings – including pebbles from nearby rivers. The team will produce a report in a matter of weeks, designed to improve seismic safety once…

MI5 missed significant opportunity to prevent Manchester Arena attack, finds inquiry – BBC News

The security service MI5 missed a significant chance to take action that might have prevented the Manchester Arena attack, an inquiry has found.  Chairman Sir John Saunders said the reasons for the missed opportunity included a “failure” by an MI5 officer to act swiftly enough.  Twenty-two people were killed when Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb after a concert on 22 May 2017. The youngest…

Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses Ukraine and West of starting war – BBC News

Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the West for provoking the war with Ukraine, in a State of the Nation address. “Ukraine and Donbas have become a symbol of total lies,” Putin said, accusing the West of withdrawing from “fundamental agreements” and giving “hypocritical statements” as well as expanding the Nato defence alliance and “covering us with an umbrella”. “I want to repeat: it is…

New 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes southern Turkey, trapping people under rubble – BBC News

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck southern Turkey, weeks after a deadly quake devastated the region. Turkey’s disaster and emergency agency Afad said the tremor occurred at 20.04 local time (17.04 GMT). Witnesses told the Reuters news agency there had been further damage to buildings in Antakya. A 7.8-magnitude quake struck the region on 6 February, killing more than 44,000 people in Turkey and Syria….

New Turkey earthquake traps people under rubble – BBC News

Rescuers are once again searching for people trapped under rubble in Turkey after another earthquake hit the country, killing at least six people. It comes two weeks after massive earthquakes flattened much of the region and killed more than 46,000 people in Turkey and Syria. On Monday a 6.4-magnitude tremor struck near the city of Antakya, near the border with Syria, where massive quakes devastated…

World’s biggest four-day working week trial ends in success – BBC News

A six-month trial testing the costs and benefits of a four-day working week across a number of different businesses has ended in success. Sixty-one employers across the UK took part in the trial, and were all keen to permanently implement the new work pattern upon its completion. A report assessing the impact of the alternative working hours found it had “extensive benefits”, particularly for employees’…

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