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Stephen Hawking’s voice will be beamed 3,500 light years into space

As Hawking's ashes are interred between the graves of Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton at a memorial service on Friday at Westminster Abbey, an antenna in Spain will beam his voice out into space, toward a black hole. Hawking,a committed atheist who spent much of his life researching black holes, died in March at age 76 after battling a motor neurone disease for 55
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Stephen Hawking’s theory on everything, in his words

He died at the age of 76, and left behind provocative as well as comical quotes. On the universe "It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love." On scientific discoveries "I wouldn't compare it to sex, but it lasts longer." — at a science festival in 2011. On persistence "However difficult life may seem, there is always something
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Grenfell Tower victims remembered with silent walk one year after fire

Other events planned to mark the tragedy include a 24-hour vigil, a memorial church service and the unveiling of an Islamic-style mosaic made by the Al-Manaar/MCHC local Muslim community center that will be laid at the bottom of the charred remains of the apartment block. Grenfell Tower has been wrapped in white and will be illuminated in green for the 24 hours of the
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UK Supreme Court dismisses Northern Ireland abortion law case

The Supreme Court said it had no jurisdiction to consider the challenge brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) because the proceedings did not involve an identified victim. But a narrow majority of the seven-strong panel of justices were of "clear opinion" that the current legislation is "incompatible" with Article 8 of the European Convention of
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Man who lived in flat where fire began not at fault, lawyer says

Resident Behailu Kebede "acted quickly and instinctively" after being woken by a smoke alarm in the early hours of June 14 last year, his lawyer Rajiv Menon told the inquiry into the blaze that killed 72 people.The fire is believed to have started in Kebede's Hotpoint fridge freezer, located in his kitchen.After hearing the smoke alarm, Kebede called emergency
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Parliament to debate law to criminalize helping illegal immigrants

The draft, put forward by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling right-wing Fidesz party, is known locally as the "Stop Soros" law. The proposed new legislation would make several basic human rights activities illegal. Helping refugees fill in forms, distributing information to asylum seekers about how to claim refuge, or organizing professional networks to help
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Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko defends staged death

Arkady Babchenko said his death was faked with the help of a makeup artist and pigs' blood, in a ploy that Ukrainian security services say was necessary to protect his life.Speaking at a press conference in Kiev, the anti-Kremlin journalist described how he was shown how to fall as if he had been shot. He put on a T-shirt that had been shot through to show bullet