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In today’s briefing update, China has jailed nine people, one with a suspended death sentence for illegally selling fentanyl to US buyers. In Italy, the education minister has announced as of next year climate change studies will be compulsory in Italian schools. The US withdrawal from Syria is looking more like an occupation as 800 troops have been tasked to protect ‘oil’.

In the UK, 12 people have been found in the back of a lorry near Chippenham. The driver of the lorry has been detained. In London’s West End, people have been treated by paramedics after part of the ceiling of Picadilly theatre collapsed during a show. And in politics, Labour deputy and MP Tom Watson has announced he will step down. The Labour veteran will leave politics after the December election to campaign on public health matters. 

ALL in today’s news briefing – A daily roundup of all the news headlines that you need to know, summarised as part of WTX News Briefing.

 

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China gives suspended death sentence to fentanyl smuggler in joint US probe

Arab News reports China has jailed nine people, one with a suspended death sentence, for illegally selling fentanyl to US buyers, the result of a joint investigation over a drug that has killed thousands of Americans. China gives suspended death sentence to fentanyl smuggler in joint US probe

The US has long accused China of being the main source of the deadly opioid. On Thursday, a man with the surname Liu was given the death sentence with a two-year reprieve while eight others were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six months to life, the Xingtai Intermediate People’s Court said. 

Read the full story on Arab News

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Italy to become the first country to make learning about climate change compulsory for school students

CNN says Italy is attempting to position itself as the world leader of environmental education. As of next year, Italian students in every year will be required to study climate change and sustainability. Italy to become first country to make learning about climate change compulsory for school students

The Education Minister said all public schools will include 33 hours a year to their curriculum to study issues linked to climate change. And will be built into existing civics classes, which will have an “environmentalist footprint” from September 2020. In addition, sustainable development will appear in more traditional subjects such as maths, geography and physics.

The Minister’s spokesperson said: “The idea is that the citizens of the future need to be ready for the climate emergency.”

Read the full story on CNN

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US ‘pullout’ from Syria looking more like permanent occupation with 800 troops reportedly tasked to ‘protect’ oil

RT News says the long-awaited US withdrawal from Syria appears to be postponed. It has been claimed 800 troops will stay behind to “guard” Syria’s oil, in a mission even pro-war US politicians are calling “reckless.”US ‘pullout’ from Syria looking more like permanent occupation with 800 troops reportedly tasked to ‘protect’ oil

US troops will occupy a large, oil-rich area the Trump administration announced on Tuesday. A total of about 800 troops will be in the country, with some 600 in the Kurdish-controlled northeast plus the 200 in the south. 

The decision to leave 800 troops behind seems to cancel out Trump’s promise to bring home 1,000 troops stationed in Syria. The US president has repeatedly bragged “we’re keeping the oil.”

Read the full story on RT News

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15 people found in a lorry and man arrested near Chippenham

BBC News says a man has been arrested after 15 people were found in the back of a lorry that had stopped on a major road. The suspect was detained on suspicion of assisting illegal entry to the UK

A member of the public alerted the police to suspicious activity at about 20:30 GMT. Emergency crews were called to the scene and the A350 was closed near to junction 17 of the M4. 15 people found in a lorry and man arrested near Chippenham

The police said in a statement: “Officers attended the scene and located 15 people in the rear of the vehicle. At this early stage of our investigation, we believe they are all over the age of 16.”

“Colleagues from the ambulance and the fire service attended the scene and carried out initial medical checks.”

Of the 15 found in the lorry, 14 have been taken into custody and one person has been taken to the hospital. 

Read the full story on BBC News

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Picadilly theatre evacuated after ceiling collapses during show

The Guardian reports a West End theatre has been evacuated after part of its ceiling collapsed during a show. Emergency services were called to the London theatre just before 8 pm on Wednesday after part of the ceiling crashed down into the auditorium. Picadilly theatre evacuated after ceiling collapses during show

Witnesses say they heard screams from the audience members, who had been watching a performance of Death of a Salesman. Three men and two women were treated by paramedics at the scene for cuts and injuries caused by falling debris, London ambulance services said. 

“Four of them were then taken to hospital and one was discharged after treatment,” a spokesman said. “A further two people declined treatment at the scene.”

London fire brigade said: “Firefighters are attending the Piccadilly theatre where a section of plaster has fallen from the ceiling during a performance. Around 1,100 people evacuated the theatre before we arrived.”

Read the full story on the Guardian

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Tom Watson steps down as MP

The Independent reports Tom Watson has announced he will quit as Labour deputy leader and stand down as an MP. In the shock announcement, the Labour veteran said he would give up the frontline politics after almost four decades to campaign on public health matters. He will stay in his role until the 12 December election. Tom Watson steps down as MP

Mr Watson said he was standing down for “personal, not political” reasons. But his frequent clashes with Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit and antisemitism has given room for doubt. 

Read the full story on The Independent

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