Shares in Grenfell cladding maker sink

Shares in the company that made the cladding used on Grenfell Tower have fallen sharply in New York. Arconic, formerly known as Alcoa, fell more than 7% to $23.76 after the firm said it would stop selling Reynobond PE cladding for use in high-rises. A fire on 14 June killed dozens of residents of the west London tower. Arconic said in a statement it was the “right decision because of the inconsistency of building codes across the world”. The US firm supplied Reynobond PE cladding for use in Grenfell despite publicly warning…

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Liu Xiaobo: Jailed Chinese dissident has terminal cancer

Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has been moved from prison to hospital after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Mr Liu, a human rights campaigner, was jailed in 2009 on subversion charges for calling for greater democracy. His lawyer says he is being treated in hospital in northern Liaoning Province after being diagnosed a month ago. His wife Liu Xia has been under house arrest since her husband won the award in 2010 but has never been charged. Liu Xiaobo, 61, was a key leader in the Tiananmen Square…

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Russia targets Telegram app after St Petersburg bombing

Russia’s FSB security agency has said the Telegram mobile messaging app was used by a suicide bomber who killed 15 people in St Petersburg in April. Authorities have already threatened to block the app, founded by Russian businessman Pavel Durov, for refusing to sign up to new data laws. Mr Durov has refused to let regulators access encrypted messages on the app. Telegram has some 100 million users and has been used by so-called Islamic State (IS) and its supporters. IS used the app to declare its involvement in the…

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