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Brexit: Freedom of movement ‘will end’ says the government

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No 10 has said rules allowing EU nationals to live and work freely in the UK will end in the event of a no-deal Brexit at the end of October.

Theresa May’s government had considered extending freedom of movement to 2021 or allowing EU citizens to stay in the UK for three months before having to apply for a longer stay.

However both those options have now been dropped, in favour of a new approach which will be set out later.

About 3m EU citizens live in the UK.

Freedom of movement allows EU citizens to live and work in other European Union countries.

Asked about the issue, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK would not “become remotely hostile to immigration or immigrants”.

He added that “immigration into the UK will be democratically controlled.”

A Downing Street spokeswoman reiterated the government’s desire for an Australian-style points-based system.

She also added that “tougher criminality rules” for those coming to the UK will be introduced.

Under the withdrawal agreement, negotiated by Theresa May, freedom of movement would have stayed for a two year transition period.

However MPs repeatedly voted down Mrs May’s deal and unless an agreement can be reached the UK will leave without a deal on 31 October.

In a no-deal scenario, those EU citizens with the right to permanent residence in the UK – which is granted after they have lived in the UK for five years – should not see their rights affected.

EU nationals who are already in the UK would be unaffected and can apply for settled status or pre-settled status in the same way as now.

‘Irresponsible and reckless’

The Lib Dems’ home affairs spokesperson Sir Ed Davey accused the government of being “irresponsible and reckless”.

He said “employers up and down the country won’t know what the law is”, adding “this will hugely increase the damage cause by a no-deal Brexit.”

Director of the Migration Observatory Madeleine Sumption said ending freedom of movement could “simply mean ending the role of EU law in governing the rights of EU citizens here and replacing it with UK law”.

However she said it could also mean introducing a new “substantially more restrictive” system.

She said it would be “quite difficult” to enforce any new rules before the process of registering those EU citizens who have already been living in the UK for years has been completed.

BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said the logistics of the new scheme still had to be worked out.

“You’ve got to remember this: 40 million people arrive from the EU, EU nationals, every year into the UK. So for the ports and airports that will mean enhanced checks if freedom of movement rules are abolished straightaway and that will put quite a burden on the staff working at Britain’s ports and airports.”

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US delays Huawei trade ban for another 90 days

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The US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, has confirmed a ban on Chinese technology giant Huawei will not come into force for another 90 days.

The US blacklisted the company in May because of national security concerns.

Huawei was then granted a temporary permit in order to ease the transition, which was due to expire on Monday.

However, Mr Ross added a further 46 Huawei affiliates would now be added to the US Entity List, a blacklist of firms with which the US will not trade.

The reprieve was designed to allow companies such as Google to trade with Huawei while adjusting to the restrictions.

And Mr Ross said the extension would help US customers.

“We’re giving them a little more time to wean themselves off,” he said.

On Sunday, US President Donald Trump said Huawei was a company “we may not do business with at all”, which some had interpreted as signalling the reprieve would not be extended.

How did we get here?

Huawei has been under severe international scrutiny in recent months for its alleged close links to the Chinese government.

The US, which has long claimed Huawei poses a national security risk, blacklisted the company in May.

The US Commerce Department added Huawei to its Entity List, banning it from acquiring technology from US companies without government approval.

Huawei says it is independent from the Chinese government and vehemently denies it poses a national security risk.

The dispute has come to symbolise the growing rivalry between the US and China, which have been fighting a trade war for more than a year.

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‘Nightmare’ hand statue looms over New Zealand city

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The newly-installed sculpture is the stuff of nightmares

A giant hand which has been described as a “Lovecraftian nightmare come to life” has been lifted into place atop Wellington’s City Gallery in New Zealand.

Ronnie van Hout’s “Quasi” installation was carried by helicopter to its new home on Monday overlooking the city’s civic centre.

The artwork, which was created in 2016, originally stood on top of the Christchurch Art Gallery. It is on loan to Wellington, where it will stand for the next three to four years.

The operation has cost NZ$74,000 (US$47,000; £39,000), which includes transportation, designing the hoist, and “Wellington-proofing” the hand against the local elements, Stuff news website reports.

The relocation of the five-metre tall (16 feet) sculpture, which weighs 400kg (880 pounds), has stirred up a mixture of revulsion and civic pride in New Zealand’s capital.

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The giant hand will stare out across Wellington for at least three years

Some people hate it, but on the other hand…

One spectator told Newshub that the “Lovecraftian” sculpture left her “deeply uncomfortable and perplexed”. Early 20th century American writer HP Lovecraft was known for works of horror featuring nightmarish creatures, described as beyond the imaginations of mortal men.

Twitter users are comparing the face of the artwork to US president Donald Trump, and drawing analogies to Thing, the disembodied hand from The Addams Family.

But there’s support for the hand as well. “Thumbs up!” says one Twitter user welcoming the addition of challenging public art on the city skyline. One Facebook user says “I love it, personally. The people who hate it are incredibly boring”.

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The artwork is named Quasi after Quasimodo, the titular character in French author Victor Hugo’s 1831 book The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Mr van Hout says the piece was named after the book’s bell-ringer because “it’s a human form that’s not quite human as well. The idea of something that resembles a human but is not quite human”.

Wellington City Gallery’s chief curator Robert Leonard told Stuff.nz that the piece is about how things that are different tend to be misunderstood. Noting how the Parisian Quasimodo came to be loved by the people of the French capital, he said people would see through the piece’s “loathsomeness, its disfigurement, [and] its hideousness and [decide it] almost asks to be loved”.

However, residents of its previous home don’t seem too sad to see the back of Quasi: “So glad it’s gone from Christchurch,” many on Facebook comment.

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No wins yet but plenty for Lampard to cheer – Tim Cahill analysis

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was back at Stamford Bridge on Sunday – this time as manager – and although his side were unable to hang on for victory there was much to be impressed by.

Lampard has been entrusted with finally bringing through some of the club’s fleet of young talent and in the first half against Leicester we got a glimpse of what could lie ahead for Blues fans.

Yes, Leicester were impressive in the second half and deserved a point as Lampard’s side again faded, but there were enough positive signs to suggest that Chelsea are heading down the right path under their record goalscorer.

A calculated decision to bring youngsters in

It’s easy to forget that Chelsea finished third last season, such was the unrest under now Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri at times.

But Lampard has not been handed an easy job. The club are serving a transfer ban and lost their best player during the summer, with Eden Hazard moving to Real Madrid for a fee that could reach £150m.

To counter that, Lampard has made a calculated decision to bring youngsters in to his side this season and we are starting to see his philosophy on the pitch. Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic started at Stamford Bridge while Tammy Abraham was introduced from the bench.

Chelsea had 14 shots and 50.3% of possession against Leicester, with the front four all key to their style of play

With England internationals Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi still to come back from injury as well, there is the backbone of a young, energetic side ready to emerge.

A draw against Leicester means that Lampard is the first Chelsea manager to fail to win any of his first three games in charge since Rafael Benitez in 2012-13, but Chelsea played well for long periods against Manchester United and Liverpool and but for a bit of luck he could have already won a trophy.

There is already evidence of a progressive style and you can see an improvement in the team. Lampard is in at the right time for Chelsea. Everything he does is for the club.

Against Leicester, in the first half in particular, Chelsea were first to everything and pressed with such intensity as they made the most of the energy a young team gives you. You can see a growth in Chelsea in a short time and, while they have faded in all three games so far, I have not seen anything to worry me.

It’s certainly far too early in a season to compare Lampard’s Chelsea to the team under Sarri last year, and we will learn more as the team adapt to his patterns and behaviours. All they are lacking so far – and it’s a big all – is an ability to close a game off and win.

Mount showing enough already

Mount was rested for the European game against Liverpool in midweek but the 20-year-old was back in the starting XI and, in putting the Blues ahead after seven minutes, he became the first English player to score for Chelsea under an English manager since Dennis Wise in May 1996.

As well as his first Premier League goal, Mason Mount made 31 passes, created a chance and crossed the ball five times against Leicester

Lampard, of course, knows Mount well after having the midfielder with him at Derby County last season, where he scored 11 times and played well enough to win a full England call-up from Gareth Southgate.

He is making the step up to the Premier League, which is massive, but he has one huge advantage – a manager who believes in him.

I can relate to just how crucial that is. I was 24 when I left Millwall in the Championship to play under David Moyes at Everton and I knew that he trusted me to make an impact and would stand by me and give me time. That’s a huge boost for a player and Lampard is already seeing what Mount can offer at this level.

Mount was excellent on Sunday, having more shots (five) and shots on target (three) than any other player on the pitch, while his passing accuracy in the opponents’ half of 90.5% was also the best on display.

In the top flight, playing for a big club, the major difference for any player is being clinical. That will define Mount as a player. When I look at a young player coming into a side I think, ‘can you put yourself in good positions?’

You don’t always expect a young player to score every time, but the time to worry is when they don’t get into the positions to score. Against Leicester in the first half Mount certainly showed that this won’t be an issue.

He had already gone close with a shot straight at Kasper Schmeichel when he showed great desire to close Wilfred Ndidi down on the edge of his own area, drive on and score. I like the way he took the shot so early, not giving Schmeichel a chance to get set.

He could have had a second goal with a header which was too close to Schmeichel but again, he was in the right position.

Mount was the closest central midfielder to the striker but he’s not a number 10 – he showed other sides to his game too such as when he galloped back into his own penalty area to clear a dangerous James Maddison cross in the second half as Leicester looked to build pressure.

It’s very early days but if he plays like this he will play a lot for Chelsea – Lampard trusts him.

Giroud to be a key man?

He’s won 90 caps for France and a World Cup, but Olivier Giroud had only started 13 Premier League games for Chelsea in 18 months before Sunday’s game.

Giroud has often found himself on the bench for Chelsea and previous club Arsenal but has more Premier League goals than Cantona, Sterling, Zola and Beckham

He’s a clever player who gives those playing behind him space and he showed on Sunday that he will be integral to how Chelsea look to play under Lampard. He’s such an unselfish player who loves to pin centre-backs and bring others into play and from the start he was heavily involved.

The game was just 48 seconds old when the Frenchman chested a ball into the path of Pedro, who volleyed into the side-netting. Giroud then helped fashion a chance for Mount and pulled off a superb backheel to find N’Golo Kante, who was denied a goal against his old club.

Giroud always had a runner looking to get in behind and stretch Leicester, whether that be Pedro, Mount or Pulisic, all of whom impressed in the first period. That front four were almost on a string at times, pressing in a wave and moving fluently across the pitch.

Can Abraham step up?

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I was impressed with Chelsea and Lampard for the first hour but the game changed when he replaced Giroud with Abraham in the 61st minute.

It left too many inexperienced players together at the top of the pitch and the change felt pre-planned. Leicester were just starting to apply pressure and Lampard may have felt that he needed to freshen things up at the hour mark but I would have liked the change to have been delayed until the storm had been weathered.

The team was feeding off of Giroud and his experience could have been key to Chelsea keeping hold of the ball better to control the game.

Abraham is a different sort of striker. The 21-year-old is clearly talented – he has scored 48 goals in 78 games in two loan spells in the Championship – but at this moment in time Chelsea may play better without him.

It’s early days but he doesn’t suit the system Chelsea were playing. Giroud is often fairly static and a focal point for Chelsea’s attacks while Abraham is always on the move.

Chelsea looked like a team in the first hour who had trained for this game with Giroud up front. He triggered their pressing and was at the heart of their good play, and they lost their way as the game wore on, with Leicester having 11 attempts on goal after the break.

Next up for Lampard and Chelsea come games against two newly-promoted sides in Norwich and Sheffield United. A first win may not be far away.

Tim Cahill was speaking to BBC Sport’s Tom Rostance.

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Texas government agencies hit by ransomware attack

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Hackers have infected 23 organisations connected to local government in the US state of Texas with ransomware.

Officials indicated the attack over the weekend was co-ordinated.

In a statement, the Texas Department of Information said the attack had primarily affected smaller local government departments.

Texan authorities have drafted in cyber-security experts, as well as the military and counter-terrorism units, to help bring systems back online.

In a statement, the Texas Department of Information Resources said evidence suggested the attacks “came from one single threat actor”.

Officials did not release specific details of the affected departments or say whether the cyber-criminals had specified a ransom amount.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that cyber-criminals use to disable a computer and its data until a ransom is paid.

Hackers have targeted a number of US states this year, paralysing government computers in New York, Maryland and Florida.

In May, hackers seized control of thousands of government computers in Baltimore.

The attack disabled email accounts and prevented online payments to city departments for weeks.

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How have cities dealt with ransomware attacks?

Officials in Baltimore refused to pay the ransom, opting instead to manually process thousands of transactions, including home sales.

They also slowly restored access to around 10,000 employee email accounts.

The city estimated losses of around $18m (£15m) from the attack.

The hackers originally demanded $100,000 worth of Bitcoin.

Other cities have chosen to pay.

In June, council leaders in Riviera Beach, Florida, voted to pay almost $600,000 in the digital currency Bitcoin to hackers who paralysed the city’s computer systems for weeks.

A week later, officials in Lake City, Florida paid hackers $500,000 following a similar ransomware demand.

Lisa Forte, a partner at Red Goat Cyber Security, which specialises in cyber-security testing, said ransom payments left cities vulnerable to more attacks.

She said: “Even if you do recover your data, your organisation will likely be added to a list on the dark web of ‘organisations that pay ransoms’. This may lead to you being targeted again.”

Are cities becoming easy targets?

Ransomware attacks are on the increase.

Liron Barak, chief executive of cyber-security firm BitDam, said the complex structure of government departments often made them an easy target for hackers.

He said: “In addition, local governments tend to communicate with a wide variety of businesses and individuals, with many of them being one-time contacts.

“This makes them more vulnerable to attacks, as their employees don’t know most of the contacts with whom they communicate, in person.”

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Turkey removes three top Kurdish mayors in major crackdown

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Turkish anti-riot police deployed in Istanbul after protests erupted over the crackdown

Turkey has removed three elected mayors from office and detained more than 400 people as part of a crackdown over alleged links to Kurdish militants.

The mayors, who were elected in March, are accused of spreading “terrorist propaganda” and “financing terrorism”.

Ankara says they – and the many others detained – have ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

There are fears that the move could escalate tensions in the mainly Kurdish south-east regions of the country.

The operation on Monday saw teams of officers conducting raids in 29 provinces across Turkey.

Those detained include the mayors of Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van provinces – all of whom secured large majorities in the March elections.

They are members of the opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), but are accused of sharing links with the PKK.

The charges reportedly include renaming local streets and parks after imprisoned PKK members and offering jobs to the relatives of militants, Turkey’s interior ministry said in a statement.

“Through judicial and administrative investigations, our ministry suspended mayors who were identified and proven to be engaged and affiliated with terrorist organisations,” the ministry said.

It added that the officials were “deliberately and wilfully nominated as mayoral candidates in some municipalities”.

But the HDP has labelled the decision a “blatant move to hijack electoral will” and has called on all opposition parties to raise their voice in protest.

The mayor of Diyarbakir, Selcuk Mizrakli, said the move by the Turkish government “disregards the will of the people”, AFP news agency reported.

The vice-president of the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP), Ozgur Ozel, tweeted: “Once again the ruling AK [party] chose fascism instead of democracy.”

In June, the AK party suffered defeats in Turkey’s major cities, losing control of Istanbul after a re-run of the city’s mayoral election in a stinging blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The Kurdish PKK has waged an insurgency in Turkey for more than three decades, costing more than 40,000 lives.

The group is blacklisted as a terror organisation by Ankara and its Western allies, and there have been several military operations against them since 2015.

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Syrian civil war: Damascus condemns Turkey convoy for Idlib

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Syria has condemned the convoy as an act of aggression and says it is heading for the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun

Syria has condemned a Turkish convoy bound for a town in the rebel-held northern province of Idlib.

Russian and Syrian air strikes are reportedly trying to halt the convoy’s advance – raising fears of direct clashes between the countries.

Idlib is one of the few areas in Syria not under government control.

On Sunday evening a Russian-backed government offensive reached Khan Sheikhoun, the rebel stronghold where the Turkish convoy is headed.

The convoy – reportedly made up of dozens of armoured vehicles – is laden with ammunition, and entered Idlib province on Monday.

Air strikes, which reportedly killed one fighter with the group, have forced the convoy to halt on a highway north of the town.

Syrian state media condemned the move as an act of aggression and said the munitions would not stop government forces “hunting the remnants of terrorists”.

What’s happening in Syria?

Government forces, backed by Russia, reportedly entered the northwest outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun on Sunday. They are seeking to recapture Idlib province from jihadist and rebel groups.

A colonel from a rebel faction confirmed to Reuters news agency that there were battles going on on the outskirts. Fighters from a Turkish-backed rebel force have joined the defence, he said.

Khan Sheikhoun, which was hit by a Sarin gas attack in 2017, is a strategically important town in the south of the province.

Idlib province is the last major anti-Assad stronghold in Syria after eight years of war. In recent weeks government forces have stepped up their assault, killing hundreds of civilians and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes.

Syrian forces have now massed to both the east and west of Khan Sheikhoun, and air strikes are targeting the centre and surrounding villages.

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US silicone death: Briton Donna Francis extradited

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Kelly Mayhew died after “botched silicone injections” District Attorney John Ryan said.

A British woman accused of killing a patient by giving her botched bum enhancement injections has been extradited to the US to face trial.

Kelly Mayhew, 34, died in 2015 after silicone was injected into her buttocks in the basement of a house in New York.

Former hairdresser Donna Francis, 38, of Loughton, Essex, is charged with criminally negligent homicide and unauthorised practice of a profession.

Ms Francis contested her extradition but the High Court rejected her case.

She was being held at Suffolk County Correctional Facility ahead of her court appearance on 27 September, Queens County Assistant District Attorney John Ryan said.

If she is convicted, the extradition order stipulates Ms Francis cannot be sentenced to more than one year in a US jail.

‘Silicone from Ebay’

Ms Francis is accused of causing the death of Ms Mayhew, who went to her for a “butt enhancement procedure” in May 2015, Mr Ryan said in a statement on his office website.

He said the victim “went into cardiac arrest during botched silicone injections” and the accused “allegedly left [the] dying woman in [a] Far Rockaway (New York) basement and fled the country”.

He said the defendant “who is not a doctor” had set up a “temporary medical practice” and purchased silicone gel from Ebay.

The medical examiner determined the victim died from systemic silicone emboli caused when unencapsulated silicone entered the bloodstream and caused an embolism.

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UK loses measles-free status

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ordering urgent action to ensure that children and young people in Britain are protected against measles.

The disease can be stopped through two doses of the MMR vaccine, but immunisation rates have been falling for a number of reasons.

And the UK has lost its measles-free status, three years after the virus was eliminated in the country.

In the first quarter of 2019, there were 231 confirmed cases in the UK.

The prime minister announced that:

  • GPs are being asked to promote catch-up vaccinations for children who may have missed out on both doses
  • Social media companies are being urged to quash misleading anti-vaccine messages
  • The firms will be invited to a summit to explore how they can better promote accurate vaccination information
  • The government will also use the NHS website to address misleading claims about the safety of vaccines

Measles outbreaks in the UK

Many of the UK cases were acquired abroad with some onward spread in under-vaccinated communities.

Just 87% of children in England are receiving their second dose, which is below the 95% target for measles elimination.

The first dose of the MMR vaccine is offered to all one-year-olds. Children are given a second dose of MMR before they start school.

But estimates suggest that in England, one in seven five-year-olds has yet to be fully immunised. Uptake in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has been higher than in England, but still below target.

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Experts say the drop in uptake may be partly because of complacency – people perceiving the threat of infection as too low to matter. Anti-vaccination messaging may also have contributed.

Mr Johnson said: “There’s a number of reasons why people don’t get themselves or their children the vaccines they need, but we need decisive action across our health service and society to make sure communities are properly immunised.

“From reassuring parents about the safety of vaccines, to making sure people are attending follow-up appointments, we can and must do more to halt the spread of infectious, treatable diseases in modern-day Britain.”

Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “We are still suffering from the now entirely debunked MMR scandal of the nineties, and it is potentially disastrous that as a result so many young people are now susceptible to serious, often life-threatening infectious diseases, such as measles, that we could have completely eradicated in this country if this had never happened.

“People who were not vaccinated as children need to understand that it is not too late to have their MMR jab and we would urge them to do so.”

Global issue

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “It’s easy to forget how devastating measles can be, precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing it in the first place.

“With this strategy, the whole health system will come together to renew focus on vaccinations – especially for our children – and this time we will eliminate measles for good.”

Measles is a highly contagious and dangerous infection. Anyone who has not received two doses of MMR vaccine will be at risk.

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Measles is now endemic in countries including France, Germany and Italy.

Measles cases nearly tripled globally during the first seven months of the year compared to the same period in 2018, the World Health Organization has confirmed.

So far this year there have been 364,808 measles cases reported around the world.

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Kashmir schools re-open but students stay home

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Classrooms at schools visited by reporters mostly appeared empty

Some schools re-opened in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday but few students turned up amid ongoing tensions over the Indian government’s shock decision to strip the region of its special status two weeks ago.

A lockdown remains largely in place in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley but authorities said they were re-opening nearly 200 primary schools in Srinagar, the largest city.

However, classrooms at schools visited by reporters mostly appeared empty. Parents said that they were worried about safety.

Despite the security clampdown in Kashmir, there have been frequent protests against the loss of special status and some have turned violent.

Kashmir is a Himalayan territory disputed by India and Pakistan. Each country controls part of the territory and the Indian-administered side – Jammu and Kashmir – has now been downgraded from a federal state and split into two union territories ruled by Delhi.

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Many parents prefer to keep their children at home until mobile networks are restored

There has been a separatist insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir for three decades, with tens of thousands of people killed.

The government began partially restoring landline connectivity over the weekend, but mobile networks and the internet remained switched off as more protests were reported.

BBC correspondents report that many parents prefer to keep their children at home until mobile networks are restored.

The Reuters news agency quoted a teacher at one school as saying that students could not be expected to attend in such “volatile” conditions.

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Only government schools have re-opened, with private schools remaining closed

It added that a number of the schools supposed to open had been been locked or very lightly staffed.

Only government schools have re-opened, with private schools remaining closed, India’s PTI news agency reports.

Officials said that they were trying to ascertain how many students had attended in total.

The communications blackout in the region has made reporting from Indian-administered Kashmir difficult.

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Officials said that they were trying to ascertain how many students had attended in total

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has consistently defended the unilateral move to strip the region of its constitutional special status, saying that it was needed to facilitate economic development and improve security.

But Kashmiri political leaders and activists have characterised the decision as a betrayal and have voiced fury that it was implemented without any consultation with local leaders.

Well-known political leaders have been held in detention since the revocation of special status.


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