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11m adults 'check phone as soon as they wake up'

Some 11 million adults in the UK are so obsessed with their smartphone they check it as soon as they wake up, research has shown.

According to Deloitte:

  • The majority (67%) of 18 to 24-year-olds check their devices within 15 minutes of getting out of bed.
  • Most smartphone owners first check their text messages, but 25% of users go to their email first, while 14% get straight onto social networks.
  • The 18 to 24-year-old age group are the most intensive users, checking their device on average 53 times a day.
  • In comparison 65 to 75-year-olds only check their device a mere 13 times a day on average.

Syrian opposition: Muscle relaxant wrongly used in vaccinations

A spokesman for the Syrian opposition's interim government has said that a muscle relaxant was wrongly used in vaccinations against measles.

The relaxant, which had similar packaging, was used instead of the dilute for the vaccine in the second round of vaccinations.

"The investigation is continuing to find out who is responsible," Mohammed Saad said.

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15 children die after measles vaccination in Syria

Fifteen children have died after receiving vaccinations against measles in the northern Syrian province of Idlib.

The children, who died on Tuesday, were under two years old and dozens more were made sick. It was initially feared that as many as 40 children died.

The vaccination programme, which began in Idlib and Deir ez Zor on Monday, has been suspended while an investigation takes place.

27% of drivers 'nearly hit pedestrian because of mobile'

Around one in every four motorists has almost hit a pedestrian because they were distracted by their mobile phone while behind the wheel, according to fresh research.

Pedestrians and drivers are becoming less aware because of their phones, researchers found. Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Data collected by a financial services website exposed just how many people have put themselves in danger by checking their smartphone while walking or driving.

About one in every seven (14%) pedestrians said they had crossed the road without looking because they were busy with a mobile or smartphone, Confused.com found.

Nearly one third (31%) of pedestrians has not properly checked for oncoming traffic because they were looking at their phone, researchers said.

Last year, 24,033 pedestrians were injured crossing on UK roads - with the number killed increasing by 3% year on year.

Residents 'woken by sound of loudspeakers and choppers'

Residents in several suburbs of Sydney and Brisbane say they were woken by the sound of hovering helicopters and police using loudspeakers in the early hours of Thursday morning.

One resident, Mark Anderson, told Fairfax Media he heard police officers on a loudspeaker asking someone to come outside a home in the Guildford suburb of Sydney.

This is the first video ITV News has received showing the raids:

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Raids designed tio stop 'random acts against members of the public'

The acting head of police in Australia has said that dawn raids in Sydney and Brisbane were not directed at specific threat, but rather "random acts against members of the public".

Police believe that this group that we have executed this operation on today had the intention and had started to carry out planning to commit violent acts here in Australia.

Those violent acts particularly related to random acts against members of the public.

– Andrew Colvin, Australian Federal Police Acting Commissioner

Hundreds of police launch anti-terror raids in Australia

Hundreds of heavily armed counter-terrorism police raided homes in the Australian cities of Sydney and Brisbane before dawn on Thursday.

Last week, Australia raised its terror threat level to 'high', citing the likelihood of terrorist attacks by Australian citizens radicalised in Iraq or Syria.

Up to 160 Australians have either been involved in the fighting or actively supporting it, officials say, and at least 20 have returned to Australia after fighting in the Middle East.

Poll: 63% of drivers expect rise in number of untaxed cars

An RAC survey of more than 2,000 drivers showed that almost two-thirds of respondents believe changes to the rules on tax discs would prompt more tax evasion.

  • 36% were unaware of the scrapping of the paper disc
  • 47% did not know when the change was due to take effect
  • 63% feared there would be a rise in the number of untaxed cars on the road
  • 44% reckoned the change would actually encourage people to break the law

(Source: RAC)

Tax disc changes 'could cost economy £167m per year'

Next month's ending of the need to display a car tax disc could lead to tax evasion costing the economy £167 million a year, according to the RAC.

Motorists will not need to display tax discs from October Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

It said it feared that the number of tax-dodgers could equal the number who try to avoid paying motor insurance.

RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: "We could be looking at around £167 million of lost revenues to the Treasury, far exceeding the £10 million that will be saved by no longer having to print tax discs and post them to vehicle owners."

From October 1, motorists will no longer need to display a tax disc on their vehicle windscreen. They will still need to pay their vehicle excise duty car tax, with records being monitored electronically.

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