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Terry Pratchett’s Final Novel The Shepherd’s Crown Has Been Published Posthumously

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SFX Magazine—2013 Future Publishing Portrait of English fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett, photographed to promote the 40th novel in his Discworld series, Raising Steam, on September 18, 2013.

The Shepherd's Crown is the 41st installation in Pratchett's Discworld series

Bookstores across the U.K. and British Commonwealth released Terry Pratchett’s final novel on Wednesday night, five and a half months after the celebrated fantasy writer died of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Shepherd’s Crown is the 41st book in Pratchett’s Discworld series, a collection of fantasy works that rejuvenated the clichés of the genre by infusing them with comedy and an angle of social commentary. The franchise began with Pratchett’s first novel, The Colour of Magic, published in 1983. The Shepherd’s Crown is his last, written throughout his worsening struggle with Alzheimer’s.

“It was a hard book to complete because Terry’s health was declining in the last year,” Rob Wilkins, a friend of the author’s, told the BBC. “But he was still enjoying the writing.”

Many bookstores across the U.K. held midnight launch parties to celebrate the book’s publication. Within hours of its release, a number of Pratchett’s fans took to the Internet to say they had already finished reading it.

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U.K. Air Show Crash Death Toll Likely to Rise to 11

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Daniel Leal-Olivas—AP A woman lays flowers on the Shoreham Tollbridge near the location where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed in West Sussex, England on Aug. 23, 2015.

Police were still removing bodies from the scene

(LONDON) — British police say the death toll from an airshow crash is “highly likely” to increase to 11 people after a fighter jet slammed into a busy main road.

The Hawker Hunter single-seater fighter jet, which was participating in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton in southern England, hit several vehicles on a nearby road as it crashed Saturday afternoon. Witnesses say the jet appeared to have plummeted when it failed to pull out of a loop maneuver.

The initial death toll was seven.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry of Sussex Police said officials were removing bodies from the scene Sunday and more fatalities may be discovered.

The pilot remained in critical condition in the hospital, and a crane will remove the jet wreckage on Monday.

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7 Dead in U.K. Airshow Crash

More than a dozen others were injured, according to authorities

(LONDON) — A military jet taking part in a British airshow crashed into a busy main road, killing seven people and injuring more than a dozen others, police said Saturday.

The Hawker Hunter fighter jet, which was participating in the Shoreham Airshow near Brighton in southern England, hit several vehicles on the road as it crashed Saturday afternoon. Witnesses told local TV that the jet appeared to have crashed when it failed to pull out of a loop maneuver.

West Sussex Police said seven died and one patient with life-threatening injuries was taken to the hospital. A further 14 people were treated for minor injuries.

A witness, Stephen Jones, told the BBC that the pilot had just begun his display.

“He’d gone up into a loop and as he was coming out of the loop I just thought, you’re too low, you’re too low, pull up. And he flew straight into the ground either on or very close to the A27, which runs past the airport,” Jones said.

The force said all the casualties were believed to have occurred on the road, and no one on the airfield was believed injured.

News reports carried video and photographs of a fireball erupting near trees and huge plumes of thick black smoke rising.

The road was closed in both directions Saturday.

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U.K Lodges Formal Protest Over Assange’s Continued Stay in Ecuadorian Embassy

A police officer stands outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London
Peter Nicholls—Reuters A police officer stands outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London August 13, 2015.

Hugo Swire of the Foreign Office called the issue a "growing stain" on Ecuador's reputation

The British Ambassador in Quito lodged a formal protest to the Ecuadorian government Thursday over the country’s continued harboring of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Foreign Office officials confirm.

Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, saying he was afraid his extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges would be followed by further extradition to the U.S. to stand trial for leaking classified and sensitive documents through his organization. He has been living at the embassy since then.

“Ecuador must recognize that its decision to harbor Mr. Assange more than three years ago has prevented the proper course of justice,” Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire told the BBC before the written complaint was delivered in Quito. The issue is both a moral and a financial one: U.K. officials estimate that the cost of policing the area around the London embassy is nearing $19 million.

Swedish authorities were forced to drop two allegations of sexual assault this week due to that country’s statute of limitations policy. Under Swedish law, an individual may not be charged until he or she has been questioned by authorities, an action that investigators say has been made impossible by Assange’s stay at the Embassy. He still faces a more serious allegation of rape, on which the statute of limitations will not run out until 2020.

“I am an innocent man. I haven’t even been charged,” Assange told the BBC. “From the beginning I offered simple solutions. Come to the embassy to take my statement or promise not to send me to the United States. This Swedish official refused both. She even refused a written statement.”

Sweden’s director of public prosecution told the BBC that authorities had submitted a request to interview Assange inside the embassy as he suggested but had not received permission.


TIME Music

Ed Sheeran’s Newest Tattoo Is Unbelievable

His tattoo artist says this is just the beginning

A month ago, Ed Sheeran told the BBC that he’d memorialize his three sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium by having a lion — the mascot of England’s soccer team, which plays in the arena — tattooed upon his chest. He was not joking.

On Tuesday, the 24-year-old singer posted to Instagram a selfie featuring an unfinished lion’s head emblazoned upon his torso.

“Halfway and ouch,” he wrote in the caption.

Halfway and ouch

A photo posted by @teddysphotos on

Within a day, 433,000 people had liked the photo. It now has more than 28,000 comments, which alternate between confused, effusively complimentary, and shocked.

On Twitter, Sheeran gave credit to his tattoo artist, Kevin Paul, who has also worked on One Direction frontman Harry Styles.

In a conversation with The Mirror, Paul said that Sheeran, who is already hardly a body ink novice, has bolder plans in store.

“Ed is nowhere near done,” Paul said. “There are going to be even bigger tattoos in the next few months.”

Read next: This Guy Claims to Have Gotten ‘Jeb 4 Prez’ Tattooed on His Neck

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The U.K.’s Foreign Minister Says ‘Marauding’ Migrants Could Lower European Living Standards

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Rob Stothard—Getty Images Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, walks along Downing Street on June 29, 2015, in London

Philip Hammond says the current migrant influx is "not a sustainable situation"

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says that the quality of European life will fall if the E.U. is forced to absorb millions of African migrants.

He made controversial remarks while on a trip to Singapore, the BBC reports.

“The gap in standards of living mean that there will always be millions of Africans with the economic motivation to try to get to Europe,” he told the BBC.

“So long as the European Union’s laws are the way they are, many of them will only have to set foot in Europe to be pretty confident that they will never be returned to their country of origin. Now, that is not a sustainable situation, because Europe cannot protect itself and preserve its standard of living and social infrastructure if it has to absorb millions of migrants from Africa.”

He also spoke pointedly on the migrant camps in the coastal French city of Calais, where the entrance to the Channel Tunnel has become a bottleneck of those who seek to enter the U.K.

“So long as there are large numbers of pretty desperate migrants marauding the area, there always will be a threat to the tunnel’s security,” Hammond said. “We’ve got to resolve this problem ultimately by returning those who are not entitled to claim asylum back to their countries of origin.”

Steve Symonds, director of Amnesty International’s refugee program in the U.K., described Hammond’s comments as “mean-spirited” and “shameful.”

“Rather than throwing up the drawbridge and talking about how Europe can ‘protect’ itself from migrants, Mr. Hammond should be working with our E.U. partners to ensure that people don’t drown in the Mediterranean or get crushed beneath lorries at Calais,” he told the BBC.

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See the Lives of Calais’ Migrants

Thousands of migrants hope for better lives as they wait for a way into the U.K.

Every day, thousands of migrants, most of them Syrians, Sudanese, Eritreans and Afghans, try to board a train or ferry for the U.K. in Calais, France.

“People are just hiding in the shadows with hope for a chance to jump on a train,” says photographer Rob Stothard, a freelancer for Getty Images who went to the area on July 30. “But, if you ask me, it’s an impossible task.”

This immigration crisis, which has been active for more than 15 years, came back into the headlines last week after large groups of migrants defied police forces near the Eurotunnel entrance.

For four days, Stothard photographed these groups, getting close to people ready to risk their lives for a better one across the Channel. His photographs offer a close and intimate look into the migrants’ lives in a makeshift camp known as “the Jungle.”

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Rob Stothard—Getty ImagesA tent at a make shift camp near the port of Calais, on July 31, 2015.

“I spent a lot of time not taking pictures, which can be frustrating for a photographer,” he tells TIME. “A bit of Arabic helped break the ice. Often in these situations, there’s that kind of distance between them and journalists, especially since the narrative in the British media has been very negative. They are all very aware of that.”

As a result, Stothard was often asked about the political situation in his native Britain. “They wonder why they’re able to get this far–crossing all of Europe–and not be able to make the final step. They get so far and they’re still so far away in the end.”

Many migrants don’t understand the U.K.’s unwillingness to welcome them on British soil. “They grew up learning English, and yet they are not allowed to go to a place where they can speak that language,” says Stothard. “Why would they go to Germany, for example, if they don’t speak the language and can’t be of use there. These are people who really want to work. They want to do something and they see the U.K. as being the best place for them.”

For many migrants, the daily attempts to cross the Channel can take their tolls–physically, as many suffer injuries when they try to board a moving train or truck, and psychologically. “At the end of the night, when morning comes, some people think there’s no chance,” he says. “But there’s a collective will and every time someone makes it through, that message gets out to everybody in the camp, giving them more hope.”

Rob Stothard is a freelance photojournalist based in London, U.K.

Mikko Takkunen, who edited this photo essay, is an Associate Photo Editor at TIME. Follow him on Twitter @photojournalism.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent

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Former British Leader Was Accused of Sex Abuse, Watchdog Says

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Reuters Edward Heath, former British Prime Minister, leaves Westminster Abbey after a service to mark the centenary of modern Australia on July 7, 2000.

Edward Heath was accused of child sex abuse, but he died in 2005 and was never prosecuted

A former British prime minister was accused of sex abuse involving children in the 1990s, the country’s police watchdog revealed on Monday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it was investigating Wiltshire Police force’s handling of claims against Edward Heath. Heath — who died in 2005 — was never prosecuted.

The IPCC said in a statement that it was looking into allegations that a criminal prosecution was not pursued and whether Wiltshire Police “took any steps to investigate” claims against Heath. A retired senior officer made both allegations, it added.

The watchdog said it was investigating whether a criminal prosecution was…

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British Prime Minister David Cameron Holds Emergency Meeting Over Migrant Influx

Cameron has been criticized for saying the U.K. faced a "swarm" of migrants

British Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair an emergency meeting of his government’s Cobra security committee Friday to discuss how to address the migrant situation in the northern French port of Calais.

The meeting comes the morning after migrants made more than 1,000 attempts to breach fences and enter the Channel Tunnel Thursday night, reports Agence France-Presse.

Some 3,000 asylum seekers mainly from Africa and the Middle East are living in a makeshift camp near the port in Calais. Every night, many who have fled war, poverty and persecution risk serious injury as they attempt to enter the tunnel in search of a better life in the U.K.

France has sent in police reinforcements to guard the entrance of the tunnel and stop migrants climbing over the fences and blocking the roads.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense could be called in to make land available for the thousands of backlogged trucks waiting on the U.K. side of the tunnel, on the M20 highway in the county of Kent, reports the BBC.

Meanwhile, Cameron has come under fire from opposition leaders and the Refugee Council for saying there was a “swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean.”

“He should remember he’s talking about people and not insects,” acting Labour leader Harriet Harman told the BBC.

The U.N. Representative for Internal Migration said there had been a “xenophobic response” from British politicians to the crisis.

Kent social services are struggling to cope with the number of child asylum seekers; numbers have doubled over the past three months.

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This Video of an 8-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Finishing a Triathlon Is Everything

"He doesn’t see himself as different to anyone else,” says the mother of Bailey Matthews

Eight-year-old Bailey Matthews from Nottinghamshire, northern England may have cerebral palsy but he wasn’t going to let a condition that affects mobility get in the way of completing a grueling triathlon.

Hundreds of people cheered Matthews over the finish line on Saturday after he completed a 100 meter swim, 4,000 meter bike ride and 1,300 meter run at the Castle Howard Triathlon in North Yorkshire, reports the Yorkshire Post.

Matthews used a specially-adapted walking frame to help him round the course but in footage posted online by YouTube user Andrew Cannon, he can be seen pushing the frame aside to finish the last 20 meters unaided.

“You can see his little face when he came round and saw everyone, that was his way of finishing in style and showing everyone what he could do. It was the response from the crowd that pushed him to do that,” his mother Julie Hardcastle told the Yorkshire Post.

Matthews was born nine weeks early and at 18 months was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills.

“He has always struggled with getting dressed, things that parents of other children take for granted, he does struggle with, just every day things are more difficult for him, but he never lets it bother him. He doesn’t see himself as different to anyone else,” his mother said.

Matthews picked up his determination to complete a triathlon from his father, himself a triathlete, who used to push his son in a wheelchair around weekly running events.

[Yorkshire Post]

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