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Petrol car ban

New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution, the government is set to announce. The government will publish its court-mandated clean air strategy later, days before a High Court deadline. Campaigners said the measures were promising, but more detail was needed.

Police kill man

A man has been shot and killed by police after a confrontation with officers in Sydney’s CBD. The shooting happened near a florist at one of the entrances to Central Station. Police said they were called to the scene about 6.45pm after receiving reports of an armed robbery. “A critical incident investigation has commenced following the death of a man during a confrontation with police,” acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said.

Sperm counts

Sperm counts in men from New Zealand, North America, Europe and Australia have dropped by more than 50 per cent in less than 40 years, according to new research, which also found the rate of decline was not slowing. Both findings — in a meta-analysis bringing together various studies ­— pointed to a potential decline in male health and fertility.

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