Ryan Atkin is professional football's first openly gay official; Chelsea Manning appears in US Vogue; egg scandal hits Britain (Photos: Getty Images) 

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Modern slavery is "widespread" in Britain

Modern slavery and human trafficking are in every large UK town and city, and “far more prevalent than previously thought”, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA). The agency said that estimates of 10,000 to 13,000 victims in the UK were just the “tip of the iceberg”, as more than 300 live policing operations continue across the country. Will Kerr, the NCA’s vulnerabilities director, said he had been shocked by what he had seen during efforts this year to break up gangs. “The more we look, the more we find,” he said.
BBC

US diplomacy is gaining results, says defence secretary, as Trump continues to fire at North Korea

James Mattis, the US defence secretary, has said that diplomacy is working to solve the North Korea crisis – despite rising tensions as leaders of the two countries continue to issue threats. War would be “catastrophic”, Mattis said, while Trump said that North Korea should be “very, very nervous” if it carried out a threat to attack the US territory of Guam. The regime would be in trouble “like few nations have ever been” if they do not “get their act together”, the president said. 
Financial Times

First openly gay professional in football 

Referee Ryan Atkin has become the first openly gay official in professional football in what has been hailed a landmark declaration. His open sexuality is a sure sign of huge progress within the game, a senior FA official, Neale Barry, said. The move by Atkin “reinforces the fact that refereeing really is open to everyone,” Barry said. “He believes people who are happy in their own skin perform better and I couldn’t agree more. Our role is to support all referees, aid their development, maximise their potential and, above all, help ensure their experiences are positive.”
The Guardian

Waitrose and Sainsbury's clear shelves amid egg scare

Up to 700,000 eggs containing a toxic insecticide could have entered Britain, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) warned last night. Regulators admitted that the contaminated egg scandal was far more widespread than first thought. Yesterday, supermarkets Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda cleared their shelves of sandwiches and other products containing eggs. The eggs are thought to contain Fipronil, which can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches and dizziness.
The Times

Chelsea Manning appears in US Vogue

Chelsea Manning will appear in the September issue of US Vogue, as photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Manning, 29, posted the first glimpse of the shoot – in which she is posing in a swimming costume on a beach – on Instagram yesterday. She was released from prison in May after her sentence for leaking military documents to WikiLeaks was commuted by Barack Obama. “This is what freedom looks like,” she wrote alongside the picture. 
Vogue

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