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Joe Biden has held talks with Benjamin Netanyahu after landing in Israel this morning, and said the hospital explosion in Gaza yesterday appears to have been the responsibility of “the other team”. Palestinian officials blame Israel for the blast, which is thought to have killed at least 200 people, but the Israelis say it was caused by a misfired militant rocket. Laughing gas will become illegal in the UK next month. Serial recreational users of nitrous oxide – nicknamed “hippy crack” – will face up to two years in prison, and the maximum sentence for dealers will be doubled to 14 years. In another blow for hedonists, boozy Brits could be banned from the Balearic Islands for drunk and disorderly behaviour. Officials are considering blacklisting holidaymakers who break existing regulations, which in some areas include six-drink-a-day limits at all-inclusive hotels and bans on pub crawls.