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Mexico: assassin shoots former state governor in restaurant bathroom
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Mexico: assassin shoots former state governor in restaurant bathroom

The former governor of Mexico’s violence-wracked western state of Jalisco has been shot dead in a restaurant bathroom in the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta. Aristóteles Sandoval was dining with four others when at around 1.40 on Friday he got up from the table and went to the toilet, where the killer shot him in...

House prices will drop in 2021 as Covid impact hits, says Halifax
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House prices will drop in 2021 as Covid impact hits, says Halifax

House prices in the UK are expected to fall by up to 5% next year, fuelled by rising unemployment and the end of the government’s stamp duty holiday. Halifax, Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, said the economic fallout inflicted by the pandemic would catch up with the property market in 2021, after an unexpected boom during the...

Hong Kong upholds ban on masks at protests
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Hong Kong upholds ban on masks at protests

The nation’s highest court ruled in favour of the government on Monday, upholding its use of a colonial-era law to unilaterally ban masks at the height of protests last year, reversing a lower court’s ruling. The ruling represents a defeat for Hong Kong‘s pro-democracy opposition, now forced out of the legislature, which tried to establish that the ban was unconstitutional and...

EU foreign ministers pave way for revival of Iran nuclear deal
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EU foreign ministers pave way for revival of Iran nuclear deal

EU foreign ministers have agreed not to set fresh preconditions on a revival of the Iran nuclear deal, believing Tehran and Washington should be able to come back into full compliance with the agreement without at this stage needing to accept to extend or strengthen it. The step removes one of the potential roadblocks to Iran coming back...

Navalny says Russian officer admits putting poison in underwear
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Navalny says Russian officer admits putting poison in underwear

One of the operatives allegedly involved in the attempt to kill Alexei Navalny has confessed to his role in the plot, and has revealed that the Russian opposition leader was apparently poisoned via his underwear. Navalny phoned two members of the team from Russia’s FSB spy agency, which allegedly tried to murder him. One recognised him immediately...

Shell says assets could be worth $22bn less as Covid hits oil demand
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Shell says assets could be worth $22bn less as Covid hits oil demand

Shell has warned that the value of its oil and gas assets may fall by up to $22bn (£16bn) in 2020 after shaving up to $4.5bn from its portfolio in the final quarter of the year. The oil company ended any hopes for a brighter end to 2020 for shareholders with the announcement of another...

BBC ‘may need funds to replace licence fee’ for over 75’s
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BBC ‘may need funds to replace licence fee’ for over 75’s

Culture Minister John Whittingdale warned that the broadcaster may require different sources of income. He said the licence model is guaranteed until 2027 explaining that the “justification that everybody benefits from paying it because everybody benefited from the BBC is still largely the case, but that will diminish over time”. He said: “I suspect that...

Brexit fisheries outrage as UK-France dispute signals ‘declaration of war’
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Brexit fisheries outrage as UK-France dispute signals ‘declaration of war’

Brexit trade talks are yet to reach a formal agreement as disagreements over fishing and regulation remain a sticking point between the UK and the EU. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said today that there is a “path to an agreement”, but this has not come without tension between the UK and France. Last week...

I’ll miss ‘good friend to UK’ Donald Trump, defence secretary says
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I’ll miss ‘good friend to UK’ Donald Trump, defence secretary says

Defence secretary Ben Wallace has said he will “miss” Donald Trump as the US president has been “quite a good friend” to the British government. The minister praised the outgoing US leader, who has repeatedly refused to admit defeat to president-elect Joe Biden, during a visit to British troops in Estonia. “I’ll miss Donald Trump, because he was quite a good...