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Fury as Boris Johnson fails to understand government’s own immigration policy
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Fury as Boris Johnson fails to understand government’s own immigration policy

Boris Johnson has prompted fury after wrongly suggesting all migrants barred from state support under the Home Office’s no recourse to public funds (NRPF) policy are in the UK unlawfully. The prime minister has rejected calls for the NRPF condition to be suspended during the pandemic, backing up this decision by saying it applies to people in the country...

Next shares near all-time high as sales hold up during pandemic
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Next shares near all-time high as sales hold up during pandemic

Shares in the UK clothing retailer Next are close to an all-time high, thanks to a strategy that has seen the company sail through Covid-19 headwinds. With the start of the first lockdown last March, Next feared shuttering its high street stores would have a disastrous impact on finances. But sales have held up better than anticipated, bolstered by...

Orpington & Kent: Two charged with county lines drug dealing
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Orpington & Kent: Two charged with county lines drug dealing

Kent Police say their officers executed two search warrants on Tuesday, January 12. A man was arrested at the Sevenoaks address in Kent and a mobile phone was seized. At the premises in Orpington, Bromley, a second man was detained. Officers found and seized crack cocaine and heroin deals, along with a mobile phone and a...

‘Brazilian horror story’: internet melts down over sculptor’s peculiar waxworks
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‘Brazilian horror story’: internet melts down over sculptor’s peculiar waxworks

The first household name Arlindo Armacollo smothered in beeswax was Mother Teresa. Then came Albert Einstein, Pope John Paul II and a string of global luminaries who the entrepreneur-turned-artist admired. “It might look simple, but to achieve this richness of detail was hard work,” a local television reporter gushed during a 2015 visit to Armacollo’s waxwork...

Study warns of huge jobs losses in retail in England after pandemic
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Study warns of huge jobs losses in retail in England after pandemic

England’s high streets could lose up to 400,000 retail jobs as a result of more people working from home and shopping online after the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report, with affluent towns in the south among the most vulnerable. Out of the 109 towns and cities studied by the accountancy firm KPMG, Bracknell in the London...

Trump ‘refusing to pay’ Rudy Giuliani’s legal fees after falling out
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Trump ‘refusing to pay’ Rudy Giuliani’s legal fees after falling out

Donald Trump has fallen out with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and is refusing to pay the former New York mayor’s legal bills, it was reported, with the president feeling abandoned and frustrated during his last days in office. Giuliani played a key role in Trump’s failed attempts to overturn the results of November’s presidential election...

Coronavirus vaccine: Boris keeping UK supply secret in case EU rivals demand bigger share
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Coronavirus vaccine: Boris keeping UK supply secret in case EU rivals demand bigger share

Yesterday vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told MPs he was unable to say how many doses of Covid vaccines the UK was receiving because of “national security”. Today the Prime Minister’s official spokesman indicated the Government was worried other countries would try to limit future deliveries if they knew the extent of Britain’s stock. He said:...

NGOs seek to convict French state of failing to tackle climate crisis
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NGOs seek to convict French state of failing to tackle climate crisis

A Paris court has been asked to convict the French state for its alleged failure to act to halt the climate crisis. The historic legal case, being brought by four environmental groups after a petition signed by more than 2 million citizens, seeks to hold the country responsible for ecological damage and its subsequent detrimental...

Norwegian axes long-haul flights and cuts 1,100 Gatwick jobs
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Norwegian axes long-haul flights and cuts 1,100 Gatwick jobs

Norwegian has announced it will no longer fly long-haul routes, even after the pandemic, bringing an end to its low-cost, long-haul vision and spelling the loss of about 1,100 jobs based at Gatwick airport. The airline said it would retrench to a short-haul European network and domestic Norwegian routes for good, as it outlined its...