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Angry residents hit out at Cabinet minister who wrongly claimed ‘waking watch’ fees would be cut
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Angry residents hit out at Cabinet minister who wrongly claimed ‘waking watch’ fees would be cut

A Cabinet minister is under fire for wrongly claiming he would curb the crippling fees charged by firms patrolling buildings at a risk of a Grenfell-style fire. Angry residents – forced to pay thousands of pounds a month for ‘waking watches’ – lashed out at Robert Jenrick for misleading the public and offering false hope. The housing secretary...

Covid sleuth shames Brazil’s party people as deaths pass 200,000
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Covid sleuth shames Brazil’s party people as deaths pass 200,000

Fuelled by black coffee, yellow-tipped cigarettes and white, incandescent rage, the faceless sleuth lurks on social media poised to unmask his next target. “It’s outrageous, bizarre, it’s horrifying – a collective genocide,” fumed the twentysomething activist who burns the midnight oil scouring the internet for footage of parties being thrown despite a rapidly deteriorating Covid...

Hong Kong security law being used to ‘eliminate dissent’ say US, UK, Australia and Canada
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Hong Kong security law being used to ‘eliminate dissent’ say US, UK, Australia and Canada

The foreign ministers of Australia, the United States, Britain and Canada have issued a joint statement expressing “serious concern” about the arrest of 55 democracy activists and supporters in Hong Kong last week. The arrests were by far the largest such action taken under a national security law (NSL) that China imposed on the semi-autonomous territory a little more...

Starmer accepts end of EU free movement in Brexit reversal
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Starmer accepts end of EU free movement in Brexit reversal

Keir Starmer has abandoned the commitment to free movement of people in the European Union he made to Labour members during the party’s leadership contest. The Labour leader said his party had to be honest with the public, and that if it won the next general election a major renegotiation of the Brexit treaty would not be possible. The...

Madrid hospital staff walk for hours to relieve colleagues after snow storm
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Madrid hospital staff walk for hours to relieve colleagues after snow storm

Healthcare workers in Madrid have gone to extreme lengths – some walking for hours – to relieve their exhausted colleagues as Spain grapples with the double whammy of a deadly storm and the coronavirus pandemic. Storm Filomena hit Spain on Friday, blanketing large parts of the country in snow and bringing Madrid to a standstill as the city...

Eurozone crisis: Single currency is a ‘disaster’ which has left EU banks in a ‘doom loop’
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Eurozone crisis: Single currency is a ‘disaster’ which has left EU banks in a ‘doom loop’

EU banks have been left in a ‘death loop’ as a result of the introduction of the euro, the bloc’s currency, an economist has claimed. Professor David Blake said the current situation also means Germany is owed more than £950billion it can never recover, and Italy and Spain each owing hundreds of billions which they can never repay. Prof...

M&S Christmas sales slide as retailer warns of Brexit red tape’s ‘significant impact’
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M&S Christmas sales slide as retailer warns of Brexit red tape’s ‘significant impact’

Marks & Spencer’s sales fell more than 7 per cent in the run-up to Christmas as the retailer suffered from the November lockdown in England and tightened restrictions across much of the rest of the UK. Clothing and home sales plunged 24.1 per cent while the food division grew 2.6 per cent in the final quarter of the year. During the English...

Billionaire brothers behind B&M take £30m payout after Christmas boom
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Billionaire brothers behind B&M take £30m payout after Christmas boom

The billionaire Arora brothers who own B&M have handed themselves a £30m payout after the fast-growing discount retailer reported booming sales in the run-up to Christmas. The latest payment follows a £44m payout to the brothers two months ago, and another big payout last spring, and means that in total they have received dividends worth almost £100m...