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Mexico security forces’ seizures of fentanyl rise by 486% this year
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Mexico security forces’ seizures of fentanyl rise by 486% this year

Seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl by Mexican security forces have increased by at least 486% in 2020, the country’s defence secretary has announced. Mexico’s military and police forces seized an estimated 1.3 tons of the synthetic opioid this year, compared to 222 kilograms in 2019. Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the country’s defence secretary, said the increase was...

Confusion over Brexit customs rules forces retailers to suspend Northern Ireland deliveries
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Confusion over Brexit customs rules forces retailers to suspend Northern Ireland deliveries

Retailers including John Lewis and Dunelm have suspended deliveries to Northern Ireland due to uncertainty about red tape to be imposed because of Brexit. Despite Boris Johnson’s insistence that there would be no border down the Irish Sea, firms have been left scrambling to ensure they can navigate the customs declarations imposed on shipments from Great Britain. Hours...

Terrified US Businesses prepare for violence with Donald Trump New Year’s protest IMMINENT
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Terrified US Businesses prepare for violence with Donald Trump New Year’s protest IMMINENT

Several businesses in Washington, D.C are preparing for possible violent protests in the coming week from supporters of President Donald Trump. This included The Hotel Harrington, a business which announced on Monday that it would be closed on January 6. This is the day that Congress will meet to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in...

Iran says Trump is trying to fabricate pretext for war
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Iran says Trump is trying to fabricate pretext for war

The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Thursday accused Donald Trump of attempting to fabricate a pretext to attack Iran, and said Tehran would defend itself forcefully. Separately, a military adviser to Iran’s supreme leader warned Trump “not to turn the New Year into mourning for Americans”. Zarif said in a tweet: “Instead of fighting...

School leaders and councils demand clarity on primary closures
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School leaders and councils demand clarity on primary closures

School leaders and local authorities have demanded the government explain its decisions over which primary schools should stay open in England, as the opposition accused the education secretary of “serial incompetence” over the patchwork of school closures. Haringey council in north London said on Thursday night that it was advising its primaries to close to...

Angela Merkel breaks silence on most difficult year in emotional coronavirus confession
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Angela Merkel breaks silence on most difficult year in emotional coronavirus confession

The centre-right politician became Chancellor of Germans 15 years ago in 2005. During the pandemic Germany has recorded 1.35m coronavirus cases and 33,230 fatalities. Ms Merkel typically delivers an annual televised address to the German people to mark the new year. She commented: “In nine months, a parliamentary election will take place and I won’t be...

UK high street lost 177,000 jobs in 2020, study finds
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UK high street lost 177,000 jobs in 2020, study finds

The high street shed 177,000 jobs in 2020 according to a study that predicts an even more devastating toll on retail jobs this year, with a further 200,000 expected to be lost. The job losses in what is the UK’s biggest private employment sector – with particular importance for women – illustrate the dramatic and...