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Boris Johnson’s decision to stand-by Priti Patel after bullying report triggers legal action
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Boris Johnson’s decision to stand-by Priti Patel after bullying report triggers legal action

A union representing senior civil servants has announced it is launching a judicial review seeking to “overturn” Boris Johnson’s ruling that Priti Patel did not breach the ministerial code. The intervention comes after the decision by the prime minister last year to disregard the conclusions of an internal investigation into the home secretary’s behaviour written by his independent ethics adviser....

UK retail sales plunge as government borrows £8.8bn
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UK retail sales plunge as government borrows £8.8bn

The impact of the UK’s third lockdown on the economy has been laid bare by official figures showing that spending in stores and online fell by more than 8% last month while government borrowing was the highest for a January since modern records began. All sectors of retailing except for food and online outlets were affected by...

Workers clear ‘huge, disgusting’ fatberg from London sewer
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Workers clear ‘huge, disgusting’ fatberg from London sewer

Members of the public have been urged to be careful what they flush after a “huge, disgusting” fatberg the weight of a small bungalow was cleared from an east London sewer. Thames Water engineers and MTS Cleansing Services spent two weeks using high-powered water jets and hand tools to chip away at and eventually remove the rock-like heap –...

Nicaragua leaders face backlash after forming space agency amid human rights crisis
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Nicaragua leaders face backlash after forming space agency amid human rights crisis

Nicaragua has created a new National Ministry for Extraterrestrial Space Affairs, The Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, prompting scorn from critics in a nation experiencing a steady erosion of human rights since a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests three years ago. The new space agency was approved by 76 legislators Wednesday in the country’s congress,...

NatWest to cut banker bonus pool as it reports £351m loss
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NatWest to cut banker bonus pool as it reports £351m loss

NatWest has cut its banker bonus pool to the lowest level since its financial crisis bailout, after swinging to a full-year loss in 2020. The lender – formerly known as Royal Bank of Scotland – slumped to a loss of £351m for 2020 compared with a profit of £4.2bn a year earlier. The bank was...

Florida women wear ‘granny’ disguise to try to get Covid vaccine
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Florida women wear ‘granny’ disguise to try to get Covid vaccine

Two Florida women aged 34 and 44 dressed up as “grannies” – wearing bonnets and gloves – in a failed attempt to pass as old enough to be eligible for coronavirus jabs, according to local media reports. WFTV, an ABC-affiliated TV station in Orlando, reported that the pair had valid vaccine cards after having their first shots,...

Stonehenge discovery: ‘Hidden features’ of ‘invisible’ site uncovered with drone flyover
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Stonehenge discovery: ‘Hidden features’ of ‘invisible’ site uncovered with drone flyover

Experts put forward a new theory on the ancient stone structure during BBC Two’s ‘Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed’ documentary. Researchers now believe a dismantled stone circle at Waun Mawn, in the Preseli Hills of West Wales, is likely to have been used as the foundation for the site that stands in Salisbury, Wiltshire, today. Excavations and...

Three letter bombs sent to German firms may be linked, say investigators
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Three letter bombs sent to German firms may be linked, say investigators

Prosecutors in Germany are investigating a possible link between three recent letter bomb attacks on German food retail companies. “We assume there is a connection,” state prosecutors in Heidelberg said on Friday after attacks on a supermarket chain, a drinks company and a baby food producer this week. They said further attacks were not likely but could...

Uber drivers are workers entitled to holiday pay, Supreme Court rules in landmark gig economy decision
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Uber drivers are workers entitled to holiday pay, Supreme Court rules in landmark gig economy decision

Uber drivers must be treated as workers, not self-employed contractors, the Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark decision which could have far-reaching implications for millions of people in the UK’s gig economy. The country’s most senior court rejected Uber’s appeal against an earlier decision after legal action brought by two drivers, James Farrer and Yaseen Aslam. Mr Aslam said...