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Labour calls for urgent inquiry into ‘rape culture’ in schools
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Labour calls for urgent inquiry into ‘rape culture’ in schools

The government should hold an urgent inquiry into claims of a “rape culture” in some schools, Labour has said. It comes after the chair of parliament’s education committee said the government need to seriously look into claims made about more than 100 establishments. Opposition leader Keir Starmer on Monday backed a call by the chair of...

‘We’ve been sold a dud’: small firms suffer decline in post-Brexit exports
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‘We’ve been sold a dud’: small firms suffer decline in post-Brexit exports

Small businesses have reported a marked drop in exports to the EU as another company bemoaned the post-Brexit “nightmare” of delivery delays and increased costs. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), a lobby group, said 35 of the 132 exporters it surveyed had temporarily suspended trade with the EU or stopped it permanently. One in...

Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000
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Mexico Covid death toll leaps 60% to reach 321,000

Mexico’s government has acknowledged that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000, almost 60% more than the official test-confirmed number of 201,429. Mexico does little testing, and, because hospitals were overwhelmed, many Mexicans died at home without getting a test. The only way to get a clear picture is...

UK online car seller Cazoo to float for $7bn on NYSE
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UK online car seller Cazoo to float for $7bn on NYSE

British online car retailer Cazoo will make its stock market debut in New York though a special-purpose acquisition company (Spac), after agreeing to a merger deal that values the company at $7bn (£5bn). Cazoo is set to merge with Ajax I, led by the billionaire US investor Dan Och, making it the latest company to take advantage...

Suez canal: Ever Given ship partially refloated but bow still stuck
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Suez canal: Ever Given ship partially refloated but bow still stuck

Accompanied by a blaring horn and cries of “God is great”, in the early hours of Monday morning, it finally budged. An Egyptian and international salvaging team has succeeded in partially freeing a vast container ship that had become stuck on the banks of the Suez canal for six days, holding up tens of billions of dollars’...

Downing Street refuses to say if Boris Johnson will give evidence to Jennifer Arcuri inquiry
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Downing Street refuses to say if Boris Johnson will give evidence to Jennifer Arcuri inquiry

Boris Johnson’s press secretary has refused to say if the prime minister will give evidence to a Greater London Authority inquiry into whether he acted with “honesty and integrity” in his relations with businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri during his time as London Mayor. Press secretary Allegra Stratton insisted that Mr Johnson does conduct himself in line with the Nolan Principles,...

Merkel threatens to centralise Covid response as some states refuse to act
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Merkel threatens to centralise Covid response as some states refuse to act

Angela Merkel has threatened to centralise Germany’s pandemic response as several of the country’s federal states refuse to implement an emergency brake mechanism on easing restrictions in spite of rapidly rising infection rates. Interviewed on German television on Sunday night, the German chancellor complained that the political instruments to break a third wave of the...

Britons pay back most on debt in 27 years as credit card spending slumps
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Britons pay back most on debt in 27 years as credit card spending slumps

A slump in credit card spending in February dragged down UK consumer credit growth to a 27-year low as the second month of the latest coronavirus lockdown restricted the scope for shoppers to spend in high streets and on outdoor activities. With people paying back more than they borrowed, consumer credit growth fell by 9.9% annually –...

Prince Harry takes new job at mental health company BetterUp
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Prince Harry takes new job at mental health company BetterUp

Prince Harry has taken a new job at mental health company BetterUp. The Duke of Sussex will become chief impact officer at the coaching and mental health firm, the San Francisco-based firm revealed on its website on Tuesday. As part of his role, the duke will advocate publicly on topics related to mental health and will also...