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UK shift to local shopping could last beyond pandemic
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UK shift to local shopping could last beyond pandemic

Small local grocery stores and online retailers are likely to benefit from permanent changes in shopping habits after a year of Covid-19 restrictions, according to a report one year on from the first lockdown. More than nine in 10 of people who have shopped locally say they will continue to do so, a survey by...

Officials head to Guatemala and Mexico amid rise in migrants at US border
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Officials head to Guatemala and Mexico amid rise in migrants at US border

The Biden administration announced on Monday that two senior officials will travel to Mexico and Guatemala to discuss the increase in migrants attempting to enter the US. Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the national security council, said Roberta Jacobson, special assistant to the president and coordinator for the south-west border, “will travel to Mexico to engage with Mexican government...

PensionBee to float on London Stock Exchange
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PensionBee to float on London Stock Exchange

PensionBee, an online pension provider, has become the latest company to announce plans to float on the London Stock Exchange, with an estimated market value of £350m. The firm, which helps savers consolidate their old pensions into one new plan, aims to sell shares to institutional investors as well as its 130,000 active customers. It...

Israel election: Voting opens in referendum on Netanyahu leadership
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Israel election: Voting opens in referendum on Netanyahu leadership

Israelis have begun voting in an unprecedented fourth election in two years that many see as a referendum on divisive longterm leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who called the vote a “festival of democracy” despite fears the results would once again be inconclusive prolonging the country’s political deadlock. At least 6.5 million Israels are registered to vote but as polling...

‘Vaccine certificates’ would allow state to ‘demand that we provide our papers’, David Davis warns
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‘Vaccine certificates’ would allow state to ‘demand that we provide our papers’, David Davis warns

Requiring a “vaccine certificate” to enter venues would end the centuries-old ban on allowing the state to “demand that we provide our papers”, a senior Conservative has warned. David Davis condemned the proposal – currently being considered by the government – as a “massive intrusion” on ordinary life which would “discriminate” against the young and ethnic minorities. The...

EU to widen criteria for possible Covid vaccine export bans
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EU to widen criteria for possible Covid vaccine export bans

The EU is expected to take into account the level of vaccination coverage in a country such as the UK and its record in facilitating exports to the bloc when deciding on whether to prohibit individual vaccine shipments. The revision of the export authorisation scheme, widening the criteria that will guide Brussels’ decisions on individual...

Cineworld to reopen UK cinemas in May and US Regal theatres at Easter
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Cineworld to reopen UK cinemas in May and US Regal theatres at Easter

Cineworld, the world’s second-largest cinema operator, will reopen its screens in the US next month to coincide with the new film releases Godzilla vs Kong and Mortal Kombat, and has struck an exclusivity agreement with Warner Bros. Cineworld, whose cinemas have been shut for the past six months because of the Covid-19 pandemic, said some...

Boris Johnson ‘happy’ to take either AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine when his turn comes
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Boris Johnson ‘happy’ to take either AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine when his turn comes

Boris Johnson is confident that both the AstraZeneca and Pfizervaccines against Covid-19 are “safe and effective” and would be willing to take either when he is called to get his jab, Downing Street has said. The expression of faith in the vaccines came as some European nations – including the Republic of Ireland – temporarily suspended use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca product after reports...

Silicon Valley’s Stripe valued at $95bn after fundraising
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Silicon Valley’s Stripe valued at $95bn after fundraising

The digital payments firm Stripe has been valued at $95bn after a funding round that makes the company the most valuable private business to come out of Silicon Valley. The company, which is dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Dublin, raised $600m (£430m) from investors including Ireland’s National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), Allianz X, Axa, Baillie Gifford, Fidelity Management...