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China stepping up use of secret detention without trial, report warns
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China stepping up use of secret detention without trial, report warns

China has ramped up its use of secret detention without trial, creating one of the most far-ranging systems of forced disappearance in the world, human rights activists warn in a report. Tens of thousands of people have been subjected to “residential surveillance at a designated location” (RSDL), an anodyne, bureaucratic name for an Orwellian system,...

Mother killed children’s abusive father to save them, French court hears
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Mother killed children’s abusive father to save them, French court hears

To their neighbours in the small village of Baudemont, in the Burgundy region north of Lyon, the Polette family seemed perfectly normal. They were discreet and did not socialise, but when they did villagers remarked that the four Polette children were well brought up and polite. Inside their home it was another story, a court...

British industry’s output now at record growth levels
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British industry’s output now at record growth levels

British factories enjoyed the strongest growth in output on record in June but warned they expected to raise their prices at the fastest pace in nearly 40 years in response to a shortage of key components and materials. The Confederation of British Industry said its quarterly survey of manufacturing showed that the rebound across the sector...

UK’s green list update will be ‘cautious’, insiders warn
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UK’s green list update will be ‘cautious’, insiders warn

Holidaymakers should not pin their hopes on a slew of extra countries being added to the quarantine-free green list when it is updated later this month, government sources have warned. With ministers monitoring data daily on the spread of the Delta variant, after stage four of the reopening roadmap was postponed by a month to...

Controversial new labour laws set to shake up working life in Greece
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Controversial new labour laws set to shake up working life in Greece

Greece is set for the biggest shake-up of working life in decades after its pro-business government sought to brand parliament’s passage of controversial labour laws as a fresh start for a nation once at the centre of Europe’s financial crisis. The passage of legislation described as antediluvian by opponents and positively life-changing by supporters came within...

Ministers will not tell workers to return to office when lockdown ends
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Ministers will not tell workers to return to office when lockdown ends

Workers will not be told by ministers that they should return to their offices when the final phase of lockdown restrictions are expected to be lifted next month, government sources have told the Guardian. In a significant change of approach from last summer, the government is minded to let companies make their own decisions – a strategy that...