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Asda appoints former M&S boss Stuart Rose as new chairman
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Asda appoints former M&S boss Stuart Rose as new chairman

Asda has appointed Stuart Rose, the Conservative peer and former boss of Marks & Spencer, as its first dedicated chairman in more than 20 years. Lord Rose, who helped fight off a 2004 bid from former BHS and Topshop owner Sir Philip Green in his time at M&S, is a retail veteran who has had stints at the...

Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole: Inquest into Thames hero’s death
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Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole: Inquest into Thames hero’s death

Folajimi “Jimi” Olubunmi-Adewole, 20, was on his way home from work at a central London restaurant when he and another man, Joaquin Garcia, entered the water at around midnight on Saturday April 24. The Coastguard and the Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit rescued the woman and Mr Garcia, but could not locate Mr Olubunmi-Adewole. On...

Frog back from the dead helps fight plans for mine in Ecuador
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Frog back from the dead helps fight plans for mine in Ecuador

Reports of the longnose harlequin frog’s death appear to have been greatly exaggerated – or, at least, premature. The Mark Twain of the frog world is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as extinct, which may come as a surprise to those alive and well in the cloud forests of Ecuador’s tropical...

Rapid delivery service Getir to buy UK rival Weezy
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Rapid delivery service Getir to buy UK rival Weezy

The on-demand groceries business Getir is acquiring its rival Weezy, in the first sign of consolidation in the UK’s fast-growing rapid delivery market, in which companies aim to bring goods to customers in as little as 10 minutes. Getir, founded in Turkey in 2015, operates in more than 50 cities in its home market, and has...

Former South Korean dictator Chun Doo-hwan dies aged 90
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Former South Korean dictator Chun Doo-hwan dies aged 90

Former South Korean president, Chun Doo-hwan, who presided over the infamous Gwangju massacre during his iron-fisted eight-year rule, has died aged 90. Chun had multiple myeloma, a blood cancer which was in remission, and his health had deteriorated recently, his former press secretary Min Chung-ki told reporters. He passed away at his Seoul home early...

Grooming gang victims must not have futures ruined by convictions resulting from abuse, watchdog says
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Grooming gang victims must not have futures ruined by convictions resulting from abuse, watchdog says

The law should be changed to stop the “future prospects” of grooming gang victims being tarnished by crimes committed because of the abuse suffered, a watchdog has suggested. A probe into the police response to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham said many survivors “now have criminal records as a result of their actions when they were being exploited”. The Independent...

Merkel’s husband hits out at ‘laziness’ of unvaccinated Germans
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Merkel’s husband hits out at ‘laziness’ of unvaccinated Germans

Angela Merkel’s husband has accused unvaccinated Germans of “laziness”, amid calls for the introduction of mandatory coronavirus jabs to combat a dramatic rise in infections. Germany’s Covid-19 resurgence has in part been blamed on its vaccination rate of 68%, which is relatively low compared with western European nations such as France, Italy and Spain. “It...

Ryanair boss says fears of new European lockdowns are deterring bookings
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Ryanair boss says fears of new European lockdowns are deterring bookings

European airlines face a slump in Christmas and early summer travel as the spectre of another wave of lockdowns puts people off booking holidays, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has warned. Austria’s decision to impose a third national lockdown from Monday, which could last until 12 December, to curb a surge in coronavirus cases and fatalities, has stoked fears of...

Qatar accuses Amnesty International of “misleading” public opinion
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Qatar accuses Amnesty International of “misleading” public opinion

The Ministry of Labour has issued a statement in response to Amnesty’s report “Reality Check 2021: A Year to the 2022 WorldCup”, stating that Qatar rejects its assertion that labour reforms have not translated into changes on the ground for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers. The statement is as follows: Qatar rejects Amnesty’s assertion...

Brexit trade war would have ‘immediate and devastating’ effect on UK economy, industry warns
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Brexit trade war would have ‘immediate and devastating’ effect on UK economy, industry warns

British business chiefs have urged Boris Johnson’s government against suspending the Brexit agreement with the EU, warning it could launch a “devastating” trade war in the weeks ahead. Brexit minister Lord Frost said last week that the option to trigger Article 16 to suspend the Northern Ireland protocol remained on the table if “significant gaps” with the...