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Dozens missing after building collapses in China in latest incident
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Dozens missing after building collapses in China in latest incident

At least 23 people were trapped under a building that collapsed in central China, officials said, as rescuers pulled apart the rubble brick by brick in an effort to reach survivors. The building, comprising a hotel, apartments and a cinema, caved in on Friday afternoon in Changsha city, Hunan province, leaving a gaping hole in a...

Economic downturn likely, the Institute of Directors warns
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Economic downturn likely, the Institute of Directors warns

Company directors fear the cost of living crisis and tumbling consumer confidence will cause greater harm than previously estimated, increasing the risk of an economic downturn this year, according to a major new study. The Institute of Directors (IoD) said in a survey last month that a lack of confidence in the economic outlook was “the number one issue”...

High energy prices leave oil giants untroubled by Russia exit or tax hints
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High energy prices leave oil giants untroubled by Russia exit or tax hints

“May you live in interesting times,” runs the saying, supposedly an English translation of an ancient Chinese curse. For BP and Shell, the British companies that account for two of the world’s seven oil “supermajors”, the first quarter of 2022 has been painfully fascinating. Both were heavily enmeshed in Russia and now face having to write...

Headteachers call for investigation after gay author banned from visiting a South London Catholic school
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Headteachers call for investigation after gay author banned from visiting a South London Catholic school

Headteachers have voted for Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi to investigate the diocese which banned a gay author from visiting a Catholic school in London. Simon James Green was due to visit the John Fisher School in Sutton when the Archdiocese of Southwark intervened days beforehand to stop the visit from going ahead. At the NAHT school leaders’...

China tightens controls as Shanghai reports record Covid cases
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China tightens controls as Shanghai reports record Covid cases

Shanghai reported a record number of symptomatic Covid-19 cases on Saturday and other areas across China tightened controls as the country kept up its “dynamic clearance” approach that aims to stamp out the highly transmissible Omicron variant. The Zhengzhou airport economic zone, a central Chinese manufacturing area that includes Apple supplier Foxconn, announced a 14-day lockdown on...

Ukrainian troops in Mariupol refuse to surrender as Russian deadline passes
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Ukrainian troops in Mariupol refuse to surrender as Russian deadline passes

A Russian ultimatum for the last remaining Ukrainian troops holding out in the besieged port city of Mariupol to surrender has passed, as Moscow edged closer to full control of the city in what would be its biggest capture since it invaded Ukraine in February. The city has been facing a humanitarian catastrophe for weeks, as Russian...

Teachers’ leader calls for crackdown on ‘bad bosses’ in private schools
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Teachers’ leader calls for crackdown on ‘bad bosses’ in private schools

The head of a teaching union has called for private schools to have their charitable status removed if they continue with “fire and rehire” policies. Speaking at the Nasuwt teaching union’s annual conference in Birmingham, general secretary Patrick Roach criticised “bad bosses who believe it’s OK to threaten teachers with the sack in order to drive down their...

Partygate: Boris Johnson has become ‘great debaser of decency’ after ‘shredding’ ministerial code, historian says
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Partygate: Boris Johnson has become ‘great debaser of decency’ after ‘shredding’ ministerial code, historian says

Boris Johnson “shredded” the ministerial code over the partygate scandal and has become a “great debaser of decency” in political life, according to an eminent historian. Five days after Mr Johnson was issued with a fixed-penalty notice for flouting Covid regulations, and refused to resign, Lord Peter Hennessy said it was the “most severe constitutional crisis involving a prime minister”....

Three teenagers stabbed after ‘fight’ breaks out in south London
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Three teenagers stabbed after ‘fight’ breaks out in south London

Three teenagers have been stabbed after reports of a fight in Croydon, London on Friday. Police were alerted to reports of a fight at 4.35pm on the bank holiday Good Friday in Goldcrest Way, New Addington. Three males – aged 15, 16 and 18 – were rushed to hospital after sustaining stab wounds. London Ambulance Service and the police had attended the scene...