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Australia ‘will not hesitate’ to upgrade financial sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, finance minister says
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Australia ‘will not hesitate’ to upgrade financial sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, finance minister says

Australia “will not hesitate” to ratchet up sanctions against Russia amid growing tensions over the military buildup near Ukraine’s border, a senior federal minister has warned. The finance minister, Simon Birmingham, said the Australian government was staying “in close contact with many allies, with countries across Europe and the United States” and directly with Ukraine to...

Ukraine urges west to be ‘vigilant and firm’ in Russia talks
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Ukraine urges west to be ‘vigilant and firm’ in Russia talks

Kyiv has urged the west to remain “vigilant and firm” in its talks with Russia, as Joe Biden announced a small troop deployment to eastern Europe amid fears Moscow could invade Ukraine. Washington’s top defence officials warned on Friday that the Kremlin had massed enough troops and hardware at the border to threaten the whole of Ukraine, but...

Queen’s milestone Platinum Jubilee to be celebrated in 2022
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Queen’s milestone Platinum Jubilee to be celebrated in 2022

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be a milestone celebrated across the country in honour of a monarch who has left an indelible mark on the life of the nation. Spanning a period from post-war Britain when rationing was still in place, to a world of virtual currencies, driverless cars and pandemics, the Queen’s period as head of...

‘Impossible’ for Covid inquiry to start on time as Boris Johnson delays preparations, experts warn
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‘Impossible’ for Covid inquiry to start on time as Boris Johnson delays preparations, experts warn

It is “impossible” for the public inquiry into the government’s response to the Covid pandemic to begin on time after Boris Johnson delayed preparations for it, experts are warning. The prime minister is accused of appearing to shunt the investigation – which he pledged would begin in “spring 2022” – to the bottom of his “to do list”, after dragging his...

Greenwich is a UK hotspot for burglary reports
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Greenwich is a UK hotspot for burglary reports

The statistics from data.police.uk show crime reports which have occurred between March and August 2021. Greenwich is the eighth highest out of ten neighbourhoods with the most reported burglaries during that period. A total of 48 burglaries have been reported in Greenwich. The town is the only south London borough on the list. The data...

Ukraine talks: Russia sees no grounds for optimism ahead of Nato meeting
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Ukraine talks: Russia sees no grounds for optimism ahead of Nato meeting

The Kremlin has said it sees “no significant reason for optimism” about diplomatic solutions for the Ukraine crisis, ahead of a meeting in Brussels between Russia and Nato’s 30 member states. As Moscow was playing down the chances for success at the negotiating table after initial US-Russian talks in Switzerland on Monday, Russian forces deployed near Ukraine conducted a...

Rene Magritte ‘masterpiece’ estimated at more than £44 million to be auctioned
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Rene Magritte ‘masterpiece’ estimated at more than £44 million to be auctioned

A painting by Belgian artist Rene Magritte estimated to be worth more than £44 million is to appear in London ahead of auction. The Empire Of Light, considered to be “a masterpiece of 20th century art”, will be exhibited at Sotheby’s auction house in the capital in March. The series of paintings depicts a paradoxical image of a night...

Boris Johnson again courts scandal amid rule-breaking party claims
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Boris Johnson again courts scandal amid rule-breaking party claims

Reports that Boris Johnson and his then fiancé Carrie Symonds attended a “bring your own booze” party in the No 10 garden during lockdown have reignited uproar for a Prime Minister familiar with scandal. On Monday, an email in which Mr Johnson’s principal private secretary Martin Reynolds invited Downing Street staff to the gathering in May 2020 was leaked . It...

London Covid rates: Omicron in retreat as cases down in most boroughs
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London Covid rates: Omicron in retreat as cases down in most boroughs

Covid cases have fallen in almost all London boroughs indicating that Omicron is in retreat in the capital, official figures have revealed. Confirmed cases were down in 26 out of 32 boroughs in the week to January 5, according to the latest Government data. Just four local authorities saw infection rates increase by any significant margin. All boroughs recorded fewer...