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Will Boris Johnson make a Covid announcement today? Next speech date
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Will Boris Johnson make a Covid announcement today? Next speech date

Boris Johnson has already been forced to introduce social restrictions to combat the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and rocketing infection numbers in January could ultimately see him forced to tighten them still further. The prime minister has already brought back mandatory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, cinemas, theatres and places of worship, asked citizens to work from home where possible...

Can London stock market shake off dinosaur image to boldly go?
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Can London stock market shake off dinosaur image to boldly go?

London’s stock market is facing a barrage of criticism, with global investors likening it to a “global backwater” struggling to attract and retain growth companies that excite investors and are building the 21st-century economy. However, after a surge of stock flotations in 2021, including cutting-edge firms such as Oxford Nanopore, and new listing rules, London’s status...

UK house sales to first-time buyers reach highest for 19 years
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UK house sales to first-time buyers reach highest for 19 years

The number of UK first-time homebuyers has hit its highest level since 2002, according to a new estimate. Despite the uncertainty generated by the pandemic and strong house price growth, the number of first-time buyer transactions in 2021 is estimated to be 408,300, according to Yorkshire Building Society. That would be a 35% increase on...

Death toll of refugees attempting to reach Spain doubles in 2021
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Death toll of refugees attempting to reach Spain doubles in 2021

An estimated 12 people a day died or disappeared while trying to reach Spain in 2021, more than double the total for the previous year. The 4,404 refugees who perished included 205 children, according to Caminando Fronteras (Walking Borders). In a report published on Monday, the NGO noted that the number of deaths was more than twice the...