Month: <span>May 2022</span>

Erdogan blanks Greek prime minister over US remarks
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Erdogan blanks Greek prime minister over US remarks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer recognises the leader of neighbouring Greece and will refuse to meet him at a planned summit. Mr Erdogan accused Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of seeking to block the sale of American-made F-16 fighter jets to Turkey while visiting the US. “There’s no longer anyone...

Not up to black officers to solve police racism, says barrister as plan launched
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Not up to black officers to solve police racism, says barrister as plan launched

Black police officers should not be expected to solve racism in forces and must be allowed to “get on with their job”, the head of the body scrutinising a plan for England and Wales to combat racism has said. Compulsory anti-racism training will be given to all police officers alongside the targeted recruitment of black staff as...

Crossrail: Elizabeth line hailed as ‘fit for a Queen’ as it opens
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Crossrail: Elizabeth line hailed as ‘fit for a Queen’ as it opens

The first Elizabeth line trains to carry passengers through the new tunnels under London departed on time on Tuesday morning, marking the start of an era of greater speed, space and comfort – “fit for a Queen, and Londoners”, the mayor, Sadiq Khan, said. Hundreds of people braved the rain to queue outside for the first...

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’...