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The Amazon sellers who sold up and became millionaires

Becoming a millionaire was never part of the plan. Michele Venton had left London for Bournemouth, keen to escape corporate life – and decided to try selling dresses online. “I always had this idea that I would design this range of dresses for a particular woman,” she says. She found a factory to make her...

UK children aged 16 and 17 expected to be offered Covid vaccine
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UK children aged 16 and 17 expected to be offered Covid vaccine

Covid vaccines are expected to be offered to children in the UK aged 16 and 17, in line with many other countries, after a minister confirmed government experts will update their advice “imminently”. Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, said the government was expecting an announcement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on...

Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman: Vigil held for murdered sisters
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Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman: Vigil held for murdered sisters

Family and friends have gathered at a vigil in the north-west London park where two sisters were murdered. Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were stabbed at Ms Henry’s birthday party last June by a man who thought he may win the lottery if he killed them. People lit candles and laid flowers at...

Colombian top general Mario Montoya faces murder charges in ‘false positives’ scandal
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Colombian top general Mario Montoya faces murder charges in ‘false positives’ scandal

Gen Mario Montoya was the star soldier who oversaw the defeat of Latin America’s most powerful insurgency, a US-trained professional hailed for turning around a demoralized army and masterminding a string of brutal strikes against Colombia’s leftist guerrillas. After taking command of the South American country’s army in 2006, he regularly appeared on television news,...

Repairing and reusing household goods could create thousands of green jobs across the UK
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Repairing and reusing household goods could create thousands of green jobs across the UK

Reusing and repairing household goods, from washing machines to phones, and recycling throwaway consumer items such as plastic bottles, could create hundreds of thousands of green jobs across the UK, a thinktank has found. The UK creates thousands of tonnes of unnecessary waste each year, some of which is still exported, because of a failure to value...

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UN criticises UK for failure to redress colonial-era landgrab in Kenya

The British government has been criticised by the UN for a lack of resolution over colonial-era crimes committed in Kenya. Six UN special rapporteurs have written to the government expressing concern over its failure to provide “effective remedies and reparations” to the Kipsigis and Talai peoples. The Kipsigis and Talai clans of Kericho county, Kenya were brutally...

Three in four Britons back assisted dying for terminally ill – poll
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Three in four Britons back assisted dying for terminally ill – poll

Three-quarters of Britons support doctor-assisted dying for people who are terminally ill, compared with one in three MPs, according to a poll. The fresh evidence of overwhelming public backing for a change in the law comes as a private member’s bill on assisted dying is awaiting its second reading in the House of Lords. Lady Meacher,...

Belarus sprinter leaves Tokyo on flight to Vienna after seeking refuge
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Belarus sprinter leaves Tokyo on flight to Vienna after seeking refuge

The Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has left Japan on a Vienna-bound plane after refusing to return to Belarus because she feared she would face punishment for publicly criticising her coaches for their “negligence”. Tsimanouskaya has received a humanitarian visa from Poland after she said Belarus officials attempted to bundle her on a plane. She requested police protection at Haneda...

Tencent curbs on gaming time will shock markets but please many parents
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Tencent curbs on gaming time will shock markets but please many parents

China’s regulators are on the march again, pushing one of the country’s most valuable technology companies, Tencent, into announcing fresh curbs designed to limit the time children spend playing its computer games. The announcement may have led to a collapse in Tencent’s shares, but the measures will be eyed with mild jealousy by many western parents....

UK house prices now 30% higher than pre-2008 crisis peak
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UK house prices now 30% higher than pre-2008 crisis peak

UK house prices hit a new high in June and are 30% higher than the peak they reached before the 2008 financial crisis, according to the latest snapshot of the market. The property website Zoopla said the average price of a home was £230,700 – as much as 5.4% higher than the same month a year...