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Record funding for flood defences in England as climate crisis worsens risks
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Record funding for flood defences in England as climate crisis worsens risks

The government will spend a record £5.2bn on reducing flooding in England over the next six years, as the climate crisis increases the risk to homes and businesses. The Environment Agency will spend £860m next year to support more than 1,000 schemes, with significant funds for Yorkshire and the Humber and the north-west, regions that have been...

Holocaust memorial in Westminster is given go-ahead after inquiry
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Holocaust memorial in Westminster is given go-ahead after inquiry

A controversial Holocaust memorial and education centre is to be built in the heart of Westminster at a cost of more than £100m after the government gave it the go-ahead following a public inquiry. The Board of Deputies of British Jews welcomed the decision, saying there was “something uniquely powerful about locating a memorial to the Holocaust...

China ‘propped the doors open’ for criminals in Microsoft hack, Australian spy agency boss says
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China ‘propped the doors open’ for criminals in Microsoft hack, Australian spy agency boss says

Australia’s top cyber spy says China’s actions in the hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software were akin to propping open the doors of thousands of homes and leaving them ajar for criminals to get inside. Rachel Noble, the director general of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), drew the analogy as she said the Chinese government’s actions...

Lucia Mantione: murdered Sicilian girl finally given funeral after 66 years
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Lucia Mantione: murdered Sicilian girl finally given funeral after 66 years

There had never been so many people at a funeral in the history of Montedoro, a village suspended in time among wheat fields and abandoned sulphur mines in central Sicily. Its 1,500 inhabitants had waited for this moment for more than half a century, and on Wednesday gathered in hundreds in solemn prayer in the...

Pharma firm Advanz fined after thyroid drug price hike of 6,000%
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Pharma firm Advanz fined after thyroid drug price hike of 6,000%

The UK’s competition watchdog has imposed fines of more than £100m on the pharmaceutical company Advanz and its former private equity owners after it was found to have inflated the price of its thyroid tablets by up to 6,000%. An investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that the private-equity backed pharmaceutical company charged...

Europe’s unluckiest train station gets new lease of life as hotel
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Europe’s unluckiest train station gets new lease of life as hotel

It earned the nickname “Titanic of the mountains”, but now the monumental and ill-fated train station at Canfranc is to get a new life as a five-star hotel, 51 years after the international rail link across the Pyrenees closed. The story of Canfranc, a village more than 1,000 metres (3,280ft) above sea level on the...

Keir Starmer expected to back purge of far-left Labour factions
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Keir Starmer expected to back purge of far-left Labour factions

Keir Starmer is preparing to support a purge of far-left factions that were vocal supporters of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. After 15 months of being party leader, Starmer is expected to support a proposal before the party’s governing body on Tuesday to proscribe four named groups. The proposal, first reported in the Daily Mirror, has angered leftwing...

‘Frenzied buyer activity’ drives UK house prices to new high
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‘Frenzied buyer activity’ drives UK house prices to new high

Months of “frenzied buyer activity” have driven the average asking price for a home in Britain to a new high, according to the property website Rightmove. The property portal said it expected figures from HMRC due later this week to show that June was the busiest month on record for sales, with buyers rushing to...