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Wholesale energy prices hit second highest level in at least three years
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Wholesale energy prices hit second highest level in at least three years

Wholesale energy prices hit the second highest level in at least three years on Monday, adding pressure on suppliers struggling to secure electricity and gas at competitive rates. Low wind speeds were to blame for pushing wholesale energy prices for the peak period between 5pm and 6pm over £2,000 per megawatt hour, only the second...

Tulse Hill live: ‘Ceiling of school collapses’ closing South Circular as children rushed to hospital
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Tulse Hill live: ‘Ceiling of school collapses’ closing South Circular as children rushed to hospital

The ceiling of a school in Tulse Hill has reportedly collapsed today, closing a section of the South Circular. The Sun reports that schoolchildren from Rosemead Prep School, in Thurlow Park road, have been ‘rushed to hospital’ following the incident at around 9.20am today. The South Circular (A205) is closed to traffic in both directions between...

Ecuador: 68 inmates killed and 25 injured in latest prison massacre
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Ecuador: 68 inmates killed and 25 injured in latest prison massacre

At least 68 prisoners have been killed and 25 injured in a jail in the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador after bloodletting between rival gangs broke out on Friday night, the attorney general’s office said on Saturday. The latest massacre occurred in the Litoral penitentiary, the same jail where at least 119 inmates lost their lives a little more...

Shell’s plan to move HQ to London gets Dutch backlash
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Shell’s plan to move HQ to London gets Dutch backlash

The oil giant Shell has sparked a political tussle over the location of its headquarters after announcing it would relocate to London and lose “Royal Dutch” from its name amid a corporate overhaul that has angered the Netherlands. In a move seized by the UK government as a post-Brexit vote of confidence in the City of London,...

Steve Bannon in court on contempt charges for defying Capitol attack subpoena
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Steve Bannon in court on contempt charges for defying Capitol attack subpoena

Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former president Donald Trump, appeared in court on Monday charged with contempt of Congress, regarding the investigation of the deadly Capitol attack. Bannon did not enter a plea, and the brief hearing determined that he be arraigned on Thursday. He was released after being ordered to surrender his passport, report...

Emad al-Swealmeen: Liverpool bomber who died in taxi explosion named
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Emad al-Swealmeen: Liverpool bomber who died in taxi explosion named

Police have named the failed bomber who died in the Liverpool Women’s Hospital explosion. Detectives said they strongly believe the taxi passenger who was carrying the device was Emad al-Swealmeen. The 32-year-old is thought to have lived in a house in Sutcliffe Street where several other men have been arrested. He recently rented a different property, in...

EU agrees new sanctions against Belarus over border crisis
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EU agrees new sanctions against Belarus over border crisis

The EU has agreed on new sanctions against Belarus targeting “everyone involved” in facilitating the transport of people to Belarus’s border with Poland, where thousands are stuck in makeshift camps in freezing weather. The EU accuses Alexander Lukashenko’s regime of waging a “hybrid attack” against the bloc by allowing people from the Middle East who are desperate to reach...

Tesco Christmas ad: 1,500 complain over Santa with Covid vaccine passport
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Tesco Christmas ad: 1,500 complain over Santa with Covid vaccine passport

Tesco’s festive TV ad featuring Santa Claus bearing a Covid vaccine passport has prompted more than 1,500 complaints, making it the most complained-about advert of the year. The advert, titled “This Christmas, Nothing’s Stopping Us”, shows the public determined to enjoy a proper Christmas with family and friends after lockdown restrictions prevented gatherings last year. However, in...

Government confirms Covid-19 vaccines will be mandatory for NHS frontline staff
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Government confirms Covid-19 vaccines will be mandatory for NHS frontline staff

The government has confirmed it will make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for frontline NHS staff from 1 April next year. Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, health secretary Sajid Javid said after considering thousands of responses to a consultation launched in the summer, “I have concluded that all those working in the NHS and...

Vulnerable HIV patient inside detention centre where Covid is rife ‘left without life-saving treatment for 7 days’
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Vulnerable HIV patient inside detention centre where Covid is rife ‘left without life-saving treatment for 7 days’

A vulnerable HIV patient held inside an immigration detention centre has been “left without life-saving treatment and his antidepressants for seven days.” The man, 42, who has asked to remain anonymous, relies on the treatment to reduce his viral load to undetectable levels – but a Covid-19 outbreak that has ripped through the centre has...