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Novichok city in lockdown after ‘two Russian’ diners are taken ill at restaurant.

Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:40 pm by papa_umau

SALISBURY city centre was in lockdown last night after a man and woman, believed to be Russian, were taken ill as they ate in a restaurant.

Police in protective suits sealed off a Prezzo restaurant after the emergency, described by police as a “medical incident”, sparked panic among diners at the eaterie.

It lies just yards from the Zizzi restaurant where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and …

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America hits China with the hardest trade tariffs ever.

Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:06 pm by papa_umau

US imposes new tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods.

The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing.

These will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far.

Handbags, rice and textiles will be included, but some items expected to be targeted such as smart watches and high chairs have been …

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Debenhams 'could shut up to 80 stores' in move that would put thousands of jobs at risk.

Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:54 am by papa_umau

Debenhams 'could shut up to 80 stores' in move that would put thousands of jobs at risk after retailer was plunged into turmoil with 15.9m wiped off its value

Creditors KPMG were drafted in to reduce costs and save chain from going bust.

Retail experts have warned that Debenhams could end up like House of Fraser.

They say the department store has 'too many stores' and some will need to close.

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Sex-for-rent offered by landlords.

Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:06 pm by papa_umau

Landlords in the West are offering free rent in return for sex, an investigation from BBC Inside Out West has found.

The Ministry of Justice says this is illegal and even placing an advert is breaking the law and could result in a seven year jail term.

But the BBC found examples of adverts online and met some of those who had placed them.

You can see the full investigation at 19:30 on Inside …

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TSB boss Paul Pester to step down because of IT fiasco.

Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:34 am by papa_umau

TSB chief Paul Pester is to step down after seven years in charge, in the wake of a major IT failure at the bank.

In April this year, customers were left without access to online banking services for several weeks when an attempt to move data to a new computer system went wrong.

The bank is still struggling to get its IT systems to work properly.

On Monday, it apologised to customers who faced …

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Water companies to cut bills in England and Wales.

Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:54 am by papa_umau

Water companies have set out plans to cut bills for millions of consumers in England and Wales.

Severn Trent and United Utilities said they would cut the average bill by 5% and 10.5% respectively.

Thames Water said bills would be unchanged.

South West Water said it would offer customers a stake in the business.

The plans are being submitted by water companies in England and Wales to the …

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Scallop war: French and British boats clash in Channel.

Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:13 am by papa_umau

French fishermen have been accused of throwing insults, rocks and smoke bombs at their British rivals in the English Channel in a vicious scrap over scallops.

The clash happened around 12 nautical miles (22km) off the Normandy coast, near the Bay of Seine.

British boats are legally entitled to fish in the scallop-rich area.

But their presence has infuriated the French, who accuse the British …

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Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges, says UN.

Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:21 pm by papa_umau

A UN report has said top military figures in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other areas.

The report, based on hundreds of interviews, is the strongest condemnation from the UN so far of violence against the Rohingya.

The army's tactics are "consistently and grossly disproportionate to actual security threats", it says.

It names six …

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Sir Norman Bettison's four counts of misconduct in a public office have been dropped.

Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:54 pm by papa_umau

A former chief inspector accused of trying to blame Liverpool fans for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster has had all charges against him dropped.

Sir Norman Bettison, then of South Yorkshire Police, had faced four counts of misconduct in a public office.

He was accused of telling lies about the "culpability of fans" and his role in the wake of the tragedy.

Prosecutors said insufficient evidence …

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