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North Korea warns UK ‘will pay the price’ for imposing sanctions over prison camps

North Korea has vowed to seek revenge against the UK after Downing Street announced sanctions on two organisations linked to prison camps in the state.

The regime furiously denounced Britain on Saturday for essentially freezing the assets of its Ministry of State Security Bureau 7 and the ...

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John Lewis ‘to reject £14 million grant’ for bringing furloughed workers back

John Lewis is set to reject millions in government ‘bonuses’ for bringing back furloughed staff.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s new Jobs Retention Bonus rewards firms with a £1,000 grant to bring back every worker it placed on furlough, even if the company has already re-opened. ...

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Primark ‘will reject £30 million “bonuses” for bringing back furloughed staff’

Primark is expected to reject around £30 million in ‘bonuses’ from the Government for bringing back furloughed staff.

The government has pledged to give employers £1,000 for each employee they bring back from furlough.

Primark had furloughed around 30,000 employees, so was in ...

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UK’s coronavirus death toll reaches 44,819 after 21 more die

Another 21 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced.

A total of 44,819 people have died in the UK across all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. As of 9am Sunday, 289,603 people ...

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UK to spend £700,000,000 on Brexit border with European Union

Ministers will spend more than £700 million on readying the border with the EU, building new infrastructure, hiring staff and developing technology to ensure everything is fully operational when the UK leaves the single market and customs union.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said ...

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What will happen if someone tests positive for coronavirus in a pub I was in?

It’s been just over a week since pubs and restaurants reopened in England, and some have already been forced to close again after customers tested positive for Covid-19.

The Lighthouse Kitchen and Carvery in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, the Fox & Hounds in Batley, West Yorkshire, and ...

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UK ‘on alert for China cyber attack’ in retaliation for Hong Kong

The government must be alert to potential cyber attacks from countries such as China, ministers have said as tensions increase between London and Beijing.

Last month relations between the UK and China soured after Boris Johnson pledged to offer refuge to millions of Hong Kong citizens if ...

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Where in the UK are face coverings mandatory?

Speculation over where face coverings might become mandatory in the UK has been ramped up amid reports that masks could become compulsory in shops within days.

According to the reports Boris Johnson is expected to tell the Commons this week that masks will be necessary in other parts of ...

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Priti Patel ‘worried fear of looking racist’ stopped police tackling sweat shops

The home secretary is considering introducing new laws to tackle modern slavery, following allegations of mistreatment among workers in the UK’s fast-fashion industry.

Priti Patel reportedly believes the police and local councils are avoiding tackling illegal sweatshops over fears of ...

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Twenty areas potentially facing new local lockdowns revealed in leaked document

A leaked government report has identified 20 UK council areas deemed to be most at risk from a new coronavirus outbreak.

It ranks the councils with the highest proportion of positive cases.

Leicester, which has already been put into a local lockdown, was deemed to be top of the list ...

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Thirteen arrested after ‘police officer attacked’ and ‘youths descend on town’

Thirteen people have been arrested after an officer was allegedly attacked and cars were damaged in a seaside town, police have said.

Police in Sussex were called at around 10.30pm on Saturday to reports of a man damaging a car in Shoreham.

Officers said they attempted to arrest a ...

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73 farm workers catch coronavirus forcing 200 others to self-isolate

Workers at a vegetable farm in Herefordshire are being forced to self-isolate after 73 members of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

The outbreak, at AS Green and Co, in Mathon, near Malvern, was discovered after some workers began showing symptoms and is now being closely monitored ...

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Man in 30s shot dead as London endures more bloodshed

A man has been killed in a suspected shooting in south London as the capital endures more bloodshed.

Officers were called by the London Ambulance Service at around 2.20am on Sunday to a man collapsed on Croydon Road in Penge.

The man, believed to be aged in his 30s, was pronounced ...

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Where can you order a coronavirus home testing kit?

As the UK gradually reopens following coronavirus lockdown, it’s been reported that thousands of people in high-risk occupations will now be tested for coronavirus even if they have no symptoms.

The Department of Health and Social Care announced the plans last week, saying that the tests ...

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When is the deadline for the self-employed grant scheme and who is eligible?

Time is running out for self-employed workers to take advantage of the government’s scheme for those who have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic

The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme was created to help those make up profits they may have missed in the wake of the crisis – ...

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Coronavirus vaccine could be rolled out ‘in first half of next year’

People could be getting coronavirus vaccinations in the first half of next year if trials are successful, according to a scientist leading research in the UK.

Professor Robin Shattock, who heads a team developing a vaccine at Imperial College London, said that enough doses would be ...

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Gove says face masks shouldn’t be mandatory but they’re ‘basic good manners’

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Michael Gove has said he doesn’t believe face coverings should be made compulsory in shops, but described wearing one as ‘basic good manners’. ...

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Man knifed to death in double stabbing sparks murder investigation

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed to death.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called to the Black Prince Estate in Kennington, south London, shortly after 10pm on Saturday, where a 30-year-old man was found with stab wounds.

The London ...

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Social distancing in Soho as drinkers look a lot more orderly than last weekend

Soho seemed to be more socially distanced last night judging from photos of the streets.

Last week, for ‘Super Saturday’ when the pubs reopened, there were images of people jammed together in crowds to celebrate.

But this time it seems to have been more sedate, with people ...

yesterday 11:41 open_in_new
Lockdown rules on trains and buses to ease as Brits told ‘go back to work’

Restrictions on using public transport are set to be eased as the Government urges people to return to work rather than stay at home.

Current guidance for England states that people should consider ‘all other forms of transport’ before using trains, tubes, buses and trams.

But ...

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Families of 1,200 people killed by virus tell Boris ‘you can’t run from us’

The families of 1,200 coronavirus victims have marched to Downing Street to demand a public inquiry on the government’s handling of the pandemic.

Boris Johnson is currently under pressure to launch an investigation after more than 153,000 people signed a petition online. It describes how ...

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