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Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment

February 18, 2019

Since the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, an area of more than 4,000 square kilometres has been abandoned. That could be about to change, as Victoria Gill discovered during a week-long trip to the exclusion zone. “This place is more than half of my life,” says Gennady Laptev. The broad-shouldered Ukrainian […]


Facebook needs regulation as Zuckerberg ‘fails’ – UK MPs

Facebook needs far stricter regulation, with tough and urgent action necessary to end the spread of disinformation on its platform, MPs have said. A Commons committee has concluded¬†that the firm’s founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to show “leadership or personal responsibility” over fake news. Untrue stories from foreign powers were risking the UK’s democracy, they said. […]


Flybmi won’t be the last airline failure, say analysts

In two short sentences, Flybmi’s announcement that it had collapsed summed up the airline industry’s woes: fuel costs, green taxes, Brexit uncertainty, falling passenger numbers. It might have added fierce competition, but that is probably a statement of the obvious. Several European airlines have folded or hit financial trouble during the past two years. Britain’s […]


Honda set to close Swindon car plant

Japanese carmaker Honda is set to announce the closure of its Swindon plant in 2022, putting 3,500 jobs at risk, sources say. The Japanese carmaker will shut the plant in 2022 but retain its European headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire. Sources say Honda will make an announcement on the future of the company on Tuesday morning. […]


Passengers seek flights after Flybmi ceases operations

Passengers stranded across Europe have told of their frustration after the UK regional airline Flybmi collapsed, cancelling all its flights. The airline, which flew to 25 cities, said Brexit uncertainty and rises in fuel and carbon costs led to it filing for administration on Saturday. One Briton stuck in Belgium said the airline would not […]


Surrey hit by another earthquake

February 14, 2019

An earthquake has been confirmed in the same area of Surrey where a “swarm” of tremors were felt last year. The magnitude 2.4 tremor was recorded at about 07:45 GMT in Newdigate, near Gatwick Airport, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said. Dr Stephen Hicks, from Imperial College, London, said it was likely to have been […]


Know your cholesterol like you know your Pin code

People are being encouraged to know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers as well as they know their bank Pin code – because it could save their life. These numbers flag up early signs of cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Forty health organisations have teamed up to urge more people […]


Brexit: What trade deals has the UK done so far?

As a European Union member, the UK is automatically part of about 40 trade agreements which the EU has with more than 70 countries. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March, it would lose these trade deals immediately. To avoid this, Theresa May’s government says it wants to¬†replicate the EU’s […]


Shoreham air crash trial: Pilot Andrew Hill admits mistake at Southport show

The pilot of a plane which crashed at the Shoreham air show has admitted he “embarrassed” himself by flying too close to the crowd at a previous show. Andrew Hill told the Old Bailey he had a “nasty dawning moment” as he realised he was heading towards the “crowd line” at the Southport Air Show […]


Patisserie Valerie rescue saves 2,000 jobs

Patisserie Valerie is being bought out of administration in a deal that will save nearly 2,000 jobs. The management team at the coffee and cake chain has secured backing from investment firm Causeway Capital to take over 96 shops. Sister brand Philpotts has also been sold in a separate deal, saving a further 21 stores. […]


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