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Hit them in the Harleys: EU fights Trump tariffs

June 7, 2018

You don’t need to be a great military tactician to understand that when fighting a battle you need to hit your opponent where it hurts. With that in mind, the European Union warned last week that it would retaliate to President Trump’s tariffs on European steel and aluminium with import levies of its own on […]


Thames Water fined £120m over leaks

Thames Water has been ordered to pay out £120m to compensate customers over poor management of leaks. An investigation by regulator Ofwat found the company “failed its customers” as it breached two of its legal responsibilities. The watchdog found its management “did not pay enough attention” to solving leakage issues and “underestimated the significance of […]


Could a text message save thousands of fishermen’s lives?

We can’t stop Nature when it unleashes its fury in the form of volcanoes, earthquakes, storms and avalanches, but we can use technology to warn us of imminent danger – and save lives. As the sun sets over Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, tens of thousands of fishermen ready themselves to head out on the […]


Supreme Court rejects NI abortion law case

Human rights campaigners have lost a Supreme Court appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland’s abortion law. The court dismissed an appeal brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC). But a majority of judges said the existing law was incompatible with human rights law in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime. […]


Texas man nearly dies after being bitten by severed snake head

A Texan required 26 doses of anti-venom after he was bitten by the severed head of a rattlesnake he had killed. Jennifer Sutcliffe told local station KIII-TV that her husband was working in the garden when he saw the four-foot (1.25m) rattlesnake and decapitated it. When he picked up the snake’s remains to dispose of […]


Brexit: May and Davis ‘agree customs backstop wording’

The UK’s proposed “backstop” plan for trade with the EU after Brexit has been published after an “expected” end date – of 2021 – was included in it. It followed crunch meetings between Prime Minister Theresa May and Brexit Secretary David Davis, who insisted a cut-off date be included. The proposal would see the UK […]


House of Fraser to close 31 stores

Department store chain House of Fraser is to close 31 of its 59 shops, affecting 6,000 jobs, as part of a rescue deal. If the plan is approved, 2,000 House of Fraser jobs will go, along with 4,000 brand and concession roles. The stores scheduled for closure, which include its flagship London Oxford Street store, […]


Iran to boost uranium enrichment if nuclear deal fails

June 5, 2018

Iran says it has begun work on increasing its uranium enrichment capacity, in case its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers collapses. The head of Iran’s atomic agency told reporters it was developing infrastructure to build advanced centrifuges at the Natanz facility. The agency says it is officially notifying the United Nations’ nuclear agency about […]


Heathrow Airport: Cabinet approves new runway plan

Ministers have described their backing for a new runway at Heathrow Airport as an “historic moment” for the UK. The cabinet signed off the plans after they were approved by the government’s economic sub-committee, which is chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced £2.6bn in compensation for residents and noise abatement measures. Environmental […]


Government clears way for Sky bid battle

The UK government has set up a multi-billion-pound bidding war for Sky between Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and US cable giant Comcast. Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has cleared Comcast’s bid, and said Fox can go ahead if it sells Sky News. Fox has been chasing approval from UK regulators since 2016 to buy the […]


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