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Child marriage ‘thriving in UK’ due to legal loophole, warn rights groups

Posted on May 05, 2021

A legal loophole that allows 16- and 17-year-olds in England and Wales to marry with parental consent is being exploited and used to coerce young people into child mar


Myanmar embassy row could be used as UK test case against junta

Posted on May 05, 2021

A UK-based NGO and solicitors representing Myanmar’s former ambassador to the UK want to use the junta’s efforts to evict him from his London residence as a test case


Boris Johnson: the power to oust this charlatan lies with voters

Posted on May 05, 2021

Jonathan Freedland’s analysis (Scandal upon scandal: the charge sheet that should have felled Johnson years ago, 30 April) is as timely as it is forensic, reminding th


The Money Maker review – Obama guru leads a one-man Dragons’ Den

Posted on May 05, 2021

W hile doing background research on The Money Maker (Channel 4), it was with some relief that I learned that Eric Collins has been based in the UK


Red Cross calls for UK to tackle inequalities exposed by Covid

Posted on May 05, 2021

Major changes are needed to protect the most vulnerable people from the next global emergency, according to a report from the Red Cross that says three-quarters of peo


France threatens to cut off power to Jersey in post-Brexit fishing row

Posted on May 05, 2021

The French government could cut off the electricity supply to Jersey in an escalating row over post-Brexit fishing rights, a French minister has suggested. Respondin


Elite award-winners allowed fast-track route into UK

Posted on May 05, 2021

Oscar winners, Nobel prize recipients and Brit award-garlanded overseas musicians are among foreign nationals who will be fast-tracked for UK visas under a tweak to im


Sick of the same old route? 14 fabulous ways to get out of your running rut

Posted on May 04, 2021

O ver the past year – perhaps because of stress, boredom, and a need to get a break from video meetings and homeschooled children – an estimated 7


Uber and Arrival team up to produce electric taxis

Posted on May 04, 2021

The electric vehicle maker Arrival aims to start producing cars by 2023 with design help from Uber, in the latest step by the UK-headquartered startup’s ambitious plan


UK and US urge G7 to ally against threats from Russia and China

Posted on May 04, 2021

Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, and the UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, have called for a revitalised and broadened alliance of G7 nations determined to


BT to offer under half-price fibre broadband to people on benefits

Posted on May 04, 2021

BT is to offer fibre broadband at less than half price to people receiving universal credit and other state support in the UK, with more than 4 million households able


UK mortgage lending hits record amid stamp duty rush

Posted on May 04, 2021

Mortgage borrowing in the UK has reached its highest level since modern records began as buyers rushed to beat the now-extended stamp duty holiday deadline. Bank of


Johnson and Modi to agree UK-India trade partnership in virtual talks

Posted on May 04, 2021

Boris Johnson will host bilateral talks with India’s prime minister on Tuesday, announcing the potential for up to £1bn of new trade and investment in a virtual meetin


An electoral stamp of approval for the Tories risks dishonesty becoming the new normal

Posted on May 04, 2021

W hat kind of country has this become? We will know more when Thursday’s election results roll in by the weekend. Polls are narrowing but the Tori


New 150-mile Cornish cycle route to open in the autumn

Posted on May 04, 2021

A new Cornish cycling route that takes in some of the UK’s most spectacular coastal scenery as well as atmospheric old industrial works and bronze age monuments is due


Amazon had sales income of €44bn in Europe in 2020 but paid no corporation tax

Posted on May 04, 2021

Fresh questions have been raised over Amazon’s tax planning after its latest corporate filings in Luxembourg revealed that the company collected record sales income


Covid infection rates in UK ‘very encouraging’, says Neil Ferguson

Posted on May 04, 2021

Recent data on Covid deaths and rates of infection in the UK are “very encouraging”, and though a third wave of infections was possible in late summer it was unlik


Tell us: are you an older person who has started playing video games?

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

Gaming has soared in popularity during the pandemic, with Ofcom finding 62% of UK adults played some form of computer game in 2020, with an uptick across all age group


Top 10 books about museums

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

M useums are the perfect backdrops for fiction of pretty much any kind. Archives of the past, repositories of secrets, windows on to worlds and pe


Housebuilder Persimmon reports 23% sales rise

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

Pent-up demand, the government’s measures to support the housing market and a “chronic undersupply” of homes have driven a 23% leap in sales for the UK housebuilder Pe


Duke of Westminster’s property firm pays £47bn dividend despite loss

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

The Duke of Westminster’s property company, Grosvenor Group, swung to a pre-tax loss in 2020, its worst performance since 2008, but still paid a £47bn dividend to t


UK to slash funding for overseas water and sanitation projects by 80%

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

The UK is to slash funding for lifesaving water, sanitation and hygiene projects in developing nations by more than 80%, according to a leaked memo. The cuts have be


UK universities are institutionally racist, says leading vice-chancellor

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

UK universities are institutionally racist and must do more to support students of colour, a leading vice-chancellor has said. Prof David Richardson, chair of Univer


Boris Johnson needs some good PR. Why not borrow Turkmenistan’s dog day?

Posted on Apr 28, 2021

T urkmenistan may be a bleak dictatorship with a dreadful human rights record, but it certainly knows how to appreciate dogs. On Sunday, the forme