Government set to pass new laws to cut UK overseas aid budget

Church leaders and charities are among those opposing a cut in the UK’s overseas aid budget. …

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Coronavirus: Retail workers ‘scared’ as cases surge

Workers rights groups say employers must do more to protect staff as coronavirus cases surge. …

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Protect leaseholders from cladding removal costs, say MPs

The state should foot the bill for removing flammable materials from high-rise buildings, MPs say. …

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Covid: King Felipe of Spain in quarantine after contact

King Felipe will stop public activities for 10 days after coming into contact with an infected person. …

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Covid-19: Arrivals in England to be able to cut quarantine if they pay for test

People arriving in England can end their self-isolation with a negative test taken after five days. …

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What Biden’s new foreign policy team tells us

US foreign policy experts weigh in on what the new slate of top diplomats means for global affairs. …

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The papers: ‘Tis the season to be jolly careful’ and jab news

Most papers carry news that the Oxford vaccine is “highly effective” at stopping Covid-19 symptoms. …

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Janet Yellen: Biden to pick ‘first female treasury secretary’

Janet Yellen served as the head of the America’s central bank under Barack Obama. …

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Afghanistan, home to the heroin trade, moves into meth

A new report warns Afghanistan is becoming a major methamphetamine producer, leaving addicts in its wake. …

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Sunak begins planning for a post-Covid economy

The Spending Review marks the start of the chancellor’s economic recovery planning. Here’s what to watch for. …

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