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The government was not “fully prepared” for the “wide-ranging impacts” of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report, which found that Brexit both helped and hindered preparations for future crises. There was a lack of detailed plans for shielding, job support schemes and school disruption, the National Audit Office found. According to the watchdog,
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A man accused of murdering his girlfriend was recorded on a mobile phone as he repeatedly stabbed, strangled, and ran over her during a psychotic episode after eating a cannabis brownie, a court has been told. University student Lauren Bloomer, who was stabbed more than 30 times, “recorded her own murder” after seeking advice on
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Priti Patel has said the suspected Liverpool terror attacker was able to exploit Britain’s “dysfunctional” asylum system to remain in the country. On a three-day visit to Washington, the UK’s home secretary said the system was a “complete merry-go-round” with a “whole industry” devoted to defending the rights of individuals intent on causing harm. It
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Former England coach David “Bumble” Lloyd has apologised to Azeem Rafiq and the “Asian cricket community” over comments he made. It comes after Rafiq gave evidence to MPs on his experience of institutional racism at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and within the sport as a whole. He said the Sky Sports commentator tried to smear
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The NHS is facing the “most difficult winter in its history”, with almost 90% of hospital trust leaders feeling “extremely concerned”, research has found. NHS Providers, which carried out the survey, said that while cases of COVID-19 are “well below” their peak in January, some trusts are “beyond full stretch”. It is urging the government
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Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe’s husband has ended his three-week hunger strike after making a promise to his imprisoned wife. Richard Ratcliffe has been camped outside the Foreign Office in London for the past 21 days as part of his long-standing campaign for his wife’s release from Iranian prison. But on Saturday he tweeted: “Day 21 #FreeNazanin
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The Duchess of Sussex claimed Prince Harry faced “constant berating” from members of the Royal Family over the strained relationship she had with her father, text messages reveal. Earlier this year, Meghan, 40, successfully sued Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), publisher of MailOnline and The Mail on Sunday, over five articles that reproduced parts of her
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It is estimated that around 1,000 migrants crossed into the UK on Thursday as the government warns the number of people departing from France is “unacceptable”. If officially confirmed, the figure will be the highest daily total of migrant crossings into Britain on record. A Home Office spokesperson said: “The number of illegal migrants we
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