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Shell to slash up to 9000 jobs worldwide

Shell has said it plans to cut between 7,000 and 9,000 jobs worldwide following a collapse in demand for oil amid the coronavirus pandemic. The oil giant has said the cuts will be fully implemented by the end of 2022. The company also told investors that this includes around 1,500 employees who have agreed to […]

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Wait over for rollout of HIV prevention drug in England

An HIV prevention drug is being rolled out across England after years of delay. Sexual health advocates have welcomed the move after years of campaigning for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to be made widely available. The treatment uses anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) – also used for treating people with diagnosed HIV – to stop those at highest […]

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Average UK house price hits new record high in September

The average UK house price has hit a new record in September, pushing over £225,000 for the first time, according to an index.   Nationwide Building Society said the average UK house price was £226,129 in September – the first time it has been above the £225,000 mark. In August, the average house price was […]

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Johnsons Brexit bill clears Commons as Theresa May stays away

Boris Johnson’s controversial Brexit bill has cleared its final Commons hurdle – even though a number of senior Tories failed to vote for it.   Former prime minister Theresa May and two ex-attorney generals, Geoffrey Cox and Jeremy Wright, were among 21 Conservatives who did not vote for the UK Internal Market Bill at third […]

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden trade insults in opening election debate

US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden attacked and interrupted each other during the first 2020 presidential debate as they discussed the coronavirus pandemic, job losses and the Supreme Court.   The event, held in Cleveland, Ohio, began in a civil manner, with the president striding deliberately to his lectern and Mr […]

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Ofcom receives 235 complaints over Amanda Holdens Britains Got Talent outfit

Ofcom has received 235 complaints over a dress worn during Britain’s Got Talent by Amanda Holden.   The judge, 49, was criticised on social media for wearing a low-cut dress in the latest semi-final of the ITV programme. She wore a blue gown when she appeared alongside Ashley Banjo, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams on […]

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Turkey plant workers self isolate after testing positive for Covid 19

Eighteen workers at a Bernard Matthews turkey plant have tested positive for coronavirus and are self-isolating.   Eighteen workers at a Bernard Matthews turkey plant have tested positive for coronavirus and are self-isolating. Food production at the processing facility in Holton, near Halesworth in Suffolk, has not been affected by the outbreak. Around 100 staff […]