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Ban sale of mini mobile phones, justice secretary says

Image copyright Getty Images Online retailers should ban the sale of miniature mobile phones designed to be smuggled into prisons, the justice secretary has said. David Lidington said the devices were advertised as being able to go undetected by the body orifice security scanners used in England and Wales. “Beat …

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Diane Abbott: Listen to CBI and NHS' on Brexit migration

Image copyright Getty Images Public services and businesses would be in a “terrible position” if there was a big reduction in migration post-Brexit, Labour’s Diane Abbott has told the BBC. The shadow home secretary said business group the CBI, health and social care say “they need these European migrants – …

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Former PM takes on UK-China investment role

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption As prime minister, David Cameron said the UK and China were in a “golden era” of trade relations David Cameron is to take on a new role leading a UK government-backed investment initiative between Britain and China. The former prime minister will take charge …

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Defence budget: New equipment at risk over MoD savings 'doubts'

Image copyright Boeing Image caption Nine Boeing P-8A maritime patrol aircraft are among the vehicles the MoD is due to purchase Plans to buy new military equipment – including warships and jets – could be under threat, as MPs expressed “serious doubts” over whether the Ministry of Defence can afford …

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Deaths of Canada billionaire Barry Sherman and wife 'suspicious'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Honey and Barry Sherman were renowned for their charity fundraising A Canadian billionaire and his wife have been found dead at their home in Toronto in circumstances that police described as “suspicious”. The bodies of Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found in the …

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Make and bake

Image caption No need to get tied up in knots if you’re on a tight budget For people who celebrate Christmas, the catering, the entertaining and present-buying can prove costly, unless you plan wisely. Bargain hunters have picked up their gifts earlier in the year as well as on the …

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Hunter Harrison: CSX railway boss dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hunter Harrison took up the top job at CSX in March Hunter Harrison, the CEO of the US transportation company CSX, has died just days after going on medical leave. Mr Harrison, 73, died in Florida due to “unexpectedly severe complications from a recent illness”, …

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Pensions: Automatic saving to start at 18 under new plans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Waiters are among the workers who have been enrolled in recent years Every worker aged 18 or over will begin saving into a workplace pension unless they opt out, under government plans to extend its automatic enrolment scheme. At present, the scheme means employers …

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Sky News faces uncertain future after Disney-Fox deal

Image copyright Getty Images Walt Disney’s agreement to buy most of 21st Century Fox’s business for $52.4bn (£39bn) has raised further questions about the Sky News channel’s future. Before news of the deal, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox had been trying to buy the 61% of satellite broadcaster Sky that it does …

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Cash controversy: The High Streets with too many ATMs

Shoppers in Gallowtree Gate, in the centre of Leicester, should never find themselves short of cash. Within a five minute walk they can find no fewer than 68 cash machines, or Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) as they are more properly known. Including machines inside the banks themselves, there are 41 …

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