Bookmakers’ fury at ‘flawed’ gambling report by MPs

The bookmakers’ trade body has reacted angrily to a report by MPs on fixed-odd betting terminals (FOBTs). The Association of British Bookmakers said it was “deeply flawed” and called for an inquiry by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. The MPs are recommending that the maximum stake for gambling on the electronic terminals in a bookmakers […]

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Brexit: MPs to begin formal process with two-day debate

MPs are to begin two days of debate over the government’s parliamentary bill to get the formal process of Brexit under way. Discussions on the European Union Bill have been extended to midnight on Tuesday to accommodate more speakers, with a vote to take place on Wednesday. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has ordered his MPs […]

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Quebec City mosque shooting: Six killed, eight wounded

Six people have been killed and another eight wounded in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, police say. Shots were fired at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday night, where more than 50 people had gathered for evening prayers. One suspect was arrested at the scene and another was arrested nearby. […]

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Danish drugs giant makes big UK investment

Denmark’s Novo Nordisk is to invest £115m over 10 years in a new science research centre in Oxford. Eventually employing 100 academics and scientists, the facility will work on new ways of treating type 2 diabetes. The decision to invest in the UK was described by David Gauke, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, as “a […]

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Trump state visit: Downing Street rejects cancellation calls

Downing Street has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump’s proposed state visit to the UK after a US clampdown on immigration. A source said a rejection would be a “populist gesture”, adding that the invitation had been accepted and scrapping it would “undo everything”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said PM Theresa May would be […]

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Chile’s worst wildfire destroys town as help arrives

More international help has been arriving in Chile to help the country fight the worst wildfire in its modern history. Russia has sent a super-tanker aircraft capable of carrying tons of water to douse the fires. The series of fast-spreading fires, mostly in Chile’s central region, are being fanned by strong winds, high temperatures and […]

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MPs warn HMRC that confidence in tax system is at risk

The taxman’s failure to get tough with the super-rich risks undermining confidence in the whole system, MPs warned in a report on Friday. HM Revenue and Customs must avoid the impression it has “one rule for the rich and another for everyone else,” the Public Accounts Committee said. In a scathing report, PAC chairwoman Meg […]

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Mexico: We will not pay for Trump border wall

Mexico will not pay for Donald Trump’s border wall, the country’s president has said in a message to the nation. Enrique Pena Nieto said he “lamented” the plans for the barrier, adding that “Mexico doesn’t believe in walls”. But he made no mention of cancelling or postponing a trip to Washington on 31 January to […]

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