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Israel launches strikes on Gaza as fighting resumes after truce expires

Gaza health officials says 109 people killed as Israel blames Hamas for breaking truce

Israeli warplanes have attacked targets in Gaza after the end of a seven-day ceasefire, with strikes across much of the region that health officials in the territory said had killed 109 people.

Loud, continuous explosions were heard coming from Gaza and black smoke billowed from the territory.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2023 13:35:44 GMT
Patel and Braverman accused of secret policy to deny trafficking victims leave to remain

Home Office unlawfully failed to issue permission to stay, court told, despite ruling that 1,600 were entitled to it

The former home secretaries Priti Patel and Suella Braverman have been accused of operating a secret policy to deny 1,600 victims of trafficking leave to remain in the UK, despite a court ruling that they were entitled to stay.

A landmark high court ruling in November 2021 concluded that confirmed victims of trafficking who had claimed asylum and were waiting for a decision should be automatically given permission to stay in the UK, known as discretionary leave.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2023 15:22:36 GMT
Republican George Santos expelled from Congress in bipartisan vote

Congressman, who has pleaded not guilty to 23 federal fraud charges, becomes only sixth member ever expelled from US House

The New York Republican, fabulist and accused fraudster George Santos has been expelled from Congress.

The vote to expel Santos, the second since his election last year, required a two-thirds majority of those present. The final tally on Friday was 311-114.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2023 16:27:53 GMT
Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman to serve on US supreme court, dies aged 93

Former supreme court justice voted on a range of issues, including abortion, affirmative action and campaign finance

Sandra Day O’Connor, the former US supreme court justice, died at age 93 in Phoenix on Friday of complications related to advanced dementia and a respiratory illness, the court said in a statement.

O’Connor was the first woman ever to serve on the US supreme court. She voted on a range of issues, including abortion, affirmative action and campaign finance.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2023 15:31:03 GMT
Boris Johnson wanted ‘massive fines’ for lockdown breaches, Covid inquiry hears

PM favoured ‘a lot more punishments’, Patrick Vallance wrote in diary in September 2020, three months after unlawful No 10 party

Boris Johnson pushed to “punish people who aren’t doing the right thing” and for “massive fines” when it came to lockdown rules, the Covid-19 inquiry has heard.

An extract from the diaries of the government’s chief scientific adviser at the time, Sir Patrick Vallance, recorded discussions he had with the then prime minister and health secretary in September 2020 when cases, admissions and deaths were all up.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2023 16:56:20 GMT
Sunak says not one leader at Cop28 criticised UK’s petrol car ban delay

Prime minister defends Britain’s climate record at UN summit and urges countries to decarbonise

Rishi Sunak says he did not face any criticism from the world leaders he met for delaying a UK ban on selling new petrol and diesel vehicles as he repeated his defence of the UK’s climate record.

Before and during his swift visit to Dubai for the Cop28 climate conference, the prime minister had been focusing on urging other countries to do all they could to decarbonise, while celebrating Britain’s achievements.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2023 15:09:38 GMT
Chinese prisoner’s ID card apparently found in lining of Regatta coat

Derbyshire woman who bought item said she felt uneasy at find that raises concerns over possible prison labour [update – see footnote]

An ID card that appears to belong to a Chinese prisoner was found inside the lining of a coat from the British brand Regatta, raising concerns that the clothing was manufactured using prison labour.

The waterproof women’s coat was bought online by a woman in Derbyshire in the Black Friday sale. When it arrived on 22 November, she could feel a hard rectangular item in the right sleeve, which restricted the movement of her elbow.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2023 07:30:09 GMT
Sunak says retaining Parthenon marbles is matter of law as he denies ‘hissy fit’

PM reaffirms stance after George Osborne suggests snub to Greek counterpart was result of ‘petulance’

Rishi Sunak has denied having a “hissy fit” over the Parthenon marbles row and has said they cannot be returned to Greece “as a matter of law”.

The prime minister this week accused his Greek counterpart of using a trip to London to “grandstand” over the issue of the ancient Greek sculptures.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2023 13:00:16 GMT
Rachel Reeves: Alistair Darling warned me not to fall into ‘Tory traps’

Shadow chancellor reveals Darling helped shape Labour party’s current policies before his death this week

Alistair Darling warned Rachel Reeves not to fall into “Tory traps” as Labour prepares for the next election, the shadow chancellor has said, as she revealed how he helped shape the party’s current policies before he died.

Reeves said she was in regular contact with the former chancellor before his death, which was announced on Thursday by his family. She said the former chancellor had been a mentor to her, both when she was a new MP and later when she began to shadow his former brief.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2023 16:00:20 GMT
Low UK potato harvests raise fears about Christmas supplies

Experts say supermarkets may have to rely on imports from as far afield as Egypt, pushing up environmental impact

UK farmers are struggling with one of the lowest potato harvests on record after an autumn of heavy rain, raising fears about supplies for this year’s Christmas dinners.

Experts are warning that supermarkets could be forced to turn to imports from as far afield as Egypt to fill potential gaps on shelves, pushing up the environmental impact of the festive meal.

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Fri, 01 Dec 2023 15:12:09 GMT

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