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UK to back government on customs union
LONDON: Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday he expects parliament to back the government’s policy of leaving the customs union at a crunch vote which could come as early as next month. Debate over remaining in a customs union with the European Union has become one of the main flashpoints in the Brexit debate, which has sowed divisions across Britain. A government defeat in the upper house of parliament last we
 
 
Alfie’s parents to challenge travel ban
LONDON: The parents of a terminally ill British toddler whose case has drawn support from Pope Francis plan to return to the Court of Appeal on Wednesday in hope of winning the right to take him to Italy for treatment. High Court Justice Anthony Hayden on Tuesday rejected what he said was the final appeal by the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who suffers from a degenerative neurological condition that has left him in a
   
Johnson clashes with May over migrant amnesty
LONDON: Boris Johnson clashed with Theresa May after calling for an amnesty for all long-standing immigrants from the Commonwealth, as experts warned the scandal extends “well beyond” the Windrush generation. The Foreign Secretary is said to have become “very agitated and annoyed” at a bad-tempered cabinet meeting - as the prime minister appeared to reject his proposal. Johnson is understood to have warned that many other people
 
 
UK ‘among worst in Europe for freedom of press’
LONDON: The UK is one of the worst countries in western Europe for press freedom because of new media-muzzling laws and a climate of hostility towards journalists, a new report has found. The country ranked 40 out of 180 in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, a report compiled by influential non-profit organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF). It dropped to that position last year. The position marks a “staggering” decline
   
Cambridge Analytica says it is ‘no Bond villain’
LONDON: Cambridge Analytica claimed it was “no Bond villain” as it vehemently denied exploiting Facebook users’ data for the election campaign of US President Donald Trump. The marketing analytics firm stressed it had deleted data about Facebook users obtained in breach of the social network’s terms of service. The information had been gathered via a personality prediction app developed by academic Aleksandr Kogan’s research firm
 
 
‘Botched Brexit’ causing EU nurses to quit NHS
LONDON: The government’s “botched Brexit” caused 10 per cent of the NHS European nurse workforce to quit last year, meaning attempts to increase the nursing workforce have failed for the second year running. Official figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show that in 2018, there were 3,000 fewer nurses from the European Economic Area working in the NHS than a year ago. The Royal College of Nursing said the decrease
   
Scale of homelessness worst than figures suggest
LONDON: The true scale of homelessness in the UK is almost 10 times worse than official figures suggest, according to a new report. Homeless charity Justlife warns thousands of people are being “forgotten in statistics” after it estimated that at least 51,500 people were living in B&Bs in the year to April 2016 - compared with 5,870 official B&B placements recorded by the government. It comes after a separate investigation found
 
 
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