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Two men jailed to total of 15 years in prison for smuggling $340,000 worth of cocaine in baked beans tins

Two men have been jailed for attempting to smuggle $341,875 worth of cocaine in baked beans and condensed coconut milk tins. Daniel Kelly and Steven Gilhooly were sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison at Snaresbrook Crown Court, London, on January 12, according to London’s Metropolitan Police. Kelly and Gilhooly, both aged 43, […]

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Facebook faces $3.2 billion suit in UK for abusing market dominance

Facebook’s owner Meta Platforms faces a $3.2 billion class action in Britain over allegations it abused its market dominance by exploiting the personal data of 44 million users. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, a senior adviser to Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) watchdog and a competition law academic, said she was bringing the case on behalf of […]

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Thai retailer and Austrian property company buyout luxury British store chain Selfridges

Luxury British store chain Selfridges is being sold to a Thai retailer and an Austrian property company in a deal worth around $5.37 billion. Thailand’s Central Group and Austrian real estate company Signa Group, which already jointly own major department stores across Europe, said on Thursday they had struck a deal for the chain best […]

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British Brexit Minister David Frost exits Boris Johnson’s government

British Brexit Minister David Frost resigned over disillusionment with the direction of Boris Johnson’s government, dealing a severe blow to the embattled prime minister as the Omicron variant sweeps the country. The resignation of Frost, a core architect of Johnson’s tumultuous Brexit strategy, raised questions about the future tone of the European Union divorce and […]

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British bank fined £265 million for laundering trash bags full of cash

NatWest has been fined £265 million for failing to prevent the laundering of nearly £400 million, in the first criminal money laundering case against a British bank. A gang deposited hundreds of millions of pounds in cash at around 50 branches of NatWest, prosecutors for Britain’s financial regulator said on Monday, with at least one […]

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United Kingdom Covid-19: At least one person died after contracting Omicron variant

At least one person in the United Kingdom has died after contracting the Omicron variant as officials warn the new coronavirus strain is spreading at a “phenomenal” rate. As fears of another punishing wave grip the country, Britons in their hundreds have formed queues at vaccine centres to get booster shots, heeding government advice. “Sadly […]

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West Yorkshire Christmas tree declared ‘the worst in the north’ as its decoration was abandoned a third way up

The Christmas tree in Bailiff Bridge is shining a metaphorical light on the West Yorkshire village, having been described as “the worst in the north” after it was decorated only a third of the way up. Council bosses say the issue with sprucing up the spruce is that the natural tree has grown too tall, […]

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British PM Boris Johnson took part in Christmas quiz last year when indoor mixing was banned

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson took part in a Christmas quiz sitting between two colleagues in No 10 when indoor mixing was banned in London last year. The Sunday Mirror published a picture of Mr Johnson at the event, which it said was on 15 December. Downing Street said the prime minister “briefly took part […]

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Boris Johnson calls on Emmanuel Macron to take back people who cross Channel to UK

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on France to agree to “take back” people who cross the Channel to the UK. The PM said he had written to French President Emmanuel Macron setting out five steps to “move further and faster” to avoid a repeat of Wednesday’s tragedy where 27 people died. A returns agreement […]

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British man becomes first person in the world to wear 3D-printed prosthetic eye

A British man became the first person in the world to have a 3D-printed prosthetic eye. Steve Varze, from Hackney, east London, was expected to receive the eye on Thursday at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. It is hoped the eye will be more realistic than a traditional acrylic prosthetic eye. For a traditional prosthetic […]

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Amazon to stop accepting Visa credit cards in the United Kingdom over high fees

Amazon will stop accepting Visa credit cards in the United Kingdom from January 19, 2022 the online retail giant told customers. It said the move was due to high credit card transaction fees but said Visa debit cards would still be accepted. Visa said it was “very disappointed that Amazon is threatening to restrict consumer […]

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Rolls-Royce backed consortium to develop small nuclear reactors to generate clean energy

Rolls-Royce has been backed by a consortium of private investors and the UK government to develop small nuclear reactors to generate cleaner energy. The creation of the Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor (SMR) business was announced following a £195 million cash injection from private firms and a £210 million grant from the government. It is hoped […]