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UK’s Prince Andrew’s daughter Beatrice gets married in private ceremony

Prince Andrew’s eldest daughter Princess Beatrice married her businessman fiance on Friday in a private ceremony, after postponing the wedding because of the coronavirus outbreak. Beatrice, 31, had been due to marry Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, at St James’s Palace in central London on May 29.But the nuptials were on hold and no rescheduled date was given. ...

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UK payrolls shrink by 649,000 jobs in coronavirus lockdown

The number of workers on UK company payrolls fell by 649,000 between March and June, official figures indicate. The overall jobless rate was unchanged but there are 47,000 more young people unemployed than there were a year ago. Unemployment has not surged, as many feared, because large numbers of firms have put employees on the government-backed furlough scheme. But economists ...

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Bangladesh maintained its commitment to safe Rohingya repatriation: UK

The UK has said Bangladesh continued to play a vital role in hosting a significant number of Rohingya people noting that there was “no improvement” in the overall human rights situation in Bangladesh in 2019. Bangladesh maintained its commitment to the voluntary, safe, and dignified return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar, according to the Human Rights and Democracy: The  2019 ...

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UK Banks propose ‘student loans style’ scheme to avert job losses

UK banks fear that up to 800,000 businesses could go bust in the next year if they are unable to defer repayments on government-backed loans. The lending industry is proposing a student loans-type scheme, where coronavirus loans can be converted into a tax debt repayable over a decade. Like student loans, the money would only be repayable when and if ...

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Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave trader

An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol once occupied by the toppled statue of a slave trader. Marc Quinn created the likeness of Jen Reid, a protester photographed standing on the plinth after demonstrators pulled down the statue of Edward Colston and dumped it in Bristol’s ...

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Winter wave of coronavirus ‘could be worse than first’

The UK could see about 120,000 new coronavirus deaths in a second wave of infections this winter, scientists say. Asked to model a “reasonable” worst-case scenario, they suggest a range between 24,500 and 251,000 of virus-related deaths in hospitals alone, peaking in January and February. To date, there have been 44,830 official deaths in the UK, but this has slowed ...

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Face masks ‘should be worn’ in UK shops: Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said people in England “should be wearing” face masks or other coverings inside shops to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. The prime minister said the government would decide in the next few days if “tools of enforcement” were needed. The comments follow cabinet minister Michael Gove telling the BBC on Sunday that face ...

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UK coronavirus death toll rises by 21 bringing total to 44,819

A further 21 people who died of Covid-19 in the UK have been added to the tally, bringing the total to 44,819. The new death toll, released today by the Department of Health and Social Care, covers fatalities in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. The rise in the tally today is significantly lower than that ...

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