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UK schools and tech industry urged to foster education revolution

Education secretary wants UK and Silicon Valley firms to help put tech at heart of classrooms Tech companies in the UK and abroad, including Apple and Microsoft, have been urged to help foster an education revolution by putting technology at the heart of the classroom. The education secretary, Damian Hinds, said only a minority of schools and colleges were taking ...

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Tory chief tells Boris Johnson to apologise for burqa remarks

Former minister asked to say sorry for comparing veiled Muslims to bank robbers Boris Johnson has been told by Conservative party chiefs to apologise for his claim that Muslim women in burqas resemble letter boxes and bank robbers. The Tory chairman, Brandon Lewis, said he had asked the former foreign secretary to say sorry for his controversial remarks in an ...

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No-deal Brexit poses serious risk to public safety, say police leaders

Exclusive: leaked letter warns home secretary of ‘significant loss of operational capacity’ A no-deal Brexit poses a substantial risk to public safety, with police officers instantly losing vital access to cross-border investigative powers and databases, the home secretary has been told in a damning letter from the national body of police and crime commissioners. In the leaked document – marked ...

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New green belt housing applications push total to a record 460,000

Developers made proposals for 35,000 homes in protected parts of England in 2017 Applications to build an additional 35,000 homes on green belt land were submitted last year, taking the total number proposed for construction on protected land to a record 460,000. New data from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) released on Monday showed that more than 24,000 ...

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UK economy ‘could benefit from more going to university’

Universities UK says educating people of all ages would help to meet economic challenges The report calls for continual learning and for policymakers to help reverse the decline in part-time and mature student numbers. Photograph: Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Caiaimage The UK economy could benefit from more people of all ages attending university, a report has concluded. It also suggests the advance ...

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Snake filmed eating pigeon in London street

A tropical snake has been filmed eating a pigeon on a busy east London street.   Dave Fawbert spotted the boa constrictor, thought to be an abandoned pet, on High Road, Leytonstone, on Saturday morning.  The RSPCA has since taken the reptile to a wildlife centre and is appealing for information about how it may have come to be in ...

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UK central bank: no-deal Brexit risk ‘uncomfortably high’

London, Aug 03 : The value of the pound has plunged after Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the risk of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal is “uncomfortably high.” Divorce talks between Britain and the EU have stalled amid feuding within Prime Minister Theresa May’s government about how close an economic relationship to seek with the ...

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UK Brexit team seeks to exploit EU concern over Corbyn state aid plans

Exclusive: Chequers plan ties future governments to EU rules on subsidies, negotiators say Britain’s Brexit negotiators have tapped into growing concerns in Brussels over Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for the British economy, by stressing in recent talks that the Chequers plan would tie any future prime minister to the EU’s evolving rules on state aid in perpetuity, according to EU sources. ...

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Improve ’emergency brake’ offer to stop Brexit, says French senator

Jean Bizet says safeguard on migration should be discussed at May-Macron meeting Europe should try to keep the UK in the EU by improving its offer on an emergency brake on the free movement of people, first made before the 2016 referendum, the chair of the French senate’s European committee has said. Jean Bizet was speaking to the Guardian before ...

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Royal Navy rescued suicide bomber 3 years before attack

London, Jul 31 : The Royal Navy rescued the Manchester Arena suicide bomber and his younger brother from the civil war in Libya three years before he killed 22 people at the Ariana Grande pop concert. Britain’s Daily Mail reported Tuesday that the HMS Enterprise picked up Salman Abedi and more than 100 other British citizens from the Libyan coast ...

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