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UK government borrowing falls more than expected

Image copyright Getty Images Public sector borrowing fell to £5bn in May, down £2bn from a year earlier, official figures show. The fall was bigger than expected and brings borrowing for the financial year to date to £11.8bn, £4.1bn less than in the same period in 2017. At the same time, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revised down its ...

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Upskirting bill to be introduced by the government

Image copyright Getty Creative Legislation making upskirting a criminal offence is to be introduced by the government later after an earlier bid was stopped by one of its own MPs. A bill in the Commons aims to tackle a gap in the law in England and Wales concerning incidents where a photo is secretly taken under a victim’s skirt. If ...

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Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government

The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes is to be reviewed, which could lead to patients being prescribed drugs made from the plant, the home secretary has said. Sajid Javid said the decision was prompted by recent high-profile cases of children with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil to control seizures. Speaking to the House of Commons, Mr ...

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New Brexit defeat for government in Lords

Image copyright Getty Images MPs will vote again on how much of a say Parliament should have on Brexit after another House of Lords defeat for the government. Peers decided MPs should have to approve whatever the government decided to do next if there was no final agreement with the EU. Their amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill was backed ...

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Government says no early reports of damage after 5.9 quake hits western Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit western Japan on Monday but the top government spokesman said there were no immediate signs of major damage. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, and no tsunami warning was issued. Kansai Electric Power said no irregularities ...

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Brexit deal: Tory rebel warns government could collapse

Image copyright PA Image caption Dominic Grieve said the government’s amendment was “valueless” Tory rebels “could collapse the government” if they vote against a Brexit deal negotiated with the EU, a leading rebel has said. Dominic Grieve said he wakes up “in a cold sweat” thinking about what could happen if a final deal is rejected. But he suggested rebels ...

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New Czech government in jeopardy over foreign minister nomination

PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech Communist party will withhold support from the country’s next government if the social democrats stick to their nominee for the post of foreign minister, Communist leader Vojtech Filip said on Sunday. FILE PHOTO – Communist Party (KSCM) Chairman Vojtech Filip arrives at the party’s election headquarters after the country’s early general election in Prague October ...

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U.S. government says nearly 2,000 child separations at Mexico border in under two months

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The government said on Friday that 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults at the U.S.-Mexico border between April 19 and May 31, as the Trump administration implements stricter border enforcement policies. FILE PHOTO: Occupants at Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S., are seen in this photo provided by the ...

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