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Irish-language row threatens to derail Northern Ireland government

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A dispute between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) over an Irish-language act is threatening to derail the Northern Ireland assembly and executive. Arlene Foster formally resigned as first minister at...

Grenfell survivors accuse government of fire safety ‘Russian roulette’

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Survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster have accused the government of playing “Russian roulette” by failing to fix hundreds of thousands of high-rise homes with similar fire safety defects. Before Monday’s fourth an...

UK government admits ministers can use self-deleting messages

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Ministers and civil servants are allowed to set messages to delete instantly, the government has admitted, amplifying concerns about its transparency and accountability. The confirmation comes as concerns grow that se...

New Israeli coalition government seeks to put an end to the Netanyahu era

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Benjamin Netanyahu is due to be ousted from office on Sunday by a new Israeli government formed with the primary aim of dethroning the country’s longest-serving leader. A motley grouping of politicians, including form...

Polish government faces court action over failure to tackle climate crisis

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Five Polish citizens are taking their government to court over its failure to protect them from the impacts of the climate crisis. They say the state has breached their rights to life, health and family life by delayi...

UK government loses legal battle over transparency of ‘Orwellian’ unit

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The government has lost a legal battle to prevent the release of documents about an “Orwellian” unit that is accused of obstructing the release of material requested by the public under the Freedom of Information Act....

Nigerian government tells TV and radio broadcasters to suspend Twitter

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Nigeria has directed all TV and radio stations to “suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately” and described its use as unpatriotic, the country’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has said. The government of A...

Infected blood scandal: government knew of contaminated plasma ‘long before it admitted it’

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A minister privately expressed concerns that Aids was being transmitted by contaminated blood products while the government publicly insisted there was no “conclusive evidence”, newly uncovered documents from 1983 sho...

What can the UK government do to stave off a third Covid wave?

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The coronavirus variant first identified in India is now dominant in the UK. Data is emerging that suggests it is substantially more transmissible than the one first detected in Kent last year, and may increase the ri...

Holidays abroad: many Britons plan to press on despite government advice

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As recriminations continue over the UK government’s decision to remove Portugal from the travel green list, many Britons have decided to press ahead with overseas holiday plans, even if that means going against offici...

US government report finds no evidence UFOs were alien – but doesn’t rule it out

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US intelligence authorities have not found any evidence that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) seen by navy pilots in recent years were otherworldly alien spacecraft– but apparently did not rule it out, either. Offic...

Federal government urged months ago to fund paid leave for aged care staff vaccination

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The federal government was urged two months ago to fund special paid leave to help aged care staff get their vaccinations, but did not do so. The nursing union says the inaction has contributed to the shockingly low v...

Napier barracks asylum seekers win legal challenge against government

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Six asylum seekers formerly housed at Napier barracks have won a legal challenge against the government after a high court judge found their accommodation failed to meet a “minimum standard”. The former army barracks ...

An anti-Netanyahu coalition government would suggest Israelis are ready for change

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As Israel inches closer to ending two years of political stalemate and 12 consecutive years of Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership, pressure on rightwing parties preparing to join a “change” coalition from pro-Netanyahu r...

Israeli opposition parties face midnight deadline to form government

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Israeli opposition politicians have until midnight on Wednesday to hash out final negotiations to build a coalition government that would end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year run as prime minister. Under the country’s ele...

UK government to ask citizens if it should ban fur trade

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The public is being asked to weigh in on the fur trade, as the government considers a potential ban on sales across the UK. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a call for evide...

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