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Muslim foreign ministers to make women’s rights plea to Taliban

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Foreign ministers from several Muslim-majority countries are planning to go to Kabul in part to urge the Taliban to recognise that the exclusion of women and girls from education is a distortion of the Islamic faith. ...

Ministers could back bid to cut number of animals killed without being stunned

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Ministers are considering backing a Tory MP’s bid to cut the number of animals slaughtered without being stunned, while protecting religious rights to halal and kosher meat. Chris Loder, an animal welfare advocate, is...

UK politics live: Tory ministers try to defend government’s Covid response after critical report

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Latest updates: Stephen Barclay says pandemic was unprecedented situation ministers were ‘learning about as we went through’

MP loses charity role after allegedly saying Asian ministers ‘look the same’

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A Conservative MP has been axed from his senior role with a charity for apparently mixing up two senior Asian ministers, allegedly saying “they all look the same to me”. James Gray was told to step back as a commander...

Afghanistan ‘at make-or-break point’ says UN as G20 ministers meet

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G20 leaders and ministers will meet by video conference on Tuesday to discuss a United Nations proposal to channel funds to Afghanistan to ease its worsening humanitarian catastrophe. It will be the first time the wor...

Ministers criticised for ‘haphazard’ Covid jab rollout for teenagers in England

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Ministers have been accused of losing a grip on the Covid vaccination programme for teenagers with headteachers and parents describing a “haphazard” and “incredibly slow” rollout that is causing disruption in schools ...

‘Drowned out’: Tory ministers complain about conference hall

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It was meant to be their moment in the sun after the easing of pandemic restrictions, but cabinet ministers have privately complained about the main auditorium for speeches in the Conservative party conference hall, w...

Russian tycoon’s link to alleged corruption in leaked files raises questions for Tory ministers

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A Russian-born oil tycoon whose firm has made huge donations to the Conservative party secretly co-owned a company once accused of participating in a massive corruption scheme, according to leaked files seen by the Gu...

India: at least eight dead after farm protesters attack minister’s convoy

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At least eight people have been killed in northern India after clashes broke out at a farmers’ protest, officials told local media, in a deadly escalation of their year-long campaign against controversial agriculture ...

Stop making councils plead for ‘levelling up’ cash, ministers urged

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Ministers must stop making council leaders “plead on bended knee” for vital funds if “levelling up” is to work, the government’s infrastructure adviser has said. Sir John Armitt, the chair of the UK’s National Infrast...

Ministers under fire over breaking of mental health crisis pledge in England

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Ministers are under fire for breaking a key pledge on mental health after statistics showed that hundreds of patients are being sent far from home every month because of a beds crisis. The government pledged to end “i...

UK pharmacies in dark about ministers’ plan to maintain drug supplies

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Pharmacists are waiting for details from the government about what measures are in place to deal with any delays to deliveries of drug supplies as a result of van driver shortages. If the situation worsens, pharmacist...

Ministers close to deal that could end China’s role in UK nuclear power station

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Ministers are closing in on a deal that could kick China off a project to build a £20bn nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast and pump in tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer cash instead – a move that would he...

Ministers consider plan to ease £20-a-week universal credit cut

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Ministers are examining a £1bn-a-year increase in benefit payments to cushion the impact of the imminent £6bn-a-year cut in universal credit. After growing pressure to reverse the £20-a-week cut, the Treasury is looki...

UK ministers explore ways to cut soaring energy bills for poorest households

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Ministers are considering ways to cut energy bills for the poorest households amid soaring gas prices as analysis suggests a typical low-income UK family will be £1,750 worse off by next April. On Tuesday Boris Johns...

Ministers have no clear plan to tackle child poverty, say cross-party MPs

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Ministers have no clear plans to tackle rising child poverty, while a lack of focus and leadership has hindered efforts to reduce the numbers of youngpeople living in hardship, a cross-party group of MPs has said. The...

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