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The urgent need for clean water, at home and abroad

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Your editorial on water pollution (18 January) is right to emphasise the need for a conversation about the water industry’s regulatory framework. Water companies recognise the urgent necessity of ending harm from over...

Energy bills crisis: five UK business groups demand urgent action

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Five of Britain’s leading business groups have demanded urgent and decisive government help to tackle the UK’s energy crisis, warning failure to act will result in lower investment, an increase in poverty and the risk...

MPs call for urgent action to tackle NHS England waiting list

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Plans to tackle the “catastrophic impact” of the Covid pandemic on patients in England waiting for NHS treatment could be derailed by emergency care demands and a lack of staff, MPs have said. With about 6 million peo...

Omicron’s cold-like symptoms mean UK guidance ‘needs urgent update’

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The most widespread symptoms of the Omicron variant now match those of common colds, with calls for the government to update its public health messaging to include a wider number of likely Covid symptoms. The most com...

UK’s fading business confidence amid Omicron spread needs urgent action

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It’s shaping up to be all too familiar. A worsening outlook in the pandemic, a government slow to react, and confidence fading fast among businesses and households. In many ways Christmas couldn’t come soon enough for...

Urgent action needed to halt trafficking of children in world’s orphanages – report

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Immediate action must be taken to prevent trafficking and exploitation of children in orphanages, according to a report published on Monday. International children’s charity Lumos says that an estimated 5.4 million ch...

Putin tells Boris Johnson urgent talks needed over Nato’s plans for Ukraine

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Vladimir Putin has told Boris Johnson that he wants immediate talks to secure clear legal agreements that Nato will not expand eastwards. According to a Kremlin readout of the two leaders’ phone-call on Monday, Putin ...

‘An urgent matter’: Biden warns democracy is under threat at summit

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Joe Biden has launched his virtual Summit for Democracy with a warning that democratic rights and norms are under threat around the world, including in the US. Facing video links with 80 world leaders arrayed on two o...

Russia expects urgent Ukraine talks with US after Biden-Putin summit

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The Kremlin has said it is expecting to begin a “discussion of strategic security on the continent” with the US after high-stakes talks between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden. The Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, to...

Call for urgent regulation of UK’s buy-now-pay-later lenders

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Buy-now-pay-later lenders should be regulated urgently to prevent young consumers taking on a mountain of debt they may be unable to afford, the Labour MP Stella Creasy will argue on Tuesday. Creasy, the MP for Waltha...

Australia faces wave of native extinctions without urgent action on invasive species, CSIRO reports

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Australia could face a wave of plant and animal extinctions by 2050 unless it takes urgent action to address the threat of invasive species, according to a new report that finds the problem is already costing at least...

Buffalo Nichols: Buffalo Nichols review – urgent, steeped-in-tradition blues

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As an aspiring teenage guitarist, Carl Nichols was drawn to the blues discovered in his mother’s record collection – Robert Cray, Corey Harris – while his hometown of Milwaukee offered gigs playing everything but the ...

Unions warn of ‘winter of chaos’ without urgent action to curb Covid

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Trade union leaders representing 3 million frontline workers have warned that the government risks “another winter of chaos” if urgent action is not taken to curb the spread of Covid, including mandatory mask-wearing ...

Stranded Britons call for urgent evacuation from Afghanistan – video

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A group of 20 men hold British passports and call for help for themselves and their families to leave Afghanistan in a recorded message aimed at UK officials. More than 60 British nationals stranded in Afghanistan hav...

Britons stranded in Afghanistan call for urgent evacuation help

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More than 60 British nationals who remain stranded in Afghanistan have criticised the government for abandoning them and their families in an increasingly dangerous situation. About 20 of the group met outside Kabul t...

Everard murder case sparks urgent inquiry into vetting of police officers

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Police vetting procedures will be urgently reviewed as part of attempts to address the crisis engulfing policing after the murder of Sarah Everard. Senior officers in charge of UK policing standards also revealed that...

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