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France fishing row: Environment minister George Eustice says ‘two can play at that game’ after ‘unacceptable’ threat

The environment minister has said “two can play at that game” after France made threats over fishing in UK waters – which he said were “unacceptable”. George Eustice told Sky News the UK has issued licences to 1,700 vessels, including 750 French fishing boats, which amounts to 98% of applicants. He said the remaining 55 […]

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Waiheke Island helicopter row: Locals oppose Obsidian vineyard’s helipad application

Waiheke Islanders are banding together to fight a vineyard’s helipad plan, with locals fuming that constant helicopter flights are ruining their peaceful lives. Some locals says the problem has become so bad that they now “feel like extras in Apocalypse Now”, saying their quiet enjoyment of what was once a peaceful place. Tennis star Serena […]

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Greensill row: Civil servants have until end of week to declare second jobs as concern grows

Senior civil servants have been told they have until the end of the week to declare any other jobs they hold outside government. Cabinet Secretary Simon Case said there was “acute concern” at the top of the civil service about issues that have emerged in the David Cameron lobbying affair. On Tuesday, it was revealed […]

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A-level and GCSE exams row: PM has ‘confidence’ in Gavin Williamson and Ofqual

Boris Johnson has “confidence” in his education secretary and the English exams regulator despite chaos over A-level and GCSE results. Downing Street said the prime minister spoke to Gavin Williamson and other officials on the phone from his holiday in Scotland on Monday morning about the issue. Number 10 added the government was trying to […]

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Hagia Sophia: Row over ancient Turkish monument ‘a test for the country’s future’

A court battle over the use of an ancient building in Turkey is being seen as a test of the future direction of the country, an analyst says. The use of the 1,400-year-old Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which has been a cathedral, a mosque and is now a museum, is being reviewed by Turkey‘s highest […]

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US-China row moves underwater in cable tangle

An underwater data cable, linking the US to Hong Kong, looks set to be rejected by the US government because of fears of Chinese data theft. The Pacific Light Cable Network, backed by Google and Facebook, is designed to boost internet speed and capacity. But a US government committee known as “Team Telecom” has now […]