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Texas synagogue siege: teenagers arrested in UK as FBI names Briton as hostage-taker (Mon, 17 Jan 2022)
Joe Biden decries ‘act of terror’ as UK counter-terror police detain teenagers in Manchester and suspect named as Briton Malik Faisal Akram Two teenagers have been arrested in Manchester, north-western England, after the FBI said an armed British man travelled to Texas and took four hostages at a synagogue in what President Joe Biden called “an act of terror”. On Sunday night, UK counter-terrorism police said the pair, whose ages and genders they did not immediately confirm, been arrested in the south of the city as part of the investigation into the attack and remained in custody for questioning. Continue reading...
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UK households facing ‘fuel stress’ will treble to 6.3m – thinktank (Mon, 17 Jan 2022)
Middle-income families will also find it hard to cope with new energy cap in April, says thinktank The number of households suffering from “fuel stress” – those spending at least 10% of their family budgets on energy bills – is set to treble to 6.3m overnight when the new energy price cap comes in on 1 April, according to a leading research group. Fuel stress will no longer be confined to the poorest households, according to a study by the Resolution Foundation. Low- and middle-income families will also find it hard to cope as they spend a far greater share of their family budget on these essentials than higher earners. Continue reading...
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Boris Johnson accused of targeting BBC to save his premiership (Sun, 16 Jan 2022)
Government insider says announcement about abolishing licence fee was not expected this weekend Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson has been accused of targeting the BBC in a desperate attempt to save his own premiership, as the Labour leader insisted he had broken the law by attending lockdown parties and then lying about it. A number of Tory MPs are said to be poised to demand Johnson’s resignation amid anger from constituents over allegations of a party culture in Westminster while coronavirus restrictions were in place. Continue reading...
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