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Covid vaccines: Casino boss resigns after jumping queue

image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionThe vast Yukon territory is remote and sparsely populatedThe CEO of a casino company valued at nearly $2bn (£1.6bn) has quit after he and his wife were charged with misleading authorities to get a Covid vaccine.Rod Baker, of the Great Canadian Gaming Corp, and his wife Ekaterina had travelled to the remote…
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Harvey Weinstein: Court agrees $17m payout for accusers

image copyrightGetty ImagesA US bankruptcy judge has agreed a $17m (£12.4m) payout to women who accused disgraced film director Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.Weinstein, 68, was convicted last year and jailed for 23 years for rape and sexual assault. The payout for his victims will come from the liquidation of the Weinstein Co, which filed…
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Fraud epidemic 'is now national security threat'

By Gordon CoreraSecurity correspondentPublishedduration51 minutes agoimage copyrightGetty ImagesFraud has reached epidemic levels in the UK and should be seen as a national security issue, says think tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).The scale of credit card, identity and cyber-fraud makes it the most prevalent crime, costing up to £190bn a year. UK intelligence agencies…
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Covid: Teachers 'not at higher risk' of death than average

By Rachel SchraerHealth reporter Publishedduration1 hour agoTeachers were not at significantly higher risk of death from Covid-19 than the general population, Office for National Statistics figures suggest. Restaurant staff, people working in factories and care workers had among the highest death rates, followed by taxi drivers and security guards.Nurses were more than twice as likely…
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Mastercard to push up fees for UK purchases from EU

Publishedduration2 hours agoimage copyrightGetty ImagesCredit card giant Mastercard is to raise the fees it charges merchants when UK cardholders buy goods and services from the EU by fivefold.It has sparked fears that consumer prices could rise if merchants choose to pass on those costs, especially on items not available from UK retailers.Transactions with airlines, hotels,…
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Google says goodbye to giant internet balloons idea

Publishedduration2 days agoGoogle's parent-company Alphabet is scrapping a company set up to build giant balloons to beam the internet to rural areas.Loon was a long-term experimental bet from the tech giant's "X" business unit.But it failed to get costs low enough to make it sustainable, its chief executive said in a blog post on Thursday…