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Harry and Meghan not returning as working members of Royal Family

image copyrightGetty ImagesThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not return as working members of the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace has said. The Queen confirmed the couple would not "continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service".A statement from the palace added Prince Harry and Meghan "remain much loved…

Covid vaccines: Boris Johnson pledges surplus to poorer countries at G7

image captionBoris Johnson speaks to G7 leaders by video linkBoris Johnson is pledging to donate most of the UK's surplus vaccine supply to poorer countries in a speech to a virtual G7 meeting on Friday.He urged rich countries to back a 100-day target for the developing new vaccines for future emerging diseases.The UK has ordered…

Covid: Wales’ stay-at-home rules may end in March

media captionCase rates and positivity rates are two of the key factors on the road out of lockdownFour people from a maximum of two households in Wales will be able to meet outdoors for exercise from Saturday.It is one in a small list of changes announced to lockdown restrictions.Stay at home travel rules are staying…

UK sees further drop in coronavirus numbers

image copyrightGetty ImagesCoronavirus infections are continuing to decrease around the UK, Office for National Statistics data shows. The figures, for the seven days up to 12 February, reveal fewer people are testing positive for the virus in the community than in recent weeks.Experts warn that infection levels remain high however, with about 553,000 people found…

Uber drivers are workers not self-employed, Supreme Court rules

By Mary-Ann RussonBusiness reporter, BBC Newsimage copyrightADCU Unionimage captionFormer Uber drivers James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam pose in front of the Supreme Court on FridayUber drivers must be treated as workers rather than self-employed, the UK's Supreme Court has ruled.The decision could mean thousands of Uber drivers are entitled to minimum wage and holiday pay.The…

Climate change: Don’t raid home insulation scheme, MPs urge ministers

By Roger HarrabinBBC environment analystimage copyrightGetty ImagesMPs are complaining that the Treasury is set to claw back money from a mismanaged government scheme to help people insulate their homes.The Green Homes Grant scheme is in such chaos that a huge majority of its £1.5bn budget for this year is unspent. The government has said it…
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