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WhatsApp extends ‘confusing’ update deadline

The Facebook-owned platform still says its users must accept the update or stop using the service.

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Covid-19: Parents with childcare issues ‘must get right to furlough’

Labour says legal duty on employers to grant requests would ease strain on families in lockdown.

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Scottish fishermen ‘sailing to Denmark to land catch’

Red tape plus a “poor” Brexit deal mean fishermen fear for the future, says an industry body.

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Joe Biden unveils $1.9tn US economic relief package

The US president-elect says the nationwide vaccine rollout so far has been “a dismal failure”.

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UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November as services suffered

Coronavirus restrictions in England affected services, with pubs and hairdressers badly hit.

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Insurers must pay many small firms for Covid lockdown losses

A Supreme Court ruling provides a lifeline for many firms that had business interruption insurance.

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Brexit: ‘Most difficult week I’ve had in this job in 20 years’

Some hauliers say they have faced long delays and fear things will get worse before they get better.

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Brexit: No plans to dilute workers’ rights, minister says

It comes after reports that protections including the 48-hour work week could be dropped.

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Thailand allows visitors to play golf in quarantine

At six resorts, visitors will be able to play golf, rather than just having to isolate in their rooms.

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Trump takes final swipes at China’s big companies

With just days left, the US president continues crackdown on Chinese firms with more sanctions and bans.