Carillion: Urgent talks on construction firm's future

The future of troubled engineering firm Carillion is being discussed at high-level government meetings this weekend, the BBC understands. The firm is a key government contractor for projects including the HS2 high speed rail scheme, schools and prisons. There are fears it is close to collapse as it struggles with £1.5bn of debt and a…

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Iran sanctions: Tehran vows retaliation over Trump move

Iran says a decision by the US to impose sanctions on the head of its judiciary has “crossed a red line”. The foreign ministry vowed to retaliate, but did not say what form such action might take. Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani was among 14 individuals and entities targeted over alleged rights abuses. It came as US…

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Open Banking 'revolution' to challenge banks' dominance

A fundamental change to the way people can bank, manage and spend their money in the digital world is under way. A change in the law and the start of the Open Banking system means people can allow businesses, other than their bank, to access their financial data. Organisers say this has the potential for…

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Phil Neville a candidate for England women head coach role

Former Manchester United and England full-back Phil Neville is a contender to take over as England women’s boss. Mo Marley has been in temporary charge since Mark Sampson was sacked following evidence of “inappropriate behaviour” in a previous role in September. But Neville, who has previously coached with Manchester United, Valencia and England Under-21s, would…

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Hospital operations for child teeth removal increase in England

Dentists have accused the government of having a “short-sighted” approach to tooth decay in England after hospital operations to remove children’s teeth increased to nearly 43,000. There were 42,911 operations in 2016-17 – up from 40,800 the previous year and 36,833 in 2012-13, NHS figures show. The British Dental Association said England had a “second-class”…

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Donald Trump must apologise for comments – African Union

Media playback is unsupported on your device The organisation representing African countries has demanded that US President Donald Trump apologise after he reportedly called nations on the continent “shitholes”. The group’s mission in Washington DC expressed its “shock, dismay and outrage” and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans. The US leader made the alleged remark…

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Michael O'Neill: Northern Ireland manager set for talks over Scotland job

The Scottish FA will hold talks with Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill with a view to him becoming the new Scotland manager. The 48-year-old has been the SFA’s preferred candidate since Gordon Strachan’s departure in October. Negotiations have been ongoing between the governing body and O’Neill’s representatives for some time. But after a compensation package…

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Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote

Sterling has jumped to its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote. The surge to more than $ 1.37 came after Bloomberg reported that the Spanish and Dutch finance ministers had agreed to seek a Brexit deal that kept the UK as close to the EU as possible. Both countries denied the…

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Man City prepared to miss out on Sanchez over £35m asking price

Media playback is not supported on this device Manchester City are prepared to risk missing out on Alexis Sanchez – possibly to Manchester United – rather than pay Arsenal’s £35m asking price. It is also understood Sanchez’s agent wants £5m for his part in the deal, taking the overall tally to £40m – double what…

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Sophie Lionnet death: Couple admit burning French nanny's body

A couple who deny murdering a French nanny have admitted they tried to dispose of her body by burning it. The charred remains of Sophie Lionnet, 21, were discovered in the garden at a house in Southfields on 20 September. Police were initially unable to identify the body but later confirmed it was Ms Lionnet,…

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