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Birmingham bin row: Workers start latest strike action

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Unite workers initially went on strike in June 2017 in a dispute over job losses More than 300 Birmingham bin workers are starting the first of a series of strikes in a dispute with the council. It stems from claims some staff have been “blacklisted” for taking part in industrial action in 2017, when piles of rubbish were left on the streets. The Unite members have been working to rule since 29 December over a payment given to GMB members who did not take…

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Manchester United: Saudi Arabia prince Mohammed Bin Salman denies takeover bid

Reports linking Prince Mohammed Bin Salman initially surfaced in October Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s media minister has denied reports linking him with a £3.8bn takeover of Manchester United. Rumours of his interest resurfaced over the weekend, although reports suggest the Glazers are not looking to sell. United’s American owners bought the club for £790m in May 2005. “Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying Manchester United are completely false,” said Turki al-Shabanah. “Manchester United held a meeting with PIF [​Public Investment…

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Uncollected rubbish prompts 1.8 million missed bin complaints

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Councils make over 800 million waste collections every year according to the Local Government Association Councils in the UK received more than 1.8 million complaints last year about waste not being collected from homes, figures obtained by the BBC have shown. A survey of councils found the number of complaints about missed collections has increased by a third since 2014. In real terms, spending on waste collection in England has fallen by 17% since 2010-11, figures show. But the Local Government Association said 99.8%…

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Cedric Marks: MMA fighter suspected of murder found in rubbish bin

Image copyright Conroe Police Department/Facebook Image caption Police captured Mr Marks after a nine-hour manhunt A mixed martial arts fighter suspected of two murders had escaped from Texas police, only to be discovered hours later, squatting inside a rubbish bin. Cedric Marks, 44, is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Jenna Scott and her friend, Michael Swearingin. They were found in a shallow grave last month. Mr Marks escaped from a prison transport vehicle after it stopped at a McDonald’s in Conroe, near Houston. He is back in police custody and…

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Birmingham bin strike: New walkouts planned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Unite said workers will stage fresh walkouts for two days a week from later this month Bin workers in Birmingham are to take further strike action after a three-month walkout in 2017 that led to waste piling up in the streets. Up to 300 Unite members have been working to rule since 29 December over a payment given to GMB members who did not take part in previous action. Unite said it was escalating the action, unhappy with Birmingham City Council’s response. The council…

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‘Santa Sam’ the bin man collects presents for charities

‘Santa Sam’ and his fellow bin men have collected presents from local residents in Salford for those who might go without this Christmas. Sam Barry came up with the idea and the ‘Salford Santas’ – all kitted out in red high-visibility vests and Santa hats – have had a huge response. He said “it feels really good” to be helping people as he “wouldn’t want to envision waking up in the morning and children not having anything to open”. Source link

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Jamal Khashoggi: CIA ‘blames bin Salman for murder’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Saudi Arabia says the crown prince knew nothing of plans for the killing The CIA believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to US media reports. Sources close to the agency said it had made a detailed assessment of the evidence. It is understood there is no “smoking gun” but US officials think such an operation would need his approval. Saudi Arabia has called the claim false and insisted that the crown prince knew nothing of…

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Saudi Arabia frees Prince Khaled bin Talal after months of detention

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Princes and other senior figures were held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh last year over corruption allegations A Saudi prince arrested for criticising a crackdown on corruption is reported to have been freed from detention. Relatives of Prince Khaled bin Talal shared pictures on social media, purportedly taken this weekend, showing the prince greeting his family. The prince, who was held for nearly a year, is a nephew of King Salman. Prince Khaled’s brother, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, was among dozens of princes…

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Anonymous Facebook ads urge voters ‘to bin Chequers’

Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Image caption Political groups have been spending increasing amounts of money on Facebook adverts An anonymous website has been using Facebook adverts to encourage British voters to email their MP and urge them “to bin Chequers” and back Brexit. Evidence given to the government’s fake news inquiry found that a site called Mainstream Network has spent more than £250,000 on the pro-Brexit campaign. No information is available to say who owns or funds Mainstream Network. It comes as Facebook announced new rules around political advertising –…

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