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Brexiteers outline EU deal terms

Image copyright EPA Eight pro-Brexit lawyers, including seven Tory and DUP MPs, have outlined the key terms Theresa May must deliver to secure their support for her deal to leave the European Union. They want to examine any agreement Attorney General Geoffrey Cox reaches with Brussels over the Northern Ireland backstop – to ensure it is temporary. The backstop is designed to avoid a hard border with Ireland after Brexit. It comes as a senior Brexiteer pointed to MPs’ growing mood for compromise. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Sir…

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Move away from short jail terms, justice secretary says

There is a “very strong case” for abolishing jail terms of less than six months, the justice secretary has said. David Gauke said short sentences were not working for many inmates and courts in England and Wales should focus more on rehabilitation in the community. He acknowledged there were “closely defined exceptions” such as people convicted of violent or sexual crimes. Penal reform campaigners welcomed Mr Gauke’s comments but fellow Tory MP Philip Davies said they were “idiotic”. In a speech in central London, the justice secretary called for a…

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Apple’s terms for subscription news service face resistance from publishers: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, China December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo (Reuters) – Several publications are resisting Apple Inc’s plans to keep about half of the revenue from its upcoming news subscription service, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing the iPhone maker’s pitch to some news organizations. Apple representatives have told publishers that the subscription service could be priced at about $10 a month, but the final price could change, WSJ said. The iPhone maker…

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Pensions: Tougher jail terms for mismanaging funds

Image copyright EPA Company executives could face up to seven years in prison if they mismanage employee pension schemes. Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed a new criminal offence for “wilfully or recklessly” mismanaging funds. Plans outlined last year for a maximum sentence of two years in prison were toughened up after public consultation. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Ms Rudd said the law will target “the reckless few playing fast and loose”. “If you run your company pension into the ground, saddling it with massive, unsustainable debts,…

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Brexit: Jargon-busting guide to the key terms

Confused by all the Brexit jargon in the news? Here’s a glossary to demystify commonly used EU-related terms. Please upgrade your browser Your guide to Brexit jargon 12 key terms No deal A no-deal Brexit would mean the UK leaving the European Union and cutting ties immediately, with no agreement at all in place. If MPs do not approve Theresa May’s deal, and there is no alternative deal or move to delay or stop Brexit, the UK will leave with no deal on 29 March. The UK would follow World…

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Ministers consider ending jail terms of six months or less

The Ministry of Justice is considering banning prison sentences of less than six months in England and Wales. Ministers argue that short jail terms are less effective at cutting reoffending than community penalties. Prisons minister Rory Stewart told the Daily Telegraph that such sentences were “long enough to damage you and not long enough to heal you”. If such jail sentences were to be scrapped it is thought it could free up thousands of prison places. Some burglars and most shoplifters are among those who could be spared jail terms…

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Brexit ferry firm Seaborne in terms and conditions gaffe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the Seaborne contract A firm awarded a government contract to provide extra ferry services has used website terms and conditions apparently intended for a takeaway food firm. Seaborne Freight was given the £13.8m contract to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Its original terms and conditions advised customers to check goods before “agreeing to pay for any meal/order”. The government said the section was “put up in error” and…

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Britain’s O2 allows customers to choose smartphone pay back terms

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s O2 said it will allow customers to choose how much they pay upfront for a smartphone and how they spread the payments of the balance, targeting subscribers who want more control over their mobile contracts. A man walks past an O2 phone store in Manchester, Britain March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo The operator, owned by Spain Telefonica (TEF.MC), said customers would be able to pay for their new devices in monthly increments for any period between three and 36 months, all with no interest charged,…

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Children baffled by Instagram and YouTube terms

The terms and conditions of sites like YouTube and Facebook require a reading age of at least 18 to be properly understood, the BBC has found. The minimum age to use apps is 13. Firms could be breaching European data rules, which require them to clearly spell out how they use personal data. But many tech sites say they are working on improving the legibility of their legal documents by introducing easy-to-read summaries. Source link

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Four get long jail terms in Hungary for deaths of 71 migrants

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The shocking case drew attention to the suffering of migrants smuggled to Europe Four men have received 25-year jail terms in Hungary over the deaths of 71 migrants who suffocated in a sealed lorry in August 2015. Police found the victims’ decomposing bodies in the lorry, registered in Hungary and abandoned near an Austrian village. The case shocked the world. Fourteen alleged gang members, mostly Bulgarians, went on trial. In 2015 Central Europe faced a huge influx of migrants, many of them fleeing Syria…

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