Over 4 million people have stopped wearing face masks this summer

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that more than four million people have ditched wearing face coverings in public over the summer.According to this month’s data, 89 per cent of people said they had worn a face covering outside their home in the past week, down from a high of 98 per cent at the start of May.While the proportion of people sticking to the wearing of face masks is high, the drop is equivalent to around 4.3 million people who have stopped wearing them since the government lifted most coronavirus restrictions in July.The ONS...
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Braving intimidation, hundreds of Iraqi women run for parliament

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A powerful mix of insecurity and traditional prejudice against more liberal female politicians put Awatef Rasheed off running for parliament when she returned to Iraq in 2014 after years abroad. Seven years later, with Iraq less unstable, Rasheed has decided to contest a Oct. 10 election for...

UK sets out plans to replace and repeal regulations copied from EU

LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Britain is to begin replacing or scrapping European Union regulations that were copied into British law before the country's exit from the bloc, Brexit minister David Frost said on Thursday. To avoid uncertainty and confusion as Britain untangled itself from the EU after 40 years,...

Retailers are gearing up for a huge holiday season

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business' Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber? You can sign up right here. London (CNN Business) — Weary retailers continue to battle pandemic uncertainty as the Delta variant causes new spikes in coronavirus infections. But for now, at least, expectations for a merry holiday season remain intact.

Lebanon blast judge issues arrest warrant for ex-minister: judicial source

The judge leading Lebanon's investigation into last year's devastating Beirut port blast issued an arrest warrant for an ex-minister who failed to appear for questioning Thursday, a judicial source said. "Judge Tareq Bitar issued an arrest warrant in absentia for former public works and transportation minister Youssef Fenianos," the source...

Marlboro Group Takes Over Asthma Inhaler Company

Cigarette giant Philip Morris International has taken control of Vectura, a U.K. firm that makes medicine and, of all things, devices to treat respiratory illnesses, after a $1.1 billion bid. PMI, which manufactures Marlboro and Parliament brand cigarettes, said in a statement on Thursday that roughly 75 percent of Vectura’s shareholders had tendered their support for the deal. “We are very excited about the role Vectura will play in our Beyond Nicotine strategy,” Jacek Olczak, PMI’s CEO, said. The takeover is part of the cigarette group’s long term strategy to become a “broader healthcare and wellness” company with “smoke-free” products.

The Borders Bill is a violent solution to an imaginary crisis

Last week, Priti Patel sanctioned the use of controversial pushback tactics by Border Force in the channel. The decision will allow Border Force vessels to manoeuvre dinghies out of British waters and leave people to meet their fates in the middle of the English Channel. Pushing people to their likely deaths at sea may seem like an incomparably inhumane idea for the UK government to be pushing in 2021, but, along with proposing shipping people 4000 miles away to opening up asylum camps on oil rigs, it’s just one in a long line of extreme and increasingly absurd plans touted as ways to keep refugees out. These ideas may sound like pie-in-the-sky thinking, but the government is currently attempting to bake some of these dangerous proposals into law.
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Kenyans Voice Fury Over Fuel Price Hikes

Kenyans voiced fury on Thursday at a jump in fuel prices, which threaten to pile on the misery for a population already suffering economic hardship because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Fuel prices are now at record levels after the country's energy regulator this week put an end to subsidies on...