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Covid: Travel firms reject 'overly cautious' green list (Sat, 08 May 2021 09:49:06 GMT)
The UK will be "left behind" if other countries open up travel more quickly, the industry says.

Post Office scandal: Former staff contacted over prosecutions (Sat, 08 May 2021 09:35:25 GMT)
It is contacting former workers potentially caught up in the UK's most widespread miscarriage of justice.

US jobs figures fall far short of expectations (Fri, 07 May 2021 16:34:10 GMT)
Employers hired 266,000 people last month, figures show, despite a $1.9tn stimulus package.

Virgin Media customers left waiting longest on phone (Fri, 07 May 2021 13:53:42 GMT)
Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile had the longest average customer call waiting times, Ofcom has found.

Furlough: Pair arrested over £3.4m job scheme fraud (Fri, 07 May 2021 13:55:52 GMT)
Officials freeze more than £6m held in bank accounts controlled by the man and woman from Bradford.

Twitter adds 'tip jar' to pay for good tweeting (Fri, 07 May 2021 11:17:35 GMT)
Twitter launches a new payment feature for good tweets - but it comes with privacy concerns.

British Airways owner IAG calls for action to restart flights (Fri, 07 May 2021 09:05:19 GMT)
The airline group says there is a "high level" of pent-up demand from passengers.

Holiday costs to jump in summer, warns travel boss (Fri, 07 May 2021 10:51:06 GMT)
Travel will be more expensive as airlines cannot afford to bring many planes back into service.

Road and rail building plans under review after Covid (Thu, 06 May 2021 19:58:47 GMT)
Post-pandemic shifts in travel habits could undermine the logic behind many infrastructure projects.

Plastic bag charge to double to 10p in all shops in England (Thu, 06 May 2021 23:15:53 GMT)
The price rise for single-use bags will be extended to all businesses in England from 21 May.

Tui to subsidise Covid tests for package holiday customers (Fri, 07 May 2021 09:59:34 GMT)
The travel firm is offering discounted tests with its holidays but there are concerns over testing capacity.

Juukan Gorge: Rio Tinto investors in pay revolt over sacred cave blast (Fri, 07 May 2021 02:35:48 GMT)
Shareholders voted against outgoing boss's $10m bonus after sacred Aboriginal shelters were destroyed.

China's exports soar as US recovers and India stalls (Fri, 07 May 2021 06:32:58 GMT)
Export growth soared 32% in April as demand jumped for goods from the world's second largest economy.

Liberty steel owner in talks over £200m lifeline (Thu, 06 May 2021 15:42:15 GMT)
Sanjeev Gupta's beleaguered UK steel business may yet find the help it needs, the BBC understands.

UK economy set to grow at fastest rate in more than 70 years (Thu, 06 May 2021 15:12:13 GMT)
Economy expected to grow by 7.25% in 2021 as lockdown restrictions are eased, says Bank of England.

UK service sector growth hits seven-year high (Thu, 06 May 2021 09:02:46 GMT)
The UK's dominant services sector rebounded in April as lockdown restrictions were eased.

Sub-postmaster's wife 'cried eyes out' over jailing (Thu, 06 May 2021 10:42:21 GMT)
A wrongly-jailed postmaster's wife has described the ordeal of seeing her husband locked up.

No full-time return to the office for over a million (Thu, 06 May 2021 11:59:49 GMT)
Almost all of 50 big UK firms tell the BBC staff will divide their time between home and office in future.

Covid: Should I be working from home or going back to the office? (Wed, 05 May 2021 16:13:36 GMT)
As lockdown restrictions ease gradually across the UK, what are the rules about returning to work?

'We are desperate to go travelling again' (Wed, 05 May 2021 23:17:49 GMT)
"Digital nomads" aim to get back to mobile working after Covid, with many countries wooing them.

Back to work: 'We're not going back to the office' (Wed, 05 May 2021 23:04:40 GMT)
Tara Tomes of East Village PR firm in Birmingham explains why she's ditching the office.

The company where colleagues decide your salary (Tue, 04 May 2021 23:03:26 GMT)
A software firm in Argentina is trying a radical experiment in employee transparency and democracy.

Food giants respond to worries over packaging (Mon, 03 May 2021 23:03:47 GMT)
The phasing out of single-use plastics gathers pace with big companies adopting alternatives.

Microchip shortage: Inside a factory racing to meet demand (Mon, 03 May 2021 23:08:31 GMT)
Katie Silver tours a microchip factory in Singapore racing to meet demand amid a global shortage.

My Money: 'It feels like a luxury to shop for non-essential items' (Sun, 02 May 2021 23:02:34 GMT)
Social care worker Sarah takes us through her weekly spending as England's national lockdown lifts.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Harry Redknapp in EastEnders, and five other surprise celebrity TV cameos (Sat, 08 May 2021 00:44:21 GMT)
The ex-football manager is EastEnders' shock loan signing. Here are five other TV celebrity cameos.

Noel Clarke: BBC shocked by allegations of harassment on Doctor Who set (Fri, 07 May 2021 11:59:33 GMT)
The Guardian newspaper reports that five women allege he sexually harassed them on the Doctor Who set.

Coldplay's Chris Martin says lockdown made him confront his ego (Fri, 07 May 2021 09:59:17 GMT)
The star says the lockdown forced him to ask: "Who am I without Wembley Stadium saying, 'you're awesome'?"

The Circle: Channel 4 decides not to re-commission the reality show (Fri, 07 May 2021 15:57:00 GMT)
The show began in 2018 and went on to have three regular series and one celebrity one.

Chris Cornell: Soundgarden singer's family settle case against doctor (Fri, 07 May 2021 09:01:17 GMT)
The rock singer's widow accused the doctor of overprescribing drugs that contributed to his death.

Hitman convicted of murdering T2 Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh (Fri, 07 May 2021 17:20:43 GMT)
Sean Orman shot Bradley Welsh outside his Edinburgh flat in what the judge described as an "assassination".

Turner Prize honours art collectives who 'inspire change' (Fri, 07 May 2021 09:04:33 GMT)
After a year of closed galleries, the 2021 nominees are all groups who have all "inspired change".

Golden Globe Awards organisers vote in major reforms after controversy (Fri, 07 May 2021 08:57:45 GMT)
The Hollywood award organisers have been criticised for their lack of diversity and shadowy workings.

Rag 'n' Bone Man on fame, tattoos and fatherhood (Fri, 07 May 2021 00:09:33 GMT)
The star explains why his second album took so long, and how his son inspired a new face tattoo.

Eurovision's noisy fans are back despite Dutch pandemic (Thu, 06 May 2021 23:35:56 GMT)
It's Europe's most popular cultural event and the Netherlands will host it despite battling a third Covid wave.

Night Fever: How club culture has moved with the times (Wed, 05 May 2021 23:46:40 GMT)
A new show looks at the origins of disco culture in the 1960s and how it's developed since.

While She Sleeps: Why I spend big subscribing to my favourite band (Wed, 05 May 2021 23:33:25 GMT)
Sheffield band While She Sleeps say they've created 'a sustainable model' for the music industry.

Lelush: How a sulky Russian model became China's slacker icon (Thu, 06 May 2021 00:06:32 GMT)
Getting trapped in a boy band reality TV contest was just the start of Lelush's unlikely journey.

Dove Cameron: Why the former Disney star is one to watch in 2021 (Mon, 03 May 2021 23:12:42 GMT)
With two TV shows, a movie and a pop career in the making, the former Disney star is one to watch.

Covid: Packed pilot festival brings the good times back - for one night (Mon, 03 May 2021 02:16:14 GMT)
Blossoms play to 5,000 fans in Liverpool to help gather research for this summer's festival season.

The Coronation Street storyline based on a real-life murder (Thu, 06 May 2021 18:07:22 GMT)
The plot is drawn from the killing of Sophie Lancaster in 2007, who was murdered for being a goth.

Little Mix on Leigh-Anne's baby news, life after Jesy and the Brit Awards (Thu, 06 May 2021 09:49:19 GMT)
The British girl group open up about Leigh-Anne keeping her pregnancy secret, and life after Jesy.

Line of Duty finale: 'H' actor reacts to their unmasking (Mon, 03 May 2021 10:59:35 GMT)
Spoilers ahead, look away now! Line of Duty's "H" on Sunday night’s reveal and fan theories.

Covid: Music fans take part in pilot concert with Blossoms (Mon, 03 May 2021 11:52:13 GMT)
Five-thousand music fans attend a pilot concert held in a big top in Liverpool.

Clubbing comes back: 'This is the best day of my life' (Fri, 30 Apr 2021 23:00:58 GMT)
For the first time since the pandemic began, a nightclub opens its doors.

Line of Duty finale: Obsessed podcaster Craig Parkinson - 'I've gone so deep forensically' (Fri, 30 Apr 2021 14:01:55 GMT)
Craig Parkinson, who played DI "Dot" Cotton, is interrogated by BBC Breakfast. Will he crack?

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