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Thousands of drivers caught despite mobile crackdown

More than 200 drivers a day were caught using a mobile at the wheel immediately after tougher penalties for the offence came into effect, figures show. UK police caught almost 6,000 drivers using their devices while driving in the four ...

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'I panic every month as I can't afford my rent'

“Every year the estate agent tries to put up the rent by £50 a month. Every year I go through that, begging, pleading, ‘please don’t’.” But even at its present level, Nadine Masseron – a single mother from Wokingham in ...

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UK achieves solar power record as temperatures soar

A record amount of solar power was generated on Friday as Britain basked in sunshine and temperatures of up to 28C, the National Grid has said. It said 8.7 gigawatts (GW) had been generated at lunchtime, representing 24.3% of total ...

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The fishing port where the catch is soaring house prices

Previously known as the biggest shellfish port in Europe, the port of Fraserburgh in north-east Scotland now has another claim to fame. Over the last decade, house prices here have risen faster than any other seaside town in Britain. According ...

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Call to raise retirement age to at least 70

The retirement age should rise to at least 70 in rich countries by 2050 as life expectancy rises above 100, according to a new report. The World Economic Forum said that employees should continue working until 70 in nations such ...

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New payday loan regulations come into force

New payday loan regulations come into force on Friday, requiring all online lenders to advertise on at least one price comparison website. The new rules are the result of an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), published in ...

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Opec extends oil production cuts

Oil-producing nations belonging to Opec have agreed to extend production cuts for a further nine months. Energy ministers have been meeting in Vienna to discuss extending the cut, which was due to expire next month. Brent crude is 1.6% lower ...

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White House denies 'egregious' budget accounting error

The White House has denied the president’s budget proposal contains an “egregious” maths error. Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers pointed out the spending plan double-counts $ 2tr (£1.5tr). But White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told reporters: “We stand ...

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Aston Martin roars back into profit for the first quarter

Aston Martin has posted a first-quarter profit for the first time in a decade, the sports car maker said. The company made a pre-tax profit of £5.9m for the three months to March following strong sales of its new DB11 ...

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US accuses Fiat Chrysler of using 'defeat devices'

The US government is suing car firm Fiat Chrysler, alleging the firm sold vehicles with “defeat devices” that helped them pass emissions tests. The firm did not disclose the emissions control software to regulators, the Department of Justice (DoJ) alleged. ...

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