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New Zealand 'will give gunman nothing – not even his name', PM vows

New Zealand 'will give gunman nothing – not even his name', PM vows

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New Zealand's prime minister has promised to deny the mosque terror attacker notoriety, saying she will never refer to him by name.Jacinda Ardern was speaking as parliament met for the first time since 50 people were killed in Christchurch on Friday. "He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety - and that is why you will never hear me mention his name", said Miss Ardern."We in New Zealand will give him nothing - not even his name," she added. Image: A banner of defiance lies among the flowers in the city's botanical gardens Image: A St John Ambulance member comforts a woman outside the al Noor mosque There are concerns that the suspect - believed to be behind a lengthy "manifesto" pu...
Freak weather 'will make life harder for business'

Freak weather 'will make life harder for business'

Business
First we had the Beast from the East, then the joint hottest summer on record, and now February winter temperatures have soared to all-time highs (although those balmy conditions came to an end on Thursday). It's clear that the British weather is getting harder to predict, while climatic events have become more common. And for UK businesses that is creating both opportunities and headaches, with experts warning that our capricious climate could make life harder for many. Take this and last week's unseasonably warm weather, which saw temperatures peak at 21.2C in London on Tuesday. It sparked a rush for goods usually associated with summer, with sales of sunglasses, swimwear and shorts up 13% at John Lewis last week, and bottles o...
Venezuela crisis: White House 'will respond to threats against diplomats'

Venezuela crisis: White House 'will respond to threats against diplomats'

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The US has warned Venezuela that any threats against American diplomats or opposition leader Juan Guaidó will be met with "a significant response".National Security Adviser John Bolton said any such "intimidation" would be "a grave assault on the rule of law". His warning comes days after the US and more than 20 other countries recognised Mr Guaidó as interim president.Meanwhile, Mr Guaidó has called for anti-government protests on Wednesday and Saturday.Mr Guaidó, the elected leader of the opposition-held National Assembly, declared himself the interim president on 23 January.The political crisis in Venezuela now appears to be reaching boiling point amid growing efforts ...
Brexit ferry firm Seaborne Freight 'will get no money upfront'

Brexit ferry firm Seaborne Freight 'will get no money upfront'

Business
A UK firm contracted to provide extra ferries in the event of a no-deal Brexit will only be paid if it runs "an effective service", the Department for Transport (DfT) says.Seaborne Freight was awarded £13.8m recently to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend.But a BBC investigation discovered it had never run a ferry service before.Seaborne is contractually required to prove it can deliver on its promises, according to the DfT.On Sunday, the DfT stood by the firm, saying it had "carefully vetted the company's commercial, technical and financial position" before signing the deal. Seaborne, together with Brittany Ferries and Danish shipping firm DFDS, were awarded a total of £102.9m over the last few months to provide additional ferri...
Rent fees: New laws 'will not stop hidden charges'

Rent fees: New laws 'will not stop hidden charges'

Business
Campaigners say new laws going through parliament will not go far enough to stamp out all hidden fees and charges for renters. Charlotte Von Crease, a 27-year-old renter, says: "When we moved into our last property we were hit with nearly £3,500 worth of fees, before we even got the keys." However, those pre-tenancy fees are just one of the hidden costs. Tenant campaign groups say banning them will not solve the problem.There were the usual costs for Charlotte, such as one month's rent in advance and six weeks' rent as a deposit. But she told BBC 5 live's Wake Up To Money there were "also £875 worth of letting agent fees, £600 were admin fees, £120 for employers' references for both me and my partner, and ...