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French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

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Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Authorities on Thursday raided the homes of the former French prime minister and current and former health ministers over Paris' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The raids were carried out in connection with an investigation by Paris prosecutors after they received a number of complaints from coronavirus patients, doctors, police and other officials. Advertisement Police conducted morning raids at the home of former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, health hinister Olivier Veran and former health minister Agnes Buzyn. Officials also searched Veran's office. Authorities also searched the home of Sibeth Ndiaye, former spokeswoman for President Emmanuel Macron, officials said. The investigation of public officials is targeted in scope to examine specific aspects of the gove...

Arson inquiry launched for French cathedral fire in Nantes

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French officials have launched an arson inquiry after a fire broke out in a Gothic cathedral in the western French city of NantesBy LAETITIA NOTARIANNI and THOMAS ADAMSON Associated PressJuly 18, 2020, 9:50 AM2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNANTES, France -- French officials launched an arson inquiry Saturday after a fire broke out in the Gothic cathedral of the western French city of Nantes, shattering stained glass windows and sending black smoke spewing from between its towers. Residents and tourists watched aghast, and emergency workers cordoned off the area around the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral, in the historical center of this city on the Loire River. A City Hall official said the fire broke out Saturday morning inside the cathedral, and the cause...
Coronavirus: Call for public inquiry into BAME death risk

Coronavirus: Call for public inquiry into BAME death risk

Health
More than 70 public figures are calling for a full independent public inquiry into deaths from Covid-19 among people from ethnic minority backgrounds.They have signed a letter to the prime minister calling for more transparency.Signatories include author Malorie Blackman, playwright, Kwame Kwei-Armah, and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.Black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics."Only an independent public inquiry will provide the answers we need. Such an inquiry is essential for all, especially for those who have lost loved ones as a result of the pandemic," the open letter to Boris Johnson says.A scientific review by Publi...
Grenfell Tower construction firms knew cladding would fail in fire, inquiry told

Grenfell Tower construction firms knew cladding would fail in fire, inquiry told

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Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Architects, a main contractor and a fire engineer on London's Grenfell Tower, destroyed in a 2017 fire that killed 72 people, knew the cladding system would fail in a fire, according to emails disclosed Tuesday. Craig Orr, an attorney for Celotex, which provided insulation used on the tower, disclosed the correspondence on the second day of the second phase of a public inquiry examining what led up to the disaster. Renovation of the building concluded in 2016. The first phase of the inquiry focused on the night of the June 14, 2017, apartment building fire, blamed the London Fire Brigade for "systemic" failures and found that aluminum composites panels and the "melting and dripping of burning polyethylene" fed the fire. It also found that 2016 renovations to the tower vi...
Amazon investment in Deliveroo faces in-depth inquiry

Amazon investment in Deliveroo faces in-depth inquiry

Business
Amazon's planned investment in Deliveroo, which includes a minority stake in the online food courier, has moved a step closer to being potentially blocked by a UK regulator.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) had given the companies five days earlier this month to address its concerns that the deal could lead to customers and businesses facing higher prices and poorer service. But the watchdog said in a statement on Friday that it had received no undertakings from the pair and it was to begin a so-called phase two inquiry. Image: The CMA has previously blocked a planned merger between Asda and Sainsbury's Such an investigation can last for months and could ultimately recommend the deal is blocked.It was the result of a £450m f