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Brexit: Ministers unveil next steps in England’s farming policy

Brexit: Ministers unveil next steps in England’s farming policy

Science
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Coronavirus: Ministers eye extension of insolvency measures

Coronavirus: Ministers eye extension of insolvency measures

Business
Ministers are in talks to extend a moratorium aimed at preventing a deluge of company insolvencies amid fears that renewed trading restrictions will tip thousands of businesses beyond the brink of collapse.Sky News has learnt that officials are discussing an extension of the ban on statutory demands being used as the basis for winding-up petitions, which has been in place since late April. The move is expected to be finalised within a matter of days, given that the moratorium expires at the end of the month.Sources said this weekend that an extension was not yet guaranteed but was "overwhelmingly likely".The measure was one of several included in the government's Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act, which became law in June. ...
Ministers quit as violent protests grip Beirut after blast

Ministers quit as violent protests grip Beirut after blast

World
Two Lebanese government ministers have quit following the devastating explosion in Beirut that killed more than 150 people, as violent protests gripped the city for a second straight day. As protesters called for a sustained uprising to topple the country's leaders, police fired tear gas and clashed with hundreds of people attempting to breach the heavily guarded parliament. A fire broke out at an entrance to parliament square as rock-throwing protesters tried to break into the cordoned-off area, Lebanese TV channels showed.In the political fallout of the blast, information minister Manal Abdel-Samad said she was resigning "given the magnitude of the catastrophe" and "in response to the public will for change". ...
Coronavirus: Ministers urged to end face coverings ‘confusion’

Coronavirus: Ministers urged to end face coverings ‘confusion’

Health
The government has been accused of mixed messaging over where people will have to wear face coverings when new rules come into force.They will be compulsory in shops in England from Friday - but full guidance is yet to be published.Trade bodies and opposition MPs said confusion remained over takeaways.Minister Brandon Lewis said face coverings would be mandatory when purchasing takeaway food and drink, but not if you are eating at the premises."If you are going into a takeaway and you are eating in somewhere that's got a takeaway, then that is like hospitality. You are eating - it's not practical to wear a face mask, we recognise that," the Northern Ireland Secretary told BBC Breakfast."But if you are going in to buy a product an...
EU should drop oil, gas and coal funding, say ministers

EU should drop oil, gas and coal funding, say ministers

Business
The European Union should halt funding of oil, gas and coal projects, EU finance ministers said, potentially cutting €2bn (£1.7bn) of yearly investments.The finance ministers called upon the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU's financing department, to cut its funding.Previously, they had only called for coal projects to be dropped.Since 2013, the EIB has funded €13.4bn of fossil fuel projects.Last year it funded about €2bn worth of projects.Some gas projects may be excused after Hungary suggested that Croatia and Ukraine might otherwise rely on Russia, Reuters reports, citing confidential documents.Gas projects are relatively common among EU member states as they are seen as a cleaner alternative to coal and oil, and more reliable than renewable sour