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Dutch riots: ‘It’s scum doing this’

Dutch riots: ‘It’s scum doing this’

World
The Dutch government says it will not lift a curfew, after a third night of violent protests against increased Covid curbs across the Netherlands.Shops in Rotterdam and other cities were looted and Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra said: "It's scum doing this". More than 180 arrests have been made.The Dutch chief of police said the riots no longer had "anything to do with the basic right to demonstrate".The criminal violence had to stop, said Prime Minister Mark Rutte.Shop-owners in Rotterdam, Den Bosch and other cities spent Tuesday morning cleaning up the debris from Monday night's violence. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb sent a passionate message to "shameless thieves" who had caused the damage: "Does it make you feel good that you've helped ruin your city? To wake up with a bag full of ...
Carey Mulligan on The Dig: ‘Platonic leads are very rare on screen… This is different’

Carey Mulligan on The Dig: ‘Platonic leads are very rare on screen… This is different’

Entertainment
When I suggest to the director of The Dig that a film about archaeology isn't usual blockbuster fare, he quite rightly reminds me that "Lara Croft and Indiana Jones were pretty big box office hits".Simon Stone has a point - and while digging a hole and poking about in the mud may not seem action-packed - the lure of buried treasure and hidden mysteries from the past does have a unique attraction. And for those who don't know their Sutton Hoo history, the real-life discovery of an Anglo-Saxon ghost ship filled with riches, weaponry and armour in Suffolk back in 1939 was a fairly big deal. Image: The Dig - starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes - didn't offer the most glamorous of locations. PIC: Stardust/Vertigo Releasing So much so...

Biden has promised to reform Social Security — some changes could come as soon as this year

Finance
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his administration's plans to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a COVID-19 response event at the White House in Washington, January 21, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | ReutersNewly elected President Joe Biden has a tall list of priorities in his first days in office, with stemming the pandemic chief among them.But experts expect one issue he promised to deal with during his campaign, Social Security reform, could also become a focal point as soon as this year.Millions of Americans count on Social Security benefits to provide income when they are retired or disabled, or when loved ones pass away.The program's funds have been running low. The latest official estimate from the Social Security Administration shows that just 79% of promised ben...
JoJo Siwa: YouTube star ‘never been this happy’ after coming out

JoJo Siwa: YouTube star ‘never been this happy’ after coming out

Entertainment
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France vows Eurostar support to ‘maintain this strategic link’ with UK

France vows Eurostar support to ‘maintain this strategic link’ with UK

Business
French authorities have said they are ready to give financial support to the struggling Eurostar.The country's junior transport minister, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, told a parliamentary hearing in Paris he was talking with the UK government about ensuring the cross-Channel train operator survives the coronavirus pandemic. He said the French state would be "at Eurostar's side in order to maintain this strategic link between our two countries". Image: Passenger numbers have plummeted since the pandemic began Support will be given "based on our involvement in Eurostar, so that we can financially sustain its business model", he added.Eurostar is 55% owned by French state rail company SNCF and the UK government sold its 40% stake to private c...