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Asda refuses to remove sack threat for thousands of staff

Asda refuses to remove sack threat for thousands of staff

Business
Asda has declined a last-ditch request from unions to remove the threat of dismissal from thousands of staff who will be sacked if they fail to sign compulsory contracts by the end of next week.The GMB union estimates up to 12,000 of more than 100,000 affected Asda employees could lose their jobs because they are unable to agree to the terms of the new deal, known as Contract 6, which demands greater flexibility from workers. Asda said the "overwhelming majority" of employees have signed and claimed the deal is in the best interests of employees and customers.A spokesman described the GMB estimate as "unsubstantiated speculation" but would not confirm how many employees are yet to sign.The retailer, which is owned by US retail giant Walmart, the largest private employer in the world, says ...
Saudi crown prince warns of ‘Iran threat’ to global oil

Saudi crown prince warns of ‘Iran threat’ to global oil

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Saudi Arabia's crown prince has warned that oil prices could rise steeply if the world does not act to deter Iran.Mohammed bin Salman said failure to act could embolden Iran and lead to war, which he said would ruin the global economy, following an attack on oil facilities which he blames on Tehran.Iran said the prince's remarks would "bring [the Saudis] nothing but shame".The prince also said he accepted some responsibility for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing.But, speaking to CBS News, he denied personally ordering it.The prince, who is considered the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, is suspected of personally targeting Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist critical of the government in Riyadh.Mr Khashoggi was k...
‘Alarming’ extinction threat to Europe’s trees

‘Alarming’ extinction threat to Europe’s trees

Science
The conker tree has been put on the official extinction list.Ravaged by moths and disease, the horse chestnut is now classified as vulnerable to extinction.The tree is among more than 400 native European tree species assessed for their risk of extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).About half face disappearing from the natural landscape.Craig Hilton-Taylor, head of the IUCN Red List unit, described the findings as "alarming"."Trees are essential for life on Earth, and European trees in all their diversity are a source of food and shelter for countless animal species such as birds and squirrels, and play a key economic role," he said. ...
US military sorry over ‘threat to use bomber on millennials’ at Area 51

US military sorry over ‘threat to use bomber on millennials’ at Area 51

Technology
A branch of the US military has apologised after a tweet appeared to threaten people trying to visit Area 51 over the weekend.The message, posted by the Defence Visual Information Distribution Service (a communications service for the US military) said: "The last thing #Millennials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today". Accompanying the tweet was an image of a stealth bomber and 200 airmen taken in Missouri, seemingly threatening attendees at Area 51 with military action. Image: The now-deleted tweet appeared to threaten event-goers with military action. Pic: DVIDSHub The tweet was later deleted, and the service apologised, saying: "Last night a DVIDSHUB employee posted a Tweet that in NO WAY supports the stance of the Depar...