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Jeremy Hunt handed tax boost as UK posts record monthly budget surplus

Analysts say figures give chancellor slightly more leeway for tax cuts before general electionBusiness live – latest updatesJeremy Hunt has been provided with a boost after the latest set of figures for government borrowing showed the UK running its largest monthly budget surplus since modern records began more than 30 years ago.Figures from the Office...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 10:26
Police poised to charge taekwondo instructor after ‘loving family’ slain in Sydney

Bodies of woman, 41, and boy, 7, discovered in Lion’s Taekwondo Martial Arts Academy in North Parramatta after 39-year-old man found dead in Baulkham Hills homeFollow our Australia news live blog for latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastA young student and his mother walked into a taekwondo studio in...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 10:16
Immigration minister Andrew Giles accuses Coalition of fearmongering over 2,000 visas issued to Palestinians

Labor hits back after opposition frontbencher questions ‘how we can be doing adequate checks’ of Gaza residents seeking to come to Australia Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe immigration minister, Andrew Giles, has accused the Coalition of trying to “whip up anger and fear” because “they think there’s votes...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 10:16
Middle East crisis live: UN agency pauses food deliveries to northern Gaza due to ‘collapse of civil order’

Move by World Food Programme raises fears of potential starvationThis image has been released by Syrian media showing a building damaged in an apparent Israeli missile attack on the Kafr Sousa district in Damascus.Reuters reports witnesses heard several back-to-back explosions, and that the blasts scared children at a nearby school and ambulances rushed...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 09:56
Labour seeks Trident assurances after missile test ‘anomaly’

Dummy missile’s first-stage boosters reportedly did not ignite in test off coast of Florida last monthLabour has called for assurances over the effectiveness of Britain’s nuclear deterrent after “concerning” reports about a Trident missile test failure.The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that an “anomaly occurred” during an exercise that took place...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 09:47
HSBC nearly doubles CEO’s pay despite fall in fourth-quarter profits

Bank increases staff bonus pool by 12% despite hit from exposure to China real estate slumpNice targets, but scepticism is hard to shake at BarclaysBusiness live – latest updatesHSBC has nearly doubled the pay packet of its chief executive, Noel Quinn, despite a drop in fourth-quarter profits, which took an unexpected hit from its exposure to China’s...

Wed Feb 21, 2024 09:47

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