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Virgin Atlantic stops accepting forced deportations

Image copyright Getty Images Virgin Atlantic is to stop working with the Home Office on forcible deportations from the UK of people deemed to be illegal immigrants. The British airline says it has informed the government of its decision, saying it was “in the best interest of our customers and people”. It comes amid concern […]

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'Nobody puts Shetland in a box'

Image caption Shetland often appears in maps floating in a box off the Aberdeenshire coast MSPs are set to vote on proposals to effectively ban public bodies from putting Shetland in a box in maps in official documents. What is this all about, and what might happen? What’s the issue? Shetland is more than 100 […]

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Sturgeon takes Brexit concerns to Brussels

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nicola Sturgeon met Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the EU Commission headquarters Nicola Sturgeon has raised Scottish concerns over Brexit in a meeting with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier. The first minister said they held a “constructive and positive discussion” during her trip to Brussels. She said she told Mr […]

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Arlene Foster: Irish abortion vote has no impact on NI law

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Attention has turned to Northern Ireland after the Republic of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of overturning the country’s abortion ban The result of Ireland’s abortion referendum has no impact on the law in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader has said. Arlene Foster said the legislation […]

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Business groups write to PM urging Heathrow expansion

Image copyright PA Theresa May has been urged to stick to the government’s timetable for having a vote on Heathrow expansion. A number of business lobby groups have signed a letter saying the government needs to “get on with expanding the UK’s airport capacity”. The BBC understands that the idea for the letter came from […]

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Afghan interpreters' scheme utter failure, say MPs

Image copyright PA Image caption Afghan interpreters worked with the Army on the front line in Helmand Province A scheme aimed at helping Afghan civilians who worked as interpreters for the Army has proved an “utter failure”, MPs have said. The Commons Defence Committee said not a single person potentially at risk of Taliban reprisals […]