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Record year sees more than 8,400 migrants cross English Channel to the UK

Record year sees more than 8,400 migrants cross English Channel to the UK

Record numbers of people crossed to the UK in 2020, despite the perilous waters separating Britain and France.

Call outs by army bomb experts in Northern Ireland highest in three years

Call outs by army bomb experts in Northern Ireland highest in three years

Army bomb experts were called out 229 times in 2018/19, the highest number since 246 in 2015/16.

Hopes and sacrifices: Migrants share why they risked everything to reach the UK

Hopes and sacrifices: Migrants share why they risked everything to reach the UK

Over the course of 2020, the PA news agency sought to give voice to people who have crossed the English Channel in small boats or aboard lorries.

Northern Ireland has ‘gateway of opportunity’ following Brexit

Northern Ireland has ‘gateway of opportunity’ following Brexit

Arlene Foster pledged to mitigate the worst effects of the protocol requiring checks on some goods coming from Great Britain.

Scottish independence referendum should be ‘once in a generation’ vote, says PM

Scottish independence referendum should be ‘once in a generation’ vote, says PM

The Prime Minister said that ‘referendums in my experience in this country are not particularly jolly events’.

Arlene Foster: Remote learning in Northern Ireland should be for short period

Arlene Foster: Remote learning in Northern Ireland should be for short period

The First Minister expressed concern about the life chances of young people during the pandemic.

Schools are safe and children should return this week, says Boris Johnson

Schools are safe and children should return this week, says Boris Johnson

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman said children’s lives cannot be ‘put on hold’ waiting for vaccination programmes to take effect.

Almost 30,000 jobs lost in restaurant and dining sector in 2020

Almost 30,000 jobs lost in restaurant and dining sector in 2020

The pandemic drove a 163% jump in job cuts, according to new figures.

Knock, knock: Police hand out fines for Covid breach dominoes game

Knock, knock: Police hand out fines for Covid breach dominoes game

Tower Hamlets Council has been asked to consider issuing a fine to the owner of the restaurant.

Greta Thunberg at 18: I’m not telling anyone what to do

Greta Thunberg at 18: I’m not telling anyone what to do

She said her ideal birthday present would be for people to do more to help the planet.

In Pictures: Coronavirus and Brexit dominate the year in politics

In Pictures: Coronavirus and Brexit dominate the year in politics

The coronavirus pandemic took the world by surprise but it wasn’t the only thing occupying British politicians in this most tumultuous of years.

Head teachers’ group calls for scrapping of exams

Head teachers’ group calls for scrapping of exams

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is insisting the summer national exams must still go ahead.

WikiLeaks calls for US to drop charges against Julian Assange

WikiLeaks calls for US to drop charges against Julian Assange

A judge will decide whether he should be extradited from the UK on Monday.

Julian Assange: Hacker, doting father and political provocateur

Julian Assange: Hacker, doting father and political provocateur

WikiLeaks co-founder Assange came to the fore in 2010 with the publication of damaging classified US documents.

Pressure mounts on Government to keep schools closed as Covid cases rise

Pressure mounts on Government to keep schools closed as Covid cases rise

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman said children’s lives cannot be ‘put on hold’ waiting for vaccination programmes to take effect.

What the papers say – January 3

What the papers say – January 3

School closures and developments on the rollout of coronavirus vaccinations dominate the national newspapers.

What the papers say – January 3

What the papers say – January 3

School closures and developments on the rollout of coronavirus vaccinations dominate the national newspapers.

How has the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine been approved so quickly?

How has the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine been approved so quickly?

British regulators have adopted the phrase ‘safety is our watchword’.

How does the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine work?

How does the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine work?

The PA news agency looks at the science behind the jab.

Patel ready to give extra powers to police and security services post-Brexit

Patel ready to give extra powers to police and security services post-Brexit

Home Secretary says country will be safer outside the EU.

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