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Trump travel ban: States urge retention of temporary block

Restoring President Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven mainly Muslim countries would “unleash chaos again”, lawyers for two US states argue. Counsel for Washington and Minnesota urged a federal appeals court in San Francisco to maintain its nationwide temporary restraining order. They are being backed by technology firms which say the travel ban is harmful to their businesses. Trump administration lawyers are expected to respond later on Monday. Friday’s restraining order has led to a furious response from Mr Trump, who claims national security is at risk. How did ...

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Brexit: MPs urge May to clarify trade aims before talks

Theresa May must spell out whether she wants the UK to remain in the single market and customs union, before Brexit talks begin, MPs have said. The Commons Brexit committee said the PM should “declare her position” by the middle of February to allow sufficient time for scrutiny. In its first report, it said MPs must get a vote on the final deal and backed having an interim deal if needed. In response, the government said its goal was a “smooth and orderly exit”. The prime minister will give more ...

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FA reform: Bernstein, Davies, Dyke, Horne & Triesman urge government to act

The Football Association (FA) is outdated, held back by “elderly white men” and unable to counter the power of the Premier League, say five former executives of the governing body. David Bernstein, David Davies, Greg Dyke, Alex Horne and David Triesman say the FA has failed to “self-reform”. The five have asked Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport committee to propose legislation to reform the FA. They describe the FA’s decision-making structures as “arcane and convoluted”. 5 live Sport Special: The Flaws of the Game “It may well move us to ...

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Corporate raiders, vulture funds urge breakup of Samsung

If the press coming out of Korea is any indication, Samsung isn’t any happier with 2016 than the rest of us. The Galaxy Note 7 debacle blew up Samsung’s quarterly earnings, its washing machine recall fueled negative consumer perceptions, the company’s Korean offices were raided last week as part of an ongoing corruption investigation, and now a vulture hedge fund with a major focus on distressed companies is calling for the Korean giant to break itself apart in the name of enhancing — you guessed it — “shareholder value.” Elliott ...

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Allow mobile phone network roaming in UK, urge MPs

Mobile phone companies should allow customers to roam between networks in areas of the UK where they struggle to get reception, a group of MPs has said. The British Infrastructure Group said foreign visitors get better coverage, as they are not tied to any provider, so can use the strongest signal. The report said 17 million customers had poor reception at home and it named 525 areas with non-existent coverage. Phone companies insist they are working hard to make their coverage better. Little improvement The cross-party group of about 90 ...

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MPs urge ministers to 'get a grip' in midst of Southern strike woes

MPs have attacked the government’s handling of rail franchises, saying passengers have been let down badly. A Transport Select Committee report cited the “woeful” experience of Southern passengers, who have faced months of industrial action and staff shortages. Ministers were urged to “get a grip” on monitoring rail franchise agreements. The Department for Transport (DfT) said improving Southern services was a priority for the government. The RMT union, which is locked in a bitter dispute with the rail operator over the future role of conductors, said the report was an ...

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Help reunite refugee families, faith leaders urge May

More than 200 religious leaders have urged the UK to relax immigration rules so refugees from Syria and other areas can be reunited with their families. In a letter to the prime minister, they say close relatives of Britons and refugees already in the country are living abroad in “desperate conditions” and should be given a legal route in. People are now making “unsafe” journeys with “avoidable tragedies”, they say. Ministers say the UK has been at the head of the response to the crisis. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan ...

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PM and ex-union chief urge Remain vote

Prime Minister David Cameron has joined forces with a former trade union leader to make his case for staying in the EU. The PM has written an article with former TUC general secretary Brendan Barber saying a vote to leave would be a “disaster for working people”. The two men said jobs would be lost and wages hit by the “shock” of a UK exit. But Employment Minister Priti Patel is to say in a speech that businesses are hampered by EU red tape and leaving would give them “freedom ...

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Tory MPs urge disability cuts rethink

Pressure is mounting on George Osborne to rethink £4bn in cuts to disability benefits as a growing number of Tories express concerns about their impact. Up to 640,000 people could have support for aids and appliances used for daily tasks either scaled back or removed. One MP said Personal Independence Payments (PIP) were a “lifeline” while a minister said the policy was a “self-inflicted presentational problem”. George Osborne has insisted the “most vulnerable” will still be protected. The chancellor said the overall disability budget “is going up” and ministers would ...

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