Loyal customers being ‘ripped off’ across five sectors, study finds
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Loyal customers being ‘ripped off’ across five sectors, study finds

Loyal customers of mobile phone and broadband operators, banks and insurers are being ripped off to the tune of £4bn a year – or as much as £877 per person – according to Citizens Advice, which has lodged a “super-complaint” with the competition watchdog. The charity said customers who stayed with their utility providers were…

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Conservatives risk becoming ‘party of nostalgic nationalists’
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Conservatives risk becoming ‘party of nostalgic nationalists’

The Conservatives risk becoming “a rump party of nostalgic nationalists”, senior ministers have said after Labour announced a package of interventionist policies aimed at middle England. Some ministers said they feared the party’s annual conference in Birmingham this week could be defined by infighting over Brexit, with little else to say to the country. “We’ve…

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Dutch police arrest seven over plot to attack large event
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Dutch police arrest seven over plot to attack large event

Dutch police have arrested seven men suspected of plotting a large attack with hand grenades, automatic weapons and explosives belts, according to prosecutors. Three of the seven suspects had previously been detained after trying to join foreign militants abroad. The lead suspect was a 34-year-old Iraqi who was convicted in 2017 for travelling abroad to…

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Orca ‘apocalypse’: half of killer whales doomed to die from pollution
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Orca ‘apocalypse’: half of killer whales doomed to die from pollution

At least half of the world’s killer whale populations are doomed to extinction due to toxic and persistent pollution of the oceans, according to a major new study. Although the poisonous chemicals, PCBs, have been banned for decades, they are still leaking into the seas. They become concentrated up the food chain; as a result,…

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Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify at historic Senate hearing – live updates
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Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify at historic Senate hearing – live updates

Dr Ford’s vulnerability was contrasted with her competence. She calmly responded to repetitive factual queries, even when the lines of questioning by Rachel Mitchell, the female prosecutor hired by Republicans to put a gentle, feminine sheen on their skepticism toward Dr Ford, veered into the insulting and preposterous. Dr Ford answered questions about whether she…

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