Sainsbury’s-Asda merger in jeopardy – BBC News

The UK’s competition watchdog has said the proposed tie-up between Sainsbury’s and Asda could push up prices and cut choice for customers. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it thought it was “likely to be difficult” for the chains to “address the concerns”. The CMA also said the merger could lead to a “poorer shopping experience”. These are the …

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Shamima Begum: IS teenager’s family consider legal action

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShamima Begum: ‘The poster girl thing was not my choice’ The family of Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria aged 15, say they plan to challenge the move to strip her of UK citizenship. Her family’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said they were considering “all legal avenues” to contest …

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When class sizes fall so does teachers’ pay

Image copyright Getty Images Making class sizes smaller sounds like a success story. But an international analysis of its impact shows unintended consequences – it often seems to mean lower pay for teachers and there isn’t much evidence that it brings better results. Reducing class sizes has been a popular policy in many countries, often supported by parents, politicians and …

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Amazon’s ‘Collaborative’ Robots Offer Peek Into the Future

Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars – but instead of colliding, they’re following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon.  A young woman fitted out in a red safety vest, with pouches full of sensors and radio transmitters on her belt and a tablet in hand, …

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Brexit: Theresa May to return to Brussels for further talks

Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister Theresa May will return to Brussels later to continue Brexit talks with the European Union. She is trying to renegotiate the Irish backstop – the insurance policy to prevent the return of customs checks on the Irish border. Mrs May is expected to request legally-binding assurances that the backstop will not extend indefinitely. However, …

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Brexit: What do Birmingham’s Number 11 bus passengers think?

The Brexit negotiations have been likened to a merry-go-round by some commentators. So where better to seek the views of the public than on Birmingham’s famous Number 11 route? We asked passengers on the service, which takes a two-and-a-half hour circular journey around the city, what they make of the current situation. Brummies narrowly voted to leave the EU, although …

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Huawei Founder Denies Presence of ‘Backdoors’ to Spy for China

The founder of Chinese telecom giant Huawei has hit back at US efforts to blacklist the company and denied there are any “backdoors” in its technology to spy for Beijing. Saying defiantly the world cannot do without Huawei and its “more advanced” technology, Ren Zhengfei again dismissed the possibility there could be a way to use the technology without his …

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The Isle of Wight ice skaters without an ice rink

These ice skating teams do not have an ice rink, but are still getting the top spots in competitions. The four teams, all from the Isle of Wight, have to travel across to the mainland if they want to practise on ice, otherwise they rehearse in their trainers. Their local rink, Ryde Arena on the Isle of Wight, was shut …

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LGBT group severs links with Navratilova over transgender comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Martina Navratilova has been a longstanding campaigner for gay rights A US-based organisation that campaigns for LGBT sportspeople has cut its links with tennis legend Martina Navratilova over comments she made about male-to-female transgender athletes. The 18-times Grand Slam winner wrote it was “cheating” to allow transgender women to compete in women’s sport as …

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Emoji number plates launched in Queensland

Image copyright Facebook/PersonalisedPlatesQueensland If a personalised number plate simply isn’t enough to express your complex personality, worry not – soon you will be able to add an emoji to the mix. Ok, you’ll have to move to Queensland, Australia – but once that’s sorted, you can get your own little smiley starting next month. The emojis will cost you some …

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Boy convicted of sex assault on pupil allowed back to school

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police statistics show a rise in reports of sexual assaults in schools in recent years A 15-year-old boy who was convicted of sexually assaulting a girl in a classroom has been allowed to continue attending school despite protests from the victim’s family. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty …

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Drone no-fly zone to be widened after Gatwick chaos

Image copyright Getty Images The no-fly zone for drones around airports is to be extended following the disruption at Gatwick in December, the government says. From 13 March it will be illegal to fly a drone within three miles of an airport, rather than the current 0.6-mile (1km) exclusion zone. The government also said it wants police to have new …

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A dodgy holiday drink made me go blind

Hannah Powell had been throwing up and felt exhausted after a night out on a bar crawl with two friends in Zante, Greece, in August 2016. But it wasn’t a hangover. The 23-year-old had drunk vodka that – unknown to her – had been mixed with deadly methanol. It made her kidneys shut down and she went blind. Hannah only …

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