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Leo Varadkar warns 'clock is ticking' on Brexit talks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has called for “unique solutions” to preserve the relationship between the UK and the European Union after Brexit.On his first official visit to Northern Ireland, he raised the possibility of a bilateral UK-EU customs union. The taoiseach …

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Ex-Volkswagen executive pleads guilty in emissions case

A former Volkswagen executive has pleaded guilty for his role in the German automaker’s scheme to cheat US emissions requirements for diesel cars.Oliver Schmidt, a former head of VW’s engineering and environmental office in the US, admitted to participating in an attempted cover-up after regulators raised questions the “defeat …

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Delphi Diesel Systems plant in Sudbury to close

An engineering firm is to close a plant in Suffolk with the loss of 520 jobs by mid-2020.Delphi Diesel Systems has confirmed it will gradually wind down manufacturing operations at its Sudbury site as a “result of predicted falls in the demand for diesel vehicles”.The US-owned company makes diesel …

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'Cash is trash'

Our savings habit has never been so weak since data was first collected in 1963. Notes and coins have been overtaken by card and digital payments. Interest rates are still at a record low.The current situation has prompted one financial expert to declare that “cash is trash”.So pity Jonny …

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Ta-Ta Towel: Why the world has gone mad for a towel bra

Bum-enhancing leggings! Light-up phone cases for better selfies! A stick-on bra to “give your girls a lift!”These are just a few of the products tech-savvy companies have launched into women’s social media feeds in recent months, in pursuit of viral marketing campaigns. Now we have the Ta-Ta Towel, which …

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Egg vending machine installed on farm to tackle thieves

A family-run egg farm has installed a vending machine because so many people were abusing its honesty box system.Cavick House Farm in Wymondham, Norfolk, had been relying on the good will of customers to pay the correct amount for their eggs.David and Julie Barber keep 16,000 hens and decided …

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Aldi pulls eggs from German stores over fipronil poison fear

Supermarket giant Aldi has withdrawn all eggs from sale from its stores in Germany as they may have been contaminated by insecticide.Tests showed that the chemical fipronil, which can harm people’s kidneys, liver and thyroid glands, was found in eggs from the Netherlands.Fipronil is used to treat lice and …

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