UK shipyards: Five frigates at centre of new strategy

A new national ship-building strategy intended to benefit UK shipyards are unveiled by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.Under the plans, the government will buy at least five frigates, and share the construction between shipyards around the UK.The first batch of new Type 31e frigates would be built with the …

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Nissan launches longer-range electric car

Media playback is unsupported on your device Nissan has launched a longer-range version of its best-selling Leaf electric vehicle, as it fights growing competition in the electric car market. The new Leaf can travel about 50% further on a single charge than its predecessor, according to the firm.However, it …

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'Zero progress'

There has been “nearly zero progress” in tackling the lack of access to school in many of the world’s poorest countries, a UN agency has said.There are still 123 million school-age children without schools, Unicef said.The UN’s children’s agency blamed “pervasive levels of poverty”, conflict and humanitarian emergencies.International pledges …

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HSBC dumps PR firm over 'race hate' campaign

Banking giant HSBC has become the latest firm to cut ties with British public relations agency Bell Pottinger after it was thrown out of an industry body for running a racially-charged campaign in South Africa. The firm is facing a growing backlash from clients and investors following stinging criticism …

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Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell faces investor revolt

Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell faces a rebellion from independent shareholders at the retailer’s annual general meeting.Investors will vote on Mr Hellawell’s re-election to the post.Paul Lee, head of corporate governance at Aberdeen Standard, who will vote against Mr Hellawell, said the result would be “very close”.His re-election has …

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