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News: Thomas Cook returns to Tunisia for first time since 2015 terror attack

Thomas Cook is resuming its holiday and flight operations to Tunisia for UK customers from today. It will be the first time the tour operator has flown to the country since a 2015 beach attack in which 30 Britons were killed. The programme will start with three weekly flights to Enfidha, from Manchester, London Gatwick and Birmingham, expanding to include Glasgow from April and Newcastle and London Stansted from May. The decision was taken to put the destination back on sale after the UK government changed its advice for Tunisia…

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Sharapova reaches first final since 2015

Former world number one Maria Sharapova reached her first WTA final since returning from a drugs ban as she beat Shuai Peng 6-3 6-1 at the Tianjin Open. Sharapova, 30, came back to the tour in April following a 15-month ban for taking the banned drug meldonium. The Russian took 78 minutes to beat third seed Peng and maintained her record of not dropping a set this week. She will play 19-year-old world number 102 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who beat Italy’s Sara Errani 6-1 6-3. Sharapova, currently ranked 86th…

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Paris climate deal: Trump pulls US out of 2015 accord

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has announced that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. He said moves to negotiate a new “fair” deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers would begin. Mr Trump said during last year’s presidential election campaign that he would take the step to help his country’s oil and coal industries. Opponents say withdrawing from the accord is an abdication of US leadership on a key global challenge. The Paris agreement commits the US and 187…

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No charges over 2015 Conservative battle bus cases

No Conservatives will face charges for breaches of expenses rules over the 2015 general election “battle bus”. The Crown Prosecution Service said it had examined files from 14 police forces and while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns it did not “meet the test” for further action. It is still investigating the Conservative campaign in South Thanet. The Conservatives said the allegations had been “politically motivated” and a “waste of police time”. The inquiry related to claims some “battle bus” campaigning costs in the 2015 election were wrongly recorded….

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