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Carillion: Urgent talks on construction firm's future

The future of troubled engineering firm Carillion is being discussed at high-level government meetings this weekend, the BBC understands. The firm is a key government contractor for projects including the HS2 high speed rail scheme, schools and prisons. There are fears it is close to collapse as it struggles with £1.5bn of debt and a pension shortfall of £587m. On Friday, Carillion said it remained in constructive dialogue about short-term financing. Reports that creditors had turned down a potential rescue plan sent the firm’s shares down by more than 28%…

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Met Police to conduct urgent review after rape trial collapse

The Met Police is to hold an “urgent” review of a rape case after being accused of failing to disclose vital evidence. Liam Allan, 22, was charged with 12 counts of rape and sexual assault but his trial collapsed after police were ordered to hand over phone records. A computer disk containing 40,000 messages revealed the alleged victim pestered Mr Allen for “casual sex”. Prosecution barrister Jerry Hayes accused police of “pure incompetence”. The charges against the criminology student were dropped three days into the trial at Croydon Crown Court…

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Modern Love: During a Night of Casual Sex, Urgent Messages Go Unanswered

Modern Love By ANDREW RANNELLS I don’t remember his last name. His first name was Brad, which is the perfect name for a relatively faceless memory from your early 20s. He was handsome, with a nice smile and startlingly blue eyes. I had always thought that when the eyes got too blue it looked like a person had no soul. You’re seeing too deeply into their head, and there’s nothing back there. But I had never dated anyone with blue eyes, and it was springtime. Brad also had a nice…

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