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News: Ryanair UK pilots vote to accept pay offer

Pilots at all 15 Ryanair UK pilot bases – including London Stansted which had previously rejected an improved pay deal – have voted to accept pay increases of up to 20 per cent. Following the decision, increases will be paid next week in the January payroll.  It comes as the low-cost carrier seeks to diffuse tensions with staff as demand for pilots continues to grow. Ryanair is continuing its recognition discussions with BALPA, the UK pilot union, but had agreed with BALPA that these pay increases should not be delayed…

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Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote

Sterling has jumped to its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote. The surge to almost $ 1.37 came after Bloomberg reported that the Spanish and Dutch finance ministers had agreed to seek a Brexit deal that kept the UK as close to the EU as possible. The pound rose more than 1% to $ 1.3691, its highest level since 24 June 2016. The currency had been trading at about $ 1.50 before the result of the referendum became clear. Later on Friday, sterling gave up some…

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May drops plans for fox-hunting vote

Prime Minister Theresa May has dropped plans to hold a vote on the fox-hunting ban during this parliament. The Conservatives promised a vote on repealing the Hunting Act – which bans the use of dogs to hunt foxes and wild mammals – during the 2017 general election campaign. But Mrs May told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show there was a “clear message” against it from the public. It comes as the prime minister prepares to reshuffle her cabinet on Monday. In July, shortly after the government lost its majority in…

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Is the festive fixture list causing injuries? Plus have your say in our vote

Pep Guardiola said the festive period was “killing” the players – but is he right? The Manchester City boss voiced his concerns over the congested fixture list, while West Brom wanted their match at West Ham on Tuesday postponed, complaining to the Premier League about playing two games in 48 hours. A number of teams have endured that turnaround over Christmas and New Year, while Leicester City’s four games were crammed into just 213 hours. Guardiola has lost striker Gabriel Jesus for two months with a knee injury, while full-back…

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Russian presidential vote: Navalny 'nominated to run' against Putin

Media playback is unsupported on your device Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny says he has gathered enough nominations to challenge Vladimir Putin in March’s presidential election. His supporters met in 20 cities across the country to secure the signatures. Mr Navalny is still unlikely to run as election officials ruled him ineligible due to a corruption conviction which he says is politically motivated. Mr Navalny spoke at the Moscow gathering, branding Mr Putin a “bad president”. He told his supporters in a marquee on a snowy riverbank that he would…

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Jerusalem UN vote: Trump threatens US aid recipients

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that back a United Nations resolution opposing the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Earlier this month, Mr Trump took that step amid international criticism. “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us,” he told reporters at the White House. “Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.” His comments come ahead of a UN General…

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Republican tax bill: House passes plan to Senate for final vote

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Republican-controlled Congress is expected to confirm the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax system in more than three decades. The House of Representatives approved the legislation comfortably on Tuesday, but the vote is likely to be closer in the Senate. The bill looks set to mark the party’s first major legislative triumph under President Donald Trump. Critics say the package is a deficit-bloating giveaway to the super-rich. But Republicans argue the tax cuts for corporations, small businesses and individuals will bolster…

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