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Government introduces new product safety office

Image copyright LFB Image caption A faulty tumble dryer is believed to have caused a fire in a seventh floor flat in Shepherd’s Bush The government is creating a new Office for Product Safety and Standards to help manage large-scale product recalls and identify risks to consumers. It comes after several fires, including Grenfell Tower, […]

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'Ice Maiden' team celebrates Antarctica ski record

Image copyright British Army Image caption The team took 62 days to complete the challenge Six women from the British Army have become the largest all-female group to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica. The Ice Maiden team began the 1,000-mile expedition on 20 November – each pulling an 80kg sledge behind them. After 62 days on […]

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Who is Sinn Féin's president-elect?

Image copyright PA Image caption Mary Lou McDonald is the only candidate to replace Gerry Adams after his three-decade leadership When Gerry Adams steps down as Sinn Féin president next year he will be replaced by Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald. She is the only candidate to replace the Sinn Féin veteran, who has […]

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Iceland aims to be plastic free by 2023

Image copyright AFP/Getty Supermarket chain Iceland has said it will eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging of all its own-label products by the end of 2023. Iceland says the move will affect more than a thousand own-label products. New ranges will be packaged using a paper-based tray, rather than plastic. It follows recent outcries over […]

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Drivers warned as snow and ice hit Scotland

Image copyright MOIRA CLINK Image caption There were a series of minor accidents amid difficult driving conditions on Scotland’s roads Weather warnings have been upgraded as snow and ice affect large parts of Scotland. The Met Office issued an amber alert for south west Scotland, extending to parts of the central belt, from Tuesday afternoon […]