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Boris Johnson flies to Afghanistan to avoid voting on Heathrow expansion - Politics live

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So, Boris Johnson is in Afghanistan. This is from the Afghan foreign ministry.

ملاقات معین سیاسی و سرپرست وزارت امور خارجه با وزیر امور خارجه کشور شاهی بریتانیا https://t.co/CBJjZyITlk pic.twitter.com/EiRXvFkeTD

Greg Hands, who resigned as an international trade minister last week so that he could vote against a third runway at Heathrow, told the World at One that he chose to resign, instead of doing what Boris Johnson is doing and finding an excuse to be away, because he made an explicit promise to his constituents at the election that he would vote against the plan.

He also said that until recently he thought government MPs would be given a free vote, which may help to explain why he was so specific in the promise he made to his constituents.

I wrote to the PM earlier this week on how I will honour these 2017 General Election pledges to the people of Chelsea & Fulham and vote against the Heathrow 3rd runway on Monday. pic.twitter.com/Mtad84N3Zx

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:02:52 GMT
Met Office issues heatwave alert for England

Forecasters predict hottest day of the year so far with temperatures set to hit 30C

The Met Office has issued a heatwave alert on what could be the warmest day of the year so far, with temperatures forecast to remain high over the coming days.

The forecasting service said there was an 80% chance of heatwave conditions between Tuesday morning and Thursday evening in parts of England.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:26:42 GMT
Muharrem İnce concedes defeat to Erdoğan in Turkey elections

CHP politician vows to continue fighting one-man rule in opposition during Ankara speech

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s main challenger in Sunday’s elections, Muharrem İnce, has conceded defeat, urging the re-elected Turkish president to embrace all the country’s 81 million citizens and vowing to continue the fight against one-man rule in opposition.

İnce’s concession speech in Ankara came after Turkey’s supreme election board confirmed the results, with Erdoğan winning with an outright majority in the first round, on 52.6% of the vote with 99% of ballots counted.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 11:49:56 GMT
Gynaecologist who mutilated women faces inquiry in Australia

Health officials urge women treated by Emil Gayed to come forward as they launch major investigation

Health authorities in Australia have launched a major inquiry into a disgraced gynaecologist who mutilated and performed unnecessary operations on dozens of women over decades.

One patient died after Dr Emil Shawky Gayed operated on her and failed to administer appropriate treatment.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:46:59 GMT
Harley-Davidson to shift some production out of US over EU tariffs

European response to US steel duties will add $2,200 to cost of exported motorcycles

Harley-Davidson plans to shift the production of some of its bikes out of the US in response to Europe’s new tariffs on motorcycle imports.

In a stock market filing, the company said the EU’s reaction to Donald Trump’s steel tariffs, which will add $2,200 (£1,657) to the average cost of a motorcycle exported from the US to Europe, will result in up to $100m of extra charges over the next couple of years.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:03:16 GMT
Grenfell fire chief had no training in 'stay-put' policy, inquiry told

First incident commander on scene was not trained in how to re-evaluate advice to residents

The first fire brigade incident commander at the Grenfell Tower fire received no training in how to reverse the “stay-put” policy or in how to get children, old people and the infirm out of high-rise residential fires, the public inquiry has heard.

Occupants of the 24-storey block who called 999 were advised to stay in their flats long after the fire had started spreading through the facade. But Michael Dowden, a firefighter for 14 years and watch manager at North Kensington fire station, told the inquiry he had never been trained into how to re-evaluate the advice that was offered to people stuck in the block nor received any training in how to change that advice to a full evacuation.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 11:05:07 GMT
Ex-Nato chief refused visa waiver to US because of Iran trips

Javier Solana, architect of Iran nuclear deal, will have to apply for visa if he wants to revisit US

The former Nato secretary general Javier Solana has been refused a visa waiver to enter the US because of his past trips to Iran, one of the countries blacklisted by US Department of Homeland Security.

Solana, who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal during his time as the EU’s foreign policy chief, had been due to speak at an event at Washington’s Brookings Institution, but learned he would not be able to enter the US after trying to apply for an electronic visa waiver.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 11:39:38 GMT
Nine EU states to sign off on joint military intervention force

Initiative is backed by the UK which will be allowed to participate after Brexit

Nine EU member states are set to sign off on the establishment of a joint European military intervention force, an initiative which has won the backing of the UK as it seeks to maintain defence ties after Brexit.

Spearheaded by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, the European force will be designed to deploy and coordinate forces rapidly to deal with crises around the world.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:41:07 GMT
Hermes couriers are workers, not self-employed, tribunal rules

Group of 65 couriers entitled to employment rights, minimum wage and holiday pay

A group of Hermes couriers have won their fight to be treated as workers instead of independent contractors in what has been described as one of the most significant victories against exploitation of gig-economy workers.

An employment tribunal in Leeds ruled that the couriers were entitled to receive the minimum wage and holiday pay, and to reclaim unlawful deductions from their wages, because they had incorrectly been classified as self-employed.

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:58:04 GMT
Trump attacks 'dirty, filthy' restaurant that asked Sarah Sanders to leave

Trump says Red Hen ‘should focus more on cleaning its filthy windows than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Sanders’

Donald Trump belatedly weighed in on the rumbling row over White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ ejection from a restaurant in Virginia, because, she said, she works for the president.

Related: Stormy Daniels meeting with prosecutors on Michael Cohen cancelled

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:34:32 GMT

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