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She said she had accepted the resignation of the west Tyrone official who had failed to return the money "despite being requested to do so" by MLA for the area, Maolíosa McHugh. 1
'I should have taken extra steps' 1
Mrs McCallion apologised "unreservedly" on Thursday afternoon, saying the grant was lodged into a joint account of which she is a named signature with her husband. 1
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Opposition parties have called for coronavirus rules to be the same across all four UK nations this Christmas. 1
Meanwhile Sage member Sir Mark Walport has said there is "little to feel reassured about", adding "there are still many people that are vulnerable". 1
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"There will undoubtedly be frustrations about the restrictions but people also understand we have to control the spread of the virus." 1
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Police close off landmark as they 'deal with person who has climbed the structure' 1
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City of London Police said the landmark had been shut shortly after 11.30am on Wednesday while officers "deal with a person who has climbed the structure". 1
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I do not miss the commute," Mr Haldane said, in a speech he gave online to the Engaging Business Summit. 1
"But I feel acutely the loss of working relationships and external stimuli - the chance conversations, listening to very different people with very different lived experiences, the exposure to new ideas and experiences. 1
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The Cheshire town joins Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire in the most stringent of Boris Johnson's three-tier coronavirus alert level, after recording some of the highest infection rates in the country. 1
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The Environmental Services Association (ESA), which represents waste firms like Biffa, Veolia and Suez, says too many batteries are going into either recycling bins or black rubbish bags, where they are easily damaged by sorting equipment and start to burn - so-called "zombie" batteries. 1
The ESA has launched a campaign called Take Charge which encourages people to dispose of batteries properly. 1
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One in four people in the UK believe in conspiracy theories propagated by QAnon, the movement centred on a supposed plot involving a global cabal of elite, child-abusing Satanists, a survey has found. 1
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Seventeen per cent of those polled said they believed Covid-19 had been intentionally released as part of a "depopulation plan" orchestrated by the United Nations or "New World Order". 1
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Two landlords have been fined more than £100,000 after 35 people were found living in "criminally improper conditions" in three small flats. 1
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Occupants of the property slept in bunk beds at up to six people per room. 1
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The judge described Ferraiuolo as "calculatedly criminal" and said he placed the occupants of the properties "in very serious danger and criminally improper conditions". 1
This year will be 'associated with rainfall records', Met Office climate boss says 1
The UK had its wettest day since records began in 1891 earlier this month, with the level of rainfall exceeding the volume of water in Loch Ness. 1
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The Health and Safety Executive has uncovered safety breaches at the lighthouse lab in Milton Keynes. 1
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The joint investigation by the BBC and the Independent has learnt that an experienced virologist who worked at the lab said he was "traumatised" and "freaked out" by seeing inexperienced colleagues unaware of the hazards they were dealing with. 1
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