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Major record labels could face competition inquiry
By Mark Savage BBC music reporter
The government has written to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) asking it to consider an investigation into Sony, Warner and Universal Music.
Closure of Covid taskforce leads to 'brain drain' ahead of winter
The government's Covid taskforce, which drives crucial decisions on lockdowns, PPE, and emergency planning is facing a ' brain drain' just as the country gears up for a potentially brutal winter, The Independent can reveal.
'Chaotic' UK response criticised as Afghan babies wait for milk and donations turned away
The government's response towards families evacuated from Afghanistan to Britain has been "chaotic and uncoordinated", hampering volunteers' efforts to help, charities have said.
An Economic Lifeline in South America, the Parana River, Is Shriveling
The continent's second-largest river is drying up amid the biggest drought in 70 years, upending ecosystems, trade and livelihoods.
Iranian commander who said the West deployed lizards as nuke spies dies from Covid-19.
A close military aide to Iran's supreme leader who led the armed forces for 27 years and once accused Western enemies of deploying lizards to spy on Iranian nuclear activities has died from Covid-19.
Sage advisers have been sent suspicious packages, member reveals
Members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have been sent suspicious packages by people who disagree with the government's response to coronavirus, according to a leading scientist.
Sage members sent suspicious packages throughout pandemic, says leading scientist
Members of the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have been sent suspicious packages and hate mail throughout the pandemic, one of the UK's leading virologists has revealed.
Covid inquiry will be pushed back beyond spring 2022, families fear
Campaigners who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus fear the start of the public inquiry into the government's handling of the Covid crisis will be pushed beyond the promised date of spring 2020.
McConnell urges Biden to withdraw 'misguided' nomination of David Chipman to head ATF
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called on President Biden Saturday to withdraw the nomination of David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, citing a new report that he failed to disclose an interview with a Chinese-run propaganda network.
Key Afghan City in Danger of Falling to the Taliban
Government reinforcements had yet to arrive in Lashkar Gar, the capital of Helmand Province, where people were fleeing their homes and a hospital in the city had been bombed.