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Rishi Sunak to face PMQs as fresh strikes take place and more health workers vote for industrial action – UK politics live

The PM will face Keir Starmer later with issues for his government mountingMore than 43,000 migrants have crossed the Channel to the UK so far this year, PA Media reports. PA says:The Ministry of Defence said 884 people were detected in 17 boats on Tuesday. This suggests an average of around 52 per boat.The latest crossings take the provisional total for 2022 to date to 43,500, according to PA Media analysis of government figures.We’ve had a transport for the north meeting in Manchester and the mayors couldn’t get there because the trains were cancelled. The irony of it, it would be funny if it wasn’t so serious. Continue reading...

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Ambulance staff could coordinate strikes with other NHS workers

Tens of thousands of workers in England to take industrial action in run-up to Christmas in row over payUK politics live – latest news updatesAmbulance workers could coordinate strike action with other NHS workers to send a clear message to the government to invest in the health service, the UK’s biggest trade union, Unison, has said.About 20,000 health workers in England, including non-medical NHS staff, will take part in the first wave of strikes before Christmas. They could be joined by more occupational groups as many are expected to return ballot papers in the coming days. Continue reading...

Russia-Ukraine war live: fresh missile strikes on Zaporizhzhia; EU plans to set up war crimes court

Strikes damaged gas distribution point, says Zaporizhzhia official; EU makes plans to hold those committing war crimes to accountWhat we know on day 280 of the invasionThe UK is to sign a new digital trade agreement with Ukraine that will give the country access to Britain’s financial services industry.Ukraine’s first deputy prime minister, Yulia Svyrydenko, will sign the agreement with the UK’s trade secretary, Kemi Badenoch, on Wednesday. Officials say the deal – based on a similar agreement earlier this year between the UK and Singapore – will support digital commerce through the facilitation of cross-border data flows. Continue reading...

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Covid restrictions lifted in Chinese city of Guangzhou after protests

Police still searching for protesters in other cities as top security body urges crackdown on ‘hostile forces’Authorities have abruptly lifted Covid restrictions in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, where protesters scuffled with police on Tuesday night, as police searched for demonstrators in other cities and the country’s top security body called for a crackdown on “hostile forces”.After days of extraordinary protests in the country that also prompted international demonstrations in solidarity, the US and Canada urged China not to harm or intimidate protesters opposing Covid-19 lockdowns. Continue reading...

3 Killed, 23 Injured As Suicide Bomber Targets Police Truck In Pakistan

Three people were killed and 23 injured Wednesday when a suicide bomber targeted a police truck in western Pakistan, an official said, an attack claimed by the domestic chapter of the Taliban.