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Rio Tinto: Mining giant accused of poisoning rivers in Papua New Guinea

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A satellite shot of the Panguna mine Mining giant Rio Tinto is facing accusations that a mine it abandoned in Papua New Guinea two decades ago is leaking poisonous waste into rivers. More than 150 people living in Bougainville have filed a complaint with the Australian authorities. They say …

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Ex-Sainsbury’s boss takes key NHS Test and Trace job

Image copyright Reuters Former Sainsbury’s supermarket chief executive Mike Coupe is to take over as director of Covid-19 testing at England’s Test and Trace agency. He brings huge experience in running supply chains and logistics, said the Department for Health and Social Care. But Labour shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said it would make more …

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Love turns to hate as LVMH sues ‘dismal’ Tiffany

Image copyright Reuters LVMH once said that Tiffany “stood for love” but it now describes the New York jeweller as a “mismanaged” company with “dismal” prospects. The Louis Vuitton-owner made the claims in a countersuit against Tiffany in a dispute over a $16.2bn takeover deal. LVMH claims Tiffany is no longer the business it agreed …

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Amazon One: Palm scanner launched for ‘secure’ payments

image copyrightAmazon image captionThe Amazon One scanner could be used to enter buildings, the firm says Amazon has announced a new payment system for real-world shops which uses a simple wave of the hand. Its new Amazon One scanner registers an image of the user’s palm, letting them pay by hovering their hand in mid-air …

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Greggs hints at job cuts as furlough scheme ends

Image copyright Getty Images Bakery chain Greggs has hinted at possible job cuts as the government’s furlough scheme ends. The company, which employs 25,000 workers, expects business activity to “remain below normal for the foreseeable future”. It said it had reviewed staff costs and was currently consulting with unions and employee representatives. Greggs said it …

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Nokia clinches 5G deal with BT to replace Huawei in EE network

By Leo KelionTechnology desk editor Nokia is set to become a major beneficiary of Huawei being blocked from the UK’s 5G networks. The Finnish telecoms firm has struck a deal to become the largest equipment provider to BT. Nokia will now provide additional base stations and antennas to let EE customers’ devices make calls and …

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Coronavirus: Early pub closing ‘putting shop workers at risk’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Shop workers are being put at greater risk of violence, verbal abuse and coronavirus infection by pubs shutting at 10pm, a retail union has warned. Usdaw said stores remaining open until later in England were likely to become “very busy” with people buying alcohol, “triggering” antisocial behaviour. Early pub closing …

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