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MPs call for national ban on microbeads in cosmetics

The UK should impose a national ban on plastic microbeads being used in cosmetic products because of the threat they pose to marine life, human health and the environment, according to MPs.

Environment
Tesco admitted removing Saltires from packaging after English customers complained. Picture: PA

Leaders: Tesco’s strawberry fields are harvesting discord

Supermarket may be jumping out of the Saltire frying pan into the Union flag fire as it claims to be looking for political neutrality

Opinion 2
Thatcher lobbied hard with the Saudi royal family to secure the controversial Al-Yamamah contract. Picture: Getty Images

Secret files reveal how Thatcher negociated Saudi arms deal

Previously secret government files reveal how officials helped former prime minister Margaret Thatcher carefully manage negotiations with the Saudis to land the UK’s biggest ever arms deal.

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Mo Farah may be the exception to the rule that members of Team GB should not be further honoured. Picture: Getty Images

Martyn McLaughlin: Giving Olympians gongs disservice to nation

The post-Games honours bonanza is a cynical move on the part of Theresa May, writes Martyn McLaughlin

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Team GB touched down at Heathrow with 67 medals, including 27 gold and 23 silver  their best performance in over a century. Picture: Getty Images

Medal-laden Team GB returns to UK from Rio Olympics

Team GB’s triumphant Olympians arrived at Heathrow singing the national anthem as their gold-nosed British Airways jet touched down on home soil.

Olympics Rio 2016
Nicola Sturgeon warned that the UK is no longer a 'safe harbour' for Scotland. Picture: TSPL

Nicola Sturgeon set to unveil ‘indyref2’ legislation

Nicola Sturgeon has warned the UK is no longer a “safe harbour” for Scotland as she stepped up her push for a second independence referendum following the Brexit vote.

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The solider died at the Otterburn Training Area in Northumberland (pictured). Photo: MoD

Soldier from Royal Regiment of Scotland dies in exercise

A soldier serving with the Royal Regiment of Scotland has died while taking part in an exercise at a military training area.

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An image released by Virgin Trains that the firm says proves Mr Corbyn chose to walk past empty seats. Picture: Virgin Trains

Jeremy Corbyn accused of faking “ram-packed” Virgin train video

A bizarre row has broken out after Virgin Trains accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of falsely claiming one of its services was “ram-packed” in a video before taking a seat in a half-empty carriage.

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Tesco has admitted it received complaints from English customers about the use of Saltires. File picture: Getty Images

Tesco removes Saltire from fruit after English complaints

Britain’s biggest supermarket was at the centre of an unlikely row yesterday after it dropped images of the Saltire from its punnets of strawberries.

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Photo-Me said the deal with Asda was an 'interesting opportunity' to expand. Picture: Stephen Kelly/PA Wire

Asda sells loss-making photos arm in £5.35m deal

Supermarket giant Asda has sold its loss-making photo business to Photo-Me International for £5.35 million.

Retail 2
Holyrood and Westminster must collaborate on their energy policy. Picture: PA

Ilona Amos: Holyrood and Westminster must work together on energy

Scotland has reached an important milestone in the fight against climate change, reaching – and in fact exceeding – its emissions reduction target for 2020 six years early.

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BT search for new voice of speaking clock to take over from Sara Mendes da Costa. Picture: BT/PA Wire

BT launch competition to find new voice of speaking clock

TELECOMS giant BT has launched a search to find a new voice for its speaking clock service.

Odd
Scape Group said there was a shortage of skilled workers such as bricklayers. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Construction skills shortage ‘at breaking point’

The skills shortage in construction is “at breaking point”, but simple steps such as introducing apprenticeships could help improve the situation, new research has found.

Markets Economy 11
The BHS store on Edinburgh's Princes Street closed earlier this month. Picture: Greg Macvean

Curtain to finally fall on BHS by the weekend

The last 35 stores of collapsed retailer BHS are expected to close this week, with the group set to disappear from the high street entirely by the weekend.

Retail 3
Martin Flanagan says the City is unlikely to rush to follow Neil Woodford's move. Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images

Martin Flanagan: Will rivals follow Neil Woodford’s bonus axe?

Star City fund manager Neil Woodford has done something completely left-field for the sector. He has scrapped bonuses at his firm Woodford Investment Management.

Financial
Nick Leeson said regulators were failing to take advantage of new technology. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fraud probes bogged down in paperwork – Nick Leeson

Britain’s financial regulators and compliance teams are too bogged down in paperwork to focus on catching the next rogue trader, according to Nick Leeson, the man who sent Barings investment bank under with losses of £800 million.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Team Great Britain walks during the 'Heroes of the Games' segment during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Leaders: Olympic victory is reward enough for medal winners

With a new batch of Olympians likely to receive honours is it not time to consider if winning on the world stage is the ultimate glory?

Opinion 3
Gold medalist Andy Murray of Great Britain poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's singles. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Theresa May: No limit on honours for Rio Olympians

The rush of gongs for Team GB’s homeward bound competitors looks set to continue after Downing Street confirmed there will be no formal cap on honours for the country’s victorious athletes and coaches.

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Sputnik has set up a studio in Edinburgh with a live news programme fronted by Scottish broadcasters. Picture: Contributed

Putin ‘attempting to undermine UK’ with Scottish news bureau

The establishment of a Kremlin-backed news bureau in Edinburgh has been cited by a former deputy commander of Nato as evidence of the growing Russian threat.

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Ex-Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning. Picture: PA

Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning admits historical sex offences

Disgraced Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has pleaded guilty to 21 historical child sex offences as part of a police investigation into a youth disco.

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