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Anguish for migrants' families after Channel tragedy

Ghafour Mangl last heard from his cousin shortly before he was due to take his place in a people smuggler's dinghy and cross the Channel to Britain. Mangl is now consumed by fear that his cousin drowned during his attempt.

UK issues call to arms for Omicron booster drive

LONDON (Reuters) -Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a "call to get jabs in arms" on Wednesday as Britain stepped up its COVID-19 booster programme to fend off the Omicron variant after another 10 cases of the new strain were identified.

Aristocrat says Playtech takeover expected to close in Q2 next year

Australia's Aristocrat Leisure said on Wednesday its 2.1-billion-pound deal to buy London-listed gambling software maker Playtech was expected to complete in the second quarter of next year. Aristocrat's bid, which has been recommended by Playtech's board, is the only offer on the table for the British company. Gopher Investments, Playtech's No. 2 shareholder, walked away from making a bid for the full company earlier in November. Gopher's separate deal to buy Playtech's financia

France secures Guernsey fishing licences in post-Brexit row

PARIS (Reuters) -The Channel island of Guernsey has approved all licences France says its fishermen are entitled to under the terms of Britain's post-Brexit trade agreement, but dozens more are still being withheld by Britain and Jersey, a French minister said.

BoE's Bailey says economic impact of COVID remains strong

LONDON (Reuters) -The economic impact from COVID-19 has faded since the start of the pandemic but still remains strong, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said on Wednesday, when asked how to assess news of the Omicron variant of coronavirus.

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