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Tube to get full mobile network by end of 2024, says London mayor

Sadiq Khan says work will begin soon on connecting busiest underground stations for end of next year

Passengers on the London underground will have mobile coverage throughout the network by the end of 2024, the mayor of London has said.

Transport for London (TfL) said work on preparing some of the capital’s busiest stations, including Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road and Bank, would begin soon, and they would be among the first fully connected stations by the end of next year.

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Drinking coffee may cut risk of chronic liver disease, study suggests

UK analysis shows people who drank coffee had 49% reduced risk of dying from the condition

From espresso to instant, coffee is part of the daily routine for millions. Now research suggests the brew could be linked to a lower chance of developing or dying from chronic liver disease.

Chronic liver disease is a major health problem around the world. According to the British Liver Trust, liver disease is the third leading cause of premature death in the UK, with deaths having risen 400% since 1970.

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UK government borrowing dropped in May as economy reopened – business live

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UK borrowed £24.3bn in May, down from £43.8bn in May 2020Second highest May borrowing on recordReopening of economy improving public finances

7.52am BST

On today’s public finances, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak says:

“As we emerge from the pandemic, we are continuing to support people and businesses to get back on their feet and our Plan for Jobs is working.

“It’s also important over the medium term to get the public finances on a sustainable footing. That’s why at the Budget in March I set out the difficult but necessary steps we are taking to keep debt under control in the years to come.”

7.46am BST

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.

UK government borrowing dropped last month, as the reopening of the economy helped to improve the public finances, with more firms reopening and people returning to work.

The UK public sector borrowed (PSNB ex) £24.3 bn in May, £19.4 bn less than in May 2020 but still £18.9 bn more than in May 2019. Borrowing makes up the shortfall between spending by the government and pub sector orgs and its income such as taxes.

The reduction in spending from its peak at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic meant that government borrowing was down by £38bn in the first two months compared to last year, amounting to over a half of the improvement forecast by the OBR for the whole year.

“It should come as no surprise that borrowing has fared better than expected this year considering the improved economic outlook. We expect the deficit to fall to £211bn this fiscal year, undershooting the OBR’s forecast by around £23bn.

Borrowing last financial year was at its highest as a percentage of GDP since 1946, though it was higher during both World Wars

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Cutbacks stopping vital work on river pollution and floods in England

Exclusive: Environment Agency chair warned minister of ‘real-world impacts’, FOI request reveals

Vital work on river pollution and flood defences is being stopped or cut back because the Environment Agency has been underfunded for years, freedom of information documents reveal.

A shortfall in funding of tens of millions of pounds is having real world consequences for our rivers, according to a letter from Emma Howard Boyd, the chair of the EA, to George Eustice, the environment secretary. The letter was obtained by River Action, a campaigning body, under FOI laws.

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Windmills of your mind: viral Covid jab ‘hack’ placebo effect at best, say doctors

TikTok users have posted videos of themselves swinging their arms after vaccination to prevent aches

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A vaccine “hack” rumoured to alleviate any unpleasant side-effects from the Covid vaccination, which involves swinging your arm like a windmill, has gone viral on TikTok.

But medical experts have warned that the only thing those standing outside vaccination centres flailing their arms in the air will lose will be their dignity.

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