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EasyJet pilots 'fatigue' strike suspended, union says

The pilots union has suspended industrial action. Credit: PA

Industrial action by easyJet pilots has been suspended while new proposals on tackling fatigue are being considered, the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) said.

Some 2,000 pilots at the budget airline were balloted over concerns that rising levels of fatigue risked "serious health and safety concerns".

However, in last minute talks proposals to mitigate pilot fatigue have been put on the table.

A statement said: "As a result, while this proposal is being consulted on by Balpa members, we are suspending serving strike notice on the company."

Brian Strutton, Balpa's general secretary, said it did not mean the dispute was over but said it was right to suspend the action as they consult their members.

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Ex-Tesco bosses deny charges over £326m alleged fraud

The charges relate to a multi-million black hole found in the supermarket's accounts. Credit: PA

Three former Tesco executives have denied charges in relation to a £326 million accounting scandal at the supermarket.

Former UK managing director Christopher Bush, 50, finance chief Carl Rogberg, 49, and food commercial head John Scouler, 48, are charged with fraud by abuse of position and false accounting.

They allegedly failed to correct inaccurately inflated income figures, which were published to auditors, other Tesco employees and the wider market.

All the defendants' lawyers indicated pleas of not guilty to the two charges they each face.

The Serious Fraud Office has said the investigation into Tesco "remains ongoing".

The men were released on bail and ordered to appear on October 20 at Southwark Crown Court.

'Osborne was wrong' to forecast economic disaster

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has raised its growth forecast for the British economy, despite initial Brexit fears.

The OECD credited strong economic performance coupled with prompt action by the Bank of England to stabilise markets for upping its UK growth projections for 2016 by 0.1% to 1.8%.

ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston said the figure suggests former Chancellor George Osborne was wrong to issue stark warnings of an immediate economic disaster if the country voted to leave the EU.

However, despite hailing the latest figures, the OECD said growth for 2017 would be "well below" pre-referendum forecasts.

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China's CGN to submit design for Bradwell nuclear site

File photo of the former Bradwell nuclear power station in Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex. Credit: PA Wire

The Chinese firm helping to build the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point is set to submit a design for another site.

State-owned CGN said it is now able to move forward and deliver nuclear capacity at other UK sites including Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex, after the government gave the £18 billion project the go-ahead.

For Bradwell, the firm plans to submit a design for UK regulatory approval, which could take four years.

The reactor design and technology will need to be approved for use in the UK before the station can be built.

Hinkley businesses celebrate nuclear plant deal

Communities around Hinkley Point in Somerset have celebrated the approval of plans for a new power plant as they look forward to an influx of new jobs into the area.

It is thought that around 26,000 jobs could be created by the created by the construction of the Hinkley C generator - with many likely to go to businesses based in the local area.

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