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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Britain to welcome 20,000 Afghan refugees AND Nando’s shuts 50 stores due to chicken shortage

 

NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Now it's time for your latest national headlines update.

The UK is to admit twenty thousand refugees from Afghanistan as the Taliban take control of the Middle Eastern country. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says we owe a debt of gratitude to those who live there and is in the process of creating a legal and safe way for those who need to flee to enter Britain.

Boris Johnson said the UK will work to unite the international community behind a “clear plan for dealing with this regime in a unified and concerted way”, explaining in the Commons: “We are clear and we have agreed that it’d be a mistake for any country to recognise any new regime in Kabul prematurely or bilaterally.

“Instead, those countries that care about Afghanistan’s future should work towards common conditions about the conduct of the new regime before deciding, together, whether to recognise it and on what terms.

“We will judge this regime based on the choices it makes and by its actions rather than by its words, and on its attitude to terrorism, to crime and narcotics, as well as humanitarian access and the rights of girls to receive an education.

“Defending human rights will remain of the highest priority.

“And we will use every available political and diplomatic means to ensure that those human rights remain at the top of the international agenda.”

House prices rose by thirteen point two percent over the year to June, the fastest annual increase since two thousand and four, according to official figures. Across the UK, the average house price in June was a record two hundred and sixty six thousand pounds. It increased from two hundred fifty five thousand pounds in May and beat the former record which was set in March, the Office for National Statistics said.

A scramble by buyers to complete before the stamp duty holiday started winding down pushed UK house prices to a record high in June, official figures show.

Finally, fifty Nando's stores across the country have been closed - because they've run out of chicken. What's been described as a supply chain crisis has forced the branches to close their doors as Nando's representatives apologised to customers who can't get their peri peri fix.

Responding to upset customers on Twitter, Nando’s described the situation as “a bit of a ‘mare'”.

The restaurant said: “The UK supply chain is having a bit of a ‘mare’ right now.

“This is having a knock-on effect with some of our restaurants across England, Scotland and Wales.

“We are doing everything we can to get the peri-peri back where it belongs – on your plates!”

In another tweet, the restaurant, which serves Afro-Portuguese inspired chicken dishes, apologised for the “disappointment” and said suppliers could not keep up with “demand for peri-peri”.

Nando’s said: “We’re sorry for any disappointment caused.

“Our suppliers are struggling to keep up with demand for peri-peri. Meaning that some of our restaurants have had to temporarily close to restock.”

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