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UK to give sanctuary to child refugees

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 28, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The UK will accept children from refugee camps in the Middle East The UK is to accept more unaccompanied child refugees from Syria and other conflict zones – but the government has not said how many. The Home Office will work with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to identify [...]

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Osborne delays Lloyds Bank share sale

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 28, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Getty Images The chancellor has postponed the sale of the government’s final stake in Lloyds Banking Group, saying the global turmoil in the markets and slowing growth had sparked the delay. George Osborne told me that he would not give the go-ahead until the markets had calmed, saying that “now is not the [...]

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Konta & Murray reach semi-finals

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 27, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Konta lost in the first round of qualifying at last year’s Australian Open Britain have two Grand Slam singles semi-finalists for the first time since 1977 after victories for Johanna Konta and Andy Murray at the Australian Open. Konta continued her remarkable run with a 6-4 6-1 win over China’s Zhang Shuai in the quarter-finals [...]

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MEPs to question Osborne on Google tax

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 27, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Getty Images European MPs want George Osborne to explain the “very bad deal” that UK tax authorities have struck with Google. The call adds to pressure on the chancellor from within the UK. Google agreed last week to pay £130m in back tax to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), with an official saying [...]

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Government loses ‘bedroom tax’ cases

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 27, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image caption Paul Rutherford, who cares for his grandson Warren, claimed the measure was discriminatory The Court of Appeal has ruled that the so-called bedroom tax discriminates against a domestic violence victim and the family of a disabled teenager. The ruling followed legal challenges by a woman who has a panic room in her home, [...]

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Denmark to vote on migrant assets bill

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 26, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The bill would give police the authority to search migrants’ luggage and clothes in search of assets The Danish parliament will vote on Tuesday on a highly controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables to pay for their upkeep. The proposal drew sharp criticism at home and abroad when [...]

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999 crews ‘should share control rooms’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 26, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright PA Police, fire and ambulance services in England should share control rooms to improve their response to 999 calls, a Home Office minister has said. Mike Penning said it did not “make sense” to have different premises. It comes as new plans are published to get the services working more closely. There are [...]

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NHS 111 ‘missed chances to save baby’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 26, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright William Mead’s family Image caption The pathologist said the cause of death was septicaemia Doubts have been raised about whether England’s NHS out-of-hours helpline is able to identify serious illnesses in children, after a baby died of blood poisoning following a chest infection. NHS 111 call handlers are not medically trained, and a [...]

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US faces blizzard-hit working week

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 25, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionLaura Bicker reports from Washington, as authorities deal with the aftermath of the weekend’s snowstorm Millions of people across the eastern US face huge challenges with the working week set to begin, following a massive snowstorm that virtually paralysed many cities. Public transport will be patchy, many roads are still treacherous and airports remain [...]

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Explorer dies in Antarctic crossing

Posted by Warren Fyfe on January 25, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright PA Image caption The Duke of Cambridge had supported Henry Worsley’s challenge Explorer Henry Worsley has died after suffering exhaustion and dehydration during an attempt to cross Antarctica. The former Army officer, 55, was 71 days into his bid to become the first person to cross the Antarctic unaided. In a statement, his [...]

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