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Housing white paper: Building homes faster

The government is promising to do more for those who rent their homes, it is set to unveil its housing strategy for England this week. The policy document will include measures to encourage " build to rent " developers, and to ensure more secure longer-term tenancies are more widely available in the private sector. Read More

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No feud in family, Akhilesh will be next CM: Mulayam Singh Yadav

No feud in family, Akhilesh will be next CM: Mulayam Singh Yadav

He referred the other parties as SCAM - Samajwadi Party, Congress, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati and asked the voters to vote for BJP to bring a new look to the biggest state in the country. On the SP-Congress poll alliance, the Chief Minister said, "It has accelerated the pace of SP's cycle.We did not act like a miser friend". Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addressed rallies at Shamli, Muzaffarnagar and Iglas and said the alliance with SP "mirrors the bright future of UP". Read More

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Afghan Conflict Produces 'Appalling' Record High 2016 Civilian Casualty Count

Afghan Conflict Produces 'Appalling' Record High 2016 Civilian Casualty Count

A total of 3,498 civilians were killed and 7,920 were wounded in conflicts there in 2016 - a combined increase of three percent over the previous year - United Nations investigators said . "This appalling conflict destroys lives and tears communities apart in every corner of Afghanistan", Tadamichi Yamamoto , the ranking United Nations official in Kabul, said in a statement accompanying the report. Read More

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Myanmar army killed, raped Rohingya Muslims

During the meeting, Md Shahidul said he understands the concerns of Malaysians and promises to get more information from the government of Bangladesh over the matter. The report described "area clearance operations" - gunfire and grenades dropped on villages from helicopters - which are suspected to have killed hundreds. Read More

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Milo Yiannopoulos to return to Cal

To the horror of some of its members, the American Civil Liberties Union went to court to defend the neo-Nazi group , citing its First Amendment speech and assembly rights and calling for "freedom for the speech we hate". "This was a group of agitators who were masked up, throwing rocks, commercial grade fireworks and Molotov cocktails at officers", said UC Berkeley Police Chief Margo Bennet. Read More

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'Nothing's off the table': Trump won't rule out military action in Iran

'Nothing's off the table': Trump won't rule out military action in Iran

That was followed up by tweets from President Trump this morning. The US claimed the test violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231 which called on Iran " not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles ". Iranian officials have slammed such statements as foreign meddling in the country's domestic defense agenda, saying that such missile tests were the nation's inalienable right to self-defense. Read More

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Widespread protests over Donald Trump's travel ban

Widespread protests over Donald Trump's travel ban

Furor over the travel ban has tarnished what British officials had considered a highly successful trip to Washington by Prime Minister Theresa May. May was the first foreign official to visit the White House after Trump's inauguration. The British parliament will hold a debate on calls to cancel Donald Trump's state visit due to be hosted by the Queen this year, after 1.6m people signed a petition in support of scrapping or downgrading the invitation. Read More

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Yikes! US woman gets pet snake stuck in large ear piercing!

As it turns out, he wasn't in attack mode, he was just trying to hide in the hole created by her gauge ear-piercing. Glawe went to the emergency room where they applied lubrication and removed the snake. Glawe was left with a bruised ear and the snake had no injuries. "He acted like nothing even happened and was totally chill", Glawe said. Glawe's "gauged" earlobes - in which the pierced lobe has been stretched into a see-through hole - proved to be irresistible for Bart, who decided one ... Read More

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Iran conducts first ballistic missile test since Trump took office

Iran conducts first ballistic missile test since Trump took office

Fox's report cited US officials in reporting that the missile test was carried out Sunday at a site near Semnan, about 150 miles east of Tehran. Meanwhile, the regime-aligned Tasnim news agency quoted a top-ranking Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander as saying on Sunday that Iran was "among a handful of countries that have gained the knowhow" to build ballistic missiles that can hit moving targets. Read More

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Akhilesh and Rahul say 'SP-Congress alliance possible for 2019 general polls'

Akhilesh and Rahul say 'SP-Congress alliance possible for 2019 general polls'

Political analysts in UP say Mulayam's latest statement against his son is an attempt to mobilise that section of the party that backed Akhilesh but was left out in the electoral race because of the alliance with the Congress . This came a day after another senior Mulayam aide and former minister Narad Rai, who was shunted out by the U.P. Chief Minister, shifted to the BSP and will now fight on its ticket from Ballia. Read More

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Trump considers a 20 percent tariff on Mexican goods to fund wall

Trump considers a 20 percent tariff on Mexican goods to fund wall

During his speech at the Republican retreat in Philadelphia Thursday, Trump said he and Peña Nieto "agreed" to cancel their planned meeting. In only a week, Trump pulled the U.S. Trump ruffled feathers with Mexico from the start of the presidential campaign that led to his election victory on November 8. Trump wants to pay for his proposed southern border wall by slapping a 20 per cent tax on imports from Mexico. Read More

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Top North Korean defector says Kim Jung-un's days "are numbered"

North and South Korea are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. More North Korean diplomats were preparing to follow his lead, he said. Thae would not reveal how he arranged it, but he managed to bring both his children to London. The best way to force change in the isolated north, Thae believes, is to spread outside information there to help ordinary citizens eventually rebel. Read More

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German SPD chief Gabriel makes way for Schulz to run against Merkel

Germany's Social Democrats chief Sigmar Gabriel on Tuesday (Jan 24) said the party leadership had nominated former European Parliament head Martin Schulz to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in September's general elections. German media said Mr Gabriel was instead eyeing the foreign minister brief. Party sources told German news agency DPA that Brigitte Zypries , a former justice minister, would take over the economy brief. Read More

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What is the Mexico City abortion rule?

What is the Mexico City abortion rule?

Trump's Global Gag Rule means that worldwide nongovernmental organizations receiving US family planning funding can not include abortion information or services in their clinics. "We know from the past that when the "Global Gag Rule" is in place, unsafe abortions increase , along with maternal mortality". The global gag rule has had global consequences on reproductive health care. Read More

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Mexican drug kingpin 'El Chapo' pleads not guilty in U.S. court

Mexican drug kingpin 'El Chapo' pleads not guilty in U.S. court

Though Mexico frequently extradites drug traffickers, officials there had previously said they wanted Guzman to serve his sentence in Mexico before being sent north. In Mexico, Deputy Attorney General Alberto Elias Beltran told reporters late Thursday that Guzman still faces formal charges in 10 other cases. Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will stand in a US courtroom, two decades after he was first sought by federal authorities. Read More

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Kentucky Unemployment Rate Holds at 4.8 Percent

Fresno County's annual average unemployment rate dipped below 10 percent past year - the first time it has been in single digits since 2007. The nationwide unemployment rate for December was 4.7 percent. The traffic, transportation and utilities sector also made gains in December, up 100 jobs, but is down 300 positions from the same time a year ago, the Employment Development Department reported. Read More

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Gambia's defense chief supports new president

Gambia's defense chief supports new president

Barrow took the oath of office on Thursday at Gambia's embassy in Senegal, calling for global support from West Africa's ECOWAS bloc, the African Union and the United Nations. But a peaceful transition of power now looks increasingly likely since Mr. Badjie acknowledged Barrow's legitimacy as the nation's new president and commander-in-chief. Read More

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Vladimir Putin has hailed Russia's prostitutes as 'the best in the world'

On March 6, 17 and 20 and then on December 19 of 2014, President Obama issued sanctions via four separate executive orders targeting Russian individuals and entities in direct response to the military actions in Ukraine. Putin also sarcastically suggested that Trump, who met the world's most handsome women at the pageant, had a better choice for female companionship than Moscow prostitutes, even though Putin claimed "they are also the best in the world". Read More

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Wife of Pulse Nightclub shooter arrested in the Bay Area

Salman will be making her first court appearance on Tuesday. Noor Salman , wife of the Pulse nightclub shooter, will face federal charges filed in Florida's Middle District. Noor Salman also stated that her marriage had been rocky and her husband had become increasingly violent, even becoming physically abusive. Rodeo is a small city, with a population of 8,600, in Contra Costa County near the San Pablo Bay - about 45 minutes from San Francisco . Read More

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