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September 17, 2018 8:13 PM Turkish lira crisis: Lira PLUNGES as president Erdogan escalates row with banking sector

THE Turkish lira has been plunged into crisis again after president Recep Tayyip Erdogan escalated his dispute with Turkey’s banking sector, by calling for an investigation into links with members of the opposition. Last week concerns from investors were eased by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey’s surprise decision to increase its key interest 7

September 14, 2018 9:02 AM Typhoon Mangkhut tracker: What time will super typhoon hit Philippines?

TYPHOON Mangkhut is bearing down on the Philippines triggering the evacuations of millions of people and deployment of soldiers. What time will the super typhoon hit the Philippines? Soldiers have been deployed to aid with preparations for the deadly storm’s arrival, and the International Red Cross have begun stockpiling supplies to help those displaced 11

September 14, 2018 2:09 AM Julia Hartley-Brewer HITS OUT at People's Vote

THE PEOPLE’s vote for a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union is an affront to democracy only wanted by those who lost, political commentator Julia Hartley-Brewer has claimed. Speaking on the BBC’s Question Time programme, which has recently returned to UK screens after the Parliamentary summer recess, Ms Hartley-Brewer expressed 11

September 9, 2018 4:36 PM Payout for ex-scout leader after niqab Darth Vader row

A scout leader who was expelled from the movement for comparing a colleague canoeing in a niqab to Darth Vadar has accepted an out-of-court settlement. Brian Walker, 62, wrote to the Scout's magazine saying a leader taking girls canoeing in a niqab would "most likely drown" wearing "that Darth Vader tent". Mr Walker, who took legal action against the scouts 12

September 8, 2018 6:58 PM NATIONAL: Asda customers swipe baskets as 5p bags phased out

Asda pledged in February to end the sale of 5p single-use plastic carrier bags by the end of the year, but customers will still be able to buy larger and sturdier bags for life for 9p. An Asda spokesman said: "After listening to our customers and their concerns about plastic, we made the decision to phase out our single-use plastic bags, in all of our stores 8

September 8, 2018 5:02 AM Sir David Crausby MP wants to talk

The surgeries, which Sir David is calling his Constituency Conversation, start on September 17. Sir David said: “I don’t want to spend my autumn just listening to more political speeches at the party conferences. "I want to talk with Boltonians about the issues affecting their lives, the community and our country. "I look forward to meeting lots of local 11

September 7, 2018 11:17 AM Residents angry at plans for new homes in Hove

Two previous applications to build a three-storey five-bedroom house in place of the bungalow in Tongdean Road were refused. One neighbour, Elaine Noble, raised concerns about increased noise due to more people living on the site. She said: “There will be a huge increase in noise and disturbance both during the building work but also when the flats and maisonette 9

September 5, 2018 5:04 AM Abuse case: NSPCC guidance for parents

“Speaking out about abuse requires an enormous amount of courage and the NSPCC is visiting primary schools in Bolton with its ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ service, empowering children to spot the signs and to talk to a trusted adult if they ever experience it.” The NSPCC’s Speak Out, Stay Safe service visited 43 schools and 12,386 pupils in Bolton during the last academic 8

September 4, 2018 10:47 AM Outrage as Scotland's national dish rebranded 'Great British Haggis'

Outrage as food producer rebrands Scotland's national dish the 'Great British Haggis' to broaden its appeal A Scots haggis maker has been slammed online for rebranding the iconic dish as the 'Great British Haggis' in a bid to broaden its appeal. Stahly Quality Foods launched the new product earlier this year which they say is 'dressed to appeal to a wider 8

September 3, 2018 5:44 AM China's Xi pledges $60 billion in financing for Africa

China's Xi pledges $60 billion in financing for Africa BEIJING (AP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday pledged $60 billion in financing for projects in Africa in the form of assistance, investment and loans, as China furthers efforts to link the continent's economic prospects to its own. Speaking to a gathering of African leaders in Beijing, Xi said the figure 7