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June 24, 2017 9:22 PM Cladding fire tests failed by 34 blocks in 17 areas

Cladding on 34 tower blocks in 17 council areas in England has failed fire safety tests, the government says. The results mean every sample has failed the tests so far. The government plans to test up to 600 blocks. The updated figures came as Camden became the first authority to evacuate residents over concerns, asking those living in four buildings 5

June 22, 2017 7:15 PM Doctors and patient advocates are slamming the Senate Republicans' healthcare plan

Doctors and patient groups slammed the Better Care Reconciliation Act released by Republican Senators on Thursday, taking issue in particular with Medicaid cuts in the bill. The groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and American Heart Association, are critical of Republican efforts to repeal and replace 3

June 22, 2017 9:52 AM Donald Trump touts plan for solar-panelled Mexico wall which 'pays for itself'

The President takes credit for his "good imagination", despite the idea appearing in a pitch to the US government in April. At a rally in Iowa, the President told supporters the addition would cover construction costs and provide cheap, renewable energy. Taking credit for the concept, Mr Trump said: "Pretty good imagination, right? My idea!" Despite 10

June 22, 2017 5:00 AM Minster gets £170k for new apprenticeships

YORK Minster has been given a big cash boost to invest in three new stonemasonry apprenticeships and help safeguard the future of the cathedral. The creation of three new apprenticeships will be funded by a £170,000 grant from Yorkshire, North and East Ridings Freemasons. The apprenticeships are being introduced over three years, with each individual 4

June 21, 2017 5:41 PM Trump, Saudi crown prince, vow to stifle terror financing

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has called Saudi Arabia's new crown prince to congratulate him on his elevation. The White House said Wednesday that Trump called Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to express their shared commitment to "cutting off all support for terrorists and extremists, as well as how to resolve the ongoing dispute with Qatar 4

June 21, 2017 8:05 AM Queen's Speech 2017: May promises 'humility'

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to work with "humility and resolve" as the government prepares to outline its legislative programme later. Brexit is expected to dominate the Queen's Speech, which will cover a two-year period instead of one. It is also expected to include measures on domestic violence and car insurance. The Conservatives are still 10

June 20, 2017 3:39 PM DUP warn Conservatives: Don't take us for granted

Democratic Unionist Party sources have urged the Conservatives to give a "greater focus" to their negotiations. A senior DUP source said the party could not be "taken for granted" - adding that if the PM could not reach a deal, "what does that mean for bigger negotiations she is involved in?" But sources told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg they believed 8

June 15, 2017 7:40 PM Iraqi PM Abadi postpones visit to Saudi Arabia amid Gulf rift

BAGHDAD, June 15 (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi postponed a Saudi Arabia to avoid taking sides in the rift between the kingdom and Qatar, Iraqi officials said on Thursday. Wednesday's planned visit was postponed "so that it would not be considered as supporting one side against the other", Jabbar al-Abadi, a lawmaker close to the prime 6

June 15, 2017 10:31 AM Qatar buys F-15 fighter planes in billion-dollar US deal

The sale was finalised at a meeting in Washington between US defence chief Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart. It comes days after US President Donald Trump accused Qatar - a major US ally - of funding terrorism "at a very high level" - a charge Qatar denies. Other Gulf countries recently cut ties with Doha, accusing it of destabilising the region 11

June 13, 2017 1:43 PM Tory deal with Ian Paisley's DUP risks return to violence in Northern Ireland, warns former PM John Major

John Major has delivered a stark warning that the Tories doing a deal with the DUP to stay in power risks undermining peace in Northern Ireland. The former PM said he feared the UK government would no longer be seen as an 'honest broker' between the sides, suggesting the 'hard men' could decide to take matters into their own hands again. He also cautioned 6