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January 16, 2019 4:45 AM Trump's White House DOUBLES cost of US government shutdown as 800,000 STILL without pay

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s administration has doubled the estimated cost to the US economy caused by a partial government shutdown over the Mexico border wall funding row. The US government has been partially “shut down” for the longest period in American history. The measure came into force shortly before Christmas because Trump could not secure funding 469

January 5, 2019 4:00 AM UK announces Iraq explosive clearance funds

The UK is to give an extra £5m to help clear Islamic State (IS) explosives in Iraq, the government has announced. The Department for International Development (DfID) funding is in addition to the £24.9m the UK has contributed to demining projects in the country since 2015. The UK is committed to spending 0.7% of gross national income on overseas aid - spending 81

January 4, 2019 3:26 AM US House passes bill to END government shutdown

THE NEW Democratic-held US House has ignored the threat of a Donald Trump veto and approved a bill to end the partial government shutdown for several agencies with funding until September 30. The House vote on Thursday night was partly a political ploy by the Democrats to put pressure on Senate Republicans, who voted in the build-up to the partial government 117

December 31, 2018 12:39 AM Philip Hammond 'HOLDS BACK' vital Brexit funding in catastrophic blow for UK

SENIOR cabinet officials have accused the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, of stopping the necessary funding required to prepare the UK for Brexit. The Housing Secretary, James Brokenshire, has complained to the Treasury, saying his department has only received half of what was required to prepare local councils for Brexit. Mr Brokenshire's department only received 77

December 28, 2018 2:59 AM More than half a million potholes reported last year

More than half a million potholes were reported by members of the public to local authorities for repair last year, according to new research. The RAC claims the "shocking" figures prove road conditions are worsening. The data was obtained from Freedom of Information requests to the 212 councils responsible for roads in Great Britain, of which 161 authorities 77

December 12, 2018 4:33 AM US sends Iraq PROVOCATIVE demand as nuclear sanctions bite

PRESIDENT Trump’s energy secretary has visited Iraq to demand the country end its reliance on Iranian gas and electricity, and open its energy sector to US investment, as the Trump administration steps up pressure on Iran after quitting the nuclear deal. Rick Perry accompanied the largest ever US trade delegation during a visit to Iraq. Iraq was granted 90

December 10, 2018 1:15 PM Delayed Crossrail nets up to £2bn in new financing

It is hoped that the money - the bulk of which will come from the Greater London Authority (GLA) through a government borrowing facility - will cover additional costs to allow completion. However, the timetable was on course to be put back further as no firm date could be committed to. The Elizabeth Line - running from Reading and Heathrow in the west through 81

November 30, 2018 2:40 PM Rangers chairman Dave King says some shareholders have links to organised crime

Rangers chairman Dave King has told a court he suspects some shareholders in the club have links to organised crime. At the Court of Session of Edinburgh, King said he is now "100% committed" to making an offer for the remainder of the club's shareholding. He was ordered to do so after being found to have worked with others when taking control of the club in 2015. But King said he could 57

November 28, 2018 1:21 AM NHS crackdown on silk garment prescriptions

NHS England has announced plans to curb the prescription of "low-priority" items like silk garments. There is limited evidence the clothing helps people with eczema and dermatitis enough to justify prescribing it, a consultation document says. Officials are proposing taking eight items off the NHS prescription list under plans aimed at saving £68m a year. Many prescribers 72

November 21, 2018 10:30 PM May unveils ‘major’ Brexit boost to NHS reforms – 'Taking back control of OUR money'

A BREXIT cash boost will help fund health care reforms that keep more patients out of hospital by treating them in their own homes, Theresa May has announced. As well as improving patients’ health, the changes are also expected to cut NHS costs, free up beds and reduce waiting times. It is hoped the overhaul will also ease the pressure on over-stretched 58