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March 5, 2018 2:55 PM Carers who take a break to look after their family will be helped back into work as Home Secretary announces £1.5million fund

Carers are to benefit from a new £1.5 million fund that will help them return to work in the private sector after time out looking after those who need help, the Home Secretary has announced. Amber Rudd, who also has responsibility for women and equalities, said it was 'truly striking' that nearly nine out of 10 people out of paid work because they are caring 41

March 5, 2018 12:04 PM Survey shows UK economy picked up in February

LONDON (AP) - A closely monitored survey is indicating that the British economy picked up in February following a subdued start to the year, with the crucial services sector shoring up growth. In a survey Monday, financial information firm IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute for Procurement & Supply, said their 'all-sector' purchasing managers' index 24

March 4, 2018 2:51 AM British film going from strength to strength – Baroness Fairhead

Film and television exports from the UK are going from “strength to strength”, trade minister Baroness Fairhead has said, as British films such as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Darkest Hour and Dunkirk compete for Oscars. The industry is worth £5.5 billion, with the US making up 47% of the market for British film exports, according to the Department 59

March 1, 2018 3:45 AM NSW, Qld lead Aust fossil fuel emissions

Conservationists say the fact Australia's greenhouse emissions have jumped again proves the country is "a global laggard" when it comes to tackling global warming. Federal government figures released on Wednesday show greenhouse gas pollution levels increased by 0.8 per cent across Australia for the year to September 2017. Australian National University 20

February 27, 2018 5:01 AM Singapore men convicted over Airbnb rentals

Two Singaporean men pleaded guilty Tuesday to letting out apartments on Airbnb without official permission, the first such case in the city-state under new rules against short-term rentals. Housing is a sensitive issue in rich but land-starved Singapore where more than 80 percent of the population lives in government-subsidised apartments 25

February 22, 2018 1:34 PM Emotions run high on university pickets

Ashley Hayward stands anxiously on the picket line outside the Senate House library in the heart of Bloomsbury, central London. As cries of: "Don't go to your classes today, don't cross the picket," ring out, the stress tells on the 19-year-old's face. Edging forward, the first-year ancient-languages student seems distressed and a little angry. "I completely 35

February 19, 2018 4:10 PM Rafael Nadal makes surprising claim over Roger Federer and world No.1 return

Rafael Nadal has indicated he will not compromise his schedule in an attempt to return to world number one after Roger Federer became the oldest player to top the rankings in tennis history. The 36-year-old only need a semi-final finish at last week's Rotterdam Open to replace the Spaniard at the summit of the ATP standings, but went on to scoop his second 71

February 16, 2018 4:48 AM Third of music venues under financial threat, national survey shows

Live music venues should be thought of as cultural assets like museums and art galleries, university researchers say. One third of nearly 200 venues surveyed claimed that business rate rises were having a negative impact. The census also found that one in three small live music venues are experiencing problems with property development and noise complaints 67

February 15, 2018 12:53 AM The Latest: Romney delays announcement after school shooting

Republican Mitt Romney says he's postponing an announcement planned for Thursday about Utah's Senate race because of the deadly school shooting in Florida. FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about the tech sector during an industry conference, in Salt Lake City. Romney plans to announce 17

February 12, 2018 6:32 PM Trump's controversial tax cuts and military spending spree herald $1 trillion federal deficit

President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for next year that heralds an era of $1 trillion-plus federal deficit. President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for next year that heralds an era of $1 trillion-plus federal deficits and — unlike the plan he released last year — never comes close to promising a balanced ledger even after 85