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Day: April 26, 2016

Immigration Bill: MPs vote against child refugee amendment
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Immigration Bill: MPs vote against child refugee amendment

    The Independent Two million refugee children are already holed up in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan (Picture: [copyright]) MPs’ have voted against an attempt to compel the Government to offer sanctuary in the UK to 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe. Labour peer Lord Dub’s amendment to the Immigration bill was rejected 294 to 276, giving a majority of 18, following a Commons debate on Monday. The Government resisted defeat despite suggestions Tory rebels may defy their party and back the Lord Dub's proposal who was saved from the Nazis and brought to London on the Kindertransport programme and led a parliamentary campaign to take in youngsters from camps near Calais and elsewhere in Europe who, he says, are hugely vulnerable to exploitation, sexual violence and dis...
Junior doctors strike: When does the walkout start? Why are doctors striking? What services will still be available?
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Junior doctors strike: When does the walkout start? Why are doctors striking? What services will still be available?

    A picket line outside the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, as thousands of junior doctors begun the first all-out strike in the history of the NHS after the Health Secretary said the Government would not be "blackmailed" into dropping its… Junior doctors are once again walking out on strike over a new contract being imposed by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Here’s everything you need to know about it. What time does the junior doctors’ strike start? This week’s junior doctors strike lasts for two working days. It starts at 8am on Tuesday 26 April, and goes on until 5pm the same day. It then resumes at 8am on Wednesday 27 April and continues until 5pm that day, when it ends. Will emergency care still be available during the strike? Junior doctors will not be provid...
BHS paid more than £25m to owner in 13 months before administration: Denies speculation it is close to collapse
ENGLISH, London

BHS paid more than £25m to owner in 13 months before administration: Denies speculation it is close to collapse

    Almost 11,000 jobs are at risk after BHS called in administrators on Monday, the UK’s biggest high street failure since the collapse of Woolworths in 2008. Sources with knowledge of BHS’s finances say that the payments to Retail Acquisitions included £2.8m in management fees, £2.1m in salaries and wages, £11m in legal and professional fees and £10m in interest payments. BHS is battling to raise £100m to pay staff wages and continue trading, with 10,000 jobs at risk at the struggling department store chain. The retailer is still trying to obtain emergency funding almost four weeks after creditors approved a survival plan that involved landlords accepting deep cuts to the rent on stores. The man behind Retail Acquisitions is Dominic Chappell, a former racing driver who has b...
British police department perplexed by giant foot shaped vehicle
ENGLISH, London

British police department perplexed by giant foot shaped vehicle

    Members of a British police department were left scratching their heads when an officer snapped a picture of an unusual motor vehicle -- a giant foot. The photo, posted to Twitter by police in London's Wandsworth borough, shows a man driving the giant, motorized foot Sunday while a woman in a captain's uniform assists him. Spotted near Balham Tube, a typical day in Wandsworth...(anyone have an explanation?) the tweet read. Twitter users dug into the mystery of the mobile foot and discovered the footmobile was a promotion for the Wandsworth Arts Fringe festival. The festival said the foot was masterminded by the Ministry of Silly Ideas. Another Twitter user who spotted the strange vehicle riding around town shared -- ahem -- footage of the vehicle in motion.
US officer was stabbed to death at his own home in Dhaka: Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibility
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

US officer was stabbed to death at his own home in Dhaka: Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibility

    Two cases were filed one by family over the murders and the other by police for assault on a cop in connection with the gruesome Kalabagan double murders. Minhaj Mannan, elder brother of slain LGBT magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan, sued unknown people over the twin murders with Kalabagan Police Station. In a Tweet from an account Ansar Al Islam, the suspected militant group spread two separate messages today, one in Bangla and the other in English, claiming the responsibility. Murder of Xulhaz drew strong condemnation from local and international quarters including the United States, United Kingdom and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Bangladesh unit of al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent, Ansar Al Islam, has allegedly claimed responsibility of murdering a LGBT ma...