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Day: June 23, 2016

UK population rises by more than half a million to 65.1m
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK population rises by more than half a million to 65.1m

    The population of the UK increased by more than half a million in a year, official estimates have revealed. Natural growth - more births than deaths - of 171,800 and net international migration of 335,600 helped push the number of people living in the country to 65.1 million as of the middle of 2015. This was an increase over the year of 513,000, or 0.8%. The Office for National Statistics said the rise was similar to the average annual increase seen over the last decade. Population change due to the difference between births and deaths is at its lowest level since the year to mid-2006. The ONS said: "The number of births has decreased on last year's figure and is below the average for the period, while there was an increase in the number of deaths since last year, partly ...
EU referendum: Australian businesses join Remain campaign
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

EU referendum: Australian businesses join Remain campaign

    Australian business leaders have offered their support to the Remain' campaign, warning that a Brexit would generate financial instability in global markets. As Britons head to the polls on Thursday (23 June) for a historic vote which will shape the UK's future in the European Union, David McCredie, the chief executive of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce, urged them to vote to remain in the union. "There's a great deal of uncertainty and in the business environment," he said, adding 54% of the Chamber's members support the UK remaining in the EU. "Businesses love certainty, markets love certainty, and that sort of instability [from a Brexit] would be damaging and possibly crippling to the UK economy." The vote could also have huge implications for many businesses...
Turkish Foreign Minister: Removal of Gaza siege remains a demand for reconciliation agreement
Arab world, ENGLISH

Turkish Foreign Minister: Removal of Gaza siege remains a demand for reconciliation agreement

    The Turkish Foreign Minister stated today that Ankara will not back down from its demand to lift the blockade on Gaza. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared today (Thursday) that his country will not back down from the condition it set for the signing of an reconciliation agreement- the lifting of the siege on Gaza. Despite the talks between the Turkish and Israeli sources, Cavusoglu clarified that the lifting of the blockade is a necessary condition for normalizing the relations between the two countries. Cavusoglu’s statement comes after it was reported by Turkish news agencies that the two sides have reached a compromise, according to which Israel will allow Turkish aid for building hospitals and restoring infrastructures into the Gaza Strip. It was also re...
Banks on high alert as City sets up war rooms and fills cash machines
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Banks on high alert as City sets up war rooms and fills cash machines

    Major banks are preparing for two days of unprecedented uncertainty by stuffing cash machines full of money, placing senior bankers on high alert in emergency war rooms around the City and switching off computer-driven “black box” trading systems to avoid incurring huge losses in violent swings in shares, bonds and currency markets. With uncertainty about the precise moment the outcome of the EU referendum will be known, dealing rooms are opening across the City on Thursday night and into Friday morning to allow trades to be executed for customers needing to respond to the results of the 382 polling areas as they start to be announced. Unlike a general election, no exit polls have been commissioned by broadcasters and the first results are expected at 12.30am on Friday and...
Travel chaos as torrential downpour causes flooding in London and south east
ENGLISH, London

Travel chaos as torrential downpour causes flooding in London and south east

    Torrential downpours and flooding have swamped parts of London and the South East in the early hours of EU referendum day causing travel chaos. Thousands of morning rush hour commuters are facing severe delays after a huge thunderstorm last night caused a month's worth of rain to fall in just a few hours. Forecasters have issued red "immediate action" flood warnings as they predict more heavy downpours across East Anglia and the South East later today. Parts of the capital's rail network are suspended or delayed while several roads are currently submerged in deep rainwater with reports of several tube stations being closed. South West Trains services to and from London Waterloo were cancelled or delayed by up to an hour, while Greater Anglia services have also been suspend...