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Day: November 16, 2016

Iraqis paid to travel abroad by UK taxpayer to give evidence against British war veterans
Arab world, ENGLISH

Iraqis paid to travel abroad by UK taxpayer to give evidence against British war veterans

    The Iraqis, who have accused troops of abuse over incidents dating back as long ago as 2003, are given spending and living allowances after being flown to hotels overseas for interviews. A controversial law firm, that shut down over alleged irregularities over its conduct in Iraq, has also been paid money out of public funds to attend the interviews in Turkey and Lebanon. A senior MP said the payments could act as a ‘lucrative’ incentive for Iraqis to make claims of abuse. MPs questioned why the interviews are not carried out by video link. The admission over payments followed a series of further damaging revelations made to a defence select committee investigating the treatment of troops. The parliamentary inquiry heard that British troops are being subjected to secret su...
Trump could be natural ally: Assad says
Arab world, ENGLISH

Trump could be natural ally: Assad says

    Syrian President Bashar al Assad has said Donald Trump could be a natural ally if he fulfils his pledge to fight terrorists. Speaking for the first time on Mr Trump's unexpected election victory, Mr Assad said he was unsure the US President-elect would be able to keep his word and step up the fight against jihadists. If...he is going to fight the terrorists, of course we are going to be ally, natural ally in that regard with the Russian, with the Iranian, with many other countries," Mr Assad told Portugal's RTP state television. On Friday, Mr Trump indicated that he will focus on fighting Islamic State in Syria rather than attempting to oust Mr Assad's regime. He told the Wall Street Journal he had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria", adding: We're backing reb...
Angela Merkel suggests to compromise on free movement in the wake of Brexit
ENGLISH, Europe

Angela Merkel suggests to compromise on free movement in the wake of Brexit

    Angela Merkel suggests she is willing to compromise on free movement in the wake of Brexit Angela Merkel has for the first time signalled that she is willing to compromise on the issue of freedom of movement in the wake of Britain’s Brexit vote. In comments seen as a significant shift, the German Chancellor suggested that the European Union needs to “discuss further” the rules around freedom of movement. It suggests for the first time that Britain may be able to gain full control of its borders while still retaining access to the single market, something that EU leaders including Jean-Claude Juncker have previously said would be impossible. Until now, Mrs Merkel has always insisted that there would never be any movement on the issue of freedom of movement, which gives EU c...
Donald Trump and Brexit: Post-truth named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries
America, ENGLISH

Donald Trump and Brexit: Post-truth named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries

    In the era of Donald Trump and Brexit, Oxford Dictionaries has declared post-truth to be its international word of the year. Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, editors said that use of the term “post-truth” had increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year. The spike in usage, it said, is “in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States”. Oxford Dictionaries’s word of the year is intended to “reflect the passing year in language”, with post-truth following the controversial choice last year of the “face with tears of joy” emoji. The publishe...
One bedroom flat £1 for auction in Liverpool
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

One bedroom flat £1 for auction in Liverpool

    A one-bedroom flat in Liverpool is set to go under the hammer later this month with a guide price of just £1. Within the range of any first-time buyer - or even a six-year-old with a bit of spare pocket money - it could be the cheapest home in Britain. The ground floor flat, in Crosfield Close near Wavertree Botanical Gardens, needs a fair bit of work. But it has a good-sized bedroom, a small lounge, a separate kitchen and bathroom. There are communal gardens and off-street parking outside. "The property location offers easy access to local amenities, local schools and recreational facilities," say agents SDL Graham Penny. "Easy access to public transport links to surrounding areas and Liverpool city centre, Royal Liverpool University Hospital and surrounding universities....