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Day: November 19, 2017

Russia looks to prospect of future without Vladimir
ENGLISH, Europe

Russia looks to prospect of future without Vladimir

    The people expect it, his opponents are sure of it, his entourage is convinced of it. But Russia’s president is delaying. When Mr Putin chooses to run, he will win, and handsomely. The president remains popular with his base and possesses a well-oiled political machine that, as dependable as the rotation of the sun and the movements of the tide, will deliver a result between 60 per cent and 70 per cent in his favour. But behind the scenes things are less predictable. From interviews with academics, government and near-government players, some anonymous, The Independent can reveal a picture of intense uncertainty at the heart of power. It is a picture that shows the president’s grip on the Kremlin to be as strong as ever but only because it needs to be. Vladimir Putin is, s...
First child refugee from Greek camps comes to UK
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

First child refugee from Greek camps comes to UK

    More than a year after the UK government pledged to transfer hundreds of child refugees from Greece, the first unaccompanied minor from the country will arrive in London this week. However the 15-year-old Syrian is described by experts as profoundly traumatised because of the delay and has recently attempted to take his own life. Fourteen months have elapsed since the boy was first identified by the Home Office as especially vulnerable and eligible for immediate transfer. It has also emerged that Hammersmith and Fulham council in west London told the Home Office a year ago that it had a place for the teenager, but officials did not act on the offer a decision that charities say has caused irreversible damage to the child, who has lost contact with his family in Syria. Gian...
Zimbabwe’s ruling party fires Robert Mugabe as leader
Africa world, ENGLISH

Zimbabwe’s ruling party fires Robert Mugabe as leader

    The ruling party of Zimbabwe has voted to sack Robert Mugabe as its leader and has appointed the vice-president the veteran autocrat fired two weeks ago in his place. The vote by hundreds of senior Zanu-PF officials in Harare on Sunday significantly weakens the position of Mugabe who has refused to step down following a military takeover last week despite huge marches demanding that he leaves power. Zimbabwe’s parliament will reconvene on Tuesday after a week-long suspension and is expecting to move to impeach the president if he has not given up power. The committee also stripped Grace Mugabe, the divisive first lady, of her position as chair of the party’s women’s league. When the motion was passed, removing Mugabe from the head of the party and reinstating Mnan...
Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond claims there are NO unemployed people in a spectacular
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond claims there are NO unemployed people in a spectacular

    The millionaire Tory Chancellor has claimed there are no unemployed people in a spectacular live TV gaffe. Philip Hammond made the car-crash comment, despite official figures showing 1.425million out of work, in the middle of his biggest interview ahead of this week's Budget which could make or break his career. His last Budget in the Spring was a shambles after he had to abandon tax hikes for a self-employed. And he is battling for his job after clashing with pro-Brexit Cabinet colleagues. Either we embrace change and we put ourselves at the forefront of it or we try to hide from change and we allow ourselves to slip behind. He added: I remember 20 years ago we were worrying about what was going to happen to the million shorthand typists in Britain as the personal compute...
Snow set to hit Britain as temperatures plunge
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Snow set to hit Britain as temperatures plunge

    The UK is set to see snow fall this weekend as temperatures plunge, as one weather expert has predicted that Britain will experience its whitest winter in 27 years. Snow is expected to reach northern Scotland later this weekend, with temperatures expected to dip below 0 C, the Met Office told The Independent. Starting Sunday evening, when the rain starts to push in, snow will be falling above a few hundred metres, said forecaster Helen Roberts. But, Ms Roberts warned: The main risk is going to be into Monday, when we see a band of rain pushing in from the west and bumping up against cold air already in situ. That will be north of the Central Belt. What that means for Monday morning’s commute is that there could be a bit of disruption. The Met Office said residents of centr...