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Day: November 22, 2017

Poll reveals generational split over economy
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Poll reveals generational split over economy

    A huge inter-generational divide has been revealed over whether Labour or the Conservatives would be best at running the economy. Despite both parties being neck-and-neck overall, a Sky Data poll found huge splits between young and old. Of 18 to 34-year-olds, 62% want Labour in charge of the nation's finances, versus 28% for the Tories. 's party also scrapes a narrow win among 35 to 54-year-olds, who favour it 41% to the Conservatives' 39%. But among those aged over 55, 56% would prefer Theresa May's party ran the economy, with Labour trailing on 28%. Among all ages, 43% of people say they want a Conservative chancellor, versus 41% for Labour. The revelation comes ahead of Philip Hammond's autumn Budget on Wednesday, which is expected to offer a boon to young people in a b...
Hammond and May’s relationship at breaking point ahead of worst Budget build-up in history
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Hammond and May’s relationship at breaking point ahead of worst Budget build-up in history

    The Budget is set to be a make or break moment for the chancellor Philip Hammond as ties between him and the prime minister Theresa May are at breaking point. Concern was mounting in Downing Street at a lacklustre run-up to the Budget which is titled Building a Britain Fit for the Future, and is considered one of the most important moments of May's premiership. Hammond has been criticised for an interview on the BBC in which he appeared to say there were no unemployed people in the UK. There were also reports of panic in Downing Street, with one Cabinet source describing it as the worst Budget build-up in history and another minister telling the Telegraph: They've cleared the decks for him (Hammond), he can have no excuses. It is his Budget, he will stand or fall by it. Th...
Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday
Africa world, ENGLISH

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday

    Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Friday following the resignation of Robert Mugabe after nearly four decades in power, state broadcaster ZBC reported on Wednesday. Mnangagwa, who fled for his safety after Mugabe sacked him two weeks ago, will land at Manyame Airbase in Harare at 6pm (1600 GMT), ZBC said. Mnangagwa’s sacking prompted the military takeover that forced Mugabe out. Mugabe’s downfall came suddenly for a man once feted across Africa as a liberation hero for leading his country to independence from Britain in 1980 after a war. The 93-year-old had clung on for a week after the army takeover, with ZANU-PF urging him to go. He finally resigned on Tuesday moments after parliament began an impeachment process...
N. Korea calls terror relisting serious provocation by Trump
America, ENGLISH

N. Korea calls terror relisting serious provocation by Trump

    North Korea denounced on Wednesday US President Donald Trump’s decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism, calling it a ‘serious provocation and violent infringement’, North Korean state media reported. Trump put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism on Monday, a designation that allows the United States to impose more sanctions and risks inflaming tension over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programmes. In North Korea’s first reaction to the designation, a spokesman for the foreign ministry denied in an interview with the state media outlet KCNA, that his government engaged in any terrorism. He called the state sponsor of terrorism label ‘just a tool for American style authoritarianism that can be attached or removed at any time in...
2 top North Korean military officers punished
ENGLISH, Europe

2 top North Korean military officers punished

    South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Monday that North Korea has punished two of its top military officers, including one widely seen as its second-most powerful official, during a highly unusual inspection of the military's powerful political bureau. According to a lawmaker who attended the closed-door briefing by the National Intelligence Service, it said the inspection of the North Korean military's General Political Bureau was the first of its kind in 20 years and occurred because of its impure attitude, which it did not describe. The spy agency said it obtained intelligence that the head of the bureau, Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So, his top deputy, Kim Wong Hong, and other officers were punished, according to the lawmaker, Kim Byung kee. Hwang's position as the milit...