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Day: May 11, 2018

House prices are falling in UK
Featured, United Kingdom

House prices are falling in UK

    The housing market is dead. Britain’s biggest mortgage lender, the Halifax, says that prices fell in April by 3.1%, the biggest monthly drop in almost eight years. Newspapers bury this disastrous news way back in their editions for fear that it will spread gloom and despondency. We need to wean ourselves off this way of thinking. Falling house prices are not disastrous, and only in a country with such a perverted relationship with bricks and mortar could they be seen as such. In Germany, they scratch their heads in bemusement when they hear Britons boast of how the value of their house has soared. The Germans are right. Ever-rising house prices are a curse. They are bad for social mobility. They are bad for young people. And they are bad for the economy. The billi...
Terror attack targeting Russia’s Victory Day parade foiled
Featured, Russia

Terror attack targeting Russia’s Victory Day parade foiled

    Russian intelligence foiled a terror attack on this week’s massive Victory Day memorial march in Moscow, a top Russian diplomat has said. Around a million people marched through central Moscow on Wednesday in the annual Immortal Regiment rally, carrying pictures of family members killed during the Second World War. President Vladimir Putin and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined the march on May 9, the day when Russia marks the end of the war. Twenty people have been detained and 17 homes were searched as part of the investigation, he said. The announcement came as Russia prepares to host the World Cup next month. The FSB agency said four members of the suspected IS sleeper cell were detained in the Moscow region after they travelled from No...
The Queen will be one of the first to see Meghan Markle’s wedding dress
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The Queen will be one of the first to see Meghan Markle’s wedding dress

    Millions of viewers around the world will be watching with baited breath to catch that all-important first glance of Meghan Markle in her wedding dress on 19 May, but there is one member of the royal family who will have already had a sneak peek at the bride's beautiful gown - the Queen! Her Majesty is expected to see Meghan's designer dress at Windsor in the days leading up to the royal wedding, to ensure she approves of the design. HELLO!'s royal correspondent Emily Nash explained the tradition while speaking on royal podcast On Heir this week. "We understand that this is royal tradition," she said. The Queen also gave the Duchess of Cambridge's bespoke Alexander McQueen gown her seal of approval ahead of her marriage to Prince William in 2011, and will likely do...
Grenfell Tower painting will hang in Downing Street which given to PM by survivors
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Grenfell Tower painting will hang in Downing Street which given to PM by survivors

    A painting of Grenfell Tower is to be displayed in Downing Street after being presented to the Prime Minister at a meeting with survivors and families. Theresa May spoke with a group of people affected by the fire tragedy at Number 10 on Thursday evening. Among them was artist Damel Carayol, who lost his niece in the fire and presented the PM with a print of his painting Grenfell Tower: Eyesore!! Final Straw. We all hope and pray that nothing like this will ever happen again. Mr Carayol told Sky News that the painting was a painful expression of anger. A Downing Street spokesman said the painting would go through the usual process for any artwork given to Number 10 to decide where best it fits. Asked if it would be displayed somewhere in the building, he said: Y...
Ecuador bans Julian Assange from taking visitors and phone calls
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Ecuador bans Julian Assange from taking visitors and phone calls

    Julian Assange's doctors have said that his health is at risk due to his six-year confinement in the embassy. Ecuador has banned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from taking visitors and phones, it has been claimed. The whistleblower website tweeted that Mr Assange was being refused most forms of contact with the outside world by the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He has been living at the embassy since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over allegations of sex crimes, which he always denied. But Mr Assange is facing increasing isolation inside the embassy, with officials announcing in March that he was having his internet access curtailed. The Ecuadorian government said they were taking the measure in response to Mr Assange's recent activ...