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70% in work scheme ‘don’t get jobs’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Nearly 70% of people who go through the government’s main welfare-to-work scheme fail to find sustained employment, a committee of MPs says. The Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee said the £5bn Work Programme – launched in … Continue reading

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Term-time holiday fines ‘unworkable’

Image copyright Tomwang112 Image caption Parents can be fined for taking children out of lessons for holidays A “common sense approach” should be applied to parents in England taking children out of school for holidays, the Local Government Association says. … Continue reading

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Hospitals to get own savings targets

Image copyright SPL Hospitals in England are being given their own individual savings targets as part of a drive to save money. The figures are being sent to 137 hospital trusts by Lord Carter, who has been appointed by the … Continue reading

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Fans ‘left weeping’ as 1D cancel show

Image copyright PA Image caption Liam Payne (L) and his band mates sold out three shows in Belfast One Direction have cancelled a Belfast concert at the last minute after band member Liam Payne became sick and could not go … Continue reading

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Obama taps Lisa Fairfax and Hester Peirce to serve on U.S. SEC

By Sarah N. Lynch and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday selected Democrat Lisa Fairfax and Republican Hester Peirce to serve on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, after months of delays and pressure from liberal … Continue reading

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Asia shares subdued, euro steady before ECB

By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian equities got off to a sluggish start on Wednesday as concerns about corporate earnings hobbled Wall Street while investors counted down to the European Central Bank’s policy meeting later in the week. MSCI’s … Continue reading

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Tokyo stocks lead Asia gains as Japan data fuel stimulus talk

Hong Kong (AFP) – A fall in Japanese exports to China in September fanned expectations that Tokyo will unveil fresh stimulus, putting pressure on the yen and helping the country’s main stock market lead an Asia equities rally on Wednesday. … Continue reading

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Uber CEO says China now accounts for about 30 percent of trips

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Chief Executive Travis Kalanick said about 30 percent of the ride-hailing company’s trips now take place in China, underlining how important the world’s second-biggest economy is to Uber’s global growth ambitions. Speaking on Tuesday at a … Continue reading

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Rep. Ryan lays out conditions for seeking speaker’s job

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Paul Ryan will run for House of Representatives speaker if he receives endorsements from all factions of the deeply divided Republican members, a Ryan spokesman said on Tuesday. “If the members agree with his requests and share … Continue reading

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Democrats mull exit from Benghazi panel: U.S. House member

WASHINGTON Democrats on a U.S. House of Representatives panel set up to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks will discuss resigning from the committee after Hillary Clinton testifies before it this week, a Democratic member of the panel told Reuters on … Continue reading

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