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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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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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Top U.S. general seeks momentum in Iraq, bucks ‘stalemate’ label

BAGHDAD U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford, who took over this month as America’s top military officer, pledged on Tuesday to seek new ways to build momentum in Iraq’s battle against Islamic State and bucked descriptions of the conflict as a … Continue reading

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Slovenia gives army more power amid migrant crisis

LJUBLJANA The Slovenian parliament passed legislation early on Wednesday that will give the army more power to help police guarding the state border as thousands of migrants flood into the country from Croatia after Hungary sealed off its border. The … Continue reading

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Girl dies nearly nine years after crash

Image caption Cerys Edwards would be sadly missed, her family said A girl left brain-damaged in a crash caused by a speeding driver has died, after being on a ventilator for almost nine years. Cerys Edwards was 11 months old … Continue reading

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IRA ‘army council’ still exists

Media captionNorthern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers: “The Provisional IRA of The Troubles is well beyond recall” The IRA’s ruling body, the ‘army council’ still exists, but has a “wholly political focus”, says the Northern Ireland secretary. Theresa Villiers was detailing … Continue reading

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