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Miliband plans ‘to curb rip-off rent’

Rent increases would be capped at inflation and tenants given standard three-year contracts under Labour plans to stop tenants being “ripped off”. Leader Ed Miliband said his party would also give tenants the right to know what rent their predecessors … Continue reading

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Magic of London helped

Three-time winner Paula Radcliffe said the “magic of the London Marathon” helped her finish as she ran the race for the last time competitively. Briton Radcliffe, 41, ran the 26.2-mile course in two hours 36 minutes 55 seconds, less than … Continue reading

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No ‘lack of drive’ in campaign

Having a strong economy “matters more than anything”, David Cameron told supporters as he said there was “no lack of drive” in the Conservative campaign. “If you want political theatre – go to Hollywood,” the prime minister said. Mr Cameron … Continue reading

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Syrian jets pound insurgent-held town: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian jets killed at least 34 people in air strikes on the town of Jisr al-Shughour in northwestern Syria on Sunday, a group monitoring the war said, one day after it was seized by Islamist fighters closing … Continue reading

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German Chancellor, Greek PM agree to stay in touch to reach debt deal

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone conversation on Sunday to maintain contact during talks between Athens and its lenders to reach a debt deal, a Greek government official said. … Continue reading

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Baltimore man who died in police custody mourned at wake

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Mourners gathered at a Baltimore funeral home on Sunday to remember a 25-year-old black man who died a week ago while in police custody, an unexplained death that has brought thousands to the city’s downtown to protest … Continue reading

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Nepal’s hospitals swamped as quake toll passes 2,400, thousands injured

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Overwhelmed doctors moved hundreds of patients onto the streets of Nepal’s capital on Sunday when aftershocks rattled hospitals and buildings already damaged by an earthquake that killed more than 2,400 people and devastated Kathmandu valley. Sick and … Continue reading

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Putin-backed bikers head for Berlin

An ultra-patriotic Russian bike club has begun a controversial ride to Berlin, even though Poland says it will not allow them to cross the country. The Night Wolves want to retrace the route of the Red Army in World War … Continue reading

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Thousands ready for London Marathon

Last year’s fun-runners raised more than £53m for charity Tens of thousands of runners are preparing to take part in the 35th London Marathon. More than 51,000 people will race the 26.2 mile course from Blackheath to The Mall past … Continue reading

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Cameron sets out ‘100 day’ Tory plan

David Cameron has said wages, welfare, housing and childcare will be at the heart of the Conservatives’ programme for government in its first 100 days. Legislation guaranteeing no-one on the minimum wage pays income tax will be among bills in … Continue reading

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