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Cameron-Appointed Quango Chief Resigns

Cameron-Appointed Quango Chief Resigns

A businessman appointed by David Cameron to head a £60bn quango has resigned after it was revealed he was declared bankrupt. …

  • Press Association headlines 4 hours ago

    BANKRUPT QUANGO CHIEF STEPS DOWN More »

  • Christian worker in dismissal claim
    Christian worker in dismissal claim 10 hours ago

    A Christian nursery nurse is claiming unfair dismissal after losing her job because she said she told a gay colleague that the Bible regards the practice of homosexuality as a sin. More »

  • What the papers say 11 hours ago

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  • From the first editions 11 hours ago

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  • National energy boom blurs political battle lines
    National energy boom blurs political battle lines 16 hours ago

    The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, with the proposed Canada-to-Texas ... More »

  • UK Teachers' Union Threatens Strike over Michael Gove's Education P …
    UK Teachers' Union Threatens Strike over Michael Gove's Education P … 22 hours ago

    The government has defended its policy of appointing unqualified teachers to work in schools, which Labour says is having a "damaging" impact on the quality of education. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has raised the prospect of more strikes this year because of the policy. In 2012 education secretary Michael Gove relaxed the rules to allow academies and free schools to employ teachers without qualified teaching status (QTS) so that schools could employ professionals including scientists, musicians and linguists more easily. Now a national workforce survey by the Department for Education has discovered a jump in the number of teachers working in classrooms without QTS from 14,800 in 2012 to 17,100 in November 2013. More »

  • Special Report - How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse
    Special Report - How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse 23 hours ago

    By David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan. More »

  • Analysis: Hoping legislative defeats boost turnout
    Analysis: Hoping legislative defeats boost turnout Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Flip sides of the same campaign-season coin, the Republican drive in Congress to repeal the nation's health care law and the Democratic call to close the pay gap for women have much in common. More »

  • Schools 'using unqualified staff'
    Schools 'using unqualified staff' Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Schools are using unqualified staff to teach pupils and prepare lessons, according to a survey of teachers. More »

  • Rand Paul and the Welfare Rancher
    Rand Paul and the Welfare Rancher Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The Nevada rancher’s escalating standoff with the feds raises a worrisome question: Can Americans’ relationship with their government—and each other—be saved? More »

  • Top Hollande aide quits in conflict of interest row
    Top Hollande aide quits in conflict of interest row Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Julien Ponthus and Nicholas Vinocur CLERMONT-FERRAND, France (Reuters) - A senior adviser to French President Francois Hollande quit on Friday over accusations of past conflict of interest linked to his work for pharmaceutical firms, adding to pressure on the unpopular Socialist leader weeks before European elections. Aquilino Morelle, Hollande's chief communications adviser, speechwriter and a main political strategist, has denied investigative website Mediapart's report that he had failed to obtain clearance for lobbying work when he was an employee of the public health inspectorate. The furore deals another blow to Hollande after heavy losses for his party in town hall elections at the end of March. Hollande, speaking during a visit to Clermont Ferrand in central France, said his aide had "taken the only option open to him". More »

  • Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too
    Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too. More »

  • Michelle Obama not joining husband's trip to Asia
    Michelle Obama not joining husband's trip to Asia Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too. More »

  • Obama man 'can help Labour win'
    Obama man 'can help Labour win' Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Labour hopes the recruitment of o ne of US President Barack Obama's top strategists will prepare Ed Miliband's party for a "tough" 2015 general election campaign. More »

  • British Teen Killed In Syria 'No Danger' To UK
    British Teen Killed In Syria 'No Danger' To UK Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The father of a Brighton teenager who was killed fighting in Syria has told Sky News his son was "no danger" to the UK. Abdullah Deghayes and his brothers Amer, 20, and Jafar, 16, travelled to Syria without their parents' permission, Abubaker Deghayes said. He found out about the 18-year-old's death on Monday, through a message on Facebook. "I think if somebody has a just cause and he believes in it he should do it," Mr Deghayes said. More »

  • Hague warns Moscow on Ukraine deal
    Hague warns Moscow on Ukraine deal Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Russia has an obligation to ensure that pro-Moscow forces comply with the terms of the international deal aimed at calming tensions in Ukraine, William Hague said. More »

  • UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser
    UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod — a key figure behind Barack Obama's two presidential victories — to help with its leader's election bid next year. More »

  • Column: Will our new cordial partnership with Britain trickle down to NI’s day-to-day …
    Column: Will our new cordial partnership with Britain trickle down to NI’s day-to-day … Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The flags and parades-related violence undermine the relatively widespread perception that Northern Ireland’s peace process is a ‘completed’ one. More »

  • Russia's new culture policy a weapon against West
    Russia's new culture policy a weapon against West Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The Kremlin is preparing a new culture policy for Russia focusing on its distinctive civilisation and traditional values, which observers say has political ends amid Moscow's standoff with the West. More »

  • Bishop warning on assisted suicide
    Bishop warning on assisted suicide Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A Roman Catholic bishop is to use his Easter message to attack moves to legalise "assisted dying" in the United Kingdom. More »

  • Labour Party hires Obama strategist for 2015 poll
    Labour Party hires Obama strategist for 2015 poll Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Labour Party has hired David Axelrod, the U.S. strategist who helped President Barack Obama win two presidential terms, to help with its campaign for the 2015 election, the party said on Friday. Axelrod plans to replicate tactics he used in the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 to win Britons over to Labour and its leader Ed Miliband, focusing on the wealth gap and the "squeezed middle". Prime Minister David Cameron hopes an expected full-scale recovery in Britain will translate into poll success next year while Miliband argues that most Britons are still facing a cost of living crisis. "That is how we won in the U.S., Barack Obama articulated a vision which had, at its core, the experience of everyday people. More »

  • Ukraine separatist leader rejects Geneva deal
    Ukraine separatist leader rejects Geneva deal Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Leader of pro-Russian armed groups occupying buildings in eastern Ukraine says he will press ahead with May referendum. More »

  • Axelrod Role Is 'Seriously Bad News For Tories'
    Axelrod Role Is 'Seriously Bad News For Tories' Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The man credited with masterminding Barack Obama's back-to-back presidential victories will play a key role in Ed Miliband's General Election campaign. David Axelrod's appointment has been described by the Labour party as "seriously bad news for the Conservatives". Mr Miliband said: "It's excellent news that David has agreed to help One Nation Labour win the next election and build our campaign to change Britain so hard-working people are better off. Following the announcement, Mr Axelrod said: "I've had several conversations with Ed Miliband over the course of the last year in which I have been struck by the power of his ideas, the strength of his vision and the focus he brings to solving the fundamental challenge facing Britain. More »

  • The Book Tour Hillary Should Fear
    The Book Tour Hillary Should Fear Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    When Elizabeth Warren hits the road to promote her memoir, the senator likely will draw a critical group of Democrats that the front-runner has had trouble connecting with before. More »

  • Krugman Is a Steal at $225K
    Krugman Is a Steal at $225K Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The only thing hypocritical about acclaimed economist Paul Krugman’s CUNY salary is the right-wingers suddenly begrudging someone his free-market value. More »

  • What liberals get wrong about having kids
    What liberals get wrong about having kids Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Without immigration, the birth rate alone would not be enough to replenish the U.S. population, and in many developed countries the population is shrinking. For example, Japan is on track to return to its 1950s-era population by 2050 or so, and from there it will continue to fall dramatically. More »

  • Obama's Warning To Russia Over Ukraine Deal
    Obama's Warning To Russia Over Ukraine Deal Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Western leaders have reacted cautiously to an agreement reached with Russia over a plan to ease tensions in Ukraine. US President Barack Obama warned the West stood ready to impose further sanctions on Russia if no progress was made in de-escalating the continuing crisis. He was speaking following an apparent breakthrough at emergency talks in Geneva attended by the US, Russia, the European Union and Ukraine. US Secretary of State John Kerry said progress had been made at the summit, but stressed words now needed to be translated into actions. More »

  • Labour hires Obama election strategist
    Labour hires Obama election strategist Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    David Axelrod, the mastermind behind US President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 election victories, is to advise Labour in the run up to next year's general election, the party announced. More »

  • Obama: Ukraine diplomacy holds hope but sanctions ready Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but warned that the United States and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve. "There is the possibility, the prospect, that diplomacy may de-escalate the situation." However, Obama said he has been in close consultation with European allies and that a new round of sanctions is ready to go if Russia fails to help restore order in the east and south of Ukraine. More »

  • David Cameron Stung By Jellyfish In Lanzarote
    David Cameron Stung By Jellyfish In Lanzarote Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    David Cameron has reportedly been stung by a jellyfish while swimming in the sea at a Lanzarote holiday resort. Local ex-pat Wendy, 59, told the newspaper that one of her friends warned Mr Cameron the sea was full of jellyfish. More »

  • Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine
    Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments. More »

  • Surprise deal reached on Ukraine crisis
    Surprise deal reached on Ukraine crisis Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    EU, US and Russia outline steps designed to ease tensions, but Obama skeptical if Russia would stand by deal. More »

  • Cantor’s Passover Slam of Obama
    Cantor’s Passover Slam of Obama Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The House Majority Leader reportedly flipped out at the president over immigration reform during a private call ahead of the Jewish holiday. More »

  • Bus subsidies cut 'by up to 55%'
    Bus subsidies cut 'by up to 55%' Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Bus subsidies across England have been slashed by as much as 55% by councils, according to figures uncovered by Labour. More »

  • Move quickly on Ukraine - Cameron
    Move quickly on Ukraine - Cameron Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    David Cameron has insisted agreements aimed at calming tensions in Ukraine must be implemented rapidly, Downing Street said tonight. More »