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Syrian aid convoys suspended by UN after fatal attack

The UN has decided to halt all aid convoys in Syria due to an airstrike that hit a group of vehicles attempting to give much needed supplies to people trapped in Aleppo. The attack, on Monday, has left the UN with no choice but to stop aid convoys incase of attack, it is simply too dangerous for them to continue to operate. A fragile ceasefire, brokered by the US and Russia in Syria, has since collapsed due to Syrian bombing...

Annuities in crisis but London property still strong: Time to sell your pension?

Pension crisis leads many to consider other investment options for retirement. With markets struggling and the pound in crisis, take control of your pension fund and invest it in ways that will promise better returns for the future. Annuities have been struggling for some time, but over recent weeks they have taken another hit, with some government gilts now offering a negative return. This followed a failure by the Bank of England to meet its target of buying £1.17bn of...

British admit involvement in airstrikes killing Syrian troops fighting IS

The Ministry of Defence has admitted the British air force was involved in the military action which killed over 60 Syrian troops in a case of mistaken identity. The soldiers were in fact fighting against IS, but tragically this information was shared to prevent the unnecessary loss of life. The attack was thought to have been carried out by US, Danish and Australian forces, however a Tweet from the MOD (Ministry of Defence) has admitted the attack involved the British...

Fire Service Receives Record Number of Call-Outs to Obese People

The fire service got a record number of call-outs to obese people last year, rising from just over 700 in 2012 to 944 in 2015-16. Firefighters are being called to move obese people from buildings because they are too large to move independently. According to a spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, the problem is worsening because obese people are getting larger. Tam Fry told the BBC: “This is not about more people being obese. “This is about those who are already obese...

Corbyn Wins – What Next?

Former underdog Jeremy Corbyn is on course to beat challenger Owen Smith and will most likely be re-elected leader of the Labour Party next week. But then what? From purges to merges, deselections to elections, here are ten things to keep an eye on: 1. Reselections It used to be the case that before every election, Labour MPs would have to sit down and persuade their local parties to let them keep their seats. This process was called mandatory reselection, and it was abandoned in 1990. Local...

Watch – Australian woman wearing Burkini ‘chased off French beach’

The Burkini row in France is still rumbling on, now a Muslim woman from Australia has spoken out, after she claims she was forced to remove the beachwear while in France. The woman was wearing the Burkini to show solidity with fellow Muslim women who had been forced to remove their chosen swimwear, while on certain beaches in France. Images emerged of one women being forced to remove her burkini by four policemen carrying guns. The woman in question, a...

2,500 Life Jackets Used By Refugees Laid Outside Parliament

Some 2,500 life jackets used by refugees have been laid outside Parliament today to represent those who died on their way to Europe. According to new figures the World is on course to register the highest number of migrant deaths this year, with pressure mounting on governments to do something about it. Forecasts from analysts at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) indicate that the number of fatalities among refugees will pass the landmark figure of 10,000 in 2016. This...

Business Confidence Drops to Four-Year Low

Business confidence has dropped to a four-year low following Britain's vote to leave the EU, with the outlook for demand, employment and investment weaker across all sectors of the economy. The service sector saw the biggest fall, down by a sizeable 30 points  across hospitality and leisure, retail and wholesale, business and other services. The Lloyds' Business in Britain report found more than a quarter of companies said the main threat to growth in the next six months was economic...

US coalition kills over 60 Syrian soldiers who were fighting IS

The US military coalition relayed its regret for “unintentional loss of life” after they killed a huge number of Syrian soldiers who they believed were IS fighters. In fact the Syrian soldiers were themselves battling the savage terrorist group. At least 62 were killed with claims the true number is actually far higher. US Central Command issued a statement that they have discussed the broad location of the strike with Russian counterparts, before they launched their deadly raid. The statement...

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