Obamacare: US senators vote in favour of debating repeal

Obamacare: US senators vote in favour of debating repeal

The US Senate has voted to start debating a new Republican healthcare bill in a major step forward for President Donald Trump’s attempts to repeal his predecessor’s signature law. In a tight vote, several Republicans previously opposed to aspects of the plan changed their minds last minute. Prior attempts to replace Obamacare have collapsed in recent weeks due to divisions in the Republican party. President Trump had made scrapping the policy a key campaign pledge….

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Electric Mini to be built in Oxford

A fully electric version of the Mini will be built at the Cowley plant near Oxford, BMW has confirmed. The carmaker said the model would go into production in 2019, with Oxford the main “production location” for the Mini three-door model. However, the electric motor will be built in Germany before being shipped to Cowley for assembly. BMW said it had “neither sought nor received” any reassurances from the UK on post-Brexit trading arrangements. Last…

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Charlie Gard: Parents 'want to take him home' for final moments

Media playback is unsupported on your device The parents of terminally-ill Charlie Gard are returning to court to seek permission to take their son home to die, the BBC understands. Chris Gard and Connie Yates are expected to tell the High Court they do not want his life support to be withdrawn while he is hospital. They ended their legal case to take him to the US for treatment after being told it was too…

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Celine Dookhran killing: Tributes paid to 'beautiful girl'

Tributes have been paid to a 19-year-old woman who was allegedly kidnapped and raped before being killed. Celine Dookhran’s body was found at an address in Coombe Lane West, in Kingston Upon Thames, on Wednesday. Prosecutors allege Mujahid Arshid, 33, murdered the teenager – who was of Indian Muslim heritage – for being in a relationship with an Arab Muslim. One user on Facebook said: “RIP Celine. Such a beautiful, intelligent soul.” Ms Dookhran, who…

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Highest number of fatal police shootings for 12 years

The numbers of fatal police shootings and deaths after police pursuits in England and Wales both rose sharply in the last year, the latest figures show. The Independent Police Complaints Commission said there were six fatal police shootings between April 2016 to March 2017, up from three in 2015/16. The six deaths – the highest number in 12 years – included the police shooting of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood. The number of deaths in police…

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Crossrail 2: Support by government 'outrageous' after northern snub

Government support for a new London rail line after scrapping projects in Wales and the north of England has been described as “frankly outrageous”. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said there would be “widespread anger” at the decision to back the railway line, which will run through London. Liverpool City Region’s mayor said there needed to be “balanced spending”. The government said it was spending billions on infrastructure elsewhere. On Friday it was announced that…

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Rise in personal loans dangerous, Bank of England official says

A sharp rise in personal loans could pose a danger to the UK economy, a Bank of England official has warned. Outstanding car loans, credit card balance transfers and personal loans have increased by 10% over the past year, the Bank’s financial stability director Alex Brazier said. In contrast household incomes have risen by just 1.5%, he said. “Household debt – like most things that are good in moderation – can be dangerous in excess”,…

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Plans to ban leaseholds on new-build homes in England

“Unfair charges” levied on buyers of new-build homes could be banned in England under a proposed crackdown. Leaseholds on new builds would be outlawed, while ground rents could be dramatically reduced, under government plans subject to public consultation. Ground rents can double every decade, crippling home owners and in some cases making a property impossible to sell. “Enough is enough. These practices are unjust, unnecessary and need to stop,” said Communities secretary Sajid Javid. The…

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