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Donald Trump puts unpopular elephant trophy decision on hold while he reviews 'all conservation facts'

Donald Trump said he is halting a controversial change allowing the import of elephants killed by hunters abroad. “Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts”, Mr Trump said in a Friday night tweet. Earlier this week, it emerged that the Trump administration was lifting a ban on importing hunted elephant trophies. ...

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Gerry Adams to retire as Sinn Fein president

Gerry Adams is set to announce that he will retire as president of Sinn Fein.  The announcement will be made on stage of Dublin’s RDS conference, where after 34 years Mr Adams will step down and break the leadership’s link with republican violence.  The 69-year-old will detail a timetable for his departure and there are expectations that this could last ...

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Jared Kushner 'failed to disclose emails from close Putin ally'

An ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to arrange a meeting with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on the sidelines of a National Rifle Association meeting — outreach that Jared Kushner subsequently failed to disclose, sources have told NBC. Earlier this week, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee contacted Mr Kushner’s attorney asking for more documents ...

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Trump's hotels slash room rates as number of bookings falls since Presidency began

While Donald Trump may be enjoying cordial relations with heads of state in China and the Phillippines, the picture is a little less rosy when it comes to the US President’s business dealings.  300 days after becoming the 45th US President on January 20th, average prices of a luxury room at his hotels has dropped by 20 per cent, FairFX ...

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Budget 2017: Tax on takeaway boxes to be considered

A tax on takeaway boxes is to be considered in a bid to tackle the problem of plastic waste. In Wednesday’s Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to call for evidence on whether a tax on the use of the most environmentally damaging single-use plastics would help. Single-use plastics include packaging, bubble wrap, and polystyrene takeaway boxes. Greenpeace said ocean ...

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Social care: MPs seek cross-party group to 'sustain' NHS

Ninety MPs have signed a letter calling on the prime minister to set up a cross-party convention on the future of the NHS and social care in England. They say a non-partisan debate is needed to deliver a “sustainable settlement” to fund social care costs. The letter to Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond said patients were being “failed” by ...

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Budget 2017: Chancellor Philip Hammond 'to target housing and NHS'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Chancellor Philip Hammond plans to use “headroom” in the public finances to target spending on housing and health, a close friend has told the BBC. Stephen Hammond – a former transport minister – said the chancellor wants to use next Wednesday’s Budget to “attack problems” that contributed to the Tories’ poor election performance. ...

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UK seeks future cyber-security stars

A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government. The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online and offline challenges themed around battling hackers. It is one of several programmes trying to build interest in security work and help fill a looming skills gap. One industry expert said ...

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500 More Schools 'Facing Cuts' As Philip Hammond Under Pressure To Give Education A Budget Boost

JUSTIN TALLIS via Getty Images Chancellor Philip Hammond has been urged to use the Budget to pump more money into education after a new analysis claimed an extra 500 schools face real terms cuts. Headteachers and trade unions demanded a cash injection as the figures, released to HuffPost UK, suggested that 17,942 primary and secondary schools were now in line for ...

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White House: Difference Between Donald Trump And Al Franken Is Franken ‘Admitted Wrongdoing’

Sexual assault against a US Senator are different from those Donald Trump has faced because Trump has denied any wrongdoing, the White House press secretary said.  A reporter asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders if it would be fair to investigate the claims of sexual assault that more than a dozen women made about Trump during the 2016 campaign. Senators are currently calling for an ethics investigation into ...

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