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Theresa May pledges an extra 10,000 staff for NHS mental health services, but with huge doubts over funding

Theresa May is pledging an extra 10,000 staff to work in NHS mental health services – without saying how they will be funded. In her first spending announcement of the election campaign, the Prime Minister will also pledge to overhaul a 34-year-old Mental Health Act to tackle “discrimination and overuse of detention”. And people suffering from problems such as depression, ...

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Holiday booking scams rise by a fifth – with each victim losing £1,200

The number of holidaymakers ripped off by booking scams rose by almost a fifth last year, new figures show. There were 5,826 reported cases in 2016, up 19 per cent on the previous year, according to the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre ActionFraud. The most common scams related to airline tickets, online accommodation bookings and timeshare sales. ...

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French voters head to polls as historic presidential election pits Emmanuel Macron against Marine Le Pen

French voters are heading to the polls after a tumultuous presidential election race that has captivated international observers and turned the country’s political landscape upside down.  Centrist Emmanuel Macron, who has never been elected to a public office, is expected to win the presidency over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen, after extending his 20-point poll lead in the final ...

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Dozens of kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls 'released by Boko Haram' in Nigeria

Dozens of schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria have reportedly been released. The girls have been kept prisoner for three years since they were snatched from the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014. A government minister, who asked not to be named and is understood to be the father of two of the girls, said 82 had been released, although ...

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Ex-UKIP MP Douglas Carswell blames Nigel Farage for party's collapse

Nigel Farage has only himself to blame for Ukip’s collapse as a political force, the party’s former MP Douglas Carswell has said. Mr Carswell, who quit Ukip before announcing he would stand down as an MP at the 8 June election, said the party’s former leader put voters off with “angry outbursts” over immigrants. His comments came after a disastrous set ...

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UK's wealthiest 1,000 people now worth £658bn, up 14 per cent in a year

There are now more UK-based billionaires than at any time in history despite fears over Brexit, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. This year’s list found the wealthiest 1,000 individuals and families have a record total wealth of £658bn, up 14 per cent on last year’s figure of £575bn. Sri and Gopi Hinduja are the richest people in the UK ...

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Far-right American activists promote hacking attack on Macron

After months of trying to move the political needle in favour of Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, American far-right activists on Saturday threw their weight behind a hacking attack against her rival, Emmanuel Macron, hoping to cast doubt on an election that is pivotal to France and the wider world. The efforts were the culmination of a ...

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Pope criticises US military for using word 'mother' to describe MOAB bomb

Pope Francis has criticised the United States military and the talking heads who discuss the military for calling a bomb a “mother.” The pontiff’s comments — referencing the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB), the largest bomb in the American arsenal — came during a speech he gave to an audience of students, and just weeks before he is scheduled to ...

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How teenage mothers in Nigeria could end up being hurt by Donald Trump

Supo Nofisat didn’t mean to get pregnant. As a single, unemployed 18-year-old living in Nigeria, she knew that having a child could mean an even harder life. So when her pregnancy test came back positive in January and a traditional midwife told her she was already three months along, the aspiring hairdresser thought she had only one option: abortion. At ...

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Labour set to pledge income tax increase on salaries over £80,000

Labour has signalled it would raise income tax on salaries above £80,000, while claiming the Conservatives plan hikes for much lower earners. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell will attempt to outflank the Tories by unveiling what he is calling a “personal tax guarantee” of no increases for 95 per cent of taxpayers. Labour has already said it would not raise VAT, ...

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