Debt misery for 630,000 families trapped in negative equity homes


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Debt misery for 630,000 families trapped in negative equity homes 630,000 families have mortgages that are larger than value of their homesReport warns that more people may fall into negative equityCouncil of Mortgage Lenders estimates the number is actually closer to 800,000 people By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 01:39 GMT, 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:24 GMT, 26 March 2013 Around 630,000 families in Britain are in negative equity, which means their mortgage is larger than the current value of their home, an official report revealed yesterday.

New global meltdown fear as 56 billion US cuts kick in


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New global meltdown fear as 56 billion US cuts kick in Multi-billion-dollar spending cuts will particularly hit the US military Pentagon will absorb half of the cost of cuts required before SeptemberInternational Monetary Fund warns the measures could spark a new global economic crisis By Sharon Churcher PUBLISHED: 01:47 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:47 GMT, 3 March 2013 Barack Obama yesterday set in motion a multi-billion-dollar spending cuts programme that will particularly hit the US military after failing to reach a compromise with his Republican opponents. The cuts – described by the US President as ‘dumb’ – are designed to whittle away America’s $16.6 trillion debt. However, the International Monetary Fund has warned the measures could spark a new global economic crisis

David Cameron hints government may bring back 10p tax rate


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David Cameron hints government may bring back 10p tax rate in move that could put 250 in pockets of every British taxpayer By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 02:02 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:26 GMT, 14 February 2013 Change: David Cameron signalled yesterday that the Government may bring back the 10p tax rate axed by Gordon Brown David Cameron signalled yesterday that the Government may bring back the 10p tax rate axed by Gordon Brown. The Treasury is thought to be considering plans that have been drawn up by Conservative MPs for a chunk of taxable income – probably the first 2,500 – to be taxed at 10p in the pound rather than the current rate of 20p.

Sexist "rape club" at DSK"s prestigious university


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Students at elite French universities formed 'rape club' and threatened to simulate 'mass sex attack at womens’ group' Eight students facing disciplinary panel at Bordeaux Political collegeThey were members of the sexist group 'Dare to Choose Masculism'It planned to to invade feminist debate and 'simulate a mass sexual attack'Majority of members said they approved of gang rape in Facebook vote College forms part of the elite Sciences Po network Scandal is 'evidence of institutional sexism among France's future leaders' By Daniel Miller PUBLISHED: 17:30 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 7 February 2013 Alumnus: Shamed former IMF chief Dominic Strauss-Kahn attended the Bordeaux college at the centre of the scandal A sexist club at the former elite French college of shamed ex IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn advocated gang rape and suggested carrying out a simulated sexual attack on a feminist organisation. Eight men are to facing a disciplinary panel at the Bordeaux Branch of the Institute of Political Studies, part of the Sciences Po network of institutes famous for educating many of the country's political and business leaders.

Spine zapper "fixes" backs


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Spine zapper 'fixes' backs: New device using high-frequency electrical pulse to revolutionise back pain treatmentSpinal cord stimulator sends electrical pulses through the spineNevro is 200 times more powerful than current stimulators | UPDATED: 22:30 GMT, 29 December 2012 A new device that sends a high-frequency electrical pulse through the spine could revolutionise the treatment of severe back pain, according to a new study. A team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, is the first in the world to implant the Nevro spinal cord stimulator in 100 patients who would otherwise need surgery to stop their back pain. The device is less invasive than surgery and cheaper.

George H.W. Bush, 88, spends Christmas in the hospital as he continues to struggle with cough and weakness


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George H.W. Bush, 88, spends Christmas in the hospital as he continues to struggle with cough and weakness | UPDATED: 07:42 GMT, 25 December 2012 Recovering: Bush appeared at the Houston Texans game on November 29 and walked with a cane Former President George H.W

President Teodoro Obiang new Equatorial Guinea capital city built deep in the jungle


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Revealed – the grandiose new capital city built deep in the jungle by 'dictator' of poverty-stricken Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang wants 200,000 people to move to new city Oyala by 2020Believes multi-billion pound project will give him extra securityWas the target of a 2004 failed coup led by British mercenary Simon Mann | UPDATED: 18:00 GMT, 17 December 2012 Africa's longest serving leader is building a new multi-billion pound capital city from scratch in the depths of the jungle – despite his people living on just 1.50 a day. Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang wants his government to move to the new multi-billion capital called Oyala by 2020. The library of the new International University of Central Africa, a 450-room luxury hotel and a golf course has already been built out of the virgin forest, although much of the project is running behind schedule

Doctors will need licence to approve whiplash claims as part of clampdown on bogus claims


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Doctors will need licence to approve whiplash claims as part of clampdown on 2bn annual payout Last year, 824,489 motoring injury claims reported, up 60% from 2006Of these nearly 550,000 were recorded as whiplash claimsMeasures will be introduced as part of clampdownPanel to be set up to accredit doctors wanting to act as insurance examiners Threshold for small claims court is being raised from 1,000 to 5,000 | UPDATED: 01:07 GMT, 11 December 2012 Doctors will soon need a special licence to approve payouts on motorists’ insurance for whiplash as part of a clampdown on bogus claims. The scheme will be announced today by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Mr Grayling is also bringing in measures to make it easier for drivers and insurance companies to challenge claims in the courts.

Too "snooty" for basic tasks: MP Ann Clwyd launches scathing attack on nurses that let husband die "like a battery hen"


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Too 'snooty' for basic tasks: MP Ann Clwyd launches scathing attack on nurses that let husband die 'like a battery hen' Ann Clwyd said nurses' 'arrogance and indifference left me bewildered' Claimed that too many 'snooty-nosed penpushers' were becoming nursesSaid Mr Roberts had no clothes on and was 'extremely cold' when he died | UPDATED: 19:32 GMT, 9 December 2012 Happier times: Ann Clwyd, MP, with her husband Owen Roberts who died six weeks ago An MP who broke down over the neglect of her husband in hospital has accused nurses of being too ‘snooty’ to carry out basic tasks. Ann Clwyd wept in the Commons last week as she revealed how Owen Roberts had been allowed to die ‘like a battery hen.’ Miss Clwyd, a Labour MP for 28 years, has since claimed that too many ‘snooty-nosed penpushers’ were becoming nurses In an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr, she said: ‘When I sat at my husband’s bedside, I did wonder just why some of the so-called nurses bothered to put on their uniforms. ‘The arrogance and indifference of some left me bewildered.

Speed up English tests for EU doctors, say MPs who accuse Government of making "no substantive progress"


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Speed up English tests for EU doctors, say MPs who accuse Government of making 'no substantive progress'Doctors from European countries are free to work without language checksDue to a diktat from Brussels saying tests would impede movement of labour23,000 doctors from Europe are registered to work in Britain despite never undergoing checks on their English or medical skills | UPDATED: 01:03 GMT, 4 December 2012 Not enough: Ministers are not making progress on overturning EU rules forbidding language tests Ministers are not doing enough to make sure foreign doctors can speak good English, MPs warn. They accuse the Government of making ‘no substantive progress’ on overturning strict European Union rules that forbid language tests. At present, all GPs and hospital doctors from European countries are free to work in Britain without facing any form of national checks on their competence or English-speaking ability