North Korea: Kim Jong-un"s AUNT Kim Kyong-hui "was driving force behind his rise to leader"


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Who really has the power in Pyongyang Kim Jong-un's AUNT 'was driving force behind his rise to leader' Kim Kyong-hui is often only female face on official photographsShe is the daughter of the North Korean Eternal President Kim Il-sungMiss Kim and husband chosen by Kim Jong-il to consolidate son's authority By James Rush PUBLISHED: 15:23 GMT, 7 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:58 GMT, 8 April 2013 The aunt of Kim Jong-un has been credited with being the driving force behind the rise of the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Kim Kyong-hui, who is often the only female face on official photographs of ranks of generals and party leaders, has been tasked with transforming her nephew into a figurehead with a reputation for strong military tactics who is able to handle an international crisis. Miss Kim, who has been a key figure in the family for four decades, and her husband Jang Sung-taek, were chosen by Kim Jong-il to pull the strings behind the consolidation of his son's authority before the old leader died in 2011, The Telegraph has reported

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

Decline in marriage and children growing up without fathers "is doing more harm than smoking, global warming and poor diets", says Baroness


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Conspiracy of silence on value of marriage: Politicians frightened to admit fathers are vital, says top family lawyer Supporting marriage has become a 'no go area' for our politicians says Baroness DeechShe says an absence of fathers is 'harming' the next generation of children Politicians are 'too afraid' of offending cohabiting partners or single parents By Steve Doughty PUBLISHED: 18:28 GMT, 15 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:20 GMT, 16 February 2013 Marriage is as important to the future of the nation as climate change and poverty, a senior family lawyer said yesterday. Baroness Deech said the growing numbers of families without fathers was doing more harm to the next generation than other factors such as smoking, alcohol, poor diet and lack of exercise. And she warned that a conspiracy of silence surrounded the issue because political leaders were afraid to say married families were better for children than cohabiting families or single parent families.

Cameron"s deficit boast is misleading, says senior Tory John Redwood as he calls for new cuts to boost economy


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Cameron's deficit boast is misleading, says senior Tory as he calls for new cuts to boost economy John Redwood says national debt is still rising fastPrime Minister is in danger of 'misleading' the publicDeeper cuts to both taxes and spending needed, he argues By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 01:59 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 1 January 2013 John Redwood says David Cameron is misleading the country by claiming to have slashed the deficit David Cameron is ‘misleading’ the public by bragging about having slashed the nation’s budget deficit, a former Conservative Cabinet minister said yesterday. John Redwood said the boast – repeated in the PM’s New Year message – risked fooling people into thinking that the nation’s debt was coming under control at a time when borrowing is still running at more than 100billion a year, because many voters did not know the difference between the debt and the deficit.

White House and Republicans strike an agreement on fiscal cliff – but midnight comes without a vote


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White House and Republicans strike an agreement on fiscal cliff – but midnight comes with NO VOTE | UPDATED: 05:36 GMT, 1 January 2013 With just three hours to go before the start of 2013, the White House and congressional Republicans have struck a deal to avoid falling over the looming fiscal cliff, but 2013 came and went without a vote on the plan. There was no immediate confirmation from aides to the top Republicans in Congress, Sen Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner. The measure would extend Bush-era tax cuts for family incomes below $450,000 and briefly avert across-the-board spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies this week, according to a Democratic aide.

White House and Republicans strike an agreement on fiscal cliff – but will it come to a vote before midnight?

We have a deal! White House and Republicans strike an agreement on fiscal cliff – but will it come to a vote before midnight | UPDATED: 03:53 GMT, 1 January 2013 With just three hours to go before the start of 2013, the White House and congressional Republicans have struck a deal to avoid falling over the looming fiscal cliff. These officials said a New Year's Eve vote in the Senate to ratify the deal was possible later in the evening, barring opposition from majority Democrats. There was no immediate confirmation from aides to the top Republicans in Congress, Sen Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner.

Councils pleading poverty have put 16billion in the bank despite railing against "Dickensian" cuts


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Councils pleading poverty have put 16billion in the bank despite railing against 'Dickensian' cutsReserves up by 15.5%, from 14.2billion in 2011 to 16.4billion this yearA third of councils' annual spending now put straight into the bank | UPDATED: 23:23 GMT, 30 December 2012 Hitting back: Communities Secretary Eric Pickles accused councils of scaremongering Councils have salted away an extra 2.2billion in the last year – while stepping up their campaign against the Government’s ‘Dickensian’ cuts. Official figures reveal that council reserves have rocketed by 15.5 per cent, from 14.2billion in 2011 to 16.4billion this year. The figures emerged as local authorities launched a two-pronged attack on ministers over ‘grossly unfair’ cuts that will require them to trim their budgets by an average of 1.7 per cent next year

Obama scolds Congress for waiting until deadline to avert fiscal cliff… says he"s "modestly optimistic" a deal will be reached


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'The hour for immediate action is here:' Obama scolds Congress for waiting until deadline to avert fiscal cliff … says he's 'modestly optimistic' a deal will be reachedPresident Barack Obama met with congressional leaders and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner in search of a compromise to avoid across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cutsMeeting adjourned without a compromise The looming fiscal cliff would likely be triggered on Monday if a budget deal cannot be agreed upon American families could see roughly $4,603 less in their paycheck annually if the U.S. falls off the fiscal cliff | UPDATED: 01:25 GMT, 29 December 2012 President Obama said Friday that if the top two leaders of the Senate can't agree on a budget deal to avert the fiscal cliff of higher taxes and severe spending cuts, then he will send his own proposal to Congress for an up-or-down vote

Sales frenzy on Christmas Day: As stores lure millions with online bargains Church leaders ask what happened to family time?


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Sales frenzy on Christmas Day: As stores lure millions with online bargains Church leaders ask what happened to family time Sales traditionally start on Boxing Day but many retailer have brought theirs forward to try and boost sales Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has voiced concern over the move – claiming we run the risk 'of gadgets taking over our lives' | UPDATED: 23:17 GMT, 23 December 2012 Britain's biggest internet retailers have brought their sales forward to Christmas Eve – and millions of us are expected to carry on shopping online through Christmas Day.

Anger at Amazon starting its sale on Christmas Day, with critics claiming Christmas should remain a family occasion


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Anger at Amazon starting its sale on Christmas Day, with critics claiming Christmas should remain a family occasionOnline retailers expect 307million of business on Tuesday aloneCritics have called for the sales to be postponed until Boxing DayRetailers are desperate to clear their stock and will unveil sales a day early | UPDATED: 23:18 GMT, 22 December 2012 Church leaders have warned that Christmas Day is in danger of becoming a ‘frenzy of bargain hunting’ after Amazon announced it is launching its sale on December 25.