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Lord Lester resigns from House of Lords

Image copyright PA An 82-year-old peer accused of sexual harassment 12 years ago has resigned from the House of Lords. Lord Lester of Herne Hill was suspended from the Liberal Democrats this year following the allegations, which he has called “completely untrue”. A party spokesman said Lord Lester had made “the right decision”. Last month a report by the privileges and conduct committee upheld a complaint of sexual harassment against the peer, received in November 2017. The report had originally recommended that Lord Lester should be expelled from the Lords…

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Trump aide John Kelly to leave White House job

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some reports suggest Mr Kelly’s relationship with Mr Trump has deteriorated President Donald Trump has told reporters that his chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by the end of the year. There have been persistent reports for several days that Mr Kelly was under pressure to leave. Some reports said that the retired Marine Corps general’s relationship with Mr Trump had deteriorated. Mr Kelly’s replacement would be named “over the next day or two”, Mr Trump added. He made the announcement as…

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White House adviser: U.S.-China trade talks, Huawei arrest are separate

White House trade advisor Peter Navarro looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion about trade in Duluth, Minnesota, U.S. June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Friday said that the U.S. -China trade truce and the recent arrest of a top Huawei Technologies Co Ltd executive “are two separate events,” calling the timing of events a coincidence. Navarro, in an interview on CNN, also said if the United States and China could not come to an agreement…

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White House, Trudeau seek to distance themselves from Huawei move

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – President Donald Trump did not know about plans to arrest a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Canada, two U.S. officials said on Thursday, in an apparent attempt to stop the incident from impeding crucial trade talks with Beijing. The Huawei logo is pictured outside their research facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 6, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, the 46-year-old daughter of the company’s founder, was detained in Canada on Dec. 1, the same day Trump and…

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How I bought a house without mum and dad

Image copyright Brad Puglsey Image caption Brad Pugsley bought a house when he was 26 Buying a home is almost impossible without access to the bank of mum and dad, according to a report published on Tuesday. House prices may have risen by 173% over the last two decades but there are still some millennials who have managed to buy homes without money from their parents. They have told BBC News how they did it. Brad Pugsley, recruitment agent, 30, Fleet “I was 26 when my wife and I bought…

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U.S. House panel reschedules Google CEO testimony for Dec. 11

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11, the panel said in a statement on Tuesday as Washington prepared for the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. The hearing will examine the Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O unit’s social media practices, according to the notice on the panel’s website. The committee’s chairman, Bob Goodlatte, had…

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The terraced house inside a laboratory

Image copyright Salford University Image caption A perfectly ordinary terraced house – except it’s inside a laboratory In order to help the UK meet its energy reduction goals, scientists have dismantled a terraced house and rebuilt it inside a laboratory. The aim is to look for ways of making the rest of the country’s homes greener, cheaper and warmer. Richard Fitton, lead researcher on the University of Salford’s Energy House, spends a lot of time in a small red-brick terraced house. He turns the television on, he adjusts the thermostat,…

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Red Sox accept invitation to White House

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox will go to the White House — even if not everyone on the team sees eye to eye with the president. FILE PHOTO: Oct 31, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; A sign congratulating the Boston Red Sox hangs outside a building during the 2018 World Series Championship parade in Boston. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports Red Sox president Sam Kennedy announced Monday night that the team had accepted an invitation to the nation’s capital to celebrate its World Series win over the Los…

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Taxpayers treated unfairly by HMRC, says House of Lords report

Image copyright Getty Images Greater powers given to HMRC to tackle tax avoidance and evasion are undermining the rule of law and justice, warns a House of Lords report. The Economic Affairs Committee said HMRC has been granted some broad, disproportionate powers without effective taxpayer safeguards. High penalties, designed to deter taxpayers from appealing, are a tax on justice, the committee claimed It has demanded a review of the oversight of HMRC and its powers. Careful balance Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, chairman of the committee, said: “HMRC is right to…

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Burundi: Inside the Secret Killing House

Burundi’s security services are running secret torture and detention sites to silence dissent, former government intelligence agents have told BBC Africa Eye. Using cutting edge reconstruction techniques BBC Africa Eye examines one house in particular, which was filmed in a video posted on social media in 2016. A red liquid, which looked like blood, was seen pouring from its gutter. We ask if Burundi’s repression of opponents has now gone underground? The government has always denied any human rights violations, and declined to comment for this report. A BBC Africa…

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