An estimated million refugees will return from Pakistan and Iran this year, despite Afghanistan still being plagued by conflict and unemployment
Afghanistan is starkly different from what Masooma had imagined. She was just a little girl when her family fled the Afghan war against the Soviets in the 1980s. They left everything they owned behind to look for sanctuary in Pakistan and she has few memories of the place.
LONDON (Reuters) - Former British Chancellor George Osborne is to be paid 650,000 pounds a year for working just 48 days a year at asset manager BlackRock , according to parliament's register of members interests.
Last year 12,269 Iranian students studied at US universities, mostly at MA or PhD level; they and academics are likely to be the main victims of the revised order
Donald Trump’s revised executive order – which keeps a blanket travel ban on all Iranians – will punish a segment of Iranian society that is largely critical of the country’s regime, academics and analysts have warned.
Business in the Sululta district of Ethiopia’s Oromia region is burgeoning. So why, despite abundant rainfall, does half the population have no access to fresh water?
Towards the end of the day at the Abyssinia Springs bottled water factory near Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, workers hose down the car park liberally. Outside the gates, residents of the Sululta area trudge along the road with empty yellow jerrycans that they will fill from muddy wells and water points.
Over the past decade, the town in Oromia region has attracted plenty of investment. A Chinese tannery, steel mills, water factories and hotels have sprung up.
Iran’s former president wrote a letter to Trump recently. Having had no reply, he’s begun tweeting. What could possibly go wrong?
Less than two months into his presidency, Donald Trump has already outperformed his Iranian rival in demagoguery, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, making him look like a novice. No wonder the two-term president thinks he has some catching-up to do.
Retailer’s founder, Mike Ashley, bows to pressure following criticism over corporate governance and its treatment of workers
Sports Direct has kickstarted the process of appointing a worker representative to its board after caving into shareholder demands to change the way the company is run.
The sports retailer founded and run by Mike Ashley has opened the application process for the first regular staff member to sit on the board as it attempts to clean up its image after a series of scandals.
One great spin-off from the Brexit debate is the re-emergence of faded politicos we never expected to see again
The Lords’ intervention in the Brexit debate is very welcome. But there’s something very ghostly and ectoplasmic about it, like an 80s reunion party from beyond the grave. People you never expected to see on television ever again loom up out of the screen, like Jacob Marley, moaning and wailing. Thatcher veteran Norman Fowler – renowned before this as the author of history’s most crashingly dull political memoir, Ministers Decide – is now a smallscreen star once more as Lord Fowler, leader of the upper house, reading out the number of “contents” with headmasterly disapproval. Norman Tebbit is back in our living rooms, having his say on the fatuous absurdity of caring about foreigners. And Europhile Michael Heseltine counters him on principle, sacrificing his government job in the process.
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Britain's vote last year to leave the European Union should be a wake-up call for the bloc and reiterated that member states had to be able to press ahead with integration at different speeds.
British-Chinese artist Yan Wang Preston has won the Syngenta award 2016/17 for her topical response to the theme Grow/Conserve: ‘I had seen the tree in its original village, covered with leaves. The hotel that bought it broke two cranes trying to replant it’
The first time I shot this tree was in March 2013, while I was working on a project to photograph the entire length of the Yangtze river at 100km intervals. I stopped in at a tiny village called Xialiu in Yunnan Province. The first thing I noticed was this beautiful tree. Locals said it was probably more than 300 years old, as old as the village. It was a hot, sunny place, so people really needed its leafy branches to rest under.
The village had gorgeous big courtyards full of lush plants and decorated walls. The houses were white with black-tiled roofs and flying eaves. There were several other ancient trees, but half of the village had been demolished. A dam on the Yangtze was being built nearby, so Xialiu would soon be flooded. I managed to take a couple of pictures, but I was exhausted. I had spent all my money and even been bitten by a dog.
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's government said it will do everything possible to postpone an expected decision by European Union leaders to reappoint Polish former prime minister Donald Tusk on Thursday as chairman of their summits.
Philip Hammond’s emergency funding has not changed the issues the sector faces – social care is at tipping point and needs a long-term strategy
Slowly, grudgingly, the funding crisis in adult social care has forced itself on to the Tory policy agenda. The chancellor, Philip Hammond, has proposed an additional £2bn of funding in the budget, to be spread over three years, with half of that available in 2017-18.
But what will be done with this increased investment? At best it will be sucked up to meet new obligations on the “national living wage”; at worst, some of it will disappear into higher salaries and dividends for chief executives and owners of the private companies running services.
Scottish first minister says best time for new poll would be when shape of Brexit deal becomes clear – but says no decision has been made
Nicola Sturgeon has agreed that autumn 2018 could be “the commonsense time” to hold a second Scottish independence referendum if she decides to call one.
The first minister told a BBC documentary on Brexit the best time for staging it would once the shape of the UK’s deal to leave the EU became clear. But Sturgeon stressed she had not yet made that decision.
Chancellor says rise in national insurance contributions for self-employed is fair as he seeks to calm critics from his own party
Philip Hammond has insisted the government will press ahead with its plan to increase national insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed, as he defended his most prominent budget measure against charges it broke a manifesto promise.
In a series of interviews on Thursday morning, the chancellor argued that the proposal to unify NICs for the employed and self-employed was fair and did not renege on the Conservatives’ 2015 election pledge.
Teenager Josh Park-Fing fell from a flatbed trailer during rubbish-collecting assignment at Toowoomba showgrounds
The employment minister, Michaelia Cash, has come under renewed pressure to release a report into the death of a teenage work for the dole participant in Queensland.
Josh Park-Fing, 18, fell from a flatbed trailer as it was towed by a tractor during a rubbish-collecting assignment at the Toowoomba showgrounds in April. He suffered critical head injuries and died on the way to the hospital.
Cycling UK is raising funds to replicate nationwide a West Midlands police initiative that teaches drivers how to overtake cyclists safely
More than 2 million Britons cycle every day, and about 6.6 million ride at least once a month. For most of these people, the cycling infrastructure will be poor and they will be on the road mixing with traffic in all its forms where close passes will sadly be the norm.
The party of entrepreneurs increases taxes on them. This budget’s contradictions will come to haunt Theresa May
Theresa May’s politics are at war with her very own policies. What she says is utterly undermined by what she actually does. No matter which way I look at Wednesday’s budget, that is the conclusion I end up at.
The prime minister vows “a change is gonna come”. Her chancellor delivers more of the same cuts. In No 10, they fret about “just-about-managing” families. In No 11, they make policies that, in their own budget analysis published yesterday, hit the just about managing harder than the rich. To Tory activists, May declares: “The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the rich and powerful, but by the interests of ordinary, working-class people.” To Tory MPs, Philip Hammond boasts about the cuts he is making to corporation tax. Indeed, flick through the red book and the single biggest giveaway it lists is the two successive reductions to taxes on big businesses, worth £18bn over the next five years. Compare that to the £2bn he’s coughed up for care for elderly people.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer is asked at a press briefing on Wednesday whether President Donald Trump is the target of a counterintelligence investigation. Spicer first says ‘we need to find out’ as there is ‘a lot of concern’, then subsequently circles back to clarify ‘there is no reason to believe’ the president is the target of any investigation
(Reuters) - Prop Mako Vunipola has said that he and brother Billy have challenged themselves to come back stronger than ever from injury lay-offs, which forced them to miss the first part of England's Six Nations campaign.
The seaside town is to be the place worst hit by the government’s proposed business rate hike, but the locals aren’t taking it lying down
When shop owners in the seaside town of Southwold warn of the “tragic” and “catastrophic” consequences of steep increases in business rates, it is tempting to assume that their campaigning zeal might be nudging them towards hyperbole. But fuelling this powerful, coordinated local protest is a real, widely-shared fear that a projected increase of 177% in business rates could ruin the town permanently.
There was only muted relief among shop owners on Wednesday in response to the announcement by Philip Hammond of some interim softening of proposed rates rises, which removed the immediate prospect of huge new bills from the small businesses along the high street. There was no celebration because the longer term threat to the survival of the town’s independent businesses has not been removed.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Public debate over an overhaul of China's civil law will grow over the next three years as lawmakers begin to write specific provisions that affect the lives of citizens in the world's most populous nation, a top lawmaker said on Thursday.