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The new role was created after recent research in the United Kingdom found that about one in 10 people "always or often" felt lonely and that 200,000 elderly people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in over a month. The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness , chaired by Rachel Reeves MP and Seema Kennedy MP, has spent the past year considering what the government and others can do to help.
  • Dreamers allowed to apply for renewal of DACA protections

    Dreamers allowed to apply for renewal of DACA protections

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    He founded the group California Dreamers in February 2017 and has been rallying support for undocumented immigrants ever since. President Donald Trump has said that the programme protecting immigrants brought to the U.S. She also blamed Democrats for using Trump's remarks "as an excuse not to help the president get something accomplished, which I think is a sad day for our country".
  • Trump Throws CNN's Jim Acosta Out of Oval Office

    Trump Throws CNN's Jim Acosta Out of Oval Office

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    President, did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway?". Trump also reportedly asked why the USA couldn't attract more immigrants from Norway. Acosta said reporters then went to the Roosevelt Room, where Trump and the president of Kazakhstan made remarks. Trump had apparently had enough at this point and simply pointed at Acosta and said: "Out".
  • Trump Defends Self After Comments, Says

    Trump Defends Self After Comments, Says

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    In an interview with "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday morning, Nielsen reiterated that she didn't recall Trump using vulgarity to describe African nations and Haiti. Nielsen also later told Durbin that she had heard Trump defending his view that he wanted to move away from a "country-based quota system to a merit-based system", adding that she didn't "specifically remember" the exact phrasing.
  • France considers loaning Britain historic Bayeux Tapestry

    France considers loaning Britain historic Bayeux Tapestry

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    French President Emmanuel Macron has agreed to loan the tapestry, which depicts the Norman conquest of Britain, following years of talks between the British and French culture departments. A likely move of the historic tapestry would be unlikely to come for another five years, with details for the new location as yet undecided. Arrangements are in their early stages to transport the cloth from the Bayeux Museum in Normandy to the United Kingdom in a move which will be hailed by the Prime ...
  • Dayton eyes $1.5B in public construction

    Dayton eyes $1.5B in public construction

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    Mark Dayton proposed a $1.5 billion bonding bill on Tuesday that includes almost $300 million in spending for the University of Minnesota campuses. Their case is simple: they have a lot of aging buildings that need fix and investments in these higher education assets are good for the state's future workforce and economy.
  • Carillion's demise shines a light on United Kingdom pensions shortfall

    Carillion's demise shines a light on United Kingdom pensions shortfall

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    The Wolverhampton, central England-based company said it expected the receiver to request that PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP be appointed special managers. Carillion's auditors, KPMG, would also be examined, he added. The inquiry comes as thousands of workers employed by private sector companies that worked for construction giant Carillion are facing uncertain futures after the government announced they would have their wages suspended on Wednesday (17 January).
  • South Korea and Canadian foreign ministers meet ahead of Vancouver summit

    South Korea and Canadian foreign ministers meet ahead of Vancouver summit

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    During the meeting , jointly hosted by the US and Canada, in Vancouver on Tuesday, 20 foreign ministers will discuss how to stop the North Korean nuclear crisis, but neither China nor Russian Federation will be there. He added that his country will not enter dialogue with Pyongyang unless it takes steps toward denuclearization. "We can not and will not accept you as a nuclear state", he said to North Korea.
  • Government shutdown looms amid immigration debate

    Government shutdown looms amid immigration debate

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    But as one aide told me bluntly: "We're in the midst of a high stakes game of chicken - and nobody knows how this is going to end four days from now". Trump has denied using those exact words, which were confirmed by three people briefed on the exchange. "The base is fired up", said Ben Wikler, the Washington director of the grass-roots liberal group MoveOn.
  • Catalonia Parliament Holding First Meeting Since Elections

    Catalonia Parliament Holding First Meeting Since Elections

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    The election last month did not yield the result Mr Rajoy had hoped for, however, with separatist parties winning 47.5 per cent of the vote, which was sufficient to keep their parliamentary majority. Catalonia's recently elected parliament will meet today to choose the committee that rules its daily activities; later this month, the parliament will elect the region's new leader.
  • Ireland braces for snow and flooding as polar air mass arrives

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    The chief forecaster says: '2-6 cm of snow may fall in places, especially on higher ground above 100-200m. Parts of the United Kingdom could see up to 25cm (9.8in) of snow on Tuesday night, the Met Office has said. "Over the hills, snow will drift in the strong to gale force winds". Some roads and pavements are expected to turn icy with an increased likelihood of some accidents and injuries.
  • South Africa summons U.S. embassy official over Donald Trump's shithole remark

    South Africa summons U.S. embassy official over Donald Trump's shithole remark

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    At this point, enough people who were present at the meeting in question have confirmed the accuracy of The Times' reporting to leave any doubt that Trump indeed made those remarks. The President later denied this, but he agreed that he used "tough language" at the meeting. A statement from the U.S. diplomatic mission on the meeting described as "very warm and cordial" relations between Nigeria and the United States .
  • Cuomo Says Budget Will Defend New York Against Trump's 'Economic Missile'

    Cuomo Says Budget Will Defend New York Against Trump's 'Economic Missile'

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    Capping the SALT deduction at $10,000 will add another $14 billion to that, his office estimates. The state Department of Taxation and Finance is scheduled to release a report on tax reform options Wednesday. So you have to raise revenue, " Cuomo said Tuesday in presenting his budget plan. His new study would determine the health impact, economic impact, criminal justice impact and consequences of legalization to NY.
  • GOP Lacking Votes to Keep Government Open

    GOP Lacking Votes to Keep Government Open

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    She said they are "frustrated and disappointed" with the Arkansas congressional delegation. Though that's certainly preferable to a shutdown, it's no way to run the federal government. "I can not agree to a deal that does not give the tools and resources to the men and women of Homeland Security to do the job you have asked them to do", Nielsen told Durbin at a different point in their ten minute back and forth.