Hungary should explain why it granted asylum to a fugitive former Macedonian prime minister if reports about the incident were true, a senior European Union official said on Wednesday. Gruevski fled to Hungary on November 9 after a court in Macedonia sentenced him to two years in prison for abuse of power. Read more: Hungary's Viktor Orban finally welcomes a 'refugee' Gruevski said on Tuesday that Hungary had granted asylum because he faced "political persecution" and death threats in Macedonia. The 48 year old is a close friend of right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. But EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who heads the bloc's membership policy, wrote on Twitter that it was "surprising" that Hungary may have granted asylum on those grounds when it also supported Macedonia's bid to join the European Union. EU officials have criticized Hungary in recent years for failing to uphold an independent judiciary and refusing to accept refugees from active war … [Read more...] about EU calls on Hungary to explain asylum for former Macedonian prime minister
YOU might be getting Housing Benefit if you are unemployed, on a low income or claiming benefits. It's given to out to help you pay rent if you're struggling to pay your way - but not everyone can put in a new claim. That's because it is being replaced by Universal Credit instead - so in most cases, you'll have to apply for this to get help. Those who do get Housing Benefit will be moved onto getting Universal Credit payments instead by 2024. It comes as renters are battling against soaring rent rates. Families were paying an average monthly rate of £1,060 a month in December, up from £972 a year ago. For those who do get it still, this is how Housing Benefit is calculated - and how much you can get. How is Housing Benefit calculated? Most read in Money THAT'S A WRAP CHOKE ALERT HELPING HAND SAVVY SAVER You may get help with all or part of your rent with Housing … [Read more...] about How is Housing Benefit calculated and how much will I get?
A mysterious condition that could be linked to COVID-19 has been reported in hundreds of children in several European countries and North America. The World Health Organization (WHO) put out a scientific brief this past month describing "clusters of children and adolescents requiring admission to intensive care units with a multisystem inflammatory condition with some features similar to those of Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome." England's health service had alerted at the end of April that cases of children in intensive care with "a multi-system inflammatory state" were rising. Children were displaying overlapping symptoms of severe COVID-19, toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease. The new ailment is being called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children or MIS-C. The UK, France, Italy, Spain, and the US have all reported cases with some children testing positive for COVID-19 or coronavirus antibodies, meaning they were previously exposed to the … [Read more...] about Explained: Inflammatory syndrome in children possibly linked to COVID-19
Jonathan Sacerdoti: Queen's health is 'not unusual' Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top Royal stories again. SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Her Majesty appears to prefer bright-coloured outfits when she undertakes public engagements rather than muted tones like beige, according to royal commentator Robert Hardman. In his biography of the Queen , the author claimed the monarch joked about not being able to wear beige. Related articles ‘Annoying arrogance!’ Ex-royal guard on Prince Andrew’s staff conduct Royal Family: Kate sends 'crafty message' as Meghan enjoys 'luxe' He wrote in his book Queen of the World: "My favourite remark she ever said was, 'I can never wear beige because nobody … [Read more...] about Queen’s practical choice explained with joke over people not knowing ‘who I am’
HOLLYWOOD’s Melissa Joan Hart became a pop culture phenomenon during the 1990’s when she starred in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The star has since been in a few movies and TV shows, such as Melissa & Joey and No Good Nick. What is Melissa Joan Hart's net worth? Melissa Joan Hart, 45, has an estimated net worth of $13million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Aside from her acting career, Hart has launched a clothing line with her husband, Mark Wilkerson called King of Harts, and was the former owner of a candy shop called SweetHarts. On October 17, 2021, Hart became the first celebrity to win the grand prize of $1million on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. Her total earnings from the game, $1,039,800, were donated to the charity of Hart's choice, Youth Villages. "They serve families and children across 23 different states in every kind of level, going through foster care and aging out of foster care especially," said Hart. Hart became the fourth person ever to win … [Read more...] about What is Melissa Joan Hart’s net worth?
Holidaymakers who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to take any Covid tests for travel abroad, Boris Johnson has confirmed. Speaking on a visit to a hospital, the Prime Minister said that day two lateral flow tests - which are currently required for fully vaccinated people entering the UK - would be ditched, saving a family of four around £120. The changes are expected to come into effect at 4am on February 11. It follows the ending of pre-departure and PCR tests for vaccinated travellers earlier this month and will be seen as a major filip for the travel industry in advance of the February half-term break. The changes are expected to come into effect at 4am on Feb 11. Holiday firms have already reported a surge in bookings for half term after the easing of restrictions and in anticipation of further lifting of curbs. Speaking ahead of a Covid-O cabinet committee meeting on Monday, Mr Johnson said the country was moving through the omicron wave and “things are … [Read more...] about All Covid tests for fully-vaccinated travellers ditched
Today in Stamford Hill, north London, Purim is less of a celebration and more of a test: can its Orthodox Jewish community, who were recently found to have one of the highest reported Covid rates in the world, curb the spread? In ordinary years the streets would be carnivalesque; floats filled with children in fancy dress, music ringing out and observers weaving between one another’s houses, dancing with friends and dropping off mishloach manot (baskets of gifts and food) before a dinner with dozens of guests. “It is the opposite of social distancing, it’s social proximity,” explains Chaya Spitz, chief executive of the Interlink Foundation, an umbrella group of Orthodox charities, and a “more festive and jolly day than any other in the Jewish calendar”. Not so in the age of coronavirus; the streets are quiet, save for a minivan taking essential workers’ children to school. Local faith leaders have warned this year’s celebrations must be contained to individual households – not … [Read more...] about The postcode at the heart of the coronavirus crisis
In a tunnel at Mount Meron lies a twisted sheet of metal and a body bag, the last remaining signs of the disaster that befell Jewish worshippers in the early hours of Friday morning. The body bag is empty, but the metal sheet has been ripped off the tunnel wall and is covered in dents, a testament to the struggle of those crushed to death. Dozens were killed in the stampede, which erupted as Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community celebrated Lag B'Omer, a festival that honours one of Judaism's greatest mystical scholars. Thousands of plates of food had been prepared and loudspeakers were blaring out music in the Galilee village, as worshippers gathered for the ceremonial lighting of bonfires. This was the first mass religious gathering to be held in Israel since it lifted nearly all coronavirus restrictions earlier this year, which might explain why such huge crowds had arrived. One local news report estimated that more than 100,000 people had come to enjoy the ceremonies. … [Read more...] about Phones of the dead light up with desperate calls as Israeli festival turns into night of horror
Martin Lewis warns of the threat of unaffordable energy bills Get pensions news and advice plus latest money alerts for FREE now SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The ongoing energy crisis has seen multiple firms thrust into administration across the UK. Coupled with the rapidly plummeting winter temperatures, household energy bills are set to rise in the coming months. Related articles Mrs Hinch fan shares ‘free’ hack for cleaning oven racks ‘Most valuable addition’ homeowners can add to their home this year READ MORE Oven cleaning hacks: The 2-minute trick you probably didn't know Ofgem is expected to announce in early February that the Energy Price Cap will rise again on … [Read more...] about Energy bills: The simple trick to slash heat loss from your home by up to 17 percent
GB News: Expert discusses potential rise in Council Tax Get pensions news and advice plus latest money alerts for FREE now SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info This year thousands of Brits could be pushed into poverty as experts forecast a cost of living crisis. National Insurance won’t be the only tax rise to put an increased strain on your finances this year; the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think tank believes that hikes to National Insurance won't be enough to cover the Government's social care plans. Related articles Pensioners urged to claim ‘really important’ retirement boost Martin Lewis urges pensioners to claim ‘gateway benefit’ IFS expects that the plan will likely cost around £5 … [Read more...] about Council tax rise: Your bills could rise by £220 – are you affected?