"Turkey will continue to stay in Libya until the legitimate government is brought to safety," Erdogan said in Istanbul. In an article published by Politico on Saturday, the Turkish president warned that the GNA's failure would increase the threats of terrorism and irregular migration across the region. … [Read more...] about Libya: Haftar loyalists block oil exports amid cease-fire
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In an attempt to persuade peers to vote for the “regret motion”, the education secretary gave the strongest hint by a member of the cabinet that the chancellor would soften the impact of the changes. “I was a Treasury minister in the last parliament, George was my boss at that point, he very much is always in listening mode,” Morgan told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1. … [Read more...] about Tax credits: government faces showdown in House of Lords
The abolition of tax credits, which the prime minister said would not happen during last year’s general election campaign, did not have to come before this House. Since the Lords threw out the Liberal budget in 1909, there has been a convention that they do not interfere on financial matters. But George Osborne, seeking to avoid growing opposition from his own side in the Commons, has placed the change inside secondary legislation – a statutory instrument, or SI. This means it can be rejected or delayed, but not amended. And, since the original tax credits legislation was not deemed a “money bill”, the SI to amend it isn’t subject to financial privilege. It is a major error by the chancellor. The Conservatives are not the largest party (they lost their dominance when the hereditary peers left in 1999). Patricia Hollis, for Labour, has tabled a motion that would force the Commons to delay. The Tories, though, call it a “fatal motion”, a move to … [Read more...] about Who needs the House of Lords? Meet the peers rattling the Commons
With Callum Chambers sidelined for up to nine months with a ruptured cruciate ligament, Mikel Arteta has turned his gaze to the Bundesliga in search of a replacement. Arsenal’s new manager has identified Bayern Munich’s Jérôme Boateng as the ideal man to fill the Chambers-shaped hole in his squad and will be able to bring him to the Emirates if Arsenal stump up the thick end of €15m (£12.8m). The World Cup-winning 31-year-old last played in the Premier League for Manchester City against Fulham in February 2011. … [Read more...] about Football transfer rumours: Jérôme Boateng to Arsenal from Bayern?
“Currently, cotton production requires substantial amounts of water, chemicals, energy and land – while global natural resources dwindle in the warming climate,” says WWF Finland’s Miiju Sirviö. “Fossil fuels cannot be spun into polyester or other synthetic fabrics for ever, either. Yet, much clothing is discarded before the end of its life span and ends up in landfill sites. This project vows to drastically improve the ecological footprint of garments by encouraging and promoting tangible solutions.” … [Read more...] about Fashion in new bid to be truly sustainable