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Trump offers ‘compromise’ to end government shutdown

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump’s wall and the death of compromiseUS President Donald Trump has set out new plans on his Mexican wall project to try to end a partial government shutdown lasting more than four weeks.One of his "compromises" was on so-called Dreamers - who entered the US illegally when young. He still wants $5.7bn (£4.5bn) to fund the wall.Democrats have refused to fund
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Government to fund 2,900 school exchanges for poorer pupils

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Secondary schools in England will be able to apply for money to take poorer pupils overseas on school exchangesThe £2.5 million government scheme will enable pupils aged 11 and over "to experience other cultures and go to places they wouldn't normally visit".Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "As Britain leaves the EU, it's more important than ever to show how much we value international opportunities."It is
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US government shutdown: Trump to make border wall speech

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump is set to argue that an immigration "crisis" requires his long-promised wall along the Mexican border. Mr Trump will make his case in his first speech from the Oval Office at 21:00EST (0200 GMT Wednesday), ahead of a trip to the border on Thursday. A partial government shutdown has been in effect for 17 days after lawmakers failed to break a
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US government partially shuts down over border wall row

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump: "Any measure that funds the government must include border security"A partial US government shutdown has taken effect after US lawmakers failed to break a budget impasse.Mr Trump, who has to sign off any deal, is insisting at least $5bn (£4bn) in funding be included for his long-promised wall along the Mexican border.Lawmakers adjourned last-minute talks on Friday evening.In the absence
Politics

Brexit: Irish government’s ‘stark’ no-deal plan unveiled

[ad_1] Image copyright GoodLifeStudio Image caption Ireland's foreign minister said the plan was "stark" but "comprehensive" The Irish government is now prioritising planning for a no-deal Brexit, according to its published contingency plan.The document, which runs to more than 130 pages, outlines plans for 19 sectors should the UK leave the EU without a withdrawal deal.It includes a move to purchase land at Dublin and Rosslare ports to deal with
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Government still committed to net migration target – Brokenshire

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The government's target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000 a year has been left out of draft proposals for a new immigration system. But Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said the government remained committed to the target.He said the aim was to get net migration down to "sustainable" levels.The final version of the much-delayed immigration plan, which aims to end free movement from the EU
Business

Student loan ruling adds £12bn to government borrowing

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A change in how student loans are recorded in the public finances will add £12bn to the deficit, following an Office for National Statistics ruling.The amount expected not to be repaid, which could be 45% of lending, will be reclassified as public spending.Student loans will now significantly push up the UK's deficit - providing an incentive to reduce tuition fees.The government said the change would
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Putin wants government to “take charge” of rap music

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy are Russian rappers getting arrested?Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the government to "take charge" of rap music after a number of concerts were cancelled across the country.Efforts to ban rap were "impossible" and so the state should play a greater role in controlling it, he said.The Ministry of Culture would find the best way to "navigate" youth concerts, he