Score
Title
7586
Trump administration bars Haitians from U.S. visas for low-skilled work
104174
North and South Korea agree to carry single flag at Winter Olympics and field joint women's ice hockey team
5461
First 'ghost ship' of 2018 washes up in Japan with dead North Koreans
779
Kelly: We won’t build all of Trump’s wall, and Mexico won’t pay for it
712
Panama hotel votes to drop Trump, but his company won't go
1755
Barred from election, the Kremlin's top critic Alexei Navalny vows to fight 'emperor' Putin.
851
Russian disinformation campaign has been ‘extremely successful’ in Europe, warns EU
3975
Japanese city placed on high alert after supermarket sells fish more poisonous than cyanide - Officials in Gamag?ri, in central Japan, were left with no choice but to activate the city's emergency warning system after packets of the fugu fish were sold without having their livers removed.
427
New report from Germany's Federal Network Agency has revealed country has abysmally slow broadband speeds - for staggering 29% of users, internet speeds were less than half of what companies promised in contracts...almost no one, even those paying premium, reached "maximum" speeds promised.
5836
The seafood industry in New Zealand has asked the government to withhold graphic video of dead sea life caught in trawler nets as they are potentially damaging to fisheries and to brand New Zealand. Industry leaders say plan to install cameras on commercial fishing vessels is a risk to ‘NZ Inc’.
40023
North Korea to send about 230 cheerleaders to Olympics for its 2 competing athletes.
1621
'It's slavery in the modern world': Foreign workers say they were hungry, abused at Toronto temple - Canada
645
Apple factory conditions lead to '90 per cent of workforce taken to hospital'
870
Russian human rights group has offices torched after leader's arrest | World news | The Guardian
468
Wave of looting shutters stores, spreads fear in Venezuela
140
Indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian prisons ruled unconstitutional by British Columbia court. Justice Peter Leask said the existing rules create a situation in which a warden becomes judge and jury in terms of ordering extended periods of solitary confinement.
1698
Dads in Sweden took more paternity leave than ever in 2017: Sweden offers 480 days of parental leave per child which can be shared out between mothers and fathers as they see fit, but with each parent entitled to at least three use-it-or-lose-it months.
140
Family offers ‘sincere apologies’ for 11-year-old girl’s false hijab-cutting story
11836
Bannon 'ordered to testify to grand jury': He was reportedly subpoenaed by Mueller, who is leading an inquiry into alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election campaign.
292
Residents of tower with Grenfell-style cladding told they must foot £2m bill
511
South Korean Petition Against Crypto Regulation Gets 200K Signatures, Government Must Respond
549
Probe as 36 Russian athletes withdraw ahead of doping tests
142
Trump: ‘Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea’
377
Investigators Are Scrutinizing Newly Uncovered Payments By The Russian Embassy
260
New Zealand Fisheries Want Grisly Images of Dead Penguins Caught in Nets Censored
56
Majority of disability benefit claimants being left with not enough to live on, campaigners warn: Employment and Support Allowance survey suggesting 60 percent of recipients struggling even before cuts branded 'damning indictment of Government' by Labour.
29
Apple says it will pay a $38 billion tax bill to move foreign money back to the US
245
An Israeli military judge has ordered the Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi to be held in custody during her trial, possibly for months, despite calls from rights groups for her release. Human rights groups have criticized the minor’s continued detention, while the EU has expressed concern
26
Norway aims for all short-haul flights to be 100% electric by 2040 - All of Norway’s short-haul airliners should be entirely electric by 2040, the country’s airport operator said on Wednesday, cementing the Nordic nation’s role as a pioneer in the field of electric transport
22
UK Man convicted of theft in 1976 cleared after Googling his arresting officer - Stephen Simmons was convicted of mailbag theft over 40 years ago but a chance discovery led to his acquittal
21
Haitians Flow Into Canada From The U.S. Amid Renewed Deportation Fears
83
The European Union on Wednesday accused Russia of pumping out thousands of pieces of disinformation in an "orchestrated strategy" aimed at destabilising the bloc
19
Britain appoints 'minister for loneliness' to tackle social isolation
18
Canada's use of lengthy solitary confinement in jails is unconstitutional – judge - Campaigners hope the judgment will end the controversial practice under which some inmates have been kept alone for four years
63565
Iraqi soldier disarms 7-year-old boy after ISIS strap him with suicide belt
21
Strange Weather Triggered Bacteria That Killed 200,000 Endangered Antelope
92
Polish abortion rights proponents, most of them women, are marching in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland to express their opposition to a proposal in parliament to further tighten the country’s already restrictive abortion law.
524
North Korea writer 'Bandi' is incommunicado, activist says. North Korea's first known dissident writer still living in the country has become unreachable since his book has been published in the United States and translated into 21 languages.
300
Israeli settlers puncture tires, spray racist graffiti on Palestinian vehicles
68
Indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian prisons ruled unconstitutional by B.C. court
173 lonelyzombi3 gangs of rogue landlords ... What!?
40 _Scarcane_ Money laundering, build the properties for cash, rent them out for credit
28 TheIndigoWolf There’s a homeless half way house in hackney. It’s got over 300 “flats”. The sink and cooker are one unit. The shower and toilet are one unit. It’s smaller than a prison cell is allowed to be. The homeless have to pay council tax on it as it’s classed as a flat not a small unhygienic room. The homeless would have more money for job search and interview clothing, travel etc if it wasn’t for this scam. It’s very cramped and that many people in one space drives you crazy. Imagine 300 “flats” at £1000 a month. The council love it because they get a lot of council tax in a small area.
12 schmidy21 “The lettings model was also being actively promoted as an investment opportunity amongst both existing landlords and, possibly, more widely. This has contributed to the strong growth of conversions using the model”
6 nioki23 You'll still have to pay the housing benefit whilst building these council houses, it does mean finding money from somewhere, maybe a new tax on multiple home owners? Something to slow down the baby boomer property portfolios, may make houses more affordable for the youngsters?
9 ChloeOBrien The rental market in large parts of England is a national disgrace. If you're unemployed then this is what you get (a cell), unless you can get on an association list, but they only accept families or disadvantaged types. And when you do manage to find some shitbox you're gouged for letting fees, credit checks, etc. Even as a low wage earner it's bloody awful. The system is broken.
6 rayofinfamy Is this a cultural thing, or is there some other factor I'm missing? In my corner of rural America, many of the rental properties are converted old single-family homes. I'm not horrified by the concept. The guy paying £980 for a room with a dripping ceiling is definitely being gouged, though.
6 jplevene This was Blair's Labour's biggest failure, expanding housing benefit more towards private landlords and away from council owned properties. I have a friend who manages rental properties for landlords, he owns a few properties, but instead of managing them himself, he rents them to local authorities as he gets more money that way. Seriously, WTF !!!! It's not as bad now since Cameron brought in the limit of what councils are allowed to pay, but I know a few people who made millions during Blair's Labour. A council house should be owned by the local authority, and no long term housing benefit should be paid to private landlords.
2 TheInvisibleJihadi sounds like normal student accommodation or HMO's in general.
2 snapper1971 So, no change from the 80s, then.
2 Bolloux Local authorities should have minimum standards they’ll pay benefits out on. Yes, that means someone will have to go out and actually view the place.
10 terminaldummy so they're giving homeless people shelter ? has to be better then the street ?
4 ImFlyImPilot Government programs are and always will be gamed. Moral hazard like barnacles on a ship.
5 zephyy Thatcher's 'ownership society'
4 YachiruTheKittyKat landlords are the cancer of our society, very few other people earn so much for contributing so little.
2 Loadsock96 Landlords being assholes, surprise surprise.