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Failure to fund access costs of general election candidates is ‘denial of democracy’

Disabled politicians preparing to contest the general election likely to be called within months will be hit hard by the government’s refusal to fund their disability-related campaign spending, a Deaf parliamentary candidate has warned. Kerena Marchant , who uses British Sign Language (BSL) and is a disability rights campaigner and a TV producer and journalist, will be contesting the Basingstoke seat at the next general election. But she fears ... Full story

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump speak ahead of G7 meeting

Boris Johnson has spoken to US President Donald Trump ahead of meeting him for the first time since becoming prime minister on Sunday. The leaders, who will meet at the G7 summit in France, discussed "foreign policy issues and global trade". No 10 said they "looked forward to speaking further" at the summit. Mr Trump has praised Mr Johnson, calling him "Britain Trump", and predicted a speedy US-UK trade deal after Brexit. The PM will also meet ... Full story

'Burning Sun' CEO Lee Moon Ho given suspended sentence for habitual drug use

' Burning Sun ' CEO Lee Moon Ho has been given a suspended sentence for habitual drug use. Prosecution previously requested 2 years and 6 months of prison time for Lee Moon Ho, who was charged with taking ecstasy, ketamine, and other drugs on 10 occasions from 2018 to February of 2019. On August 22, the Seoul Central District Court ruled the club CEO would receive a 1 year and 6 month suspended prison sentence and 3 years of probation as well ... Full story

UP10TION turn upside down in 'Your Gravity' MV

UP10TION turn upside down in 'Your Gravity' MV Full story

EU’s Tusk launches scathing attack on US president and Boris Johnson as they land for G7 summit

Welcome to live updates from The Independent on the three-day G7 summit in Biarritz, France. - 24 August 2019 08:46. Boris Johnson was preparing for his first international summit and trade talks with Donald Trump. The meeting of leaders from major economies in Biarittz will see Mr Johnson set out his plans for Brexit in talks with Donald Tusk, the president of the European council. Ahead of the summit, Mr Johnson said: "Some people question ... Full story

Don't Let Trump Distract You

This is an excerpt from The Stakes 2020, BuzzFeed News' newsletter about what really matters in the 2020 campaign. You can sign up here. Julián Castro was, for a time, the other Texan running for president, a former San Antonio mayor and housing secretary who had seemed more at home in the calmer Obama years. But his small, steady campaign has found a kind of footing that Beto O’Rourke’s continues to struggle for, in part by making tight, ... Full story

Religious affiliation of the 116th Congress Center

The new, 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress. 1. There has been a 3-percentage-point decline in the share of members of Congress who identify as Christian – in the 115th Congress, 91% of members were Christian, while in the 116th, 88% are Christian. There are also four more Jewish members, one additional ... Full story

Kabul wedding blast: Groom has 'lost hope' after deadly attack

Image caption Mirwais Elmi told Tolo News he would "never see happiness in my life again". The bridegroom whose wedding was targeted by a suicide bomber in the Afghan capital Kabul says he has "lost hope" after the deadly attack. In a TV interview, Mirwais Elmi said his bride survived but his brother and other relatives were among the 63 people killed in Saturday's attack. The Islamic State group has admitted carrying out the bombing, which ... Full story

Chancellor: I won't shift stamp duty to sellers

Chancellor Sajid Javid has said he has no plans to make house sellers rather than buyers pay stamp duty tax. "I wouldn't support that," the chancellor said in a tweet on Sunday. His comments came after the Times reported on Saturday that Mr Javid was considering the idea, to save first-time buyers from paying the tax. "I know from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government that we need bold measures on housing - but this isn't ... Full story

EU piles pressure on Brazil over Amazon fires

DUBLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union piled pressure on Friday on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over fires raging in the Amazon basin, with Ireland and France saying they could block a trade deal with South America. FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil August 22, 2019/File Photo. Bolsonaro has rejected what he calls foreign interference in domestic affairs in Brazil, ... Full story