Inside, Vanessa's producers are ready and waiting, sorting through various tracks they're hoping she might choose for her forthcoming EP. But first, the singer has a confession: "I've got a sore throat and I'm a bit hung over." It doesn't seem to matter. If anything, the consensus is that a husky voice is better for the material - a sultry and sumptuous serving of downtempo R&B; all heavy breathing and soaring harmonies. Image copyright Vanessa White Slowly, painstakingly, the song takes shape. Some of the improvisations stick and are pieced together into a coherent melody. Every so often, Vanessa emerges [...]
When they look at the map of the region they see Iran effectively controlling five Middle Eastern capitals now: Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sana'a, and spreading its influence among the Shia populations in Bahrain and along Saudi Arabia's Gulf coast. So the Saudis want to know that their defence alliance with the UK, as well as the US, is rock solid. Death toll But left out of the picture are the human rights organisations and campaign groups that want Mrs May to use this visit to pressure the Saudis to both end their military campaign in neighbouring Yemen and [...]
He has also said there is no appetite for another snap election. Mr Brokenshire told MPs in Westminster that he does not want to see a return of direct rule from London, but that he has to keep all options open. He added that he would legislate on Northern Ireland's future when Westminster returns after the Easter recess.
The new rules mean that children born after Thursday 6 April into families where there are already two or more children will no longer be counted in benefit payments to their parents, under either tax credits or Universal Credit. And from autumn 2018, families making new claims under Universal Credit will only receive payments for their first two children even if they were born before Thursday. However, children already receiving Universal Credit or tax credit payments will not lose them for as long as their family's existing claim continues. And Child Benefit, which is separate, will be unaffected. The latest [...]
'No choice' Kate Webb, head of policy at housing charity Shelter, explained high London property prices mean "councils are finding it much harder to find landlords that will work with them". Councils are struggling to secure long term leases on properties to use for temporary accommodation, so are forced into per-night rental agreements, or to look beyond the capital, she said. The number of nights rented under these arrangements has more than tripled from 540,000 to 1.8m over the past five years, 14 councils in London confirmed. "Because councils can't find anything affordable and suitable in their own local area, [...]