Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah – the chief executive of Oxfam GB – describes the UK Government’s decision to reduce its aid budget as “really shocking”. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
South Wales Police are dealing with a "serious" incident involving "a number of casualties" in Rhondda Cynon Taf. The incident happened in Baglan Street, Treorchy, at around noon and ambulance crews are also in attendance. A cordon has been erected around a takeaway restaurant called the Blue Sky on Baglan Street in the village of Ynyswen, with a small white tent outside the premises. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he is “very pleased that the NHS staff have been carved out of the pay freeze”. The government has proposed giving healthcare workers a pay rise of just 1%, whilst other public sector workers such as teachers and police will see their pay frozen this year. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
The government is facing a furious backlash after calling for NHS staff in England to be restricted to a pay rise of just 1%.
Ministers defended the proposal at a time when the economy was under "huge pressure" as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
But health service unions said the proposed award as a "kick in the teeth" for staff who had given "absolutely everything" over the past year to keep the public safe.
The Royal College of Nursing, the UK’s largest nursing union, is to set up a £35 million industrial action fund in response to the government’s proposal. Report by Avagninag. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Pope Francis has landed in Iraq, marking the first papal visit to the country in history.
Francis’ aim is to urge the country's Christians to help rebuild the country after years of war and persecution. Report by Chanda. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Former President Donald Trump said he plans to campaign against GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska next year when she’s up for reelection, intensifying his pledges to oppose GOP lawmakers who have bucked him.
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) weighs in on Fox News host Tucker Carlson calling QAnon supporters “gentle people.” Quigley was at the Capitol on January 6 when a pro-Trump mob stormed the building, leaving five dead and dozens injured.
In an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said that Trump’s stimulus package did more for Americans because President Biden’s slimmed-down Covid-19 relief package has an income cap for stimulus payments.
Democratic congressman Eric Swalwell has sued Donald Trump, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other allies of the former president over the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol when violent Trump supporters tried to stop the certification of Trump's election defeat. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.