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Top Story: "The local government is on life support"

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Almost all councils in England intend to raise the council tax from April, and three-quarters intend to increase it to over 2.75%. Most councils have also warned that they will continue to restrict a range of services, from adult social care to libraries to recycling, while charging fees and fees.

The information service for local governments think tank says that eight years of austerity have cost the English councils 40% of their central funding. Last week, the county councils of Somerset and Northamptonshire shouted the winter swabs as untreated roads caused car accidents while rubbing unrepaired potholes and cuts in libraries with the residents.

"Years of chronic underfunding has left the local government on a livelihood," said Thin Tank senior executive. Jonathan Carr-West. The local government ministry says councils should receive an additional £ 1 billion next year.

Airbus does not want to produce A380 anymore – Airbus announced this morning to stop producing its flagship A380 Superjumbo, which could jeopardize jobs in the UK. The company said it had made the "painful" decision after the Emirates airline cut its recent order for jetliners from 162 to 123.

An Airbus A380 taking off for its maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac airport.

An Airbus A380 taking off for its maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac airport. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP / Getty Images

Airbus CEO Tom Enders said: "The A380 is not just an outstanding engineering and industrial achievement. Passengers around the world love to fly with this great aircraft. Therefore, today's announcement is painful for us and the A380 communities around the world. "Emirates has yet to receive 14 of the aircraft, parts of which are manufactured in the UK.

"I just want to come home" Former East London student Shamima Begum, who fled Britain for the Islamic State at the age of 15, says she is nine months pregnant and wants to come home.

Shamima Begum in a police photography, which was distributed in 2015.

Shamima Begum on a police photo distributed in 2015. Photo: City Police / EPA

Begum, who is in a Syrian refugee camp, told the Times that she fled the last jihadist enclave in Baghuz after her other two children died of illness and malnutrition. "I will do everything I can to get home and live peacefully with my child." She and the Bethnal Green Academy classmates, Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, flew from Gatwick Airport to Turkey in 2015 and then traveled to Syria , Begum told the Times that they were marrying all the foreign Isis fighters, and she first settled down in Raqqa, where the sight of a "decapitated head" in a barrel had not disturbed her. Begum confirmed reports that Sultana died in 2016 in an air raid on Raqqa. She reported contradictory about the so-called caliphate. "There was so much oppression and corruption that I did not think they deserved the win," she said. However, she added, "I do not regret coming here." The lawyer representing Shamima Begum's family said she should be allowed to return and be treated as a victim, since Scotland Yard originally characterized the girls. However, the case will pose a dilemma for the Foreign Office and Interior Minister Sajid Javid, who would have to decide whether to allow Begum to return to the UK.

The voice pressure of people is increasing – Jeremy Corbyn is warned of resignation from his front bank if he does not support the referendum on Brexit. Anti-Brexit MPs believe it is time to take the step after May rejected Labor's demands for a customs union. Treasury Shadow Minister Clive Lewis has called for Labor to "bring our conference policy to the point where it supports a referendum." The House of Commons is scheduled to vote today on a government proposal to determine the next stage of Brexit negotiations – and hardline Brexit supporters are threatening to put down another defeat in May for fear that the government will actually shut it down, the EU without an agreement to leave. Labor MP Geraint Davies has tabled an amendment calling for a referendum. "There's a hidden majority in the house that wants to support this position … but we do not have time anymore," Davies said. Senior Labor officials, including Keir Starmer, have met with ministers to review Corbyn's five requests to support a Brexit deal and change the red lines of Theresa May. Further meetings are expected next week.

Portraits of serial killers – The FBI has published sketches of a serial killer of its alleged victims in the hope that they will help solve dozens of unresolved homicide cases. Samuel Little has murdered 90 women for nearly four decades.

Drawings of the convicted killer Samuel Little were based on his memories of some of his female victims from the United States.

Drawings of the convicted killer Samuel Little were based on his memories of some of his female victims from the United States. Photo: AFP / Getty Images

Little was aimed at "marginalized and vulnerable women who were often involved in prostitution and drug addicts," the FBI said. It hopes that the information will generate tips and clues from the public that could help solve dozens of murders. The FBI says Little, who is 78 years old, is in poor health and is expected to stay in a Texas jail where he will spend life without parole for three killers in California.

Secret Nissan millions Labor is accusing Secretary of State Greg Clark of misleading misleading MEPs by failing to inform Parliament that Nissan has received a package of state aid amounting to £ 61m. The details became known this month as the carmaker changed its mind about building the X-Trail SUV in Sunderland. The government has argued that the pledge has been vetted by the Independent Industry Development Advisory Committee and need not be communicated to Parliament.

Hofmarken Manafort a liar – Paul Manafort had told lies about connecting to a suspected Russian intelligence officer, even after he agreed to cooperate with Robert Müller's investigation, a judge ruled. The decision frees the Trump Russia investigators from a plea agreement with Manafort, former election chairman of Donald Trump. As part of the deal, Manafort pledged to conspire to cheat the United States and hinder justice. Other charges against him were dropped. At that time, Manafort had been convicted of eight criminal charges in a separate fraud case against him by Mueller in Virginia. Mueller said the lies told to the investigators equate to new crimes.

Chance lost – The Mars Opportunity Rover is dead, NASA scientists plaintively announced. It was to survive only 90 Martian days and cover 1 km after landing in 2004, but could continue to fly for 15 years and 45 km until a dust storm finally broke communication.

opportunity rover

Attempts to restore contact with "Oppy" were declared failed. Photo: AP

Opportunity's twin rover rover was exhausted in 2011, while the larger Mars Curiosity rover still runs after more than six years.

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A boat with migrants stranded in the Strait of Gibraltar.

A boat with migrants stranded in the Strait of Gibraltar. Photo: Marcos Moreno / AFP / Getty Images

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At noon read: neo-Nazi who wants to lead Slovakia

Right-wing extremist politician Marian Kotleba won a 2013 shock victory in regional elections in Slovakia. He moved into the governor's mansion in Banská Bystrica. There he set up a gym for his stormy entourage and brought a printing press to dissuade leaflets against corrupt politicians, gypsy criminals, promiscuity, abortion and homosexuality as a threat. Slovak life

Marian Kotleba, leader of the far-right party in Slovakia.

Marian Kotleba, leader of the far-right party in Slovakia. Figure: Guardian Design

Three years later, Kotleba lost his term, but managed to bring his right-wing extremist party to parliament, where he won 14 out of 150 seats in the Slovak Legislature. In March, he will run for the president. Shaun Walker traces the rise of a political extremist who adores the history of Slovakia as a Nazi puppet state.


Tottenham gave the Champions League hopes a huge boost as he beat Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the quarter-final against Son Heung-min in the second half of Son Heung-min. In Amsterdam, Marco Asensio scored a 2-1 win against Real Madrid, who scored a late winner against Ajax, who had to fight back a goal not recognized by the VAR. The IAAF has emphatically rejected a report stating that the women's Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, is to be classified as a male biologist at 800 meters when her memorable case is heard next week.

British Olympic gold medalist Callum Skinner, who has won gold medals, has called on his athletes to sign up for a new global body that he says will champion their rights. Shannon Gabriel was suspended for the first four ODIs against England following clashes in the field in St. Lucia that prompted Joe Root to tell him, "There's nothing wrong with being gay." And after six days of suspension due to an outbreak of horse flu, jockeys, bookies, and carters were relieved when the hooves hit the pitch again in Plumpton.


Japan's economic growth in the last three months of 2018 rebounded from a slump in the previous quarter, growing at an annualized rate of 1.4%. Cabinet data show a recovery in exports, consumer demand, investment and government spending. GDP fell in the quarter from July to September. Japan plans to raise its excise duty from 8% to 10% in October, which could put a brake on consumer spending.

The pound was trading at $ 1,286 and $ 1,140, ​​respectively, while the FTSE is expected to be slightly higher.

The papers

The Times leads with an extraordinary interview with one of the students who went from London to Isis four years ago: "Take me home". The Guardian Splash is: "Labor MEPs warn Corbyn: a second referendum or we have quit" while the FT has stated that the Dutch Prime Minister has already said that the Dutch companies have already been carried away.

Guardian front page, Thursday, February 14, 2019

Guardian front page, Thursday, February 14, 2019.

There are health news on the covers of some newspapers. The telegraph has "Judge demands the review of the Fertility Law" express The officials make a promise against a cystic fibrosis drug: "We will deal with a miracle drug". Englisch:…ew&id=6 # 1991. Mail has "Camilla diet warning" as Duchess warns about dairy-free diets and I reports "New statins regime for over 40s".

The mirror It is annoying that Gordon Banks has missed a knighthood: "No Justice" and the Sun continues his coverage of Wayne Rooney's marriage: "Roses are red, violets are blue, I love my 4 boys, but it's a withdrawal clinic for Roo."

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