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London home sellers slash prices at biggest rate since financial crisis

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The prices that London home-sellers are seeking for their properties fell by the most since the financial crisis this month, at a time when prices in most of the rest of Britain are rising, industry figures showed on Monday. London’s once red-hot housing market has slowed for the past year due to a double hit from higher purchase taxes on expensive homes and the June 2016 Brexit vote, which hurt demand from foreign buyers and raised fears of big job losses in the capital’s financial industry. Rightmove, Britain’s biggest property website,... Read More »

Bali volcano: Mt Agung ash shuts airport for second day


Massive plumes of dark ash were seen reaching as high as 3km (2 miles) above the summit of the rumbling volcano, which began erupting last week. Officials raised the alert to the highest level on Monday, fearing an imminent major eruption. Up to 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the vicinity. Volcanic ash can damage aeroplane engines or even cause them to fail, and also clogs fuel and cooling systems. Pilot visibility can also be hampered. The Transportation Ministry initially closed the Ngurah Rai (Denpasar) airport on M... Read More »

Croatia-Serbia border tensions escalate


Croatia blames Serbia for the large influx of migrants seen over the last week, with almost 50,000 refugees flooding into the EU state. The surge happened after Hungary, the northern neighbor of both countries, closed its green border with Serbia with a metal fence. Zagreb is angry that Belgrade is now bussing the migrants to Croatia and says it should send them to Hungary and Romania as well. Croatia last week closed seven of eight border crossings with Serbia to vehicles before halting cargo traffic altogether to put pressure on Belgrad... Read More »

H&M Conscious Foundation makes donation to Refugee Crisis in Europe


So far, this year, more than 300,000 refugees have fled across the Mediterranean from war, violence, conflict and persecution in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan. Every day a large number of refugees arrive on the shores of south Europe in need of shelter, food, health care and water. The H&M Conscious Foundation will donate USD 500,000 to UNHCR who are offering refugees support on site. The funding from Conscious Foundation will be directed towards interventions such as emergency rescue kits, medica... Read More »

Handicap International: Kobani: children as young as three already able to recognise shells and bombs


Life amid the ruins Before Maelle arrived in Kobani, her colleague warned her: “You’ll see, it’s as if the city has been hit by five earthquakes in a row.” But after nearly four months, Maelle has grown used to her surroundings: “It’s only when I returned to the city with someone who was visiting for the first time that the scale of the devastation really hit me again. When I saw the terror in his eyes, it reminded me of how I felt when I arrived.” But life amid the ruins is changing fast, and things are better organised than before. “Peo... Read More »

Air Liquide, Michelin, Sodexo and Total join forces to welcome refugees


Air Liquide, Michelin, Sodexo and Total will, within a framework to be established by the government, assist refugees through tangible actions related to their respective businesses, expertise, capabilities and operational resources. The form this aid will take is being defined with humanitarian organizations, including the French Red Cross, and nonprofits. Examples include making premises available, donating food and other essential supplies, providing access to health care, covering resettlement expenses or providing professional support a... Read More »

SITA Foundation opens refund application process


From 4 September 2015, claimants or their surviving relatives can apply for refunds of unclaimed credit balances in the Gemeentegiro Amsterdam (Amsterdam Municipal Giro System) and wrongfully imposed penalties for ground rent arrears during World War II. Claims will be processed by the Amsterdam Individual Repayments Foundation (SITA), an independent body established on the initiative of the City of Amsterdam and charged with the task of investigating, assessing and settling repayment claims. SITA has now completed its preparatory activities an... Read More »

Plan to end refugee crisis proposed to EU Politicians


Summary of the plan: Install a German embassy on the Turkish side of the border with Syria. We don't have to waste time by constructing a luxury building: we just choose an available, solid empty building, surrounded by an enormous part of land, belonging to the building, and give the total compound the official status of foreign (German) embassy... From the moment the Syrian refugees arriving there, they receive immunity and can stay under German supervision, without further travelling to the country of Germany, or neighbouring countries. Sinc... Read More »

Handicap International: Nepal earthquake: Reaching remote communities affected by the monsoon


More than 8,800 people were killed and over 22,300 injured in the earthquake that hit Nepal on 25th April 2015. Overall, more than 2.8 million people have been affected. Heavy monsoon rains have heightened the risk of landslides and are currently making it more difficult for communities to access humanitarian services. Four months on, needs remain high. “There are still earth tremors, some in the last few days,” explains Jeremy Mouton, Handicap International’s reporting officer in Nepal. “There are regular aftershocks. Since the earthquake, ... Read More »

GfK: Economic expectations for Europe strongly influenced by Greek crisis


The Greek crisis largely set the mood for European consumers in the second quarter of this year, and the economic expectations in many countries has stagnated or decreased as a result. At the time of the poll, which was carried out in the first two weeks of June, the negotiations between Greece and its creditors had increasingly come to a head. The provisional climax – the ultimate failure of the negotiations, the looming bankruptcy of the country, the closure of Greek banks, and the referendum – is therefore not reflected in this survey. It is... Read More »

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