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Rogue landlords 'ruin our reputation', says NLA

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has backed tougher measures against rogue landlords, saying they "ruin" the reputation of the private rented sector.

Richard Bianco, a member of the NLA's London team, said any moves to help landlords reinvest profits and improve their properties was "welcome".

"Rogue landlords ruin our reputation and we want to drive them out," he added.

Read: Call for clampdown on rogue landlords

Call for clampdown on rogue landlords

Housing policy experts have issued a call for stricter new minimum standards in the private rented sector to combat rogue landlords.

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Housing and thinktank the Resolution Foundation said landlords who exploit tenants should face tough sanctions.

Housing experts want more protection for tenants in the private rented sector.
Housing experts want more protection for tenants in the private rented sector. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The recommendations have also gained the support of the National Landlords Association, the umbrella body representing landlords.

The report says there has been huge expansion in the number of private rented homes in the past 15 years, with some landlords trying to take advantage of tenants.

Read: Private sector rents edge above inflation

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PM seeks coordinated EU action against Islamic State

David Cameron is set to use an EU summit in Brussels today to push for concerted European action to tackle terrorist group Islamic State, also known as Isis.

The move follows the announcement on Friday that the UK's terror threat has been upgraded from 'substantial' to 'severe', with the Home Secretary saying an attempted attack was now "highly likely".

The Prime Minister wants European leaders to revive a move for police and security services to share passenger record information to help track jihadists.

The move has widespread support among member states but has been held up in the European Parliament due to concerns about civil liberties and privacy.

Read: Miliband calls for 'multilateral' strategy to defeat IS

Cameron to urge further EU sanctions against Russia

David Cameron is set to urge fellow EU leaders to impose more sanctions on the Russian government over Ukraine.

The summit was originally convened to select key posts in the new European Commission, but has now turned its focus to the crisis in eastern Europe.

David Cameron will reportedly push for more sanctions against the Russian government.
David Cameron will reportedly push for more sanctions against the Russian government. Credit: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA Wire/Press Association Images

British government sources believe pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine now have a range of heavy weaponry supplied by the Kremlin, including 100 battle tanks, artiellery and missile launchers.

Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, has issued strong warnings against foreign nations not to "mess" with his country.

Mr Putin also compared the Ukrainian authorities to Nazi forces who targeted Soviet civilians during the Second World War.

Read: Seven Nato allies plan rapid reaction force in Ukraine

Protests set against upcoming Nato summit in Wales

Protests are expected this afternoon in south Wales ahead of a Nato summit later this week.

The Stop the War Coalition's 'No to Nato' demonstration is set to go on until the end of the summit, which runs over September 4th and 5th.

The Stop the War website says the 60 leaders, including President Obama, are meeting to "plan their war on the world".

It is expected that the crisis in Ukraine and how to respond to alleged Russian aggression in the region will be high on the agenda at the summit.

Read: Seven Nato allies plan rapid reaction force in Ukraine

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Ukraine crisis likely to top agenda at EU summit

The crisis in Ukraine is likely to dominate an extraordinary summit of European Union leaders today in Brussels.

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday issued a strongly worded warning to Western nations not to "mess" with Russia, pointing out that it is a nuclear-armed power.

Nato allies are also reportedly considering a new rapid reaction force to boost the military bloc's defences in response to Russia's apparent involvement in Ukraine.

Read: Putin to foreign states: 'It's best not to mess with us'

Pickles plan to help residents scrap yellow lines

Local residents could get the right to challenge yellow lines on their roads, under proposals to be unveiled by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The Daily Mail reports that Mr Pickles wants residents to be able to launch a formal review if more than 50 of them - or over 10% of the population - are against yellow lines.

Eric Pickles wants to help local residents get rid of unwanted yellow lines.
Eric Pickles wants to help local residents get rid of unwanted yellow lines. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

‘Too often, yellow lines are imposed on neighbourhoods or the high street, without fair consideration of the livelihood of residents, local shops or the availability of parking spaces,’ Mr Pickles said.

The policy could also apply to "unfair parking charges" and other unpopular parking policies.

Read: Council 'spy cars' could soon be banned in England

US authorities investigate possible threat to Obama

Authorities in the US state of Connecticut are investigating a possible threat against President Obama, according to local media reports.

A statement from the US Secret Service, which oversees the President's personal security, said: "Information has been received by law enforcement regarding a potentially suspicious person and vehicle. We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine the validity of the information provided."

The US Secret Service said it was working to establish the 'validity' of the threat to President Obama.
The US Secret Service said it was working to establish the 'validity' of the threat to President Obama. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

A local newspaper said state police were looking for a man who had allegedly made a threat against Obama.

He was believed to have been driving a car with Connecticut licence plates.

Obama was making a number of fundraising appearances in the north-east of the country on Friday.

Ghana to serve as UN base for Ebola supplies

Ghana will serve as a base for supplies to help countries struck by the Ebola outbreak, which has already killed 1,500 people.

The disease began in south-eastern Guinea and spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, with the first case reported in Senegal this week.

A statement from the Ghanaian presidency said President John Dramani Mahama had agreed for his country to be used as a base during a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

"Using [Ghana's capital] Accra as the logistics and coordination centre would...open a vital corridor to get urgently needed supplies and health personnel into the affected countries and areas," the statement said.

Read: Health officials: Number of Ebola cases is rocketing

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