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May: Government 'unlikely' to meet migration target

Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted that the government is "unlikely" to meet its target of cutting net annual migration into Britain below 100,000.

Theresa May says Britain will miss David Cameron's target for immigration. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

David Cameron had pledged to meet the target upon taking office in 2010, but May said the success of the UK economy was leading people from other European nations to head here.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, May said non-EU migration had been brought down to similar levels as at the end of the 1990s.

"But it is, of course, unlikely that we are going to reach the tens of thousands by the end of the parliament," she said.

"Why is that? It's because we have seen increasing numbers of people coming from across Europe, partly because our economy is doing better than other economies in Europe."

Due to freedom of movement rules in the European Union, the government is unable to prevent workers from other EU nations coming to live in the UK.

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Blocking migrant benefits 'discriminatory', PM told

Former minister Kenneth Clarke has warned David Cameron that any plans to block EU migrants from claiming benefits in Britain would be "totally discriminatory".

David Cameron is due to make a major speech on immigration. Credit: Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The Prime Minister is set to deliver a key speech on immigration as he attempts to win back support lost to Ukip.

The Sunday Times reports that Cameron is set to announce plans to prevent European migrants from claiming any benefits for two years.

However, Conservative MP Clarke told Sky News attempts to imitate Ukip were actually strengthening the hand of Nigel Farage.

According to the Sunday Times, the PM's team has been studying proposals from think-tank Open Europe that would stop EU immigrants receiving in-work benefits such as tax credits.

I do think the tactics of the two major parties of government - the serious parties of government - of trying to imitate Ukip since then have actually made them more credible and has gifted them two by-elections.

– Kenneth Clarke MP

Manchester City apologise over Ched Evans calendar

Manchester City have apologised after children reportedly as young as six were given a certificate featuring convicted rapist Ched Evans.

The youngsters were given the certificate after attending a coaching course at the City academy, where Evans played for eight years before moving to Sheffield United.

Ched Evans served two and a half years of a five year sentence for rape. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The Sun quoted one parent saying:: “It’s a disgrace. I had to explain to my six-year-old lad why someone on his award was a criminal. A rapist is hardly someone to be promoting City to children."

A Manchester City spokeswoman apologised and said the club had now withdrawn the certificates.

The club would like to apologise for any distress caused to the recipients or their parents.

It is some years since these certificates were updated and they were part of an old batch which were mistakenly distributed and which will not be distributed again.

– Manchester City spokeswoman
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Charing Cross evacuated after train fire

Charing Cross station has been evacuated after a fire on a South Western train.

Firefighters arrived at the scene within the last hour and around a hundred people were led from the building.

The first carriage of the train was damaged but there were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is being investigated and London Fire Brigade says the incident has now been dealt with.

Tory MP: May plans 'stepping stone to Snooper's Charter'

Senior Conservative MP David Davis has hit out at his party colleague Theresa May over plans to let police seize internet companies' data to identify possible terror suspects and paedophiles.

The Home Secretary wants the police to be able to identify suspects by using IP address matching to trace their computers.

Former leadership contender Mr Davis warned ministers were trying to reintroduce the so-called 'Snooper's Charter' that was shelved last year following intense opposition from the Liberal Democrats and some Tories.

He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show:

It's a stepping stone back to the old Snooper's Charter. The thing that Parliament roundly threw out about a year and half ago, two years ago because they weren't convinced that this was necessary.

Now this technical change is okay, it's sensible, but the Home Secretary has said in effect that she sees it as a route back into the whole Snooper's Charter and, frankly, I think she's going to have real trouble.

– David Davis

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Palestinian 'shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza strip'

Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian in the northern Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Health Ministry says.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment. It would be the first such fatality since a 50-day Gaza war ended in August.

The ministry identified the man as Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, and said he was shot by soldiers east of Jabalya refugee camp.

One of Halawa's relatives said he had been searching for song birds, which nest in trees near the Israeli border and command high prices in Gaza markets.

Footage shows massive roof collapse after US snowfall

Video footage of a massive collapsed roof in New York's Erie County shows the extent to which the recent snowfall has affected parts of the US.

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The footage, posted on the county sheriff's Facebook page, was shot on Friday and shows a large manufacturing area, which remained unnamed for safety reasons.

The state is now preparing for likely flooding in areas hit by several feet of snow in the last week.

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