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TUC welcome Labour's zero-hours contracts plans

Frances O'Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has welcomed Ed Miliband's proposals to effectively outlaw zero-hours contracts.

Zero-hours workers are often too afraid to speak up for their rights for fear of losing work.

We need a fairer system that guarantees zero-hours workers decent rights at work and stops them from being treated like second-class employees.

– Frances O'Grady


Iran nuclear talks: Obama informed of progress

US President Barack Obama has been updated on nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers as talks continued past the deadline.

The White House released a photo of President Obama receiving an update on the talks. Credit: White House

The US State Department said enough progress had been made to warrant an extension, although there still were "several difficult issues" to overcome.

The president was pictured holding a video call with members of his national security team to discuss the talks, although no further details were released.

Representatives from the US, UK, France, China, Russia plus Germany - known as the P5+1 - have been locked in talks with Iran in Lausanne, Switzerland for days over the country's nuclear programme.

They aim to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb in exchange for relief from sanctions, which have left its economy crippled.

CBI: Miliband risks 'playing with jobs' with zero-hours plan

Ed Miliband could be creating more instability for workers with his plans to effectively ban zero-hours contracts, a leading business group has said.

CBI Director-General John Cridland. Credit: PA Wire

John Cridland, the director-general of the CBI, said Britain's flexible jobs market had helped deliver an employment rate "that is the envy of other nations", accusing Mr Miliband of "playing with jobs".

"Of course action should be taken to tackle abuses, but demonising flexible contracts is playing with the jobs that many firms and many workers value and need," he said.

"These proposals run the risk of a return to day-to-day hiring in parts of the economy, with lower stability for workers and fewer opportunities for people to break out of low pay."


Goodluck Jonathan concedes defeat in Nigerian election

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has conceded defeat in the country's election, urging supporters to vent their frustrations peacefully following the loss.

Goodluck Jonathan failed to win another term in office after losing to Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Reuters

Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, 72, became the first opposition candidate to oust a president in a democratic election, following a tightly-fought contest.

"Nobody's ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian," he said as he congratulated his successor.

"The unity, stability and progress of our dear country is more important than anything else."

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