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WHO calls for 'humanitarian corridor' in Gaza

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for a "humanitarian corridor" in Gaza to let aid workers and medical supplies in and evacuate the wounded.

Children in Gaza being treated by medical staff.
Children in Gaza being treated by medical staff. Credit: Sean Swan/ITV News

"WHO calls for the creation of a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of the injured, as well as for the supply of life-saving medicines," the organisation said in a statement.

"The humanitarian corridor should extend to protect the safe passage of patients to access crossing points and exit outside the Gaza Strip for medical care," it added.

The WHO also said that four hospitals in Gaza had been damaged since Israel launched a military operation on July 8th.

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George Osborne: GDP figures a 'major milestone'

George Osborne has said the news that the economy is now ahead of its peak before the financial crisis is "a major milestone".

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Economy grew by 0.8%. Thanks to the hard work of the British people, today we reach a major milestone in our #LongTermEconomicPlan

The economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest estimate from the Office for National Statistics.

Despite the positive news, the Chancellor tweeted that there was still a "long way to go" for the economy to fully recover from the crisis.

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Economy bigger than previous peak in 2008 but long way to go-the Great Recession was one of deepest of any major economy & cost UK 6 years

He also stressed the need for the Government to stick to its economic policies and "not to repeat the mistakes of the past".

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We owe it to hardworking taxpayers not to repeat the mistakes of the past &instead work through the plan that's delivering economic security

Services industry drives economic growth

The UK economy grew by 0.8% in the last quarter, driven by growth in services and production, the ONS said.

  • Output increased in two of the four main industrial services: Services grew by 1%, production grew by 0.4%, whilst construction and agriculture were both down slightly, by 0.5% and 0.2% respectively.

Read: UK economy grew by 0.8% in second quarter of 2014

UK economy grew by 0.8% in second quarter of 2014

Britain's gross domestic product has grown 0.8% in the second quarter of the year, following the first quarter growth of 0.6%.

The economy is now 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak in early 2008, the ONS said.

Disabled people 'paying more for same lives as others'

Research from Scope found disabled people pay £550 per month extra on living costs each month.
Research from Scope found disabled people pay £550 per month extra on living costs each month. Credit: Reuters

Disabled people are "having to pay more than they should just to live the same lives as others", the chair of a new independent commission into living costs says.

City businessman Robin Hindle Fisher, who will lead the new Commission on Extra Costs, says markets aren't working efficiently enough for disabled people.

The commission will seek to find out how to get disabled consumers a better deal on anything from taxi fares and energy bills to wheelchairs.

The extra costs disabled people pay have a direct impact on living standards, prevent many from contributing fully to their local communities, and from doing many of the things most of us take for granted.

– Robin Hindle Fisher

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School shelling 'could have been Palestinian mistake'

Israel's deputy foreign minister has said the strike on a UN school in Gaza could have been the result of an errant rocket fired by Palestinian militants.

The strike is reported to have killed 15 people in the town of Beit Hanoun, although it has yet to be established who was responsible.

The UN Relief and Works Agency has called for an "immediate investigation" into the incident.

Tzachi Hanegbi said either Israel or Palestinian militants could have been responsible for shelling the school.
Tzachi Hanegbi said either Israel or Palestinian militants could have been responsible for shelling the school. Credit: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

Tzachi Hanegbi told Radio 4's Today programme: "I don't know who caused this mistake.

"Some say it was an Israeli mistake, maybe it was a Palestinian mistake, because as you know every six rockets that Hamas is shooting at us falls in Gaza unfortunately for them."

Read: The victims' haunting faces will stay with me forever

Suspected stowaway killed by a coach

A suspected stowaway was killed after he was hit by the coach he had managed to hideaway on for almost 200 miles.

It is believed that the man of African or Arabic origin climbed beneath the vehicle as it left Calais in France.

Unknown to the driver, he remained there as the coach travelled almost 200 miles to Bexwell, near Downham Market in Norfolk.

As the coach reversed into its home depot at D&H Harrods Coaches at about 1.20am yesterday, the man was hit and died at the scene from his injuries, Norfolk Police said. He is thought to be in his 20s or 30s.

Disabled people pay £550 'penalty' each month

A commission has been launched into why disabled adults spend around £36bn a year on extra costs due to their disability.

It comes after new research found people pay a "financial penalty" of an average £550 per month when it comes to living costs.

The study from Scope suggests one in ten people with a disability pay £1,000 extra per month.

The organisation's Priced Out report also found that disabled people:

  • Are twice as likely to have unsecured debt amounting to more than half of their household income
  • Are three times more likely to use doorstep loans
  • Have £108,000 fewer savings and assets than non-disabled people on average
  • Have smaller pension pots - among 55-64-year-olds, non-disabled people have on average £125,000 more in private pension savings
  • Are often turned down for insurance - six in ten rejected for cover said it was because of their disability.
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