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Unemployment total falls to lowest since 2006

Unemployment has dropped again after hitting a 10-year low Credit: PA

Unemployment in the UK fell by 52,000 to 1.6 million in November, according to official figures - the lowest number since 2006.

In the three months to November, unemployment continued to decrease after hitting a 10-year low in October last year, the Office for National Statistics revealed.

The UK now has one of the lowest jobless rates in Europe at 4.8%.

However, the number of people in work also fell from 9,000 to 31.8 million.

Meanwhile, average earnings increased by 2.8% in the year to November, a 0.2% up on the previous month.

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Father charged with murder of his two children

Saros Endris, aged eight, and six-year-old Leanor Endris Credit: West Midlands Police

A father has been charged with the murder of his two children after they were found dead at their family home in Hamstead in October.

Endris Mohammed was interviewed by detectives for the first time last night since being released from hospital. He was being treated for burns after being involved in a car fire in Staffordshire.

The 46-year-old has now been charged with the murder of Saros Endris, aged eight, and six-year-old Leanor Endris. He is also accused of the attempted murder of the children's mother Penil Teklehaimanot.

Mohammed will appear at Walsall Magistrates Court this morning where the murder charges will be put to him.

The children were discovered at their home in Holland Road in the early hours of 28 October following a house fire and were pronounced dead at hospital.

Edward Snowden granted Russia visa extension

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, speaks via video conference. Credit: AP

Russia has extended Edward Snowden's residency for "a couple of years", according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

In a post on Facebook, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote: "Snowden's residency in Russia has just been extended by another couple of years".

The former US intelligence contractor was granted an initial three-year Russian residency visa in 2014.

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