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Malala Yousafzai to speak at WOW festival in London

Malala Yousafzai gives a speech at the inaugural WE Day UK at Wembley Arena. Credit: Laura Lean/PA wire

Malala Yousafzai, Vivienne Westwood and Katie Price are to speak at the Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre today.

The annual event sees 300 speakers and performers from around the world take part in talks and concerts to mark International Women's Day.

Malala, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, is set to speak about the relationship between Pakistani and British societies, and how harmful it is for western countries to be complacent or blind to their own injustices.

She will also discuss the work of the Malala Fund and how it is changing the lives of young girls around the globe.

Council tax bills fall in London

Londoners will see their council tax bills fall in cash terms this year, while the rest of the country are set for below inflation rises.

The average charge for a B and D property is set to be 0.4% lower in the capital, compared to a bump of 0.8% elsewhere in England.

The figures were compiled by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) after surveying local authorities.

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Publicly owned sites 'should be sold' to help London housing crisis

Publicly owned sites should be sold-off to help ease London's housing crisis, according to a new report.

The report, called Home Truths, also calls for the creation of new communities in the south west and north east of London to meet burgeoning demand.

It recommends new suburbs are created, with Brimsdown, Chessington and Kingston upon Thames pinpointed for development.

The study was carried out by London First's Housing Task Force, which is made up of businesses from across the industry, from developers to housing associations.

Mental health nurses posted in London police stations

Mental health nurses will be posted at police stations across London from next month.

It is part of a pilot scheme to help forces assess vulnerable people and if necessary refer them for appropriate treatment.

If successful, the programme is expected to be rolled out across the country by 2017.

Policing Minister Damian Green said: "When someone is suffering a mental health crisis, the police are often the first to arrive on the scene.

"While the police cannot and should not provide the necessary medical support and treatment, they need to be able to recognise mental health issues and deal with them appropriately.

"The police also need their health partners to be ready to step in and provide medical support for people in crisis."

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London celebrates the Chinese New Year

Thousands of people have converged on London's Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year. To mark the Year of the Horse, a vibrant parade of dancers, entertainers and martial arts participants made its way through the West End to Chinatown.

Trafalgar Square was home to a number of dancing and acrobatic performances. Londoners also had the chance to try a wide range of Chinese food at market stalls.

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