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The Conservative government is set to scrap child poverty measures and targets contained in the 2010 Child Poverty Act, Iain Duncan Smith has told the House of Commons.
The measures will be replaced with a statutory duty to report on causes of poverty such as educational attainment and living in workless households, the Work and Pensions Secretary said.
The Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, has entered the race for the US presidency.
Mr Christie announced his decision to supporters via a conference call before a political rally at his hometown high school in Livingston, New Jersey, NBC News reports.
His decision is likely to be an unpopular one with voters: An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released last week found that 55 percent of Republican primary voters said they could not see themselves supporting Christie.
Karen Danczuk has claimed her split with her MP husband Simon was in part down to his "jealousy" of her new lifestyle.
The 32-year-old said the Labour MP was "taken aback" after she became well known for her cleavage-revealing selfies on social media.
The couple, who have two children, have separated after three years of marriage.
Mrs Danczuk told the Sun: "He was overwhelmed that suddenly it was all about me. I think there was a bit of jealousy. I've changed so much mentally and physically. I've gone from fat, frumpy Karen to happy, confident and sexy Karen - and I can't ignore that."
The UK has opted out of an EU scheme to resettle migrants currently sheltering in Italy and Greece.
Last night EU leaders agreed a compromise plan - described by the Italian premiere Matteo Renzi as "modest" - to relocate 40,000 asylum seekers currently in southern Europe. Another 20,000 who are currently in camps outside the EU, and who are mostly from Syria and Iraq, will be moved into Europe.
Mandatory quotas were fought off by a coalition of eastern European countries in what are reported to have been fiery talks, while Britain has opted out completely.
Mr Renzi was reported to have accused other EU states of lacking "solidarity" because of their unwillingness to take in the thousands of largely Syrian and Eritrean refugees who have ended up in his country, telling them: "If you don't want to take the 40,000 you are not fit to be called Europe."