The US has announced it will provide $60 million in defence aid to the Central African Republic. America has already pledged to help transport French troops which were deployed to the former French colony amid ongoing violence between Muslim and Christian communities.
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Philip Hammond has dismissed concerns that abolishing stamp duty for first-time buyers will push up house prices.
Elsewhere it will be largely sunny, though with gusty winds at times, and a few showers likely in places.
Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding and travel disruption across north west England and North Wales.