Sharon Jones

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House price boom predicted to continue for at least two years

The boom in house prices will continue for at least a further two years before interest rate rises bring the process to a halt in 2017, a leading thinktank has predicted.<p>Prices will rise by 7.8% this year and 4.2% next year, but drop to a 0.9% increase in 2016, according to the National Institute …

Edward Snowden had a point, and Westminster might have to concede it

It has been almost a year since Edward Snowden electrified the debate about surveillance by leaking documents that set out some of the capabilities used by British and American intelligence agencies.<p>The response to this in Westminster has been punctuated by periods of indifference, heavy-handedness …

MPs: Snowden files are 'embarrassing indictment' of British spying oversight

Edward Snowden's disclosures of the scale of mass surveillance are "an embarrassing indictment" of the weak nature of the oversight and legal accountability of Britain's security and intelligence agencies, MPs have concluded.<p>A highly critical report by the Commons home affairs select committee …

Nigeria kidnap: Harming the nation's image?

Africa's most populous nation and largest economy is taking centre stage as it hosts the World Economic Forum. <br>But the Nigerian government is also facing global outrage over its response to the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the armed group Boko Haram. <br>The girls were snatched on April 14 …

Oxford Union president replaced amid rape allegations

Ben Sullivan, 21, is absent from meeting of Oxford University's historic debating society after arrest on suspicion of rape and attempted rape<p>The president of the Oxford Union has been replaced by his deputy following his arrest on suspicion of rape and attempted rape.<p>Ben Sullivan, a 21-year-old …

Hugh Jackman's Skin Cancer Returns; Actor Receives Treatment For Basal Cell Carcinoma

Actor Hugh Jackman revealed on Thursday that he's been treated again for skin cancer -- and he's urging fans to stay protected when out under the sun.<p>"Another Basel Cell Carsinoma. All out now. Thanks Dr. Albom and Dr. Arian," Jackman wrote on Instagram. "PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!"<p>The "X-Men" …