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Purpose-built Anglican church opens in London for first time in 40 years

St Francis in Tottenham Hale also contains nursery and cafe and opens as attendance in capital bucks national trend of decline

The first purpose-built Anglican parish church in London for 40 years formally opened on Tuesday on the site of a former factory and in the middle of a new regeneration scheme consisting of hundreds of homes.

St Francis at the Engine Room in Tottenham Hale cost more than £3m, funded by the diocese of London, the developers of Hale Village and donations. As well as a worship space, there is a community centre, 36-place nursery, workshop space and cafe.

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French bank to close far-right Front National’s accounts

Marine Le Pen’s party claims ‘persecution’ after Société Générale tells FN to take its business elsewhere after 30 years

France’s second largest bank has asked the Front National to close all its accounts and take its business elsewhere. The bank, Société Générale, told the far-right party, led by Marine Le Pen, that it wished to end its 30-year “banking relationship”. It gave no specific reason for the decision.

FN officials said they were fighting the move and claimed that the party was being persecuted. The party headquarters in Nanterre, outside Paris, and local FN federations, have all been targeted, the news website

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From liberation fighter to deposed leader – Robert Mugabe’s life in pictures


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Celebrations erupt in Zimbabwean parliament as Mugabe resigns – video

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Aid spent on private schools doesn’t reach world’s poorest children, MPs say

Parliamentary committee advises caution over development funds channelled through private education, citing insufficient evidence of boost to learning

There is a lack of evidence to support spending aid money on private education providers, said MPs on the international development committee (IDC).

In its report, the committee cited concerns that private schools are not accessible to the poorest and most marginalised children. More research is needed to determine the role of private schools in widening access to education, it said.

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Failed promises: survivors of deadly mudslide left homeless by Sierra Leone government

With little sign of promised government help, hundreds of families displaced by the disaster in August now face eviction from government shelters

The government of Sierra Leone has started closing down the emergency camps housing hundreds of families displaced by August’s deadly landslides, despite many people saying they still have nowhere to go.

After heavy rains triggered floods and a

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Children in the UK feel more disempowered than those in India

Unicef says young people feel their voices are unheard on global issues, as study finds prospects for 180 million worldwide bleaker than those of their parents

A poll of children from 14 countries reveals how deeply worried they are about terrorism, poverty and poor education, and how mistrustful of adults and leaders in making good decisions for them.

Children in Britain and South Africa feel the most disenfranchised when it comes to decisions made that affect them, while those in India feel the most empowered, according to the Unicef survey. Analysis by the UN agency, released on Monday, also found that despite global progress, one in 12 children – or 180 million worldwide – still live in countries where their futures look bleaker than those of their parents.

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Aid workers and sexual harassment: share your experiences

As allegations of abuse come to light concerning the UN and charities, we want to hear your stories of working in the humanitarian sector

Allegations of sexual harassment and abuse have hit Hollywood and politicians, and the #MeToo movement has gathered momentum. Now, international charities and humanitarian agencies are coming under scrutiny.

Last week, Save the Children announced it had

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The night Barbuda died: how Hurricane Irma created a Caribbean ghost town

Two and a half months after Barbuda was battered by 185mph winds, the island remains ruined and largely uninhabitated. Now locals are questioning if people will ever return

Walking the streets of the small Caribbean island of Barbuda on a Friday afternoon, you are likely to see more goats than humans.

Dogs, cats and horses, all of which roam freely about the island now that fences are down, also seem to outnumber people. The streets are empty and the houses – at least the ones still standing – are abandoned. The island is like a ghost town.

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‘We give people their humanity back’: inside Croatia’s pioneering mental health centre

It was the oldest asylum in the Balkans. Now the doors are unlocked and patients are living new lives in the community

High walls still surround the oldest asylum in the Balkans, an 18th-century building pocked with the artillery scars of last century’s civil war, but the gates are no longer locked. Handles have been replaced on internal doors and bars removed from windows.

“The jail,” said Darko Kovaoic, a 53-year-old poet with schizophrenia who lives here, “has broken open.”

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