Monday, November 27, 2006

The Times 27th November 2006

Two Different stories from The Times:

Popemobile gives way to armoured car on visit to 'minefield'

Richard Owen, Rome

The Vatican is so anxious about the Pope’s safety during his trip to Turkey this week that it has vetoed use of the traditional “Popemobile”.
Instead, Pope Benedict XVI will travel in an armour-plated car, with several similar vehicles used as decoys, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the former papal spokesman, said.

Officials have also drawn up contingency plans for him to wear a bulletproof vest beneath his papal vestments as Turkish authorities mount a huge security operation including rooftop snipers, special forces, helicopters and navy speedboats.

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How to earn more than £60,000 a year and still get help

Anthony Browne

The welfare system has become so generous that households can receive benefits even if they have incomes three times the national average of £20,000 a year.
Working parents earning up to £58,175 a year can claim tax credits. Even if they earn £66,350 — putting them in the richest fifth of households — they can claim if they have a child less than a year old. Many MPs, whose basic salaries are nearly £60,000 a year, are entitled to claim, and some do.

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