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Getting permission to build your own house is no easy task in the UK – especially if an ancient abbey is next to your plot. This was the challenge facing golf coach Chris and ex-figure skater Kayo, who wanted to create their dream home in leafy south Hertfordshire. A recent one-off episode of Grand Designs showcased the amazing new property, which has finally been completed after 10 years of wrangling with local authorities, construction challenges and funding problems.
The Foreign Office has urged anyone involved in the recent Las Vegas shooting incident to avoid the area and "follow the advice of the local security authorities." A number of fatalities and injuries have been reported following a gun attack near the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The incident took place during an open-air concert. At time of writing, roads around the site have been closed, while some departing flights from McCarran International Airport have been postponed.
110,000 holidaymakers have been stranded abroad following the collapse of Monarch Airlines in the early hours of the morning. Many thousands more arrived for early morning flights only to be told that all Monarch flights have been cancelled. The carrier's failure also means that 300,000 future bookings have been voided. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has been asked by the government to charter 30 flights in order to bring back stranded UK passengers.
Range Rover is set to enter the world of regular cars, with an all-new vehicle tentatively called the Road Rover. AutoCar was first with news of the car, which has apparently been in development for two years. The new model may be shown at the Los Angeles motor show towards the end of 2019. Reports suggest it will feature an all-electric power train, with two motors delivering on-demand all-wheel-drive power.
The cost of living in the UK has risen once again, reaching its joint-highest level for more than five years. The cost of food, clothing and fuel all rose last month, putting pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates. Year-on-year, overall consumer prices rose by 2.9 per cent in August, up from 2.6 per cent in July. The most recent data is higher than many economists forecasted.
Saudi Arabia's law prohibiting women from driving has been lifted, to the approval of activists. The ban was ended by Saudi Arabia's King Salman, meaning females who drive in public will no longer run the risk of being arrested or fined. The Gulf state was the only country in the world where women were not allowed to drive. President Trump called it a "positive step" towards women’s rights.
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