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Bishops act to prevent sham marriages

Green: Enforcement action has led to 155 arrests

The Church of England has launched a guidance aimed at preventing sham marriages in the church.

The guidance which was approved by the UK Border Agency is being sent to clergy and legal officers by the House of Bishops.

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IOM evacuates stranded migrants from Misrata, Libya

An IOM-chartered ship with a capacity to carry 1,000 passengers has left Brindisi in southern Italy to evacuate thousands of stranded migrant workers from the Libyan port of Misrata.

The ship will arrive in Benghazi, Libya later today, April 12th, to load humanitarian aid donated by aid agencies and local people, including blankets, food, water and medical supplies, before sailing on to Misrata, which is located 130 kms west of the capital, Tripoli.

Thousands of migrant workers are thought to be stranded by fighting between the government and rebel forces in the city, which is Libya's third largest and has been effectively under siege for the past month and a half.

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European Interior Ministers agree to assist Italy and Malta

Pintér: Italy also voted in favour of the conclusions

The Council of European Interior Ministers agreed on 11th April 2011 in Luxembourg on how the EU can help Italy and Malta with handling the mass influx of refugees from North Africa.

In its conclusions the Home Affairs Council reaffirmed “the need for genuine and concrete solidarity towards Member States most directly concerned by migratory movements”, and called on the EU and its Member States to continue providing the necessary support.

The Council welcomed the Commission’s intention to extend, with the support of the current and incoming Presidencies of the Council, the existing pilot project, on a voluntary basis, for persons who are beneficiaries of international protection in Malta.

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Another step towards single EU asylum procedure

MEPs: Refugees must not be returned to places where they could be in danger

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have backed plans for a fair and effective asylum procedure throughout the EU.

Parliament, however, insisted that standard EU-wide guarantees for people in need of protection should be laid down and steps taken to enable Member States to distinguish more quickly between asylum seekers and other migrants.

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Minimum wage to increase to £6.08

Cable: "More than 890,000 of Britain’s lowest-paid workers will gain from these changes"

The Government has accepted the independent Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendations for this year’s National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates.

The following rates will come into effect on 1st October 2011: The adult rate will increase by 15p to £6.08 an hour; the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 6p to £4.98 an hour; the rate for 16-17 year olds will increase by 4p to £3.68 an hour; and the rate for apprentices will increase by 10p to £2.60 an hour.

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