Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Channel 4 News since 2003. - I always believed that whatever had to be written would somehow get itself written. - Seamus Heaney

The killing of four little girls in Birmingham prompted action; deaths of four rabbis should do the same: reader opinion — By Jonathan Miller On September 15, 1963, a bomb at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church rocked Birmingham, killing 4 church girls in their white dresses. Birmingham has never been the same. Concern for the welfare of our city, our character, and our future became paramount across the lines of race, neighborhood, class and faith that had riven this city apart.

What Will 2015’s Office Market Bring?

Housing's Misleading Health Indicator — The National Association of Realtors will release its monthly U.S. existing home sales report tomorrow. Among other things, the report includes what's known as the absorption rate, or how many months it would take to sell all inventory at the current sales pace.

Western Buyers Are Out in Force — NEWPORT BEACH, CA-How do real estate professionals view the future of Western markets? To find out, Capital One Multifamily Finance polled 200 experts last month at the RealShare Apartments Conference in Los Angeles. Their feelings came across loud and clear: Western buyers are decidedly bullish.

Rory Peck Awards 2014: This is why Khaled Abu Ghali is the winner of the Martin Adler Prize — Early on Sunday 20th July, we clambered wearily into the back of our ancient stretch-Mercedes taxi and headed east, into the low, but already searing morning sun. Sweating into our body armour and wearing our helmets in the car, we drove in silence through ghostly streets towards Shajaiyah.

Tips to Advance Your Career out of Long-term Unemployment — Nobody wants to be unemployed. Losing income for any period of time can be difficult to overcome, and the psychological and social effects present challenges of their own. But as anybody who's ever been out of work can tell you, it gets harder and harder to find a job the longer you don't have one, and it's easy to feel like giving up.

Housing Bust Wasn't About the House — Unless you live in a cave, you're no doubt familiar with the outlines of the housing bust that marked the beginning of the financial crisis: Real-estate prices plunged, people lost their homes, banks went under and the economy tumbled into a recession. We are still grappling with the hangover.

The McConnell Friend Obama Just Hired — On the day after his brutal electoral shellacking, Barack Obama publicly offered to cut the ice in his glacial relationship with soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by sharing a tumbler or two of some fine Kentucky bourbon.

Hedge-Fund Guys Have Foreclosure Fatigue — One of the most important ways to strengthen the U.S. housing recovery is to get distressed properties into financially stronger hands. Shortly after the financial crisis began, institutional investors started snapping up foreclosed homes. These buyers, according to RealtyTrac, are entities that buy more than 10 properties in a calendar year.

Guess What's Holding Back Housing — During the U.S. housing boom, real-estate appraisers acted like deal-enablers rather than valuation experts. Indeed, inflated appraisals were a key ingredient in the erosion of mortgage-lending standards that led to the housing bust. Now we are seeing the opposite -- low appraisals -- with unwelcome consequences for the housing market.
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Nov 19, 2014

The @rorypecktrust freelance journalist award winners - including Khaled Abu Ghali, centre - #c4news man in #Gaza

Nov 19, 2014

Khaled Abu Ghali, our man in #Gaza arrives in London in the nick of time to pick up his @rorypecktrust award

Nov 19, 2014

RT @UKinUkraine: #Putin still denying #Russia’s troops & hardware are in #Ukraine. Here’s a guide to help the #Kremlin spot its tanks: http…

Nov 18, 2014

RT @LukeReuters: Ultra-Orthodox websites identifying three of those killed in #Jerusalem synagogue attack as U.S. citizens, one British. No confirmation

Nov 18, 2014

Putin was dubbed 'Vladimir no mates' at the G20; but is he just misrepresented and misunderstood? My report: #c4news

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