National Media Briefing

Aid workers evacuate the Congo, Help the Aged calls for better support for older people and Alistair Darling has the X Factor

Aid agencies Oxfam, Save the Children and Merlin have evacuated staff from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
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More than one million elderly people say they often or always feel lonely, according to a new report by Help the Aged.
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The Royal British Legion has said it dealt with more than a thousand hearing loss claims against the Ministry of Defence in the past three years.
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The French arm of Médecins Sans Frontières has said it will withdraw projects from Niger after a dispute with its government over the number of malnourished children in the country.
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Alistair Darling has said the Treasury will waive VAT on sales of a charity single recorded by finalists on ITV1 talent show The X Factor.
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