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(Reuters) - The Labour Party will announce a plan on Monday to scrap the stamp duty for first-time home buyers and give them the right to buy up to half of new homes built locally, as the party lays out its plan to tackle the country's housing crisis ahead of next month's parliamentary election. Labour leader Ed Miliband will lay out the proposal to cut the stamp duty to zero for first-time buyers of homes worth up to 300,000 pounds, which would help those buyers save as much as 5,000 pounds, the Labour Party said on its website. With less than two weeks to go before the May 7 election, most opinion polls have shown voters fairly evenly split between the left-wing Labour Party and the ruling centre-right Conservatives - Britain's two main political parties - meaning neither is likely to win enough seats to hold a clear parliamentary majority. The Labour Party also proposes to stop foreign buyers from buying properties before local buyers get a chance to look at them by ensuring they are advertised in local areas, increasing taxes paid by foreign buyers and levying council tax for empty homes.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top official at the Clinton Foundation says the global philanthropy is working quickly to remedy mistakes it made in how it disclosed donors. Maura Pally says that its policies on transparency and contributions from foreign governments are "stronger than ever."
DETROIT (AP) — When the Detroit Tigers signed Joe Nathan before the 2014 season, they expected baseball's active saves leader to simply keep rolling. After a few too many bad outings, they traded for a backup plan in Joakim Soria, widely considered the top reliever on the market.