24 Dec '17, 4pm

China, Russia oppose UN criticism of #Myanmar over #Rohingya

LONDON (AFP) - Volunteers at a drop-in centre in north London hand out food, healthcare and advice to homeless people as they do every Christmas - except that this year, the numbers needing help have reached crisis point. At a school emptied of children for the holidays, visitors are offered a hot meal and a chat, dental and medical check-ups, and even a sewing repair service for damaged sleeping bags. The pop-up centre is among 13 set up across Britain by homelessness charity Crisis to provide some festive cheer to an estimated 4,500 people who might otherwise be on the streets. Among those stopping by for a cup of tea before Christmas was Paula, a 48-year-old former care worker who spent three months living in her car after being evicted following problems with her landlord. "My car was my safest bet because I could lock the doors, but it wasn't warm - luckily it was sum...

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