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Revealed: rightwing groups plot to ditch EU safety standards on food and drugs
‘Ideal’ UK-US trade deal would see banned products sold in post-Brexit Britain, says accidentally released memo

An unprecedented drive to lobby ministers to ditch strict EU safety standards in order to secure a US trade deal is being drawn up by a transatlantic group of conservative thinktanks, it has emerged.

Organisers of the self-styled “shadow trade talks”, which are set to include 10 leading rightwing and libertarian groups from the UK and the US, are preparing to push their “ideal free trade agreement” that would allow the import of US meats, drugs and chemicals banned in Britain.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:52:38 GMT
Ukip members vote to oust Henry Bolton as leader

Party members back no-confidence motion at Birmingham general meeting

Henry Bolton has been ousted as Ukip leader after party members backed a motion of no confidence in him.

At a crisis meeting in Birmingham on Saturday, activists voted by 867 to 500 against his leadership of the party.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:53:10 GMT
Putin’s chef, a troll farm and Russia's plot to hijack US democracy

Robert Mueller has revealed audacious meddling in the 2016 election. Can he link it to Trump?

The plot against America began in 2014. Thousands of miles away, in a drab office building in St Petersburg, Russia, a fake newsroom was under construction with its own graphics, data analysis, search engine optimisation, IT and finance departments. Its mission: ”information warfare against the United States of America”.

What followed, according to an indictment brought by the US special counsel, Robert Mueller, on Friday, was a stunningly successful attack on the most powerful democracy in the world. It involved stolen identities, fake social media accounts, rallies organised from afar, US citizens duped into doing Moscow’s bidding, and two Russians going undercover in a ruse reminiscent of The Americans, a TV drama about KGB spies in suburban Washington during the cold war.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:18:05 GMT
Lizzy Yarnold takes skeleton gold to make Winter Olympics history for Britain

• Laura Deas claims bronze after thrilling set of final runs
• First time Britain have won three medals in same day

Lizzy Yarnold created history by becoming the first Briton to successfully defend a Winter Olympics title – and then revealed how close she had come to pulling out of the Games because a virus that had laid her low for a week.

The 29-year-old Sochi 2014 champion trailed leader Janine Flock of Austria entering the fourth and final run, where she overhauled the deficit to win by 0.45 seconds. British team-mate Laura Deas claimed bronze by 0.02secs as Britain won two medals in the same event for the first time in Winter Olympics history.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:01:38 GMT
UK earthquake: tremor hits south-west England and south Wales

British Geological Survey says magnitude-4.4 tremor struck 12 miles north-east of Swansea

A minor earthquake has struck the south-west of England and south Wales, the British Geological Survey has said.

The BGS said it was a magnitude 4.4 quake and that such an event only occurs in Britain about every two to three years.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:54:13 GMT
Man and teenage boy killed in West Sussex level-crossing crash

Police confirm two fatalities after train strikes car in Horsham

A 15-year-old boy and a 72-year-old man were killed when a train collided with a car in Horsham, West Sussex.

Officers were called at 8.47am on Saturday to Barns Green level crossing in Horsham following reports of a collision, the British Transport Police (BTP) said.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:16:31 GMT
Fire at central London building site is brought under control

Firefighters tackle blaze on Great Portland Street in building containing gas cylinders

A dramatic blaze at a building site in the West End in London that prompted fears of an explosion has been brought under control.

London fire brigade (LFB) said 72 firefighters and officers were sent to Great Portland Street following reports of a fire at 12.45pm. The road is close to Oxford Street, the capital’s busiest shopping street.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:33:40 GMT
Nigeria: three suicide bombers kill at least 20 people at market

Bombers leave dozens wounded at crowded fish market in Konduga, just outside Maiduguri

Three suicide bombers have detonated their devices at a crowded fish market in northern Nigeria, killing at least 20 people.

Borno state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji said on Saturday that the attack happened on Friday night. Hospital officials said two patients later died from their injuries.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:45:28 GMT
Man charged with murder of woman in Manchester

Michael Marler has appeared in court charged with the murder of Danielle Richardson

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 24-year-old woman found stabbed to death in a Manchester flat.

Michael Marler, 37, appeared at Manchester City magistrates court.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:58:58 GMT
Four Israeli soldiers injured, two seriously, in border blast

Tanks retaliate against look-out post in Gaza, with no casualties, say Palestinian authorities

Four IDF soldiers were wounded, two seriously, in an explosion on Saturday along Israel’s border with Gaza, the Israeli military said.

All four were evacuated for medical treatment. In response, the military said one of its tanks struck an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials said the target belonged to the Islamic Jihad group and that there were no casualties on the Palestinian side.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:57:14 GMT




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