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‘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.Continue reading...
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:52:38 GMT
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.Continue reading...
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:53:10 GMT
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.Continue reading...
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:18:05 GMT
• 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.Continue reading...
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:01:38 GMT
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.Continue reading...
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:54:13 GMT
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.Continue reading...
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:16:31 GMT
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.Continue reading...
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:33:40 GMT
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.Continue reading...
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:45:28 GMT
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.Continue reading...
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:58:58 GMT
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.Continue reading...
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:57:14 GMT