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Donald Trump taking consultations on sacking 'beleagured' Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation. The President’s anger again bubbled into public view Monday as he referred to Sessions in a tweet as “beleaguered.” Privately, Trump has speculated aloud to allies in recent ...

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Cheap Imported Food Could Threaten Animal Welfare After Brexit, Warns Report

Animal welfare standards could take a step backwards after Brexit as UK farmers struggle to compete with cheap imported foods, a new report is warning. A House of Lords investigation into the impact of leaving the EU on animal welfare predicts farmers could be sucked into a “race to the bottom” as they struggle to keep prices low. There are ...

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Vladimir Putin 'told Donald Trump that Russian hackers are too good to get caught'

Vladimir Putin reportedly told Donald Trump that if Russian hackers had infiltrated Democratic groups, they would have been too good to have been detected. And now the President is making the same claims, the White House has admitted. According to the New York Times, Mr Putin told the US President during their G20 meeting that “Moscow’s cyber operators are so good ...

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Brexit: UK 'overwhelmingly reliant' on EU vets and abattoir workers

The UK is “overwhelmingly reliant” on EU workers to uphold animal welfare standards, a group of peers has warned. The Lords EU Environment Committee said 90% of veterinary surgeons and 75% of abattoir workers were EU nationals and retaining them after Brexit was vital. Peers said there was no reason welfare standards should fall after Brexit. But they warned of ...

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Food banks warn of school holiday hunger

As the school summer holidays get under way, food banks are urging people not to forget to donate supplies to their local centres. The Trussell Trust, which runs over 420 food banks across the UK, says many children risk going hungry over the six-week break from school. It says demand for emergency parcels for children rose significantly – by more ...

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Charlie Gard: 'Last precious moments' for parents with their son

Media playback is unsupported on your device Charlie Gard’s parents are spending their “last precious moments” with their terminally ill son after ending their legal fight to take him to the US for treatment. Lawyers said Chris Gard and Connie Yates want to spend the “maximum amount of time they have left with Charlie”. The couple ended the case after ...

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Violence at Bristol prison due to 'deluge of drugs'

A “deluge of illicit drugs” has fuelled violence, debt and self-harm at a men’s prison, a report has said. “Chronic” staff shortages are to blame for many of the poor outcomes at HMP Bristol, chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke warned. One in seven inmates said they had developed a drug problem while at the prison, which was far higher ...

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Plans to ban leaseholds on new-build homes in England

“Unfair charges” levied on buyers of new-build homes could be banned in England under a proposed crackdown. Leaseholds on new-builds would be outlawed, while ground rents could be dramatically reduced, under government plans subject to public consultation. Ground rents can double every decade, crippling home owners and in some cases making a property impossible to sell. “Enough is enough. These ...

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Rise in personal loans dangerous, Bank of England official says

A sharp rise in personal loans could pose a danger to the UK economy, a Bank of England official has warned. Outstanding car loans, credit card balance transfers and personal loans have increased by 10% over the past year, the Bank’s financial stability director Alex Brazier said. In contrast household incomes have risen by just 1.5%, he said. “Household debt ...

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Brexit: Theresa May warned that slashing food standards to win US trade deal could spell disaster for farmers

Theresa May is warned today that opening the door to low-quality food from the United States after Brexit could spell disaster for both British farmers and animal protection. Slashing food regulations in order to strike a quick trade deal with Washington would spark “a race to the bottom for welfare standards”, says a report by a House of Lords committee. ...

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