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UK demands British goods be sold in EU at no extra cost after Brexit

The Government is demanding that UK firms producing goods to European standards before Brexit be allowed to sell them in the EU at no extra cost, even after Britain has quit the bloc. The demand published on Monday would help British firms avoid millions of pounds in potential compliance costs, but directly contradicts the EU’s current position. It means Brexit ...

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Grenfell Tower: Council forces survivors to 'bid' against each other for permanent homes

Kensington council (RBKC) is facing fresh criticism after inviting survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire to “bid” against each other for permanent accommodation.  Survivors were able to logon to a website from Monday morning to register their interest in about 100 flats made available at Kensington Row, Hortensia Road and Tavistock Crescent, more than two months on from the tragedy that claimed ...

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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle on novel writing: 'I think what the artist makes can be very special, but the artist himself isn't'

‘When you are writing a song, your space is vast, but it’s not infinite. Whereas fiction really is infinite.’  So says John Darnielle, who knows a thing or two about writing songs and novels. Described by Rolling Stone magazine no less than ‘rock’s finest storyteller’, Darnielle’s day job is the singer-songwriter for indie rock darlings The Mountain Goats. In 2014, ...

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Evangelical students to return degrees in protest at Trump

Students from one of America’s most influential evangelical Christian universities are returning their degrees in a show of protest against their president’s steadfast support for Donald Trump. The alumni from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia have condemned Jerry Falwell Jr for applauding President Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville earlier in the month. President Trump prompted outrage for drawing a ...

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Solar eclipse 2017: The best photos from across the US as the sun blocks out the moon

The eclipse has passed over all of the US. It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment – but one that can thankfully be relieved again and again. As well as being the most viewed eclipse in history – by people who made it also the biggest momvement of people for tourism ever – it was also the most photographed. And some of ...

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Russia causes alarm with 'largest ever' military drills in Belarus

Concerns are mounting over Russian military exercises planned for next month, which some fear could be used as cover for intervention in Belarus.  The Zapad (‘West’) exercise, which occurs every four years, will take place in Belarus and western Russia.  Russian war games have previously preceded or provided cover for real military operations, including in Ukraine and Georgia, analysts said. While Russia has claimed around ...

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Erdogan critic freed in Spain after 'politically motivated' arrest while on holiday

A German-Turkish writer and a critic of President Recep Erdogan has been freed after he was detained in Spain at the request of the Turkish government.  Dogan Akhanli was arrested over the weekend as he holidayed in the city of Granada, in southern Spain.  He was conditionally released after a court hearing but was ordered to remain in Madrid while Turkey’s extradition request was ...

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Man arrested on suspicion of bomb plot to destroy Confederate statue

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in Houston for allegedly attempting to plant a bomb near a local Confederate monument.  The Houston FBI announced on Monday that they had arrested Andrew Schneck in connection with an incident in front of the General Dowling Monument in Hermann Park two days before. Mr Schneck is believed to have been carrying items capable ...

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Wolverhampton attacker stabbed his mother repeatedly

A man repeatedly stabbed his mother after fatally wounding his sister and then turned the knife on himself, an inquest has heard. Melvin James killed his sister Ann-Marie at the family flat in Wolverhampton in March. His mother Lynette James told him she loved him as he stabbed her “again and again” and thought she was going to die. Melvin ...

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RSPCA Appeals For Information After Man Throws Sheep Over A Fence, To Laughter

A shocking video of a sheep being thrown over a fence has sparked an RSPCA appeal for information after being viewed thousands of times on social media. In the video, the man can be seen carrying the sheep by the fleece down a country lane before throwing the animal into the field. As the animal struggles to stand up, sustaining ...

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