US soldier killed in explosion near Mosul as bloody battle to drive out Isis militants continues in Iraq

An American soldier has been killed in an explosion near Mosul as the battle continues to drive Isis militants out of their former stronghold. A spokesperson for US Central Command said: “A US service member died from wounds sustained in an explosive device blast outside of Mosul, Iraq, on Saturday.” No further information was immediately released, but the blast came ...

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UK Government was handed dossier on Donald Trump links to Russia last year, court papers reveal

The British Government was passed the dossier detailing alleged collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump back in December, it has emerged. The collection of memos, which alleges the existence of a Russian programme “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Mr Trump to the presidency, was compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele. It was known to have circulated among intelligence officials and ...

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Sam Allardyce rues refereeing decisions as Crystal Palace's patched up defence fails to keep out Burnley

<![CDATA[ <!–*/ */ /*–>*/ ]]> Sam Allardyce has bemoaned two controversial refereeing decisions which he believe cost Crystal Palace from obtaining a result in their relegation battle against Burnley.  Palace became the first Premier League team to lose a home match to Burnley since May 2015, with goals from Ashley Barnes and substitute Andre Gray lifting Sean Dyche’s side eight ...

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Passenger plane missing wheel makes dramatic emergency landing in Florida

A plane has made a dramatic emergency landing in Florida after the pilot realised it was missing a wheel. Sarasota Bradenton International Airport received a distress call from the plane’s pilot just before 5pm (10pm BST), an airport official told The Independent. The flight, which originated in Belize, was slated to land in Tampa at 6pm (11pm BST) on Friday. The official said the plane had lost ...

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Slough: The Immigration Town That Backed Brexit

HuffPost UK ”And you know just where you’ll be heading, it’s equidistant ‘tween London and Reading…Oh Slough, My kind of town, I don’t know how anyone could put you down.” David Brent, the fictional manager from the BBC’s hit comedy The Office, loved it so much that he wrote his very own song of praise. But as both the snap ...

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Analysis: What Slough's HuffPost UK-Edelman Focus Group Tells Us About Labour

HuffPost UK “I’m a Labour supporter, always have been,” said Ricky, an HGV driver. “But I’ll vote Conservative to get Jeremy Corbyn out.” Like several of our focus group, Ricky had a visceral dislike of Labour’s leader – in a seat that has been held by the party since Tony Blair’s landslide of 1997. When Slough’s long-serving Labour MP Fiona ...

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'Mr Gorilla' Completes London Marathon 2017 As Gorilla Organisation Praises Met Police Officer Tom Harrison

A police officer who has been crawling the route of the London Marathon dressed in a gorilla costume since the race began on Sunday has finally completed the 26-mile course. The identity of Mr Gorilla has been revealed as Tom Harrison, whose unusual running method has raised more than £24,000 for the Gorilla Organisation. The 41-year-old Metropolitan Police officer started ...

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EU Leaders Agree 'Firm' Brexit Negotiating Stance

European Union leaders have unanimously agreed to adopt a “firm” negotiating approach for Brexit talks with the UK. On Saturday the heads of the remaining 27 states approved within a minute the draft guidlines issued by European Council President Donald Tusk on 31 March. Tusk tweeted that the mandate agreed by the 27 country leaders was also “fair”. Guidelines adopted ...

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British 'Syria fighter' Josh Walker accused of terror offences

A British man who allegedly fought against so-called Islamic State in Syria has been accused of terror offences. Josh Walker, from Bristol, is charged under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Mr Walker, aged 26, who lives in Aberystwyth, is due before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, South Wales Police said. He was arrested at Gatwick Airport by counter ...

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When is Eurovision 2017? From the UK entry to the favourites, here’s what you need to know

Lucie Jones is carrying the hopes of the nation to Kiev with her song Never Give Up On You – let’s hope the voters don’t (Picture: BBC) It’s that time of year again folks – to get those flags out of mothballs, stick a continental smorgasbord on the table, and settle down for a spot of Eurovision. Viewers pay touching ...

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