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US downgraded EU ambassador’s diplomatic status, ‘forgot’ to tell Brussels – report
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The Trump administration quietly downgraded the diplomatic status of the European Union’s mission to the US late last year, without informing the diplomats themselves, a German report has revealed. The European Union’s delegation to the US, which had previously enjoyed nation-state ambassador st [...]
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‘They made a mess & are fighting fires’: UK academic says Integrity Initiative fatally hurt by leaks
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From RT: Despite being ignored by Western media, leaks from Integrity Initiative have paralyzed the operations of this UK-funded covert influence network, and could lead to its dismantling, says a leading British academic. “This has made a mess of [Integrity Initiative’s] operations, they are sp [...]
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Hamas arrests 45 Israeli ‘spies & collaborators’ in Gaza linked to botched IDF raid
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From RT: Dozens of Palestinians, said to have been recruited by Israel, have been arrested by Gaza’s Hamas leadership after a botched IDF covert mission in the territory in November, which led to heavy gunfire battles and a tense standoff. The arrested alleged Israeli agents had reportedly been re [...]
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed misfiring Naby Keita to get back to his best in the second half of the season
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits Naby Keita has yet to reproduce the form which persuaded him to spend £52million on the midfielder - but it is not a concern. The 23-year-old has made 18 appearances since arriving in the summer - 12 months after the Reds agreed a deal to sign him from RB Leipz [...]
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Man City manager Guardiola has dismissed suggestions the Eithad grass was grown longer specifically for Liverpool clash
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed claims he ordered the grass to be grown longer at the Etihad Stadium ahead of last week's 2-1 win over Liverpool which reignited the Premier League title race. City cut Liverpool's advantage at the top to four points with a win that was secured thr [...]
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Chelsea boss Sarri has compared the standard of the League Cup to the Champions League as his side prepare to face Spurs
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Maurizio Sarri fully understood the gravity of Chelsea's derby with Tottenham after observing his "destroyed" players following November's loss at Wembley. Chelsea conceded twice in the opening 16 minutes as Spurs inflicted Sarri's first competitive defeat, ending an 18-match unbeaten run. Sarri aft [...]
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Mauricio Pochettino has suggested he wants to finish his career at Spurs amid speculation surrounding his future
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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he hopes to emulate what Arsene Wenger did at Arsenal and stay at the club for 20 years, but would like to ask the Frenchman whether it was worth it. Wenger, who left the Gunners last year after a 22-year stay, but was heavily criticised for the latter part [...]
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Good Friday accord could become ‘unsalvageable’
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The Good Friday peace agreement could become unsalvageable, Sinn Fein has said.The party called for an end to the political drift which has left Northern Ireland without devolved government for two years.The former powersharing partners at Stormont, Sinn Fein and the DUP, have blamed each other for [...]
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Ministers to bring forward legislation on CCTV in abattoirs
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New animal welfare laws requiring all abattoirs to use CCTV could be brought in.The Scottish Government has announced it is to bring forward legislation on the issue this year.Under ministers’ plans, abattoirs would be compelled to record on CCTV in all the areas where there are live animals.The m [...]
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Councils’ annual surplus from parking rises by £165 million
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The annual surplus produced from council parking operations has risen by £165 million over the past five years despite cuts in road improvements, according to a new study.Some £847 million was generated from the parking activities of Britain’s local authorities during the 2017/18 financial year, [...]
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Police to provide greater clarity on DNA retention
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Police have agreed to provide greater public clarity around their retention of DNA and fingerprint data in Northern Ireland.The Human Rights Commission recently settled its legal action against the PSNI. The force has promised to produce a formal public policy on the holding of biometric information [...]
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Parents plugging school funding gap as NI without government for two years
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Parents are buying about £60 worth of supplies per school child every month to plug an education funding gap following the collapse of Stormont powersharing, a principal said.Hard-pressed families have struggled to make extra “voluntary” contributions for items like stationery, as head teachers [...]
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Tory rebels vow to prevent no-deal Brexit
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MPs are set to resume their debate on Theresa May’s Brexit deal as rebel Tories made clear they were ready to wage a parliamentary guerrilla campaign to prevent a no-deal break if she is defeated.The Commons will begin five days of debate on Wednesday culminating in the “meaningful vote” next [...]
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Thousands of Iranians migrants stuck in Serbia after using visa-free travel scheme
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Many Iranians hoping to travel across Europe to seek asylum in the UK have been waiting months on Serbia's border with the EU. Thousands of Iranians took advantage of a 2017 scheme by the Serbian government that offered visa-free travel to them in a bid to boost tourism and trade. It is thought up t [...]
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Former football star Paul Gascoigne denies sex assault charge
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Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne will go on trial for sexual assault after denying the charge against him. The 51-year-old appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday where he entered a not guilty plea. Gascoigne, who famously cried at the World Cup, was arrested in August while travelling o [...]
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