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Donald Trump plays down fears of economic recession

Mon, 2019-08-19 20:04

President Trump has insisted the US economy is doing “tremendously well”, despite market fears that a recession could be on the way, partly because of a trade war with China started by the President himself.

He’s sent a series of his members of staff out before the cameras to push the same line – before calling  on the Federal Reserve to slash interest rates by at least one percentage point.

Dani Isdale reports from Washington DC.

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Italy in crisis? Matteo Salvini’s push for power runs into trouble

Mon, 2019-08-19 20:04

Britain isn’t the only country with the threat of a no-confidence motion bringing down the Government.

In Italy the country’s political crisis is dragging politicians back from their sacred summer holidays as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addresses the Senate tomorrow.

In a push for power the populist interior minister Matteo Salvini has split with his coalition partners – the Five Star movement  – and called for a snap general election – even taking his campaign to Italy’s beaches, but it might not go all his way.

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Underage girls trafficked to Italy holiday destinations for sex

Mon, 2019-08-19 20:03

Migrants are a big issue in Matteo Salvini’s Italy and could be a decisive factor in the next election – whenever it comes.

The busiest frontline of migration has traditionally been around the island of Sicily, a popular tourist destination with a famously shady past and a convenient geography for the people traffickers. There, underage girls often arriving from Nigeria are being coerced into the sex trade.

They are trafficked in a complex web of exploitation that starts as soon as they leave their home. Our investigation has been out on the streets of Palermo and talking to those who have escaped the traffickers.

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Canada accuses Britain of offloading responsibilities over ‘Jihadi Jack’ citizenship

Mon, 2019-08-19 20:03

The Canadian government has accused the UK government of trying to “offload their responsibilities” over their decision to revoke the citizenship of Jack Letts – who’s been behind bars in a Kurdish prison – accused of fighting with the militant Islamic State.

Jack Letts, who also holds Canadian nationality – has just been giving his reaction to the news about losing his British passport – in an interview with ITV news.

When he also expressed the hope that Canada would take him in. His parents continue to insist that any interviews given by their son in prison are under duress.

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Birmingham singer Mahalia takes on women’s empowerment, love and relationships in her debut album

Mon, 2019-08-19 20:03

First signed at 13, Mahalia’s music explores women’s empowerment, love and relationships.

In the past couple of months, she’s won YouTube’s One To Watch award and was nominated for the Brits Critics Choice award. Now, aged just 21 – she’s releasing her debut album.

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Prince Andrew ‘appalled’ by Epstein sex crime allegations

Mon, 2019-08-19 19:31

Buckingham Palace says Prince Andrew is “appalled” by reports of alleged sex crimes by the US financier Jeffrey Epstein, once again dismissing any suggestion that he would “condone, participate in, or encourage” any such behaviour as “abhorrent”.

This comes after video images emerged claiming to show the Duke of York at a New York mansion owned by Epstein in 2010 – two years after Epstein had been convicted as a sex offender.

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EU freedom of movement “will end” on day one of no-deal Brexit

Mon, 2019-08-19 19:30

Britain will be ready to leave the EU by 31st October with or without a deal, Boris Johnson claimed again today, despite the emergence of a leaked government document – called Operation Yellowhammer, and named after the bird – warning about the potential consequences.

Meanwhile his Home Secretary Priti Patel was spelling out exactly what that No deal outcome might mean – border restrictions to be imposed the moment Brexit happens.

Opponents said that idea was ‘completely detached from reality.’

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Turkey says civilians killed in Idlib air-strikes

Mon, 2019-08-19 19:30

Turkey says three civilians have been killed and 12 others injured after one of its military convoys was targeted by airstrikes inside the rebel held Syrian province of Idlib.

The Syrian government claimed the convoy had been taking ammunition to help insurgents, describing it as a “flagrant Turkish intervention”.

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Police blame dissident republicans for Northern Ireland bomb attack

Mon, 2019-08-19 19:24

The Prime Minister has been speaking to his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar by telephone this evening.

As well as discussing plans for Brexit, the two leaders also addressed this morning’s explosion in County Fermanagh.

Northern Ireland police say dissident Republicans are to blame for the blast near the Irish border, which they called a ‘reckless and indiscriminate’ attempt to murder police officers.

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Exclusive: Jack Letts’ parents say citizenship revoking is like “you’re being kicked in the gut”

Sun, 2019-08-18 19:15

The parents of Jack Letts, John and Sally, today spoke exclusively to Channel 4 News about the government’s decision to revoke their son’s citizenship.

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Jack Letts stripped of British citizenship

Sun, 2019-08-18 19:14

“He’s in a legal black hole”: John Letts and Sally Lane have condemned the Home Office decision to strip their son Jack of his British citizenship, saying they are shocked that the government would act without contacting their son first and with seemingly no form of redress. Jack Letts also has Canadian citizenship through his father.

Tonight the government there said ‘Canada is disappointed that the United Kingdom has taken this unilateral action to off-load their responsibilities.’

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Leaked cabinet document lays out ‘worst possible Brexit scenarios’

Sun, 2019-08-18 19:14

Shortages of food and medicine, port delays and a hard Irish border. That is what we should expect if we leave the EU with no deal according to a leaked cabinet document.

Michael Gove, the minister responsible for no deal preparations, said the dossier set out the “worst-case scenario” – and insisted that “very significant steps” have been taken to boost Brexit planning since Boris Johnson moved into Number Ten.

It comes as the Prime Minister prepares for a potential confrontation with EU leaders this week, to try to persuade them to negotiate a new Brexit deal.

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63 killed in Kabul hotel blast

Sun, 2019-08-18 19:14

In Afghanistan, another bomb attack and yet again scores killed. This time the venue was a wedding in the western suburbs of Kabul. Witnesses say the bomber detonated explosives in the men’s section of a packed wedding hall. The Islamic State group says it did it. The bombing comes as peace talks between the US and the Taliban reach a pivotal stage. And just a warning, there are some distressing images in this report.

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‘1.7 million’ take part in Hong Kong protests

Sun, 2019-08-18 19:14

In Hong Kong, protest organisers say 1.7 million people took part in today’s pro-democracy rally almost as many as the march in June, at the start of the demonstrations.

Protesters were undeterred by torrential rain, a police ban on marching, and the large Chinese paramilitary presence that remains stationed just across the border. So is Beijing really prepared to take a stronger approach to supressing civil unrest in the semi-autonomous region?

Our Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Jonathan Miller, reports from Hong Kong.

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PC Andrew Harper: Police continue questioning ten males

Sat, 2019-08-17 19:19

Police are continuing to question ten males aged between 13 and 30, arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a police officer. PC Andrew Harper was killed after being dragged along by a vehicle, while investigating a burglary in a village in Berkshire. Forensic teams have been searching a council-run travellers’ site near to where the officer died.

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Epstein death ruled ‘suicide by hanging’

Sat, 2019-08-17 19:17

The death of the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein has been ruled “suicide by hanging” by the New York medical examiner.

Epstein was found dead in his prison cell a week ago, where he had been facing trial for sex-trafficking offences.

We also speak to Lisa Bloom, a lawyer for two other women who allege they were abused by Mr Epstein and have now filed a civil case against his estate.

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Nigerian singer-songwriter Burna Boy: ‘Why can’t it be the United States of Africa?’

Sat, 2019-08-17 19:17

He’s been credited with bringing Afrobeat to the mainstream; he just won Best International Act at this summer’s Black Entertainment Television Awards, and he has a solo track on Beyoncé’s Lion King compilation. Nigerian singer-songwriter Burna Boy cites Bob Marley and Fela Kuti as some of his biggest influences – his grandfather was a manager of the Afrobeat pioneer. Yousra Elbagir went to speak to him.

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Pro-China rally counters pro-democracy demo in Hong Kong

Sat, 2019-08-17 19:15

It was a tale of two cities in Hong Kong today. On one side of the harbour, thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators chanted “Liberate Hong Kong!”

Across the water, a pro-Beijing rally called for an end to the increasingly violent clashes. This is the eleventh weekend of protests, with many residents voicing their alarm at Chinese security force manoeuvres just across the border, as well as calling for an end to police brutality.

Our Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Jonathan Miller, reports.

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Corbyn outlines plan to save Britain’s high streets

Sat, 2019-08-17 19:15

Jeremy Corbyn says he has a plan to save Britain’s high streets from a retail apocalypse and promises to reclaim abandoned shops and “revive” Britain’s town centres.

His visit to Bolton today looked decidedly like electioneering, as the Labour Leader continues to put himself forward for the role of caretaker Prime Minister, rather than a compromise candidate like Harriet Harman or Ken Clarke.

That’s in spite of yet another senior Conservative, Oliver Letwin, refusing to back his plan. Our North of England Correspondent Clare Fallon has this.

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Police officer killed while investigating burglary

Fri, 2019-08-16 20:08

The police officer who was killed while attending reports of a burglary late last night was dragged along by a vehicle, Thames Valley police have said. PC Andrew Harper, who was 28, had got married just four weeks ago. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson described it as a ‘mindless and a brutal crime’.  Ten men and boys – aged between 13 and 30 – are now in custody on suspicion of murder.

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