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You’re fired! Poland sacks ministers to PATCH UP relations with EU

The Eastern European country faced the prospect of legal action by the European Union over what it saw as the politicisation of Poland’s judiciary. The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has now attempted to defuse the situation and announced an extensive government reshuffle. President Andrzej Duda, acting on recommendations by new prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, dismissed Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, who has spearheaded large-scale logging in an ancient forest that prompted action by the European Court of Justice. Also losing their jobs were Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, a former…

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Entertainment 

Dark Knight star Gary Oldman backs Joaquin Phoenix for Batman after Ben Affleck

While Affleck’s future as Batman in the DC Extended Universe is still uncertain, there have been various rumours surrounding who will replace him. The hot favourite for Matt Reeves’ Batman solo movie is Jake Gyllenhaal, who sources say has had talks with the director. Now Oldman, who played Commissioner Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has revealed his choice for the next Batman. While promoting Darkest Hour, the actor told Too Fab: “I would like to see someone like Joaquin Phoenix play it.” Affleck said: “I want to direct…

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Senate was told FBI knew of possible Trump-Russia collusion

WASHINGTON — By the time the FBI sat down in September 2016 for a full interview with the ex-British spy who had been researching Donald Trump’s Russia connections, the bureau had already received information raising concerns about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to a transcript made public Tuesday. Glenn Simpson, a former newspaper reporter and the founder of a research firm called Fusion GPS, spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 10 hours in August about his research into Trump, and on Tuesday more…

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Italy election crisis: Berlusconi vows Rome must NOT leave euro – but ally disagrees

The public disagreement highlights major policy differences within the centre-right coalition which is expected to take most seats in elections in March. Mr Berlusconi said  leaving the single currency would hurt Italy’s economy and claimed his closest allies, the eurosceptic Northern League now shared this view. But the Northern League’s economics spokesman Claudio Borghi shot back and said if the centre-right took power in the March 4 election it would immediately prepare for Italy to exit the euro, which many Italians blame for years of economic underperformance. The conservative alliance,…

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BREAKING: Steve Bannon QUITS Breitbart after ‘Fire and Fury’ Trump feud

The right-wing news organization confirmed the move on its website after the former White House chief strategist was quoted in the tell-all book criticising President Donald Trump. Mr Bannon served as a chief adviser to Donald Trump during his campaign, helping him to craft his ‘America first’ policy style. However Trump is believed to have taken issues with claims the alt-right figurehead was pulling the strings after he was dubbed ‘President Bannon’ by some in the US media. Several months into Trump’s tenure as President, the controversial political figure was fired from…

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Space 

SN Military.Space | What happened to Zuma? – Budget standoff continues – Big week for Orbital ATK

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter we publish Tuesdays. If you would like to get our news and insights for military space professionals before everyone else, sign up here for your free subscription.  Hot Topic: What happened to Zuma? Something appears to have gone seriously wrong with the secret government mission, code-named Zuma, that SpaceX launched Sunday night. Exactly what, however, is far from clear. But if SpaceX keeps launching in the days and weeks ahead, we will be fairly sure Falcon 9 isn’t to blame for what went wrong. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed…

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Sport 

Man City 1-1 Bristol City LIVE updates: De Bruyne levels it up after Reid scores penalty

Manchester City are heavy favourites to win the Carabao Cup but they must get past Bristol City first. Pep Guaridola’s men are still on for a quadruple and head into this fixture having lost just one competitive game all season. Bristol, meanwhile, have lost their last three games after a disappointing Christmas period. They were downed 3-0 at Watford in the FA Cup – no doubt with half an eye on this tie instead. Bristol are underdogs but they beat Manchester United 2-1 in the quarter finals to reach this…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan says all snooker pros are ‘CLUELESS’ – then reveals two who are not

O’Sullivan, 42, is gearing up for the Masters at the Alexandra Palace which starts on Sunday. Although he has caused controversy ahead of the tournament following a no-holds-barred Twitter rant. He let rip on his rivals and blasted them all with only John Higgins and Mark Selby avoiding his wrath. O’Sullivan was asked on Twitter who winds him up to play or watch the most. The seven-time Masters champion replied: “All of em apart from john Higgins and Selby the rest are clueless.” He was also asked what he’d change…

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Saudi Arabia royal family tree: Who is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia?

The BBC Two ‘House of Saud: A Family at War’ is a three-part investigative series which delves into the House of Saud and examine the challenges facing modern-day Saudi Arabia. The series starts by looking into the kingdom’s connections to funding hardline Jihadists and looks into challenges facing new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has pledged to transform the country.  But who is the Crown Prince of Saudi and who makes up the rest of the Saudi Arabia royal family tree?  Related articles Who is the Crown Prince of…

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The good news about the ozone hole is even better than you think

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE From shrinking sea ice to deadly air pollution, it seems there’s never a shortage of bad news about the environment. But now comes some very good news — in the form of satellite data showing that the worrisome ozone hole in the atmosphere over Antarctica is slowly healing. The data, from NASA’s Earth-orbiting Aura satellite, indicate that depletion of the protective ozone layer over Antarctica was about 20 percent lower during the 2016 Antarctic winter (early July to mid-September) than during the same period in…

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