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‘Smacks of fraud’: House releases Glenn Simpson Trump-dossier testimony

The House intelligence committee released 184-pages of sworn testimony on Thursday by Glenn Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter whose opposition research into Donald Trump spawned a controversial dossier that ultimately was handed to the FBI. It was the second release of Congressional testimony by Simpson, and it contained no Earth-shattering revelations, but Simpson went into much greater detail with the House committee than he did with the Senate judiciary committee about his research into Trump’s alleged business dealings with Russians and organized crime figures, in passages that at…

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Gin BOOM: Growing thirst sparks rise in number of distilleries in Britain

There are now 315 spirit distilleries across the country, more than double the number compared to five years ago. New figures from the HMRC tax and customs service revealed that 49 distilleries started up in 2017 and seven closed. Of these, 22 were in England and 20 in Scotland, with four more in Wales and another three in Northern Ireland. Five years ago there were just 152 distilleries in the UK, mostly in Scotland. Since then Britain has been gripped by gin fever, with a record number of bottles of…

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Aussie flu MAPPED: You’re most at risk of deadly infection if you live here

Aussie flu symptoms include fevers, headaches, sore throats and vomiting. While the symptoms are similar to normal flu, they are more severe and tend to last longer, experts have warned. Eighty-five people have died from flu since the beginning of October, Public Health England (PHE) has revealed. The number of cases is expected to continue rising, it warned. A map showing flu hotspots across the UK revealed the number of infections has risen over the past two weeks. The interactive map – by online influenza surveillance system Flusurvey – reveals…

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Hitler’s Auschwitz bookkeeper to finally face justice as 94-year-old deemed fit for jail

EPA/REUTERS Oskar Groening was found guilty of participation in the murders of 300,000 people In July 2015 94-year-old former Auschwitz camp bookkeeper Groening – he was responsible for collating and shipping back to Berlin the possessions of the dead – was found guilty of participation in the murders of 300,000 people and sentenced to four years in jail. Groening never denied being at the Auschwitz camp in Nazi occupied Poland and admitted to the world it was an extermination centre where inmates were not expected to survive.   He has not…

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EU’s trade deal with Mexico could be ruined by ‘CHEESE PIRATES’ in row over manchego

Strong-tasting manchego sheep’s cheese is produced in central Spain. However a softer cow’s milk cheese used to stuff quesadillas in Mexico also goes by the name manchego. The EU wants to guarantee the exclusive labelling of regional products, including manchego cheese, which has been produced in the La Mancha region in Spain for hundreds of years. But Mexico is refusing to give ground in a row over which cheese is the real deal – putting the success of trade negotiations under threat. Ismael Álvarez de Toledo, president of the Spanish…

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Storm Fionn: When will the huge storm hit the UK? Weather bomb to batter Britain – latest

An area of low pressure is currenty moving across the Atlantic and is set to unleash up to 80mph winds on Britain on Wednesday night into Thursday.  The storm system could become a weather bomb if it strengthens through a process known as ‘explosive cyclogenesis’ on its way across Britain.  As the storm tracks east across the UK on Wednesday night, it is forecast to bring a heavy spell of snow to Scotland and the North of England.  Britain faces the risk of life-threatening flying debris, power cut, bridge closures,…

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BREAKING: RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian planes in UK airspace

The planes left from RAF Lossiemouth, just off the coast of Scotland, just before 9:30am.  A Royal Air Force spokesman said: “We can confirm that quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth scrambled this morning, this is a live operation and therefore we will not be providing any additional information until the mission is complete.”  The operation is currently “ongoing” and the type of Russian plane has not yet been confirmed.  It comes after a series of provocations by Vladimir Putin’s Russia against the West.  MORE TO FOLLOW  This…

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How much are the Crown Jewels worth? Queen’s royal collection valued at staggering amount

The Queen was crowned in June 1953, and as most monarchs since the 13th century before her, she wore the St Edward’s Crown on the day. Named after Edward the Confessor, the St. Edward’s Crown is the centrepiece for the British Crown Jewels. The present version was made for monarch Charles II in 1661, and it was crafted from solid gold. The current incarnation of the crown is decorated with 444 precious and semi-precious stones, with Baroque arches. When not in use, it is on pubic display in the Jewel…

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Donald Trump ‘has accepted State visit invitation’ and may visit UK this year

They said the US President will definitely be coming to London on an official trip later this year. Downing Street sources last night confirmed an official invitation for a State visit had already been accepted and was expected to happen this year, though they remained tight-lipped about when. A source said: “Any discussion about a working visit was absolutely separate to the State visit, an invitation for which has been both given and accepted.” US diplomats in Britain were “caught completely by surprise” when Mr Trump posted a message on…

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Rangers transfer news: Official approach made for Hamilton star Greg Docherty

It’s understood Accies value the 21-year-old at £1million plus add-ons. Cardiff City are also keen on Docherty, who has come through the youth ranks at New Douglas Park. Rangers boss Graeme Murty has already brought in midfielder Sean Goss on loan from QPR and Jamie Murphy in a similar deal from Brighton. Meanwhile, Murty believes the number of top players keen to sign for Rangers proves that the club remains a major draw in European football. Scotland striker Stevie Naismith is desperate to return to Ibrox, but Murty admitted he…

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