Trump’s national security aide leaves the White House

Trump’s national security aide leaves the White House

President Donald Trump’s deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, has left the White House. The national security and counter-terrorism expert told the Associated Press he had resigned from his position. But a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Mr Gorka did not quit but “no longer works at the White House”, suggesting he may have been fired. Mr Gorka declined to discuss the reasons he left, but in his letter of resignation he expressed…

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The silencing of a Yemeni social media star

The silencing of a Yemeni social media star

When the Twitter account of a prominent Yemeni political commentator and high-profile social media user fell silent on 14 August, it did not go unnoticed. Hisham Al-Omeisy is usually a prolific tweeter, known for his updates, in both English and Arabic, about the social and humanitarian crisis in his country. The 38-year-old has around 25,000 followers, among them many international media outlets, journalists and humanitarian workers who turn to him for insights about what’s happening…

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‘Flexibility and imagination’ needed for new Brexit talks, says David Davis

‘Flexibility and imagination’ needed for new Brexit talks, says David Davis

David Davis has called on the EU to demonstrate “flexibility and imagination” as the third round of Brexit talks begins in Brussels. The Brexit Secretary wants to broaden discussions beyond our divorce from the European Union to include future trade relations. And while both sides accept progress has been made on the issues of citizens’ rights, the Irish border and the so-called “divorce bill”, the European Union insists there has not been enough progress. Michel…

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Police investigate Conservatives over call centre use during election

Police investigate Conservatives over call centre use during election

Police are carrying out a “significant” investigation into claims the Conservatives may have acted illegally by using a call centre in Wales to directly contact voters during the General Election. The Conservative Party has denied the allegations. A spokesman declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation. South Wales Police said they were carrying out an investigation of “scale and significance”.  The call centre allegedly directly contacted voters in marginal seats Secret footage obtained by…

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Brexit will create some 80,000 jobs, says report – in Frankfurt, not UK

Brexit will create some 80,000 jobs, says report – in Frankfurt, not UK

Brexit will finally deliver the jobs boom that has been promised – just not in the UK. According to a new report, some 80,000 jobs will be created in Frankfurt because of the expected relocation of financial and banking services from London after the UK leaves the EU. The report by lobby group Frankfurt Main Finance assesses Brexit’s impact on non-financial job growth, looking at the ripple effect on industries such as real estate, auto…

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Ex-Thailand PM ‘fled country’ ahead of court verdict

Ex-Thailand PM ‘fled country’ ahead of court verdict

Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra is claimed to have fled to Singapore after she missed a court hearing where she could have been jailed for 10 years. Ms Shinawatra, who headed Thailand’s government between 2011 and 2014, failed to appear for a verdict in her criminal trial on Friday. It has fuelled speculation she has joined her brother, fellow former premier and ex-Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra, in self-exile. A senior source in Ms Shinawatra’s political…

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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘killed relatives over China coup plot’

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘killed relatives over China coup plot’

Kim Jong Un’s half-brother and uncle were both killed after the North Korean ruler uncovered a Chinese-backed plot to oust him, it has been claimed. Since taking power in 2011, Kim is said to have purged a series of senior officials – including members of his own family – who represent a threat to his leadership. Two of the most high-profile killings were those of Jang Song Thaek, Kim’s uncle who was executed in 2013,…

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Clinton: Trump’s presence made my skin crawl during TV debates

Clinton: Trump’s presence made my skin crawl during TV debates

The former Democratic Party nominee reveals her feelings about the presidential campaign in a new memoir analysing her defeat. Hillary Clinton has said that Donald Trump’s presence next to her during last year’s presidential debates made her so uncomfortable her “skin crawled”. She writes in a forthcoming book that she became so uneasy at points during her TV appearances with the now US President she had to resist shouting out: “Back up you creep, get…

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Deportation letters sent to EU citizens in UK ‘in error’

Deportation letters sent to  EU citizens in UK ‘in error’

An investigation has been launched after 100 deportation letters were sent in error to EU citizens living in the UK. A Home Office spokesperson said “a limited number of letters” were sent by mistake and the department is “urgently looking into why this happened”. They added: “We are contacting everyone who received this letter to clarify that they can disregard it. “We are absolutely clear that the rights of EU nationals living in the UK…

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North Korea to step up missile development

North Korea to step up missile development

Kim Jong Un has ordered more warheads and solid-fuel rocket engines for long range missiles – as images emerged appearing to show at least one new weapon design. Concept diagrams of the missiles could be seen hanging on walls behind the North Korean leader as he was photographed inspecting the work of the country’s Chemical Material Institute of The Academy of Defence Science. It comes just hours after US President Donald Trump told Americans Mr…

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