Syria: Kuwait Airways cancels flight to Beirut amid airstrike fears from Cyprus | World | News

The news follows escalating tensions over an alleged chemical weapons attack which has been blamed on the Assad regime. The airline said on Twitter: “Kuwait Airways wishes to inform its distinguished travellers that, on the basis of serious security warnings received from the Cypriot authorities, it is dangerous to fly the atmosphere surrounding the sisterly Republic of Lebanon in order to preserve the safety of our dear passengers and the commitment of Kuwait to the implementation of security and safety standards-1. “It was decided to stop flights to Beirut from…

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Catholic sex abuse latest: Paedophile priest jailed for nine years | UK | News

Father Francis Moore, 82, targeted the schoolboy, two other youngsters and a trainee priest during two decades of abuse. Moore, also known as Father Paul, was found guilty after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow last month. Jailing him, judge Lady Rae said: “You have been convicted of despicable crimes involving the sexual abuse of three children 40 years ago and, more recently, of a student priest. “The most serious of these crime involved the repeated sodomy of a little boy aged five. “In carrying out these crime…

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Viktor Orbán’s Hungary election victory meant defeat for Angela Merkel | World | News

Eric Frey, editor of der Standard, said Mr Orbán and Mrs Merkel clashed three years ago when the Hungarian PM reacted to the growing influx of refugees across the Balkan route by closing the EU’s external border. Mr Frey wrote: “It was a fight for the soul of Europe. Three years later, it’s clear: Orbán has won this fight. “The states affected by the refugee wave in Central Europe have all moved to the right. “Merkel only just got away with it at the German Bundestag election and since then,…

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EU criminals in British prisons cost UK taxpayer £140MILLION  | Politics | News

GETTY There were 4,024 EU nationals in prisons in England and Wales in 2017 Data released by the Ministry of Justice in response to a Freedom of Information request showed that 4,024 EU nationals languished in prisons in England and Wales in 2017. Nearly 1,400 were serious offenders including violent thugs and sex offenders serving sentences of more than four years. And more than half were serving jail terms of more than a year. Foreign prisoners – including 911 Poles and 607 Romanians – added to the intense strain on…

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Syria latest: UK submarines ‘move within missile range of Syria’ | UK | News

Theresa May this evening ordered British submarines within range of Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian forces, it has been revealed.  It comes after a day of rising tension in which US president Donald Trump promised “missiles are coming” and warned Syria’s Russian allies they would be powerless to shoot them down. And Mrs May is believed to have snubbed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by privately deciding to ignore his demand for parliamentary approval before any strike. However she is not thought to have decided fully on joining any possible military intervention, which…

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Brexit news: Michel Barnier warns UK has one year to reverse Brexit | Politics | News

Britain will be able to retain its position as a EU state member if it changes its mind before 30 March 2019, when Brexit will become a reality, Mr Barnier said. Speaking to several European media, he added that such a U-turn would not be automatically accepted by the bloc but “would still require a unanimous decision by the 27 European governments.” The UK will not be able to u-turn on Brexit after the end of March 2019, when the UK “will be irrevocably outside the EU”. But, he said,…

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Germany headscarf ban: Critics call for Merkel to deliver facts | World | News

Ms Merkel’s new government looks poised to bring in a ban but opponents insist the headscarf issue has been exaggerated for political purposes. Green Party integration spokeswoman Berivan Aymaz has called on each state government to provide statistics showing how many cases of headscarf-wearing girls in nurseries and elementary schools are known. She said: “Before we hold a ban debate, the state government should first deliver facts.” Education officials are also questioning the extent of the problem. Christiane Mika, chairwoman of North Rhine Westphalia Primary School Association and head of…

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Syria war LOOMS as UK Defence Secretary spends day with HEDGEHOGS | UK | News

Mr Williamson was mocked on social media after posting pictures of himself with members of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society at Wrottesely Park in his South Staffordshire constituency as the Syria crisis intensified. He said: “The British Hedgehog Preservation Society do fantastic work, and it was fascinating to learn more about these little creatures”. But Mr Williamson’s visit, which came just hours after Theresa May said the international community “needed to respond” to “uphold the worldwide prohibition on the use of chemical weapons”, was met with disbelief by critics. One…

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USA v Russia: Who backs Putin and who backs Trump – Middle East alliance MAPPED | World | News

Donald Trump said Russia needs to “get ready” as the US plans to deploy weaponry that is “nice and new and smart” in a series of sabre-rattling tweets on Wednesday. Referencing Mr Putin, the US President added: “You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” The Russian military said the US would do better to rebuild destroyed Raqqa than talk about firing missiles. Senior Russian leaders have warned of retaliation if Mr Trump orders the US missile strikes to go ahead. The…

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Russia spy poisoning: Fears fiance BETRAYED Yulia Skripal | UK | News

A source close to Yulia revealed that the daughter of the ex-spy is seeking reassurances her fiancé Stepan Vikeev, 30, did not betray her and her father, it was revealed today. Ms Skripal and Mr Vikeev lived together for two years and were planning to get married before Yulia left Russia to visit her dad in Salisbury. The source told the MailOnline: “She is confused but thinks she was collateral damage in the attack. “She can’t see him or speak to him to discuss matters. “She’s upset and fearful she…

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