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Theresa May to face leadership challenge

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership later on Wednesday. Conservative MPs will vote between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT. The challenge to Mrs May’s position comes after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered. Mrs May, who has been prime minister since shortly after the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, has faced criticism in her party for the Brexit plan she has negotiated. Guide: Rules for the challenge to Theresa May Who has written…

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Alvarez v Fielding: Briton ready to seize chance against Mexican legend

Fielding took his selfie with Alvarez at a boxing event in November 2017 Late last year, finding himself alongside boxing legend Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at an event in Belfast, British fighter Rocky Fielding took the opportunity to grab a selfie with the Mexican great. A few months later, while on holiday in Alvarez’s homeland, Fielding was able to wow the locals with his snap of himself alongside their national hero. One man was taken aback enough to offer Fielding his car for the day, allowing him to take his young…

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Team Sky: Sky to end backing of British powerhouse in 2019

The future of Team Sky, which has delivered Tour de France wins for Britons Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, is in doubt after broadcaster Sky announced it will withdraw backing at the end of 2019. Team Sky was launched in January 2010 and has since amassed 322 victories, including eight Grand Tour successes. “Team Sky will continue to race under a different name if a new backer is secured to provide funding from the beginning of 2020,” said a Team Sky statement. More to follow. Source link

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Sarah Mardini: ‘I am not a people smuggler’

Sarah Mardini, a Syrian refugee hailed as a hero after saving 18 people from drowning on the hazardous journey from Turkey to the Greek islands, has given her first interview with the British media. She has recently been released on bail from a prison in Athens where she had been held since August. She has been accused of people smuggling, being part of a criminal organisation and spying. Ms Mardini denies all the charges and her lawyers have dismissed them as baseless Source link

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News Daily: France shooting and May’s political future

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright Getty Images Three killed in France shooting A gunman has killed three people in an attack near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg. The suspect, a 29-year-old man known to security services, is at large and believed to be injured. Twelve people were injured in the shooting, with six said to be in a serious condition. Grenades were found in a search of the flat in Strasbourg where the suspect lives. The European Parliament,…

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Fears over sensitive US military data in commercial cloud

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Pentagon – the world’s largest office building – is the United States’ military headquarters A technology company bidding for a Pentagon contract to store sensitive data has close partnerships with a firm linked to a sanctioned Russian oligarch, the BBC has learned. The Jedi project, a huge cyber-cloud which could ultimately store nuclear codes, has already sparked security fears. Viktor Vekselberg, who is close to the Kremlin, has links to the C5 Group, a cyber-investment firm which has worked closely with the leading bidder,…

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Why Wales’ quietest station, Sugar Loaf, got busier

Image copyright Geograph / Jaggery Image caption Sugar Loaf Station has been Wales’ quietest station for 20 years before this year As London’s Waterloo is named the UK’s busiest station for the 15th successive year with 95m annual passengers, life is a little more sedate in deepest, darkest Wales. Forget wifi, there’s not even a ticket machine, car park or even mobile phone signal at the remote Sugar Loaf station. And no we’re not talking about the mountain overlooking Rio’s famous Copacabana beach – this one is miles from civilisation…

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Lord Lester resigns from House of Lords

Image copyright PA An 82-year-old peer accused of sexual harassment 12 years ago has resigned from the House of Lords. Lord Lester of Herne Hill was suspended from the Liberal Democrats this year following the allegations, which he has called “completely untrue”. A party spokesman said Lord Lester had made “the right decision”. Last month a report by the privileges and conduct committee upheld a complaint of sexual harassment against the peer, received in November 2017. The report had originally recommended that Lord Lester should be expelled from the Lords…

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Ian Paisley facing new questions over luxury Maldives holiday

Image copyright PAcemaker Image caption Mr Paisley was recently suspended from the House of Commons for 30 days for ‘serious misconduct’ Ian Paisley was given a complimentary holiday at a luxury Maldives resort months after advocating on behalf of its government, according to new evidence. BBC Spotlight obtained the evidence which suggested the visit was requested by the Maldivian government and facilitated by the resort owner, who had political links. The programme examined whether the MP should have declared the holiday in 2016. He said he paid for part of…

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Judge orders Stormy Daniels to reimburse Trump’s legal fees

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Donald Trump denies the allegations made by Stormy Daniels A US judge has ordered porn actress Stormy Daniels to reimburse President Donald Trump’s legal fees after her defamation case was thrown out. Ms Daniels, who says she had sex with Mr Trump in 2006, sued him after he mocked her claim that a stranger had threatened her to keep quiet. On Tuesday, a judge ordered her to pay over $293,052.33 (£234,000) – roughly 75% of Mr Trump’s legal fees. A lawyer for Mr…

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