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News Daily: IS teenager decision and eighth MP quits Labour

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright PA Shamima Begum: IS teenager’s family consider legal action Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria aged 15, has been told she is to lose her UK citizenship. It is possible to strip the 19-year-old of her nationality as she is eligible for citizenship in another country – Bangladesh – according to Whitehall sources. But Ms Begum’s family’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, has promised to use “all legal avenues” to challenge the decision. He said:…

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German government unlikely to make quick decision on Huawei: source

FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is pictured outside their research facility in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government will probably not take a quick decision on whether to allow China’s Huawei to build Germany’s 5G network, a government source said on Tuesday. “There will probably not be a quick decision,” the source said. Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage. The…

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German government to consult further before taking Huawei decision: source

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government will consult further with telecoms operators and vendors before deciding whether to let Chinese firms such as Huawei Technologies participate in building future 5G mobile networks, a senior source said. FILE PHOTO: The Huawei booth is pictured at the sponsors’ area during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Hamburg, Germany, December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Andreas Rinke/File Photo A decision is unlikely within the next two weeks, the source added, after ministers discussed the matter last week against a backdrop of U.S. calls on…

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Sainsbury’s-Asda merger faces crunch decision

Image copyright Getty Images A key decision that could reshape the UK’s supermarket sector is due shortly, with Sainsbury’s and Asda waiting to hear if their proposed merger can go ahead. Should the deal go through, the combined group would knock Tesco off its perch as the UK’s biggest supermarket chain. But concerns over whether shoppers could face higher prices or less choice as a result of the tie-up has led the UK’s competition watchdog to put the sector under the microscope. Sainsbury’s and Asda – which is owned by…

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Gilets Jaunes face big decision as Macron fights back

Image copyright EPA Image caption Thousands of yellow-vest protesters joined forces with a left-wing union for the first time this week After almost three months of protests, France’s yellow-vest movement, which rejected any formal leadership or political affiliation, has split over the question of whether to enter electoral politics. This citizens’ movement has already forced President Emmanuel Macron’s first policy climb-down. So far, five separate groups have emerged with plans to contest upcoming elections – either the European parliamentary elections in May, or the French local elections next year. One…

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Warwick rape chat student ‘devastated’ as uni defends decision

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe student says she feels her experience has been for nothing A student threatened with rape by men in an online chat has told the BBC her university’s investigation into the threats made her feel like she was “on trial”. Five male students were banned from the University of Warwick last year, after details of the chat emerged. Several students in the chat encouraged others to rape women on campus. Warwick University said it “stands by the investigation process.” Jennifer – not…

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Warwick Uni rape chat: Victim’s disgust over decision to let students back early

Image copyright Megan Wain “I think it’s disgusting. It’s rape culture. Allowing people to behave like this is perpetuating society’s belief that ‘boys will be boys’”. Megan is a history and politics student at the University of Warwick. She was named in a Facebook chat where rape threats were made against specific women at the uni. Two students were originally banned for 10 years over that group chat – but their ban has been reduced after they appealed and they will now be allowed to return later this year. Warwick…

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Gladys Knight defends decision to sing U.S. anthem at Super Bowl

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Singer Gladys Knight has defended her decision to perform the U.S. national anthem after receiving criticism from supporters of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who used the pre-game tradition to protest racial injustice. FILE PHOTO: 2018 American Music Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 09/10/2018 – Gladys Knight performs a tribute to Aretha Franklin. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Knight, a 74-year-old native of Atlanta, where the game will be played, agreed to sing “the Star Spangled Banner.” Her decision was blasted on social media by supporters of…

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German government: No decision yet in debate on security of 5G networks

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government has yet to reach a common stance on whether to follow other countries in excluding Chinese telecoms network equipment firm Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] from its market on national security grounds, the Interior Ministry said. “The process of reaching a common view on concrete steps has not been completed,” the Interior Ministry said in a written answer to a question submitted by lawmaker Katharina Droege of the opposition Greens party seen by Reuters. Reporting by Sabine Siebold; writing by Douglas Busvine; editing by Thomas Seythal…

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Wylfa: Decision on future of nuclear power station expected

Image copyright Horizon Nuclear Image caption Wylfa Newydd would have a 60-year operational life A decision is expected about whether work to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey will be halted. Japanese media has reported that Hitachi will suspend construction of its £20bn Wylfa Newydd plant – with the board due to meet on Thursday. Wales’ Economy Secretary Ken Skates said he expected an announcement to be made during the morning. Anglesey council said if the project was paused it would be a “tremendous blow” to the north…

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