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Defence secretary warns of Russian plot

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gavin Williamson said Russia could cause 'total chaos' in the UK Russia could cause "thousands and thousands and thousands of deaths" by crippling UK infrastructure, the defence secretary has warned. Gavin Williamson told the Daily Telegraph that Moscow was spying on energy supplies which, if cut, could cause "total chaos"…

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UK economic growth exceeds forecasts

The UK economy expanded by a better-than-expected 0.5% in the last three months of 2017, official figures say. Economists had expected a 0.4% expansion in the three months to December. However, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the broader picture was "slower and more uneven" growth. In 2017 as a whole, growth was 1.8%…

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‘I nearly lost my life to chemsex’

Drug-fuelled sex parties cost Tom Jenkins his house, job, and almost his life. The 26-year-old from Birmingham explains how he came back from the brink to use his experience to help others. For detail on a range of addiction charities, visit BBC Action Line. Video Journalist: Louise Brierley

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Trade deal pledge amid Tory Brexit row

Image copyright EPA David Davis will say the UK will be able to negotiate trade deals as soon as it leaves the EU, amid a Tory row over the UK's approach to Brexit. Chancellor Philip Hammond suggested on Thursday that changes to the UK-EU trade relations could be "very modest". No 10 distanced itself from…

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Daily Mail apologises over flag story

Image copyright PA The Scottish Daily Mail has published an apology to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over its story about flying the Union flag. It had reported that Ms Sturgeon "decreed" that the flag should not be flown over dozens of public buildings to mark royal events. The Mail said it was "happy" to clarify…

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Trump ‘would apologise’ for far-right posts

Image copyright AFP/Getty US president Donald Trump has said he is prepared to apologise for retweeting posts from a British far-right group. In an interview with ITV's Piers Morgan, Mr Trump said he knew "nothing" about Britain First before sharing three of its videos in November. "If you are telling me they're horrible people, horrible,…

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Trump ‘tried to sack Russia inquiry chief’

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Robert Mueller (R) is leading an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the US election US President Donald Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June, only to back down when his own White House lawyer threatened to resign, US media claim. White House counsel Donald McGahn…

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Four BBC male presenters agree pay cut

Image caption Clockwise from top left - Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel and Huw Edwards have all agreed to the salary reduction Four of the BBC's leading male news presenters have agreed to take a pay cut after revelations over equal pay. Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys, Huw Edwards and Jon Sopel have all agreed,…

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Judge bans Lula from leaving Brazil

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The jets were bought by Lula's successor, Dilma Rousseff A federal judge in Brazil has seized the passport of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and banned him from leaving the country. Judge Ricardo Leite is investigating allegations that Lula illegally lobbied on behalf of a Swedish firm that…

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Deadly fire at South Korea hospital

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The fire took place at a hospital which cares mostly for elderly people At least 31 people have been killed in a fire at a hospital in Miryang, south-east South Korea, say local media citing firefighters at the scene. The fire is thought to have started in the emergency room…

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