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Davis and Barnier at odds over Brexit bill and transition period

Brexit secretary and EU’s chief negotiator appear no closer to agreement as talks restart after Theresa May’s Florence speech

The Brexit secretary, David Davis, and the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, have clashed over the UK’s exit bill and Britain’s request for a transition period after Theresa May’s Florence speech failed to unlock the negotiations stalemate.

On the first day of the fourth round of talks on Monday, Barnier told reporters in Brussels that the prime minister’s €20bn (£17.6bn) offer during her Italian address did not mean the UK would be given a transition period or that negotiations could move on to the detail of a future trading relationship.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:34:35 GMT
North Korea's foreign minister: Trump has declared war on our country

Ri Yong-ho says in response to Donald Trump’s comments North Korea has ‘every right to make counter-measures’, including shooting down US bombers

North Korea has threatened to shoot down US bombers in international airspace, claiming that, with a weekend tweet, Donald Trump had declared war.

Related: Ri Yong-ho: the North Korean diplomat who could defuse the crisis

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:11:31 GMT
Merkel starts challenging task of trying to form coalition government

Chancellor acknowledges losses but says she has firm mandate from voters and will stay for full term

Angela Merkel started trying to form a coalition government on Monday after harnessing a fourth term as chancellor but at the cost of momentous gains for the far right.

A subdued Merkel, speaking at the headquarters of her CDU party in Berlin, acknowledged the losses, calling them disappointing and admitting: “We have considerable work ahead of us.”

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:13:43 GMT
Diane Abbott urges end to online abuse of BBC's Laura Kuenssberg

At Labour conference, shadow home secretary asks why female journalists and politicians are so often in the firing line

Diane Abbott has called for an end to online abuse of the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, and asked why it is female journalists and politicians that so often find themselves in the firing line.

The shadow home secretary said she was saddened to hear that Kuenssberg was being accompanied by a security guard at Labour conference after facing a backlash from some Jeremy Corbyn supporters over claims of bias.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:34:20 GMT
Drug dealer using dark web to sell fentanyl jailed for over 13 years

Police describe the case as first of its kind because of the sophisticated use of technology to sell class A drugs

A drug dealer who sold substances including the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl on the dark web has been jailed for more than 13 years.

In what was described by police as the first case of its kind because of the sophisticated use of technology, Ross Brennan, 28, was sentenced for conspiring with his university friend Aarron Gledhill, 30, to import and sell class A drugs.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:12:58 GMT
Deloitte hit by cyber-attack revealing clients’ secret emails

Exclusive: hackers may have accessed usernames, passwords and personal details of top accountancy firm’s blue-chip clients

One of the world’s “big four” accountancy firms has been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised the confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients, the Guardian can reveal.

Deloitte, which is registered in London and has its global headquarters in New York, was the victim of a cybersecurity attack that went unnoticed for months.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:13 GMT
Moped attacks prompt review of police pursuit rules

Concerns have been raised that police may not pursue suspects, particularly those without a helmet, for fear of prosecution

A review of the law and practice regarding police pursuits is to be carried out to ensure officers feel they have the legal protection they need to go after moped and scooter gangs, the Home Office has announced.

There has been a spate of thefts and attacks by moped and motorbike gangs recently, in which necklaces, jewellery and phones have been snatched.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:12:00 GMT
Evening Standard urged to declare Osborne's job with Uber shareholder

Editor of London paper paid £650,000 a year by fund manager BlackRock which has stake in taxi app firm worth about £500m

The Evening Standard should declare that George Osborne has a job with a major shareholder in Uber when the newspaper publishes articles about the taxi company, according to the chair of the National Union of Journalists’ ethics council.

The Evening Standard ran a front page story about Uber’s London ban on Monday and also published an editorial that described removing its licence to operate in the city as “shutting out the future”.

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:41:16 GMT
Anthony Weiner given 21 months in prison for sexting teenage girl
  • Ex-congressman pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to minor
  • Weiner, 53, must undergo internet monitoring after sentence is served

Anthony Weiner was sentenced on Monday to 21 months in prison, in a sexting scandal that some blame for Hillary Clinton’s defeat by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Related: Sex addicts see a familiar story in Anthony Weiner's path to ruin

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:53:26 GMT
Sri Lankan arrested for trying to smuggle 1kg of gold in his rectum

Customs officials find gold inside 45-year-old man after noticing his ‘suspicious movements’ at Colombo airport

A Sri Lankan man who raised suspicion by the way he kept looking around in an airport departure lounge was found to be carrying nearly 1kg (2.2lb) of gold stashed in his rectum.

Related: Man arrested in Sri Lanka for 'smuggling gold bars in rectum'

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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:09:13 GMT

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