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Brexit talks in crisis over Irish border ahead of crunch summit

Last-ditch talks between London and Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiators failed to agree a draft divorce settlement on Sunday, still blocked on the issue of the Northern Irish border just days before a make-or-break European Union summit. Britain’s Brexit pointman Dominic Raab made an unannounced trip to the EU capital for talks with his opposite number Read more

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Indian actress Dutta takes #MeToo claims to police

The Indian actress whose public allegation of sexual harassment by a Bollywood star is sparking a string of similar #MeToo claims has filed a formal complaint, police told AFP Sunday. Former Miss Universe contestant Tanushree Dutta first alleged in 2008 that multi-award-winning Nana Patekar behaved inappropriately towards her during the making of a romantic comedy Read more

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Putin brands poisoned spy Skripal a ‘traitor’ and ‘scumbag’

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday branded former double agent Sergei Skripal a “traitor” and a “scumbag”, saying Moscow knew he had cooperated with foreign intelligence after his release in a spy swap. But he again denied any Russian involvement in the poisoning of Skripal, who Britain says was attacked with a Soviet-designed nerve agent Read more

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Report: House votes to release Trump-Russia transcripts

The House Intelligence Committee voted on Friday to release transcripts of more than 50 interviews it conducted as part of its now-closed investigation into Russian election interference during the 2016 presidential campaign. Among those to be released are interviews with President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, his longtime spokeswoman, Read more

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US Supreme Court nominee accuser given deadline to decide on hearing

The woman whose sexual assault allegation threatens to bring down Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was given until Saturday afternoon to decide on testifying in the Senate, after the US president claimed her accusation could not be true. Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who says conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh carried out a violent sexual Read more