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Trump says he accepts Russia meddled in election, but still muddies waters

President says he supports US intelligence consensus on 2016 vote – but then says ‘it could be other people also’

Donald Trump sought to reverse course on Tuesday, after top Republicans scrambled to distance themselves from his behavior in his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Related: Will Republicans punish Trump for his performance with Putin?

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:55:47 GMT
May sees off rebellion on customs union as amendment is defeated

Narrow Commons win for government follows earlier loss on medicines regulation

Theresa May saw off a damaging Commons rebellion on Tuesday as Conservative remainers lost a high-stakes vote on the customs union, giving the prime minister some much-needed breathing space on Brexit before the summer break.

She avoided all-out Tory civil war and the wrath of the Eurosceptic wing of her party, which had threatened to launch a leadership challenge, when MPs defeated the proposal by six votes.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:06:55 GMT
Labour MP labels Corbyn an 'antisemite' over party's refusal to drop code

Margaret Hodge accuses Corbyn of racism after NEC upholds adoption of antisemitism code

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of being an antisemite by a senior Labour MP during an angry public confrontation in parliament on Tuesday, after the party’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) refused to ditch a controversial new code of conduct on antisemitism.

The decision infuriated Jewish leaders and many of the party’s MPs, who had voted overwhelmingly on Monday night to urge the NEC to change course.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:05:06 GMT
Omega-3 no protection against heart attack or strokes, say scientists

Supplements do not offer cardiovascular benefits, researchers conclude from trials involving 112,000 people

The widespread belief that taking omega-3 capsules will help protect you from a heart attack, stroke or early death is wrong, according to a large and comprehensive review of the evidence.

Thousands of people take omega-3 supplements regularly and for years. The belief that it protects the heart has spread – and is promoted in the marketing of the supplements – because the results from early trials suggested the capsules had cardiovascular benefits.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:01:18 GMT
Andrew Griffiths was made minister despite 'touching' allegations

Exclusive: MP who quit over explicit texts was subject of bullying probe when appointed

Andrew Griffiths, the government minister forced to resign over sexually explicit text messages sent to two constituents, was appointed to his post despite being under investigation for allegations of inappropriate touching and bullying, the Guardian has learned.

Griffiths was accused by a Conservative borough councillor of being “very forward” after he allegedly touched her knee and clutched her waist at a fundraising ball in September 2016. He has also faced a number of bullying complaints.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:42:03 GMT
Comedian 'humiliated' as guard disputes use of train's disabled space

Tanyalee Davis says she was told to move, in incident that left other GWR staff ‘horrified’

A comedian has criticised Great Western Railway after she was left feeling “harassed and humiliated” for using a disabled space for her mobility scooter.

Tanyalee Davis, who has a form of dwarfism, said a guard on the UK train service threatened to call the police if she did not leave the space to make way for a woman with a pram.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:08:38 GMT
Tesla investors demand Elon Musk apologize for calling Thailand diver 'pedo'

Tesla CEO called immature after attacking Vernon Unsworth, who rescued trapped children

Tesla investors have demanded an apology from CEO Elon Musk after he lashed out at a British cave diver who rescued children in Thailand.

Musk’s posts on Twitter sparked backlash from shareholders and Silicon Valley analysts, who called his behavior immature and an impediment to the car company’s success.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:12:36 GMT
Disability claimants owed £340m after DWP blunder, say MPs

‘Indifferent’ department tried to shift the blame and took six years to correct error

A cross-party group of MPs has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions’ “culture of indifference” after it took six years to correct a major error which left chronically-ill and disabled benefit claimants thousands of pounds out of pocket.

An estimated 70,000 claimants were underpaid by between £5,000 and £20,000 between 2011 and 2016 because the DWP failed to ensure they received the correct amounts when moving them from incapacity benefit on to the employment and support allowance (ESA).

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:01:19 GMT
Boris Johnson flouts MPs' rules after return to newspaper column

The ex-foreign secretary reprised his role at the Daily Telegraph within a week of leaving government

Boris Johnson has broken rules that prevent former cabinet ministers taking up new jobs for three months after leaving office.

The former foreign secretary failed to get permission from the government’s appointments watchdog for his role as a columnist for the Daily Telegraph.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:05:59 GMT
Astronomers discover 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter - one on collision course with the others

A head-on collision between two Jovian moons would create a crash so large it would be visible from earth

One of a dozen new moons discovered around Jupiter is circling the planet on a suicide orbit that will inevitably lead to its violent destruction, astronomers say.

Valetudo (one of Jupiter's moons) is driving down the highway on the wrong side of the road.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:01:52 GMT




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