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Theresa May to ask EU to be 'creative' about Brexit in Florence speech

PM to urge EU leaders to show vision, but there are Tory fears factional compromises may turn key speech into ‘damp squib’

Theresa May will call on EU leaders to be more “imaginative and creative” about Brexit in her long-awaited speech in Florence, after Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, warned that a substantive offer to settle the UK’s bills was needed to break the deadlock in talks.

The prime minister will urge her European counterparts to share her vision for building a successful new relationship between the UK and EU after Brexit, despite talks with the European commission negotiators having reached a stalemate after three rounds.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:19:05 GMT
Hate crimes against Metropolitan police up 56% in two years

Figures show more than 700 officers and staff subjected to racist or religious hate crime

The number of police officers and staff in London subjected to racist or religious hate crime has risen by more than 50% in two years, official figures show.

Metropolitan police data shows more than 700 of its staff were the subject to such hate crimes in 2016-17. The offences recorded included harassment, racially or religiously aggravated grievous bodily harm, as well as non-violent offences.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:57:22 GMT
Jeremy Corbyn: Labour is now the mainstream, with Tories in disarray

Exclusive: Labour leader says his party goes into its conference preparing for another election and with plans to unseat several ministers

Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of presiding over “a government in disarray” and declared that the Labour party, revitalised under his leadership, now represents the mainstream of British politics.

Speaking before his party’s first conference since the Conservatives lost their majority, Corbyn said Boris Johnson’s recent Brexit intervention demonstrated that the prime minister had surrendered control of her cabinet.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:23:18 GMT
UK banks to check 70m bank accounts in search for illegal immigrants

Exclusive: From January banks will be enrolled in Theresa May’s plans to create ‘hostile environment’ for illegal migrants

Banks and building societies are to carry out immigration checks on 70m current accounts from January in the biggest extension of Theresa May’s plans to create a “hostile environment” for illegal immigrants in Britain, the Guardian has learned.

The Home Office expects to identify 6,000 visa overstayers, failed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders facing deportation in the first year of the checks, which are to be carried out quarterly.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:00:26 GMT
Israeli jets bomb site close to Damascus airport, reports say

Assad affiliated social media reports say at least two missiles were fired in third attack by Israeli military on targets associated with Hezbollah

Israeli jets have reportedly bombed close to the international airport in Damascus in the third attack by the Israeli military on targets associated with the Lebanese group Hezbollah in as many weeks.

According to social media reports on sites associated with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, Israeli planes fired at least two missiles from outside Syrian airspace hitting either a weapons depot or a convoy.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:31:34 GMT
How Germany's Russian minority could boost far right

Alternative für Deutschland’s courtship of Russian speakers could pay dividends when voters go to the polls this weekend

They are the “invisible” ethnic minority that could help the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland become the third biggest party at Germany’s federal elections this weekend, yet has been largely ignored by the country’s biggest political parties.

An estimated 1.4 million to 4 million native Russian-speakers live in Germany, many of them descendants of 18th and 19th-century German emigres who returned and were granted citizenship after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:00:37 GMT
Japan braces as North Korea threatens hydrogen bomb test in Pacific
  • Kim Jong-un warns ‘deranged’ Trump he will ‘pay dearly’ for North Korea threats
  • Kim says he is ‘thinking hard’ about response to Trump’s warnings

Japan must brace itself for the possible launch of a nuclear-armed North Korean missile over its territory if the regime carries out a threat to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s defence minister has warned.

Itsunori Onodera said such a test could involve a nuclear device mounted on a medium-range or intercontinental ballistic missile.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:31:41 GMT
UK draws record overseas tourists after pound's Brexit plunge

European and North American visitors lead the way in July, with spending also increasing, ONS figures show

Overseas visitors flocked to Britain in record numbers in July and spent more than ever in response to the improved spending power offered by the low pound.

Related: Pound slips against euro ahead of Theresa May's Brexit speech - business live

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:18:13 GMT
Elton John voices support for same-sex marriage in Australia amid national vote

Singer says recognition of the love of his husband ‘is what makes life truly worth living’, in a heartfelt plea as nation takes part in postal survey over change in law

Elton John has called for gay marriage to be legalised in Australia, as the country votes in a postal survey to ascertain the level of support for a change in the law.

In a heartfelt post on Instagram, John wrote that for him and his husband David Furnish, who he married in 2014, “being able to openly love and commit to one another, and for that to be recognised and celebrated is what makes life truly worth living”.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:24:39 GMT
'Not one insult': Briton tells of eight months in simulated Mars base

Lack of internet was bigger problem than personality clashes among six ‘astronauts’ confined in remote hideaway on Hawaiian volcano

Losing internet access was a bigger problem than personality clashes for six “astronauts” confined for eight months on a remote simulated Mars base, a British member of the team has said.

Not a single personal insult was uttered by any member of the crew during the whole of the “mission”, which ended on 17 September, claimed astrobiologist Sam Payler, 28, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh.

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:22:29 GMT

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