Far-right groups tell supporters planned Washington rally is a government ‘trap’Rightwing forums and prominent figures claim event is ‘false flag’ but police brace for violence A rioter confronts police officers at the US Capitol on 6 January. Photograph: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images
BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Media reports of a possible security agreement between the European Union and Britain to be offered by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte are untrue, the European Commission said on Friday. The Times of London said in an article published on Friday that Rutte, during a meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson, would invite Britain to join a security deal with the EU, citing diplomatic sources.
The Irish president has defended his decision to decline an invitation to a church service to mark Northern Ireland's centenary, which will be attended by the Queen. Michael D Higgins will not be attending the event because he said its title is being "politicised" and it would be inappropriate for him to attend. The event's title states the service will mark the centenaries of the partition of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland.
The £9 billion transformation of Battersea Power Station takes the breath away, according to a key figure behind the redevelopment. Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth council, said decades in the “doldrums” were overcome by hatching a plan to connect it to the Tube network and regenerate the wider Nine Elms area. The area will be connected to the London Underground on Monday when new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station are opened by Mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.
Prince Andrew can request the unsealing of a 2009 settlement agreement that his lawyer claims protects him from a lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted a teenager two decades ago, a US judge has said. Manhattan Judge Loretta Preska said in a written order that the Duke of York can seek the information to support arguments that the agreement between Virginia Giuffre and financier Jeffrey Epstein disallows her action against the prince. Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell in a Manhattan prison in August 2019 while he awaited a sex trafficking trial.
As Canada's election race enters its final weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is redoubling efforts to motivate supporters, knowing his bid for re-election on Monday could be doomed by low turnout. Recent opinion polls show Trudeau's Liberals neck and neck https://graphics.reuters.com/CANADA-ELECTION/zjvqkjkomvx/index.html with the opposition Conservatives led by Erin O'Toole, suggesting that getting out the vote will be crucial. Low turnout tends to favor the Conservatives, who are traditionally better at ensuring their supporters cast ballots.
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The deaths of three children who had just moved to New Zealand from South Africa are being treated as homicide, police said. The children, twins aged three and the other, seven, had moved to the South Island suburb of Timaru in the last week after getting out of quarantine. A woman was transported to Timaru Hospital in a stable condition.
Ted Cruz visited Del Rio, Texas, on September 16, where the city’s mayor said more than 10,000 people, whom Cruz described as “illegal aliens”, had gathered under a bridge which separates the US from Mexico.Bruno Lozano, the mayor of Del Rio, posted a video claiming that the migrants at the Del Rio bridge are predominantly from Haiti, adding that he believes there is “potential for a terrorist attack.”Cruz blamed the administration of Joe Biden for a build-up of numbers of people, claiming that a decision to halt deportation flights led to an increase from 700-1,000 people being the area to more than 10,000.“Joe Biden could end this tomorrow by simply following the law and reinstating deportation flights back,” Cruz said.Reuters reported that food and water have become scarce as temperatures soared. Credit: Ted Cruz via Storyful
Manchester United has reported an annual loss of £92.2m as it counted the cost of forced stadium closures during the pandemic. The Premier League club saw matchday revenues fall by 92% to just £7.1m for the year to the end of June, a period when all but one of its home matches were played behind closed doors. Participation in the Champions League helped cushion the blow, with broadcast revenue for the year rising by 82% to £254.8m as a result - also boosted by the deferral of games from the previous season into the first quarter of 2020/21 after a mid-season interruption caused by the pandemic.