Two top Scott Pruitt aides resign from EPA amid controversy

Two top Environmental Protection Agency aides resigned this week as a fresh round of controversies stretches the scandals surrounding Scott Pruitt into a third consecutive month.

  • Duke and Duchess of Sussex to embark on walkabout-free royal visit, after violent protests in Morocco
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    Duke and Duchess of Sussex to embark on walkabout-free royal visit, after violent protests in Morocco

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal visit to Morocco will go ahead despite violent demonstrations in the capital this week, with a walkabout-free programme keeping them safely out of harm's way. 

  • Brexit news latest: Cabinet ministers Greg Clark, Amber Rudd and David Gauke warn they will help delay UK's exit from EU to stop no-deal
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    Brexit news latest: Cabinet ministers Greg Clark, Amber Rudd and David Gauke warn they will help delay UK's exit from EU to stop no-deal

    Three pro-EU cabinet ministers have issued a blunt warning to Tory Brexiteers that Parliament will prevent them forcing a "disastrous" no-deal break with the EU. Amber Rudd, Greg Clark and David Gauke said Brexiteers in the European Research Group (ERG) will only have themselves to blame if Britain's departure from the EU is delayed.

  • Who is hosting Oscars 2019? The full list of presenters after Kevin Hart pulled out over 'homophobic controversy'
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    Who is hosting Oscars 2019? The full list of presenters after Kevin Hart pulled out over 'homophobic controversy'

    The Oscars are gearing up for another night of Hollywood’s finest competing for the most coveted awards in film.

  • US signals it will refuse to share information if UK uses Huawei technology
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    US signals it will refuse to share information if UK uses Huawei technology

    The US secretary of state has indicated America will refuse to share information with the UK if it decides to use Huawei technology in sensitive areas of infrastructure. Mike Pompeo has said the US, which is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group alongside Britain, would not be able to pool its findings with countries that decide to use Huawei equipment for fear it would not be secure. According to Reuters, Mr Pompeo told Fox Business Network on Thursday: “If a country adopts this and puts it in some of their critical information systems, we won’t be able to share information with them, we won’t be able to work alongside them.

  • Venezuela Aid Live: International proxy war played out in duelling concerts on the border
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    Venezuela Aid Live: International proxy war played out in duelling concerts on the border

    Just hours before the music festival is due to open, thousands continue to cross into Colombia from Venezuela on foot draped in their vibrant tricolours and hats which quickly identify them as excited concertgoers. “We aren’t here for the music”, says 60-year-old Doris Santamaría, who walked four kilometres from neighbouring San Antonio, Venezuela, to attend the event accompanied by her two close friends, Gladys and Marlenys. “We are here for Venezuela’s freedom, the happy, wonderful Venezuela of old, not what is now the most ruined country in the Americas”.

  • Home and Away proposal plans revealed in 19 pics
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    Home and Away proposal plans revealed in 19 pics

    Robbo confides in Justin about his intentions. From Digital Spy

  • As Theresa May lets the Brexit doomsday clock tick, MPs must be bold and put their constituents' interests first
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    As Theresa May lets the Brexit doomsday clock tick, MPs must be bold and put their constituents' interests first

    This week a group of Tory and Labour MPs took the unprecedented step of forming their own group. Dozens of May’s traditionally loyal backbenchers have warned that they could rebel against the government in a bid to prevent a no-deal Brexit. In the fog of the Brexit battle for the future of our country, it is sometimes difficult to see the overall picture, but what is now becoming clearer – given Jeremy Corbyn’s abject failure after almost three years to step up to the plate, and his recent topping as the worst opposition leader since 1977 in a satisfaction poll – is that a real opposition is beginning to find its voice on Brexit.

  • Moped thief who posed as Deliveroo driver while armed with a stun gun jailed for five years
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    Moped thief who posed as Deliveroo driver while armed with a stun gun jailed for five years

    A moped thief who posed as a Deliveroo driver as he tried to rob two young men in Knightsbridge while armed with a stun gun has been jailed for five years. Michael Ahmed, 25, was carrying one of the food delivery firm’s trademark boxes and wearing the uniform when he crept up behind his first victim, David Shamis. Ahmed struck again just 20 minutes later at the five-star Carlton Towers hotel, targeting Turki Ali Mulari, 25, as he pulled up outside to collect his friend.

  • Helicopter parents: the real reason British teenagers are so unhappy
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    Helicopter parents: the real reason British teenagers are so unhappy

    Children’s lives are being stifled. No longer are they able to spend time with friends unsupervised, explore their community or hang around in groups without being viewed with suspicion.

  • Samir Flores Soberanes: Mexican activist murdered after campaigning against new gas pipeline
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    Samir Flores Soberanes: Mexican activist murdered after campaigning against new gas pipeline

    An activist fighting against plans to build a gas pipeline through a town in Mexico was shot dead three days before a public vote on the project was due to take place. Samir Flores Soberanes, 30, who was also a community radio producer, was gunned down on his doorstep in central Morelos around 5am on Wednesday. The state government said a murder investigation was underway, and that so far there is “no indication that the murder is related” to an upcoming referendum on the Morelos Comprehensive Project.

  • Police left baffled after caller complains about drug dealing 'scam'
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    Police left baffled after caller complains about drug dealing 'scam'

    A woman in Northern Ireland said she paid £200 for cocaine but received brown sugar instead.

  • James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr: Where to watch the boxing in London
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    James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr: Where to watch the boxing in London

    James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr go head to head in one of the biggest fights of the year on Saturday February 23. The bout, which takes place at the O2 in London, will be a major tests for former two-time world super-middleweight champion DeGale. The fight is being shown on ITV Box Office and there will be plenty of places showing the game in London, but below are some of our favourite pubs and bars to catch the action in.

  • China blocks 17.5 million plane tickets for people without enough 'social credit'
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    China blocks 17.5 million plane tickets for people without enough 'social credit'

    The Chinese government blocked 17.5 million would-be plane passengers from buying tickets last year as a punishment for offences including the failure to pay fines, it emerged. Some 5.5 million people were also barred from travelling by train under a controversial “social credit” system which the ruling Communist Party claims will improve public behaviour. Human rights activists warn the system is too rigid and may lead to people being unfairly blacklisted without their knowledge, while US vice-president Mike Pence last year denounced it as “an Orwellian system premised on controlling virtually every facet of human life”.

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    Azed slip no 2,434

    1 Mrs A. M. Walden (High Wycombe): Paralytic strokes mostly end badly (anag. less s).

  • Siberian shamans slaughter five camels in bizarre sacrificial ritual to 'strengthen the Russian state'
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    Siberian shamans slaughter five camels in bizarre sacrificial ritual to 'strengthen the Russian state'

    Footage has emerged of a bizarre shamanist ritual showing the slaughter and bonfire of five camels – all, apparently, in the name of the Russian motherland. The video, shot in January in the Siberian town of Angarsk, shows the five camels being led, one by one, through a human corridor of several dozen drummers. Artur Tsybikov, the deputy supreme shaman of Russia who oversaw the ritual, said the “unprecedented” event marked a return to Russia’s historic shamanist roots.

  • Infection linked to death of babies in hospital was 'extremely rare strain'
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    Infection linked to death of babies in hospital was 'extremely rare strain'

    Two premature babies died and a third was affected by staphylococcus aureus at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow.

  • Cold War 2.0? Northern Europe and the threat from Russia
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    Cold War 2.0? Northern Europe and the threat from Russia

    The threat should not be underestimated. In northern Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin's unpredictable behaviour is causing concern in former Soviet bloc countries such as Estonia, but also over in Sweden. Facing military intimidation, cyber attacks and disinformation campaigns, these countries accuse Russia of waging a "hybrid war" against the West. Since the conflict in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, they fear they are next in line. Our reporters went to find out more.

  • Mercedes S65 Final Edition: AMG V12 Saloon's demise announced
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    Mercedes S65 Final Edition: AMG V12 Saloon's demise announced

    Not to worry as the engine isn't being retired completely.

  • V&A Dundee among Antiques Roadshow filming locations this summer
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    V&A Dundee among Antiques Roadshow filming locations this summer

    The long-running BBC show hosted by Fiona Bruce will also visit nearby Slessor Gardens on Sunday June 23.

  • An MP is taking paternity leave and voting by proxy – welcome to our world of judgement and sacrifices
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    An MP is taking paternity leave and voting by proxy – welcome to our world of judgement and sacrifices

    Conservative MP Bim Afolami has made history as the first male MP to take paternity leave and vote by proxy. It was only last month that the rules were changed following Labour MP Harriet Harman's long campaign for nursing mothers and sleep deprived dads to not have to haul themselves into parliament when they should be lying in a tea tree bath (new mothers) and making Pot Noodles and endless cups of tea that no one has time to drink (new fathers). Parental leave is physically crucial for mothers (obviously some adopt or have surrogates...but crucial nonetheless).

  • Jess Glynne's no-makeup stunt at the Brits was trite, skin-deep feminism
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    Jess Glynne's no-makeup stunt at the Brits was trite, skin-deep feminism

    Jess Glynne removes her makeup onstage at the Brits. Nobody gave a damn that I wasn’t wearing makeup, which felt like a slap in the face considering the rapturous reaction Jess Glynne got for taking off her makeup at the Brits. If you missed this, Glynne removed her fake eyelashes and makeup at the award show while singing her hit single Thursday, which contains the lyrics: “I won’t wear makeup on Thursday / ’Cause who I am is enough.” (Detail-oriented readers will recall the Brits were on a Wednesday, but we’ll gloss over that.) Glynne was joined on stage by 70 women who also removed their makeup.

  • Twitchers spot incredible formation of starlings flying in Somerset
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    Twitchers spot incredible formation of starlings flying in Somerset

    This spectacular starling formation wowed birdwatchers in Somerset this week. Sarah Townsend, a marketing copywriter from Gloucester, travelled to see the spectacle at Avalon Marshes. Ms Townsend said around 50 people gathered in the same spot and all stood with "smiles on their faces" as they watched on in awe.

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    Slovak-speaking parrot found on airport runway reunited with owner

    A missing parrot has been reunited with its owner after recognising the Slovakian language it was taught. Hugo, a female African Grey parrot name, was found wandering along Dublin Airport's main runway last weekend. The airport and supermarket Lidl teamed up to locate the bird's rightful owner after her rescue, with the help of an animal sanctuary and modern technology.

  • Hundreds of students march in Paris for climate action
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    Hundreds of students march in Paris for climate action

    The rally was led by Swedish protester Greta Thunberg.

  • Next BMW 7 Series could drop V8, V12 engines
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    Next BMW 7 Series could drop V8, V12 engines

    There’s no replacement for displacement… except maybe electric motors.