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Emergency Cobra meeting called after Russian spy attack in UK
Featured, United Kingdom

Emergency Cobra meeting called after Russian spy attack in UK

    Investigators have been summoned for emergency talks on the investigation in Salisbury, where the repercussions of a suspected nerve agent attack continue to grow. The home secretary, Amber Rudd, will chair a meeting of the government’s Cobra committee at 3pm on Saturday to receive updates on the police inquiry, Downing Street said. The Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, remain in critical condition in hospital after being exposed to a toxic substance in the Wiltshire city last Sunday. DS Nick Bailey, who was part of the initial response by authorities, is also in a serious condition. Almost 200 members of the armed forces arrived on the streets of Salisbury on Friday to support police investigating the nerve agent attack on the S...
NHS patients accused of fraud
Featured, United Kingdom

NHS patients accused of fraud

    More than a million people were issued with penalty notices for claiming free prescriptions the NHS said they were not entitled to in 2017. Hundreds of thousands of NHS patients are being wrongly accused of fraudulently claiming free prescriptions and are being threatened with fines. Data released under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 1,052,430 penalty notices were issued to patients in England in 2017 – about double the level in the previous year. The fines, which carry a maximum penalty of £100 and are issued to those who wrongly claim free medication, are issued after an NHS exemption certificate has expired. But the data confirms that 342,882 penalty notices were subsequently withdrawn because the patient was entitled to the free prescription. “Thes...
Trump invited Putin to Miss Universe pageant with personal letter
America, Featured

Trump invited Putin to Miss Universe pageant with personal letter

    Donald Trump was so eager to have Vladimir Putin attend the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow that he wrote a personal letter to the Russian president inviting him to the event, according to multiple people familiar with the document. At the bottom of the typed letter, Trump scrawled a postscript adding that he looked forward to seeing ‘‘beautiful’’ women during his trip. Trump’s letter to Putin, which was described by people with knowledge of its contents, shows how interested he was in attracting the personal attention of the Russian president. The real estate magnate, who owned the Miss Universe pageant, wrote the note at a time when he was looking to expand his brand to Russia. John Dowd, an attorney for President Trump, said he was not familiar with the let...