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Day: March 13, 2018

Putin enemy found dead in London as counter terror police launch investigation
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Putin enemy found dead in London as counter terror police launch investigation

    Counter terrorism police have launched an investigation into the ‘unexplained’ death of a Russian business partner of Boris Berezovsky, Vladimir Putin’s arch enemy. Nikolai Grushkov, 69, was found dead at his home in New Malden in south London on Monday evening. Grushkov was the closest aide to Berezovsky who died in mysterious circumstances in 2013 at his home in Surrey. The death of Grushkov just eight days after the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent who sold state secrets to MI6, will cause alarm although Scotland yard has insisted there is no evidence to suggest the two incidents are linked. Friends of Berezovsky insist he was murdered on president Putin’s order. The metropolitan Police said in a statement issued on Tuesday af...
Man faces jail for choking woman, 20, to death during sex after they met at a bus stop
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Man faces jail for choking woman, 20, to death during sex after they met at a bus stop

    A man is facing a lengthy jail sentence after he admitted choking a woman to death as they had sex after they met at the end of a night out. Mark Bruce, 32, killed 20-year-old Chloe Miazek at his flat in Aberdeen in the early hours of 3 November last year. Chloe, from Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, was waiting at a bus stop after she had been thrown out of a nightclub for being drunk eight days before her 21st birthday. There, she met Bruce, and they went back to his flat after discovering a shared interest in ‘erotic asphyxiation’, the High Court in Aberdeen was told. The court heard how Chloe died ‘in seconds’ after Bruce seized her neck while they had sex. The 20-year-old died ‘in seconds’, a court was told (Police Scotland) CCTV later captured Bruce wandering the st...
Salisbury spy poisoning: Nerve agent inventor says hundreds could be at risk for years
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Salisbury spy poisoning: Nerve agent inventor says hundreds could be at risk for years

    One of the inventors of the nerve agent used to poison former double agent Sergei Skripal has warned that tiny traces of the chemical could put hundreds of people at risk for years to come. Dr Vil Mirzayanov was part of the team that developed Novichok in a Russian chemical weapons institute. He later became so concerned about the damage it could cause he became a whistleblower and fled to America. ‘It’s the same as nerve gas but 10 times, at least 10 times, more powerful,’ he told Sky News. The chemist warned that symptoms could develop even years after exposure to the substance, and that there is no cure. Today Russia hit back at the UK over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, saying Moscow is ‘not to blame’ for the nerve agent...
Brexit preparation bill expected to cost £2bn by March 2019
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Brexit preparation bill expected to cost £2bn by March 2019

    Brexit preparations have cost at least £400m in the current financial year, with the bill estimated to reach £2bn by Brexit day in March 2019, according to new research. The report by the Institute for Government (IfG) into Whitehall spending claims that after strict controls on departmental budgets, Philip Hammond is loosening his purse strings. Around half of the money will have been spent on staffing government departments, with the think-tank claiming that Brexit has reversed the staff reductions made in the civil service in the years before the EU referendum. It comes after the Chancellor set aside £3bn in preparations for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union last year to allow for every possible outcome. Around £1.5bn of this money has been set aside ...
London mayor faced racist abuse
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London mayor faced racist abuse

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed how strangers have labelled him a gay Muslim terrorist and wished he was killed. Some people have said he should be deported; another wished he would blow himself up. The Mayor highlighted some of the vicious abuse and threats he has received on Twitter in an effort to highlight racism and its effect on young people. He spoke out after a former Tory minister urged the Government to introduce a proper legal definition of Islamophobia” following reports that anti-Islamic letters were posted across Britain at the weekend. West Yorkshire Police are investigating a possible hate crime after receiving a string of reports of letters advertising Punish a Muslim Day. Social-media users in London and Birmingham also reported receiving t...