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Day: March 28, 2018

Poisoned Russian ex-spy should be allowed to die
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Poisoned Russian ex-spy should be allowed to die

    The best friend of Sergei Skripal believes the poisoned double agent and his daughter Yulia are so critically ill they should be allowed to die. Ross Cassidy, a haulage contractor, met Mr Skripal when he moved in next door in Salisbury in 2010, shortly after the Russian arrived in a spy swap with Moscow. He told Sky News: Quite frankly, what future have they got? I don't know the properties of this weapon that was used on them and my guess is they are probably being kept alive by artificial means and what life will they have if they survive? We've already been told they will be severely mentally impaired and I don't think they would want that. I think death would probably be merciful. Mr Cassidy got to know Sergei, his wife Lyudmila, his son Alexandr who was kno...
North Korean leader Kim Jong to denuclearise the Korean peninsula during a meeting with President Xi Jinping
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North Korean leader Kim Jong to denuclearise the Korean peninsula during a meeting with President Xi Jinping

    China said on Wednesday it won a pledge from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to denuclearise the Korean peninsula during a meeting with President Xi Jinping, who pledged in return that China would uphold its friendship with its isolated neighbour. After two days of speculation, China announced on Wednesday that Kim had visited Beijing and met Xi during what the official Xinhua news agency called an unofficial visit from Sunday to Wednesday. The trip was Kim's first known journey abroad since he assumed power in 2011 and is believed by analysts to serve as preparation for upcoming summits with South Korea and the United States. Beijing has traditionally been the closest ally of secretive North Korea, but ties have been frayed by North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weap...
Millions of Britons could lose urgent medical treatment in EU after Brexit
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Millions of Britons could lose urgent medical treatment in EU after Brexit

    Millions of Britons could lose their rights to urgent medical treatment while travelling in the EU after Brexit, a parliamentary committee has warned. The Lords EU Committee said there was no guarantee British nationals would be able to continue to access the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme once Britain has left the EU. Ministers have said they want to continue existing reciprocal healthcare arrangements including the EHIC which provides for free or reduced cost treatment in the EU, the three European Economic Area nations and Switzerland. However the committee said the current arrangements were based on the free movement of people which ministers are pledged to end when Britain leaves the EU in March 2019. In the absence of an agreement on future rel...
UK worried to loss EU migrant labour after Brexit
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UK worried to loss EU migrant labour after Brexit

    British firms are worried about the loss of EU migrant labour after Brexit because their UK counterparts are lazier and take more time off work, an official government report has found. The Migration Advisory Committee found that workers from Europe are a high quality, eager workforce compared to UK-born workers, leading employers to rely on them instead. EU workers, especially those in low-skilled jobs, are also paid less. Businesses fear they will not be able to employ staff from the EU after Brexit, forcing them to spend more on less productive British staff which could drive up prices or force production abroad where it is cheaper. It could also impact the ratio of elderly people to youngsters and would very likely lead to lower growth, although it is unlikely...
UK on high terror alert for next two years
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UK on high terror alert for next two years

    Britain faces at least two more years of heightened terror alert, with risks from state players including Russia as well as the aftermath of the collapse of Islamic State, Whitehall sources have said. Speaking as the government launched its national securitycapability review, the sources said the risk level currently at severe could soon rise to critical, thanks to the possible return of scores of Isis fighters to the UK and the potential threat from states such as Russia, North Korea and Iran. Instability in north Africa, Yemen, Sudan and Syria were also said to be causes of concern. Unveiling a fusion doctrine for tackling national security threats, the prime minister says in the foreword of the review that every part of government and its agencies will have a par...