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Irish border issue: Britain risks crashing out of EU without a Brexit deal or transition period
Europe, Featured

Irish border issue: Britain risks crashing out of EU without a Brexit deal or transition period

    Britain is still at risk of crashing out of the EU without a Brexit deal or transition period if it does not produce a solution to the Irish border issue, the president of the European Council has warned. Donald Tusk said Britain had caused the problem in Ireland by voting for Brexit and would therefore have to help solve it. His comments, made in the European Parliament, come on the first day of talks between negotiators on the future relationship between Britain and the UK something the British side has wanted since last year. We want to use the positive momentum in these negotiations to finally settle outstanding issues such as the solution to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, Mr Tusk told MEPs in his report to MEPs on the March European ...
Facebook seeks to sneakily scan faces
Featured, Technology

Facebook seeks to sneakily scan faces

    Facebook is asking some users in Europe to consent to the use of facial recognition technology. But the social network has been accused by privacy experts by asking for permission in a "fundamentally dishonest and manipulative way." The request comes ahead of sweeping new privacy regulation in the EU. Facebook is being criticised by privacy activists for how it's allegedly manipulating some of its Eureopean users to consent to its use of facial recognition in photos and videos. It's a hot-button issue, as sweeping new EU privacy legislation requires Facebook and other tech companies to get explicit permission for using the technology. Facebook's facial recognition technology, which it uses to recognise users in photos and identify impersonators, after b...
Stormy realise sketch of suspect person
America, Featured

Stormy realise sketch of suspect person

    Stormy Daniels injected fresh drama into the sensational story of a president, a fixer and a porn star on Tuesday, releasing an artist's sketch of a man she says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to stay quiet about her sexual tryst with Donald Trump. The adult film actress unveiled the image on ABC's The View, immediately prompting online speculation about the identity of the even-featured young man in a hoodie. Daniels says she was threatened by the man in 2011 to keep quiet about a 2006 tryst with Trump. I didn't want everyone to know, I didn't want my family to find out that way. I didn't want my life to turn upside down, Daniels said. At the time, she said, she hadn't told her husband about the encounter with Trump and I didn't want him to think I was a...
May wins second vote on Syria action
Featured, United Kingdom

May wins second vote on Syria action

    Theresa May has won a second symbolic vote on her decision to launch airstrikes, following another day of fraught parliamentary debate on Syria. The prime minister’s advisors believe the result shows she has successfully navigated difficulties arising from her move to push ahead with a military operation without first consulting MPs. But Jeremy Corbyn used the debate to demand that the Commons “take back our control" of decisions to launch any military action, with a new War Powers Act. It came as inspectors were set to finally make it to the site of the alleged Douma chemical weapons attack on Wednesday, with Ms May accusing Moscow of preventing the scientist from doing their work. Ahead of the Commons vote on Syria, Ms May told MPs that coming to parliament befo...
Grenfell Tower man charged with fraud relating to tragedy
Featured, London

Grenfell Tower man charged with fraud relating to tragedy

    A man has been charged with fraud relating to the Grenfell Tower fire, the Metropolitan Police have said. Mohammad Ali Gamoota, aged 31 and from Westminster, was charged with two counts of fraud by false representation on Tuesday. He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 18 April. No details about the alleged offences have been released by the police. Some 72 people died in the west London tower block fire on 14 June last year. On Monday a report emerged that found serious deficiencies in the refurbishment of the tower before the blaze. The report, by fire investigation experts BRE Global and leaked to the Evening Standard, found the fire would have remained confined to one flat and would not have claimed a single life if the origi...