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Day: September 15, 2018

M16 thought ex-Labour leader Michael Foot was a paid Soviet informant
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M16 thought ex-Labour leader Michael Foot was a paid Soviet informant

    MI6 believed claims made by a Soviet defector that former Labour leader Michael Foot was a paid KGB contact, according to a new book. Intelligence chiefs were reportedly briefed on the politician’s KGB history in 1982 and were prepared to pass on the information to the Queen had he become prime minister after the following year’s general election. But documents, published in The Spy and the Traitor, show that MI6 thought the evidence presented by Mr Gordievsky was strong enough to pass on to the Queen. In a 1982 debriefing, the former agent allegedly said the KGB had paid Mr Foot the equivalent of £37,000 in today’s money, according to the new book. Even though he was supposedly paid by the Soviets, Mr Gordievsky said that the politician was not a ‘spy or consciou...
British families face being hit with a new flight tax
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British families face being hit with a new flight tax

    Millions of travellers could be hit with a new tax to pay for more Border Force staff at airports. Cuts to the number of officers and a surge in passengers have been blamed for delays of up to two-and-a-half hours at some passport controls this summer. The Government is considering how to beef up security at the borders and reduce queues without relying on public funds. One option is a new tax raid on those flying in and out of the country, on top of the unpopular air passenger duty, according to senior aviation industry insiders. Last night Grant Shapps, Tory MP and chairman of the cross-party Big Infrastructure Group, said: It would beggar belief if passengers already hit with one of the highest rates of tax in the world have a new tax slapped on them just for us...
Helene to blast UK with 80mph winds
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Helene to blast UK with 80mph winds

    The tail-end of a fierce Atlantic hurricane is expected to hit the UK and Ireland early next week. A danger to life wind warning has been issued for parts of the country as gusts of up to 80mph are expected when Hurricane Helene strikes. Helene began off Cape Verde but has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it makes its way east. The storm could bring gale force winds, sending debris flying, disrupting travel and cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses. The Met Office said: Storm Helene is expected to push north-east towards the UK late Monday, before clearing quickly to the north of Scotland through Tuesday morning. There remains large uncertainty in Helene's exact track, however a spell of very strong winds is expected, initially for parts of sout...
Five dead as Florence lashes Carolinas with winds and rain
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Five dead as Florence lashes Carolinas with winds and rain

    Florence started its slow march across the Southeast Friday, pounding North Carolina with rain, forcing hundreds of people to be rescued from floodwaters and claiming at least five lives. The storm, which made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., at about 7:15 a.m., began what could be a dayslong deluge in the region, with rain forecast to potentially reach 40 inches in some areas. About 750,000 people were without power and about 210,000 were staying in 170 shelters in the Carolinas. The storm made landfall just 2 miles from where it was expected and it remains to be seen if its impact is as forecasters fear. At least five people have died in storm conditions in the state, according to authorities. The deaths include two people killed in Lenoir County, and a mot...