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Day: July 8, 2019

PM has full faith in US ambassador and won’t apologise to Trump
Featured, United Kingdom

PM has full faith in US ambassador and won’t apologise to Trump

    Theresa May has expressed “full faith” in her ambassador to the US, Kim Darroch, but rejected his description of Donald Trump as inept and insecure, as she launched an inquiry into the leak of his diplomatic memos. The prime minister’s spokesman said it was Darroch’s job to provide an honest and unvarnished view of the US administration but she did not necessarily have to agree with everything he had written. No 10 is scrambling to find the leaker after two years of memos emerged in the Mail on Sunday, causing Donald Trump to condemn Darroch as someone who has not served the UK well. With US-UK relations damaged by the embarrassment, British officials have apologised to the US for the leak but not the content of the memos. Contact has been made with the Trump admi...
Police warning over fake wardens scamming drivers
Featured, United Kingdom

Police warning over fake wardens scamming drivers

    Police have warned motorists to be on the look out for fake traffic wardens, who have been issuing bogus tickets to steal driver's bank details. Action Fraud said it has received 33 reports since January of victims being targeted by criminals dressing up as police officers and traffic wardens then issuing tickets. The victims, a number of these who are been elderly and vulnerable, are approached while still in their car or at a car park and told they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit. The fraudster adds that a photo has been taken of their car for evidence. The good news is they can avoid a bigger fine if they pay a smaller fee now Drivers are then directed to a parking metre and told to enter their card and PIN. But instead of paying a fine, the card...
Germany’s far-right and the hateful new reality
Europe, Featured

Germany’s far-right and the hateful new reality

    The death threats started in 2015, when Walter Lübcke defended the refugee policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel. A regional politician for her conservative party, he would go to small towns in his district and explain that welcoming those in need was a matter of German and Christian values. Hateful emails started pouring in. His name appeared on an online neo-Nazi hit list. His private address was published on a far-right blog. A video of him was shared hundreds of thousands of times, along with emojis of guns and gallows and sometimes explicit calls to murder him: Shoot him now, this b******d. And then someone did. Far-right militancy is resurgent in Germany, in ways that are new and very old, horrifying a country that prides itself on dealing honestly with its murd...