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White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns

Media playback is unsupported on your device White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has quit, reportedly in protest at a shake-up of the communications team. Mr Spicer stepped down because he was unhappy with President Donald Trump’s appointment of a new communications director, reports the New York Times. Combative Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has been picked for the role that Mr Spicer partially filled. Mr Spicer’s press briefings were a cable news hit, but he withdrew from camera in recent weeks. Profile: Who is Anthony Scaramucci? The shake-up comes…

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Brexit: Cabinet 'united' over EU transition deal

The “cabinet is united” over the need for a transitional period after Britain officially leaves the European Union, Cabinet minister Michael Gove has said. He said an “implementation period” ensuring access to migrant labour and economic stability would happen. He said it must be driven by “pragmatism” but also recognise the UK’s vote to leave the EU last year. It follows newspaper reports that free movement for EU citizens could continue for years after March 2019. The Times reports that the prime minister is ready to offer EU citizens free…

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Corrie Mckeague: 'Nothing found' in airman landfill search

Police searching a landfill site for missing airman Corrie Mckeague say they have “not found anything”. Mr Mckeague, 23, has not been seen since a night out in Bury St Edmunds last September, when CCTV showed him entering a bin loading bay. His mother Nicola Urquhart hired private investigators ahead of police deciding to search the Milton landfill site. Police are poised to make an announcement in the case at 15:00 BST. Latest: The Search for Corrie Mckeague Since March, when the landfill search started, about 6,000 tonnes of waste…

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Blair Logan admits murdering brother in fire attack

A man has admitted murdering his brother by dousing him with petrol and setting him alight on New Year’s Day. Cameron Logan, 23, died in the blaze in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, and his girlfriend Rebecca Williams, 25, was seriously injured. At the High Court in Glasgow, Blair Logan, 27, admitted murdering his brother and attempting to murder Ms Williams at the family home. He confessed 12 days after the attack but claimed he did not mean to kill. The court heard that the two brothers had a “hostile” relationship and…

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Boots faces morning-after pill cost row

Boots has been accused of refusing to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills for fear of criticism from campaigners. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which provides abortion care, wants Boots and other pharmacies to reduce the cost of emergency contraception Levonelle. Boots told the BPAS it wanted to avoid “incentivising inappropriate use”. The company said it was “disappointed by the focus” BPAS had taken. Currently, the progestogen-based drug Levonelle costs £28.25 in Boots, and its non-branded equivalent is £26.75. But the branded drug costs £13.50 at…

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Farm subsidies 'must be earned' – Gove

Farm subsidies will have to be earned rather than just handed out in future, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove is expected to say in a speech later. Farmers will get only get taxpayers’ cash if they agree to protect the environment and enhance rural life, he will say. The move is part of what he calls his vision for a “Green Brexit”. Farmers’ leaders were expecting a change, but want the total cash available to farms to stay the same. The current system which pays farmers based on the amount…

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Strong earthquake kills two on Greek island of Kos

Media playback is unsupported on your device A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has killed at least two people on the Greek island of Kos, officials say. The 6.7-magnitude quake hit 12km (seven miles) north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, with a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey said. At least 20 others were injured on Kos, a popular tourist destination. Some buildings were damaged. In the Turkish city of Bodrum, several people were injured as they tried to flee the quake. The earthquake struck at 01:31…

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