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UKIP leader Henry Bolton hits out at national executive committee

UKIP leader Henry Bolton has said the party’s national executive committee (NEC) has no right to sit in judgement on his personal life. And he warned that UKIP faced extinction if the NEC voted to get rid of him as leader when it meets later. Mr Bolton has faced repeated calls to quit over offensive texts sent by his former girlfriend. He told the BBC’s Pienaar’s Politics the NEC was “not a court of moral judgement”. He said he had ended the “romantic element” of his relationship with Jo Marney…

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Brownhills stabbing: Man arrested after girl, 8, killed

A man has been arrested after an eight-year-old girl was stabbed to death. The child was found at an address in Valley View in Brownhills, near Walsall, with serious injuries, at 19:15 GMT on Saturday. She died in hospital a short time later. The 54-year-old man is in a stable condition in hospital with a stab wound to his stomach. West Midlands Police said the stabbing is being treated as a “domestic incident”. The arrested man will be questioned “in due course”, the force added. Det Insp Jim Colclough said…

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Australian Open: Kyle Edmund reaches first Grand Slam quarter-final

2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online. Kyle Edmund powered into a first Grand Slam quarter-final with a four-set win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open. The British number two, ranked 49th, recovered from a slow start to win 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-2 6-3 at Melbourne Park. Edmund, 23, trailed by a set and a break but hit 25…

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Kabul: Afghan forces seek to end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Afghan security forces have been fighting to gain control of a luxury hotel in Kabul after it was stormed by militants who killed several people. The gunmen burst into the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday evening, shooting at guests and staff. Two of the attackers have been killed and the others remained holed up in the upper floors, officials say. At least five civilians have been killed and six are injured, an interior ministry spokesman said on Sunday. The attack began at about 21:00 local time (16:30 GMT), with reports suggesting…

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PM to stop private sector 'pension abuse'

The government will stop workers’ pensions being put at risk from “executives who try to line their own pockets”, the prime minister has said. In the Observer, Theresa May said a government white paper would set out “tough new rules” for company bosses. It comes as construction firm Carillion’s collapse could leave a pension scheme deficit of £900m, potentially affecting 27,500 workers. She also defended using the private sector to complete public projects. In her comment piece, Mrs May was quick to say that it would be Carillion shareholders, not…

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Kabul: Gunmen 'attacking Intercontinental Hotel'

At least four gunmen have launched an attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, Afghan officials say. Special forces were attempting to engage the gunmen, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. An official at the Afghan spy agency told AFP that the gunmen were “shooting at guests”. The attack began at about 21:00 local time (16:30 GMT), Mr Danish said. There were no immediate details of casualties. The attackers appeared to include suicide bombers, Mr Danish was quoted as saying by Reuters. Another interior ministry spokesman said security forces were trading fire…

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