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Trump-Russia probe: Mueller 'demands Deutsche Bank data'

US special counsel Robert Mueller has asked Germany’s Deutsche Bank to provide records of accounts held by Donald Trump, according to reports. Mr Mueller issued a subpoena to the bank several weeks ago demanding data on transactions linked to the US president, Reuters news agency and a German newspaper say. Deutsche Bank has previously rejected similar requests from Democrats. Mr Mueller is investigating claims of collusion between Mr Trump and Russia. US investigators are said to be demanding information on dealings linked to Mr Trump as part of an investigation…

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Philippines launches probe into dengue vaccine scare

The Philippines has launched an investigation into the immunisation of 730,000 children with a dengue vaccine that could pose health risks. Last week French drug company Sanofi announced their vaccine could worsen the potentially deadly disease in people not previously infected. The public immunisation programme was suspended on Friday. Dengue fever affects more than 400 million people a year around the world. The mosquito-borne disease is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries, according to the World Health Organisation. Sanofi’s…

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Facebook and Twitter to co-operate in Brexit probe

Facebook and Twitter have agreed to share information with the UK government about possible Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum. Facebook said it hoped to be able to respond to questions from the Electoral Commission by mid-December. The Commission is investigating activity in the period leading up to the Brexit vote. Twitter said it hoped to share its own findings “in the coming weeks”. The BBC understands that Google is also cooperating with the Electoral Commission’s request. The US is conducting a similar investigation into potential Russian meddling in…

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Brexit: Electoral Commission reopens probe into Vote Leave

The Electoral Commission has re-opened an investigation into Vote Leave’s EU referendum spending. The campaign paid £625,000 to clear bills allegedly run up by university student Darren Grimes with a digital agency days ahead of last June’s vote. A separate group, Veterans for Britain, received £100,000 from Vote Leave. The campaign denies attempting to get round spending limits – the Electoral Commission initially accepted this but now says it has new information. Mr Grimes, at the time a fashion student at the University of Brighton, set up a group called…

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California officials probe source of Legionnaires' cases

Three new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been identified in Southern California and officials are looking at the possibility there may be a source outside Disneyland, where at least 11 of the patients visited in September, according to reports. Legionnaires’ has sickened a total of 15 people, two of whom have died. The four not connected to Disneyland lived in or had visited Anaheim — suggesting there could be sources of infection not yet discovered, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. The disease can be spread through inhaling droplets from…

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Saudi anti-corruption probe finds '$100bn was embezzled'

Saudi Arabia’s attorney general says at least $ 100bn (£76bn) has been misused through systemic corruption and embezzlement in recent decades. Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said 199 people were being held for questioning as part of a sweeping anti-corruption drive that began on Saturday night. He did not name any of them, but they reportedly include senior princes, ministers and influential businessmen. “The evidence for this wrongdoing is very strong,” Sheikh Mojeb said. He also stressed that normal commercial activity in the kingdom had not been affected by the crackdown, and…

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Labour: Priti Patel must face probe or quit over Israeli trip

Priti Patel must be investigated for holding unofficial meetings during a holiday in Israel or “do the decent thing and resign”, Labour has said. The international development secretary apologised on Tuesday for holding 12 meetings, including one with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, on a private trip. In the Commons, Labour’s Kate Osamor said it was a “black and white case” of the ministerial code being broken. But minister Alistair Burt said policy did not change as a result of the trip. Ms Patel was not in the Commons to face…

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