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The Scottish Parliament has backed Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second independence referendum. MSPs voted 69-59 demanding Westminster gives Holyrood the power to hold a second referendum. The vote means the First Minister will make an official demand to Theresa May for talks over an order to transfer powers to the Scottish government for a referendum to take place between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. However, the prime minister, who was in Scotland yesterday, has already said she will not allow another independence vote until Brexit has been negotiated and Scotland will see how the land lies. It was expected that the Scottish parliament would back the vote following a two-day debate that started last Tuesday but was delayed...


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Paul Ryan: Nuclear deal provides Iran "a ​patient pathway to a nuclear weapons capability​." WASHINGTON -- US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley accepted rapturous applause from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee gathered in Washington on Monday, promising ironclad defense of the Jewish state from her new posting in New York. She was followed by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who similarly offered guarantees of security funding from Congress and legislation that would target Iran for its regional activities....


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Senior Hamas militant Mazen Fukaha was assassinated in the Gaza Strip on Friday, the Hamas-controlled Health Ministry in the small coastal enclave said. “The martyr Mazen Fukaha was shot in the head leading to his death,” Health Ministry Spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said on Twitter...



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MARINE Le Pen has vowed she will not be Angela Merkel’s lapdog if she becomes president of France as she launched a scathing attack on the EU in the first presidential election. The leader of the Front National declared she will protect France’s borders and protect French sovereignty if she wins the election. Marine Le Pen came out fighting as the top candidates in France's volatile presidential election go head-to-head in a televised three-hour debate. Asked what kind of president she hopes to be, Ms Le Pen, who wants to take France out of the EU, said she would not bow to Europhile German Chancellor Angela Merkel....


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The Front National leader is surging in the polls and a win would signal the “end of Europe”, Enrico Letta claimed yesterday. He said the upcoming French election was even more important than the upcoming federal and presidential votes in Germany due to the former’s place at the UN Security Council. Mr Letta said: “You would have the end of Europe. I think the European Union can’t survive with Marine Le Pen in the European Council representing France. It will be game over.”...


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Islamic militants in the Philippines have released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage after they demanded a £500,000 ransom for the man. Authorities are trying to confirm whether or not Jurgen Gustav Kantner had been killed by the notorious Abu Sayyaf group. The brief video was circulated on Monday by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites It shows Mr Kantner, 70, sitting in a grassy clearing and saying 'Now he kills me' shortly before a masked militant beheads him with a curved knife....


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NIGEL Farage could have dented Angela Merkel’s chances at the upcoming elections in Germany after he declared he would not vote for the Chancellor. Savaging the leader of the Christian Democratic Party in an interview with DW, the former UKIP frontman lashed out over the controversial immigration policies in Germany. He also criticised the Brussels bloc for its free movement deal, citing the Berlin Christmas market attack after suspect Anis Amri was able to travel through three countries by train before being shot dead by police....


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I was in Stockholm last Friday, an eyewitness on the great night that nothing happened. Donald Trump gave a speech in Florida the next day, asking his audience to look at what had occurred “last night in Sweden”. Something appalling, apparently, involving asylum seekers. The Swedes “took in large numbers,” he said. And now “they’re having problems like they never thought possible”. But he was wrong: nothing of note had happened that night. His mistake was used by much of the Swedish media (and politicians) to slate him, as if he concocted the whole idea of an immigration problem. The mockery lasted for days: what event could he have been referring to? Were some meatballs burned in Uppsala? Did an Ikea run out of Billy...



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Iran’s Supreme Leader called on Palestinians on Tuesday to pursue an uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a "cancerous tumor" that should be confronted until Palestinians were completely liberated. "... by Allah’s permission, we will see that this intifada will begin a very important chapter in the history of fighting and that it will inflict another defeat on that usurping regime," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, according to his website. The Supreme Leader’s bellicose comments, made during a two-day conference in Tehran focused on its support for the Palestinians, come at a time of increasingly heated rhetoric between Iran, Israel and the United States....


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Arab States have reportedly warned Hezbollah that Israel will "respond harshly," to any attacks against it, a senior Arab official told the London-based Lebanese newspaper Al Hayat on Sunday. This warning comes closely after Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah spoke out against Israel on Thursday, threatening a missile strike on the Dimona nuclear reactor, an unprecedented threat in the struggle between Israel and the terror organization. According to the source, Israel would issue a harsh military response against the Lebanese organization if Hezbollah makes any military moves, even into Syria from Lebanon. They mentioned that Israel is closely following Hezbollah's armament and movements in Syria and Lebanon, including...


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Kim's last moments: Shocking footage shows a 'female hit squad spray North Korean leader's brother in the face with poison' before he drops dead at a Malaysian airport This shocking footage appears to show a female hit squad spray Kim Jong-un's brother in the face with poison just moments before he drops dead at a Malaysian Airport. The CCTV video, from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, allegedly shows the moment which led to the assassination of Kim Jong-nam - the half-brother of the North Korean leader. A woman in a while top and jeans is seen grabbing the man and holding him back, while another woman sprays a toxic substance in his face. Later in the leaked footage, he appears to be telling security...


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SWEDEN’S politicians’ open-door refugee policies have turned the Swedish public against migrants in just two years, a study has claimed. Fears of Swedes losing their culture and identity has fuelled a rise in anti-migrant sentiment, after 163,000 people arrived in the country in last year. Sweden has been the poster child for openness and toleration for decades but that has changed in just two years, the study by independent British think-tank Demos found. In September 2015, thousands of people took to the streets with banners saying “Refugees Welcome” while Prime Minister Stefan Löfven spoke about not building walls and offering help “when need is great”....


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A seven-year-old girl who was born with her heart outside her chest is heading to the US in hope of having a life changing operation. Virsaviya Borun-Goncharova suffers from thoraco-abdominal syndrome or Pantalogy of Cantrell, which affects just five in a million people....


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Syrian asylum seeker is jailed for life in Sweden after horrifying footage emerged of him taking part in the execution of seven men in 2012 Refugee Haisam Sakhanh, 46, was sentenced to life imprisonment Thursday Sakhanh had joined the armed group Suleiman Company in early May 2012, and shot a person dead with an assault rifle Sakhanh had confessed to the shooting but said he should not be prosecuted A judge said victim was shot dead along six others under 'cruel circumstances'...


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A father suffering from a genetic condition has hundreds of bubble-like tumours covering his entire body. Shadot Hossain is believed to be suffering from neurofibromatosis - which cause non-cancerous lumps to crop up. But he is in a race against time to secure surgery which will remove the tumours, saving his eyesight. Without an operation to slice away the growths, the 47-year-old could permanently lose his vision. Covering the entire length of his body, the tumours are so severe he cannot wear clothing on his top half and struggles to feed himself. And his extreme appearance means even his own 12-year-old son, Abdullah, shies away from looking at him....


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MARINE Le Pen has called the euro a "political weapon" used by Germany – and that the moment France quits the bloc the shared currency will be the point of “collapse”. The eurosceptic MEP has been outspoken in her criticism of the euro, claiming the currency has been used by Merkel as a way to manipulate other European nations and bring them to their knees for its own profit. The Front National leader said: "The euro is a potent tool used by Germany to engage in permanent monetary dumping....


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Half of French police 'back Front National' as Le Pen pledges to crackdown on street chaos MARINE Le Pen has been handed a vote of confidence from French police forces as around half of them have voiced their support for the far-right party. Marine Le Pen's Front National has pledged to give power and resources back to French police in order to combat disorder unfolding across European streets. French forces responded in kind to the promise, as a new poll revealed that half of the country's police consider backing the party in this year's presidential election. In a bid to cast her party as one of 'law and order', Mrs Le Pen said the police would be given the resources they need and the respect...


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Islamic state guard reveals he quit the group after witnessing a 15-year-old sex slave raped so horrifically that she bled to death Terrorist, identified as Nizar, lifted the lid on life inside ISIS' detention centres He saw a teenager die of internal bleeding after being raped by a Sudanese man Nizar worked as a guard inside detention centres for the group's religious police Men were held for smoking and hundreds of women for just being their wives...


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'We leave them so dogs eat them': ISIS terrorists are left to rot alongside their suicide belts on the streets of Mosul as Iraqi army tries to stamp out any support for jihadists The fly-blown corpses of ISIS militants have been left to rot on a main street in Mosul as the Iraqi Army leave them as a grisly warning to others. The bodies have lain there for two weeks and the Iraqi army says it has no intention of burying the jihadists and wants as many people as possible to get a good look at their grossly blackened and bodies, distorted by bombs and bullets. As Iraqi forces prepare to expand their offensive against Islamic State from east to west Mosul, they want to stamp out any sympathy that residents may have for the...


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Cleaner, 25, is paid to scrub men's houses completely NAKED except for her rubber gloves (and the married mother-of-one insists she doesn't feel like a sex object) A married mother-of-one is paid £45 an hour to clean men's houses completely naked. Emily Nikols, 25, from Liverpool, wears only rubber gloves as she scrubs bathrooms, dusts shelves, vacuums carpets and irons clothes at her naturist clients' homes. But she insists her customers - who are forbidden from making advances - are complete gentlemen, and claims she never feels like a sex object even as they watch her clean totally nude....