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Russian spy: Skripal asked Putin if he could return home

Media captionSkripal ‘regretted being double agent’ Sergei Skripal wrote to President Putin asking to be allowed to return home, a friend of the former spy told the BBC. Vladimir Timoshkov said Mr Skripal denied he was “a traitor” and asked for “complete forgiveness”. The Kremlin denies receiving such a letter. Mr Skripal was jailed in […]

Russian spy: Being an agent ‘messed up’ Skripal’s life

Media captionSkripal ‘regretted being double agent’ Sergei Skripal regretted being “a double agent” because his life had become “all messed up”, a friend of the Russian former spy has told the BBC. Vladimir Timoshkov also said Mr Skripal did not see himself as a “traitor” because the “oath he had sworn was to his socialist […]

Jeremy Corbyn sacks Labour’s Owen Smith over referendum call

Image caption Shadow NI secretary Owen Smith said Labour needed to do more than just back a “soft Brexit” Jeremy Corbyn has sacked a shadow cabinet minister who broke ranks with official Labour Party policy to call for another EU referendum. Owen Smith was asked to stand down as shadow Northern Ireland secretary by the […]

Sport Relief raises more than £38m for charities

The BBC’s Sport Relief event had raised £38,195,278m for charitable causes by the end of its live TV show. The programme included celebrity boxing matches, a 12-hour five-a-side game and a special version of Strictly Come Dancing. The fundraising marathon, which raised more than £55m when it was last held in 2016, helps vulnerable people […]

Parsons Green Tube bombing: Teenager Ahmed Hassan jailed for life

Image copyright Met Police A teenager has been described as “dangerous and devious” by a judge as he was jailed for life for planting a bomb on a Tube train at Parsons Green. Ahmed Hassan’s device partially exploded during London’s rush hour on 15 September, injuring 51 people. The 18-year-old, from Surrey, who was found […]

Russian spy: ‘No way’ spy nerve agent came from UK lab

Image copyright Getty Images There is “no way” any nerve agent held at the UK’s Porton Down lab could be linked to the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, the site’s chief executive has told the BBC. Gary Aitkenhead said suggestions by Russia that the proximity of the labs to the incident Salisbury […]

‘Highly likely’ Russia behind attack – EU leaders

Image copyright AFP EU leaders have agreed with the UK government that it is “highly likely” Russia is responsible for the nerve agent attack in the UK. In a statement following an evening of talks in Brussels, the European Council of EU leaders agreed “there is no plausible alternative explanation”. The EU has now recalled […]

May urges ‘new dynamic’ in Brexit talks

Image copyright EPA Image caption EU leaders are expected to approve the Brexit transition deal Theresa May has urged EU leaders to “create a new dynamic” in Brexit talks as negotiations move to the next phase. The UK prime minister addressed fellow EU leaders at a Brussels dinner, the day before they are expected to […]

Rise in cancers ’caused by weight’

Image copyright PA Image caption Being overweight or obese is the second leading cause of preventable cancer, the data suggests Being overweight or obese is a growing cause of cancer in the UK while cases caused by smoking are falling, according to a large study. Cancer Research UK found more than a third of all […]

Russian spy poisoning: Policeman discharged after Salisbury attack

Image caption Det Sgt Nick Bailey said he had been “overwhelmed” by support from the public A police officer who fell ill after being exposed to the nerve agent used on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter has been discharged from hospital. Det Sgt Nick Bailey was left seriously ill after responding to the attack […]

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