Leicester explosion: three men arrested over fatal blast

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Police question trio on suspicion of manslaughter after five people die in incident on Hinckley Road Three men in their 30s have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after the Hinckley Road explosion on Sunday which killed five people. Leicestershire police said the three men were being questioned and came from East Anglia, north-west England […]

Senator: investigate Ben Carson's housing department over staffing claims

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Allegations official was demoted in redecorating feud should be added to existing request for inquiry, says Sherrod Brown A Democratic senator has called for the internal watchdog at Ben Carson’s housing and urban development department (Hud) to investigate allegations that a senior official was demoted for refusing to break a spending limit for redecoration. Sherrod […]

The Guardian view on the EU draft withdrawal agreement: exposing Theresa May’s leadership void | Editorial

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The controversy around the latest proposals from Brussels flows from the prime minister’s cowardly failure to make choices of her own The draft of an agreement setting out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, published by the European commission on Wednesday, has raised the temperature of the Brexit debate. Hot-headed Eurosceptics are […]

The Guardian view on the war in Afghanistan: give peace a chance | Editorial

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Kabul’s government has made an offer of peace talks to the Taliban to end America’s longest war. It should be taken up In extending an olive branch to the Taliban at an international conference in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Wednesday, President Ashraf Ghani has boosted the prospects for peace in his battle-scarred country. These are […]

Major says MPs should get free vote on final Brexit deal, with 2nd referendum or halting Brexit both options – Politics live

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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and reaction as the EU publishes its draft text of the Brexit withdrawal treaty Boris Johnson’s morning Sky interview – Summary PMQs – Snap verdict Afternoon summary 6.04pm GMT The draft legal text that the commission has […]