Trump boasts of power over Fed chairman: ‘I have the right to fire him’ – live updates

The president spoke out against Jerome Powell, whom he has been at odds with over the chairman’s raising of interest rates

With news coming yesterday that special council Robert Mueller will be testifying before Congress next month, Trump took his televised interview as a chance to make unfounded broadsides at him- accusing him of illegally disposing of evidence during the probe.

Without any evidence, Trump is accusing Mueller of trying to erase evidence of Strzok and Page's messages.

"He terminated them. They're gone. It's illegal. It's a crime."

Trump rules out replacing Vice President Mike Pence with former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, as a Wall Street Journal op-ed suggested Trump ought to do earlier this week.

I love Nikki, she’s endorsed me, she’s my friend, but Mike has been a great Vice President...I love Nikki...but you can’t break up a team like us, we get along together.”

-Donald Trump on running mate questions.

Trump rules out Nikki Haley joining him on the 2020 ticket, says he's sticking with Pence: "I love Nikki, she's endorsed me, she's my friend, but Mike has been a great Vice President...I love Nikki...but you can't break up a team like us, we get along together."

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Met police pay out £700,000 to detained anti-fascist protesters

Exclusive: undercover officers spied on activists demonstrating against Tommy Robinson

Scotland Yard has been forced to pay a total of more than £700,000 in compensation to 153 anti-fascist campaigners who were arrested by police during a demonstration and detained for up to 14 hours.

The campaigners had been detained while protesting against another demonstration led by the far-right activist Tommy Robinson.

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First world war peace treaties go on display at UK National Archives

Private display for historians attending peace conference marks centenary of treaty of Versailles

From the elaborate red velvet, silk and gilded treaty of London, signed by the 19th-century prime minister Lord Palmerston, to the Locarno postwar territorial settlements, Europe is largely defined through the peace treaties of the first world war.

On the centenary of the signing of the treaty of Versailles, which marked the formal end of the war, the beautifully bound originals of all those treaties have now been brought together for the first time.

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Man appears in court over alleged hoax bomb threats to parliament

Andreas Dowling is also charged with making a hoax threat to the US Super Bowl

A man has appeared before magistrates charged with making a string of hoax bomb threats including to the Houses of Parliament and the Super Bowl.

Andreas Dowling, 23, from Torpoint, Cornwall, appeared at Exeter magistrates court on Wednesday accused of committing 30 offences in the UK and the US. He entered no plea and the case was sent to crown court.

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No-deal Brexit could trigger flurry of profit warnings, say accountants

ICAEW tells MPs there could be ‘systemic’ impact on economic confidence if UK crashes out

Crashing out of the UK at Halloween could result in a “flurry of profit warnings” from publicly listed companies in November, MPs have been warned.

The Institute for Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) told MPs that this could have a “systemic” impact on the confidence in the British economy.

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Rape crisis services are at breaking point. Do the Tory leadership candidates care? | Fern Champion

I am a survivor of sexual violence who couldn’t access support. The future prime minister must not forget women like me

In March I launched a petition calling on the government to sustainably fund rape support services after I was turned away from multiple rape crisis centres when I really needed help. More than 157,000 people have already signed the petition. I have met ministers at No 10, given evidence in parliament and 46 MPs have signed an early day motion on the issue. But support services remain inaccessible. What is the future prime minister going to do about it?

The crisis centres I approached over a period of eight months had been forced to close their waiting lists due to exceptionally high demand and long-term underfunding. For years, rape counselling centres have been put in the impossible position of turning women like me away, because they know that those who are already on their waiting lists may have to wait as long as 14 months before seeing a specialist counsellor.

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US border: photo of drowned father and daughter highlights migrants’ peril – video report

Searing photographs showing a man and his 23-month-old daughter lying face down in shallow water along the Mexican bank of the Rio Grande near the US border highlight the perils of the latest migration crisis involving mostly Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty.

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UK population rises to 66.4 million but rate of growth slows

Number of migrants up 10% on previous year, offsetting effect of births and deaths

The population of the UK has risen slightly to 66.4 million people but the rate of growth has stalled over the past two years to its slowest increase since 2004, official estimates show.

In the year to mid-2018, there were 2% fewer births and 3% more deaths, but the population increased by 0.6% for the second year running, due to a net increase in international migration.

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May defends record of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt at PMQs

SNP calls Tory leadership rivals incompetent and says Johnson ‘made a career out of lying’

Theresa May has defended Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt after they were labelled the most incompetent foreign and health secretaries in a century.

In a fierce exchange at prime minister’s questions with the Scottish National party’s Ian Blackford, May said: “Either of the candidates for this high office would do a darn sight better job than anybody sitting on those benches,” pointing to Labour and the SNP.

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