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Brexit deal: May in crunch cabinet meeting to decide fate of agreement – Politics live

Prime minister expected to hold press conference after discussion on draft deal agreed by UK and EU negotiators

That lonely microphone has a long time to wait - Cabinet running maybe as much as two hours over

And this is from the Times’ Matt Chorley.

I don’t like to worry anyone, but one government source says there are still up to 20 people yet to speak in cabinet. Could go on for another 2.5hours. Cannot confirm obviously but thought worth passing on...

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:50:50 GMT
Theresa May's Brexit deal: everything you need to know

What does the agreement say? Which bits are controversial? And will it get through cabinet and parliament?

Theresa May’s cabinet meets later on Wednesday to approve or reject the text of a draft withdrawal agreement drawn up this week in Brussels by EU and UK negotiators two-and-a-half years after Britain voted to leave the bloc.

Related: Brexit deal: Tory ministers meet to decide fate of agreement – Politics live

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:01:29 GMT
Government makes U-turn to cut delay to £2 FOBT maximum stake

Reduction to take effect in April 2019 following MPs rebellion and minister’s resignation

A cut in the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be brought forward to April 2019 after the government backed down in the face of a growing rebellion that made allies of MPs across the political spectrum.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, said in the budget that a reduction in FOBT stakes from £100 to £2 would not take effect until October next year, a decision that handed bookmakers a £900m windfall and triggered the resignation of the sports minister, Tracey Crouch.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:27:17 GMT
Police spy should face charges for sexual relationship with activist, court told

Environmental activist tries to overturn CPS decision not to prosecute Jim Boyling for sexual offences

A woman who was deceived into an intimate relationship by an undercover police officer has gone to court to try to compel the state to prosecute him.

The environmental activist is one of a number of women deceived into intimate relationships by undercover officers. The Crown Prosecution Service has so far decided not to prosecute any of them.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:02:35 GMT
Birmingham University warned of risk to LGBT rights at Dubai campus

Staff and students say new campus lacks safeguards against strict local laws

Staff and students at the University of Birmingham have warned that LGBT rights are not adequately protected at its new campus in Dubai where being gay or transgender risks imprisonment, flogging and execution.

They have called on the university to make clear what safeguards staff and students have in the Gulf emirate given that same-sex behaviour, identifying as transgender, and LGBT advocacy are illegal on the campus, which is classified as a public space subject to Dubai laws.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:19:28 GMT
Capita’s cancer screening blunder hits 50,000 NHS patients

Capita’s failure to send out cervical cancer test results condemned as ‘gross incompetence’

Almost 50,000 women have not received information on cervical cancer screening after the NHS contractor Capita failed to send out letters.

The problem, which occurred between January and June, affected 43,200 women who were supposed to receive an invitation or a reminder but received only one of the two, and also led to the delays of 4,508 results letters, the company said.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:55:36 GMT
Israeli defence chief Avigdor Lieberman quits over Gaza truce

Lieberman says Egyptian-mediated ceasefire with Hamas is ‘a capitulation to terror’

Israel’s hawkish defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has announced he is resigning from the rightwing coalition government led by Benjamin Netanyahu in protest at a Gaza truce.

Announcing his decision, Lieberman called Tuesday’s Egyptian-mediated deal with the Palestinian militant group Hamas “a capitulation to terror” and called for elections.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:14:40 GMT
Fox News backs CNN fight against White House over Jim Acosta's press credentials – live

A retiring Republican congressman, Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania, has a very pointed criticism of Trump’s messaging over the last week of the campaign and how it changed the balance of power in the lower chamber.

Answer - Yes. It drove up Hispanic turnout in competitive House districts in CA, FL, AZ, & changed narrative of positive economic news in other competitives. Was as predictable as the sun coming up in the morning.

The recount drama is continuing in Florida and this is quite an arresting image of ballot storage in Broward County.

I asked Broward County officials to show me where the over and under votes are being stored — these are the ballots that will be counted in a hand recount. They took me down a hall to where boxes of sealed ballots are in bins behind a locked fence guarded by a Sheriffs deputy

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:58:13 GMT
Testosterone therapy could help tackle depression in men – study

Researchers find improvement in symptoms among men given hormone

Treatment with testosterone could help tackle depression in men, according to a review of studies which found supplements of the hormone appear to improve mood.

About 100 million men around the world are thought to have depressive disorders, and almost 17% of men in the UK are thought to have symptoms of depression or anxiety.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:13:19 GMT
Labour to propose new crossbow laws after woman's death

Theresa May signals she will consider tougher restrictions after death of Sana Muhammad

Labour planns to propose further restrictions on the sale of crossbows, days after a pregnant 35-year-old woman was shot and killed with one of the weapons at her home in east London.

The party is examining how it could amend the offensive weapons bill making its way through parliament to introduce further restrictions. Sale of crossbows is simply restricted for under-18s.

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:35:45 GMT

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