Suspected Russian spy pictured with his ‘good friend’ Boris Johnson

Foreign secretary pictured meeting Russian ‘diplomat’ suspected to be intelligence agent. Sergey Nalobin described Johnson as a “good friend.” Johnson has also been pictured with another suspected Russia agent. Revelations follow allegations about links between a former Czech spy and the Labour leadership. LONDON — For the past week, the press has been full of stories about alleged links between the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, other senior party figures, and a former Czech spy. Corbyn has since been branded a “collaborator” on the front page of the Daily Mail, with the Conservative defence secretary Gavin Williamson saying that the alleged meetings between Corbyn and the spy were a “betrayal of… Read More

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The head of a Eurozone central bank has been detained in an anti-corruption raid

Latvia’s central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics detained and questioned by anti-corruption police in the Baltic state. Latvia’s Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis confirmed that Rimsevics had been detained on Sunday, but gave no more information about the reasons. Rimsevics sits on the European Central Bank’s Governing Council, alongside the likes of ECB President Mario Draghi, and German Bundesbank boss Jens Weidmann. The head of Latvia’s central bank has been detained and interviewed by anti-corruption police in the country. Ilmars Rimsevics, the governor of Latvijas Banka was detained on Sunda, and pictures on Latvian state television reportedly showed him arriving at the headquarters of the country’s anti-corruption agency, the Corruption Prevention and… Read More

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Sir Philip Green could sell Topshop to the Chinese — but MPs are worried about a repeat of BHS

Sir Philip Green is reportedly in talks with China’s Shangdong Ruyi about a partial or full sale of Arcadia, which owns Topshop, Burton, and Miss Selfridge. Influential Labour MP Frank Field is worried about what a sale could mean for the company’s pension scheme, which is in deficit. LONDON — Retail tycoon Sir Philip Green is said to be considering selling some or all of his Arcadia empire to a Chinese buyer. The Sunday Times reports that Green is in talks with Chinese textiles giant Shandong Ruyi about a possible sale. Arcadia owns brands such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge, and Burton and has over 2,800 stores and 26,000 employees. Sir… Read More

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10 things in tech you need to know today (FB, AMZN, SNAP, TWTR)

Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to start your week. 1. Facebook is under fire after one of its execs, Rob Goldman, railed against the Russia coverage in a tweet that Trump cited. Goldman, who said most Russian ads were bought after the 2016 presidential election, was retweeted by President Donald Trump as proof that the media is “fake news.” 2. A Russian troll factory, among other entities, was found to have a $1.25 million (£890,000) monthly budget to interfere in the 2016 US election. Among the entities are the Internet Research Agency, a known troll factory based in Russia that used bots to spread fake news and… Read More

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Chelsea transfer news: Real Madrid to offer £100m plus Gareth Bale for Eden Hazard

Description Chelsea star Eden Hazard is reportedly wanted by Real Madrid and Manchester City Credits Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Alt Text Eden Hazard Chelsea transfer news Real Madrid Man City Belgian playmaker is also wanted by Premier League leaders Manchester City One-Minute Read Monday, February 19, 2018 – 8:36am There is fevered speculation about the future of Eden Hazard with the Chelsea playmaker linked to both Manchester City and Real Madrid. See related Real Madrid revolution: Neymar, Kane and Pogba in, Zidane and Ronaldo out? It’s no secret that the Belgian is growing increasingly concerned with the declining standards at Stamford Bridge, and according to the Metro Real Madrid will seek… Read More

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Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho’s relationship reaches boiling point

Description Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and manager Jose Mourinho Credits Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images Alt Text Paul Pogba Jose Mourinho Manchester United Manchester United manager appears to have taken a ‘snide dig’ at the midfielder after FA Cup win One-Minute Read Monday, February 19, 2018 – 8:17am Manchester United eased into the quarter final of the FA Cup on Saturday with Romelu Lukaku scoring both goals in the 2-0 win at Huddersfield that sets up a quarter-final tie against Brighton. See related Real Madrid revolution: Neymar, Kane and Pogba in, Zidane and Ronaldo out? But despite the win, and despite the controversy arising from VAR disallowing Juan Mata’s goal, the… Read More

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 19 Feb 2018

Oxfam staff ‘threatened witnesses in Haiti’ Oxfam has released its report on a 2011 scandal when staff were found to have used prostitutes, possibly underage, while working in Haiti. The document reveals that three of the men physically threatened witnesses when the charity investigated their actions. It is not known if former director Roland Van Hauwermeiren was one. May says student fees ‘world’s most expensive’ Theresa May will admit today that students in England face “one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world” as she announces an independent year-long review of fees. She is likely to announce that a temporary freeze on increases will be extended… Read More

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10 things you need to know in markets today

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know in markets on Monday. 1. Sir Philip Green is planning to sell all or part of his Arcadia Group empire, a move that would bring down the curtain on a controversial 50-year high street career. The Sunday Times’ reports that the 65-year-old billionaire owner of Topshop is believed to be in talks with Shandong Ruyi, a Chinese textiles giant that has been rapidly expanding into European fashion. 2. A former high-flying trader who has embraced the world of cryptocurrencies says there is a “trench warfare” going on between traditional financial services and digital upstarts. Danny Masters, who ran JPMorgan’s commodities trading business… Read More

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The incredibly complex Italian election is just 2 weeks away — here’s a simplified version of what you need to know

Italy’s 2018 general election is just over two weeks away. The country’s electoral system is notoriously complex, and a coalition government is almost guaranteed. New electoral laws come into force for 2018’s election. The vote is full of intrigue, with the rise of the populist Five Star Movement, and the return of Silvio Berlusconi among major talking points. Business Insider highlights some of the key issues in the election. LONDON – Italy’s general election — to be held on March 4 — is a hugely significant event, not just for the country, but for Europe as a whole. Italy’s politics has always had something of an air of chaos about… Read More

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