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Defrocked Catholic priest from 'Spotlight' faces second prison sentence

He was first defrocked 15 years ago

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Florida state Representative says God has told him to rewrite abortion bill with no exceptions

Bills restricting access to abortion are sweeping the country

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Trump deploys 1,500 soldiers to Middle East after insisting more troops were unnecessary

The move is being criticized

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Gay man takes Russia to Europe's rights court over Chechnya LGBT+ attacks

Maxim Lapunov claims he was arrested, beaten and tortured for his sexuality

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Four climbers die on Everest as record numbers crowd route to summit

Death toll so far this season higher than the five killed last year

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Bobby Joe Long: Serial killer and rapist who terrorised Florida executed

He confessed to at least 10 murders in 1980s

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Disney World employee arrested for 'attempting to have sex with 8-year-old girl'

Staff member works at Magic Kingdom

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Trump memo: Former intelligence officials and Democrats attack president's 'un-American' security instructions

Move comes amid stand-off between Democrats and White House

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AOC films first Washington DC tornado warning: 'The climate crisis is real y'all'

Democrat uses bad weather as opportunity to talk about her Green New Deal

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North Korea blames 'dishonest' US for breakdown in nuclear talks

‘The further its mistrust and hostile acts towards DPRK grow, the fiercer our reaction will be,’ Pyongyang says

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Kenya refuses to overturn ban on gay sex

Campaigners’ hopes that colonial-era laws would be overturned are dashed

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Lyon explosion: Seven injured in French city centre

Emmanuel Macron has said an “attack” occurred in the French city of Lyon, after a blast injured at least seven people.

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Rudy Giuliani posts bizarre, incoherent tweet about Trump 'intervention'

Former New York mayor’s attempt at new broadside in spat over mental health backfires

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Trump administration to roll back healthcare protections for transgender people

‘This rule will promote ignorance and hate that no American should have to face,’ says campaigner

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US senate approves £15bn disaster aid bill, ignoring Trump's border funding

Bill pending since last year amid fraught arguments over border funding will help victims of Western wildfires, Midwestern flooding and hurricanes

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Blinded by desire for post-Brexit trade, Theresa May neglected foreign policy matters

Analysis: Theresa May, it can be said, looked at foreign affairs through the viewpoint of a somewhat desperate door-to-door saleswoman, writes Kim Sengupta

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Alabama sued over law which bans abortion even in cases of rape and incest

‘Make no mistake, abortion remains – and will remain – safe and legal in Alabama,’ ACLU chief says

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Princess Diana crash-themed attraction launched at US theme park

‘It’s definitely not in poor taste,’ insists creator

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Trump invokes emergency powers to sidestep congress and sell arms to Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump has asserted rarely used emergency powers to sidestep congressional objections, and give the green light to an arms deal involving Saudi Arabia and the…

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Iran arrests entire yoga class and its instructor for 'inappropriate outfits'

Yoga has become increasingly popular in Iran in recent years

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Steve Bannon and George Galloway 'hug' in Kazakhstan after learning Theresa May has resigned

Trump campaign chief and former Labour MP are united in their desire for Brexit

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Quetta mosque attack: Bomb blast in Pakistani city during Friday prayer kills two and injures 14 more

‘There were about 100 people there when a bomb exploded very close to the prayer leader,’ say police

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India election result: What does Modi's victory mean for the south Asian giant

Analysis: PM has bet his legacy on building India’s economy and developing its infrastructure – but many BJP supporters have other priorities

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Trump says he 'feels sorry' for Theresa May despite repeatedly criticising her over Brexit

Donald Trump has said he feels sorry for departing prime minister Theresa May, despite having repeatedly criticised her over the way she handled Brexit.

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European elections: EU to examine organisation of poll after citizens denied votes

Commission says member states must ensure citizens can exercise their right to vote

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'Sexist' videos edited to make Nancy Pelosi look drunk go viral, with Trump's help

Footage slowed to 75 percent of original speed using budget techniques fooled many of millions who viewed it

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Trump refuses to rule out opponents being put to death for treason: 'They tried to take down the wrong person'

US president targets former FBI officials involved in Russia connection probes

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Brexit: French government demands 'rapid clarification' following May's resignation announcement

Jean-Claude Juncker says he has ‘no personal joy’ in PM’s departure as EU leaders bid farewell

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Hundreds marry on Taiwan's first day of legal same-sex marriage after decades-long struggle

Island becomes first Asian nation to pass law but some newlyweds still fear anonymity necessary

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Indonesian elections: Opposition to challenge 'rigged' result in court after two nights of deadly riots

Strongman ex-general claims electoral cheating after eight killed, 737 injured in Jakarta violence

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Trump grants William Barr full access to state secrets for review of Russian interference investigation

President entering ‘dangerous territory’, accused of conspiring to ‘weaponise’ authority against political enemies

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Brazil's top court votes to protect LGBT+ community after post-Bolsonaro spike in attacks

President warns against country becoming ‘gay paradise’ despite homophobic attacks tripling during election campaign

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Widow takes cardboard cutout of dead husband on round-the-world trip

‘Stonehenge was an amazing experience,’ says Michelle Bourke​. ‘It was silent but windy and I had to stop Paul from blowing away’

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India braces for Kashmir backlash as 'most wanted' militant shot dead by security forces

Zakir Musa was leader of an al-Qaeda affiliate in disputed region between India and Pakistan

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European elections: Far-right populists flop in the Netherlands as centre-left makes surprise gains

Labour Party tops polls amid turnout surge for EU socialist lead candidate Frans Timmermans

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Harvey Weinstein reaches $44m settlement to settle sexual harassment lawsuits

Settlement does not exempt disgraced film mogul from the criminal proceedings brought against him for sexual assault, which he will go on trial for in September.

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Trump announces massive aid package for farmers as industry suffers under US-China trade war

Critics say package is another ‘band-aid’ that fails to address core problems

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Trump UK visit: President will bring Melania and all his adult children on trip, reports say

Long-delayed trip won’t feature some of the lavish details the US president reportedly desired

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Swedish parents jailed for almost starving vegan toddler to death

Eighteen-month-old girl rushed to hospital unresponsive after primarily being fed breast milk, brown rice and potatoes, court hears

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Almost half of American adults do not have $400 to spare, study reveals

An emergency car repair or dental appointment can be a struggle for some

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Trump lashes out in televised rant, quizzing room about meeting with 'crazy' Pelosi and insisting he is 'stable genius'

‘I’ll tell you what, I’ve been watching her, and I have been watching her for a long period of time, she’s not the same person. She’s…

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Republicans encourage nationwide support for Alabama abortion ban, document reveals

Students for Life is also leading a group of anti-abortion groups arguing that rape and incest exceptions should be reconsidered

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Julian Assange: US announces 17 new charges against WikiLeaks founder

The US Justice Department has unveiled 17 criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of unlawfully published the names of classified sources as well…

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Trump 'faked disability to avoid serving in Vietnam', Pete Buttigieg says

Buttigieg, an army veteran, says Trump used his privileged status to get a medical exemption

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Pelosi pleads with Trump's family to 'stage intervention' and says she prays for him

The house speaker says ‘the White House is just crying out for impeachment’

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Student falls to death while taking photos at scenic Highway 101

Michelle Casey was a junior at Oregon State University

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Trump is making US repeat mistakes of Iraq war with Iran, Buttigieg warns

‘This White House and this administration has not hesitated to use troops as props’

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Woman survives after veering car off road and plunging 450ft from cliff

The car likely would have fallen another 800 feet, had it not hit a tree on the way down.

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Alabama Republicans call for Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v Wade in wake of abortion ban vote

‘What I voted for was a bill to get to the Supreme Court to challenge Roe v Wade’

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Warren and AOC team up to target US treasury secretary over Sears bankruptcy case

The two have questions about his role in the retail giant’s bankruptcy

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Keith Bush: Man cleared of child murder charges after 33 years in prison after new evidence surfaces

The case is New York’s longest period between a murder charge and it being overturned in history

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Disabled man who lived alone with hundreds of rats awarded £6 million compensation

State department grants formerly homeless Vernon Gray record sum over bureaucratic failure to prevent ‘tragic situation’

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Incapacitated woman who gave birth at Arizona care facility was 'repeatedly violated and may have been pregnant before'

Family accuses state of being ‘vicariously liable for negligence, gross negligence, and medical negligence’

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US border crisis: Sixth migrant child dies in immigration detention

It was not disclosed how or when the girl entered the US

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What hope for Syria's refugee children 'the dreamers' waiting in doorways in Lebanon?

Photojournalist Paddy Dowling travels to Lebanon to discover what the world is doing to address hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have no formal or…

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Trump relentlessly mocked for 'nationally televised hissy fit' over Democratic investigation

US president storms out of meeting to give bizarre speech described as ‘live-action movie version’ of his Twitter feed

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Trump news – live: President lashes out over Putin story after Rose Garden 'hissy fit', as calls for impeachment intensify

Democrats calling on leadership to launch measure in response to administration’s obstruction of probes

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Mystery over mother and daughters found 'starved to death' in Vienna apartment

‘No traces of violent intrusion…nor traces of obvious use of force,’ police department says

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On the frontlines in Libya's latest war, a proxy battle is leaving the civilians to suffer

The Battle for Tripoli: In Libya’s capital, Borzou Daragahi, finds a city caught between warring factions, and their international backers

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Mount Everest suffers 'traffic jam' after two climbers die near summit

American and Indian among latest fatalities

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Suicide attempts by refugees on 'prison' island spike after conservatives win Australian election

Asylum-seekers stranded on Manus Island ‘completely lost hope’ after defeat of party which pledged to resettle them

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Almost one in three Russians would disown a gay friend, study finds

But researchers see some signs tolerance may be increasing

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Pentagon to present Trump with plans to send 10,000 extra troops to Middle East

‘We’re evaluating the risks, making sure that we have it right,’ says secretary of state Mike Pompeo

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Tanzania to ban plastic bags in bid to tackle pollution

Tourists urged to remove disposable carriers from luggage before arriving in East African nation when rules come into force in June

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India election results: Narendra Modi re-elected in 'absolutely stunning' landslide victory

‘This was 100% Modi’: Jubilant scenes at BJP headquarters as thousands of party workers begin celebrations

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'Thousands' of British citizens living abroad denied vote in EU elections due to administrative errors

Postal ballots not turning up on time

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US town evacuated as loose barges drift towards dam, threatening 'catastrophic' damage

‘It will be catastrophic,’ residents told. ‘Leave now!!’

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Innocent man cleared of murder after 33 years in prison

Conviction thrown out over unfair trial and forced confession

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'This tells Americans their story': Country's last known slave ship discovered, historians say

Wreck marooned under Mobile River identified as Clotilda, which carried 110 Africans to US in 1860

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John Walker Lindh: 'American Taliban' to be released from US prison amid fears he remains security risk

Leaked government documents describe 38-year-old as holding ‘extremist views’ as recently as 2016

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Man holding 98 orcas and belugas in 'whale prison' refuses to free them

‘What release are you talking about? These mammals are my property,’ owner says

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Criminal shoots himself in testicles and tries to hide gun, police say

Cameron Jeffrey Wilson hit with drug and firearm charges after balloon full of marijuana fell out of his anus while doctors operated on wound

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Trump impeachment news – live: President rages as action to remove him from White House intensifies in congress

Democrats calling on leadership to launch measure in response to administration’s obstruction of probes

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Trump's private notes on impeachment and Democrat 'achomlishments' revealed by photo

US president uses handwritten talking points as aid during 10-minute diatribe

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Russia reacts coolly to BBC's new satirical chatshow hosted by 'Putin'

The press-release accompanying the BBC’s “Tonight with Vladimir Putin” may have lashed on the hype, promising a CGI comedy talk show “with … everybody’s favourite bear-wrestling…

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Indonesia blocks Facebook and WhatsApp features after 'fake news-inspired' riots and deaths

One hoax story that went viral on social media claimed secret Chinese soldiers were posing as riot police

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Pastor 'gave industrial bleach disguised as miracle cure to nearly 50,000 Ugandans'

Robert Baldwin accused of training around 1,200 clerics to distribute product

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Yemen war: Workers refuse to load Saudi weapons ship in protest over conflict

‘We will not be complicit in what is happening,’ union says

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Ilhan Omar condemns 'religious fundamentalists' over anti-abortion laws in speech to Congress

Minnesota lawmaker says heartbeat bills ‘criminalise women for simply existing’

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Botswana lifts elephant hunting ban

Government may impose ‘regular but limited culling’ after animals and humans clash

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Missouri tornado: Three people killed across state as 'violent' twister rips through Jefferson City

‘The best word to describe the damage is devastating,’ says mayor of state capital

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'It's just an all-night buffet': New York rat infestation blamed on climate change and gentrification

One professor leads ‘safaris’ to watch vermin frolic brazenly in broad daylight

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Woman dies on Ryanair flight from Majorca to UK

58-year-old was taken ill moments before take-off from island’s Palma Airport

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India election results – live: Narendra Modi poised to return as prime minister with BJP leading across country

Follow the results as they come in live here

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Russia running 'global campaign' of cyber warfare to target governments, Jeremy Hunt says

‘Russia’s intelligence services are targeting the critical national infrastructure of many countries,’ UK foreign secretary to say

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Pete Buttigieg says private colleges have 'almost turned Department of Education into a predatory lender'

‘Many of these colleges have really harmed people,’ Mr Buttigieg says, describing a student loan crisis in America he says has hit his family, too

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India election results – live: Narendra Modi awaits verdict on return as prime minister

Follow the results as they come in live here

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Trump tax returns: Judge rules major banks can hand over president's financial documents

The ruling comes just hours after Mr Trump demanded investigations be stopped

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Trump is 'master' of Twitter and has 'pretty genius' tactics, according to site co-founder

He feels that traditional media is overemphasising the effects of the president’s tweets

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Trump is 'master' of Twitter and has 'pretty genius' tactics, according to site co-founder

He feels that traditional media is overemphasising the effects of the president’s tweets

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Rezo: YouTuber's expletive-filled rant attacks German government, putting Merkel's party on the back foot

Music producer criticises Christian Democratic Union’s stance on climate change and social inequality in 55-minute video

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Trump 'relinquishes moral high ground' by pardoning war criminals, US military officials say

Some officials spoke anonymously, others fired shots on Twitter

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Trump administration delays Harriet Tubman $20 bill until 2028

Democrats lash out at Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary as he announces a delay in major currency redesign

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Michael Avenatti: Trump foe charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

Michael Avenatti, a prominent attorney who became a figure of the resistance against Donald Trump by representing a porn star who claimed to have had an…

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Vegan firefighter complains to Human Rights Tribunal because he wasn't offered enough food

He says the lack of proper food under his harsh work conditions is a human rights violation

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Trump explodes in White House meeting, refusing to work with Democrats and lashing out on Twitter

President says he will no longer work with Democrats until all investigations against him are closed

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European elections: Huge far-right disinformation network targeting voters found on Facebook

Posts were seen hundreds of millions of times before they were removed

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Endangered bird returns to South Korea 40 years after extinction

Rare wader is designated a national monument that features in popular children’s song

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Healthy dog euthanised and buried with dead owner

The unusual situation was specified in the dog’s owner’s will

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Rising US-Iran tensions risk endangering Yemen peace efforts, UK government warns

‘I will raise this with President Trump when he comes; I have discussed this with Secretary Pompeo,’ says Jeremy Hunt says

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