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New blow to GRU: More Russian military spies exposed

New blow to GRU: More Russian military spies exposed

World
It seems like open season on the GRU. The Russian military agency had its inner workings exposed again Friday as determined journalists and Kremlin critics remain focused on uncovering its secrets. A new report details the alleged misbehavior and bizarre bureaucratic decisions that allowed a Russian journalist to identify people he says are GRU officers. Journalist Sergei Kanev said he wants to call attention to problems within an organization he thinks has moved from traditional spying into unchecked violence and foreign interference. But his story portrays the agency as more sloppy than scary: one finding was that suspected GRU agents appeared to blow their own covers. None of the few dozen agents he wrote about is suspected of grave wrongdoing. However, governments in multiple countri...
Danniella Westbrook 'arrested in Essex this afternoon' in fresh blow for CBB star

Danniella Westbrook 'arrested in Essex this afternoon' in fresh blow for CBB star

Entertainment
GETTYLEGAL TROUBLE: Danniella Westbrook has been questioned by policeThe troubled Celebrity Big Brother star was allegedly driven to Hatfield station this afternoon after being arrested on suspicion of "malicious communications and witness intimidation", reports say. A spokesman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: "A 44-year-old woman who was wanted in relation to allegations of malicious communications and witness intimidation was arrested by officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary at a location in Essex at 2.05pm this afternoon.**X FACTOR STAR IN NAKED PIC LEAK**"She has been taken to Hatfield police station for questioning."It is not clear if she is still in police custody. She was reportedly seen in the back of a police car earlier today.A rep for Danniella Westbrook has been co...
Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City: Irresistible Citizens blow away sorry Gunners

Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City: Irresistible Citizens blow away sorry Gunners

Sports
Manchester City inflicted more pain on Arsene Wenger with a second crushing 3-0 victory over his Arsenal side in the space of four days.After losing Sunday's Carabao Cup final, the Gunners could not find any level of retribution as they were again humbled by far superior opposition in Pep Guardiola's 100th game in charge.Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane all scored wonderful first-half goals for City, who now require only five more wins to secure the Premier League title.Arsenal were better than they were at Wembley but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's second-half penalty miss summed up their current form.The game at the Emirates Stadium went ahead despite sub-zero temperatures and snowfall across much of the country.Wenger must have been left wishing the fixture had fallen foul of the...
China's new loans in Jan surge to record 2.9 trillion yuan, blow past forecasts

China's new loans in Jan surge to record 2.9 trillion yuan, blow past forecasts

Finance
China's banks extended a record 2.9 trillion yuan ($ 458.3 billion) in new yuan loans in January, blowing past expectations and nearly five times the previous month as policymakers aim to sustain solid economic growth while reining in debt risks.While Chinese banks tend to front-load loans early in the year to get higher-quality customers and win market share, the lofty figure was even higher than the most bullish forecast by economists in a Reuters poll.Net new loans surpassed the previous record of 2.51 trillion yuan in January 2016, which is likely to support growth not only in China but may underpin liquidity globally as major Western central banks begin to withdraw stimulus.Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted new yuan loans of 2 trillion yuan, up sharply from December's 584.4 bil...
Germany's Merkel suffers blow as FDP pulls out of coalition talks

Germany's Merkel suffers blow as FDP pulls out of coalition talks

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceTalks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed, leaving Angela Merkel facing her biggest challenge in 12 years as chancellor.The free-market liberal FDP pulled out after four weeks of talks with Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens.FDP leader Christian Lindner said there was "no basis of trust" between them.What happens next is unclear, but Mrs Merkel is due to meet President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has the power to call snap elections.Her bloc won September's poll, but many voters deserted the mainstream parties.Germany coalition: Merkel's 'political party poker'Why German election was a turning pointMrs Merkel said she regretted the collapse of the talks, adding she would meet the German president later on Monday to ...