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Nissan to cancel X-Trail plan in fresh Brexit blow

Nissan to cancel X-Trail plan in fresh Brexit blow

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor Nissan will drop another bombshell into the heart of Britain's car manufacturing ‎industry next week by announcing the cancellation of plans to manufacture its X-Trail model in the UK.Sky News has learnt that the Japanese carmaker's executives will confirm the move on Monday, casting further gloom over an already-embattled sector. Sources said the X-Trail move would be interpreted as projecting renewed doubt over Nissan's future investment in the UK.It will be an explosive intervention in the debate about Britain's future car production capability less than eight weeks before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. ...
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...