Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 12 Jan 2019

Top Tory Brexiteers believe Britain won’t leave EU

Leading Tory donors who spent millions on the Brexit campaign say they now believe that Britain may not leave the EU. Crispin Odey, a hedge fund manager who has given more than £870,000 to pro-Leave groups, said: “My view is that it ain’t going to happen. I just can’t see how it happens with that configuration of parliament.” Two other key donors made similar predictions.

FBI investigated whether Trump was Moscow stooge

The FBI opened an inquiry in 2017 into whether Donald Trump was working on behalf of Russia, reports the New York Times. Following the president’s firing of the former FBI director James Comey, law enforcement officials began exploring whether the president was working against American interests and on behalf of Moscow. They wanted to determine whether he constituted a national security threat.

Prisons minister: short sentences should be scrapped

Prison sentences of six months or less should be scrapped, says the prisons minister. Rory Stewart argues that the move would ease pressure on prisons and be better for offenders, reports the Daily Telegraph. He said that ”very short” jail terms were ”long enough to damage you and not long enough to heal you”, adding: ”You bring somebody in for three or four weeks, they lose their house, their job, their family, their reputation”.

Saudi on way to Canada as Trudeau grants asylum

The Saudi teenager who fled her homeland for Thailand to escape her ”abusive” family is on her way to Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed he has granted asylum to the 18-year-old. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun was given refugee status by the UN high commissioner for refugees on Wednesday. She fears being killed by her relatives if she returns to Saudi Arabia.

US shutdown passes record milestone

The partial shutdown of the US government has become the …read more

Source:: The Week – All news


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