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Vatican official sacked for ‘spying’ claims he was forced out by shadowy vested interests

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The Vatican was embroiled in fresh scandal on Sunday after a former official claimed that he was forced to step down after his investigations into conflicts of interest made him enemies within the Holy See.

In the latest case of skulduggery and intrigue to hit the sovereign city state, the Vatican countered with unusually explicit accusations that Libero Milone had been caught “spying” on officials.

Mr Milone, 69, was appointed two years ago as the Holy See’s first auditor-general and tasked with overseeing the cleaning up of the Vatican’s opaque finances.

He had an impressive track record, having previously worked for Fiat, the UN and as a chairman of the global accounting firm Deloitte.

He resigned abruptly and without explanation in June, but has now broken his silence on the reasons behind his departure, claiming that he was forced out by shadowy vested interests determined to block the reforms of Pope Francis.

He revealed that on June 19 he was ordered to resign by Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, the Vatican deputy secretary of state, and told that he had been the subject of a seven-month investigation by the Vatican gendarmerie, the city state’s tiny police force.

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Dame Kelly Holmes opens up over ‘anguish’ that drove her to ‘cut herself every day’

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The 47-year-old, from Pembury, Kent, opened up about her experience with depression at a health and wellbeing show in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday.

She shared an image taken immediately after an injury during the 1987 world championships in Rome,  one of seven such injuries that led her to self-harm.

Dame Kelly, who took up the sport aged 12 and joined the army at 17, first competed at international level in 1992. She combined both careers before leaving the force in 1995.

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Donald Trump warns Kim Jong-un ‘won’t be around much longer’

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North Korea’s state-run television aired a video on Sunday showing tens of thousands of people attending the anti-America rally.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said more than 100,000 people gathered for the rally on Saturday and delivered speeches supporting comments made by Mr Kim earlier in the week.

“We are waiting for the right time to have a final battle with the US, the evil empire, and to remove the US from the world,” KCNA quoted Ri Il-bae, a commanding officer of the Red Guards, as saying.

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EDL march cancelled after just six people turn up  

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However, the EDL group was vastly outnumbered by around 30 counter-protesters, including supporters of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Chelmsford Throws Out Fascism.

“The EDL stand for fascism, they stand for racism, but in Chelmsford they are not welcome,” a UAF spokesperson told the BBC.

“People have turned out to oppose them.

“They want to turn neighbour against neighbour, community against community.”

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Donald Trump calls for NFL boycott as players at Wembley stage biggest kneel protest yet

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In a statement the Chicago Bears chairman George H McCaskey, said the organisation was  “proud to support our players, to bring peace and unity together through football”.

Mr Trump had already ignited controversy on Friday when, at a rally in Alabama, he called players not standing for the anthem “sons of b—–s”.

He was cheered by a predominantly white audience as he said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.'”

Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, who heads the league, said: “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players.”

Mr Trump provoked further ire over the weekend by rescinding a traditional invite to the 2017 basketball champions the Golden State Warriers to the visit the White House after their star player, Stephen Curry, said he would be reluctant to attend because of Mr Trump’s policies.

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Skulduggery at the Vatican as former auditor-general, accused of spying, says he was victim of a ‘set-up’

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The Vatican was embroiled in fresh scandal on Sunday after a former official claimed that he was forced to step down after his investigations into conflicts of interest made him enemies within the Holy See.

In the latest case of skulduggery and intrigue to hit the sovereign city state, the Vatican countered with unusually explicit accusations that Libero Milone had been caught “spying” on officials.

Mr Milone, 69, was appointed two years ago as the Holy See’s first auditor-general and tasked with overseeing the cleaning up of the Vatican’s opaque finances.

He had an impressive track record, having previously worked for Fiat, the UN and as a chairman of the global accounting firm Deloitte.

He resigned abruptly and without explanation in June, but has now broken his silence on the reasons behind his departure, claiming that he was forced out by shadowy vested interests determined to block the reforms of Pope Francis.

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The winners of 2017’s Insight Astronomy Photographer award

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The winners have been announced for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year. The competition received 3,800 entries from amateurs and professional photographers from all over the world.

One of the judges is Dr Marek Kukula. He tells Dan Damon about the dreamers and scientists behind the images.

(IMAGE & CREDIT: The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds © Artem Mironov (Russia) – STARS & NEBULAE WINNER & OVERALL WINNER.)

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Second Brexit referendum needed because Leave voters are dying off, Nick Clegg suggests

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He said: “Given that people will have been sold Brexit on a totally false prospectus, surely it is the right of the people, via their MPs, to take back control of this process, end this tedious psychodrama of the Conservative Party, and indeed the constipated ambivalence of the Labour Party, and say, ‘hang on a minute, this is not what you told us would happen, therefore we want our MPs to say stop’.”

He said he did not believe the UK could “return to the status quo of the June 22, 2016” but “I do think we can re-dock ourselves in an outer orbit of membership within a reformed European Union.”

He claimed to have spoken to “many leaders across the EU” who would be happy to “stop the clock” on the legal process of Brexit before it becomes official in March 2019 and welcome Britain back into the fold.

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Tens of thousands flee rumbling Bali volcano

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More than 35,000 people have fled a menacing volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will erupt for the first time in more than half a century as increasing tremors rattle the region.

The numbers Sunday from disaster officials are more than double previous estimates and are continuing to rise, they say.

It includes people who left voluntarily as well as those ordered to evacuate from a six to eight mile zone around Mount Agung.

Authorities raised the volcano’s alert status to the highest level Friday following a “tremendous increase” in seismic activity. Its last eruption in 1963 killed 1,100 people.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency has praised the welcoming response of local communities on Bali to the flood of evacuees.

Thousands are living in temporary shelters, sport centers, village halls and with relatives or friends.

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German elections 2017 live: Polls open as Angela Merkel seeks fourth term – latest news

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German voters went to the polls on Sunday for a general election which is almost guaranteed to return Angela Merkel as Chancellor for a fourth term, though the vote risks being overshadowed by a surge in support for the far-right AfD. 

Alternative fur Deutschland (Afd) is projected to gain up to 13 per cent of the vote, according to some pollsters, which could result in a far-right party entering the German parliament for the first time in more than a half a century.  

There are also fears that low turnout in the election from apathetic Germans could help to boost the AfD’s share of the vote. 

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German president, warned the electorate against letting others decide the future of their country by failing to vote in an article for Bild Am Sonntag. 

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