PM's terror response 'cheerleading'

Halstead Gazette: Lord Ashdown says politicians should not be 'cheerleaders' for security service demands

2:30am Sunday 31st August 2014

Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown has hit out at David Cameron over his response to the threat posed by British jihadis in a sign of the junior coalition partner's unease about plans to tighten anti-terror laws.

Putin 'in state of war with Europe'

Halstead Gazette: David Cameron insisted there must be 'consequences' if an estimated 1,000 Russian troops are not withdrawn from eastern Ukraine (AP)

2:30am Sunday 31st August 2014

Russia could be facing a fresh wave of EU sanctions within a week after Vladimir Putin was warned tensions over Ukraine were reaching the "point of no return".

Interest rates expected to hold

Halstead Gazette: Two members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee urged a hike in the rate from 0.5% to 0.75% in August but were outvoted

3:04am Sunday 31st August 2014

Interest rates are expected to remain on hold next week when policy makers meet for the first time since divisions appeared in their views about when to raise them.

Man due in court on Galloway charge

Halstead Gazette: George Galloway on his way to hospital after being attacked in London (Twitter/Respect Party)

3:04am Sunday 31st August 2014

A 39-year-old man will appear in court tomorrow charged with a religiously aggravated assault on controversial MP George Galloway who was left battered and bruised in an alleged street attack.

I can beat the booze, says Gazza

Halstead Gazette: Troubled ex-England star Paul Gascoigne says he can overcome his alcohol addiction

5:03am Sunday 31st August 2014

Troubled former England football maestro Paul Gascoigne has said he can overcome the demons which saw him admitted to hospital in a drink-fuelled stupor.

Ashya: Police to question parents

Halstead Gazette: Police are to question the parents of Ashya King, five, who were arrested in Spain after taking him from a UK hospital where he was being treated for a brain tumour (Hampshire Police/PA)

2:07am Sunday 31st August 2014

British police are due to arrive in Spain to question the parents of a five-year-old boy with cancer who was taken from hospital in England without doctors' consent.



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