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It is a too little appreciated fact that France can expel Britain from the European Union. President Macron can do this by simply refusing to re-open the Withdrawal Agreement and by vetoing any further extension to the Article 50 procedure. Thus, even if the British Parliament were to “seize back” control and seek more time for, say, a general election, Emmanuel Macron could still say “Non!” He might even do so if the UK asks for the time to hold another referendum - though that be a lot tougher for him to pull off.Macron holds the power to end the unending Brexit crisis, and his exasperation is palpable.
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People think William and Kate purposely flew FlyBe to show up Meghan and Harry for travelling via private jet.
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A top Zimbabwean comedian has been abducted and beaten in Zimbabwe by suspected state security agents. Samantha Kureya, also known as Gonyeti, fronts the satirical current affairs channel, Bustop TV.Kureya was abducted from her home in Harare’s Mufakose suburb late on Wednesday by men carrying weapons and wearing masks.Writing on Twitter, Bustop TV said Kureya was stripped naked and beaten by her assailants, who later dumped her in Harare’s low-income Crowborough North suburb where she had to beg for clothes from startled residents.“She only got assistance (from) the sixth house whose residents had to throw a dress through the window. Everyone was scared,” Bustop TV said.Kureya is the most prominent person to have been abducted in recent days.The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says a number of its officials and their family members have been abducted and beaten in the western city of Bulawayo, where police banned a protest march from going ahead on Monday.The party led by Nelson Chamisa says a “de facto state of emergency now pervades the country, especially in the towns”.A MDC MP in the town of Marondera, around an hour’s drive east of Harare, said unidentified attackers fired shots at his home on Wednesday night.Pictures circulated on social media showed bullet holes in the tailgate of a pick-up truck and in the walls of the home of the MP, Caston Matewu.Rights group, Heal Zimbabwe Trust says the police have confirmed that automatic weapons were used in the attack though police have not yet commented publicly.Constitutional rightsPresident Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has come in for heavy criticism over its crackdown on protesters in Harare last Friday, and for its banning of this week's planned protest marches across the country.A joint statement from the heads of foreign missions in Harare, including those of France, the EU, Britain and the US called on the authorities to “respect the constitutional rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression as well as to peaceful protest.”The government has hit back, saying the marches were illegal and the police bans had been upheld by the courts. It accused the Western diplomats of being "intrusive and judgmental" and of wanting to promote "unrest and public disorder".But the abductions and attacks on individuals are a worrying new development, which the government claims it has no hand in. There has been no official comment yet on the abduction of Kureya, or the attack on the MP’s house.Government spokesman Nick Mangwana said last week that a “third force” -- bent on tarnishing the image of Mnangagwa's administration -- could be behind the abduction and torture of citizens.
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Brooke Vincent has been on Coronation Street since 2004, but the fabulous actress has bid a fond farewell to the show as she heads off on maternity leave. Brooke - who plays Sophie Webster on the soap - has spoken about her emotional departure from Corrie as she prepares to welcome her new little baby, and even gave her fans a glimpse of her last scene on the Corrie cobbles in a video uploaded to Instagram.Brooke wrote: "I can’t believe 15 years ago I came onto the street to play 'Sophie Webster' and today I left to play my biggest role yet, 'Mummy'. My amazing family at Coronation Street I am going to miss you all so much. Thank you for always looking after me, for keeping me on the straight and narrow and for letting me get away with murder over the years."Brooke posted a series of videos to InstagramHer final scene will take place in Dev's famous corner shop, and it seems that the cast and crew of Corrie are just as sad about Brooke's departure as she is. Several cast and crew members say their goodbyes in the clip, including Mikey North who plays Gary Windass and Antony Cotton who portrays Sean Tully on the show. On-screen mum Sally Dynevor even gave Brooke a lovely bouquet and told her: "We're going to miss you so much! You've been here since you were 11. This is your home. Come back anytime you want to, bring the baby!"MORE: Pregnant Corrie stars Hayley Tamaddon, Brooke Vincent and Julia Goulding show off their growing baby bumpsThe baby is almost here!We'd love to see Brooke and her new bundle of joy visiting the Corrie set, hopefully she shares that adventure on her Instagram too!MORE: Coronation Street's Brooke Vincent shows off gorgeous bump during romantic babymoonBrooke's Corrie departure comes after her character Sophie inherits thousands of pounds on the show and decides to venture on to pastures new. Will we see the return of Sophie further down the line? We'll certainly keep our fingers crossed!Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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Deontay Wilder sends warning to Tyson Fury and Luis Ortiz... and predicts another loss for Anthony Joshua
Deontay Wilder has vowed to knock out Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury in his next two fights - and believes Anthony Joshua is destined to come up short again against Andy Ruiz Jr.The WBC heavyweight champion visited West Yorkshire to open a restaurant this week and was greeted by hundreds of fans outside 'Mr T's' eatery in Batley on Thursday evening.