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UK weather forecast – Dreary cloud to engulf the WHOLE country today as Britain braces for huge 70mph storm this week

Category : News , UK News , Weather

DREARY cloud will sweep across Britain today as the country braces itself for a 70mph STORM later this week.
Skies will be blanketed with wall-to-wall cloud cover the length and breadth of the country on Wednesday, according to forecasts.
Ventusky The UK will be engulfed in cloud on Wednesday, with the above weather map showing low-hanging cloud at 3pm[/caption]
The three day forecast shows there is a large amount of rain on the way later this week
WX charts A zone of low pressure is forecast to sweep in from the West and is bringing gales of up to 70mph before the weekend[/caption]
And this could lead to outbreaks of rain especially in the North West and Scotland – and some of these could be wintry.
Thankfully, the blanketing effect of the cloud cover will see temperatures hit a more comfortable high-single-figures for much of the UK on Wednesday.
The latest forecast from Meteogroup UK said: “A bright start for many, although it will be wet in the far south-east and there will be wintry showers in western Scotland.
“Through the day, most will become cloudy and showers will become more extensive in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“Central parts will be mostly dry and bright. A breezy day.”
For tonight, the forecast adds: “It will be a cloudy start for most with rain in the south, west and north-west.
“There may be a few clear spells initially in the north-east.
“However, through the night, most will become cloudy.
“Outbreaks of rain will spread eastwards through the night, affecting most parts. Moderate southerly winds.”

STORM’S BREWING
The dull, grey day comes ahead of storm that is set to batter Britain with 70mph gales and lashing rain.
A zone of low pressure from the Atlantic is sweeping brisk winds across the country from the west, bringing a week of nasty weather.
Forecasters have warned the rest of this week will be filled with unsettled weather.
A Met Office weather expert said: “Friday the storm will be at its peak as wind speeds reach 70mph in the most exposed parts of the west.
“And the weekend will get off to a dreary start.”
RETURN TO MILDER WINTER
Freezing fog and gales aside, temperatures have been returning to normal for February, with up to 11C expected in the South West, up to 9C in the South East and Midlands and 6C in Scotland.
Simon Partridge, from the Met Office, added: “It is definitely back on track in terms of temperature, where they should be for the time of year, back to a more traditional UK winter for at least a week.
“The rest of the week is just more unsettled weather.”
The warmer temperatures come after a low of -11.7C was recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Met Office said.
But while it was the coldest night of the year so far in England it was not as cold as parts of Scotland, where temperatures fell as low as minus 12.6C at Braemar in the Highlands.
VALENTINE’S DAY FREEZE
The warmer spell ahead won’t last for long, as forecasters warned Britain is set to be hit with a -16C Valentine’s freeze too cold for gritters and yet MORE heavy snow.
February 14 could be the coldest weather for NINE years as icy conditions return.
Forecaster Simon Partridge said: “We’ve got a lot more winter to get through.
“Most forecast models agree temperatures will dip again from around February 14 onwards.”
The wintry conditions are expected to continue into the half-term break from February 18.

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Forecasters warned that the Atlantic low pressure systems will track further to the south, bringing slightly wetter conditions across the UK.
The Met Office warned: “There is the possibility that frontal systems may bring wintry hazards, particularly if a more east or northeasterly flow develops.
“Temperatures overall around the average.”
They added: “We spent last week on the cold side of the jet stream. It’s going to be much milder this week as the jet stream moves north, driving wet and windy weather our way”.
Met Office Cloudy skies will affect all of the UK today – with the chance of wintry showers in the North West and Scotland, as the above picture for 3pm shows[/caption]
Met Office Temperatures for much of the country will thankfully hover around the high single-figure mark, as this map for 3pm today shows[/caption]
A dog walker endures misty conditions in Northampton yesterdayAlamy Live News

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State of the Union address – President Donald Trump announces new round of nuclear weapons talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un later this month

Category : News , UK News

DONALD Trump last night announced he will hold new landmark talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this month.
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, the US president said that he will hold a two-day summit in Vietnam on February 27-28.
President Trump announced on Tuesday that he would hold further talks with his North Korean counterpart later this monthAFP
President Trump and Kim Jong-Un during their first meeting in Singapore last yearEPA
The talks are part of an effort to persuade Kim to give up his deadly nuclear weapons arsenal.
Speaking to Congress, the President said that continued outreach to Kim and their first meeting last June in Singapore opened a path to peace.
But there is not yet a concrete plan for how denuclearization could be implemented.
President Trump said on Tuesday night: “As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
TRICKY TASK
Denuclearizing North Korea is something that has eluded the US for more than two decades.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Congress last week that American intelligence officials do not believe Kim will eliminate his nuclear weapons.
Nor will Kim scrap his country’s capacity to build more – because he believes they are key to the survival of the regime.
Satellite video taken since the June summit has indicated North Korea is continuing to produce nuclear materials at its weapons factories.
MOVES TO DISARM
Last year, North Korea released American detainees and suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests.
It also dismantled a nuclear test site and parts of a rocket launch facility without the presence of outside experts.
The hermit state has repeatedly demanded that the United States reciprocate with measures such as sanctions relief.
But Washington has called for North Korea to take steps such as providing a detailed account of its nuclear and missile facilities that would be inspected and dismantled under a potential deal.

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President Trump added: “Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months.
“If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea.
“Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one.”
The Vietnamese city where the two leaders will meet was not announced.
President Trump delivering his State of the Union address in front of Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy PelosiAFP

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State of the Union address – Donald Trump blasts wealthy elite’s hypocrisy as they ‘push for open borders while living behind walls’ in fiery Congress speech

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DONALD Trump last night blasted wealthy elites for backing “open borders while living behind walls”.
In a State of the Union speech marked by calls for unity, the president did not hold back in his criticism of Democrat politicians blocking his $5.7bn border wall plan.
President Trump delivering his State of the Union address in front of Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy PelosiAFP
Donald Trump’s speech to Congress contained boasts about America’s economy and jobs – but he blasted opponents over the border wallAFP or licensors

Speaking to Congress on Tuesday evening, Trump accused “wealthy politicians and donors” of pushing “for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards.”
He said that his administration is calling for “safe, lawful, modern and secure” border security.
The president announced he had sent another 3,750 troops to defend against the “onslaught” of illegal immigration.
And he said that the US has a “moral duty” to protect its citizens – as well as immigrants who entered the country legally to “enrich our nation an strengthen our society in countless ways”.
“I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever – but they have to come in legally”, the president said.

‘I’LL GET IT BUILT’
Calling for steel barriers to be erected in areas that require the most need, Trump added: “Put simply, walls work and walls save lives.”
He said: “This is a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier – not just a simple concrete wall.
“It will be deployed in the areas identified by border agents as having the greatest need, and as these agents will tell you, where walls go up, illegal crossings go way, way down.”
The president then added: “In the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall. But the proper wall never got built.”
Looking steely-eyed, he added: “I’ll get it built.”
Democrats call the wall a waste of money and ineffective.
ECONOMIC SUCCESS
Meanwhile, the president flaunted America’s economic success under his administration.
The jobs market is vibrant, he said – while he boasted of the United States’ energy production capabilities.
But he claimed that “ridiculous partisan investigations” like the Russian collusion probe could derail America’s prosperity.
He said: “An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations.”
Democrats, who now control the House, planned a series of probes into the Trump administration.
A special prosecutor is investigating Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Russia denies meddling and Trump has said there was no collusion.
AFP Melania Trump with special invited guests to the State of the Union address, including 10-year-old cancer survivor Grace Eline, right[/caption]
Getty Images – Getty Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was also in attendance, and saluted the president[/caption]
Doug Mills/The New York Times President Trump shook hands with his political opponent Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat House Speaker[/caption]
Trump’s prime-time address – the longest since President Clinton in 2000 – came at a critical moment in his presidency.
He pushed his party into a lengthy government shutdown over the border wall – only to cave to Democrats who refused to hand over funding.
With another shutdown deadline looming on February 15, the president has few options for getting Congress to fund a border wall.
And he risks further alienating his party if he tries to bypass lawmakers by declaring a national emergency instead.
But Trump began his speech with a tone of “cooperation, compromise and the common good”.
He said: “I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans”.
CALLS FOR UNITY
The president added that Americans are “hoping that we will govern not as two parties, but as one nation.”
He continued: “We can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions, and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make.
“We must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction.
“Tonight I ask you to choose greatness.”
But as he condemned political turmoil in Venezuela, Trump declared that “America will never be a socialist country”.
His remark was seen as targeting high-profile Democrats such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders who identify as socialists.

OLIVE BRANCH
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was praised by Democrats for her hard-line negotiating during the shutdown, sat behind Trump throughout the speech.
She joined several other Democrat women in wearing white – the colour worn by suffragettes.
But reaching out an olive branch to opponents, Trump praised the record-breaking number of women in the American workforce.
Democrat congresswoman, who were the big winners in the recent mid-term elections, then stood for applause.
At this point, the president joked: “Don’t sit down yet, you’re going to love this.”
Pointing to the Congresswomen, he added: “We also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before”.
Shouts of “USA! USA!” then rang out from both sides of the chamber – one of many occasions the chant was bellowed by lawmakers.

In other pitches across the political divide, Trump announced:

He was eager to work with Congress on a $1bn infrastructure investment
Efforts to bring about cheaper prescription medications
He wishes to reduce rates of childhood cancer
Efforts to create nationwide paid family leave
A campaign to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030

And the 72-year-old Trump hearkened back to moments of American greatness.
He celebrated the 50th anniversary year of the moon landing as astronaut Buzz Aldrin looked on from the audience.
Heralding the liberation of Europe from the Nazis, Trump led the House chamber in singing happy birthday to a Holocaust survivor sitting with first lady Melania Trump.
The president said: “Together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history.
“What will we do with this moment? How will we be remembered?”

Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: children, born and unborn, are made in the image of God

President Donald TrumpState of the Union speech 2019

But the president also defended his political stomping ground with fervent opposition to the relaxation of abortion laws.
He said: “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”
To cheers from Republicans, Trump added: “Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: children, born and unborn, are made in the image of God.”

KIM MEETING
Trump also defended his record on military spending – and his administration’s efforts to get allies to “pay their fair share”.
The president said: “We will never apologise for advancing America’s interests.”
And he praised his policy on North Korea, saying: “If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea.”
He also announced he would be meeting Kim Jong Un for a further round of talks in Vietnam on 27 and 28 February.
Trump has said that his outreach to Kim and their first meeting last June in Singapore opened a path to peace.
But there is not yet a concrete plan for how denuclearization could be implemented.
US intelligence chiefs believe there is little likelihood Kim will voluntarily give up his nuclear weapons or missiles capable of carrying them.
Private analysts reviewing commercial satellite imagery have assessed that the North is still developing nuclear and missile technology despite suspending tests.

FOREIGN POLICY
As his economic advisers work to complete a trade deal with China, Trump said any agreement “must include real, structural change to end unfair trade practices, reduce our chronic trade deficit, and protect American jobs.”
He also called out Iran for threats against Israel.
The President said: “We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants Death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish people”.
Trump also gave his support for an effort to coax Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro into leaving power.
And he declaring the Islamic State militant group all but defeated.
Trump’s guests for the speech included Anna Marie Johnson – a woman whose life sentence for drug offences was commuted by the president.
Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware, who has been bullied over his last name, was also invited.
They sat with first lady Melania Trump – who wore a £2,000 Burberry military-style black outfit during the address.

President Trump called for unity – but blasted elites for pushing open borders while living behind walls themselvesAFP
Reuters Democratic Congresswoman wore white – the colour of the suffragette movement[/caption]
AFP President Trump’s speech featured appeals for unity as well as calls for contested border wall funding[/caption]
President Trump announced on Tuesday that he would hold further talks with his North Korean counterpart later this monthAFP

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Driverless cars could be on British roads by the end of 2019 under new Government plans

DRIVERLESS cars could be on British roads by the end of the year under new plans announced by the Government.
The bold move will also scrap the requirements that the clever motors must have a human overseer on board too.
An autonomous self-driving vehicle tested in a pedestrianised zone in Milton Keynes on October 11, 2016AFP or licensors

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It means no human will be in control of the vehicles, even remotely. Ministers say the advanced trials — the first anywhere in Europe — will put the UK at the forefront of the technology.
But the announcement sparked safety fears, coming less than a year after a woman was killed by a driverless car in America.
The Department for Transport insists there will be a strict application process before companies are allowed to test the cars. An updated code of practice for the trials includes much tougher rules.
A DoT spokesman told The Times: “The new Code recognises the industry’s desire to conduct much more advanced trials.”

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Docs urge women not to fear ovarian cysts or rush into surgery after Kate Beckinsale’s rupture scare

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DOCS are urging women not to fear ovarian cysts, following the Kate Beckinsale health scare.
The Hollywood A-lister was taken to hospital when she had one that ruptured last month.
Kate Beckinsale’s tears after painful ovarian cyst rupture
But researchers at ­Imperial College London found there is usually a  one in 500 chance of the fluid-filled sacs bursting.
The findings came after a two-year study of 2,000 women with benign cysts.
They warned against “unnecessary” surgery which risks complications after finding  80 per cent of cysts fixed themselves. Only 0.4 per cent developed into ovarian cancer.
LESS SURGERY FOR NON-CANCEROUS OVARIAN CYSTS
The experts recommended a “watchful waiting” alternative to surgery that involves regular monitoring with ultrasound scans.
Lead researcher Professor Tom Bourne, from Imperial College London, said: “Our results may lead to a paradigm shift resulting in less surgery for non-cancerous ovarian cysts  on condition that trained ultrasound examiners reliably exclude cancer.”

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Drug and alcohol addiction are taking a shocking toll on our nation but what are we really doing to tackle this growing epidemic?

THE sudden spike in deaths caused by abuse of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax is alarming enough in itself.
Figures show there have been over 200 fatalities in the UK between 2015 and 2017 and more than half of them took place in Scotland.
Getty – Contributor The spike in deaths from Xanax is alarming[/caption]
That’s a shocking statistic.
What’s happened to our young people? Is there something uniquely damaged amongst Scots that prompts us to plunge headlong into drugs and alcohol?
The damage caused by substance abuse is quite literally there for all to see. Glassy-eyed addicts are shambling through every city centre, filling up shop doorways,
begging for the cash they need to get their next fix.
Drug-related deaths are inexorably ticking up towards 1,000 a year in Scotland. The casualty rate has doubled in a decade.
PA:Press Association What’s happened to our young people? Is there something uniquely damaged amongst Scots that prompts us to plunge headlong into drugs and alcohol?[/caption]
And, for the ones that don’t die on some filthy floor, there’s nothing to look forward to but a brief lifetime of misery and illness.
But too often treatment is not available until the victims turn into criminals.
We need a radical change of policy to turn this from an issue of criminality and into one of health.
And it can’t come soon enough.

Anti-anxiety drug Xanax kills 126 vulnerable Scots in two years as deaths from medicine abuse peak

Home truths
NICOLA Sturgeon won’t be answering First Minister’s Questions tomorrow because she’s off in America at the moment.
But, when she comes home, she could answer some questions — like: “Why did you go, First Minister?”
During her trip, she spent ten minutes talking to the PBS TV channel, which is ten minutes more than she has allowed the Scottish Press for quite some time.
She has made some speeches getting torn in to the UK Government’s Brexit policy while telling the Americans that independence is the best possible outcome for
Scotland . . . but not yet.

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And Ms Sturgeon met New Jersey governor Phil Murphy to “discuss shared ambitions around tackling climate change”, ahead of meetings at the UN in New York today on gender equality.
Why do the Americans care what she thinks of Brexit?
Once the governor of New Jersey has shaken hands and agreed that global warming is a really bad thing, what then?
Who is going to stand up in some distant committee room of the UN, very, very far away from the main council chamber, and disagree about gender equality? What does the
First Minister’s presence add to their discussions?

Remember, Ms Sturgeon snubbed the last Brexit meeting with Theresa May, the Chancellor and the Foreign Secretary.
But she’s not too busy to meet the governor of New Jersey.
Is any of this international grand-standing going to bring a penny of investment to Scotland? Will it fix the NHS or sort out ScotRail or soften the blow of Brexit?
Those should be the priorities — not foreign trips.

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Huge Spanish patrol boat has two-hour stand-off with tiny Royal Navy ship off the coast of disputed territory Gibraltar

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A 300ft Spanish patrol boat was seen off by a 50ft Royal Navy vessel yesterday after it encroached on an exercise off the coast Gibraltar.
The episode had echoes of historic maritime victories against the Spanish by Admiral Lord Nelson at Trafalgar in 1805 and Sir Francis Drake against the Armada in 1588.
The huge Spanish vessel overpowered the tiny Navy ship that was carrying out practice drills
In yesterday’s incident tiny HMS Sabre was involved in manoeuvres with a Royal Navy RHIB, when the Spanish vessel – the Tornado – blatantly sailed into the training drill yesterday morning where it stayed for two hours.
As it passed into territorial waters the Spanish national anthem could be heard over Channel 16, a maritime communications frequency but it was not clear where it had come from.
The captain of HMS Sabre warned the intruder away but it did not impact on the exercise.
A Royal Navy insider confirmed the Spanish national anthem had been heard by radio operators at the Royal Navy base on Gibraltar.
A source said:”HMS Sabre politely requested the Spanish vessel, which is a good bit larger than she is, to leave Gibraltar’s territorial waters with a sovereignty warning. They extend for three miles around Gibraltar and initially it ignored the request which was made several times but she did eventually sail away after a couple of hours.”
Screenshots from shipping websites show how Tornado left the Spanish port of Ceuta yesterday morning before doubling back and heading towards Gibraltar’s Europa Point, clearly entering the exercise area.
The rocky outcrop has been a British territory for more than 200 years and has been hotly disputed with Madrid and tensions have risen in the run up to Brexit.
Last week ‘colony’ in the UK and the EU launched into a new war of words over the Rock today as Gibraltar was branded a draft laws to give visa-free travel to Britons after March 29th.
Downing Street swiftly moved to slap down the jibe which is the latest ploy by Spain to take advantage of Brexit to stake its claim on the Rock.
In yesterday’s exercise – which was widely advertised by the Gibraltar authorities – ships were warned that a ”high speed manoeuvring and blank firing” would take place.

It’s a clear provocation from Spain.

Source in Gibraltar

Passing ships who needed to contact the Royal Navy vessels involved were advised to use Channel 16 – which the Spanish did to broadcast their national anthem.
A source in Gibraltar told The Sun:”Spain is supposed to be a NATO ally but it now does this during an exercise – a clear infringement of Gibraltar territorial waters and it comes just weeks after they let Russian ships use their ports when they were asked not to.
”HMS Sabre issued a sovereignty warning to Tornado after it entered Gibraltar territorial waters and ordered her to leave immediately – there was an exercise going on and they would have known plus channel 16 was used to broadcast their national anthem. It’s a clear provocation from Spain.”
Last night the Royal Navy referred all enquiries to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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In a statement the FCO said:”We can confirm an incursion by the Spanish navy occurred this morning. As with all incursions, the Royal Navy challenged the vessel. When challenged, the Spanish navy vessel subsequently left British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. Incursions are a violation of sovereignty, not a threat to it.
”We have no doubt about our sovereignty over Gibraltar. The UK will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another state against their wishes, nor enter into a process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content.”
The Spanish Government in Madrid and the Spanish Embassy in London was also contacted for comment but there was no immediate reply.
AFP or licensors The UK and the EU launched into a new war of words over the Rock[/caption]

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Rapper 21 Savage targeted because he slammed Donald Trump over US migrant crisis in new song, star’s lawyer claims

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RAPPER 21 Savage may have been targeted by US immigration officials because he blasted Donald Trump in a new song, his lawyers have claimed.
The rapper, who claimed to hail from a tough US neighbourhood, was arrested on Sunday for being in America illegally after he was found to be British.
During a performance of the song ‘A Lot’ on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 21 Savage changed the lyrics to the song to take a shot at U.S. border policies under President Trump
The British-born, Grammy-nominated musician was arrested in AtlantaInstagram
21 Savage (right) as a young boy in London pictured with his father Kevin and twin sisters
His manager said he was being held in lockdown for 23 hours a day
The star, 26 – nominated for two awards at next week’s Grammys – could face deportation. Rapper 21 Savage is being held in federal immigration custody.
His lawyers suggested he’d been targeted by US immigration officials because he attacked them in a new song.
During a performance of the song ‘A Lot’ on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 21 Savage changed the lyrics to the song to take a shot at U.S. border policies under President Trump.
“Been through some things so I can’t imagine my kids stuck at the border, Flint still need water, People was innocent, couldn’t get lawyers,” he rapped.

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A statement released on Tuesday and signed by his six-strong legal team states: “There continues to be no legal reason to detain Mr Abraham-Joseph for a civil law violation that occurred when he was a minor, especially when people in his exact situation are routinely released by ICE.
“Many have speculated as to possible ulterior motives for his arrest and detention, including that he released music five days prior to his arrest by ICE, which included new lyrics condemning the behaviour of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border.
“We are unaware of why ICE apparently targeted Mr Abraham-Joseph, but we will do everything possible to legally seek his release and pursue his available relief in immigration court.”
Elsewhere today his manager claimed the rapper was held on lockdown for 23 hours a day.
Stone Mound Meezy tweeted: “He is in lockdown for 23hrs of the day no tv or any communication besides our 10 min phone calls”.
He later deleted the tweet.
MOVED TO US AGED 12 ON ONE-YEAR VISA
The rapper claimed to have grown up in a crime-hit community in Atlanta, Georgia, taking a gun to school at 11 or 12 before joining a street gang.
But his birth certificate shows he was born in Newham, east London, in 1992 to UK-born parents Heather Joseph and Kevin Emmons and named Sheyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph.
He moved to the US with mum Heather in 2005 aged 12 on a one-year visa.
US immigration chiefs ICE said it was not renewed, adding: “His public persona is false.”
‘EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG TIES’ TO THE US
However his lawyers said he lost his legal immigrant status in 2006 “through no fault of his own” and should be eligible to fight his removal from the country in court.
21 Savage, 26, has three children who are US citizens, his legal team say, as well as his mum being a lawful resident and four siblings who are either permanent residents or citizens.
They argue the rapper has “exceptionally strong ties” to his adopted country.
And he is in the process of obtaining a U visa – a visa for victims of crime – because he was the victim of a deadly shooting in 2013, the statement adds.
They said ICE should release 21 Savage from custody and delay his removal from the country while he awaits to hear back on the visa,
They also dispute ICE’s claim the rapper has a criminal conviction [for drug charges in 2014].
HARD-HITTING LYRICS ABOUT GUNS AND CRIME
Until Sunday the rapper was believed to have been born and raised in Atlanta, the city he used as inspiration for his hard-hitting lyrics about guns and crime.
In an interview with Fader magazine in 2016, he painted a grim picture of a crime-ridden upbringing in Georgia.
The article referenced him growing up in “beat up apartments” in Atlanta and being shown his first gun at the age of eight by his uncle.
He also brags about being the youngest pupil ever to take a gun to Stone Mountain Middle School in DeKalb County, Georgia, when he was 11 or 12.
The star claims to have been sent to a youth detention centre in Georgia, before dropping out of school and joining a street gang.
He was allegedly involved in robbery, grand theft auto and drug dealing, and aged 19 he lost his best friend and right-hand man Larry in a shootout.
On his 21st birthday he was shot six times himself in a failed assassination attempt, which led to him taking the name 21 Savage.
In another interview he said the ‘21’ in his name is a reference to a street gang in the city and his songs often refer to his past in East Atlanta’s Zone 6.
But records revealed the rapper, one of 11 children born to his mum Heather, was born in London.
$8 MILLION RAP STAR
21 Savage, a dad-of-three, has been nominated for two awards at the 2019 Grammys, including record of the year for Rockstar with Post Malone – the track reached No 1 in the US and UK singles charts.
In December his second album, I Am > I Was, debuted at No 1 on the US Billboard 200.

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He is worth about $8 million.
Stars from the world of hip hop have shared their shock at 21 Savage’s detainment, with US rappers including Lil Yachty and Meek Mill calling for him to be freed from custody.
Some spread memes around social media which poked fun at his British heritage.
The rapper took a swipe at the President in a live performance of his new songAP:Associated Press
Pictured is the birth certificate showing he was born in NewhamThe Sun Online
21 Savage aged around 12 photographed in London
21 Savage pictured with his British mum Heather Joseph
21 Savage’s London-based twin sisters, Kyra and Jayda
21 Savage poses with a gun on Instagram
Getty – Contributor Rapper 21 Savage has been arrested by US immigration officials – because he’s British[/caption]
Rex Features The rapper, pictured with ex Amber Rose in 2017[/caption]
Splash News 21 Savage, real name Abraham-Joseph, is in custody in Georgia and faces deportation proceedings[/caption]
21 Savage pictured firing a gun at a shooting range

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Michael Schumacher’s son Mick pays tribute to stricken dad by posing in his old F1 Ferrari at Maranello museum

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MICHAEL Schumacher’s son Mick has paid tribute to the stricken driving legend by posing in his old F1 Ferrari.
The teen, who is following in his dad’s footsteps as a Ferrari driver, has admitted it’s sometimes “difficult” to be the son of Formula 1’s most successful racer of all time.
Mick Schumacher / Instagram Michael Schumacher’s son Mick has paid tribute to the stricken driving legend by posing in his old F1 Ferrari[/caption]
Mick Schumacher / Instagram He shared photos of his trip to Italy’s Maranello museum[/caption]
To connect with his dad’s legacy, Mick, 19, visited Italy’s Maranello museum which has a special exhibition dedicated to the German champion.
He shared photos of his trip on Instagram, with one snap showing him sitting inside a Ferrari his dad raced.
Ferrari unveiled the exhibition on 3 January to mark Schumacher’s 50th birthday.
“Michael has a special place in the history of Ferrari,” the team said.
RACING CHAMP’S LEGACY
“The museum is decorated with images from the unforgettable years that the seven-time world champion gave to all at Ferrari.”
Schumacher drove for the Italian F1 team for 11 years between 1996 and 2006 and won five of his seven world titles with them.
But the champ suffered severe head injuries in a ski accident in the French Alps on 29 December 2013.
He has not been seen in public since and is receiving care at the family’s home in Gland, Switzerland.
Corinna, his wife, and other relatives said in a statement: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him.”
‘BAD SIDES’ TO BEING SCHUEY’S SON
Mick has since revealed that there are “bad sides” to being Schumacher’s son.
“I am happy to be the son of the greatest F1 racer of all time. I admire him for that,” Mick insists.
“And even if sometimes it can be a bit difficult, it is what it is. There are good sides to it and there are bad sides,” Schumacher told the FIA’s Auto magazine.
Mick was last month confirmed as a Ferrari driver for their academy alongside his commitments racing in Formula 2 next season.
Ferrari boss, Mattia Binotto, said: “For someone like me who has known him from birth, there’s no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning.
FOLLOWING IN HIS FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS
“But we have chosen him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have already distinguished him despite his young age.”
Schumacher, who won the European F3 title last season, added: “I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me and my next future in motorsport will be in red, being part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and also of the Scuderia Ferrari Family.
“Again, this is another step forward in the right direction, and I can only profit from the immense amount of expertise bundled there.
“Be sure I will make everything to extract whatever helps me achieve my dream, racing in Formula One.
“It is more than obvious that Ferrari has a big place in my heart since I was born and also in the hearts of our family, so I am delighted on a personal level about this opportunity as well.
“At this stage it is however also time to say thank you to my family, friends and partners who supported me all along and helped me arrive at this point.”

Mick Schumacher has been named Ferrari academy driver for next seasonAlamy Live News
Michael Schumacher won five world championships at FerrariAP:Associated Press
Mick Schumacher will drive for Ferrari five years after his dad’s accidentAP:Associated Press
Schumacher was placed in an induced coma for five months after his skiing accidentEPA


UK weather forecast – Brits brace for coldest night of the winter TONIGHT as -16C snow bomb sparks more travel chaos

Category : News , UK News

THE big freeze is set to worsen today as forecasters warned Brits to brace for the coldest night of the winter amid a brutal snow bomb.
Scotland could see lows of -16C tonight and into Sunday as the cold snap continues, the Met Office said.
A yellow warning for snow and ice is in place across most of the UK on Saturday
Scotland could see heavy snow and lows of -16C on Saturday night
This UK weather graphic shows snowfall at midnight on Saturday, February 2WX
This means it is set to be colder than Thursday which saw -15.4C recorded just before midnight at Braemar in the Scottish Highlands.
Meteorologist Alex Burkill said parts of England could also see sub-zero temperatures reach double digits today.
He told the Press Association: “Over Saturday we’ll see some snow showers around the far north, the far west and the far east of the UK.
“Elsewhere it’s a cold day again and feeling especially cold in the south where it will be breezy, but for most it will be dry and sunny.”
He continued: “Saturday it’s likely to be very similar to Thursday night – we could get down to minus 16C (3.2F) in Scotland, but it’s worth bearing in mind that even across the south we could get into negative double figures.”
‘COLDEST NIGHT OF WINTER’
He said Benson in Oxfordshire was one of the spots predicted to reach minus 10C or below.
“Across the bulk of the UK, tomorrow night’s going to be really cold.”
Although Cornwall and parts of the South East that were heavily hit over Thursday night and Friday are not expected to see any more showers, drivers were warned to beware of ice roads caused by lingering snow.
Sleet and snow could continue across Kent into the early hours of Saturday morning, Mr Burkill said, but should have cleared by the time most people wake up.
A fresh yellow warning for snow and ice covering large areas of the UK is in place for Saturday.

He added that temperatures in the south and central will stay at –2C to -4C and in Northern Ireland, Wales and the North East of England it will be -6C to -7C.
It covers northern Scotland, most of Northern Ireland, the eastern coast of England, the south of England and the west coast of Wales.
On Friday, a coating of up to 14 cm of snow caused havoc in the South West, forcing motorists to abandon their cars and seek shelter as traffic stood still.
DRIVERS STRANDED
Travellers were hit by long delays and schools closed their doors as February began with the coldest night for seven years.
By Friday evening, RAF Odiham in Hampshire had recorded 19cm of snow.
The closures included more than half of Bristol’s schools, more than 300 in Buckinghamshire, more than 150 in Cornwall and scores across Oxfordshire.
There was misery for travellers on the M3 westbound between junctions six and seven near Basingstoke due to snow and stranded vehicles, with the tailbacks stretching to Farnborough.
Highways England also reported severe delays between Tonbridge and Hurst Green on the A21 in Kent in both directions on Friday night – again caused by snow and stranded vehicles.
FLIGHTS CANCELLED
Most flights were cancelled from a snow-covered Bristol Airport on Friday, but normal service is expected on Saturday.
London City Airport closed its runway on Friday night due to heavy snowfall, causing some flights to be diverted and others to be cancelled.
The airport said flights were expected to resume as normal on Saturday morning.
Flight disruption at airports in Cardiff and Bristol left queues of rugby fans facing a race to get to Paris ahead of Friday evening’s France vs Wales Six Nations opener.
Weather charts by WX show parts of the country enduring snow showers on Saturday.
Greg Dewhurst, Met Office meteorologist, told The Sun Online: “There will be a cold, icy start to the weekend on Saturday morning.
“There will be plenty of sunshine around.
SNOW BOMB
“Temperatures will drop to -15C again as the sun will set.”
Wintry showers around coastal parts, the high ground areas across Scotland could see 2cm to 5cm of snow.
Rob Richards, and AccuWeather meteorologist said: “A chilly northerly breeze will be blowing across the UK on Saturday with a few wintry showers across Scotland and along the eastern coast of England.”
By Sunday, there will be a change of weather as a system moves in from the Atlantic slightly bringing milder air.
The Met Office warns anyone who needs to travel on today to keep in touch with local weather.
Dewhurst said: “There will be residue snow in places where they had snow and black ice.

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“Our advice keep in touch with local weather and local travel to see if there are any disruptions.
“The sunshine on Saturday will melt some of the ice and snow, but as the sun sets the temperatures will plummet again.
“There is a risk that any of the snow or ice that had melted will refreeze and further disruption is likely to happen.”

This UK weather graphic shows snowfall at 3am on Saturday, February 2
The Met Office forecast at midnight on Saturday February 2MET OFFICE
The Met Office forecast at 9am on Saturday February 2MET OFFICE
MET OFFICE The Met Office forecast at noon on Saturday February 2[/caption]
Drivers on A33 junction 7 of M3 motorway after three lorries jack-knifed leaving drivers stranded in hours of delays on Friday February 1 2019Ki Price 2019

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