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PRESSURE GROWS ON THERESA MAY OVER 'US BRIEFING' ON DONALD TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

Theresa May is under growing pressure to say whether she was briefed by Donald Trump's aides on his controversial travel ban when she met the new president for the first time last week.

The Prime Minister has defended her invitation to honour Mr Trump with a state visit despite a growing outcry, with more than 1.6 million people signing a petition calling for it to be scrapped.

However she is facing calls from MPs to say what she was told by American officials about the temporary ban on nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries issued hours after her meeting with the president in the White House on Friday.

DONALD TRUMP FIRES US JUSTICE HEAD OVER REFUGEE BAN ORDER

Donald Trump has fired acting US Attorney General Sally Yates after she ordered Justice Department lawyers to stop defending the president's refugee ban.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the president had named Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, as her replacement.

Mr Trump had earlier tweeted: "The Democrats are delaying my cabinet picks for purely political reasons. They have nothing going but to obstruct. Now have an Obama A.G."

MPS TO BEGIN DEBATE ON BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS BILL

MPs are to begin debating the Bill which will give Theresa May the go-ahead to launch formal negotiations for Britain to leave the European Union.

Government business managers have set aside two days for the second reading debate for the EU (Notification on Withdrawal) Bill - which will conclude with a vote on Wednesday evening.

With Labour having said they will not seek to block the triggering of Article 50 - marking the start of the two-year Brexit process - the Bill is expected to clear its first parliamentary hurdle relatively easily.

POST-BREXIT TRADE DEALS 'SHOULD GIVE ENHANCED ATTENTION TO FINANCIAL SERVICES'

Pressure is mounting on the Government to prioritise financial services in any new trade deals struck in a post-Brexit world as it faces renewed calls to safeguard the lucrative industry.

A new report released by lobby group TheCityUK has called for "enhanced attention" to be given to Britain's financial services sector, which it said is a primary driver for UK economic growth, employment and competitiveness.

"It is essential that the UK's comparative and competitive advantages in UK-based financial and related professional services are fully reflected in UK trade and investment policy objectives," the Future UK Trade and Investment Policy report said.

QUEBEC MOSQUE ATTACK SUSPECT CHARGED WITH SIX COUNTS OF MURDER

A French Canadian known for far-right views has been charged with six counts of murder over the shooting rampage at a Quebec mosque.

Suspect Alexandre Bissonnette, who was also charged with five counts of attempted murder, made a brief court appearance and did not enter a plea.

Wearing a white prisoner jump suit, his hands and feet shackled, he stared down at the floor and fidgeted, but did not speak.

ASYLUM-SEEKERS HOUSED IN RAT-INFESTED ACCOMMODATION, COMMONS REPORT WARNS

Asylum-seekers have been placed in rat-infested and dirty accommodation after arriving in the UK, a Commons report has warned.

MPs delivered a blistering critique of the system for housing those who apply for refuge in Britain, describing some of the conditions in properties as a "disgrace".

The Home Affairs committee heard evidence of families living amid infestations of mice, rats and bedbugs.

ONE MILLION RETAIL JOBS COULD GO WITHOUT GOVERNMENT BACKING, SAYS FABIAN SOCIETY

The retail industry could lose one million jobs unless it is given Government support, a new report warns.

A year-long review by the Fabian Society found that the rapid growth of online shopping and rising business costs threatens to change the sector forever.

The political think tank said retail employs more workers than any other industry, but had been "conspicuous in its absence" from every major government speech on industrial strategy.

PARENTS 'HAVE AS MUCH OF A DUTY OF CARE FOR PARENTS AS THEY DO FOR CHILDREN'

Parents have as much of a duty to look after their elderly mothers and fathers as they do for their own children, a Government minister has said.

David Mowat, the Care Minister in the Department of Health, said Britain's ageing population meant they had to consider new ways of caring for the elderly.

"We need to start thinking as a society about how we deal with care of our own parents," he told the Commons Communities and Local Government Committee, according to The Daily Telegraph.

NHS SAFETY INVESTIGATION BODY NEEDS ITS INDEPENDENCE WRITTEN INTO LAW, MPS WARN

A new body set up to help the NHS learn from mistakes will be "crippled" unless it is given a proper legal footing, MPs have warned.

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) needs its independence written into law, which would enable staff involved in making mistakes to have a "safe space" to talk about what went wrong, they said in a report.

The HSIB for England came into force last April with the aim of supporting and guiding hospitals on investigations and carrying out some investigations itself.

LEVY TO CREATE APPRENTICESHIPS RISKS BEING POOR VALUE FOR MONEY, REPORT WARNS

A Government levy aimed at helping to create three million apprenticeships risks being poor value for money and could damage the public sector, a new report warns.

A study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that most of the 2.8 billion due to be raised in England by 2020 will not be spent on apprenticeships.

Government spending is only expected to increase by 640 million, said the report, adding there was a risk that the apprentice brand was becoming another term for training.

LEGAL BATTLE OVER TERM-TIME HOLIDAYS REACHES SUPREME COURT

The legal battle over term-time holidays reaches the Supreme Court today.

A father last year won a landmark High Court ruling blocking a 120 fine for taking his daughter to Florida during term time without a school's permission.

Two senior judges declared that Jon Platt was not acting unlawfully because his daughter had a good attendance record during the rest of the year.

MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING RIGHTEOUS BROTHER'S EX-WIFE IS DEAD, POLICE SAY

Police have named their prime suspect for the rape and murder of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley more than four decades ago.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said investigators believe Kenneth Eugene Troyer was responsible for the January 1976 killing of Karen Klaas.

They used a controversial DNA testing technique to identify Troyer as their suspect, and said that he was killed by the police in 1982.

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