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'Blame ME for Worboys parole scandal' Justice Minister David Gauke admits it was his fault

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JUSTICE Secretary David Gauke yesterday said he accepted “full responsibility” for the John Worboys parole fiasco. Mr Gauke had said in January that the Government would not challenge the Parole Board decision to free the 60-year-old black cab rapist who police believe attacked 105 women.

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EU civil war: Denmark backs Washington in submarine row with France and Brussels

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DENMARK has lashed out at the European Union for siding with France in the diplomatic spat over its failed submarine contract with Australia.

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Biden, Macron to speak by phone following submarine fallout

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden was expected to speak Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron as the U.S. looks to stem the fallout from France’s fury over a deal to sell nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, according to a French official.

French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said Macron expected “clarifications and clear commitments” from Biden on the call, which he said was requested by the White House.

“We expect of our allies that the exchanges and consultations that should have been conducted did not happen, and that raises the question of confidence,” Attal said Wednesday. “Therefore it falls on all of us from now on to bear together the consequences.”

The diplomatic spat between the U.S., and France erupted last week over a deal the Biden administration announced with Australia to provide that country with nuclear-powered submarines as part of a wider security pact that also included the U.K. But the French had been expecting to be the ones to sell submarines to Australia under a 2016 contract.

French officials said they were blindsided by the announcement, which cost them a $66 billion agreement. In response, France recalled their ambassadors from the United States and Australia and canceled a gala at their embassy in Washington.

The White House declined to comment on the call, but press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that officials from both countries were working to schedule one.

Nancy Ing contributed.

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'Not giving up sovereignty!' UK lays down gauntlet to EU ahead of Gibraltar Brexit talks

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SOVEREIGNTY of Gibraltar is not up for negotiation in Brexit trade talks with the EU, ministers have vowed.

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