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No Nafta Deal In Principle To Be Announced At Lima Summit Sources

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MEXICO CITY – Talks to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are not advanced enough for the United States, Mexico and Canada to announce a deal “in principle” at this month’s Summit of the Americas in Lima, according to two people familiar with matter.

The ministers responsible for NAFTA met on Friday in Washington, and said progress had been made on reworking the accord.

But there was still too much to do unveil an agreement at the April 13-14 summit, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

U.S. President Donald Trump, his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are due to attend the Lima gathering, and officials have held out hope for substantive progress on the renegotiation before the meeting.

Spokespeople for the Mexican economy ministry and Canada’s foreign ministry declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

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Terrifying Snap Shows Huge Shark Lurking Just Feet From Kayaker Off Cornwall Coast

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THESE terrifying snaps show a huge shark stalking a kayaker off the Cornwall coast.

A seven-metre shadow of the beast was spotted at the West Country village of Porthcurno.

Apex News The terrifying huge beast lurks just a few feet from the oblivious kayaker

A spine-tingling photograph shows the basking shark – the biggest found in British waters.

It looks a scene from Jaws.

But as terrifying as the image is, basking sharks are actually harmless to humans and live off plankton.

Rachel Hosken took the pic from a vantage point at the nearby Minack Theatre.

In another stunning image, an on-looker watching the shark swim by as she watches from a rock.

Apex News Basking sharks are the largest to be found in British waters

Last year we revealed heart-stopping pictures showing the kayakers being circled by basking sharks off the cost of the Isle of Man.

The tourists spotted their huge dorsal fins surround them and counted seven of them feeding near to their kayaks.

Only last month, a stunned caretaker snapped what he believed was a monster Great White Shark lurking off the Devon coast.

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Three Telford Politicians ‘exposed As Child Sex Offenders’ Just Weeks After Town’s Shocking History Of Grooming And Abuse Is Exposed

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THREE Telford politicians are reported to be convicted child sex offenders – just weeks after a paedophile ring in the town was exposed.

Former councillor and head of social services Graham Bould, 60, is said to have preyed on a 15-year-old when Telford’s grooming epidemic began to spread.

Alamy Their historic offences were uncovered after it emerged a child grooming ring operated in the city

He confessed he knew the boy was just 15 but had become attracted to him after they shared a sauna, The Mirror reports.

He was slapped with a 12-month community rehabilitation order at Wolverhampton crown court in 2001 for two indecent assaults.

The same teenager was also set upon by Anglican vicar Rev Michael Keen, 78, the paper reported.

He was served with 15 months for two assaults on the 15-year-old in 2001.

The teenager believed both Bould and Keen worked together to stop him reporting the assaults to authorities.

The victim, now in his fifties, has suffered two decades of depression as a result of the abuse.

A third politician, local parish councillor Graham White, 75, also took indecent images of a 14-year-old girl.

In 2004 he pleaded guilty to four counts of taking indecent photographs of a minor.

Press Association Images Telford MP Lucy Allan said an inquiry into the culture of the council will be launched

White was handed a three year rehabilitation order by Shropshire magistrates and ordered to take part in a sex offenders programme.

The three men’s involvement in child grooming adds to sheer scale of the grooming scandal in the Shropshire town since the 1980s.

It is feared neither Shropshire County Council or the police carried an investigation fuelling fears of an institutional culture of child abuse.

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Diplomats spend £15,000 of your cash every MONTH shipping art for their homes

TAXPAYERS are forking out £15,000 a month to ship paintings and sculptures to adorn the homes of British ambassadors and diplomats around the world. The cost of moving government artworks over the …

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TAXPAYERS are forking out £15,000 a month to ship paintings and sculptures to adorn the homes of British ambassadors and diplomats around the world.

The cost of moving government artworks over the past five years has hit an eye-watering £790,900, new figures reveal.

 The British Embassy in Moscow, to where nine pieces of art were shipped at a cost of £6,238 to the taxpayerAlamy The British Embassy in Moscow, to where nine pieces of art were shipped at a cost of £6,238 to the taxpayer

Sometimes the air freight bill for a single painting is several times more expensive that a plane ticket for an official travelling with it.

Huge sums have been paid to transport a fresh batch of art to an embassy walls, while the “old” pictures are shipped back to Britain.

In one case, a total of £38,919 was spent sending nine artworks to an ambassador’s residence in Beijing, China, and returning another 14 to the UK.

On another occasion, a painting swap on the walls of the home of the UK’s Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, France, ended up costing more than £2,000.

 The city of Beijing, where £38,919 was once spent to send nine artworks to the British ambassador’s residenceAlamy The city of Beijing, where £38,919 was once spent to send nine artworks to the British ambassador’s residence

First, an oil painting showing Nelson being carried by his men on HMS Victory after having been fatally wounded during the famous Battle of Trafalgar, was taken down and shipped back to the UK.

Then, a second painting of Nelson was shipped out to the residence from London and hung on the walls of the property. Taking the first painting from Strasbourg to London cost £1,337 and the bill for shipping out its replacement was £1,069.

Duncan Simpson, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will find it remarkable that diplomats feel the need for the government’s art collection to follow them round on a whim.

“Diplomats are already entitled to gallivant round the world in business class, send their children to boarding school and retire with some of the best pensions in the public sector, all at taxpayers’ expense.

“Sir Humphrey’s should stick to representing HM Government, and not angle for the curator’s job at the Royal Academy.”

 Duncan Simpson, an analyst at the TaxPayers’ Alliance Duncan Simpson, an analyst at the TaxPayers’ Alliance

Other large bills include £28,146 spent sending 51 different art works to Pakistan so they could be put on display at the UK’s High Commissioner’s residence in Islamabad.

A total of £1,150 was spent sending five paintings back to the UK which had been on display at the UK’s offices at the European Commission.

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