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Who killed JFK, what are the assassination files and why has Donald Trump released them?

SECRET files released by the US government in October 2017 helped shed light on the assassination of President Kennedy. Donald Trump stepped in to order the “long anticipated” file dump —but …

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SECRET files released by the US government in October 2017 helped shed light on the assassination of President Kennedy.

Donald Trump stepped in to order the “long anticipated” file dump —but the CIA and other agencies pressured him to hold back some of the material for now – here’s what we know.

 President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, seconds before the assassinationReuters President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, seconds before the assassination

Who killed JFK?

No one knows for sure who killed JFK but the official version is that the culprit was Lee Harvey Oswald.

The US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November 22 in 1963 as he travelled in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza.

Shortly after Oswald, a 24-year-old self-proclaimed Marxist, was arrested in a nearby cinema after police hunted a killer of one of their fellow officers.

He denied shooting anybody, claiming to reporters that he was a “patsy”.

Later he was accused of shooting the President dead with his $21 mail-order rifle from a window of the sixth floor of a nearby school textbook warehouse.

 Lee Harvey Oswald denied he was the killer to reportersAP:Associated Press Lee Harvey Oswald denied he was the killer to reporters

Two days after the assassination and his arrest, Oswald was being escorted from Dallas Police Headquarters to county prison.

As he was taken out in front of the world’s media, a man called Jack Ruby stepped forward and shot him dead.

Ruby was later found guilty of murder and sentenced to death.

He appealed but died of an illness in jail before his new trial could take place.

The Warren Commission in 1964 reported that Oswald had been the lone gunman, and another congressional probe in 1979 found no evidence to support the theory that the CIA had been involved.

But some say this was a cover-up.

Conspiracy theories include a CIA plot, a mafia hit job and a covert operation by the vice president Lyndon Johnson.

 Lee Harvey Oswald is shot at point blank range by Dallas night club owner Jack RubyGetty – Contributor Lee Harvey Oswald is shot at point blank range by Dallas night club owner Jack Ruby

What are the assassination files?

For decades, the existence of secret government files linked to JFK assassination has helped fuel conspiracy theories that others besides Oswald were involved in his murder.

The government was required by Thursday, October 26 2017 to release the final batch of files related to Kennedy’s assassination.

The collection includes more than 3,100 documents comprising hundreds of thousands of pages that have never been seen by the public.

About 30,000 documents were released previously with redactions.

The National Archives posted the files on its website.

Why has Donald Trump released them?

The US President tweeted on Saturday October 21 2017 that he would open “long blocked” files about the JFK murder in 1963.

A White House official told reporters: “The President believes that these documents should be made available in the interests of full transparency unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise.”

But the President held back reluctantly on the release of a final few hundred documents at the behest of intelligence agencies.

“I have no choice,” Trump said in a memo, citing “potentially irreversible harm” to national security if he were to allow all records to come out now.

The remaining 300-or-so files were to undergo a 180-day review period before a decision would be made on their release.

But later Mr Trump said: “After strict consultation with (Chief Of Staff) General Kelly, the CIA and other Agencies, I will be releasing ALL JFK Files other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living.”

It is unclear whether this will take place before or after the 180-day review.

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UK weather could see Britain hit by 70mph Storm Dylan over Christmas after enjoying warmer weather this week

BRITS can look forward to the current cold snap finally coming to an end on Sunday as warmer temperatures are set to move in — but Storm Dylan could hit over Christmas. Temperatures dropped to as l…

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BRITS can look forward to the current cold snap finally coming to an end on Sunday as warmer temperatures are set to move in — but Storm Dylan could hit over Christmas.

Temperatures dropped to as low as -6C overnight into Saturday leading to widespread frost and icy roads and pavements for much of the UK.

 A young boy and his father playing with a puppy on frost covered landscape in Richmond Park, LondonLondon News Pictures A young boy and his father playing with a puppy on frost covered landscape in Richmond Park, London  Freezing temperatures and bright sunshine in Glasgow. Warmer temperatures are expected after the cold snap clears this weekAlamy Live News Freezing temperatures and bright sunshine in Glasgow. Warmer temperatures are expected after the cold snap clears this week

After a chilly day today, it should turn less cold for a time on Sunday before a milder spell early next week pic.twitter.com/MnMwWoB7EH

— Met Office (@metoffice) December 16, 2017

Christmas shoppers were warned to stay vigilant on the roads as a Met Office yellow ice warning was issued for Wales, Northern Ireland, northern Scotland and the east coast of England this weekend.

The mercury dropped to -6.4C (43F) in Tyndrum, south-west Scotland on Friday night and into Saturday.

Most places saw temperatures hovering around freezing or minus 1C (30F).

But those hoping for a white Christmas this year could find themselves disappointed, as milder weather looks set to return through next week.

 It was frosty in London this morning after freezing temperatures overnightLondon News Pictures It was frosty in London this morning after freezing temperatures overnight  People walking their dogs along the seafront road as the sun rises on a very cold but dry morning in Littlehampton on the south coastAlamy Live News People walking their dogs along the seafront road as the sun rises on a very cold but dry morning in Littlehampton on the south coast

The Met Office forecast highs will now hit up to 16C in England’s south-west and eastern Scotland by Tuesday – making it hotter than parts of Spain.

Bookies Ladbrokes have even slashed the odds on it being the hottest Christmas on record.

They are offering 3/1 that Christmas Day 2017 enters the record books as the warmest ever.

But the warmth will bring on unsettled conditions and winds of up to 70mph by Boxing Day — meaning Storm Dylan may be named.

The extreme shift is expected to spark travel chaos as more 29million cars hit the roads over Christmas.

 A group of joggers let off steam in freezing Central London todayLondon News Pictures A group of joggers let off steam in freezing Central London today

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Heartbreaking photo of baby in hospital bed after being shot in leg with 30 shotgun pellets in traveller feud

HEARTBREAKING pictures show a baby with a tiny cast wrapped around his leg as he recovers from a cowardly shooting. Eight-month-old John Collins suffered a broken leg and arm following the senseles…

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HEARTBREAKING pictures show a baby with a tiny cast wrapped around his leg as he recovers from a cowardly shooting.

Eight-month-old John Collins suffered a broken leg and arm following the senseless violence in a suburb of Dublin on Monday.

 Baby John Collins with a cast around his leg after being shot on MondayMirrorpix Baby John Collins with a cast around his leg after being shot on Monday  The little lad was injured in a hail of 30 shotgun pellets with his mum and uncleMirrorpix The little lad was injured in a hail of 30 shotgun pellets with his mum and uncle

The tot, who suffered a broken leg and ankle, has now been released from hospital.

Speaking to the Irish Sun today, mum Lynn said the whole family were “over the moon” to have their little man back home.

She said: “Thankfully he came home yesterday, so he will be back home for his first Christmas.

“We are over the moon. Our little man is here alive but he is still in a lot of pain.”

 John's uncle Matthew Collins was also seriously hurt during the shootingMirrorpix John’s uncle Matthew Collins was also seriously hurt during the shooting  Arthur Collins, the grandfather of a eight-month-old boy shot in a suspected travellers row, warned the feud was 'only starting'PA:Press Association Arthur Collins, the grandfather of a eight-month-old boy shot in a suspected travellers row, warned the feud was ‘only starting’

Baby John was caught in a hail of 30 shotgun pellets along with his mum Lynn Doyle, 29, and uncle Matthew ‘Matsie’ Collins, 17, as they were stood in the front garden of the family home in Mulhuddart, west Dublin.

The teen was “lucky to be alive” after pellets from the shotgun blast stopped just one inch from the main artery to his body.

Lynn said: “The best gift I got is our baby, myself and his hero uncle Matsie being alive.

“That’s all mommy and daddy could ask for.”

John was treated in Dublin‘s Temple Street Hospital after suffering a broken leg and several pellet wounds.

According to his mum, he will still require regular check-ups over the next few months to ensure his leg is healing correctly.

She said: “He will still have to go back to the hospital for check-ups to see how he is doing and how his leg is mending and his bones are developing.”

 Baby John Collins suffered a broken leg in the attack that left mum Lynn Doyle injured Baby John Collins suffered a broken leg in the attack that left mum Lynn Doyle injured

On Monday, distraught grandad Arthur Collins said: “We were putting up a Christmas tree and the next thing — bang, bang, bang.”

He suspected the shooting was a result of a disagreement between travellers, a burnt out was discovered nearby, and warned that this was just the beginning of a feud.

Arthur said: “Next thing I know is my son on the ground. My grandson shot in the body.

 Matthew Collins, 17, was also injured in the attack in west Dublin Matthew Collins, 17, was also injured in the attack in west Dublin

“The blood that was coming out of the child. I just grabbed him and held him in my arms.

“I seen my son, he was in a bad way. I have never seen anything like it. He wasn’t talking.

“He was on the ground and I was just trying to get him to come around by saying: ‘Matsie, Matsie, please talk to me, please Matsie, please Matsie, don’t die on me.’

“I seen the grandson and his mother was screaming and shouting, she didn’t know what she was talking about, she was hysterical.

 Collins told how he witnessed the attack, which left three family members injuredPA:Press Association Collins told how he witnessed the attack, which left three family members injured  A man reacts by pulling his t-shirt off near to the scene of the shotgun horrorPA:Press Association A man reacts by pulling his t-shirt off near to the scene of the shotgun horror

“I just got a towel as the ambulance man told me to do. But he was just going in and out of consciousness. He got it all up his side and down his body.”

Gardai and medics rushed to the scene shortly after the 12.30pm attack, and the three victims were taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Arthur explained why he believed the shooting was related to an ongoing dispute between two families from the traveller community.

He explained: “This feud is only starting.

 Police and emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 12:30pm on MondayPA:Press Association Police and emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 12:30pm on Monday  Officers cordoned off the scene for forensic investigationPA:Press Association Officers cordoned off the scene for forensic investigation

“The dispute that happened two or three years ago that we thought was over. These people won’t stop until they have their harm done.

“What type of person can shoot a eight-month-old baby into the body and into the legs?

“This is wrong, it’s wrong, it’s wrong.”

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Meghan Markle is the fast-track royal to cheer up Britain — she has star quality just like Princess Diana

MEGHAN Markle is to be the first royal fiancée to share Christmas dinner with the Queen at Sandringham. Diana had to wait until she was married to Charles before getting an invite to eat turkey at …

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MEGHAN Markle is to be the first royal fiancée to share Christmas dinner with the Queen at Sandringham.

Diana had to wait until she was married to Charles before getting an invite to eat turkey at Sandringham. So did Camilla.

 Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle can help transform the Royal Family's stuffy imageAFP or licensors Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle can help transform the Royal Family’s stuffy image

Even as recently as ­William ­courting Kate Middleton, the invitation to the Queen’s Christmas lunch did not arrive until the happy couple were married.

But all the things that would have once counted against her — a divorced, mixed-race Catholic with a career in the entertainment industry, who at 36 is three years older than her besotted groom, are now seen as positives, demonstrating how much our royals and our country has changed for the better.

News of Meghan’s Christmas with the Queen was understandably accompanied by pictures of Meghan in the Santa suit she wore on the US TV quiz show Deal Or No Deal.

Hopefully she had a special costume for every passing season on Deal Or No Deal.

 Meghan Markle one dressed as a sexy Santa when she was on Deal Or No Deal2014 NBCUniversal Media, LLC Meghan Markle one dressed as a sexy Santa when she was on Deal Or No Deal Incredible home movie gives a glimpse at a day in the life of 18-year-old Meghan Markle in Hollywood

Ardent royalists are already looking forward to seeing her dressed up as the Easter Bunny.

The Queen is right to fast-track Meghan into the heart of the Royal Family and to the centre of British life.

Why wait for her and Harry to walk down the aisle? We crave the Markle sparkle right now.

Inevitably, there will be comparisons with Diana. But what Meghan truly shares with Diana is she makes people feel that their lives matter.

 Princess Diana had a real connection with the public and her name will forever be rememberedAFP Princess Diana had a real connection with the public and her name will forever be remembered Prince Harry says his mother, Princess Diana, would have been ‘over the moon’ about his engagement to Meghan Markle

The cynics sneered, but that was why there was a profound sense of loss at Diana’s death.

The people felt Diana cared.

At a time when Aids was considered the modern plague, Diana held the hand of an Aids patient as he lay dying.

She picked up and cuddled a seven-year-old boy with Aids.

Diana single-handedly changed perceptions of the disease for ever.

Like Diana, Meghan has both star quality and the common touch.

 Newly engaged Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will spend Christmas with the Queen at SandringhamGetty – Contributor Newly engaged Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham

In a family where the lead characters can often seem stiff and distant, Meghan glows with human warmth.

She is destined to cheer up this old country beyond measure.

There will always be those who bitch and bleat at every turn of this royal romance, about how archaic it is to have a monarch as head of state rather than some grasping, lying politician in a cheap suit.

But the overwhelming majority of people in our country are royalists, although we are clear-eyed in our loyalty and support has to be earned with every new generation.

When Harry and William were falling out of nightclubs run by their chinless chums, it looked like the monarchy was finally falling apart.

 Prince William and Kate Middleton are already leading the next generation of royalsGetty Images – Getty Prince William and Kate Middleton are already leading the next generation of royals

But as we saw when Harry, William and Kate attended the Grenfell Tower Memorial on Thursday, the bond between the young royals and the people is growing stronger.

Diana’s sons have both sobered up, grown up and been blessed with the love of a good woman.

This country is aching for Meghan to play the female lead right now.

In cold, gloomy, Brexit-battered Britain, she is a dazzling ray of sunshine.

And if Meghan wears that Santa suit to Sandringham, Prince Philip will definitely not be nodding off after his Christmas pudding.

 James Corden and Harry Styles goof about for his TV showCBS James Corden and Harry Styles goof about for his TV show

THE last time I saw James Corden in the ample flesh he was arm-in-arm with his mate Harvey Weinstein at a GQ Men Of The Year Awards.

So you can hardly blame James for kissing Harry Styles on the mouth.

It makes us forget that, until recently, James Corden was happily kissing Harvey Weinstein’s butt.

The big lie over EU vote

THE greatest lie told to you during the EU referendum of 2016 was that your vote was final.

It was a far, far bigger lie even than the apocalyptic warnings from Project Fear about instant mass unemployment if we voted to leave.

 Theresa May was defeated by a Tory rebellion on the Brexit bill tonightAFP Theresa May was defeated by a Tory rebellion on the Brexit bill tonight

And it was a far greater fib than any promise on the Leave battle bus that the £350million we send to Brussels every week would be immediately invested in the NHS.

Your vote was certainly not final. From the BBC to both houses of Parliament, the EU-loving establishment still hopes – and expects – to cast aside the vote of 17.4million people who chose to leave the EU.

And after Wednesday’s vote in the House of Commons, when MPs sided by 309 to 305 that THEY – and not the electorate – will have the power of veto over any deal negotiated by the British Prime Minister, it looks like their fantasy could become a reality.

The EU referendum result was not final for the 11 Tory MPs who chose to humiliate their Prime Minister just as she was about to board yet another plane to Brussels.

 This Brexit defeat has given us nothing but bitter humiliationPA:Press Association This Brexit defeat has given us nothing but bitter humiliation

And the result was not final for Keir Starmer, Tony Blair, Jeremy Corbyn and a Labour Party that has never seemed more distant from the working class of this country.

And the EU referendum vote was not final for the BBC, that great, sneering, taxpayer-funded, openly-biased monolith that has lost all claim to be this nation’s broadcaster.

What wild scenes of jubilation greeted the vote in the House of Commons to give MPs, and not the people, the ultimate say in our departure from the EU.

How clearly those cheering MPs totally despise the ordinary voters of this nation, who decided that this country should get back control of its borders, its economy, its laws and its destiny.

 Boris Johnson campaigned for Brexit, and Tony Parsons believes the fight will be worth itEPA Boris Johnson campaigned for Brexit, and Tony Parsons believes the fight will be worth it

Never before have so many been derided as witless bigots by so few.

Personally, I would vote to leave in 100 EU referendums and I confess I don’t feel like a racist bigot. Do you?

This is what they never understood – and still don’t understand – in the currently crowing ranks of the Remainer camp.

Voting leave was never about hating anyone.

It was about loving this country – truly loving it, being proud of our past and confident of our future outside of an increasingly federalist EU.

 Getting away from Jean Claude Juncker's EU vision will surely be worth it?EPA Getting away from Jean Claude Juncker’s EU vision will surely be worth it?

It wasn’t the deal we were sold back in the Seventies. We were promised a common market.

The British never asked for the federalist wet dreams of Jean-Claude Juncker.

And, I suspect, we never will – no matter how many times the establishment orders the peasants back to the ballot box to vote until we finally get it right.

And one black day those who spit in the eye of democracy will realise they are playing a dangerous game.

If you tell a people their vote is meaningless, then you deal democracy a fatal blow.

Enjoy your moment of triumph, all my Remainer chums. But be careful what you wish for!

 Mel B really has been looking to cut out her husbandRex Features Mel B really has been looking to cut out her husband

MEL B has had her estranged husband’s name surgically removed from a tattoo on her rib cage.

Running from just below her left breast to just above her left hip, the body art read: “Stephen, till death do us part you own my heart.”

The tattoo is still there, but “Stephen” has been sliced off – a much faster and more painful ­procedure than having it removed by laser.

 Mel B has revealed the results of having her tattoo cut outSplash News Mel B has revealed the results of having her tattoo cut out

That’s the trouble with tattoos boasting of endless love.

They tend to last a lot longer than the endless love.

THE Sun ran a feature on pets who hate Christmas.

Furious moggies scowling from beneath their Santa hat.

Grumpy mutts adorned with felt reindeer antlers.

 DEER ME... heaven nose how the real Rudolph endures thisSplitpics.uk DEER ME… heaven nose how the real Rudolph endures this

But do pets know it’s Christmas time at all?

Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Stan, is the most sunny-natured dog in the world.

Stan loves all living creatures, four-legged and two-legged, and greets everyone with joy in his heart.

 CAT IN A HAT... and a glum one at thatSplitpics.uk CAT IN A HAT… and a glum one at that

 

The only time Stan ever looks sorry for himself is when my wife dresses him up as Santa Claus.

It’s not Christmas these pets hate.

It’s all the stupid costumes that come with it.

 Snow led to school closures around Britain last week. Didn't we used to cope ok?Getty Images Snow led to school closures around Britain last week. Didn’t we used to cope ok?

I DON’T remember missing one day of school because the weather had turned nasty.

Napoleon derided us as a nation of shopkeepers.
Now we are a nation of snowflakes.

TWITTER is allowing what it calls “non-offending paedophiles” to share their sick dreams.

But there is no such thing as a “non-offending paedophile”.

No such thing as harmless fantasies about child abuse.

“Non-offending paedophile” is a contradiction in terms – an oxymoron.

Whereas the bosses at Twitter are simply morons.

 New York bombing suspect Akayed Ullah only succeeded in blowing up his pants New York bombing suspect Akayed Ullah only succeeded in blowing up his pants

IT is not true to say that New York bombing suspect Akayed Ullah was wearing a suicide vest when he attempted to bring terror to Manhattan.

All the images of the Bangladeshi cab driver, whose crude bomb detonated prematurely, appear to show his injuries are lower down.

Ullah was wearing suicide underpants.

If he had died, there would have been some very disappointed virgins in paradise.

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