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INT'L: UK terrorism threat downgraded to 'substantial'

The UK's terrorism threat level has been downgraded from "severe" to "substantial", the Home Office says.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the UK was still at "a high level of threat" and an attack could "occur without further warning".

The terrorism threat is now at its lowest since August 2014. Substantial is the third of five ratings at which the threat level can stand.

The separate terrorism threat level for Northern Ireland remains "severe".

INTERNATIONAL: Brexit: EU and UK reach deal but DUP refuses support

A Brexit deal has been agreed between the UK and EU before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels.

Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker called it a "fair" outcome. The EU Commission President said there was no need to extend the Brexit deadline.

He said: "We have a deal so why should we have a prolongation."

This will be a boost for the PM [Boris Johnson], but he still faces a battle to get the deal through Parliament on Saturday, with the DUP opposing it.

Mr Johnson urged MPs to "come together" and "get this excellent deal over the line".

Around the World: Anguillan becomes UK's first black Miss Universe

The first black woman to be crowned Miss Universe Great Britain in the pageant's 66-year history has called it "a great achievement".

Dee-Ann Kentish Rogers, who's also a competitive athlete and recently passed her exams to be a barrister, says the massive response to the fact she's a black woman has "kind of startled" her.

"Although I've been preparing for this pageant for a long time, I've just been preparing as Dee-Ann," she tells Newsbeat.

After 14 years in UK, T&T family facing deportation over £7,000 visa fee

A Trinidad and Tobago family living in Britain, has claimed that they face being split apart because they are can't afford to pay a 'ridiculous' £7,000 (TT$62,000) visa fee.

In a report carried by the Daily Mail, Peter Dipnarine, who has lived in Edinburgh for 14 years with his wife Claire and three children, state that their residency visas expired in November 2016.

The parents, both 57 and originally from Trinidad and Tobago, have worked in England, mostly in administration, until their visas expired.

British police suspend intelligence sharing with US on Manchester bombing

British police have stopped sharing intelligence on the Manchester Arena attack with the United States after a series of leaks to the press that they say risked “undermining” the ongoing counter-terrorism investigation.

British police said Thursday that such recklessness with sensitive information has jeopardised the mutual trust that underpins security cooperation between foreign partners.

International: British Prime Minister announces snap election for June 8

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.

She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: "The country is coming together but Westminster is not."

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said his Labour Party wanted the election, calling it a chance to get a government that puts "the majority first".

Internationally: Two years for Brexit to happen

Prime Minister Theresa May is to officially notify the European Union next Wednesday that the UK is leaving.

Downing Street said she would write a letter to the European Council, adding that it hoped negotiations on the terms of exit and future relations could then begin as quickly as possible.

An EU spokesman said it was "ready and waiting" for the letter.

Mrs May's spokesman also rejected reports an early election may be held, saying: "It's not going to happen."

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