Paul Vale
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Based in New York, Paul is the Night Editor and a writer on US news and politics for the Huffington Post UK. He previously covered UK news and politics out of HuffPost's London bureau.

Before HuffPost he worked at the London Times and the Sunday Express. You can visit his website here

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Nicola Sturgeon Lambasts Scotland Bill, Says Westminster's Ability To Veto Is 'Not Devolution'

(302) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 4:10 PM

Nicola Sturgeon lambasted a Bill designed to give Scotland broad new powers on Thursday, saying it failed to deliver on the findings of the cross-party Smith Commission established after the independence referendum of September last year.

The Scotland Bill would give Holyrood 10% of VAT...

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Sepp Blatter Opens Fifa Congress, Fails To Resign Despite Corruption Investigation

(52) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 11:51 AM

Sepp Blatter, president and feudal overlord of the Fifa fiefdom, made his first public appearance at the organisation's 65th Congress in Zurich on Thursday, promising to "earn back" trust as his empire crumbled about him.

The aging bureaucrat's role looked perilous following Wednesday’s indictment of...

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David Miliband Reminds Labour He Was Part Of A Team That 'Figured Out How To Win Elections'

(38) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 8:30 PM

With words likely to exacerbate family strains as well as fuel speculation, David Miliband quipped on Wednesday that he was part of a Labour team that "figured out how to win elections rather than lose them." After Ed Miliband led the Labour Party to

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Qatar's World Cup 'Slave-Labour' Attacked By Five Players, Including Lee Dixon And David Ginola

(10) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Five international footballers, including former Tottenham midfielder David Ginola, have demanded Qatar abolish the labour system that allows migrant workers to be “held hostage on the world’s biggest building site” ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

The move comes on the same day that Swiss and US...

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UEFA Demands Postponement Of FIFA Election After Launch Of Criminal Corruption Probes

(70) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 1:43 PM

UEFA called on Wednesday for the forthcoming FIFA presidential election to be postponed following revelations that Swiss prosecutors had launched criminal corruption probes into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids. According to AP, European football's powerful governing body has threatened to boycott this week’s FIFA congress should...

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Tony Blair Quits As Middle East Peace Envoy -- Here Are Five Jobs He Could Do Next

(25) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 11:07 AM

Tony Blair quit as Middle East Peace Envoy on Wednesday, a role the former British prime minister has held since he left Downing Street in 2007. The statesman, who represented the US, Russia, the UN and the EU in the region, will step down next month after fulfilling...

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Mary Creagh Flounders In BBC 'Newsnight' Interview, Offers 'Slogans, Not Policies' To Exasperated Evan Davis

(33) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 9:05 PM

Labour leadership candidate Mary Creagh was asked to outline her vision for the party on BBC’s ‘Newsnight’ on Tuesday. Seven minutes later and viewers were no clearer, the MP happy to regurgitate "slogans" rather than talk clear and coherent policy.

Even the usually docile Evan Davis conveyed exasperation at...

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Chinese Billionaire's Dog Hounded On Weibo For Wearing TWO Gold Apple Watches

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 5:50 PM

A Chinese billionaire’s Husky has been hounded on social network Weibo for owning TWO gold Apple watches. Reported by MailOnline, Wang Jianlin, who boasts a fortune of $25 billion and is the son of China’s richest man, dropped $30,000 on a pair of high-end Apple devices for the...

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Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio Calls Gay Rights A 'Real And Present Danger' To Freedom

(26) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 4:08 PM

NEW YORK -- Following fine work last week from likely Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush (“It’s arrogant to think man-made climate change is real”), fellow White House hopeful Marco Rubio moved to provide this week’s dose of measured Republican orthodoxy by calling gay rights a “real...

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China-US War 'Inevitable', According To State-Run Newspaper

(116) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 1:01 PM

A state–run newspaper in Beijing published an editorial on Tuesday calling war between China and the US "inevitable" if Washington doesn’t stop its protests over Chinese military actions in the South China Sea.

Reported by The Telegraph, the document on military strategy, published in The Global Times,...

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Putin Loyalist Dmitry Rogozin Warns 'Tanks Don't Need Visas' Over Russian Military Presence In The Arctic

(138) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 11:09 AM

An outspoken loyalist to President Vladimir Putin has responded to Western protestations about the increasing Russian military presence in the Arctic by warning "tanks don’t need visas."

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, a Kremlin hawk who oversees the defence industry and is on...

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Gay Marriage Referendum Has Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor Praying For God To Deliver Inequality

(32) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 3:35 PM

One of England's most prominent Catholics has beseeched God to let inequality continue in Ireland. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor -- the former Archbishop of Westminster -- insists marriage should remain between men and women, dismissing calls for the legalisation of same-sex marriage due to its (unspecified) association with the breakdown of...

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Russia Threatens To Ban Facebook, Google And Twitter Unless Companies Turn Over User Data

(73) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 1:59 PM

A further step was taken in Russia’s slow authoritarian regression on Friday after it was revealed Google, Facebook and Twitter would be banned by the regime unless they disclose user data in line with the country’s blogging laws.

Media watchdog Roskomnadzor contacted the technology giants to demand they comply...

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Sajid Javid Rebukes Theresa May's Proposal For Ofcom To 'Censor' Television Programmes

(113) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 10:51 PM

Theresa May's proposal to "censor" television programmes was attacked by a Cabinet colleague on Thursday, with Sajid Javid dismissing the Home Secretary's pre-election promise to vet television programmes for extremist content before they air as a potential infringement on free speech.

In a leaked letter to David Cameron,...

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Stephen Fry Makes Heartfelt Plea For 'Yes' Vote In Ireland's Gay Marriage Referendum

(38) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 4:25 PM

Comedian Stephen Fry has asked the people of Ireland to vote ‘yes’ in Friday’s referendum on gay marriage, explaining (in Gaelic) that he wants the “same happiness” he has found to be “offered in Ireland too.”

The writer and actor, who married his partner Elliott Spencer...

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Dunkirk 'Little Ships' Arrive In France For 75th Anniversary Of Historic Second World War Retreat

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 2:41 PM

A fleet of "little ships" arrived in Dunkirk on Thursday after crossing the Channel in honour of the historic retreat 75 years ago during the Second World War. The flotilla sailed for the French port from Ramsgate in Kent on Wednesday morning, their departure heralded by fanfare from well-wishers lining...

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'Newsnight' Features Former Tory Advisor Steve Hilton Calling For End To 'Abusive Market Power Of Big Banks'

(8) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 11:35 AM

David Cameron’s former advisor Steve Hilton called for a “human revolution” on Wednesday’s "Newsnight," making a plea for “real devolution” in which decision-making to be made at the “lowest possible level.”

The former director of strategy at Downing Street, who quit after the 2012 election and moved to California, called...

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Jeb Bush Says Climate Change Is Real... But It's 'Really Arrogant' To Think Man Might Be To Blame

(12) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 10:08 AM

NEW YORK -- Jeb Bush is hoping to be the Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election. That means he must deny science… or at least espouse extreme ambivalence towards it.

Speaking on Wednesday in New Hampshire, the brother of George W. Bush, who has spent the...

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George Osborne's Deficit Reduction Plan Has Already Begun

(592) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 4:35 PM

The spending cuts promised by the Tories have already begun, George Osborne revealed on Wednesday, ahead of the biggest sell-off of public assets in British history.

Speaking to the CBI in London, the Chancellor said he had already informed Whitehall departments to further slash their...

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Barack Obama Denounces Climate Change Deniers As A 'Threat To US National Security'

(44) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 3:00 PM

NEW YORK -- Barack Obama reframed the fight against global warming on Wednesday, calling it a national security threat to the United States. Speaking to graduates of the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, the President lambasted those who deny the "indisputable" science, while indicting those that refuse...

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