Paul Vale
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Based in New York, Paul is the Deputy News Editor, Home Page 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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Amanda Knox And Raffaele Sollecito Conviction For Murder Of Meredith Kercher Overturned

(131) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 6:10 PM

An Italian court has overturned the conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. The decision by the Supreme Court of Cassation is the final ruling in the case, ending the long legal battle waged by Ms Knox and her ex-boyfriend.

Kercher, a...

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Paxman Hits Cameron With His Entire Back Catalogue Of Clown-Faced Astonishment During Sky News 'Debate'

(38) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 5:38 PM

Jeremy Paxman has built a career on a remarkable ability to pull a pantomime grimace of disbelief. And every single mask in his arsenal was given an airing for the leaders debate on Thursday evening, the veteran host hitting David Cameron with his staggering...

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Happy 74th Birthday Richard Dawkins -- Here Are 10 Times God Got Chinned

(35) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 1:43 PM

Richard Dawkins turned 74 today -- and still no thunderbolt from the Heavens. The renowned scientist and strident atheist has been ruffling the religious for decades, introducing millions around the world to the beauty of non-belief. To celebrate the atheist-in-chief's special day, here are 10 times God got chinned…

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Lib Dem Donations Referred To Metropolitan Police By Electoral Commission

(29) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 11:18 AM

With little more than a month before the general election, the Liberal Democrats are facing a police investigation over allegations they received donations in breach of rules governing party funding. On Thursday the Electoral Commission said that it had passed details of the alleged breaches to the Metropolitan Police as...

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John Bercow To Lose Speakership In Tory Coup

(84) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 5:42 PM

John Bercow will not be re-elected as Speaker of the House of Commons should a coup by top Tories succeed. On Wednesday it was revealed Conservative MP William Hague is to use his last day in Parliament to table a motion for a secret ballot that would allow his former...

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Russian Superhighway Project Would Connect Britain To The United States

(20) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 12:00 PM

Russia wants to connect Britain to the United States –- by one long superhighway. Reported by The Siberian Times, authorities in Moscow are looking into a Trans-Eurasian Belt Development across Russia, which would link to existing motorway systems in western Europe, creating one 12,400 stretch of road.

The...

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Germanwings Flight Downed In The Alps 'Likely Had British Nationals On Board'

(11) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 6:31 PM

"It is likely that there were some British nationals" on board the Germanwings flight that crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps, with 150 people on board, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. A woman believed to be living in the north west of England and her...

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Christian TV Star Phil Robertson Fantasises About Rape And Torture Of Atheist Family At Prayer Breakfast

(102) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 5:41 PM

NEW YORK -- A caring Christian TV star has showed the compassion of his scriptural belief by fantasising about the violent rape and torture of an atheist family. Phil Robertson, a biblically bearded businessman and patriarch of the Duck Dynasty reality show, pondered the graphic sexual imagery at a prayer...

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Alex Salmond's SNP Would Scupper Tory Minority Government After General Election

(294) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 2:54 PM

Despite presiding over defeat during the independence referendum, Alex Salmond is set to play kingmaker following the general election by scuppering any hopes of a Conservative minority government. The former first minister revealed on Tuesday that the Nationalists would vote down a Tory Queen's Speech if...

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Dr Crippen's Letters From Prison To Be Sold

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Letters penned by Dr Harvey Hawley Crippen, one of Britain’s most notorious killers, are to be sold at auction in Wiltshire this weekend. The infamous medic poisoned and dismembered his wife in 1910, hiding her remains under the cellar floor.

Crippen was arrested after trying to flee the UK with...

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Falklands Defences To Be Bolstered By Chinooks Amid Sabre-Rattling From Argentina And Russia

(102) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 11:06 AM

A brace of Chinook helicopters are to be deployed to the Falkland Islands to deter an increasingly belligerent government in Buenos Aires. Speaking in the Commons on Tuesday, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon revealed that the transport aircraft would help bolster defence of the disputed archipelago amid fears of a second...

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Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson Expelled By Party Over Expenses Allegations

(113) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 6:14 PM

She's gone. Ukip expelled Janice Atkinson on Monday evening. The MEP was kicked out after her chief of staff was filmed apparently asking for an inflated invoice to claim on European expenses.

A Ukip spokesman said that a disciplinary panel made the decision to remove Atkinson - she had...

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USS Theodore Roosevelt Drops Anchor Off Britain's South Coast

(27) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 3:52 PM

Look at the size of it -- America’s USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Nimitz class aircraft carrier known as the "Big Stick," which dropped anchor off Britain’s south coast on Sunday. The 100,000-tonne behemoth, which is too large for any of the Royal Navy’s bases, will sit in the littorals for...

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Ted Cruz Kicks Off 2016 Presidential Race With God's Backing

(25) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 1:12 PM

NEW YORK -- It’s been 11 years since a member of the Republican Party won a presidential election. Ted Cruz, a rambunctious Tea Party Senator from Texas, moved to end that trend on Monday by announcing a run for the White House. The 44-year-old is something of a...

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Amanda Knox 'Should Be Extradited' From The US, Insist Meredith Kercher's Family

(57) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 11:09 AM

Amanda Knox should be extradited from the US should a court in Italy uphold her conviction, according to the family of murdered student Meredith Kercher. The 21-year-old from Coulsdon, Surrey, was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in her bedroom in 2007 while studying in Perugia, Italy.

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Clive James Says Defiantly 'God Has No Leg To Stand On' Despite Terminal Illness

(325) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 4:54 PM

There will be no deathbed conversion for Clive James. The author and poet, who is terminally ill with emphysema and leukemia, gave an extraordinary interview to Channel 4 News on Friday, telling the broadcaster that lingering on his own mortality would be "indulgent."

While discussing his latest...

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Alex Salmond's Scottish Referendum Book Decried As A 'Long Exercise In Literary Masturbation'

(64) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 3:58 PM

Alex Salmond’s account of last year’s Scottish referendum was described on Friday as “the longest exercise in literary masturbation since politics began.” Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown gave Salmond’s recently-published opus the sour review during a briefing at the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Aberdeen.

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North Korean Ambassador Reveals Country Has A Nuclear Missile And Is 'Prepared' To Launch It

(26) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 12:21 PM

The North Korean ambassador to the UK has claimed that his country could launch a nuclear missile "anytime," while decrying defectors fleeing the hermetic state as "animals." In a rare interview with Sky News on Friday, Hyun Hak-bong told the broadcaster "we are prepared… that is what I...

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Cameron Backs Get-Rich-Quick Scheme Peddler Michael Green/Tory Party Chairman Grant Shapps

(49) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:58 PM

David Cameron has come out in support of former get-rich-quick scheme peddler Michael Green, who moonlighted as Tory MP Grant Shapps for a year.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister continues to have full confidence in the Green/Shapps composite, however Labour's campaign chief Lucy Powell urged the...

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Cameron Wants An Election Debate Broadcast... Online

(36) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 4:46 PM

The election debate could be back on... online. That's the latest "compromise" offered by David Cameron, and a clear slight at the broadcasters that have threatened to empty chair the prime minister for not agreeing to their preferred debate format.

Earlier this month, the PM welched...

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