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Police hunt attackers who wore gorilla masks

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked in a car park by two men wearing full-head gorilla masks.

The 47-year-old victim was approached as he got into a silver Audi estate car in Plympton, Devon, at around 5.30pm on Friday.

The two men were waiting nearby and watched as the man walked across the Chaplins Superstore car park to his vehicle, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The victim, who suffered minor facial injuries, managed to chase off his attackers and they fled on foot from the car park.


PM 'should apply to quit EU to give voters proper choice'

A former Cabinet minister has warned David Cameron he must apply to quit the EU immediately if he is re-elected as Prime Minister next year so as to give voters a "proper choice" between a trade partnership or joining the Euro.

Owen Paterson said Britain would inevitably be dragged into the single currency and claimed applying to leave the EU would mean other nations would be "legally bound" to enter negotiations before a planned in/out referendum in 2017.

The former Environmental Secretary insisted Britain could leave the EU but still remain part of the Single Market, warning that the Eurozone had "already embarked upon a path that we can never follow".

He said activating the two-year mechanism to leave the EU would leave British people with a clear choice ahead of the referendum.


Gascoigne: Arsenal and Wenger gave me £50,000 for treatment

Former England and Spurs star Paul Gascoigne says Arsenal and their manager Arsene Wenger supported the 47-year-old.

Gascoigne received £50,000 from the North London club for hospital treatment.

The former midfielder was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in October, but says he is doing better now.

Paul Gascoigne has battled addiction for a long time. Credit: PA

"I rang up (Arsenal) physio Gary Lewin and told him I wasn't feeling great," Gascoigne told the Sun.

"He said to go to hospital as he feared it was pneumonia. Wenger then agreed to arrange £28,000 to pay for treatment. Arsenal also paid £22,000 when I had hip treatment."

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigns

US defense secretary Chuck Hagel. Credit: Reuters

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has stepped down.

NBC reported the White House had "lost confidence" in Hagel to carry out his role at the Pentagon amid criticisms of Obama's national security team and the threat posed by IS.

According to one senior official: “He wasn’t up to the job.”

President Obama has accepted his resignation.

Hagel, the only Republican on the president's national security team and the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense, had served in the job since February 2013.

Nuclear talks deadline extended until June 2015

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. Credit: PA

Iran and the six powers will resume talks on the country's nuclear programme next month after a second bid to resolve the issue failed today.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said "some significant progress" had been made but it had not been possible to complete a deal before today's deadline.

It has now been extended until June next year.

Mr Hammond added the expectation was Iran would continue to refrain from sensitive atomic activity during that time.

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