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US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones lost his temper in spectacular style on live television on Saturday, accusing the Bilderberg Group of being “heavily involved in the EU plan”, which he described as a “Nazi plan” and shouting “Freedom will not stop” repeatedly to bemused guests.

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Alastair Burnet, the former News At Ten presenter hailed as 'the best newsman ever', dies age 84

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