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Welcome to your early morning Telegraph press briefing – a roundup of the main stories we cover on Wednesday. To receive briefings twice a day by email, sign up for our free Front Page newsletter.

1. Witch-hunt veterans must stop, activists say

The “witch hunt” for soldiers who served in Northern Ireland must be stopped, activists and military leaders said Tuesday evening after the first in a series of historic murder trials collapsed in just six days.

Two paratroopers, both 70, broke free from the court on Tuesday, 49 years after an IRA commander allegedly responsible for the deaths of 15 British soldiers was shot while trying to escape the capture. Read the full story.

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2. Vacationers Might Need Paper Covid Vaccine Certificates

Holidaymakers may need to use paper Covid certificates to prove they have been vaccinated when the ban on overseas travel is lifted from May 17, it was learned on Tuesday.

Downing Street has admitted that the NHS app may not be ready to be used as a vaccination passport in time and that the government is preparing for a ‘different approach’ for holidaymakers traveling abroad in the meantime. Read the full story.

3. France threatens to cut electricity to Jersey as Brexit fishing rank grows

France threatened to cut Jersey’s electricity supply on Tuesday as the dispute over post-Brexit fishing rights between Paris and London deepened.

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“We are ready to use these retaliatory measures,” Annick Girardin, Minister of Maritime Affairs, told lawmakers in the French parliament. “I’m sorry it has come to this. We will if we have to.” Read the full story.

4. London woman killed in Pakistan by two men who wanted to marry her

Police are tracking down at least four suspects after a young woman from London was shot and strangled on her way to Pakistan.

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Mayra Zulfiqar was recently threatened with “dire consequences” by two men after refusing their marriage proposal, according to legal documents filed by her family. Read the full story.

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5. Trump launches new fan communications site after Twitter ban

Donald Trump has launched a new platform that will allow him to communicate directly with fans following his ban from Twitter and other social media sites.

The former president’s new site, donaldjtrump.com/desk, launched with a promotional video declaring itself a “beacon of freedom” and “a place to speak freely and safely” after Mr. Trump’s purge by Twitter. Read the full story.

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