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Joe Biden will face a special counsel investigation after a second cache of classified files from his time as vice president was found in his garage. The discovery has “shattered the political glow” the President has enjoyed since the Democrats’ strong midterms performance, says the FT, and could complicate plans to launch his re-election campaign in the coming weeks. The UK economy unexpectedly grew by 0.1% in November, boosting hopes that Britain could avoid a recession. Output was nudged up by growth in the services sector, an increase in pub outings to watch World Cup matches and early Christmas shopping. Chester Zoo has announced the birth of a western chimpanzee, the world’s rarest species of chimp. In line with tradition, the new addition will be named after a pop or rock star: previous primates welcomed there include Dylan (Bob), Alice (Cooper) and Annie (Lennox).