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Drowned by EU millions

Thought 'extreme weather' was to blame for the floods? Wrong. The real culprit is the European subsidies that pay UK farmers to destroy the very trees that soak up the flood waters.

Independent Scotland not guaranteed the same EU membership terms – British FM

An independent Scotland will likely have to reapply to join the EU and not be offered the same terms as the UK, Britain’s foreign minister said. Scotland, however, says it has a clear approach to the EU that is “overwhelmingly” in its best interests.

Google to appeal against UK High Court ruling on 'misuse of private info'

Google plans to appeal against a ruling in Britain's High Court today, which chucked out the ad giant's claim that UK data protection laws do not apply to it because the courts in this country have "no jurisdiction" over the company.

Father fined £600 for taking his three children out of school to go on a week's holiday to Greece

Stewart Sutherland and his wife Natasha both admitted three counts of failing to ensure their children attended school for six days in September last year after taking them out of classes to enjoy their first family holiday together in five years.

Global media watchdogs to investigate press freedom in the UK

Plans by the UK to increase press regulation will come under scrutiny this week as global media watchdogs carry out an inquiry set to focus on the confrontation between the government and The Guardian over the NSA and GCHQ leaks.

UK slammed for offering Syrian refugees charity, not asylum

The United Nations is urging EU members to take in Syrian refugees, who fled the warzone but are now struggling to survive in neighbouring countries. Several European nations have answered the call, and are granting asylum to Syrians. But one of the largest member states is being criticised for shutting its doors.

UK slammed for offering Syrian refugees charity, not asylum

Barclays traders to face U.K. Libor questioning

Several former Barclays Plc (BARC) traders suspected of involvement in Libor manipulation were ordered to report to U.K. fraud prosecutors for interviews, according to a person with knowledge of the case.

Bedroom Tax: Thousands to get money back after being wrongly charged

Thousands of social housing tenants hit by the hated Bedroom Tax are in line to get their money back after they were wrongly charged, it has emerged.

Up to 40,000 renters who have lived in the same home for more than 17 years could get their cash back, after a mistake by the Department of Work and Pensions.

UK 'wasted millions' on botched online Army recruitment program

The UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reportedly thrown away millions of pounds, "equivalent to the annual salary of 1,000 troops", on a crippled computer system impeding Britain’s ability to recruit soldiers, leaked documents have revealed.

The Recruitment Partnering Project (RPP), a 1.3 billion pound ($2.1 billion) scheme designed to enable the army to recruit online, is currently nearly two years behind schedule and will not be fully operational until April 2015, The Times reported, citing leaked MoD documents.

'Beatings & Burning': Dossier accusing UK of Iraq war crimes goes to ICC

The ICC has been urged to investigate the alleged war crimes of UK politicians during the Iraq conflict. A dossier detailing reports of sexual assault, torture and mock executions carried out by British soldiers in Iraq has been submitted to the Court

'Beatings & Burning': Dossier accusing UK of Iraq war crimes goes to ICC

Libor: Three former Rabobank traders charged in the US

A Briton is among three former Rabobank traders charged in the US for allegedly conspiring to manipulate the Yen Libor benchmark interest rate since 2006.

Protests continue over UK fracking decision

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has announced financial incentives for shale gas extraction, the controversial energy source known as 'fracking'. Local authorities will now be allowed to keep one hundred percent of their local tax on fracking sites, twice as much as for other businesses. This has caused an uproar among the anti-fracking protesters.

Protests continue over UK fracking decision

UK schools fingerprinted over 800K children, third without parental consent

Schools in the UK used biometric technology to gather the fingerprints of over 800,000 pupils between 2012 and 2013, a watchdog has found. In 31 percent of schools, children were roped into giving their fingerprints without parental consent.

UK schools fingerprinted over 800k kids, third without parents' consent

Parents should flee UK to stop social workers taking children - Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming

Parents who face having their children taken away by social workers should flee abroad rather than go through the ‘unfair’ family courts, an MP has declared.

Sharon’s Death Brings Biden, Blair to Israel for Funeral

Israelis and world statesmen paid tribute to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in a ceremony at the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, ahead of the divisive warrior statesman’s burial today at his beloved desert ranch.

Hobby Bobby who pulled over a driver was then arrested himself

Video captures the moment a PCSO (hobby bobby) who pulled over a driver was then arrested himself for being twice the drink-drive limit.

Hobby bobby Andrew Seston signalled for the motorist to stop his vehicle as he suspected he was smoking marijuana, but ended up with the tables turned on him when he then wound up being arrested for drunk driving by his colleagues. 

PCSO who pulled over a driver was then arrested HIMSELF

$2 bln compensation closer for 7 million victims of insurance mis-selling

Clients mislead by 13 of Britain’s biggest banks and credit card insurer CPP have agreed a proposed reimbursement scheme, which means the estimated seven million customers should get a share of a $2 billion in compensation by the spring.

Victorian Laws: UK to ban public from US air bases in Britain

In the UK, MPs are introducing new laws to protect US military bases in Britain - a person could be punished just for walking a dog nearby. The government's using legislation enacted over a century ago, to move ahead without Parliament's approval.

Victorian Laws: UK to ban public from US air bases in Britain

Jury justifies police killing that sparked UK riots in 2011

Despite being completely unarmed, 29-year-old Mark Duggan was lawfully killed by the police, a UK jury ruled by a majority of eight to two on Wednesday. The shooting of the Londoner in August 2011 provoked the worst riots in the country’s modern history.

Gloucestershire police sergeant filmed threatening photographer and saying he would 'make his life hell'

The sergeant told the 26-year-old photographer he would arrest him if he did not delete photos and said: "You're lucky I didn't knock you out".

Dreams Dashed: 'Bully banks' snatch up small businesses across Britain

To get a small business off the ground, you need the backing of a bank. But choose carefully - because not all seem to have your entrepreneurial interests at heart. RT report on one couple in Britain who found their lender more predatory than protective - and discovered they are far from alone.

Dreams Dashed: 'Bully banks' snatch up small businesses across Britain

Police officer stole thousands of accident victims’ details and sold them for £1 million

A police officer stole thousands of accident victims' details from her force computer and sold them with her lover and his wife in a conspiracy that could have netted them more than £1 million, a court has heard.

More austerity for U.K. despite recovery

Britain faces fresh government spending cuts worth $41 billion, signaling the scars of the financial crisis in one of Europe's strongest economies have far from healed.

Energy firm dishes out mocking "energy saving advice" after hitting customers with 18% price increase

Energy bosses who hit customers with 18% increases have rubbed salt in their wounds with jokey tips on how to curb costs.

UK govt accused of indirectly arming Somali pirates

A report on the UK’s weapons exports has triggered accusations that Britain may be arming Somali pirates and dictatorial regimes. MPs allege this is due to the sheer volume of guns being exported and poor oversight.

Fierce storms could batter Britain for another two weeks

Battered Britain is tonight bracing itself for even more nightmare weather that could last for at least another two weeks.

Low-paid workers and their families savaged most by Government cuts says report

Working families and the low paid are being savaged by £15.9billion Government cuts, a new report claims.

UK to cut £180m-a-year hardship fund for low-income families

As part of the UK’s latest Welfare Reform Act, low-income families hit with unexpected financial difficulties will lose the government’s £180m-a-year hardship fund.

Putin Wraps Up 2013 With a British Award

British newspaper The Times has named President Vladimir Putin its "International Person of the Year" for 2013, topping off a year that saw the Russian president's every move inspire intense scrutiny and divided opinions at home and abroad.

Drug companies accused of holding back complete information on clinical trials

MPs voice concern after report into decision to stockpile Tamiflu finds discussions about effectiveness hampered by practice.


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