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Exposed: Covert, Real-Time Spying on Youtube, Facebook, Blogs

NSA docs exposed by Snowden reveal British Gov't gave lessons to US on cyber surveillance.

More Scots say ‘yes’ to independence - poll

The number of supporters of Scotland’s state sovereignty and a break-up with the United Kingdom is increasing though they remain a minority, research suggests.

HSBC Bank Refuses To Let Customers Withdraw Large Sums

HSBC have been accused of quizzing customers withdrawing large sums on cash on what they want to spend it on - and demanding proof of what they will purchase.

Euro-skeptic Farage tops poll ahead of elections

The UK Independence Party has managed to win over the hearts of the majority of the British public - that's according to a recent poll.

UKIP Hooray! Euro-skeptic Farage tops poll ahead of elections

Davos 2014: Larry Summers attacks George Osborne's austerity programme

George Osborne's handling of the economy was strongly attacked by Larry Summers as the former US Treasury secretary poured criticism on the UK's austerity programme, its welfare cuts for poor people and its strategy for preventing a housing bubble.

India deported British Jew in 2012 for suspicious ties with Islamic extremists

The Kerala government has informed the High court that British-born Jewish writer Susan Nathan, facing deportation, had "close connections" with Islamic extremist groups in the state.

London seeks to reform 100-year-old ‘gold fix’

Pricing probes have forced London’s biggest banks to consider a systemic overhaul of the dated practice of "fixing" gold prices, which sets spot pricing for the world’s $20 trillion physical gold market.

Incidence of rickets soars as children stay indoors

Number diagnosed with disease quadruples in last ten years.

UK government mulls tightening welfare benefits for immigrants

The UK government reportedly plans to effectively strip welfare benefits from those immigrants who cannot speak English. Under the draft law taxpayer-funded translators and welfare documentation will not be available in other languages but English.

UK to spend $6,5 bln on military drones

Britain announced its plans to spend more than $6,5 billion to purchase 657 military drones, the Sunday People reports. It includes 10 Reaper MQ-9s, which are armed with Hellfire ­missiles plus laser-guided 500lb bombs and can hover 20,000ft above targets for more than 20 hours.

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".

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