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Royal Bank of Scotland 'Cleared' Of Ill-Treating Small Firms

A review ordered by the Royal Bank of Scotland has cleared the lender of fraud against small and medium-sized business customers.

Why has the British Ministry of Defence Tried to Ban Its Own Book on Afghanistan?

Attempts by democratic governments to ban books rarely work out well. If the book is banned on grounds of public morality (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer), then the writer nearly always wins in the end and the government that tried to suppress their work is likely to end up looking puritanical, cloven-footed and often pig-ignorant.

"Shocking" rise in food parcel handouts in UK blamed on welfare reforms

Britain's largest food bank provider, the Trussell Trust, says it has handed out more than 900,000 food parcels in the last year, up from 350,000 the year before, a rise it calls "shocking". The Trust has blamed rising prices and government changes to the welfare system for some of that increase, saying delays in providing payments mean people are going hungry.

Starting salaries for UK graduates fall to new low

The starting salary of UK graduates is at its lowest since the beginning of the financial crisis, according to a new report. Since 2007 entry level wages for graduates from almost every subject has fallen by more than a tenth, says the Complete Universities Guide.

UK slum landlords exploit tenants as home ownership at 25-yr low

Home ownership in Britain is at a 25-year low and renting has become the norm for 9.5 million people. But an increasing number of tenants at the bottom end of the market talk about rock-bottom conditions as well.

Bedroom Tax Blues: UK slum landlords exploit tenants as home ownership at 25-yr low

IRA militant charged with 29 murders resulting from 1998 Omagh bombing

Northern Ireland has charged a man with 29 counts of murder in the 1998 Omagh bombing, the worst attack in decades of violence in the province, police said on Thursday.

Invading Iraq prevented Syria-like civil war, claims Tony Blair

Iraq would have been engulfed in a civil war like that in Syria if Britain had not invaded it, Tony Blair has claimed.

UK middle-class hollowed out with economic insecurity

People know that work no longer guarantees the better future for their families they used to expect. They are asking: what kind of work, what kind of wages – and what kind of prospects?

Scottish independence: "London is burying its head in the sand"

British Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure to ban Scottish MPs from voting in the 2015 general election if Scotland votes for independence from Westminster, because Scottish MPs should not be deciding English and Welsh government policy, according to The Times of London.

'Absolutely crucial' UK stays in EU says Italy's un-elected leader

Italy's unelected prime minister, Matteo Renzi, said on Tuesday the European Union needed Britain, but offered little backing for his counterpart David Cameron's hopes of treaty change.

The cafe that feeds Leeds with food past its sell-by date

Chef Adam Smith serves up food deemed past its best. His Pay As You Feel Cafe in Leeds offers delicious meals made from ingredients discarded by the city's various food establishments. It might be steak, soup€ or just a cup of tea.

The cafe that feeds Leeds with waste

Group of 8 Leaders Agree to Exclude Putin

President Obama and the leaders of the biggest Western economies agreed on Monday to exclude President Vladimir V. Putin from the Group of 8, suspending his government’s 15-year participation in the diplomatic forum and further isolating his country.

UK views Russia more positively than EU according to poll

British citizens view Russia more favorably than the European Union, a survey has revealed. The poll also shows that the UK is largely divided over whether it should remain a member of the European block ahead of the planned referendum in 2017.

'West created Frankenstein monster in Ukraine'

Ukraine's Right Sector members stormed and torched government buildings - and attacked unarmed police squads. They also consistently rejected the concessions offered by the Yanukovich administration, when it was trying in vain to calm the unrest. And now, they have become arguably one of the most influential groups in Ukraine. British MP George Galloway says the West needs to recognize the dangers it poses

'West created Frankenstein monster in Ukraine'

‘Passport checks’ between Scotland and England

The British government would expect passport checks between Scotland and England if a looser immigration policy were adopted north of the border after independence, according to the Home Secretary, Theresa May.

Cameron: A two-state solution must guarantee security for Israel

British leader makes first visit to Israel as PM, vowing before Knesset to support Israel's right to defend itself.

Autistic man hurled into bins and pinned down by police as he put the rubbish out for 'looking suspicious'

Police have apologised to the family of a severely-autistic man who was allegedly beaten by two officers as he helped put out the bins.

Putin tells Merkel, Cameron that Crimea Referendum is legal

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in phone conversations with the German and British leaders on Sunday that Crimea’s decision to secede from Ukraine and join Russia was within the framework of the international law.

No military option in Ukraine: British Foreign Secretary Hague

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain is not considering a military option to solve the crisis in Ukraine.

In a joint press conference on Monday with Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said diplomatic and economic pressures are being exerted to force Russia to back off from its military action in Ukraine's Crimea region.

No military option in Ukraine: British Foreign Secretary Hague

Ukraine 'biggest crisis in Europe in 21st century': Hague

The unrest in Ukraine is "the biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st century", British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday, as he warned Russia to back down in Crimea.

Britain could be on warpath with Russia to stop 'invasion' of Ukraine

Government officials in Kiev are claiming Britain must stop Russian troops crossing Ukraine's borders because of an agreement made in 1994.

Doctors asked to help spot terrorists in new 'inappropriate' NHS policy

The new policy, issued by NHS England to all health authorities, states that GP practices must train a “lead” member of staff to recognise patients who could become or have become linked to terror groups.

GCHQ identified Kinect as possible snooping tool; Microsoft denies all knowledge

Xbox 360’s Kinect camera was identified by British spy agency GCHQ as a possible tool for snooping on the public.

Homelessness and foul play at the bottom end of the housing market

Homelessness is rising in Britain, according to new figures from the Department for Communities.

The number of rough sleepers has leapt up by 37 percent in the last three years.

Ryanair passengers call police during eleven hour delay as they demand 'food, water and the right to leave the aircraft'

Ryanair passengers called the police after being stuck on a plane 'without food or water' during an 11 hour delay at Stansted Airport.

Snowden's lawyer 'harassed' at Heathrow Airport

Human rights advocate and Edward Snowden's lawyer, Jesselyn Radack, says she was interrogated when arriving at London's Heathrow airport. She was detained by customs officials and faced what she describes as 'hostile' questioning.

Border Bother: Snowden's lawyer 'harassed' at Heathrow Airport

Syria talks: UK and France blame government for collapse

The UK and France have blamed the Syrian government for the collapse of peace talks with the opposition in Geneva.

Millions face road and rail delays as Britain is battered by 'multi-pronged' weather front of wind, rain and snow

Millions of people could see their travel plans disrupted this weekend after a 'multi-pronged attack' of wind, rain and snow delayed rail services and created treacherous conditions on the roads.

Scottish independence: 'Yes' vote means leaving pound, says Osborne

UK Chancellor George Osborne has said a vote for Scottish independence would mean walking away from the pound.


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