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Serco renews Yarl’s Wood prison contract, govt overlooks sexual misconduct claims
A Serco immigration detention center where two staff members were fired for alleged sexual misconduct has been awarded a renewed £70 million contract by the British government.

24.11.2014 15:05

Libya owes UK £14mn for scrapped military training scheme
The Libyan government owes the UK £14 million for an aborted training program aimed at helping the depleted post-Gaddafi army to recover. The program was abandoned after recruits sexually attacked locals near their Cambridgeshire barracks.

24.11.2014 11:24

NYC reserves 100 rooms for homeless, gets banned by hotel
A New York City hotel was not pleased when it set aside 100 rooms for a “government group” only to find out that scores of homeless people were going to occupy them for more than a week.

20.11.2014 22:55

Where has all Ukraine's gold gone?
Ukraine’s Central Bank chief has divulged some shocking intel: its gold stockpile has reached a new nadir - almost zero. Since the beginning of the year, gold reserves have dropped nearly 16-fold, which begs the question, where did all of it go?

20.11.2014 14:33

UK offers most citizenships, UKIP vows to send migrants home if Britain quits EU
Tory defector Mark Reckless says migrants could be forced to leave the UK if it leaves the EU, as news emerges that Britain granted more citizenships in 2012 than any other EU member. Reckless is the UKIP candidate in Thursday’s by-election.

19.11.2014 09:18

‘Damning revelation’: Cuts to disability benefits ‘killed 60’ in 3 years – report
It has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out 60 reviews into deaths linked to benefit cuts in the past three years. Shocking cases reveal a spike in suicides and health deterioration resulting from cuts.

17.11.2014 15:18

‘Jihadi John’ suspect possibly caught on camera at 2011 London riots
A man thought to be the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) executioner known as ‘Jihadi John’ was filmed by an Australian news channel condemning British police during the London 2011 riots.

17.11.2014 11:35

‘Corrupt arrangement’: Boris brokered £1bn deal with ‘unethical’ Chinese firm
Boris Johnson, London’s flamboyant mayor, is facing scathing criticism over a £1 billion business deal with an ‘unethical’ Chinese firm. Critics suggest the firm was given preferential treatment throughout the tendering process.

14.11.2014 15:50

​Mandatory overseas aid law ‘bizarre’ – UK foreign secretary
Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond has rejected a proposal to enshrine a foreign aid target, set out by the United Nations (UN), in UK law. He described the proposed bill as “bizarre.”

13.11.2014 16:51

NHS must cut £10bn of ‘waste’ every year – UK health sec
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt claims the NHS must cut £10 billion each year by reducing mistakes and curbing wasteful spending. In a speech to the King’s Fund think-tank, Hunt told NHS bosses they must distribute resources more efficiently to improve care.

13.11.2014 15:17

Austerity fatigue: Britons’ willingness to accept cuts is evaporating – poll
British voters’ appetite for austerity is rapidly dwindling, a Financial Times (FT) poll has revealed. As an aversion to austerity grows, the continuance of such punitive economic policies after the next general election could spark widespread dissent.

12.11.2014 17:15

No more secretive operations for USAID, State Dept says
The US government is revising the rules for program applications to the Agency for International Development. The agency cannot act in countries rejecting its help, or take on dangerous and risky projects like “Cuban Twitter”.

11.11.2014 14:53