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March 30, 2015 01:53
Reuters / Paul Hackett
‘That will show Putin!’ Britain’s RAF stages biggest drills in 13 yrs
More than 30 UK Royal Air Force planes took to the skies for Rising Panther, Britain’s largest aerial exercises in more than a decade. Military sources confirmed the drills were in response to increased Russian presence around UK shores.
Reuters / Stringer Lobby group for Lancashire fracking ‘mostly’ made up of firms outside the area
The North West Energy Task Force, a major lobby group created to make a business case for fracking in Lancashire, consists mainly of firms located outside the county, an investigation by Greenpeace has found.
Transmedics Organ Care System (Stil from Youtube video) Europe’s first ‘dead' heart transplanted in UK
The first ‘dead' heart transplant in Europe has been carried out in the UK. The procedure involves taking a heart that had not been beating for some time, and making it work inside the body of a living recipient.
Reuters / Paul Hackett Macho, bullying British police culture deterring whistleblowers – report
A report from the College of Policing has warned of a “bullying, arrogant, macho” culture within British police forces, where whistleblowing is frowned upon and cases of racism and sexism are rife.
A handout CCTV picture received from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on February 23, 2015 shows (L-R) British teenagers Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana and Shamima Begum walking with luggage at Gatwick Airport, south of London, on February 17, 2015. (AFP Photo / Metropolitan Police) Travel bans issued for 5 British girls attending same school as runaway ISIS trio
A London court has issued travel bans for five teenage girls who study at the same school once attended by the three girls who fled England last month to join Islamic State fighters.
Reuters / Regis Duvignau ​First European baby born using revolutionary genetic disease-screening technique
A “healthy” baby has been born in the UK, from an embryo screened for genetic diseases, using karyomapping, a breakthrough testing method that allows doctors to identify about 60 debilitating hereditary disorders.
Screenshot from Ruptly video Intoxicated rage: UK police detain white pride activists amid clashes (VIDEO)
British police restrained and arrested several protesters during the 'White Pride Worldwide Day' rally in central Manchester on Saturday, as clashes erupted between participants and rival demonstrators.
(Reuters / Dylan Martinez) Homelessness in London soars by 79% since 2010 – report
The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of London has risen by over one-third in the past year, new government figures reveal. The crisis has prompted homelessness charities to call for sweeping reforms.
Reuters / David Moir Human rights debate in Britain is ‘regressive’ – Scottish watchdog
Political parties must strengthen their commitment to ensure Britons’ human rights are upheld after May’s general election, a Scottish watchdog says, adding that debate on human rights in Britain is “regressive.”
Reuters / Marcos Brindicci ​Thousands of British women with botched breast implants eligible for compensation
Thousands of women in the UK who were given faulty breast implants could have been eligible for compensation – if they submitted their claim by Friday, a solicitor said.
(Reuters / Stefan Wermuth) ​‘High-level corruption’: Investigations into police ‘cover-up’ of child abuse expanded
A British watchdog is expanding its investigation into allegations that senior Metropolitan Police figures ordered officers to drop inquiries into child sex abuse claims involving politicians, judges and celebrities.
(Reuters / Stefan Wermuth) Labour witch-hunt: Spied-on MPs demand release of undercover police files
Labour MPs whose political and private lives were monitored by undercover police officers are demanding that the secret files kept on them be released.
Reuters / Jean-Paul Pelissier Early learning crisis: 20 percent of children unable to communicate properly at age 5 – study
A fifth of young British children, many of whom are from deprived backgrounds, are unable to communicate properly by the age of five and face “damaging” lifetime consequences as a result, a new study warns.
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.(Reuters / Stefan Wermuth) Labour’s Ed Miliband tops polls as favorite for prime minister
Ed Miliband could clinch an election victory from the jaws of defeat, new research suggests. The news will be welcomed by the Labour leader, who is widely thought to have performed worse than PM David Cameron in the latest TV interviews.

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