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December 21, 2014 10:28
Reuters / Paul Hackett
‘Horrific statistics’: Male rapes common in UK army, MoD data reveals
At least three rapes and 22 sexual assaults have been carried out against men in the UK military forces over the last two years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed under a Freedom of Information request.
Reuters / Andrew Winning
Victims of Diego Garcia base: Islanders forcibly evicted by UK plead to return home
Residents of the Chagos Islands who were kicked out of their homes in the 1960s by the British government to make way for a US military base fear they may never return home, despite politicians’ promises, RT’s Polly Boiko reports.
Still from Ruptly video #OccupyDemocracy activists reoccupy Parliament Square (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
A group of Occupy Democracy activists staged an occupation of Parliament Square in London for the third time calling for “genuine democracy free from corporate influence.”
Reuters/Stefan Wermuth Majority of Brits want to quit EU – poll
Among the six European states participating in the poll questioning EU membership, the British appeared most certain of all that they want to leave the union with only 37 percent against breaking ties.
Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett Doctors 'traumatized' by health watchdog as suicide rates in profession increase
A UK independent report has found over 20 doctors committed suicide between 2005 and 2013. All of them were under investigation for malpractice. Many of those who killed themselves were suffering from alcohol problems or depression.
People arrive at, and leave, the BBC headquarters at New Broadcasting House in central London (Reuters/Neil Hall) BBC World Service lacks funds to compete head-to-head with RT - former chief
The BBC World Service is “financially outgunned” and losing ground to Russia’s RT, warns the service’s ex-chief. The UK and US may be ceding their dominant position to the “Kremlin propaganda” mouthpiece with a global audience of 700 million, he said.
Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett UKIP tells members not to use Twitter or Facebook
As UKIP is left reeling by a series of gaffes and racist and homophobic remarks, the party has moved to block members using its logo on social media – and even advised them not to use Twitter or Facebook.
Reuters / Paul Hackett Foreign graduates to be ‘kicked out’ of UK in new immigration targets
Home Secretary Theresa May has unveiled plans to “move towards zero net student migration” by sending students home who have come to Britain on student visas and make them reapply for work visas from abroad.
Reuters / Darren Staples Jailed UK army veterans to be provided special support
​The British Ministry of Justice has announced that from January, all new inmates at UK prisons will be asked if they served in the army – to help provide special support and rehabilitation for them.
AFP Photo / Oli Scarff ​Women to take brunt of UK welfare cuts, Labour research shows
New analysis has shown that women will suffer the most from a freeze in tax credits and benefits that the Chancellor, George Osborne, has said will be introduced if the Tories win the general election.
AFP Photo / Miguel Medina ​Brain GPS: UK scientists identify ‘internal compass’ controlling directional sense
The precise part of the human brain that controls people’s sense of direction has been identified by leading scientists in a groundbreaking piece of research.
Reuters / Kacper Pempel ​Twitter should ban racist words – MP
Racist words should be banned from Twitter, says a UK Labour MP who was a victim of anti-Semitic abuse online.
Reuters / David Moir ​Being gay in the UK could affect your pay, study suggests
How much you are paid in the UK is not merely defined by the gender pay gap. It could also be based on your sexual orientation.
Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party.(Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett) Farage defends UKIP activist’s racist, homophobic comments
Once again, UKIP leader Nigel Farage is unable to make it through a week without a slip of the tongue landing him in an unfortunate media quagmire. This time he has been attacked for defending a former party activist’s racist and homophobic slurs.

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