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October 31, 2014 18:00
British Prime Minister, David Cameron. (AFP Photo)
Cameron’s vow to tackle tax avoidance ‘disingenuous and hypocritical’
Multinational firms which exploit loopholes to avoid paying tax in the UK will be pushed to “damn well pay,” David Cameron said on Thursday. The PM’s statement was denounced as disingenuous by global tax expert and UK economist Richard Murphy.
(AFP Photo/Daimen Meyer) UK gas prices plunge to record low after Russia-Ukraine deal, 2mn Brits remain in fuel poverty
UK gas prices plunged to a record low on Friday following a newly signed deal between Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission. However, fuel poverty remains rife in Britain, with 2 million households unable to afford adequate heating.
Reuters/Suhaib Salem Cry for help: Rise in UK children considering suicide, social media blamed
More children in Britain are considering suicide than ever before, according to ChildLine, which claims to have received more than 34,000 calls in one year from under-18s seeking guidance
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (AFP Photo) Tony Blair: Ending immigration would be ‘disastrous’ for Britain
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has a “rather nasty core of prejudice” and warned that ending immigration would be a “disaster” for the country.
In a handout picture released by the British Ministry of Defence via Defence News Imagery on October 30, 2014 Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Argus is docked at the QE2 dock in Freetown in Sierra Leone on October 30, 2014 offloading equipment and stores that will aid in the fight against Ebola. (AFP Photo) ​Ebola hospital ship docks in Sierra Leone in UK aid effort
The British ship RFA Argus arrived in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, on Thursday, delivering helicopters, a fleet of vehicles and aid supplies to help contain the Ebola outbreak – among the worst in West Africa.
Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett Soft cell: 40% of Brits don’t make calls on smartphones – report
More people than ever own smartphones, but nearly half say they rarely use the handheld gadget to make phone calls, a new study suggests.
Reuters/Philip Brown UK police slammed for using anti-terror laws to uncover secret sources
British police have come under heavy criticism from MPs and journalists, who accuse them of using controversial laws to identify anonymous sources, despite such communications being ‘privileged’ and protected under common law.
AFP Photo/Stefan Wermuth ​British aid money funding corruption overseas – report
The UK government is not doing enough to tackle “petty corruption” in countries that receive British aid, a report warned.
AFP Photo Psychopaths to maintain order after massive nuke attack – Home Office docs
A clandestine Home Office experiment in 1982 tested Britain’s capacity to rebuild after a catastrophic nuclear assault. Previously secret files, made public by the National Archives, document proposals to keep order using psychopathic recruits.
John Chilcot, the Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry. (AFP Photo) ‘Establishment stitch-up’: Concern mounts over Iraq war inquiry report
Ministers have come under increasing pressure to name the date when the findings of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war will be published. A debate on the cost of the probe was held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday.
Natalie Bennett is the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. (Photo from nataliebennett.co.uk) Green Party beats Lib Dems in poll, gets rejected from BBC debates
More Britons would vote for the Green Party than the Liberal Democrats, a new YouGov poll has shown. The result has intensified calls for the environmentalist party to be included in TV debates ahead of next year’s general election.
Reuters/Mike Segar Show me the money: JPMorgan bankers top City pay grades at £461k a year
US investment bank JPMorgan pays its managing directors in London an average of £461,000 (US$737,877) per year – substantially more than any other bank in Britain’s financial epicenter.
Libya's Islamist military chief Abdel Hakim Belhadj. (Reuters/Youssef Boudlal) ​Libyan torture victim wins right to sue British government in open court
A Libyan exile, who was allegedly tortured with the complicity of the British intelligence services, has won the right to have his case heard in open court, despite government attempts to prevent the case being heard in public.
Reuters/Stringer Doomsday ‘preppers’: Biohazard suit sales soar amid UK Ebola panic
Sales of biohazard suits and other protective gear including gas masks are soaring in the UK due to fears of an Ebola outbreak, suppliers say.

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