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April 27, 2015 14:40
News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch (L) shakes hands with Scotland's former First Minister Alex Salmond (Reuters / David Moir)
Independent Scotland ‘feels inevitable,’ says News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch says Scottish independence “feels inevitable” and predicts a hung parliament following the UK general election next week.
(Reuters / Arnd Wiegmann) Shell successfully lobbied EU to reduce renewable energy targets, FoI docs suggest
Energy giant Shell lobbied to have renewable energy targets reduced in the run up to an EU-wide agreement on curbing carbon emissions, new documents reveal.
A British Challenger 2 tank (Reuters) ​Fighting blind: British forces could buy substandard kit thanks to poor procurement data
The next UK government could be taking on huge risks when equipping the British military because accurate data simply is not available, according to a report by King’s College London.
Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett ​EU exit would cost Britain up to £215 billion, German study predicts
A British exit from the European Union could cost the UK billions of pounds, a report published by two German institutes predicts.
Hani al-Sibai (Screenshot from youtube.com video) Jihadi John’s extremist ‘mentor’ cannot be deported because of his human rights
An extremist preacher with links to Jihadi John and the Muslim Brotherhood is living freely in London, as the UK government cannot deport him due to the Human Rights Act.
Katie Hopkins (Image from facebook.com/pages/Katie-Hopkins) Police consider Katie Hopkins ‘hate speech’ inquiry
The specialist crime and investigations directorate of the Metropolitan Police is considering whether Sun columnist Katie Hopkins’ controversial piece on migrants breached the Public Order Act.
(Reuters / Shannon Stapleton) Disgraced HSBC cites UK ‘regulatory reforms’ as a cause for Asia move
As disgraced British bank HSBC considers moving its headquarters to Asia, many UK tax payers have welcomed the news. The banking giant, which previously assisted criminals in dodging tax, cited regulatory changes as a driving factor for its move.
Quartet Representative to the Middle East and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (Reuters / Mohamed Abd El Ghany) Tony Blair: Islamic extremism ‘a poison’ that ‘must be eradicated’
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said radical fundamentalism is a “poison that has developed within the religion of Islam,” which must be eradicated.
Thales Watchkeeper drone (Image from wikipedia.org) UK could send drones to Mediterranean to aid migrant crisis
Drones controlled by the armed forces and launched from Royal Navy ships could be sent to the Mediterranean as part of the UK’s contribution to managing the migrant crisis.
Reuters / Paul Hackett ​Assault rifle used by UK counter-terror police ‘doesn’t shoot straight’
An assault rifle used by Britain’s counter-terror police does not shoot straight when fired in warm weather, a new study reveals. With nearly 5,600 in operation in the UK, the study has raised concerns over their continued use.
Reuters / Stephen Hird Arms companies ‘getting more ethical,’ study claims
Anti-bribery laws have made British arms companies more ethical over the last three years, according to an NGO which has heavily criticized the industry in the past.
Reuters / Phil Noble UK troops showcase arms industry wares, help ‘flog weaponry to dictatorships’
British troops have been used to demonstrate weapons made by private arms companies to countries with dubious human rights records including Egypt and Qatar, government records reveal.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) stands alongside Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Ed Miliband the leader of the opposition Labour Party. (Reuters / Gleb Garanich) EU hawks and eurocrats fear weak British government after general election
The ferocity of Britain’s general election race is beginning to phase Britain's European allies who are fearful it will result in a weak government, paving the way for the UK's exit from the EU.
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (Reuters / Phil Noble) Tory candidate suspended for Miliband Jewish slur
A Conservative council candidate who said on Sunday she could not support the Labour Party leader because he is Jewish has been suspended following criticism for the remarks.

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