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October 24, 2014 14:53
British soldier (AFP Photo / Odd Andersen)
British Marine suspected of wanting to join Kurds in fight against ISIS
A British Royal Marine was questioned by police on suspicion of planning to fight with Kurdish forces against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants while on leave from the Navy.
The headquarters of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) at Vauxhall Cross on the River Thames in central London  (Reuters) ​Well-‘red’: MI5 spied on prominent academics ‘for decades’, secret docs show
British intelligence services, including MI5, secretly spied on a number of prominent academics with socialist leanings “for decades,” including Oxbridge dons Christopher Hill and Eric Hobsbawm, secret files disclosed on Friday show.
British Prime Minister David Cameron gives a press conference on October 24, 2014 on the second day of a European Union summit at EU headquarters in Brussels (AFP Photo) UK demands emergency talks after £1.7bn EU bill
EU finance ministers have agreed to emergency talks after British Prime Minister David Cameron challenged a demand from the EU for an extra £1.7 billion by December 1, because the UK economy has done better than other EU members since 1995.
Reuters / Stringer 5 Brits join ISIS each month, 1 dies every 3 weeks
One British jihadist dies fighting in Syria every three weeks, a new study has found, while 23 Brits in total have been killed in action since the conflict began.
AFP Photo / Paul Barker Women demand equal pay, UK supermarket giant sued
UK supermarket giant Asda faces mass legal action by its female employees, who allege the retailer pays them far less than their male counterparts, despite their jobs being of “equivalent value”.
Ritalin (Image from wikipedia.org) £200k ‘smart’ drugs seizure shows rising UK sales
A record number of so-called ‘smart’ drugs have been seized from a UK website, raising concerns over the growing use of such sites and drugs in Britain.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II pushes a button on a tablet to send her first ever tweet during her visit to the Science Museum to open the new Information Age Galleries in London on October 24, 2014 (AFP Photo / Richard Pohle) The Queen’s tweets: HRH Queen Elizabeth II joins Twitterati
Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet through the @BritishMonarchy account – to open a new technology exhibition at London’s Science Museum on Friday.
Reuters / Andrew Winning Decaying civilization? Study finds Britons have worse teeth than their Roman-era ancestors
Research published in the British dental Journal on Friday found that Britons have worse oral health today than in Roman times, despite the work of dentists and the arrival of toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Policemen search a truck bound for Britain at the ferry terminal of the port of Calais on October 23, 2014 (AFP Photo / Philippe Huguen) More French police to contain UK-bound Calais migrants
Amid escalating unrest among migrants trying to enter Britain from the port of Calais, the French government will send an additional 100 police officers to bring an end the clashes, the Interior Minister announced.
Scotland Yard in central London (Reuters / Luke MacGregor) Cash damages for woman duped into having undercover spy’s child
British police have agreed to pay £425,000 (US$682,000) in damages to a woman who was tricked into having a sexual relationship with one of their undercover agents and raised his child. The officer used his alias to infiltrate activist groups.
#OccupyDemocracy: Protesters hold Parliament Square despite arrests
Police have arrested up to 40 people in the course of weeklong Occupy Democracy protests outside the UK Parliament. Activists had originally set out to resist government austerity, poverty and inequality.
Reuters / Thomas Peter UK hackers face life imprisonment, threat to whistleblowers – activists
Internet users who ‘threaten’ national security, by causing economic or environmental damage, could face a life sentence under new government plans to crack down on internet crime. Campaigners say the move will target whistleblowers.
Image from russianball.co.uk Bond girl Olga Kurylenko honorary guest at Russian charity ball
London’s Old Billingsgate Hall will host the Second Russian Charitable Ball on November 2, attended by Hollywood actress and Bond girl Olga Kurylenko as honorary guest.
Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May (Reuters / Phil Noble) Gay asylum seekers asked ‘intrusive’ sexual questions
The Home Office must ban unacceptable questions in asylum interviews, which intimately question same-sex relationships and are too intrusive, the chief inspector of borders and immigration said.

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