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May 24, 2015 12:27
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron  (Reuters / Ints Kalnins)
‘All in this together’: Cameron to impose 5-yr salary freeze for govt ministers
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his plan to freeze the salaries for government ministers for the next five years. The move will save about £800,000 ($1.2 million) a year, or £4 million ($6.1 million) by 2020.
Screenshot from Ruptly video ​‘No more austerity’: Demonstrators gather in Manchester to protest cuts, Tory govt
Around 2,000 people gathered in Manchester to protest against austerity and the government's “callous cuts” over the past five years. Extra police officers were assigned to ensure the event ran peacefully.
Britain's HMS Ocean (Reuters / Ki Price) Britain sends biggest warship for NATO drills on Russian border
Britain is ramping up its military rhetoric, sending its biggest warship for NATO drills in the Baltic, right off the Russian coast, in this latest show of force. The drills kick off on June 5 and will last for two weeks.
Reuters / Shannon Stapleton ‘Short-changed’: Families struggle to afford food, clothing after child benefits slashed – report
Families across the UK are being forced to cut spending on essential items such as food, clothing and heating as a result of government cuts to child benefits, a new report has found.
A still from Ruptly video Yield: Duck lanes open in Britain (VIDEO)
The UK has been creative with a #sharethespace campaign, which designate special duck lanes on busy towpaths in London, Birmingham and Manchester to remind people to share public spaces with wildlife.
Reuters / Toby Melville Tory cuts risk people's lives by forcing councils to switch off CCTV - watchdog
The UK is having its CCTV cameras switched off by councils who can’t afford to keep them running, the government’s surveillance camera watchdog said, warning of a deterioration in crime-fighting standards amid the government’s biting austerity cuts.
(Reuters / Dado Ruvic) Insecure, narcissistic people more likely to post on Facebook – report
People suffering from low self-esteem are more likely to post their relationship status on Facebook, a new study has found.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: British anti-war protesters demonstrate outside army headquarters in
Northwood, Middlesex January 19, 2003 (Reuters / Michael Crabtree) ‘We are Many’: anti-Iraq War documentary showered with plaudits
A new documentary by a British filmmaker recounting the day millions of people marched against the 2003 Iraq War has been praised by critics for depicting the widespread opposition to the US-led invasion.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he speaks at a news conference after the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia, May 22, 2015 (Reuters / Ints Kalnins) ​Brexit threat: Cameron sets out reform demands at EU Latvia summit
Prime Minister David Cameron traveled across Europe on Friday to set out terms for Britain to stay in the European Union (EU). He said brokering a better deal for Britain "won't be easy" and will take time.


A sign is displayed outside of the Royal Free Hospital in north London (Reuters / Neil Hall) ​PFI scandal: NHS trust with 43-yr contract providing poor care – health regulator
Healthcare provision at the largest National Health Service (NHS) trust in England is “inadequate” across all areas, including safety, staff training and leadership, an independent health regulator warns.
Britain's Home Secretary, Theresa May. (Reuters / Toby Melville) ​State censorship: Tory minister slams Home Sec’s plan to sanitize UK TV shows
UK Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of trying to introduce state censorship of TV broadcasters by a senior Conservative minister in a leaked letter.
Image from earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk ​4.3 quake hits Kent coast, tips over garden chairs & sparks Twitter satire
A tremor measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale hit the Kent coast just before 3am Friday, causing buildings to shake across an area of some 20 miles. Amid mild shock from residents, Twitter featured scattered patio chairs and “We will rebuild” jokes.
(Reuters / David Bebber) Cash for influence? 38 British MPs accepted over £60k in gifts from tobacco firms
Tobacco firms have gifted British MPs with lavish hospitality worth over £60,000 since 2010, an investigation reveals. Almost 50 percent of these MPs voted against plain tobacco packaging in 2015.
Reuters /  Baz Ratner ​‘Astounding lack of oversight’: UK foreign aid decried by NGOs, cautioned by watchdog
The UK government has been criticized for the increasingly close relationships it has encouraged between businesses, aid delivery and development following an audit by a development watchdog.

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