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Dateline
April 17, 2015 15:43
(Reuters / Yves Herman)
​TTIP vs Democracy: London activists to resist controversial EU-US trade deal
Hundreds of political activists will gather in London on Saturday to protest a controversial EU-US trade agreement campaigners warn will enhance corporate power, and promote the privatization of vital public services.
The construction site of the third European generation Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR) in Flamanville.(AFP Photo / Charly Triballeau) UK’s flagship nuclear power station in doubt as faults found in French design
The future of Britain’s energy needs is now hanging in the balance, after a “very serious” fault was found in the pressure vessel of the prototype EPR plant in Normandy, France.
(Reuters / Alex Lee) ​‘Draconian, inhumane’: N. Ireland abortion law reforms don’t go far enough, say Amnesty
Proposed changes to Northern Ireland’s “draconian” abortion laws have been criticized by Amnesty International, which warns they fall short of what is necessary to protect women’s fundamental human rights.
Britain's Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith (Reuters / Neil Hall) ​Zero-hour contracts shouldn’t be scrapped, just rebranded – Tory minister
Controversial zero-hour contracts need to be rebranded because the term is inaccurate and adds to ‘scare stories,’ according to Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith.
Tanya Williams (Image from twickerati.wordpress.com) ​‘Israel is racist and apartheid state’: Green Party candidate faces backlash
A Green Party parliamentary candidate is facing a backlash after reportedly calling Israel “a racist and apartheid state.”
Reuters / Russell Cheyne Dehydration has same effect as drink driving
A new study found that drivers who are dehydrated can be as dangerous as drivers who are drunk or on drugs and made twice as many mistakes as those who were hydrated.
Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett Almost 1 million Brits using food banks – Trussell Trust
The number of British people relying on food banks is expected to reach one million, despite a huge increase in the number of people in work.
Macdonald Randolph Hotel (Image from wikipedia.org) Historic 5-star hotel on fire in Oxford (VIDEO)
Firefighting crews have arrived on the scene after a huge fire broke out at the Randolph Hotel in the center of the English city of Oxford.
Reuters ​Gnome bandit: UK police hunt ‘elderly woman’ suspected of thieving ornaments
Police in the UK are looking for an “elderly woman” in relation to a string of garden gnome and ornament thefts from private residences, and a cemetery in Derbyshire.
Reuters / Suhaib Salem #PalestinianPrisonerDay: Protesters target G4S London HQ over Israeli ‘torture’ complicity
Protestors gathered outside the London office of G4S on Friday to highlight the private security firm’s role in incarcerating Palestinian prisoners on behalf of Israel.
Reuters / Luke MacGregor Era of loneliness? More than 66% of British adults are lonely
More than two thirds of adults in the UK feel lonely as social interaction appears to be on the decline. Younger people who use social media and technology daily experience the most loneliness, a study has found.
Image from twitter.com @timoncheese Huge fire breaks out near BBC, covers central London in ‘thick black smoke’
A huge fire has broken out on the roof of a building in central London, a short distance from the BBC’s headquarters.
Reuters / Dylan Martinez ​Emotional toxicity of austerity eroding mental health, say 400 experts
“Malign” welfare reforms and severe austerity measures are having a detrimental effect on Britons’ psychological and emotional wellbeing, hundreds of psychotherapists, counselors and mental health practitioners have warned.
The Falkland Islands (Reuters / Gary Clement) ​Argentina sues 3 UK oil exploration firms amid Falklands/Malvinas tensions
Argentina has pressed ahead with its threat to sue three UK oil exploration firms operating in British owned waters it claims as its own, according to the country’s Falklands minister.

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