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October 21, 2014 17:35
Iain Lobban the director of GCHQ (Reuters / UK Parliament via Reuters TV)
‘Mission of liberty’: Outgoing GCHQ boss defends mass surveillance
The outgoing director of GCHQ has used his farewell speech to praise the UK surveillance agency’s practices. In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations, Sir Iain Lobban called the agency’s work a “mission of liberty, not erosion of it.”
Reuters / Mike Segar Stubbed out: Brits more hostile to e-cigarettes, new poll reveals
British people are becoming less attracted to smoking both tobacco and e-cigarettes, with a majority favoring a total ban on the use of the electronic devices indoors, new data shows.
Mamunur Roshid was one of five friends from Portsmouth who went to fight for ISIS in Syria. They were caught on camera at Gatwick airport (Screenshot from YouTube user ShowTopNews) British man killed fighting for ISIS in Syria
A third British jihadist, belonging to a group of Portsmouth extremists who call themselves the ‘Britani Brigade Bangaldeshi Bad Boys’, has been killed while fighting for Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) in Syria.
RIA Novosti / Alexsey Nichukchin Most Brits bitten by cybercrime, fail to report attacks – poll
More than half of Britons have been victims of online ‘cybercrimes’ including hacking, ID theft and fraud, according to a poll. The Cabinet Office says a significant number are unaware of who to contact in the event of an online attack.
Caroline Lucas (Reuters / Luke MacGregor) Carbon crusade: Green calls for MPs’ pension divestment of fossil fuels
A Green Party MP has called for Parliamentary pensions to be divested from the fossil fuels industry. Caroline Lucas says the Contributory Pension Fund, worth £487million, should join 800 corporations in withdrawing $50 billion in investments.
Reuters / Parth Sanyal ​‘Sleeping Beauty’ syndrome: British woman sleeps 22hrs per day
An extremely rare illness that causes sufferers to sleep for up to 22 hours a day has afflicted a young woman from Stockport, Greater Manchester. During episodes which can last weeks at a time, Beth Goodier is awake for only two hours each day.
Darek Fidyka (R) walks with the aid of leg-braces and parallel bars at the Akron Neuro-Rehabilitation Center in Wroclaw, Poland (AFP Photo / BBC Panorama) ​Paralyzed man walks again thanks to UK-funded tech
A man whose lower body was completely paralyzed has been given the chance to walk again, thanks to pioneering surgical therapy developed by scientists in the UK and Poland.
Ethan Miller / Getty Images / AFP ‘Surveillance’: UK drones to be deployed in Syria against ISIS
Britain will deploy both Reaper and Rivet Joint drones to Syria “very soon” to participate in surveillance missions, to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) militants. The drones will be armed, but not permitted to fire on targets.
Reuters / Susana Vera More UK troops to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone
Around 150 army medics will arrive in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Tuesday evening as part of the UK’s aid effort to tackle Ebola. The soldiers will join a further 90 British medics and 300 soldiers already combating the virus.
Waves crash into the shoreline at Blackpool in northern England October 21, 2014. (Reuters / Andrew Yates) #HurricaneGonzalo: Winds up to 100mph lashing UK, woman killed
Wind speeds of up to 100mph are battering parts of the UK, as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo reaches British shores. Gusts and heavy rain have uprooted trees and caused flight cancellations, rail delays and road gridlocks.
VIDEO: Police clear #OccupyDemocracy protesters from Parliament Square
UK police have cleared a fresh Occupy Democracy protest camp from Parliament Square.
Installation by British artist Banksy, a robot and a barcode (Reuters / Brendan McDermid) Banksy arrest is hoax, identity still mystery
Banksy, the famed UK-based graffiti artist, political activist and a film director, has not been arrested and his identity remains hidden, despite a social media frenzy around a hoax report of his detention which appeared on National Report.
Reuters / FBI / Handout via Reuters UK govt to blame for 1.4m children in ‘relative poverty' – charity
One of the UK’s leading charities says the government will fail to reduce child poverty by half in time for its 2020 target, and claims its policies risk creating a “permanently divided” society unless “radical" new approaches are taken.
Reuters / FBI / Handout via Reuters You've been Facebooked! Govt to mine terror suspects’ social media data
Social media outlets Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will be asked by the UK government to automatically hand over information about suspected extremists who use their online services.

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