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Dateline
May 29, 2015 16:02
Reuters/Neil Hall
Day of rage: Thousands to protest Tory austerity, Islamophobia & Human Rights Act repeal
Thousands of people are expected to attend numerous protests in the capital on Saturday to demonstrate against further planned cuts to welfare, the scrapping of the Human Rights Act and discrimination against the Islamic community.
Photo from Twitter/@adamec87 ​‘Racist’ Oxford Union cocktail advert sparks race row
The Oxford Union has caused outrage for displaying an “incredibly racist” advertisement for a cocktail called ‘The Colonial Comeback’ featuring an image of black hands in chains at a debate on Thursday.
Czechoslovak Assault Rifle Sa vz. 58 P (Photo from wikipedia.org) ​Smoking gun: Missing Loyalist murder weapon found on loan to Imperial War Museum
An assault rifle used in seven unsolved killings during the Northern Irish Troubles has been found in a public display case in London’s Imperial War Museum.
The British government's former chief drugs adviser, David Nutt (Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett) ​Psychoactive substances ban ‘disastrous’ for scientific research – ex-drug adviser
A UK-wide ban on psychoactive substances will make medical research into Parkinson’s disease “very difficult,” a prominent drugs expert and former government advisor has warned.
Reuters/Andrea Comas ​Rich people will become immortal ‘god-like’ cyborgs in 200 years – historian
Rich people living 200 years from now are likely to become “god-like” immortal cyborgs, while the poor will die out, an historian has claimed.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) Tony Blair to become Israeli/Arab ‘unofficial liaison’
Following his resignation as Middle East peace envoy, former Prime Minister Tony Blair is planning to take up the mantle of unofficial liaison point between Israel and the Arab world, aides have said.
French President Francois Hollande (R) and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron meet at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 28, 2015. (Reuters/Etienne Laurent) ​Cameron playing ‘dangerous’ game on EU referendum, says France
France has warned Prime Minister David Cameron that a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership is "risky" and “dangerous,” while German Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated reforms are possible.
Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett British banks linked to corrupt FIFA transactions
British banks have allegedly been party to corrupt transactions worth millions of dollars linked to FIFA, according to legal papers from the US Department of Justice (DoJ).
Reuters/Kieran Doherty Poverty porn: BBC slammed for 'Hunger Games-style’ reality show
The BBC has been forced to defend a new reality TV show which pits low-paid worker against low-paid worker in a bid to become ‘Britain’s Hardest Grafter’.
A British Tornado jet (Reuters) ​Chancellor Osborne demands extra £1bn UK defense cuts
Further cuts to the UK defense budget will begin to impact on Britain’s operational capacity, critics argue, as Chancellor George Osborne presses ahead with military austerity measures worth £1 billion.
Reuters / Leonhard Foeger Buying elections: Party donations skyrocket 100% in 10 years, figures reveal
Almost £100 million was collectively declared by UK political parties in the run up to the new parliament, Electoral Commission figures show, making the 2015 general election the most expensive in history.
Reuters / Moayad Zaghmout ​Mail Fail? Newspaper slammed for ‘sickening’ article on refugees ruining Brits’ holiday
The Daily Mail has caused outrage after publishing an article online about a Greek holiday destination turning into a “nightmare” because it was flooded with refugees from Syria and Afghanistan.
Reuters / Jeremy Selwyn / Pool ​Network Rail workers pledge nationwide ‘rolling’ strike action in June
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) will take strike action next month after rejecting a pay offer from Network Rail.
Screenshot from YouTube video by WedryLP Mankini ban credited for Cornish town’s falling crime rate
A popular British seaside resort town has credited a blanket ban on mankinis for significantly lowering the prevalence of antisocial behavior and for a boom in the local tourist economy.

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