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March 02, 2015 13:45
Ex-MI6 Director, John Sawers. (Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett)
​‘Torturing terror suspects produces useful intelligence’ – ex-MI6 director
Intelligence thought to have been derived by torture in Saudi Arabia helped to foil a terror attack on UK soil, it has emerged. Reflecting on the revelation, the ex-head of MI6 said torturing terror suspects produces “useful information.”
Israeli soldiers. (Reuters/Ammar Awad) Full academic boycott of Israel: SOAS students vote overwhelmingly in favor
Students and staff at London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a full academic boycott of Israel.
Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) ​Failed counter-terror measures allowed ‘Jihadi John’ to flee UK – Labour
Home Secretary Theresa May has responded to urgent questions in Parliament over accusations the government’s counter-terrorism policies enabled Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State killer known as “Jihadi John,” to flee to Syria in 2013.
(Still from tidallagoonswanseabay.com) Turning the tide? World’s first lagoon power stations reach British shores
Plans to generate electricity from the world’s first batch of tidal lagoon power plants have surfaced in Britain. The power stations could yield 8 percent of the UK’s electricity requirements, experts suggest.
UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage. (Reuters/Neil Hall) ‘I’d be a bad prime minister,’ UKIP’s Farage admits
The leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage has admitted he doesn’t believe himself capable of running the country, despite leading one its most prominent parties.
HMS Vigilant (Image from wikipedia.org) ​Nuclear safety incidents soar 54% at UK’s Clyde sub base & arms depot
The number of “nuclear safety events” at Britain’s submarine base and warhead depot at the Clyde has drastically soared according to official records that showed 105 incidents in 2013-2014, compared to just 68 in the previous period.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. (Reuters/Rebecca Naden) Cameron’s migration policy a ‘mistake’ – ex-Tory ministers
Senior Conservatives urged Prime Minister David Cameron to drop his set target of reducing annual net migration to the UK to below 100,000, as figures reveal the government failed to deliver on its pledge.
A child plays behind railings in Poplar, East London. (Reuters/Jas Lehal) ​‘Britain’s inhumane welfare sanctions causing destitution & hunger’ – Church leaders
A coalition of leading church groups said the British government is knowingly harming vulnerable people with its benefit sanctions regime. The austerity policies are causing widespread dejection and hunger, a report published on Monday suggests.
Credit: Jay Morton House in Parliament? Activists want Westminster for social housing
Britain’s Houses of Parliament should be converted into affordable flats to save taxpayer money and provide much needed accommodation, claims social housing campaign group Generation Rent.
Reuters/Eric Gaillard 1 in 3 sex workers have degrees – survey
Nearly 40 percent of sex workers in the UK have a degree from either college or university, a recent study has found.
Mohammed Emwazi, video obtained from SITE Intel Group February 26, 2015. (Reuters/SITE Intel Group) Jihadi John: A profile of the world’s most wanted Islamist
Revelations about “Jihadi John,” who was last week identified as Mohamed Emwazi, continue to surface, offering new insight into how the West Londoner became the infamous Islamic State executioner.
Reuters / Luke MacGregor Conflict of interests? BBC Trust chief earns £10K per day from HSBC
The chairwoman of the BBC Trust is facing calls to sever ties with HSBC after it was revealed that she earns £10,000 a day from the scandal-ridden global banking giant.
Reuters/Peter Macdiarmid Overcrowded UK prisons are ‘feeding crime’ – study
Overcrowding in UK prisons is “feeding crime and creating more victims,” new research shows, as figures indicate three out of four men’s jails accommodate more inmates than they’re designed to hold.
Reuters/Toby Melville ​Green power: UK hits 12-year low in attracting renewable investment
Britain’s appeal to green energy investors has fallen to its lowest level in 12 years because of the government’s “lack of clarity” over its renewable energy policy. That’s according to a new index, in which the UK has slipped down to eighth place.

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