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December 18, 2014 17:58
Supporters of Jimmy Mubenga hold placards outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London. (Reuters / Neil Hall)
‘I can’t breathe’: UK judge withheld G4S guards’ racist texts from jury in manslaughter case
A judge withheld racist text messages from a jury that were sent from the phones of two G4S security officers accused of the manslaughter of an Angolan man in their care. The judge claimed the offensive messages bore no relevance to the trial.
The nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at Dounreay in Scotland (Reuters) Nuclear warning: Scotland’s radioactive emergency response under threat
​Scotland could become unable to respond quickly to nuclear emergencies if staff cuts go ahead at a radiation monitoring station, a source claims.
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson (L) celebrates with Raheem Sterling after scoring his team's third goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England, December 2, 2014 (Reuters / Darren Staples) ‘Cursed by God’: Far-right activist claims Liverpool FC punished for backing gay rights
A far-right English Democrats activist has claimed Premier League football team Liverpool FC had performed less well last season because they openly ‘promoted’ homosexuality.
Reuters / Toby Melville Police investigate 3 murders in alleged Westminster pedophile inquiry
The Metropolitan Police are investigating the suspected murder of three boys in relation to the so-called Westminster pedophile ring, which allegedly serially abused boys during the 1970s and 80s.
Reuters / Kevork Djansezian Sony slammed by Deputy PM Clegg for bowing to N. Korean ‘intimidation’
Nick Clegg has suggested Sony was wrong to cave to North Korea’s “intimidation” by canceling the release of its controversial film “The Interview” as a result of a hacking attack.
Reuters / Andrew Yates Premier League football clubs charge children up to £600 to be mascots
Several Premier League clubs charge children up to £600 to be a mascot at a football match and thereby exclude families from poorer backgrounds, The Guardian has revealed.
AFP Photo ​Dementia UK’s ‘3rd biggest killer’ study suggests
Dementia is the third most common cause of death in the UK as deaths from the mental illness have risen by more than 50 percent since 1990, a new study has shown.
RIA Novosti / Evgenya Novozhenina UK sees luxury property, cheap travel bonanza in ruble crisis
As the ruble falls into a tailspin, air fares between the UK and Russia have dropped to an all-time low. Return tickets from London Gatwick and Manchester to Moscow are now selling at £50.
Reuters / Eddie Keogh Forgotten ones: 50,000+ young people jobless and undocumented by UK govt
Over 50,000 young Britons aged between 16 and 18 are devoid of education, employment or training, and are undocumented by local authorities. They are effectively being failed by the state, a new report reveals.
Reuters / Wisam Ahmed ‘UK govt betrayed us,’ say Al-Sweady soldiers cleared of Iraqi murder, torture
British soldiers recently cleared of accusations including torture, murder and mutilation of Iraqi detainees say they were “betrayed” by the government for having to endure “five years of hell.”
Activists protest against planned trade pacts; TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) with the U.S. and Canada, in Berlin October 11, 2014 (Reuters / Hannibal) TTIP won’t lead to NHS privatization, Deputy PM claims
The controversial EU-US trade deal, TTIP, would not be backed by the British government unless national control of public services is guaranteed, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has insisted.
Highcliffe School in Christchurch, near Bournemouth in Devon (Screenshot from highcliffe.dorset.sch.uk) UK school in lockdown after gun shots reported
Dorset Police have arrested a man, following reports of shots being fired at groundsmen near Highcliffe School in Christchurch, Dorset.
AFP Photo / Daniel Sannum ​UK oil industry ‘close to collapse’ as price plunges below $60 per barrel
Britain’s oil industry is in a “crisis” and may be “close to collapse,” a senior oil industry expert has said, as the UK’s biggest oil and gas companies continue to cut staff and investment and the price of crude slumps.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) and France's President Francois Hollande (Reuters / Andrew Winning) ‘We won’t pay extra’: France threaten to veto Cameron’s proposed EU treaty
French President Francoise Hollande will threaten to veto David Cameron’s attempts to renegotiated Britain’s relationship with the EU at a meeting on Thursday.

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