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November 28, 2014 15:48
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'Disturbing’: Arms firms dine at Tower of London days after ‘sea of poppies’ closed
The Tower of London hosted a networking dinner for global arms manufacturers, mere days after the extremely popular ‘sea of poppies’ remembrance installation closed. Tower managers have been accused of “crass insensitivity.”
Jon Cruddas (Image from facebook.com) Broken Britain: UK is undemocratic, backward, not fit for purpose – Labour MP
Britain is backward, “no longer fit for purpose,” and characterized by stagnant politics and inefficient state institutions, Labour’s policy review chief Jon Cruddas warned.
Reuters/Gareth Fuller ​Fracking toxins may be as dangerous as tobacco, asbestos & thalidomide – UK chief scientist
The effects of fracking could be as dangerous as asbestos, thalidomide, or tobacco toxins, the UK’s leading scientist has warned, claiming the government has adopted the process without considering the side effects.
British soldier, Ryan McGee, arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London on April 2, 2014 to face charges relating to terrorism. (AFP Photo/Carl Court) Nailed: Far-right British soldier jailed for homemade nail bomb
A British soldier has been jailed for two years after making a nail bomb filled with deadly shrapnel in his bedroom.
Image from beautifulcrime.com Over Bond St in the buff! Naked free-runner scales London skyline
For free-runner world champion Tim Sheiff, it wasn’t enough to scale some of the most impressive buildings on the London skyline. He had to do it completely naked. And take photographs.
Reuters/Dylan Martinez Half-blind UK widow commits suicide after incapacity benefit cut
A partially-blind widow, who suffered crippling back pain for over a decade, committed suicide after her incapacity benefit was cut because state assessors claimed she was fit to work.
Reuters/Luke MacGregor ​Mental health patients driven to suicide, lack of hospital beds blamed
At least 8 people have died in the past two years after being denied access to a dwindling number of psychiatric beds in UK hospitals, with many unable to source mental health treatment due to service cutbacks.
London Mayor Boris Johnson (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) Boris Johnson craves his own drone for personal deliveries
London Mayor Boris Johnson wants a personal drone to deliver his online shopping. Delivery drones flying across the capital’s skies would offer a solution to congestion on London’s streets, he said.
Former Minister of the United Kingdom and Honoree Tony Blair (AFP Photo/Stephen Lovekin) ​Cameron mocks Tony Blair’s Save the Children Award, charity scrutinized
Only a day after an online petition calling for Tony Blair’s Save the Children Global Legacy Award to be revoked gained over 100,000 signatures, Prime Minister David Cameron has called Blair’s choice for the accolade “remarkable.”
(Reuters/Mike Segar) Biometric smartphones vulnerable to cyber fraud & targeted ads
An ex-GCHQ chief says he has serious security concerns regarding the use of biometric data in smartphone devices like Apple’s iPhone 6, warning users they could be vulnerable to cyber criminality and targeted advertising.
Reuters/RIA Novosti ​London woman charged with promoting terror on Twitter
Police have charged a 22 year-old London woman with two offences under the Terrorism Act – encouraging terrorism and the dissemination of terrorist publications on Twitter.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (AFP Photo/Rebecca Naden)
‘Control’: Cameron outlines EU migrant benefit caps
David Cameron has announced new government measures to curb levels of UK immigration. In a speech on Friday, the prime minister said all new EU migrants must work for a minimum of four years in the country before being able to claim state benefits.
Reuters/Luke MacGregor #BlackFriday: Brits react to manic sales shopping
It isn’t even December yet, but for thousands of Brits it’s time to shop till you drop, as annual ‘Black Friday’ sales take place across the globe.
Reuters/Dado Ruvic ​‘Don’t bamboozle users’: MPs urge social media to use simpler warnings on privacy issue
A report by British MPs says that the privacy notices and terms and conditions on popular social networks are “indecipherable” for ordinary users. The report advocates simple cigarette pack style “health warnings.”

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