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Northern Ireland terror threat level raised in Great Britain

The threat level from Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Great Britain has gone up from moderate to substantial.

It means an attack in England, Scotland or Wales is "a strong possibility".

Home Secretary Theresa May said the level, set by security service MI5, "reflects the continuing threat from dissident republican activity".

The level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Northern Ireland remains "severe", meaning an attack is "highly likely".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36267052

 

 

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Partially paralysed man missing half his head 'declared fit for work by DWP'

13/05/2016

A partially paralysed man who is missing part of his head has been told he is ‘fit to work’, it has been reported.

Kenny Bailey says he suffers from severe memory problems and is paralysed on one side due to having a massive stroke in 2014.

Following an operation, a third of his skull was removed to reduce pressure on his brain, resulting in a large dent in his head and he is awaiting further surgery to insert metal plates to his skull.

Mr Bailey, 50, told The Daily Mirror that the Department for Work and Pensions has cut his employment and support allowance. He claims that he now fears he will lose his home and struggle to pay basic bills following the loss of £156 per fortnight.

 

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British YouTubers jailed for faking an art gallery heist

Four members of the YouTube channel Trollstation have been jailed staging hoax raids on two prestigious London galleries. The group pleaded guilty to two counts of using threatening words or behaviour after they performed a fake kidnapping and caused mass panic at the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain in July 2015.

Daniel Jarvis (27), Endrit Ferizolli (20), Ebenezer Menzah (29) and Helder Gomes (23) wore tights over their heads and played alarm sounds through a loudspeaker as they pretended to smuggle pre-purchased paintings out of the National Portrait Gallery. The stunt left one woman unconscious and came at a time where London police were on high alert following a terrorist attack on holidaygoers in Tunisia the week before.

Jarvis was sentenced to 20 weeks in jail and Ferizolli will serve 16 weeks in a young offenders' institute. Gomes and Menzah both received 18-week sentences. Trollstation's founder and cameraman, Danh van Le, was sentenced to nine months in jail in March for his role in the gallery stunts and a separate prank involving a fake bomb.

Prank channels have become big business on YouTube. In fact, Google helped turn one of the most popular stunt channels, Prank vs. Prank, into an original series. Trollstation has over 700,000 subscribers and has a history of public pranks, including a three-man pitch invasion during a Europa League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Partizan Belgrade.

"The defendants in this case are part of a group called Trollstation, a group that considers it amusing to carry out acts on the public and upload them on to the internet," said District Judge Mike Snow. "We have been told that the defendants intended this a joke. Their sense of humour is warped and immature. It's likely that the members of public who had seen images of people running for their lives in recent terrorist attacks would run in fear. And that's what happened."

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British YouTubers jailed for faking an art gallery heist

Four members of the YouTube channel Trollstation have been jailed staging hoax raids on two prestigious London galleries. The group pleaded guilty to two counts of using threatening words or behaviour after they performed a fake kidnapping and caused mass panic at the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain in July 2015.

Daniel Jarvis (27), Endrit Ferizolli (20), Ebenezer Menzah (29) and Helder Gomes (23) wore tights over their heads and played alarm sounds through a loudspeaker as they pretended to smuggle pre-purchased paintings out of the National Portrait Gallery. The stunt left one woman unconscious and came at a time where London police were on high alert following a terrorist attack on holidaygoers in Tunisia the week before.

Jarvis was sentenced to 20 weeks in jail and Ferizolli will serve 16 weeks in a young offenders' institute. Gomes and Menzah both received 18-week sentences. Trollstation's founder and cameraman, Danh van Le, was sentenced to nine months in jail in March for his role in the gallery stunts and a separate prank involving a fake bomb.

Prank channels have become big business on YouTube. In fact, Google helped turn one of the most popular stunt channels, Prank vs. Prank, into an original series. Trollstation has over 700,000 subscribers and has a history of public pranks, including a three-man pitch invasion during a Europa League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Partizan Belgrade.

"The defendants in this case are part of a group called Trollstation, a group that considers it amusing to carry out acts on the public and upload them on to the internet," said District Judge Mike Snow. "We have been told that the defendants intended this a joke. Their sense of humour is warped and immature. It's likely that the members of public who had seen images of people running for their lives in recent terrorist attacks would run in fear. And that's what happened."

 

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Queen announces moves to develop UK's first commercial spaceport

18/05/2016

Driverless cars, drones and a commercial spaceport all featured in the Queen's Speech.

The Government is aiming to have an operational spaceport by 2018, which could be used to launch tourists into space as well as commercial satellites.

In March last year six possible locations were announced. They are Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Glasgow Prestwick in South Ayrshire and Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, as well as Newquay in Cornwall and Llanbedr in North Wales. RAF Leuchars in Fife was also confirmed as a potential temporary facility.

Over the next 12 months the Government will bid to ensure the UK is "at the forefront of technology" with its proposals for a Modern Transport Bill.

It hopes to reduce congestion and make "more efficient use of our roads, railways and airspace" to boost the economy.

Ministers claim the Bill will make the UK a world leader for autonomous and driverless vehicle ownership.

Read more: http://www.belfastte...t-34726457.html

 

 

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People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales – study

Proportion of population who identify as having no religion rose from 25% in 2011 to 48.5% in 2014, surveys show

 

http://www.theguardi...and-wales-study

 



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Britain is the most corrupt country in the world, claims mafia expert Roberto Saviano

Britain is the most corrupt country in the world, according to journalist Roberto Saviano, who spent more than a decade exposing the criminal dealings of the Italian Mafia.

Mr Saviano, who wrote the best-selling exposés Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero, made the comments at the Hay Literary Festival. The 36-year-old has been living under police protection since publishing revelations about members of the Camorra, a powerful Neapolitan branch of the mafia, in 2006.

He told an audience at Hay-on-Wye: “If I asked you what is the most corrupt place on Earth you might tell me well it’s Afghanistan, maybe Greece, Nigeria, the South of Italy and I will tell you it’s the UK.

“It’s not the bureaucracy, it’s not the police, it’s not the politics but what is corrupt is the financial capital. 90 per cent of the owners of capital in London have their headquarters offshore.

 

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UK in breach of international human rights

28.06.2016

The United Nations has confirmed that the UK's Austerity policies breach the UK’s international human rights obligations.

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has expressed “serious concern” about the impact of regressive policies on the enjoyment of economic and social rights in a damning report on the UK.

Based on evidence it received from Just Fair and other civil society groups, the Committee concludes that austerity measures and social security reform breach the UK’s international human rights obligations.

This was the Committee’s first review of the UK since 2009 and thus its first verdict on the Austerity policies pursued by successive governments since the financial crash. Over eight months the Committee conducted a dialogue with government officials, the UK human rights commissions and civil society groups.

In a wide ranging assessment, expressed in unusually strong terms, the Committee sets out the following findings:

  • Tax policies, including VAT increases and reductions in inheritance and corporation tax, have diminished the UK’s ability “to address persistent social inequality and to collect sufficient resources to achieve the full realization of economic, social and cultural rights”. The Committee recommends the UK adopt a “socially equitable” tax policy and the adoption of strict measures to tackle tax abuse, in particular by corporations and high-net-worth individuals.
     
  • Austerity measures introduced since 2010 are having a disproportionate adverse impact on the most marginalised and disadvantaged citizens including women, children, persons with disabilities, low-income families and those with two or more children. The Committee recommends that the UK reverse the cuts in social security benefits and reviews the use of sanctions.
     
  • The new ‘National Living Wage’ is not sufficient to ensure a decent standard of living and should be extended to under-25s. The UK should also take steps to reduce use of “zero hour contracts”, which disproportionately affect women.
     
  • Despite rising employment levels the Committee is concerned about the high number of low-paid jobs, especially in sectors such as cleaning and homecare.
     
  • The Committee urges the UK to take immediate measures to reduce the exceptionally high levels of homelessness, particularly in England and Northern Ireland, and highlights the high cost and poor quality of homes in the private rented sector and the lack of sufficient social housing.
     
  • The UK is not doing enough to reduce reliance on food banks.

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The long-awaited Chilcot report into the Iraq war –

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ive/uk-36714717

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...litics-36721645

 

http://www.iraqinqui....uk/the-report/



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Tony Blair says world is better as a result of Iraq War

7 July 2016

 

Tony Blair says the world would be "in a worse position" had he not taken the decision to invade Iraq.

The former PM said despite the "terrible consequences", removing Saddam Hussein "moved with the grain" of what was to come in the region.

He also said it would be "far better" for him to have challenged the intelligence reports he received.

The official inquiry into the 2003 war made a number of criticisms of Mr Blair's government.

Sir John Chilcot's report, published on Wednesday, said it overstated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, sent ill-prepared troops into battle and had "wholly inadequate" plans for the aftermath.

 

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UK's oldest person, Gladys Hooper, dies aged 113

9 July 2016

 

The UK's oldest person has died at the age of 113.

Gladys Hooper, from the Isle of Wight, who celebrated her milestone on 18 January, passed away at Highfield Nursing Home in Ryde at lunchtime.

 

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Britain has gone “further than any other Western democracy” in its expansion of surveillance powers and its ability to collect bulk data without justifiable reason, a British MP has said. IP Bill will allow UK intelligence agencies to collect, store and access information about internet users:

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Cameron 'gave pay rise of 24% to some special advisers' before resignation

Tuesday 30 August 2016 00.08 BST

Former PM bumped up salaries of some advisors by £18,000 at a time when public pay sector pay rises were capped at 1%
 

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More five-day doctor strikes announced

 

"...the worst industrial relations dispute in the history of the NHS."

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...health-37250258

 



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Man arrested for speeding in DeLorean at 88mph

Thursday 15 September 2016 11.08 BST

A Back to the Future fan has been clocked speeding his DeLorean at 88mph in Essex.

Nigel Mills, 55, who paid £22,000 for his cult vehicle, denied that he had been attempting to break the space-time continuum in his efforts. In the 1985 film, Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) manages to transport himself back to 1955 after hitting 88mph in the machine invented by Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd).

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