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Scotland Shut Down By Icy 165mph Blasts

A fierce storm with winds of up to 165mph has battered northern parts of Britain, with people warned to stay indoors, schools forced to close and flights and rail links cancelled.

Pay Freeze for Queen in UK Austerity Measures

Kevin Dolak Yahoo! GMA 07.12.2011
Pay Freeze for Queen in UK Austerity Measures

In a sign of dire economic times across the pond, Buckingham Palace is now doing some budget busting, with the queen herself due for a pay freeze and Prince Charles set to foot the bill for some major expenses.


Nothing will stop UK from striking: Two thirds of schools to shut, airports set for chaos, Army on standby - but unions won't discuss a last-minute peace deal

Union leaders have declared there is nothing the Government can do to avert the biggest strikes in a generation this week.

J.K. Rowling chased from home by press, she says

Richard Allen Greene CNN 26.11.2011
J.K. Rowling chased from home by press, she says

Paparazzi hounded "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling so constantly after her children were born that she felt like a hostage in her own house, she told a government-backed inquiry into British press ethics and practices Thursday.


Sir Richard Branson's blueprint to revive British economy

Margareta Pagano, Matt Chorley, Brian Brady, Jane Merrick The Independent 22.11.2011
Sir Richard Branson's blueprint to revive British economy

Sir Richard Branson is to warn George Osborne that he will create a "lost generation" of young people who will never know work unless he takes radical steps in next week's Autumn Statement to kick-start the economy.

US officials worried about security at London 2012 Olympics

The US has raised repeated concerns about security at the London Olympics and is preparing to send up to 1,000 of its agents, including 500 from the FBI, to provide protection for America's contestants and diplomats, the Guardian has learned.


UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears

Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern about Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned.

Unite! A woman holds a flag during a protest against the global financial system outside St Paul's Cathedral

Protesters inspired by the growing 'Occupy Wall Street' movement in the U.S have today taken over the City of London.Thousands have descended on the area known as the Square Mile - under the banner 'Occupy the Stock Exchange' - for a 'peaceful pro...


Britain to bask in hottest October ever as heatwave continues through the weekend

The autumn heatwave is expected to reach its peak this weekend after Friday saw temperatures of 84F (29.2C)

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A cross-dressing dad nearly died after trying to chop off his penis in a DIY sex change op. Kirsty Cass got drunk and took a Stanley knife to his manhood after life as a male became unbearable.


3-Year-Olds Branded “Racist,” “Homophobic” Put In UK Government Database

Over 30,000 British schoolchildren, some as young as three, have had their names registered on a government database and branded “racist” or “homophobic” for using playground insults, infractions that could impact their future careers.

Phone hacking: James Murdoch faces second grilling by MPs

James Murdoch is likely to be recalled to parliament to answer fresh questions after two former News of the World executives said on Tuesday they were certain Murdoch was told of an explosive email that indicated phone hacking at the paper went be...


'Think Asia, Think Hong Kong' Opens Next Week in the UK

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is set to launch its largest promotional campaign in the United Kingdom, showcasing Hong Kong's advantages for British companies looking to tap new business opportunities in Asia, particularly on the...

Phone hacking: judge to question Rupert and James Murdoch under oath

Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, are to be questioned about the phone hacking scandal under oath in the High Court.


Men jailed for inciting riots on Facebook

Two men who attempted to use social networking site Facebook to incite riots during last week's unprecedented civil disorder in Britain were on Tuesday both jailed for four years, police said.

A 13-year-old boy has walked free from court after admitting smashing up a shop with a stolen golf club as his mother said the riots are because the government does "f*** all" for children.


Phone hacking: families of war dead 'targeted' by News of the World

Mark Hughes, Duncan Gardham, John Bingham and Andy Bloxham Telegraph 07.07.2011
Phone hacking: families of war dead 'targeted' by News of the World

The bereaved relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan may have had their phones hacked by a private investigator working for the News of the World.

News of the World phone hacking: Police review all child abduction cases

Amelia Hill, James Robinson, Sam Jones, Nick Davies and Dan Sabbagh The Guardian 06.07.2011
Madeleine McCann, which is expected to be the first case to be re-examined in the wake of Milly Dowler phone hacking allegations.

Police officers investigating phone hacking by the News of the World are turning their attention to examine every high-profile case involving the murder, abduction or attack on any child since 2001 in response to the revelation that journalists fr...


Statue of Reagan Is Unveiled in London

RAVI SOMAIYA The New York Times 05.07.2011
Statue of Reagan Is Unveiled in London

Passers-by at the American Embassy, in the heart of London’s upscale Mayfair district, were greeted Monday morning by the disembodied voice of Ronald Reagan drifting through the air from large speakers — a prelude to the unveiling of a $1 million ...

Northumbrian Water approached by Hong Kong company Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings

Northumbrian Water, which supplies about 4.4m customers in the north and east, has confirmed that it has been approached by company owned by Hong Kong's richest man regarding a possible bid for the UK group.



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