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U.K. Doctors Vote to End Fossil Fuels Funding

The influential British Medical Association has sent out a strong message about climate change by voting to withdraw its funds from the fossil fuel industry and to support renewable energy instead.

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John Oliver: Americans Are Largely to Blame for Anti-Gay Brutality in Uganda

Even though marriage equality is sweeping the nation, the “Last Week Tonight” host reminds us we shouldn’t be patting ourselves too hard on the back quite yet.

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Campaigners Spy Signs of Concern Among Frackers

U.K. Green Party MP Caroline Lucas asks if the NATO general secretary really believes Russia is secretly the puppet master behind efforts to stop shale gas extraction in Europe, or if anti-fracking campaigns are just becoming more effective.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



News of the World Hacking Trial: Brooks Cleared, Coulson Guilty

Rebekah Brooks is officially off the hook. For those who might not know, or might have lost track of this story in the whirl of the spin cycle, Brooks is the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid in the United Kingdom.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



#YesAllWomen Isn’t Just an American Thing

Although the shooting near UC Santa Barbara sparked the #YesAllWomen trend mostly among an American audience, the call is resonating with women all over the world.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE



Is There Still Hope for the European Union?

Far-right, Eurosceptic political parties won significant victories in the recent European parliament elections, but does this spell the end of the EU?

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



‘Friends of Syria’ Vow to Step Up Aid to Opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria’s moderate opposition, while the U.S. said “raw data” suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict.

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Do Yourself a Favor: Watch the British Pathé’s Bizarre and Chilling News Clips Now on YouTube

The archive of the Pathé cinema newsreels that documented the “first 70 years of the 20th century” in the United Kingdom and beyond has been released onto YouTube. Some of the videos, such as those of the human fish and the 140-pound 3-year-old, are just too weird not to watch.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



Is Putin a Villain for Refusing to ‘Play Ball’ With the West?

For some reason the Russian president wasn’t considered evil during the war in Chechnya; the casual American style came about thanks to college students; meanwhile, Jimmy Carter thinks expanding Medicare would have been better than the Affordable Care Act. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The U.K. ‘Can’t Tell Its Terrorists From Its Journalists’

Sarah Harrison, an editor at WikiLeaks who has also worked with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won’t return to her home country because she fears prosecution under terrorism laws for seeking to influence her government.

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Women, Poets Rejoice! There Are New Laureates in Town and They Happen to All Be Female

Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have all chosen women as their poet laureates this year.

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On the Detention of David Miranda

A lower U.K. court Wednesday upheld the legality of the nine-hour detention of NSA investigator Glenn Greenwald’s partner under the Terrorism Act of 2000, and refused permission to appeal the decision. Greenwald comments on the outcome at The Intercept.

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Scotland Makes Gay Marriage Official

Scotland has joined the growing global ranks of countries that have made gay marriage legal.

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News of the World Kept Safe of Unpublished Stories

England’s Central Criminal Court has learned that the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper—which closed after revelations of a phone hacking scandal—kept a “legendary safe” where “all sorts of stories [about rich and famous people] were buried.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



Ukrainian Protests Persist Despite ‘Orwellian’ Surveillance, Violence

Clashes between the Ukrainian government and demonstrators continued Friday, despite President Viktor Yanukovych offering to give a little ground. The government’s creative use of text messaging earlier in the week, not to mention violence, had something to do with the ongoing calls for regime change.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE


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John Pilger: ‘We Have Been Misled’

Australian journalist John Pilger, who speaks with the moral voice of George Orwell, discusses how a majority of Britons polled could say fewer than 10,000 Iraqis have been killed since the British- and American-led 2003 invasion of Iraq, when the real number is closer to a million.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Young Britons ‘Feel They Have Nothing to Live For’

A study for the Prince’s Trust charity reports that almost a third of long-term unemployed people have contemplated killing themselves and that “urgent action must be taken to prevent the young jobless from becoming the young hopeless,” the BBC reports.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Queen Finally Pardons the ‘Father of Computer Science’ Convicted For Homosexuality

Alan Turing, the British computer scientist who helped crack the Nazi Enigma code and invented “one of the world’s first stored-program computers,” was sentenced to chemical castration more than 60 years ago on charges of “gross indecency.” Fifty-nine years after his death, he has received a posthumous royal pardon.

Posted on Dec 25, 2013 READ MORE



Edward Snowden’s Christmas Message (Video Update)

British television’s Channel 4, known for broadcasting “unusual but relevant” figures’ holiday messages as opposed to the Queen of England’s annual speech, has chosen whistle-blower Edward Snowden to convey this year’s address.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE



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U.K. Waters Grow Cooler and More Acidic

More fish accustomed to life in warm water are now being caught in British waters, while catches of some cold-water species have fallen by half.

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Europe Weighs Capping CEO Income as Wall Street Continues to Run Amok

The Swiss are considering limiting the compensation of chief executive officers to a 12:1 ratio, but Americans can’t even get banksters to reveal the comparison of their pay to the average salary; Germany wants to impose a financial transactions tax; meanwhile, in London the per-capita income is 90 percent higher than in the rest of Britain. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE



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David Cameron’s Surprise: Permanent Austerity

Back in 2010, the British PM began slashing the country’s budget on the promise that temporary cuts were necessary to reduce the deficit and right the economy. Another recession soon followed.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald’s Partner Accused of ‘Terrorism’

British authorities suspect David Miranda of a terrorist act because they say he carried documents from whistle-blower Edward Snowden; Obamacare is merely feeding Wall Street more of Americans’ money; meanwhile, President Obama has cracked down on pot. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Universities Urged to Cut Fossil Fuel Ties

Campaign groups accuse British universities of being too deeply entwined financially with the fossil fuel industry and urge them to divest within the next five years.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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The Great Kitty Cull of WWII

When we think of the Second World War, of course the immense human devastation and suffering comes to mind. And yet, a widely forgotten fact is that domestic animals were some of the first British victims of the brutal conflict.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Prove You’re Gay to Stay in the U.K.

The United Kingdom’s Border Agency is demanding that people seeking asylum from prosecution in other countries due to their sexual preferences provide evidence of their homosexuality. Its line of questioning has led some to extremes just to ensure their own safety.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE


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The Moment the U.S. Ended Iran’s Brief Experiment in Democracy

Sixty years ago this week, the United States, in collaboration with Britain, staged a coup in Iran to preserve the control of Western companies over Iran’s rich oil fields.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Greenwald’s Partner Told He Would Be ‘Put in Jail’

In his first interview since being detained and interrogated for nine hours Sunday by British authorities under the Terrorism Act, David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke stories of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency this summer, has accused Britain of a “total abuse of power.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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U.K. Punishes Glenn Greenwald by Detaining His Boyfriend Under Terrorism Law

In a naked effort to intimidate and inconvenience Glenn Greenwald, who first reported the Edward Snowden leaks, authorities in the U.K. detained his partner, David Miranda, for nearly nine hours Sunday while Miranda traveled from Europe to the couple’s home in Rio de Janeiro.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Prominent British Female Journalists Receiving Bomb Threats

Many women deal with verbal abuse their whole lives—at home, at work or merely walking down the street. Now, some U.K. writers are meeting with a deluge of Internet threats for speaking their minds in public arenas.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE


News Bundle of Joy

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The Royal Delivery

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Royal Watchers

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Congressional Babies

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The Great Kate Wait

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England, Wales OK Gay Marriage

Parliament has cleared the way for same-sex unions to begin in half of the United Kingdom.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Parliament Summons Rupert Murdoch for a Spanking

The media tycoon is said to welcome the opportunity to appear once again before the British government and explain his side of the secretly recorded pep talk he gave his alleged phone-hacking reporters.

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Britons: ‘Spy on Us’

A 51 percent majority of British citizens support an invasive “snooping” bill according to a new poll, while 42 percent said the government should be able to break the law to conduct surveillance in the name of preventing terrorism.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Gay Soldier Says Prince Harry Saved Him From a Beating

It’s nice to know the ginger prince, who is better known for playing strip poker and wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party, is capable of genuine nobility.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 READ MORE



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U.K. to Offer Reparations to Victims of Colonial Torture

The British government, after decades of escaping responsibility for its brutality in Kenya during the Mau Mau rebellion, will reverse course and offer compensation to victims, the BBC reports.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Warming Climate Endangers U.K. Farming

British farm animals and crops face a heightened health risk from several diseases encouraged by climate change.

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