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Texas first state to publicly say no to refugee resettlement

Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday.

Op-Ed: U.K. election 2017: What do the parties say about education?

London - A hotly discussed topic during the run-up to the British General Election is education, both at school age and for further and higher education (up to university level). As with many other issues, there are key policy differences.

Op-Ed: What the U.K. parties are saying about science and technology

London - Things are heating up in the U.K. General Election, which takes place on June 8, 2017. Aside from the debates over austerity and Brexit, what do the main parties say about science?

Op-Ed: UK government pushes on with redistribution of wealth — upwards

London - UK finance minister George Osborne unveiled his first post–election Budget this week following victory in May's General Election, and there were some nasty surprises for the young and low to middle income earners.

UK government to sell 2008 crisis bank at a loss

London - The Royal Bank of Scotland, bailed out by the UK government in 2008, will be sold by Chancellor George Osborne at a loss, costing taxpayers billions of pounds.

Wikipedia bios of UK MP's were enhanced from inside Parliament

London - Investigation finds that Wikipedia entries which detailed controversies involving UK politicians were 'airbrushed' by computers with IP addresses registered to Parliament.

Op-Ed: The UK needs a government reboot and Miliband is the man to do it

London - Much has been made of a ground-shift towards a new era of multi party politics, based on coalitions, compromises and alliances, but the reality still remains that two main parties will dominate this election – the Conservative party and the Labour party

Op-Ed: Debating science and medicine in run up to U.K. poll

London Colney - On May 7, the U.K. faces a general election. As the parties attempt to garner votes, wave hands and kiss babies, science and medical issues feature barely in policy manifestos. This is misguided and will damage the economy in the long-term.

UK Election: UKIP candidate makes 'Kidnap Obama' outburst

Hendon - Just 24 hours after the UK general election officially started, UKIP — the UK Independence Party — again found itself the centre of media focus for all the wrong reasons as one of its candidates called on Israel to “kidnap” President Obama.

Demand for separate Scottish representation in European Union

Edinburgh - The Scottish National Party (SNP), the governing party in Scotland’s devolved parliament based in Edinburgh, today called for Scotland to have its own representation in the European Union (EU) and other international bodies.

UK: Security alert as jogger runs into Prime Minister Cameron

Leeds - Questions are being asked concerning security protecting UK Prime Minister David Cameron after a jogger out running in Leeds, West Yorkshire collided with the Prime Minister as the latter was leaving an engagement at Leeds Civic Hall.

Op-Ed: Scottish National Party now UK’s third biggest political force

Edinburgh - An upsurge in membership numbers since last Thursday’s Scotland’s Independence Referendum has made the Scottish National Party (SNP) the third biggest UK political party, nudging the UK-wide Liberal Democrats into fourth place.

Timetable for the Scottish Independence Referendum results

Edinburgh - In just under an hour's time, voting in Scotland’s Independence Referendum comes to an end when polling stations close at 10 p.m. local time (5 p.m. EDT).

Unite leader McCluskey issues fresh funding threat to Labour

In the wake of what has been a year of big changes in UK politics, Len McCluskey, leader of Unite, has informed Ed Miliband that Labour funding could be relinquished should they enter coalition with the Liberal Democrats.

Op-Ed: Scots independence vote — The week the 'No' campaign fell apart

Edinburgh - Last week didn’t produce a political earthquake in Scotland but that may yet happen if voters vote “Yes” to independence in sufficient numbers on their date with destiny, September 18, when the Scottish referendum on independence is held.

Cameron optimistic on EU referendum

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is confident a referendum on the UK's membership in the EU can be conducted in 2017.

Op-Ed: Sunday Herald first newspaper to back an independent Scotland

Glasgow - The Sunday Herald, published in Glasgow, Scotland, last weekend became the first newspaper circulating in Scotland to openly back a “yes” vote in the referendum on Scottish independence scheduled for Sept. 18, 2014.

UK's Ministry of Defence to beef up cyberspace capabilities

London - The UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced at the weekend the formation of a new Joint Cyber Unit with offensive capabilities.

Op-Ed: Syrian crisis — UK parliament recalled, warplanes sent to Cyprus

London - As Country Joe Fish's anti-Vietnam anthem loops around this bloggers' brain it looks like one, two three once again we could be off to war. This time the target is Syria.

Chris Huhne, disgraced UK MP, and former wife jailed

London - Chris Huhne and Vicky Price were a high-flying British couple, until the old-adage that "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" hit home.

Op-Ed: Britain's 'nasty party', the Tories, pushes for secret courts

London - The British coalition government is often referred to as the "condems", for obvious reasons. The UK Conservatives or Tories are often called the "nasty party" and below are yet more reasons why.

British court ruling declares government work schemes unlawful

UK government works and pensions minister, Iain Duncan Smith, introduced a wide range of sweeping welfare reforms. A court of appeal ruling Tuesday has 'blown a big hole' in his return-to-work schemes.

Op-Ed: SNP reveal Scotland’s independence day — too difficult, says UK

The Scottish National Party-controlled Scottish Government today began fleshing out a timetable for Scotland to become an independent nation once again. For opposition parties in Scotland it was a case of, “Hawd on a wee minute."

Op-Ed: April introduction of UK 'bedroom tax'

As part of the British coalition government's austerity measures, welfare reform has taken centre stage. An introduction of a 'bedroom tax', for those in receipt of housing benefit is scheduled for April.

UK: Secret papers show extent of senior royals' veto over bills

The appointment of a UK Information Commissioner, and introduction of the Freedom of Information Act, have resulted in many 'secrets' being made public. The latest revelations relate to Prince Charles and the Queen, with regard to the royal veto.

UK: Millions face tax hike under new pension plans

Government proposals, in the UK, to reform pensions will see winners and losers. It is estimated that higher national insurance contributions will mean, in effect, a tax rise of 1.4p in the pound, for more than 6 million workers.

Aberdeen woman cleared of nominating shop dummy for election

Aberdeen - Early in 2012, “Helena Torry” was nominated to stand in local elections to Aberdeen City Council in Scotland but it transpired that Helena Torry was a dummy, not a political dummy in a pejorative sense, but a real...err... live, shop mannequin!

Op-Ed: Britain's National Health Service reform

The NHS used to be called the "Pride of Britain". In recent years it has faced reform after reform and news of its failings have shocked the nation. Can the NHS endure the coalition's planned reforms and become a better service?

British Health Secretary claims failing NHS bosses will go

As a report into failing standards, at one UK hospital trust, is about to be published, UK Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, claims that failing bosses in the NHS will go.

British PM David Cameron wants seven more years

As politicians in the UK begin to set their sights on the 2015 general election, David Cameron has announced that he wants seven more years in office.
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