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The British government to use Twitter to combat the threat from ISIS

London - The popular social media site has become the latest tool in the British government's continuing struggle against the threat of Islamic extremism.

Op-Ed: Personal elevators now available for U.K residents

For those unwilling to walk up flights of stairs, one U.K company now offers the ability to install an elevator into the tightest homes for a surprisingly affordable price.

UK weed legislation petition has more than 100,000 signatures

A petition calling for weed to be legalized in the United Kingdom has amassed thousands of signatures and Parliament could debate it.

Ikea to pay workers in the UK more than the living wage in 2016

Ikea, the Swedish firm, is set to become the first national retailer in the United Kingdom to pay staff above the government's National Living Wage.

UK to deploy volcanic ash detector network around the country

London - A network of ash detectors is being installed across the United Kingdom which will help prevent volcanic ash clouds from shutting down European airline service.

Britain arrests Kagame's spy chief on genocide charges: Lawyer Special

Rwanda’s intelligence chief — indicted by Spain on genocide charges in 2008 — has been arrested in Britain, a Spanish lawyer representing victims in a case of universal jurisdiction said Monday.

British harm progress on global tax avoidance, U.S. official says

A senior U.S. official accused the U.K. of undermining global efforts to stop tax avoidance by multinational corporations. An international agreement on taxes will be announced at the G20 talks this fall.

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.

Surfers wanted to help with new study on superbugs in U.K.

"Beach Bums" is the first study of its kind to be carried out in the United Kingdom, and its a very important project. Researchers are looking into how seawater and marine pollution affects the human gut, and they need some volunteers.

Microsoft threatened UK government over open source plans

Microsoft reportedly threatened the UK government over its plans to promote more open-source software standards instead of the company's products last year. Microsoft apparently even went so far as to consider closing its UK research facilities.

UK elections: Socialist candidate gets no votes, demands recount

Rainham - It wasn't a very good day to be Paul Dennis, who was a candidate for the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in Rainham North, in Kent. He was deeply embarrassed because results showed that he got no votes during the U.K.'s local elections.

Campylobacter in UK — FSA launches 'Chicken Challenge 2015'

Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the U.K. The Food Standards Agency, in a new study estimates that 280,000 people fell ill with Campylobacter food poisoning in 2014.

Home testing kit for HIV now available in the UK

Campaigners and clinicians hope the advent of HIV self test kits in the UK will help reduce transmission and increase the success of modern treatments.

UK retailers begin offering ‘Roast in the Bag’ whole chickens

Consumers across the United Kingdom will soon be bringing home a chicken for Sunday supper, but won't have to do much more than turn the oven on. UK food company Moy Park is introducing the bagged whole chickens.

'Blood rain' falls on Britain

"Blood rain" is forecast to fall on Britain Friday night, as sand from the Sahara sweeps north from Africa to blanket parts of the island.

Level 10 pollution alert for United Kingdom on Friday

London - Little wind and warm temperatures, coupled with vehicle exhaust, pollution from the continent and Saharan dust blowing up from the south have resulted in a "Level 10" warning being issued for the south-east of the U.K.

Drivers play football on UK motorway as coach catches fire

A coach on fire on the M25 motorway around London has led to long queues and very heavy traffic. Drivers fed-up with the situation are reported to have started an impromptu game of football on the road, prompting a police warning.

'Are Ukip racist?' tops Google search questions on UK politics

Users of Google in March have been busy hunting for answers to their queries about the UK's prominent political parties ahead of the General Election in May. Yet it seems that many are somewhat preoccupied with whether Ukip are racist or not.

DNA study: Why the Welsh might be the first true Brits

The English aren't English and the real Britons are the Welsh, says a fascinating new study into the DNA of different ethnic groups in Britain.

The UK's new £1 coin has 12 sides and was designed by a teenager

The Treasury has unveiled the design of the new £1 coin, set to enter circulation in 2017. The new design features four plants and flowers to represent each nation of the United Kingdom.

Video: 'Horrific' animal cruelty at UK halal slaughterhouse

Shocking video footage released by a humanitarian organization shows animals being abused by workers at a factory in the UK.

Saudi Arabia becomes the leading importer of arms

According to a recent report, Saudi Arabia surpassed India as the leading importer of arms in 2014. The U.S. kept its spot as the top exporter of arms, bolstered by exports to Middle Eastern countries concerned about increased instability in the region.

Security alert prompted as man spotted on the roof of Parliament

An arrest has been made after a man was spotted pacing around on the roof of the houses of Parliament in London late last night, prompting negotiators, police and the fire service to attend the scene in England's capital.

Bestival Toronto promises music, magic, and mayhem

Toronto - Bestival UK has confirmed that their trademark triumvirate of music, magic and mayhem will be heading to North America, taking over Toronto Islands on June 12th and 13th, 2015 for the first ever Bestival abroad.

Op-Ed: Problems with ISIL? Just Nuke 'em says Republican Senator

Bigelow - Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert has the solution for putting ISIL in its place: Nuke the jihad out of them! Rapert fired off this salvo on his Facebook page by trotting out the idea that "God is love."

Four surviving Magna Cartas together for first time in 800 years

London - The Magna Carta is considered one of the most important documents in history. There are only four original copies of the "Great Charter" in existence, and this year marks its 800th anniversary.

Insurance fraudster nabbed after video shows how he broke ankle

Newcastle - When Stephen Robinson broke his ankle after leaping into a flooded pond, he allegedly claimed that he injured his ankle after tripping over a broken drain. However, a video filmed by an onlooker surfaced and karma won out in the end.

Regulation to curb Payday loans companies

Price caps on short-term loans have begun in Great Britain and although more than 1 million borrowers can expect to see the cost of their loans decline, most of the lenders have set interest rates and fees to the maximum allowable by law.

Alleged rape victim speaks no English, court assumes she does

A witness testifying before the Inner Crown London Court as part of a serious criminal trial didn't speak much English, and an entire hour passed before anyone realized it.

Hypnotist thief puts shopkeeper in trance, robs him

London - A resourceful thief placed a British shopkeeper into a trance and then pilfered a day's earnings from the man's pockets. Aftab Haider was puttering in his Hops and Pops liquor store in London when the thief casually but purposefully strolled in.
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