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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.

U.K. lawmakers ban sex acts from domestically-produced porn

Women climaxing, spanking, bondage and other forms of rough sex just got a little harder to come by in the United Kingdom following an amended set of restrictions on which types of pornography U.K. film makers may produce.

Denmark: Public-supported ban on male circumcision sparks debate

A poll conducted by a newspaper in Denmark showed that almost three-quarters of Danes think that circumcision should be restricted or banned completely, and this prompted Denmark's parliament to debate the issue earlier today.

UK's first ever 'poo bus' hits the road

Bath - Yesterday the first ever poo bus in the United Kingdom hit the streets. The bus is powered on human waste and food waste.

Julien Blanc, an American pick-up artist, barred from entering UK

Julien Blanc, an American "pick-up artist," is not going to be allowed to enter Britain, due to his visa application being rejected.

American flew to UK to murder British ex-girlfriend he met online

Epsom - Shane Coffey, 20, traveled from Weymouth, Massachusetts to the U.K. to try to kill his ex-girlfriend, who ended the long distance relationship.
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A British Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter aircraft flying over the skies of Iraq in 2006.
A British Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter aircraft flying over the skies of Iraq in 2006.
MSgt. Lance Cheung, United States Air Force
Megabus  cheap British bus service
Megabus, cheap British bus service
Matty
A photograph of the lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison in California.
A photograph of the lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison in California.
By CACorrections (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) [Public domain], via Wiki
A mysterious letter box has appeared in an unusual position on the bridge in Sonning-on-Thames  Berk...
A mysterious letter box has appeared in an unusual position on the bridge in Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire.
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Flooding in Somerset.
Flooding in Somerset.
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London mayor  Boris Johnson.
London mayor, Boris Johnson.
Annie Mole
The UK will attempt the Land Speed Record in South Africa in the Bloodhound SSC.
The UK will attempt the Land Speed Record in South Africa in the Bloodhound SSC.
Hundreds of miles of bunting were sold in the run-up to Her Majesty s Diamond Jubilee
Hundreds of miles of bunting were sold in the run-up to Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee
Aerial view of the Olympic Park looking south west towards London.
Aerial view of the Olympic Park looking south west towards London.
EG Focus
Pitsford Water
Pitsford Water
Elstree  England
Elstree, England
Matt From London
Last November s strike by public service sector workers in the UK.
Last November's strike by public service sector workers in the UK.
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Cooling towers at Marnham Power Station
Cooling towers at Marnham Power Station
Martin
UK authorities have many programs to aid vaccination in Africa. If approved a vaccine for malaria co...
UK authorities have many programs to aid vaccination in Africa. If approved a vaccine for malaria could be the newest addition to their programs.
DFID - UK Department for International Development
Entrance to the British Underground public subway system.
Entrance to the British Underground public subway system.
London Attractions Guide
Buckingham Palace in London  England
Buckingham Palace in London, England
Diliff
Britain s Prince Charles speaks with members of the local community in the village of Stoke St Grego...
Britain's Prince Charles speaks with members of the local community in the village of Stoke St Gregory on the Somerset Levels in south west England February 4, 2014. The prince visited flood-hit communities in the south west of England
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On February 7  British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in c...
On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
ICPPC
Ecuador s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño meeting with Julian Assange at the embassy in London  Jun...
Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño meeting with Julian Assange at the embassy in London, June 17, 2013.
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London Underground train at Watford station.
London Underground train at Watford station.
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