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  • Britons caught in crossfire as masked gunmen slaughter 43 in Kenyan mall and terrorists blog attack

    09/22/2013 4:38:55 AM PDT · by BCW · 15 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 21 SEP 2013 | Ellie Buchdahl, Stuart Woledge, Abul Taher and William Turvill
    British nationals were last night ‘undoubtedly’ caught in the terrorist atrocity in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, which has left at least 43 people dead and 200 injured at a shopping centre, said Foreign Secretary William Hague. It has now been claimed the terrorist organisation responsible for the horror was Tweeting updates while it carried out its attack on the Westlands Shopping Centre earlier today. Mr Hague said a British rapid deployment consular team was on its way to Kenya and the Government will chair an emergency Cobra committee meeting. But he could not confirm if any British nationals were killed...
  • Riots cast shadow over plans for Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations

    08/11/2011 2:08:48 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:44 AM on 11th August 2011 | By Richard Kay
    There may have been no rioting in the Highlands, but no one has been watching the arson and looting of Britain’s cities more closely than the Queen. With fewer than six months to her Diamond Jubilee, when celebrations are planned for the length and breadth of the kingdom, the disorder has alarmed aides planning the extravaganza. Central to their concern is not just the damage to the country’s image overseas, but also how quickly the feelgood factor engendered by April’s Royal Wedding has been lost. From her summer home in Balmoral, the Queen has kept in touch with developments and...
  • 'He panted, sat on the grass and died':

    04/22/2011 12:18:19 PM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 26 replies
    Mail Online ^ | Last updated at 11:44 AM on 22nd April 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Police probe possibility that the friends took a wrong turn while walking to a 24-hour diner for an early morning breakfast 'We just see a white dude laid out. There's blood everywhere': police release transcript of witness's 911 call The horrific final moments of the two Brits gunned down in a Florida ghetto have been described by a key witness. In graphic testimony, the witness told how he saw James Cooper and James Kouzaris stumble away from the gunman before they collapsed and died on a run-down estate in Newtown, Sarasota. The witness, who cannot be named for fear of...
  • How 100,000 Britons have chosen to become Muslim... and average convert is 27-year-old white woman

    01/05/2011 12:38:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 139 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/5/11 | Jack Doyle
    The number of Muslim converts in Britain has passed 100,000, fuelled by a surge in young white women adopting the Islamic faith. The figure has almost doubled in ten years – with the average convert now a 27-year-old white woman fed up with British consumerism and immorality. The numbers, revealed in a study by multi-faith group Faith Matters, have led to claims that the country is undergoing a process of ‘Islamification’. But the organisation’s report argued that most converts saw their religion as ‘perfectly compatible’ with living in Britain.
  • Two white Britons 'killed fighting for Al Qaeda' in U.S. drone attack in Pakistan

    12/15/2010 7:39:50 PM PST · by Celtic Cross · 32 replies
    Dailymail.co.uk ^ | 16th dec. 2010 | By David Gardner and Katherine Faulkner
    Two white British men who were fighting alongside Al Qaeda militants in Pakistan have been killed in a drone attack, it was reported last night. The two men are believed to have been ‘white converts’ to Al Qaeda who changed their British names to Islamic ones after becoming radicalised. They died five days ago when a Hellfire missile
  • Angry and stranded, 350 British tourists cause near-riot at Bangkok airport

    04/24/2010 12:33:53 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 15 replies · 909+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 24th April 2010
    Hundreds of angry and frightened Britons left stranded in Thailand by the volcanic dust cloud today were battling for plane seats out of the country's capital. Many were left to sleep on cardboard mats in Bangkok airport after their money ran out. Some were also without a meal or roof over their heads because non-European airlines - including Thailand's main air carrier - declined to offer customers hotel accommodation which must be offered by air carriers under EU regulations. The problems in Thailand have been exacerbated by a violent attempted coup being mounted on the streets of the capital. One...
  • Operation volcano! Navy Armada Ready To Pick Up Thousands Of Stranded Britons

    04/18/2010 4:12:23 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies · 850+ views
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | April 18, 2010 | Vanessa Allen And Ray Massey
    An Armada of Royal Navy ships is poised to rescue Britons stranded by the aviation shutdown. The dramatic operation would carry thousands of families home from Channel ports in a rerun of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation. Security Minister Lord West said commercial ships and amphibious landing craft could also be drafted into service.
  • We're living in broken Britain, say most voters

    02/09/2010 1:28:06 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 36 replies · 851+ views
    The Times ^ | February 9, 2010 | Peter Riddell
    Voters are deeply pessimistic about the state of Britain today, believing that society is broken and heading in the wrong direction, a Populus poll for The Times has found. Nearly three fifths of voters say that they hardly recognise the country they are living in, while 42 per cent say they would emigrate if they could. But worries over the pace of social change and dislocation are balanced by the belief that life will get better, according to the survey undertaken at the weekend. It suggests that 70 per cent believe that society is now broken, echoing a Conservative campaign...
  • We are living in broken Britain - and almost half of us want to emigrate, says poll

    02/09/2010 2:58:43 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 49 replies · 1,133+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Feb. 9, 2010 | Claire Ellicott
    Most voters believe we are living in broken Britain, according to a poll. Nearly three fifths say they hardly recognise the country they are living in and are deeply pessimistic about the state of Britain today. The survey shows that 70 per cent believe that society is now broken and 68 per cent believe people who play by the rules get a raw deal. Many say they are worried by the pace of social change and 42 per cent admit they would like to emigrate, the Populus poll for the Times found. Women, working-class people and Tory voters were more...
  • Kidnapped British Couple Says Pirates Set 'Deadline' for Execution

    01/22/2010 11:05:47 PM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies · 504+ views
    The Times via FoxNews.com ^ | January 22, 2010 | The Times
    British couple kidnapped by pirates while sailing off the east coast of Africa fear that they could be killed within days, the Times of London reported. Paul Chandler, 59, a retired quantity surveyor, and Rachel Chandler, 55, an economist, disappeared after heading from the Seychelles towards Tanzania in their yacht, Lynn Rival, on October 23, 2009. In an interview with ITV News broadcast Thursday night Chandler said that he was “just existing in hope.” “I’m afraid that they will just kill us and abandon us in the desert
  • Britons are suspicious towards Muslims, study finds

    01/09/2010 4:22:24 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 878+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/9/2010 | Jonathan Wynne-Jones
    British public are concerned at the rise of Islam in the UK and fear that the country is deeply divided along religious lines. More than half the population would be strongly opposed to a mosque being built in their neighbourhood, the study found. The Finsbury Park Mosque, London A large proportion of the country believes that the multicultural experiment has failed, with 52 per cent considering that Britain is deeply divided along religious lines and 45 per cent saying that religious diversity has had a negative impact. Only a quarter of Britons feel positive towards Muslims, while more than a...
  • Peter Moore freed after US hands over Iraqi insurgent

    12/30/2009 9:24:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1,041+ views
    Times on line ^ | 12/31/09 | Alice Fordham in Baghdad
    The British hostage Peter Moore was dramatically set free yesterday after the United States handed over an Iraqi insurgent suspected of planning the deaths of five American servicemen. Mr Moore, an IT consultant, was freed by League of the Righteous, or Asaib al-Haq (AAH) — an extremist Shia group allied to Iran — after 31 months and spent his first night of freedom at the British Embassy in Baghdad. He is expected to fly home today.
  • Five UK sailors held by Iranian navy

    12/01/2009 12:55:09 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 925+ views
    ITN for Yahoo News ^ | 12/01/2009 | ITN for Yahoo News
    The racing yacht, the Kingdom Of Bahrain, owned by Sail Bahrain and crewed by the five Britons, was stopped by Iranian naval vessels last Wednesday as it sailed from Bahrain to Dubai. The crew members are still in Iran and are understood to be safe and well. Their families have been informed. The Foreign Office said the yacht might have "inadvertently" strayed into Iranian waters. The sailors were heading to Dubai to join the Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race. One of the men onboard has been named as David Bloomer, believed to be a radio presenter in Bahrain. A source later...
  • Britons row 5,000 miles to cross Pacific

    11/14/2009 1:00:54 PM PST · by thecodont · 10 replies · 833+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Saturday, November 14, 2009 | Carl Nolte, Chronicle Staff Writer
    (11-13) 17:44 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- Friday the 13th was the luckiest day of the year for two British adventurers who passed under the Golden Gate Bridge on Friday morning after rowing a 23-foot-long boat more than 5,000 miles across the Pacific from Japan. The voyage took 189 days - more than six months - on a boat made of Kevlar and propelled only by muscle power. The two men were stalked by whales, tossed by storms, ran low on food and sometimes despaired. They did not sight land until Thursday, when the dim silhouette of Point Reyes appeared on...
  • Many Britons too lazy to change TV channel: poll

    08/10/2009 9:52:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 926+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/10/09 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) – Britons are so lazy that one in six cannot be bothered to change television channel if the remote control is not working, according to a study published on Monday. More than half said they would take the lift rather than climb two flights of stairs to their workplace, while three quarters had too little energy for sex at the end of a long day. An entire generation risks being blighted by idleness, warned Nuffield Health, a non-profit organisation which commissioned the poll. "Ready-meals, remote controls and even Internet shopping are all contributing to a dangerously lazy and...
  • Show trial fears for British Embassy staff in Iran

    07/04/2009 8:56:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 2 replies · 334+ views
    Scottish Daily Record ^ | July 4, 2009 | Joe Churcher
    BRITAIN'S row with Iran deepened last night after the Tehran government threatened to put British Embassy staff on trial. The Muslim clerics who call the shots in Iran accuse local workers at the embassy of fanning the anti-government protests which followed last month's disputed election. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he was urgently trying to speak to his counterpart in Tehran over the legal threat to the staff. Earlier, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of Iran's powerful Guardian Council, claimed embassy workers had confessed to involvement in the protests. Jannati said: "In these events, their embassy had a presence. "Some people...
  • Iran frees 5 arrested British embassy staff

    06/29/2009 8:59:27 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies · 247+ views
    Times of India ^ | 6/29/2009
    TEHRAN: Iran said on Monday it has freed five of the local British embassy staff it arrested on accusations of stoking post-election unrest, a move that further threatened tense ties with London. "Eight people were arrested. Five were freed and three are still being interrogated," ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said at a press conference in Tehran. Earlier English-language state television Press TV had spoken of a total of nine arrests. Ghashghavi also said that Iran, which has accused Western nations particularly Britain and the United States of "meddling," has no current plans to close embassies or downgrade diplomatic ties with...
  • Miliband rebukes Iran after arrest of [9] British embassy employees (Iran takes Hostages)

    06/28/2009 10:20:34 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 47 replies · 3,706+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 06/28/09 | Damien McElroy
    "David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, has issued a sharp rebuke to Iran after the arrests, which are part of a campaign by the clerical regime in Iran against what it has portrayed as foreign interference in its politics. The employees were arrested on suspicion of playing a role in the demonstrations that followed Iran's disputed presidential election. Those demonstrations, which saw calls for a re-run amid allegations of widespread vote rigging, have now largely fizzled out after a crackdown by regime." "Fars, a semi-official Iranian news agency, first announced the arrests and said the staff had helped foment protests against...
  • Iran arrests UK embassy staff for role in riots

    06/29/2009 12:01:28 AM PDT · by DTAD · 7 replies · 735+ views
    Iran has arrested eight local British embassy staff, triggering London's fury and further exacerbating tensions with the West over the post-election turmoil in the Islamic republic. The latest backlash against what Iranian leaders have branded as foreign "meddling" came as opposition leaders continued to defy the regime, rejecting a panel set up to hold a partial recount in the hotly-disputed presidential vote.
  • EU Unites Against UK Embassy Arrests

    06/28/2009 3:23:53 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 10 replies · 907+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Last updated: June 28 2009 19:37 | By James Blitz in London and Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran
    The European Union’s 27 nations on Sunday joined forces to condemn Iran’s detention of British embassy staff in Tehran,as tensions escalated between Iran and the west in the wake of the disputed elections. After Iran arrested nine local employees working at the UK embassy in Tehran, EU foreign ministers meeting in Corfu said they would respond firmly to any further “harassment or intimidation [by Iran] of foreign or Iranian staff working in embassies”. David Miliband, Britain’s foreign secretary, said he was “deeply concerned” by the arrests and warned their continued detention was “quite unacceptable’’.The seriousness of the diplomatic stand-off was...
  • Iran 'Must Free UK Embassy Staff' [To Be Met With "Strong And Collective" Response": Such As?]

    06/28/2009 4:11:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 33 replies · 791+ views
    BBC News ^ | June 28, 2009
    Iran 'must free UK embassy staff' David Miliband: "Harassment and intimidation" The European Union has demanded the immediate release of Iranian staff at Britain's embassy in Tehran detained on Saturday over post-election unrest. EU ministers meeting in Greece warned that "harassment or intimidation" of embassy staff would be met with a "strong and collective" response. Iranian media reported the detention of eight local staff at the UK mission over their alleged role in the unrest. UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband dismissed the allegations as baseless. Relations between the countries are strained since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the UK of stoking...
  • EU to counter Iran's "harassment" of embassy staff

    06/28/2009 12:10:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 963+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:51pm IST | Dina Kyriakidou and David Brunnstrom
    CORFU, Greece (Reuters) - The European Union on Sunday condemned Iran's crackdown on post-election protesters and said the EU would meet any Iranian intimidation of European diplomatic staff with a "strong and collective response". Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, whose country takes over the EU presidency from Wednesday, said the Iranian government had been weakened at home and abroad. "Obviously the regime is trying to preserve its position by very harsh repression. But that cannot hide the fact that this is a weakened regime. It has lost legitimacy both internally and externally," Bildt said. EU foreign ministers were meeting on...
  • Iran Sparks New Row with Britain Over Election

    06/28/2009 2:32:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 536+ views
    Malaysia Star ^ | Monday June 29, 2009 | Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has detained several local British embassy staff, sparking a new row with Britain on Sunday that underscored the hardline leadership's effort to blame post-election unrest on foreign powers, not popular anger. EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Iranian police stand guard during an anti-Britain protest in front of the British embassy in Tehran June 23, 2009. (REUTERS/Fars News/Files) British Foreign Secretary David Miliband demanded the release of all the staff still held and said his European Union colleagues had agreed to a...
  • Iran Detains U.K. Embassy Workers

    06/28/2009 10:42:48 AM PDT · by FromLori · 2 replies · 231+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6/28/09
    Iran arrested nine local employees of the British Embassy in Tehran Saturday, drawing a terse response from the U.K. government and signaling an escalation of tensions between two countries with a history of difficult relations. AFP/Getty Images Iranian riot policemen stood guard outside the British embassy in Tehran on June 15, 2009. Iranian media reported the arrests on Sunday, saying the employees had been detained for allegedly playing a role in post-election demonstrations in Tehran. Speaking Sunday during a visit to Greece, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said some of the nine who were arrested have been released, though he...
  • Iran 'must free UK embassy staff' (or else?)

    06/28/2009 9:11:10 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies · 646+ views
    bbc ^ | 6/29/2009 | bbc
    The European Union has demanded the immediate release of Iranian staff at Britain's embassy in Tehran detained on Saturday over post-election unrest. EU ministers meeting in Greece warned that "harassment or intimidation" of embassy staff would be met with a "strong and collective" response. Iranian media reported that eight local staff at the UK mission had been held for their role in the recent riots. UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband dismissed the allegations as baseless. Relations between the countries are strained after President Ahmadinejad accused the UK of stoking post-election protests, which London denies. Iran has repeatedly accused foreign powers...
  • Iran detains some local staff at British Embassy

    06/28/2009 7:53:43 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 449+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 06/28/2009 | KARIN LAUB
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Iranian authorities have barred journalists for international news organizations from reporting on the streets and ordered them to stay in their offices. (snip) Iranian authorities have detained several local employees of the British Embassy in Tehran, a move that Britain's foreign secretary Sunday called "harassment and intimidation" and reflected a hardening of the regime's stance toward the West. Iranian media said eight local embassy staff were detained for an alleged role in postelection protests, but gave no further details. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said "about nine" employees were detained Saturday and that four had been released. The...
  • Britain demands release of nine Tehran embassy staff

    06/28/2009 6:41:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 1,607+ views
    The Times UK ^ | June 28, 2009 | Jenny Booth and Sophie Tedmanson
    Britain today condemned the arrest of nine employees of the British embassy in Tehran and demanded their immediate release. An Iranian news agency reported this morning that the Iranian workers had been detained for involvement in the post-election unrest in the Islamic Republic. The arrests follow a week of escalating rhetoric against Britain, which was accused by the Iranian foreign minister of flying in jet-loads of spies to disrupt Iran's presidential elections on July 12. David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, denied that the mission had been involved in any post-election unrest and called for the release of the embassy staff....
  • 'Brits Held In Tehran Over Violent Clashes'

    06/24/2009 4:25:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies · 327+ views
    SKY News ^ | June 24, 2009
    A number of Britons have been arrested in Tehran following clashes between protesters and police, Iran state television has reported. The Iranian intelligence minister was quoted on IRINN as saying British passport-holders involved in the unrest have been detained. Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei also blamed England for issuing propaganda against Iran. IRINN quoted Mr Ejei as referring to the "meddling of some alien countries" and saying that one which "strongly propagated in its media against the Islamic Republic of Iran and some of its agents have been involved in Iran's tension is England". A spokesman for the British Foreign Office...
  • Britain expels Iranian diplomats in tit-for-tat row

    06/23/2009 3:34:29 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 8 replies · 397+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 06/23/09 | Damien McElroy
    Members of the Iranian embassy in London have been ordered to return home in response to the expulsion of members of the diplomatic service in Tehran on Monday. Britain has been subjected to an increasingly lurid series of allegations from Iran since riots broke out in the wake of the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the hardline president, earlier this month.
  • Britain expels two Iranian diplomats in tit-for-tat moven

    06/23/2009 8:08:44 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 7 replies · 347+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 23 June 2009 16.00 BST
    Britain today ordered the expulsion of two Iranian diplomats in a retaliatory move that followed the expulsion of two British diplomats from Tehran yesterday. Announcing the expulsions to parliament, the prime minister, Gordon Brown, said the Iranian action had been "unjustified".
  • Basij to March on British Embassy Tuesday; Threaten Repeat of American Embassy Takeover

    06/22/2009 8:35:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 107 replies · 6,803+ views
    Monday, June 22, 2009 | Kristinn
    The government of Iran is turning up the heat on the British government, with a 'protest' led by Basij militia being planned for Tuesday afternoon at the British embassy in Tehran.A 'student leader' has been quoted by name threatening a repeat of the 1979 takeover and hostage-taking at the American embassy that lasted 444 days.The British government has started to evacuate family members of its diplomatic staff and the Iranian foreign minister has hinted at expelling the British ambassador.From WashingtonTV (translated from Persian):the news network of the Islamic Republic’s Voice and Vision Organization [state-owned radio and television] reports that some...
  • Britain evacuates embassy families from Tehran as anti-UK feeling grows in Iran

    06/22/2009 6:13:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies · 342+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/22/2009 | Damien McElroy
    Britain has begun evacuating the families of diplomats based in Tehran after pro-regime student leaders made plans to march on the embassy on Tuesday. Previous demonstrations outside the British embassy have led to violent attacks on the mission in which grenades have been thrown. The order to withdraw, which does not yet apply to embassy staff, also came as Iranian officials threatened to sever ties with the UK. A Foreign Office spokesman said: "The ongoing violence has also had a significant impact on the families of our staff who have been unable to carry on their lives as normal. "As...
  • Britain evacuating families of staff in Iran

    06/22/2009 4:43:19 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies · 928+ views
    AP-Google ^ | 06.22.09 | By DAVID STRINGER
    Britain's Foreign Office said Monday it was evacuating the families of staff based in Iran amid continued violence in the wake of the country's disputed election. The decision came after repeated criticism of Britain by Iranian leaders, and an increasingly tense atmosphere following angry clashes between demonstrators and security officials. Staff will remain in Iran for now, and the Foreign Office confirmed that it was not advising other British nationals to leave. However, it said officials are monitoring the situation with the utmost vigilance. "The families of our staff have been unable to carry out their lives as usual. As...
  • Al Qaeda kills British hostage in Mali

    06/03/2009 6:15:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies · 546+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 3, 2009 | By Raissa Kasolowsky and Kate Kelland
    DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's North African wing said on Wednesday it had carried out its threat to kill a British hostage it was holding in the Sahara. The announcement of the killing came as U.S. President Barack Obama headed to the Middle East hoping to start mending U.S. ties with the Islamic world in a speech that will tackle issues including extremist violence. The British Foreign Office said Dyer was kidnapped on the border between Niger and Mali in late January, but declined to give any more details about him.
  • Bankrupt Britain: 340 People Go Bust Every Day

    04/05/2009 9:10:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 487+ views
    London Times-Sunday ^ | April 05, 2009
    From The Sunday Times April 5, 2009 Bankrupt Britain: 340 people go bust every day Jenny Davey and David Smith BRITAIN is facing a bankruptcy timebomb with a record number of individuals and companies predicted to go bust this year. Begbies Traynor, the insolvency and restructuring group, reckons more than 35,000 firms could go under this year – equivalent to more than 95 a day. The figure would be 18% higher than during the previous peak in the 1990s crash. Nick Hood at Begbies said he would not be surprised if the number rose to 40,000 by the end of...
  • Britons flee island of Guadeloupe as rioters turn on white families

    02/21/2009 7:34:45 AM PST · by yankeedame · 165 replies · 4,650+ views
    DailyMail.uk ^ | 19th February 2009 | staff writer
    Britons flee French island of Guadeloupe as rioters turn on white families ...Trouble broke out on the island earlier last month after protesters began rioting over high prices and low wages. ...the situation escalated this week after protesters began turning on...white families.... Guadeloupe descends into full-scale urban warfare... ... protesters turn... attention to...white families...they blame for...poor standard of living ...France describing the situation as virtual civil war'... ...hundreds of protesters are roaming the streets of the capital Point-a-Pitre, looting shops and restaurants, burning cars and vandalising.... Protesters ransacked shops and torched cars... .... the neighbouring...island of Martinique...where protests are also...
  • Put your hand up if you’re British or American

    11/26/2008 7:39:39 PM PST · by libh8er · 103 replies · 3,262+ views
    The Sun ^ | 11.26.2008 | Charlotte Spratt
    GUNMEN who killed more than 80 people in Mumbai last night ordered hotel guests: “Put your hand up if you’re British or American.” Frightened hostages were marched off — and their fate was unclear. Local reports said they could include up to 40 British and other foreigners. Late last night police were said to be storming two luxury hotels, one of which was ablaze. The Oberoi and Taj Mahal Palace hotels were among at least SEVEN locations attacked simultaneously as maniacs with machine guns and bombs staged massacres that rocked the teeming Indian city. At least 900 were wounded as...
  • Financial crisis: Britons plundering their savings to stay afloat

    10/01/2008 1:11:09 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 19 replies · 553+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | October 01 2008 | Edmund Conway
    Families borrowed more than they saved in the early months of this year as the credit crisis and soaring food and oil prices squeezed their incomes, official figures have showed. The saving ratio, a measure of how much households put in their bank accounts, dropped into negative territory for the first time since 1958 - when Harold Macmillan was Prime Minister and the Soviets welcomed Sputnik back from orbit. The ratio was -1.1 per cent in the first three months of the year - the lowest level since comparable records began in 1955, according to the Office for National Statistics.
  • Kidnappers claim British hostage in Iraq has killed himself

    07/19/2008 3:33:07 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 165+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | July 19, 2008 | Hala Jaber
    Excerpt - The kidnappers of five British hostages seized in Baghdad last year have claimed in a video-taped statement that one of the men has killed himself. According to the statement, the hostage – named only as Jason – died on May 25, four days before the first anniversary of the abduction. ~ snip ~
  • Britons Can Trace Australian Ancestors Online

    06/04/2008 4:54:49 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 72+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-4-2008 | Graham Tibbetts
    Britons can trace Australian ancestors online Last Updated: 11:18AM BST 04/06/2008 Sixteen million Britons related to free settlers who colonised Australia will be able to trace their ancestors online from today.AP Records list the Irish ancestors of Nicole Kidman Although often portrayed as a nation of convicts, Australia's early population was largely based on immigrants who voluntarily sailed from Britain in search of a better life. The details of 9 million people who arrived in New South Wales between 1826 and 1922 are to be made available. More than 2 million of them were free settlers from Britain leaving behind...
  • Two Million Britons Emigrate In 10 Years

    05/19/2008 7:24:55 PM PDT · by blam · 55 replies · 337+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-20-2008 | James Kirkup
    Two million Britons emigrate in 10 years By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent Last Updated: 12:59AM BST 20/05/2008 Two million British citizens have left the UK in a decade, the greatest exodus from this country in almost a century, new figures will show. Some historians say the departure of two million Britons in a decade is almost unparalleled in the country's history The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will release figures showing that more than 200,000 Britons emigrated during 2006. That will take the total number who left the country between 1997 and 2006 to 1.97 million. Another 1.58 million foreign...
  • Britons kidnapped in Iraq are ‘held by Iran’

    04/27/2008 10:44:14 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies · 197+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | 4/27/2008 | Uzi Mahnaimi and Michael Smith
    Five British hostages who were kidnapped in Iraq almost a year ago are being held inside Iran by Revolutionary Guards, according to two separate sources in the Middle East and London. The hostages were handed over to the Revolutionary Guards by their Iraqi kidnappers last November, the sources believe. One of the sources said they were being held in the western Iranian city of Hamadan. If confirmed, the involvement of Revolutionary Guards would be seen as evidence that senior figures in the Iranian government had backed the decision to hold them in the country. However, British officials said that while...
  • Germanic Invaders May Not Have Ruled By Apartheid

    04/23/2008 2:49:29 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 190+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4-23-2008 | Emma Young
    Germanic invaders may not have ruled by apartheid 00:01 23 April 2008 NewScientist.com news service Emma Young When a strong Germanic signal was discovered in the Y-chromosome of British men, geneticists at University College London suggested that enslavement and apartheid imposed by Saxon invaders was responsible. It was an idea that, given 20th-century European history, had a particular resonance. The argument is, that from AD 430 to 730, the Germanic conquerors of Britain formed an elite, with a servant underclass of native Britons. Inter-marriage was restricted, and the invaders and their genes flourished. "But it is just not necessary to...
  • Report: 1 in 4 Britons Think Winston Churchill Never Existed

    02/04/2008 11:00:52 AM PST · by atomic conspiracy · 32 replies · 445+ views
    Daily Mail via FoxNews ^ | 2-4-08 | Rebecca Camber
    One in four Britons don't believe wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill existed, according to a recent survey. Churchill is compared to Florence Nightingale and Sir Walter Raleigh, seen by many survey respondents as a mythical person, the London Daily Mail reported Monday. The survey, conducted with 3,000 respondents to test their general knowledge, reported other historical figures such as Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, Cleopatra and the Duke of Wellington were made up for books and films, the Mail reported. The survey, by UKTV Gold, also found that Sherlock Holmes was a real person.
  • Al-Qaeda's white army of terror (MI5 Source: up to 1500 white Britons radicalized to Islamofascism)

    01/13/2008 2:09:20 PM PST · by Stoat · 15 replies · 699+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | January 13, 2008 | Richard Elias
    Al-Qaeda's white army of terror         Two and a half years on from the 7/7 attack on London, MI5 has identified a worrying new trend in Al-Qaeda recruits Picture: Phil Wilkinson     HUNDREDS of British non-Muslims have been recruited by al-Qaeda to wage war against the West, senior security sources warned last night. As many as 1,500 white Britons are believed to have converted to Islam for the purpose of funding, planning and carrying out surprise terror attacks inside the UK, according to one MI5 source. Lord Carlile, the Government's independent reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation,...
  • Why are the Guantánamo 3 Britain's problem?

    12/21/2007 2:25:14 PM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 145+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 21 2007
    It sounds like the lead-in to some tasteless gag. What do the Libyan, the Jordanian and the Algerian have in common? There's nothing funny about the answer. They have all spent the past four-and-a-half years in Guantánamo Bay as terrorist suspects and they were all outside this country when they were arrested - yet they all have status as British residents, so it is to this country they come on their release. In truth, the stay may be brief for two of them. The Spanish authorities are interested in talking to Jamil el-Banna and Omar Deghayes about terrorist-related matters and...
  • Video released of five Britons held hostage in Iraq

    12/04/2007 11:49:47 AM PST · by restornu · 4 replies · 77+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Tuesday December 4, 2007 | Allegra Stratton and agencies
    A video of five British citizens kidnapped in Iraq and held since May has been aired on Al Arabiya television today. The video calls for British forces to withdraw from the country or the kidnappers would kill one of their five hostages. The video showed a statement in which the group threatened that "this hostage will be killed as a first warning, which would be followed with details that you would not wish to know". One of the hostages was shown on the video as he sat in front of a banner of the Shi'ite Islamic Resistance in Iraq. "Today...
  • Emigration Soars As Britons Desert UK

    11/15/2007 2:11:55 PM PST · by blam · 52 replies · 424+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-15-2007 | Philip Johnson
    Emigration soars as Britons desert the UK By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor Last Updated: 6:56pm GMT 15/11/2007 Britain is experiencing the greatest exodus of its own nationals in recent history while immigration is at unprecedented levels, new figures show. Last year, 207,000 British citizens - one every three minutes - left the country while 510,000 foreigners arrived to stay for a year or more. The majority of people leaving the UK go to New Zealand, France, Spain or Australia The British made up more than half of the 400,000 moving abroad - yet only 14 per cent of immigrants...
  • Peoples Of Britain

    08/28/2007 9:02:50 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 1,513+ views
    BBC ^ | Dr Simon James
    Peoples of Britain By Dr Simon James Did the Celts exist? Simon James asks just who were the Britons - and did the Celts ever really exist? Uncover the fascinating ethnic and cultural history of the peoples of Briton, and assess the impact of the many invaders of Britain's shores. Introduction The story of early Britain has traditionally been told in terms of waves of invaders displacing or annihilating their predecessors. Archaeology suggests that this picture is fundamentally wrong. For over 10,000 years people have been moving into - and out of - Britain, sometimes in substantial numbers, yet there...
  • Britons Quit Country In Record Numbers

    08/22/2007 6:18:33 PM PDT · by blam · 39 replies · 1,435+ views
    Britons quit country in record numbers Last Updated: 12:01am BST 23/08/2007More people are leaving Britain than at any time for a generation - and possibly for a century. The number of Britons emigrating in the 12 months to July 2006 reached 385,000, the highest since present counting methods were introduced in 1991, new figures show. Why are so many people emigrating from the UK? One in four UK babies born to a foreign parent This is almost certainly the greatest emigration since the 1960s, when thousands left to start new lives in Australia. It could even be the highest since...