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  • The Islamic Republic of England

    09/21/2012 2:00:33 PM PDT · by mojito · 40 replies
    Taki's Magazine ^ | 9/21/2012 | Gavin McInnes
    ...During this year’s trip we headed into West London for a sepia-toned evening in the park. When we got there my mouth involuntarily said aloud, “What the f##k?” West London is so hardcore Muslim, it made everywhere else we had visited look like something out of Coronation Street. This wasn’t merely a high contingent of Muslims. It was an occupation. The book Londonistan is not an exaggeration; not even close. Kensington Gardens feels so much like Dubai, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Diana Memorial Playground changes its name to the Dodi Fayed’s Girlfriend Memorial Playground. Virtually everyone we saw...
  • Bank worker, 24, who stole £46,000 to fund boob job and party lifestyle ...

    09/21/2012 11:26:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/21/2012
    A young bank clerk who stole £46,000 from her employer to help achieve her dream of becoming a model told police she had earned the money from working as an escort. Mother-of-one and law graduate Rachael Martin, 24, ‘spent money like water' after getting a job with Barclays in Liskeard, Cornwall, where she was responsible for dealing with cheques. The stolen cash paid for a breast enlargement, thought to be worth £4,000, dental work worth £1,700, and liposuction, as well as nights out, drink and drugs. She has now been jailed after stealing £46,000 in just two months from her...
  • No exaggeration: Ukip is now a force to reckon with (United Kingdom Independence Party)

    09/20/2012 7:45:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 19, 2012 | Martin Kettle
    Though tempting on recent experience, it would be reckless to assume that nothing of any lasting significance will happen at this autumn's three main party conferences, which begin with the Liberal Democrats this weekend. But it may be a pardonable exaggeration to say that the most influential event of the season could be done and dusted before Nick Clegg and his party even get down to business on Saturday. The annual conference of Britain's fourth party is unlikely to get more than passing attention when it gathers in Birmingham tomorrow for two days. But the UK Independence party, now to...
  • Bristol (UK) Pound launched to keep trade in the city

    09/20/2012 7:23:56 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 September 2012
    It is a direct assault on global trade. The city of Bristol has launched its own currency, which cannot be used in Bath, never mind Berlin or Bombay. More than 350 firms in the city have signed up, making it the UK's largest alternative to sterling. Unlike previous schemes which have relied on paper, the Bristol Pound can be used online, even by mobile phone. But other local currencies have never really taken off, so can the Bristol scheme really fly? Local 'locked in' Ciaran Mundy has been working on the scheme for three years now. To him, this is...
  • Shocking! A US Presidential candidate tells some home truths!

    09/20/2012 12:23:09 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 19 replies
    melaniephillips.com ^ | Sept 19, 2012 | Melanie Phillips
    Mitt Romney has made some remarks at a fund-raising dinner which have apparently shocked America and the entire western world to the core. His campaign is said to be reeling in disarray. Readers of this blog will know that I am no fan of Romney. So what did he say to create this furore? He said: ‘There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility...
  • Controversial 'naked' airport body scanners to be scrapped failing to receive European approval

    09/19/2012 10:29:38 AM PDT · by opentalk · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Septermber 17, 2012 | LARISA BROWN and JAYA NARAIN
    The last remaining full-body X-ray airport scanners are to be scrapped within weeks. The security systems, which have been tested at air terminals since 2009, scan through passengers’ clothes, creating a detailed ghost-like image of the naked body. The scan is then viewed by security staff. Critics said the machines invaded passengers’ privacy and the radiation they generate raised the risk of cancer. Some Muslim groups also refused to walk through them on religious grounds....The report from the EC's Committee in May said radiation doses were 'very low' compared with other sources such as cosmic radiation received during flights. But...
  • State Dept Reverses Denial of Hiring British Security Firm in Benghazi

    09/18/2012 11:17:41 PM PDT · by Fred · 48 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 091812 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland admitted that she provided false information Friday about the State Department's hiring of private security firms for the American mission in Benghazi attacked on September 11th: QUESTION: You also said there was no contract with a private security firm in Libya, and yet apparently some British security guards were hired. Is that your way of saying you didn’t contract with a firm but you did hire individual security guards? MS. NULAND: Thank you for that, because there was an error in what I said. The external security, external armed security, as we have been saying, outside...
  • Two female police officers shot dead in Manchester as man arrested

    09/19/2012 7:33:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | Sep 18, 2012 | Martin Evans
    Two female police officers shot dead in Manchester as man arrested Two female police officers have died after being lured to an apparent ambush where there were callously gunned down. y Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent 12:36PM BST 18 Sep 2012 Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, were responding to a routine report of a house burglary in the Mottram district of Greater Manchester when they were killed. Shortly after the incident Dale Cregan, 29, who was being sought in connection with a gun and grenade attack in the city, walked into a police station and was arrested on suspcion...
  • Police raid headquarters of French magazine in hunt for photographer of topless Duchess pictures

    09/19/2012 5:44:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | September 19, 2012 | Peter Allen
    Officers arrived at the Closer building in Paris at 10am, with detectives confirming they were looking for information ‘which might lead to the identity’ of the paparazzi responsible. The investigation was launched by prosecutors in the French capital on Monday, with William and Kate later winning an injunction preventing further distribution of the images. But Christophe Bigot , a barrister who specialises in media law, immediately questioned the legality of the raid – suggesting that it had solely been authoritised because members of the Royal Family were involved. Journalistic sources – who include photographers – are strictly protected by French...
  • Doctor Complaints Rise By 23% In A Year [UK]

    09/18/2012 9:28:34 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 3 replies
    Sky News ^ | 18 Sept 2012 | unattributed
    Complaints about doctors have soared by 23% in just 12 months to hit a record high, according to new figures. The General Medical Council (GMC), which regulates doctors, recorded 8,781 complaints last year compared to 7,153 in 2010. Allegations about doctors' communicating skills rose by 69% over the year and complaints about lack of respect rose by 45%. One in every 64 doctors is now likely to be investigated by the regulator. The highest number of accusations were made about men and older doctors, according to the GMC report. Psychiatrists, GPs and surgeons attracted the highest level of complaints. Almost...
  • Two female police officers shot dead in Manchester as man arrested [UK: gun and grenade]

    09/18/2012 6:34:34 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 29 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Sept 18,2012 | Martin Evans
    Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, were responding to a routine report of a house burglary in the Mottram district of Greater Manchester when they were killed. Shortly after the incident Dale Cregan, 29, who was being sought in connection with a gun and grenade attack in the city, walked into a police station and was arrested on suspcion of their murder. It is understood that a number of shots were fired during the incident and a grenade was also detonated. Sir Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police paid tribute to the two officers and said...
  • 'Bounty hunters' hired to track down illegal immigrants (UK)

    09/18/2012 5:16:50 PM PDT · by Labour-Watch · 3 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Sep 18, 2012 | Martin Beckford, Home Affairs Editor
    More than 170,000 immigrants refused leave to stay in Britain are to be tracked down by private-sector “bounty hunters”. The support services firm Capita will earn up to £40million if it finds all of the migrants identified by the UK Border Agency who may be living in the country illegally. But it was claimed by MPs that the company will be “laughing all the way to the bank” as its four-year contract does not specify how many people it has to remove. Rob Whiteman, chief executive of UKBA, told the Home Affairs Select Committee: “The contract is on payment by...
  • Call for ban on sale of gun magazines to children gets massive public support (UK)

    09/18/2012 10:51:53 AM PDT · by Joseph Harrolds · 30 replies
    An overwhelming majority of people want gun magazines that show animals being killed for sport consigned to newsagents' top shelves alongside pornography, according to a new public opinion poll. An even higher proportion want the sale of such publications restricted to people over the age of 18. Eight-four per cent of respondents to the NOP poll, which was commissioned by Animal Aid, favour a ban on the sale of gun magazines to children. Seventy-four per cent want them banished to top shelves. The results come in the wake of the publication of a new Animal Aid report, called Gunning For...
  • Paul Flynn is thrown out of Commons for calling Philip Hammond a 'liar'

    09/18/2012 8:16:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Rosa Prince
    Paul Flynn is thrown out of Commons for calling Philip Hammond a 'liar' Paul Flynn has been suspended from the House of Commons after accusing defence ministers of 'lying' about events surrounding the deaths of soldiers in Afghanistan. By Rosa Prince, Online Political Editor 3:42PM BST 18 Sep 2012 Comments1 Comment The Labour MP was ordered to leave the Chamber and suspended from the Commons for 24 hours after comparing statements given by Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, and his ministerial team to the First World War when "politicians lied and soldiers died". John Bercow, the Speaker of the Commons,...
  • Woman who falsely claimed she was raped by three men ..jailed for two years

    09/18/2012 6:06:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 18, 2012 | Mark Duell
    A 20-year-old woman who falsely claimed she was raped by three men because she regretted having sex with them has been jailed for two years. Rosie Dodd, of Nottingham, claimed the men, who were aged 21, 23 and 25, assaulted her at a home in Clifton, Nottinghamshire, in the early hours of a Saturday in June. The trio were arrested after Dodd claimed they had all raped her after she met them on a night out in the city - and they spent a total of nearly 50 hours in police custody before being released on bail.
  • Darkest atrocities of Nazis laid bare in secret recordings

    09/17/2012 6:52:35 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17th September 2012 | Alan Hall
    'Some of the most brutal and horrifying atrocities of the Nazis at war are laid bare in secretly recorded conversations of captured German soldiers published in Britain for the first time today. The prisoners, mostly ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen as opposed to SS hardliners, are overheard bragging about shooting women and children for sport as well as raping and slaughtering innocent civilians. But unbeknown to them, British and U.S. intelligence were secretly eavesdropping on their private chats. Transcripts made from the astonishingly candid recordings sat gathering dust on the shelves of the National Archives in Kew, all but forgotten...
  • British PM fires 'Chief Mouser' Larry the cat

    09/16/2012 2:11:00 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 33 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | September 16, 2012
    British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a major cabinet move: he fired his pet cat. Larry, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, has been cat-napping on the job, reports the Daily Mail. Recruited from an animal shelter specifically for his mousing skills, Larry assumed office in Feb. 2011 and was charged with ridding 10 Downing Street of the pests. "Larry spends his days greeting guests to the house, inspecting security defences and testing antique furniture for napping quality. His day to day responsibilities also include contemplating a solution to the mouse occupancy of the house," says the website of...
  • The Left hates Margaret Thatcher because she reminds them they are wrong about everything

    09/16/2012 12:59:39 PM PDT · by Dysart · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9-12-12 | Daniel Hannan
    Now and again, we are reminded of the sheer nastiness of a certain kind of Leftie. Not, let me stress, all Lefties: I have Labour friends who are motivated by a more or less uncomplicated desire to help the disadvantaged. But they march alongside some committed haters who define their politics not by what they like, but by what they loathe. They also define opponents not as human beings with whom they disagree, but as legitimate targets. A lack of empathy, bordering almost on sociopathy sits behind their talk of caring and sharing. On sale at the TUC Conference, before...
  • Star of 'Shakespeare in Love': 'There's nothing worse than gay parents'

    09/16/2012 8:16:29 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 31 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 16 Sept 2012 | Staff
    Rupert Everett has spoken out against gay parents and said he “can’t think of anything worse” than two men bringing up a child together. The star of the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love blazed a trail for gay actors when he came out as homosexual 20 years ago. However, he has been criticised by gay rights groups after giving an interview in which he decried same-sex couples who have children. The 53-year-old told the Sunday Times Magazine that his mother Sara had met his boyfriend but “still wishes I had a wife and kids.” “She thinks children need a father...
  • Armada Of British Naval Power Massing In The Gulf As Israel Prepares An Iran Strike [Brink of War?]

    09/15/2012 11:01:48 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | September 15, 2012 | Sean Rayment
    Armada Of British Naval Power Massing In The Gulf As Israel Prepares An Iran Strike An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s covert nuclear weapons programme. The Strait of Hormuz is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point By Sean Rayment 15 Sep 2012 Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war. Western leaders...
  • Armada of British naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike

    09/15/2012 5:26:47 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 116 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Sep 2012 | Sean Rayment
    An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s covert nuclear weapons programme. Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war. Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of...
  • Prince Harry Safe in Terror Attack

    09/15/2012 2:12:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/9/12 | Uzi Baruch
    Taliban armed with suicide vests, guns and rockets stormed a heavily fortified airfield in Afghanistan where Prince Harry is deployed, killing two U.S. Marines and attacking aircraft in a major security breach. The militia, which is leading a 10-year insurgency against 117,000 NATO troops, said it carried out the assault to avenge a U.S.-made film deemed insulting to Islam that has sparked deadly riots across the Middle East and North Africa. The attack on Camp Bastion in southern Helmand province, one of the toughest battlegrounds of the war, started at 10:15 pm (1745 GMT) on Friday, said U.S. Army Major...
  • Channel 4 cancels Islam documentary screening after presenter threatened

    09/15/2012 8:02:20 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Sept 12 | Telegraph Reporters
    A screening of a controversial documentary on the history of Islam has been cancelled on security advice after its presenter was threatened. Historian Tom Holland's Channel 4 film Islam: The Untold Story sparked more than 1,000 complaints when it was broadcast. Holland was threatened online with a torrent of abusive messages on Twitter. A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: "Having taken security advice, we have reluctantly cancelled a planned screening of the programme Islam: The Untold Story.
  • 'Obama's Middle East Policy Is in Ruins'

    After days of protests over an anti-Islam film, American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa were braced for further violence after Friday prayers. The US put its overseas missions on high alert. Germany has closed its embassies in a number of Muslim-majority countries in fear of attacks. "We are observing how the security situation develops with great attentiveness and we have increased security precautions at a number of foreign missions," a spokesman for the German Foreign Office told SPIEGEL ONLINE. Embassies in North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan are believed to be among those affected.
  • Mob Gathers Outside U.S. Embassy in London (and Tunis and Khartoum and..)

    09/14/2012 8:06:19 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 65 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 14, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Photos and video from the Twitter feed of Phil Han, a reporter and producer in CNN, who is outside the U.S. embassy in London where a mob has gathered and burned the American flag..
  • After APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Moscow Declares War on EU

    09/13/2012 5:40:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/13/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit last week in Vladivostok has been declared to have been a resounding success in Moscow. The Kremlin has been criticized by the Russian press for spending well over $20 billion on hosting the APEC forum to show off to foreigners. At the same time, local authorities have been accused of massive misappropriations of funds to build roads, bridges, hotels and a brand new local university campus on Russky Island opposite of Vladivostok, used to accommodate delegations and journalists during the forum (Vedomosti, September 3). At a press conference after the APEC summit in...
  • European Commission: Separate Scotland forced to reapply for EU membership

    09/13/2012 12:32:07 PM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 12, 2012 | Simon Johnson
    Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission (EC), said that any new nation state will have to apply for membership under international law. This would mean a separate Scotland having to sign up to the euro and the Schengen Agreement, which permits free movement without passport checks, unless it can secure its own version of the UK’s opt-outs.
  • Channel 4 documentary on history of Islam cancelled after presenter is threatened

    09/13/2012 12:36:59 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11 September | Liz Thomas
    Channel 4 has been forced to cancel a screening of the controversial documentary Islam: The Untold Story, after the presenter was threatened with physical violence. Historian Tom Holland received abusive messages on Twitter and warnings he would come to harm because of the film, in which he suggests that Islam is a 'made-up' religion. ..His investigation into its origins claimed that there is little written contemporary evidence about the prophet Mohammed. He also suggests the Koran makes little or no reference to Islam’s holy city of Mecca, and argues there is no evidence for the general assertion that Islam began...
  • 100,000 cameras in 200 schools: UK kids under watch even in loos

    09/13/2012 12:28:49 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Times of India ^ | 13 September 2012 | INA
    Students across the UK are being watched by an astonishing 100,000 spy cameras, with the surveillance devices installed even inside the bathrooms. CCTV surveillance has been set up in playgrounds, classrooms and even toilets and changing rooms. The average secondary school has 24 cameras and an academy 30. Some schools have a camera for every five children in the name of controlling violence, vandalism and theft, the Daily Mail reported. In a development, that has already provoked outrage, more than 200 schools have CCTV operating in changing rooms or toilets. The extent of surveillance was made public in a report...
  • Nick Clegg's office attempts to withdraw 'bigot' comment about opponents of gay marriage

    09/11/2012 10:12:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:08PM BST 11 Sep 2012 | James Kirkup, Deputy Political Editor
    Nick Clegg is embroiled in an embarrassing row over homosexual marriage after issuing a statement denouncing opponents of the Coalition’s plans for same-sex unions as “bigots”. The attack would be the strongest criticism by a minister of the Government’s opponents over marriage, who include the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church and scores of Conservative MPs. In a speech written and distributed by his office, Mr. Clegg also suggested that the success of the London Olympics helped make the case for allowing homosexual couples the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. …
  • Germany says U.S. debt levels "much too high"

    09/11/2012 5:47:51 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09.11.12
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble questioned on Tuesday how the United States could deal with its high levels of government debt after November's presidential election.
  • Taliban Threatens to Kill Prince Harry

    09/11/2012 3:19:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 10, 2012
    A Taliban spokesman said Monday that the terror group would use "all our strength" to kidnap or kill the U.K's Prince Harry, who just begun serving a four-month tour of duty as a chopper pilot in Afghanistan. "We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters by phone. "We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him."
  • Channel 4 cancels Islam documentary screening after presenter threatened ( UK )

    09/11/2012 9:57:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 11 Sep 2012
    A screening of a controversial documentary on the history of Islam has been cancelled on security advice after its presenter was threatened. Holland was threatened online with a torrent of abusive messages on Twitter. A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: "Having taken security advice, we have reluctantly cancelled a planned screening of the programme Islam: The Untold Story. We remain extremely proud of the film which is still available to view on 4oD." The private screening was due to take place at the broadcaster's London headquarters on Thursday before an audience of historians and "opinion formers". The documentary is due to...
  • T-shirts rejoicing over Thatcher's death sold at trades union gathering

    09/11/2012 8:02:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10 Sep 2012 | Christopher Hope
    The T-shirts, on sale at the Trades Union Congress’s annual conference, cost £10 each and boast that union members will want to "dance on her grave" when she dies. Last night outraged Conservative MPs called for Labour leader Ed Miliband to disassociate himself with the TUC and for the police to investigate. Mr Miliband's shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is due to address the annual gathering tomorrow. The T-shirts, which are wrapped in clear plastic, are being marketed by the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre, an organisation which provides "welfare rights advice services" and which is affiliated to the TUC. One...
  • Calls to honour Andy Murray after Scot's Historic Win

    09/11/2012 5:12:54 AM PDT · by tellw · 5 replies
    Edinburgh Evening News ^ | 11 Sep 2012 | anonymous
    CALLS were made today for Andy Murray to be honoured after he became the first British male for 76 years to win a tennis Grand Slam as he was crowned champion at the US Open. The 25-year-old Scot made history by beating Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five-set match at Flushing Meadows in New York.
  • One million Brits pay tribute to Olympic and Paralympic heroes in London's biggest ever street party

    09/11/2012 3:22:50 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11th September 2012 | Laura Williamson
    Sir Chris Hoy got a ‘little bit emotional’ once more on Monday as nearly a million people filled the streets of central London to salute Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic teams. Mind you, the heady concoction of sport and success we have witnessed this summer has a habit of doing that to all of us. Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford was ‘teary’ and David Weir - the apparent hard man who won four Paralympic gold medals - admitted he, too, had a ‘good cry’ after winning the T54 marathon on Sunday. Monday's parade of athletes was our first chance...
  • Andy Murray wins US Open after defeat of Novak Djokovic

    09/11/2012 3:06:07 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    BBC Sport ^ | 11th September 2012 | BBC Sport
    'Andy Murray ended Britain's 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam singles champion with an epic victory over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final. Murray, 25, emulated Fred Perry's 1936 achievement, winning 7-6 (12-10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 in four hours 54 minutes in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.'
  • High Doses of Vitamin D Help Tuberculosis Patients Recover More Quickly

    09/11/2012 1:46:12 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Sep. 3, 2012 | NA
    For decades before antibiotics became generally available, sunshine was used to treat tuberculosis, with patients often being sent to Swiss clinics to soak up the sun's healing rays. Now, for the first time scientists have shown how and why heliotherapy might, indeed, have made a difference. A study led by researchers at Queen Mary, University of London, conducted in collaboration with the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research, has shown that high doses of vitamin D, given in addition to antibiotic treatment, appear to help patients with tuberculosis (TB) recover more quickly. The research, which will be published...
  • Girl spent 8 hours beneath bodies in French Alps (update to yesterday's story)

    09/06/2012 3:43:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    Immobilized with fear, a 4-year-old British girl huddled for eight hours beneath the legs of her slain mother in the back of a car filled with corpses on a remote Alpine road — all while French investigators stood nearby, unaware the girl was there.
  • TUC Congress: T-Shirts Rejoicing Over Thatcher's Death Sold At Trades Union Gathering [Sick!!]

    09/10/2012 10:37:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | September 10, 2012 | Christopher Hope
    TUC Congress: T-Shirts Rejoicing Over Thatcher's Death Sold At Trades Union Gathering [Pic in URL] Commemorative T-shirts rejoicing in the moment when Baroness Thatcher dies are being sold at the annual trades union gathering in Brighton. One of the T-shirts on sale at this year's TUC conference Photo: Daily Telegraph By Christopher Hope 10 Sep 2012 The T-shirts, on sale at the Trades Union Congress’s annual conference, cost £10 each and boast that union members will want to "dance on her grave" when she dies. Last night outraged Conservative MPs called for Labour leader Ed Miliband to disassociate himself with...
  • Iceland Shows Other Europeans How to Survive Bankruptcy

    09/10/2012 4:41:42 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 2 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 7 Sep 2012 | Matthew Feeney
    Small Atlantic nation enjoys growth and employment gains after failing to rescue its banks. Mainland Europe remains stuck with stagnation, decline, and ruinous "rescue" packages.
  • Turkey court tries 44 pro-Kurd journalists in biggest media case

    09/10/2012 3:22:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    in.Reuters.com ^ | Monday September 10, 2012 | Ayla Jean Yackley
    Forty-four pro-Kurdish journalists went on trial in Turkey on Monday, charged with belonging to an armed rebellion in the country's largest media case, intensifying concerns about press and political freedoms. Thousands of pro-Kurdish trade unionists, politicians, academics and journalists have been jailed since 2009, accused of links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a 28-year campaign against Turkey. "The clampdown on the Kurdish press ... raises major concerns about the treatment of minorities and minority opinion," said Emma Sinclair-Webb, Turkey researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW). "Even when those views are offensive, they must be protected,"...
  • Afghan Taliban threaten to kidnap and kill Prince Harry

    09/10/2012 11:43:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2012 | Staff
    The Afghan Taliban said on Monday they were doing everything in their power to try to kidnap or kill Britain's Prince Harry, who arrived in Afghanistan last week to fly attack helicopters. Queen Elizabeth's grandson is in Afghanistan on a four-month tour, based in Camp Bastion in the volatile Helmand province, where he will be on the front line in the NATO-led war against Taliban insurgents. "We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping," Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told Reuters by phone from an undisclosed location.
  • UK Government Lawyer to European High Court: Christians Should Leave Faith at Home or Resign

    09/10/2012 8:07:56 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 36 replies
    From UK Christian Institute: "Christians in Britain should leave their faith at home or accept that they might have to get another job, a Government lawyer has told the European Court of Human Rights. The comment came as the Court heard the cases of four Christians, including that of registrar Lillian Ladele who was disciplined for her stance on civil partnerships. All four say the UK Government failed to protect their religious liberty. Dinah Rose QC, representing Miss Ladele, told the Court that her client had been used as “an instrument” of social change by her former employer Islington Borough...
  • ‘I shot burglars to protect my lovely wife. Then police came... ’

    09/08/2012 11:05:45 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 42 replies
    The Sun ^ | 9-9-12 | Andrew Parker
    A COUPLE held by police for 66 hours after robbers were shot at their cottage spoke for the first time yesterday about their “living nightmare” following their arrest. Businessman Andy Ferrie, 35, said he opened fire simply to protect his “precious, lovely wife” Tracey. She revealed she became so terrified after their arrest she thought cops would NEVER release them. And between them, they told of a shocking ordeal in which they were THROWN in separate police cells wearing grey prison-style tracksuits and black plimsolls; GRILLED by cops in a series of interviews; BANNED from talking to each other, and...
  • UPDATE 1-German media, lawmakers decry ECB 'blank cheque'

    09/08/2012 7:52:32 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/07/12
    UPDATE 1-German media, lawmakers decry ECB 'blank cheque' Fri Sep 7, 2012 7:37am EDT * Conservative media, some Merkel MPs slam ECB bond-buying plans * Eurosceptic lawmakers mull fresh legal action * Merkel allies say ECB acting within mandate * German public wants to halt bailouts - opinion poll By Gareth Jones and Stephen Brown BERLIN, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Germany's conservative press accused the European Central Bank on Friday of writing a "blank cheque" to indebted euro zone states by agreeing to buy their bonds, and some pro-government lawmakers threatened legal action to stop the purchases. ECB President Mario...
  • Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, seeks Belgian passport

    09/08/2012 8:30:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07 September 2012 | Pierre Verdy
    A Belgian newspaper says Bernard Arnault, France’s wealthiest businessman and boss of the LVMH luxury house, has applied for Belgian citizenship. La Libre Belgique newspaper reported Saturday that Arnault’s citizenship application was confirmed by the head of Belgium’s naturalization office. French media drew a connection to French President Francois Hollande’s plan to raise the tax rate on France’s highest earners to 75 percent. But tax experts said obtaining Belgian citizenship would not change Arnault’s tax situation, which is determined by residence, not citizenship.
  • Portugal PM Sets New Austerity Measures

    09/08/2012 5:49:58 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 9/7/2012
    --PM says measures will help tackle high unemployment --Portugal must cut budget deficit to 4.5% this year, 3% next --Opposition parties criticize more austerity LISBON--Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announced late Friday new measures he will impose next year to meet budget-deficit targets and tackle a sharp rise in unemployment. In a televised statement, Mr. Passos Coelho said he will increase the social-security contribution from employees to 18% from 11%, while cutting the same payment companies make to the state to 18% from 23.75%. "We will reduce substantially the costs of labor, providing incentives to investment and job creation,"...
  • Conservative MPs demand greater rights for householders against burglars

    09/08/2012 4:07:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08 Sep 2012 | Patrick Hennessy
    Tory MPs make fresh demands today for the law to be changed to give clear rights to householders who protect themselves against burglars. They call on Chris Grayling, the new Justice Secretary, to “raise the bar” against criminals and alter the law on self defence to make it harder for householders to end up in the dock for defending their homes. The debate was reopened after Andy and Tracey Ferrie spent almost three days last week being questioned on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after shooting at, and wounding, two men who broke into their remote farmhouse in Leicestershire....
  • Catholic Church calls for public prayers in offices on Fridays

    09/07/2012 2:07:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | September 7, 2012 | John Bingham
    A bishop is recommending that they set the alarms on their mobile phones to remind them of the new observance as part of a move to promote faith in the workplace ahead of the Church’s “Year of Faith”. It comes in the week that British government lawyers went to the European Court of Human Rights to defend the right of employers to ban the wearing of public symbols of faith such as the cross in the workplace. The Rt Rev Kieran Conry, the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and chair of the Church in England and Wales’s evangelisation committee, said...