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  • British film director sues after being arrested and held in U.S. jail for three months

    10/19/2012 10:48:30 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19th October 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    'British film director Duncan Roy is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff after, he claims, he became 'lost' in the prison system for three months - with no option to post bail and no legal recourse. The director was caught in what the LA Times called a 'Kafka-esque corner of America's immigration war', after his name was flagged up by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Despite having the means to post a £35,000 bail on an extortion charge, the director, whose best-known film is a semi-autobiographical account, 'AKA', instead became trapped in a vicious circle. The County Sheriff would not...
  • Weighty Memento: War Veteran's Secret Revealed After His Death [Cremation Reveals Bagful of Metal]

    10/19/2012 9:24:40 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 18, 2012
    Weighty Memento: War Veteran's Secret Revealed After His Death The family of a war hero only discovered the full weight of his bravery after his death when his cremation left behind a huge pile of shrapnel. [Pic in URL] The bag contained a whopping 6oz of bomb shrapnel, roughly two handfuls, that Mr Brown had been carrying around for 60 years 18 Oct 2012 Ronald Brown stepped on a land mine while on a mission in France in August 1944. The blast peppered his left leg with red-hot fragments and he was forced to crawl two miles to safety. But...
  • British Engineers Produce Amazing 'Petrol From Air' Technology

    10/18/2012 8:36:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 18, 2012 | Andrew Hough
    British Engineers Produce Amazing 'Petrol From Air' Technology Revolutionary new technology that produces “petrol from air” is being produced by a British firm, it emerged tonight. Andrew Hough 18 Oct 2012 A small company in the north of England has developed the “air capture” technology to create synthetic petrol using only air and electricity. Experts tonight hailed the astonishing breakthrough as a potential “game-changer” in the battle against climate change and a saviour for the world’s energy crisis. The technology, presented to a London engineering conference this week, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The “petrol from air” technology involves...
  • Sylvia Kristel, star of 'Emmanuelle', dies

    10/18/2012 6:42:55 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 32 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18th October 2012 | BBC News
    'Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred in the 1974 erotic French film Emmanuelle, has died aged 60. "She died during the night during her sleep," her agent, Marieke Verharen, told the AFP news agency. The actress, who had cancer, was admitted to hospital in July after suffering a stroke. Emmanuelle, which told the story of a sexually promiscuous housewife, spawned numerous sequels and played in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees for 11 years. Released in 1974, the soft-focus French film was one of the first erotic movies to be shown in mainstream cinemas.'
  • UK: Guardian 'seriously discussing' end to print edition

    10/17/2012 5:11:57 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/17/2012 | Katherine Rushton,
    The publisher of the Guardian and Observer newspapers is close to axing the print editions of the newspapers, despite the hopes of its editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger to keep them running for several years. Senior figures at Guardian News & Media are seriously discussing the move to an entirely online operation, it has been claimed, leaving Mr Rusbridger increasingly isolated. The longstanding Guardian chief wants to develop the Guardian’s digital-only US operation before pulling the plug on the print edition, in the hope that it will provide a useful blueprint for the online business in Britain. However, trustees of the Scott...
  • Independent Scotland out of Nato 'regardless of SNP vote'

    10/18/2012 2:06:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/18/12 | Simon Johnson
    An independent Scotland would be refused to entry to Nato regardless of whether SNP members vote tomorrow to reverse the party’s long-standing opposition to the nuclear alliance, the Ministry of Defence has suggested. In evidence to a Commons inquiry, defence chiefs indicated that a separate Scotland’s allowing Trident nuclear submarines to remain in its waters would be the critical factor in whether it would be admitted to Nato. Alex Salmond is hoping to fight off a rebellion at the SNP conference, which starts today, and push through the change in party policy. He fears opposition to Nato will severely undermine...
  • Blind stroke victim shot in the back with 50,000-volt taser by police who mistook his white stick

    10/17/2012 11:58:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/16/12 | Kerry Mcdermott
    A police force has apologised to a blind grandfather who was shot in the back with a 50,000-volt taser stun gun after officers mistook his white stick for a samurai sword. Two-time stroke-victim Colin Farmer, 61, said he thought he was being attacked by muggers when he was hit with the weapon by the officer, who then handcuffed the retired company director as he fell to the ground. Officers had been dispatched to Chorley, Lancashire - where Mr Farmer had been on his way to meet friends for a drink in a local restaurant - following reports of a man...
  • Police use Taser on blind man after stick mistaken for sword

    10/17/2012 11:24:51 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 October 2012 Last updated at 12:51 GMT | BBC
    A police force has apologised after an officer used a Taser on a blind man whose white stick was mistaken for a sword. Colin Farmer, 61, was stunned by police following reports of a man walking through Chorley with a samurai sword. Ch Supt Stuart Williams, of Lancashire Police, said the force had "deep regrets" and had "clearly put this man through a traumatic experience". Mr Farmer was taken to hospital for treatment and later discharged. "It felt like I was grabbing an electricity pylon," he said. Mr Farmer, who has suffered two strokes, said he thought he was being...
  • 30 more Britishisms used by Americans

    10/17/2012 3:54:15 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 50 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17th October 2012 | BBC News
    'The Magazine's recent article about the Britishisation of American English prompted readers to respond with examples of their own - here are 30 British words and phrases that you've noticed being used in the US and Canada.'
  • Policeman mistakes blind man's stick for Samurai sword

    10/17/2012 3:40:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    A policeman faced an investigation today for tasering a blind man in the street after he mistook his white stick for a Samurai sword. Former company director Colin Farmer, 61, was hit in the back by 50,000 volt stun device and then handcuffed whilst on his way to met friends for a drink in his local pub. Police had earlier been dispatched after reports of a man roaming around Chorley town centre in Lancs armed with a sword. A patrolman spotted stroke victim Mr Farmer walking down the street using his white stick to get around and wrongly assumed he...
  • Girl Shot by Taliban is Treated in Britain

    10/16/2012 4:41:59 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/10/12
    Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani activist shot by the Taliban, has been taken to Britain for treatment. Malala, 14, was in critical condition after the shooting, but doctors say her condition is now stable. She is expected to recover, but will need extended medical care. Malala is known for speaking out in favor of education for girls despite the strong Taliban presence in her home region, the Swat valley of Pakistan. The Taliban responded to her activism by shooting her twice...
  • Occupy London protestors chain themselves to pulpit of St. Paul's Cathedral during worship service

    10/16/2012 9:45:27 AM PDT · by tellw · 13 replies
    The Church Times (UK) ^ | 15 Oct 2012 | Ed Thornton
    THE Dean of St Paul's, the Very Revd Dr David Ison, accused Occupy protesters of abusing the cathedral's hospitality, after four protesters chained themselves to the pulpit during evensong yesterday. The evensong service yesterday had been scheduled to include prayers by members of Occupy Faith, to mark the anniversary of the camp arriving at St Paul's. But just before Dr Ison got up to preach, a group of four women chained themselves to the pulpit and, said a statement from St Paul's, "shouted out a list of grievances against St Paul's as well as reading part of the Bible". Dr...
  • Another British Healthcare Horror Story: UK Death Panels

    10/16/2012 7:10:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/16/2012 | Daniel Mitchell
    Paul Krugman assured us back in 2009 that, “In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.”If that’s the case, then the British press is filled with liars who deliberately make up horror stories about their nation’s healthcare system, as you can see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.We now have another nightmare to add to this list. Here are some of the horrific details from the UK-based Daily Mail.An elderly woman died alone after doctors failed to tell relatives they were ending...
  • Elderly man died after 'doctors proclaimed him DNR without consulting family' (death panel notice)

    10/16/2012 3:14:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/16/12 | Hannah Furness and Jennifer O'Mahony
    A former Merchant Navy seaman died after doctors refused to resuscitate him because medics made him the subject of a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order without consulting him or his family. John Flockhart, 79, suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital despite his daughter begging medics to revive him, an inquest has heard. Doctors had previously ruled any attempt to revive him would be “futile”, despite the family claiming they had never been informed or consulted. Sharon Flockhart "begged" a nurse to try to resuscitate her father. She said: "It felt that I was pleading for my father's life,"...
  • Nigel Farage on European Union’s Nobel Peace Prize [Video]

    10/16/2012 1:28:17 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 4 replies
    frontpagemag.com/the-point ^ | October 16, 2012 | Nigel Farage
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  • Starbucks don’t pay a buck in tax in UK for 3 years

    10/15/2012 11:06:06 PM PDT · by granada · 55 replies
    The Sun, UK ^ | Monday 15 October 2012 | The Sun, UK
    STARBUCKS was yesterday slammed for “gaming” Britain — as it emerged the coffee king hasn’t paid a bean to the taxman in THREE years. Experts claimed that, since 1998, the American coffee firm has paid just £8.6 million in income tax here. Over the same period it has generated more than £3 billion of sales as customers flock to its cafes for cappuccinos and lattes. The chain — which prides itself on being “ethical” — has been able to cut income tax by paying fees to other parts of its global empire, such as royalty payments for use of the...
  • St Paul's Cathedral Occupy protest latest (interrupt service)

    10/15/2012 10:03:14 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 7 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | October 14, 2012
    Protest group Occupy today took over St Paul's Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of its original camp. Four women from the movement went into the cathedral and chained themselves to the pulpit during a service. They then gave a sermon attacking cathedral authorities for "colluding with the City of London Corporation" which led to their eviction. The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's, said he was taking an evening prayer service when "four young women dressed in white" chained themselves to the structure. City of London Police are at the cathedral but the women from the...
  • Cameron-Salmond Deal Clears Way For Independence Referendum

    10/15/2012 5:09:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/10/12 | Amiel Ungar
    British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond met today in Edinburgh to sign the agreement under which the British government consents to allow Scotland's independence referendum to go ahead. A 3-1 trade paved the way for the agreement. Cameron and Salmond had to cut through four disagreements that were blocking a deal. The opponents of Scottish Independence wanted the referendum to be limited to one question: Would Scotland's remain part of Great Britain or go independent. Alex Salmond wanted a fallback option in case he lost the independence vote by posing a second question, popularly dubbed...
  • Malala Yousufzai, Pakistani Girl Nearly Killed by Taliban, Rushed to Queen Eliazbeth Hospital

    10/15/2012 2:22:36 PM PDT · by drewh · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 15 2012 | NICK SCHIFRIN
    Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was targeted and nearly killed by the Taliban for supporting education for girls, has been flown to a hospital in Birmingham, England for medical treatment. She arrived this afternoon. Her shooting launched an unprecedented outcry, cross-cutting through Pakistan's complex religious and political lines. Political leaders from all parties, even those with historical ties to the Taliban, have condemned the attack. Pakistan's normally reclusive army chief and the country's prime minister made personal visits to see her in the hospital. Girl Shot by Taliban Becomes Hero in Pakistan Watch Video 14-Year-Old Pakistani Rights Activist...
  • UK to turn back the clock on EU police cooperation

    10/15/2012 8:41:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 10/15/2012 @ 09:23 | Andrew Rettman
    British defense minister Philip Hammond has confirmed reports the UK will seek to end participation in dozens of EU-level crime-fighting structures. Several British newspapers on Sunday (14 October) predicted that home affairs minister Theresa May will in parliament on Monday say the government is "minded to" opt out of some 130 EU justice and home affairs programs. The list includes the European Arrest Warrant and the European criminal records information system, as well as future schemes to create an EU-level public prosecutor and a European investigation order, a protocol on EU countries' exchange of evidence in criminal cases. Under the...
  • Scottish Independence: Referendum Deal Signed

    10/15/2012 8:01:01 AM PDT · by granada · 31 replies
    Skynews, UK ^ | Monday 15 October 2012 | Skynews
    David Cameron has signed a deal with Scotland's First Minister, giving him the power to hold a referendum on independence. The Prime Minister and Alex Salmond met at the Scottish Government's headquarters to sign what has been called "The Edinburgh Agreement". It declares that the UK and Scottish governments will "work together to ensure that a referendum on Scottish independence can take place". The referendum will "deliver a fair test and a decisive expression of the views of people in Scotland", it adds, making clear that the result will be respected by all sides. The agreement is the launchpad for...
  • WH Smith bans under 14s from buying shooting magazines (UK)

    10/15/2012 7:38:55 AM PDT · by Joseph Harrolds · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Emma Clark
    WH Smith has banned children from buying magazines about shooting – even though it is legal for them to own a gun.  Britain’s biggest newsagent has introduced an over-14s limit on all copies of country sports magazines following a campaign by animal rights activists.  The retailer, whose founding family owned a highly prized shoot in Buckinghamshire, will enforce the restriction on hobby magazines including Shooting Times, because it understood children are not allowed to obtain a firearms certificate until they are 14. However under the current law, there is no minimum age for applying for a shotgun certificate in the...
  • Gordon Wilson: Gay marriage a 'step towards state fascism' (Scotland)

    10/14/2012 9:41:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:02PM BST 14 Oct 2012 | Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor
    A former Scottish National Party leader will tell the party’s conference this week that Alex Salmond’s plans to legalize gay marriage are a step towards “state fascism”. Gordon Wilson will accuse SNP ministers of “intolerance” for pushing ahead with the change in the face of a public consultation that indicated overwhelming opposition.He will also warn those Nationalist MSPs who intend backing the move when it comes before the Scottish Parliament that voters will get their revenge by ousting them at the next election. …
  • Vince Cable: Europe could be plunged into war if Euro collapses

    10/14/2012 9:18:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:17PM BST 14 Oct 2012 | Rosa Prince
    Vince Cable has warned that Europe could be plunged into war if the crisis in the eurozone results in the collapse of the currency. The Liberal Democrat Business Secretary said that the potential consequences of the failure of the Euro were "incalculable" and that there was "no automatic guarantee" that the continent would not disintegrate into conflict. … Speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, Mr. Cable said: "I think we need to take stock that if the eurozone were to unravel in a way that destroyed the European project—and there is a risk that could happen—the consequences would be absolutely...
  • Five Royal Marines are charged with MURDER after 'video emerges showing patrol discussing if injured

    10/14/2012 6:32:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/14/12 | Ian Drury
    Five Royal Marines have been charged with murder over the death of an injured Taliban fighter last year. Royal Military Police officers arrested the troops after video footage was found on a Marine’s laptop that allegedly showed members of 3 Commando Brigade discussing what to do with a wounded gunman caught inside a compound in Helmand. The images are said to have been discovered after one of the soldiers was arrested by civilian police who were investigating an unrelated crime in the UK.
  • UK: Convicted criminals recruited as carers for elderly (ObamaCare Preview?)

    10/14/2012 4:47:45 PM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | October 14, 2012 | John Bingham
    Frail and vulnerable elderly people are being forced to rely on care in their homes from workers with convictions for theft and violence, an investigation has found.   Private care agencies, fulfilling contracts for councils across the country, have been employing convicted criminals to work in elderly people’s homes. In some cases, the criminals have been sent in without police checks or risk assessments being carried out, publicly available records show. One agency in Birmingham hired 23 people with criminal records, including assault and theft. Another in Sussex had five criminals on its books including a woman who was...
  • Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released...

    10/14/2012 9:40:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 13, 2012 | By David Rose
    The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data released last week. The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012,there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures. This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose,1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years. The new data, compiled from more than 3,000 measuring points on land and sea, was issued quietly on...
  • NHS boss faces death penalty over charges of torture and 18 murders in Bangladesh (UK)

    10/14/2012 3:46:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    The Mail ^ | 13 October 2012 | Abul Taher
    One of Britain's most important Muslim leaders – who has a senior role in the NHS – is to be charged with 18 murders by a war crimes tribunal in his native Bangladesh... Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, who is director of Muslim Spiritual Care Provision in the NHS and is also a chairman of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy, is accused of abducting, torturing and killing 18 journalists, academics and doctors during the bloody war of independence in Bangladesh in 1971. ... Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) – which has been set up to try the country's most notorious war criminals...
  • Cranmer: The consummation of gay marriage

    10/14/2012 3:13:06 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 17 replies
    Cranmer ^ | Friday 16 March 2012 | "Archbishop Cranmer"
    His Grace apologises for this post, but it is as unavoidable as the decline and fall of the Coalition. What two grown men or two grown women get up behind closed doors in the privacy of their own homes is not, of course, a matter for the Conservatively-inclined. But, thanks to the Government’s intention to legislate for same-sex marriage, it will, at some point very soon, be a very public matter for the courts to consider and the media to pore over in salacious detail. His Grace is merely prematurely jumping on a future bandwagon hereby foreseen and foretold with...
  • “We’re ready to walk out on Europe”: Michael Gove sparks EU furor with dramatic admission

    10/14/2012 5:11:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 16:24 EST, 13 October 2012 | Simon Walters
    The chances of Britain leaving the EU rose dramatically last night after it emerged that one of David Cameron’s closest Cabinet allies believes it is time to tell Brussels bluntly: “We are ready to quit.” Education Secretary Michael Gove has told friends that, if there was a referendum today on whether the UK should cut its ties with Brussels, he would vote to leave. He wants Britain to give other EU nations an ultimatum: “Give us back our sovereignty or we will walk out.” …
  • Margaret Thatcher: Mitt Romney hails former PM as 'tower of strength'

    10/14/2012 3:04:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 14, 2012 | staff
    Baroness Thatcher leaves her home in London on her 87th birthday with her son Sir Mark and his wife Sarah Photo: WARREN ALLOTT Baroness Thatcher marked yesterday's occasion by having lunch at Green's Restaurant and Oyster Bar in London's exclusive St James's district with her son Mark and his wife. Writing on Twitter, Mr Romney - the Republican challenger engaged in a close fight with Democrat Barack Obama for the White House in next month's election - said: ''The US is blessed with courageous friends. ''Happy birthday to the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher - a tower of strength in...
  • Stress and the city: Urban decay - Scientists are testing the idea that the stress of modern city...

    10/13/2012 9:27:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 10 October 2012 | Alison Abbott
    Scientists are testing the idea that the stress of modern city life is a breeding ground for psychosis. In 1965, health authorities in Camberwell, a bustling quarter of London's southward sprawl, began an unusual tally. They started to keep case records for every person in the area who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder or any other psychiatric condition. Decades later, when psychiatrists looked... --snip-- Yet the results of his study, published last year in Nature (F. Lederbogen et al. Nature 474, 498–501; 2011), clearly showed that people who grow up in cities process negative emotions such as stress...
  • SHARIA LAW HITS THE UK

    10/13/2012 2:51:31 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Democracy Forum | The Daily Star ^ | 10/7/2011 | Dominik Lemanski
    ABOVE: Jamaal Uddin was pictured putting up Sharia controlled zone stickers in Walthamstow. HARDCORE Islamists have vowed to ban booze and mixing between the sexes in new Sharia law enforcement zones across the UK. The move will see specific areas flooded with thousands of stickers saying "no gambling", "no music or concerts", "no porn or prostitution" and "no drugs or smoking". The posters declare: "You are entering a Sharia controlled zone - Islamic rules enforced." The radicals will kick off their controlled zones in the London borough of Waltham Forest later this month. They also claim their hardline rules will...
  • The Platinum lady: Margaret Thatcher still perfectly coiffed on her 87th birthday

    10/13/2012 2:36:19 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 31 replies
    The traditional Tory blue outfit is immaculate and the famous ‘helmet hair’ – now platinum white – is perfectly coiffed. This is former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on her 87th birthday heading for a celebratory lunch yesterday with her son Mark and his wife Sarah. Baroness Thatcher – nicknamed The Iron Lady after she made a typically scathing speech about the Soviet Union – walked arm-in-arm with Mark as she left her home in London’s Belgravia.
  • Thanks be to cheeses ban is lifted

    10/13/2012 1:50:41 PM PDT · by null and void · 12 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 10/12/12 | Connor Pope
    The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has granted an exemption for the advertising of cheeses There was grate news for Ireland’s cheesemakers who got their whey this morning when the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) confirmed that when it comes to advertising cheeses on television, it has decided to let it brie. Last March, the State’s broadcasting watchdog published a draft advertising code that proposed banning cheese advertising from children’s television because of its high fat content. “You gouda be kidding,” was the response from the general public and the dairy farming lobby who feared the ban might be a feta...
  • Keith Campbell, who cloned Dolly the sheep, dead at 58

    10/12/2012 12:18:38 PM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/12/2012 | Staff
    Keith Campbell, the scientist who helped pioneer the birth of Dolly the sheep, the world's first mammal cloned from fully developed adult cells, has died, according to The University of Nottingham. Campbell, 58, died on October 5, according to a university statement released Thursday. His funeral has been scheduled for October 24. The university did not say how he died. Campbell was part of a team at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, Scotland, that cloned Dolly in 1996. Her birth made headlines worldwide, capturing the scientific imagination of many while generating intense controversy over the ethics of cloning. While Campbell...
  • The terrifying world of child brides

    10/12/2012 9:36:40 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/12/12 | Snejana Farberov
    At age 11, Ghulam was married off to 40-year-old Jaiz in a rural Afghan village, making her only one of more than 10 million young girls who are being forced to wed men old enough to be their fathers or grandfather every year. In an effort to start a global conversation about the devastating effects of early marriages, which are currently practiced in more than 50 developing countries, the United Nations designated October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child this year. To mark the occasion and draw attention to the problem of child brides, photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair teamed...
  • Roy Bates, self-proclaimed prince of Sealand, dead at 91

    10/12/2012 8:09:40 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 20 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | 12th October 2012 | Jill Lawless
    'Where most people saw a crumbling, rust-stained hunk of concrete and steel, Paddy Roy Bates saw a kingdom. Bates, who has died aged 91, occupied an abandoned wartime fort in the North Sea and declared it the sovereign Principality of Sealand, with its own passports, flag, anthem and stamps — and himself as its monarch. What began as a swinging 60s attempt to set up a radio station became a micro-state that is still going strong more than 45 years later — although it has not been recognized by any government. "I might die young or I might die old,...
  • HMS Conqueror’s biggest secret: a raid on Russia

    10/12/2012 2:00:06 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 19 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | October 12th 2012 | Neil Tweedie
    HMS Conqueror is famous, some would say notorious, for sinking the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano. The nuclear-powered attack submarine, a type also known menacingly as a hunter-killer, that year became the first of her kind to fire in anger..... But the ship now in the crosswires was not the Belgrano. This was August, almost two months after the liberation of the Falklands, and on the other side of the world, in the Barents Sea, backyard of the mighty Soviet Northern Fleet..... This one was special: [the trawler] was pulling a device long coveted by the British and Americans, a two-mile...
  • Canadian heritage plane on the auction block

    10/11/2012 7:36:43 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 6 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | October 11, 2012 | Thane Burnett
    Surviving war and time, a Canadian flyer that's roamed the skies for 70 years -- losing some heritage along the way -- is about to find a new home. But it would take top dollar to get the veteran back to the place it first protected. A rare Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft that flew along Canada's East Coast during the Second World War -- possibly helping to protect convoys from German U-boats -- is going up for auction and bids could reach a lofty $2.6 million. Sholto Gilbertson, with the London, England-based Bonhams auctioneers, which is selling off the Hurricane...
  • EU financial transactions tax gets enough support to take off

    10/10/2012 10:17:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09.10.12 @ 15:54 (October 9) | Honor Mahony
    A threshold-breaking eleven member states have agreed to push ahead with a financial transactions tax, but the political breakthrough is tempered by a number of unanswered questions. "Today we have received a clear and very welcome signal that there will be enough member states on board for an EU Financial Transactions Tax," EU tax commissioner Algirdas Semeta said Tuesday (9 October). He promised to come forward with a decision in November, but noted that at least nine countries have to formally make a request in order to trigger a legislative process for a splinter group of member states. So far,...
  • Ireland 'close to oil billions'

    10/10/2012 6:53:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 10-10-12 | Andy Martin
    Ireland is on the verge of securing revenue from oil that could run into billions of pounds. Providence Resources Plc, an Irish and UK company, has confirmed its Barryroe site, 30 miles off the Cork coast, should yield 280m barrels of oil. The money generated will depend on the market value at the time of extraction and on licensing arrangements. Providence chief executive Tony O'Reilly Jr said this was the beginning of an Irish oil industry. He described it as a huge success story, following decades of exploration around the Irish coast. "The great news today is that Barryroe is...
  • Men jailed after sniper rifle found in back of minicab in South Croydon

    10/09/2012 9:28:15 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 145 replies
    Croydon Toda ^ | 9 Oct 2012 | GarethD2011
    FIVE men have been jailed after a sniper rifle was found in the boot of a minicab in South Croydon. Tyron Harding, 45, sold the .22 bolt-action rifle and hollow-point ammunition - designed to cause maximum injury - to his fellow defendants on November 1 last year. Armed police officers stopped Loyan Osman, 25, soon afterwards as he travelled along Brighton Road, South Croydon, in a minicab. In his possession he had 57 rounds of ammunition. When officers searched the boot of the vehicle they found the rifle with a sniper scope and silencer attached. It was loaded with a...
  • British boxer Amir Khan KO’s gang of carjackers

    10/09/2012 11:39:18 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9th October 2012 | Yahoo News
    'Amir Khan and his boxer brother Haroon have fought off an armed gang who tried to steal his £100,000 Range Rover. The pair of pugilists had returned to the car after a night out in Birmingham when six men ambushed them. The Sun reports that the gang used another 4x4 to block the Khans' path, while another brandished a cosh. The brothers fought them off and escaped with just cuts and bruises, although the Range Rover's back window was smashed. An eyewitness told The Sun: "These guys tried to jump Amir and his brother but they picked on the wrong...
  • UK: Homeowners win right to use lethal force on burglars

    10/08/2012 7:16:59 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th October 2012 | James Slack And James Chapman
    'The long campaign to give householders the right to use maximum force against burglars will end in victory today. Chris Grayling will announce he is changing the law to allow people to use ‘disproportionate’ levels of violence to protect themselves and their families. The Justice Secretary said it would ‘dispel doubts once and for all’ over the right to fight back against intruders. The new rules could, in some cases, allow for lethal force. The move is designed to remove the threat of a burglary victim being arrested – let alone charged – if they use violence to drive the...
  • Elderly couple's beautifully tended... cannabis bush?!?!

    10/08/2012 2:34:29 PM PDT · by MalPearce · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10th October 2012 | Sara Malm
    They had bought the plant as a shrub at a car boot sale, without realising that is was a cannabis bush. After the drugs raid Bedfordshire Police took to Twitter to comment their find and posted a photo of the bush growing in what looks like an ordinary suburban garden. The tweet from Bedford Borough’s local policing team read: 'Seized today. Elderly couple bought shrub at car boot sale, tended carefully-biggest cannabis plant we had seen!!'
  • Assange bail guarantors ordered to pay up

    10/08/2012 1:50:02 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 14 replies
    reuters ^ | 2012-10-08
    Nine people who put up bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, including two members of the British aristocracy and a Nobel Prize winner, were ordered to pay £93 000 on Monday after Assange took refuge in Ecuador's embassy. The guarantors - who include Nobel prize-winning biologist John Sulston - are liable for part of the £140 000 pound bail fee they pledged, Westminster Magistrate's Court ruled. They were given until 6 November to pay up.
  • April Jones: Matthew Woods jailed for Facebook posts about missing 5 year old

    10/08/2012 9:37:35 AM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 44 replies
    BBC
    A Lancashire man who posted offensive comments on Facebook about missing five-year-old April Jones has been jailed for 12 weeks. Matthew Woods, 20, made a number of derogatory posts about April and missing Madeline McCann. He appeared at Chorley Magistrates' Court where he admitted sending a grossly offensive public electronic communication. Woods, of Eaves Lane, Chorley, was handed the maximum sentence. Chairman of the bench, magistrate Bill Hudson, said his comments were so serious and "abhorrent" that he deserved the longest sentence they could pass, less a third to give credit for his early guilty plea. Mark Bridger, 46, appeared...
  • New York Red Bulls coach Mike Jones stabbed to death

    10/08/2012 9:12:57 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8th October 2012 | BBC News
    'A 25-year-old British man who was working as a football coach in the US has been stabbed to death in New York. Mike Jones, originally of Tarleton, Lancashire, was attacked in Manhattan in the early hours of Sunday, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said. Mr Jones, who coached the New York Red Bulls juniors, was declared dead on arrival at Bellevue Hospital, New York.'
  • Travellers fake disabilities to skip airport queues

    10/08/2012 6:32:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/8/2012
    An increasing number of air travellers are faking disabilities to skip queues at security, check-in and departure gates, according to airport and airline staff. Passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) are entitled to free assistance, and are permitted to cut queues at the airport. Support can be requested at the time of booking, or during check-in, but passengers are not required to present proof of disability, prompting unscrupulous able-bodied travellers to exploit the policy. The practice is becoming so common that airline staff have coined the phrase “miracle flights” to describe how some travellers require a wheelchair to board the aircraft,...