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  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +17 +1

    Landing site selected for UK Mars rover

    Due to land in 2021, the ExoMars rover will be the first of its kind to travel across the Martian surface and drill down to determine if evidence of life is buried underground. Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive, UK Space Agency said: After the Earth, Mars is the most habitable planet in the Solar System, so it’s a perfect destination to explore the possibility of life on other planets, as well as the history of our own.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by rawlings
    +15 +1

    Patient who died during robot surgery had 99% chance of living if human operated

    A heart patient who died after a robot performed complicated surgery said the man would have had a “99 per cent” chance of survival if a human had operated. The doctor leading the surgery on Stephen Pettitt, who died after a "catalogue of errors: was not trained enough to use the robot and had only practised using it on a simulator, an inquest heard. In February 2015, the father-of-three, 69, was the first person in the UK to undergo robotic mitral valve surgery.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by spacepopper
    +17 +1

    Over 2,765,000,000 throw away cups will not get recycled this year in the UK

    Almost 3,000,000,000 single use cups are set to be used in the UK this year – and just one in 25 of them will get recycled. New figures – buried in a report released on budget day – reveal the shocking scale of the problem despite pledges to tackle the mountain of waste heading for landfill. Campaigners have accused the government of ‘sitting on its hands’ and doing little to combat the issue despite growing public outrage.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by 66bnats
    +3 +1

    Break-in foiled after Julian Assange eviction plot is revealed

    Evidence has come to light of a deal to evict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The deal involves collusion from several countries. And if the plan goes ahead, it could see Assange forced out of the embassy within weeks or even days.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zyery
    +10 +1

    Brexit: Theresa May claims trade deal success in Africa – but critics say it's a 'rollover' of existing EU agreement

    Theresa May has come under fire for claiming to have secured the UK’s first post-Brexit trade deal as it is merely a “rollover” of an existing EU agreement. Critics said the announcement – to replicate a deal with six southern African nations – fell far short of boasts, before the referendum, of a new free trade area much larger than the EU. They also pointed out that it came amid doubts about whether the UK will be able to retain deals the EU has struck recently with Canada and Japan – which are far bigger economies.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +7 +1

    Blimp of London Mayor Sadiq Khan to fly over UK capital

    A giant blimp of London Mayor Sadiq Khan will be seen in the UK capital's skies this weekend after protesters were given permission to fly the crowdfunded balloon in Westminster. More than 3,000 supporters have donated more than £58,000 ($75,500) in total to fund the 29-foot balloon, which depicts the mayor reclining in a small yellow bikini.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +13 +1

    Sadiq Khan bikini balloon launched

    A giant balloon of a bikini-clad Sadiq Khan has been flown in London as part of a campaign to oust the capital's mayor. Campaigners raised £58,182 for the 29ft-long blimp, which was launched in Parliament Square earlier. Mr Khan said people were "welcome" to look at the balloon but he did not think the swimwear suited him.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +21 +1

    UK won't be able to protect its waters after Brexit, former first sea lord warns

    A former chief of the UK’s naval staff has said the nation does not have enough ships to patrol its waters, warning of “disastrous” consequences after Brexit. Lord West of Spithead , former first sea lord, said the “insufficient” number of ships had been exposed by recent clashes between British and French fishermen over scallops. Rocks and smoke bombs were hurled at British fishing vessels in the English Channel during skirmishes on Tuesday. French mariners are angry about a domestic ban preventing them from harvesting the scallop-rich region while British boats have free rein to fish.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zyery
    +24 +1

    Man who lost most of his penis to flesh-eating bug wins six-figure payout

    A cancer patient who lost most of his penis to a flesh-eating superbug after routine surgery has won a six-figure payout. Andrew Lane, 63, contracted the potentially fatal infection necrotising fasciitis after an operation to remove his prostate gland in March 2013. His bowel was punctured during the procedure at Southend hospital in Essex, but staff only noticed the injury six days later, his lawyers said.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +14 +1

    HIV diagnoses fall to their lowest level in the UK since 2000

    New HIV diagnoses in the UK have fallen to their lowest level since 2000, figures show. There was a 17% drop in the number of new diagnoses last year, declining from 5,280 in 2016 to 4,363 in 2017, Public Health England (PHE) said. Numbers have reduced by more than a quarter (28%) since 2015 and are at their lowest since 2000, when there were 3,989.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ppp
    +16 +1

    Two thirds of young girls have been sexually harassed in public, survey shows

    Two thirds of girls and women aged 14 to 21 have been sexually harassed in public, according to a survey. The poll by charity Plan International UK examined the exposure of young females to conduct including catcalling, groping and upskirting. More than 1,000 girls and women were asked about their experiences in public settings, for instance when they are in the street, on transport, travelling to school or work, or in a park, bar or club.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +11 +1

    Four million UK children too poor to have a healthy diet, study finds

    Almost 4 million children in the UK live in households that would struggle to afford to buy enough fruit, vegetables, fish and other healthy foods to meet the official nutrition guidelines, a groundbreaking food poverty study reveals. The research, by the Food Foundation thinktank, says the diminishing ability of low-income families to pay for healthy food is consigning the least well-off to a greater risk of diet related illness, such as obesity and diabetes, as well as widening health inequalities across society.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by messi
    +29 +1

    Russian trolls' tweets cited in more than 100 UK news articles

    UK news organisations have cited tweets from Russian trolls more than 100 times, a Guardian investigation has found, in stories about topics including Donald Trump, Donald Glover and Lena Dunham. In June the US Congress released details of 1,000 accounts that Twitter believes were run by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a state-backed misinformation operation based in St Petersburg, adding to more than 2,000 accounts the company had already identified.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TheSpirit
    +12 +1

    Salisbury novichok suspects say they were only visiting cathedral

    The two men identified as suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack have appeared on Russia’s state-funded TV station RT, claiming they visited the “wonderful” English city as tourists to see its cathedral. In their first interview since being charged in the UK with attempted murder, the men said they may have approached Sergei Skripal’s house by accident on 4 March, but denied that they were carrying any poison or that they had committed any crime.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zyery
    +20 +1

    Documents reveal Salisbury suspects have links to Russian defence ministry

    Documents uncovered by investigative journalists have provided the first public evidence that the suspects in the Salisbury novichok attack have formal ties to the Russian ministry of defence. British authorities have charged Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with conspiracy to murder Sergei and Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey. The former Russian spy and his daughter were found collapsed on 4 March; the police officer fell ill after trying to help them. Prosecutors say Petrov and Boshirov work for Russian military intelligence, which President Vladimir Putin has denied.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by baron778
    +10 +1

    Boy, 11, left with serious head injuries after copying YouTube stunt

    A boy was left with serious head injuries after riding a playground roundabout as it was spun by the back wheel of a moped, in imitation of a popular YouTube video stunt. Tyler Brooke, 11, fainted as the centrifugal force generated by the spinning roundabout forced fluid and blood into his head, leaving his face bruised and his eyes bulging and bloodshot.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by darvinhg
    +10 +1

    London mayor calls for second referendum on Brexit

    London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for another referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, adding his backing to an idea known as a “People’s Vote.” Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29. But with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans still not accepted, some lawmakers, as well as union and business leaders are increasingly arguing for people to have a final say on any deal struck with Brussels.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +1

    Most Britons ready to vote for new centre-ground party amid Tory and Labour chaos, new poll finds

    A majority of Britons would now consider voting for a new centre-ground political movement amid soaring dismay at the state of the main parties, an exclusive poll has revealed. The exclusive research for The Independent found the number of those ready to back a new party has leapt in just four months after a summer in which Labour’s antisemitism crisis raged and the Tories tore themselves apart over Brexit.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by larylin
    +3 +1

    Lib Dem call for £100bn 'citizen's fund'

    A £100bn "citizens fund" should be created to spread the UK's wealth more evenly, the Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable is proposing. He will tell the party's conference it could be built up through taxes on the richest and the sale of assets, such as the UK stake in Royal Bank of Scotland. Sir Vince will say it is a "disgrace" taxpayers are yet to be repaid for the RBS bail-out in the financial crisis.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +14 +1

    Emmanuel Macron calls Brexit campaign leaders 'liars', in extraordinary attack

    Emmanuel Macron has branded the leaders of the campaign for Brexit “liars”, in an extraordinary attack at the close of the Salzburg summit. The Leave victory was “pushed by those who predicted easy solutions,” the French president said, adding: “Those people are liars. They left the next day so they didn’t have to manage it.”

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by canuck
    +14 +1

    Revealed: Russia’s secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

    Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help him flee the UK, the Guardian has learned. A tentative plan was devised that would have seen the WikiLeaks founder smuggled out of Ecuador’s London embassy in a diplomatic vehicle and transported to another country. One ultimate destination, multiple sources have said, was Russia, where Assange would not be at risk of extradition to the US. The plan was abandoned after it was deemed too risky.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jerrycan
    +2 +1

    Conservationists Warn UK Faces 'Ecological Apocalypse' as Native Species Go Extinct

    Launching a People's Manifesto for Wildlife, broadcaster Chris Packham said the UK is witnessing a "mass extinction in our own backyards" due to a lack of regard for the environment - such as building roads and houses through natural habitats and using pesticides in farming. A staggering 38,000 mountain hares have been killed on hunting estates across Scotland, and the manifesto warns the animals could become extinct in our lifetime.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +11 +1

    Boy with dairy allergy died after being ‘chased with cheese’

    A 13-year-old boy with a severe dairy allergy died after a schoolmate allegedly chased him with cheese and threw it down his T-shirt, an inquest has heard. Karanbir Cheema, from Greenford, west London, suffered a “serious allergic reaction” and was left “gasping for air”, ITV News reports. After going into anaphylactic shock, he fell unconscious and was rushed to hospital by paramedics, where he died ten days later.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by melaniee
    +11 +1

    Jeremy Corbyn has said he will back giving people a final say on Brexit if Labour conference votes for it

    Jeremy Corbyn has said he will back giving the British people a final say on Brexit in a new referendum if party members vote for it at Labour’s conference this week. The Labour leader said that while he had not called for it up to now he had been elected to “empower” members and would not “walk away from it” if they demanded a new vote.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by spacepopper
    +16 +1

    19-year-old shot dead in second London youth murder within 24 hours

    A teenager has been shot dead in the second youth murder in London within the space of 24 hours. Police were called to reports of a shooting in Walthamstow shortly after 11pm on Saturday night. The 19-year-old was driven by friends to a northeast London hospital, where he was pronounced dead around half an hour later. Officers believe they know his identity, but await formal identification and confirmation that next of kin have been informed.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ubthejudge
    +11 +1

    Boy, 13, leads British police on 100mph chase

    A 13-year-old-boy in Bradford drove a stolen car at speeds of up to 100mph as he attempted to give police the slip, an officer said.The boy was behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf which was taken during a burglary in Shipley, near Bradford, Pc Benjamin Pearson said.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wildcat
    +7 +1

    U.K. will immediately recognize Palestine if Labour elected, says Corbyn

    Britain's opposition Labour Party will "will recognise a Palestinian state as soon as we take office," says leader Jeremy Corbyn while speaking Wednesday at the annual party conference. “The continuing occupation, the expansion of illegal settlements and the imprisonment of Palestinian children are an outrage,” Corbyn said, while explaining Labour backs a two-state solution to the conflict.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by doodlegirl
    +4 +1

    Consumer loyalty 'rip off' faces probe

    The accusation that loyal customers are being "ripped off" for mobile, broadband, savings, home insurance and mortgage deals is to be investigated by the competition body. It follows a super-complaint from Citizens Advice, which says customers who stick with their supplier are losing a total of £4.1bn a year. That amounts to an average of £877 per person, the charity said. It added that elderly and vulnerable people are disproportionately affected.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hxxp
    +14 +1

    Teens filmed letting dog kill cat sent death threats after being named online

    Teenagers who enticed a pet cat out from underneath a car before setting a dog on it have been sent death threats after their identities were revealed online. The two boys - who cannot be named for legal reasons - have been subject to scores of violent threats on social media after appearing in court charged with causing the "disturbing" and "sinister" death of a cat .

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +13 +1

    Restaurants face ban on taking tips

    Restaurants will be legally barred from keeping tips from staff under plans to be announced by Theresa May on Monday. The move follows a public outcry in 2015, when it emerged that many High Street chains routinely took up to 10% of tips paid by credit and debit card. Most chains have since stopped this practice, typically charging a much lower fee of 2.5% on tips paid by card.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +12 +1

    Millionaire refuses to take down 'Bollocks to Brexit' poster

    An outspoken former Conservative party donor has said he is prepared to go to prison to keep a giant “Bollocks to Brexit” poster above his London office after he was told to remove it by his local council. Charlie Mullins, the founder of Pimlico Plumbers, accused Lambeth council of interfering with his freedom of speech and succumbing to people’s sensitivities over a word that was proven in a Sex Pistols case in 1977 not to be obscene.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +10 +1

    Police drone finds girl, 16, who called 999 to report rape

    A teenage girl who did not know where she was and called 999 to report that a man had raped her was found after police deployed a drone equipped with a thermal imaging camera. The 16-year-old called emergency services in the early hours of Saturday to say she was on land somewhere in Boston, Lincolnshire, with her attacker.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +28 +1

    Medical cannabis to be available on UK prescription within weeks

    There was medical cannabis news out today in the UK. It emerged that within the next month, it will be available on prescription. Currently cannabis-derived medicines are only prescribed in exceptional circumstances and a medical panel has to agree. The latest move represents a shift in the tone and the procedure by the government's Home Office.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rawlings
    +3 +1

    Woman jailed after sex act photo leads to boyfriend's murder

    A woman has been jailed for four months after pleading guilty to inciting the killing of her boyfriend, who was murdered by her former partner. Sarah Bramley, 29, revelled in the drama of having David Saunders and Michael Lawson vying for her attention because she had “lost her moral compass”, her barrister told Teesside crown court. She sent an intimate photograph of herself performing a sex act on Lawson to Saunders, her former partner, “tipping him over the edge”, the court heard.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wetwilly87
    +8 +1

    Heartbroken mum found hanged after son killed himself following false rape claim

    The heartbroken mum of a teenager who took his own life after being accused of rape before the report was withdrawn has been found hanged in her family home. The family of grief-stricken Karin Cheshire, 55, said she 'could not see a future' without son Jay Cheshire, 17, who took his own life after allegations of rape were made against him. The complaint was withdrawn after two weeks but were said to have deeply affected Jay.