Brothers Jailed for Terror Training Plot

Two brothers have been jailed after they pleaded guilty to conspiring to attend a terrorist training camp in Syria. Mohommod Nawaz, 30, was given a four-and-a-half year sentence, while younger brother Hamza, 24, received three years. The pair were intercepted in September upon their return to Britain at the port of Dover. They were carrying bullets and pictures as trophies when they were arrested.
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Police Launch Investigation into House of Lords Expenses Scandal

The Police have launched an investigation after a member of the House of Lords was found to have wrongly claimed £3,300 in expenses. Lord Hanningfield signed for £300 a day yet he did little or no parliamentary work. An investigation by the Lords Commissioner for standards, Paul Kernaghan, revealed that over a period of 11 days in July last year, he spent less than 40 minutes on the parliamentary estate. 26 Nov 2014, 9:35 AM PDT

Government's own Research Shows E-cigs Not a Gateway to Smoking

A report by the ONS shows that e-cigarettes are almost entirely used by people who are trying to give up smoking. Only one in 700 people who regularly ‘vape’ were not smokers previously, the research found. The popularity of e-cigarettes has continued to rise while the number of smokers has been falling, leading many to conclude that there is a link. 26 Nov 2014, 9:29 AM PDT

Poll: UKIP Replaces Labour as Party of the White, Working Classes

Labour has been trumped by the UK Independence Party as the party of the white, working class voter according to a new poll. In a recent poll YouGov asked voters which party they thought was the party most in touch with the white, working classes. They found that 27 percent of voters thought it was Ukip, against 21 percent who thought it was Labour. 26 Nov 2014, 9:20 AM PDT

Brothers Jailed for Terror Training Plot

Two brothers have been jailed after they pleaded guilty to conspiring to attend a terrorist training camp in Syria. Mohommod Nawaz, 30, was given a four-and-a-half year sentence, while younger brother Hamza, 24, received three years. The pair were intercepted in September upon their return to Britain at the port of Dover. They were carrying bullets and pictures as trophies when they were arrested. 26 Nov 2014, 9:03 AM PDT

Why Conservatives Need to Work Together on Social Media

I didn't know a huge amount about Miss Jack Monroe until the other day. Frankly, I’m not interested in knowing anything more about her either. However, this whole saga has demonstrated just how important it is that conservatives stick together and use social media in the fight against left-wing hate mobs. 26 Nov 2014, 8:33 AM PDT

Juncker's €315bn Giveaway Dismissed as Gimmick

The €315bn “New Deal” for investment and growth in the EU was today dismissed as “chicken feed” by a leading academic. Professor Charles Wyplosz from Geneva University dismissed the proclamations by President Juncker and said “it won’t do anything to kick-start growth”. 26 Nov 2014, 7:57 AM PDT

Rail Travellers Urged to 'Run and Hide' in the Event of a Mumbai-Style Attack

The British Transport Police have been handing out leaflets to commuters all across the country urging them to “run, hide and tell” in the event of a Mumbai-style terrorist attack on Britain’s railways. Featuring images of commuters cowering in the dark, Police have justified the leaflet as an attempt to keep commuters safe but members of the public have taken to Twitter to mock and ridicule it. 26 Nov 2014, 6:24 AM PDT

Pining Penguins: UK Wallows in Warmth of Christmas Ads

As Christmas nears, British television screens are filled with heart-warming tales of lonely penguins, family reunions and homesick soldiers in an attempt to get customers to part with their cash. 26 Nov 2014, 6:07 AM PDT

Staff Backlash over Charity's Award for Tony Blair

Almost 200 staff at the global charity Save the Children have signed a letter condemning its decision to give former British prime minister Tony Blair an award for his work on debt relief. 26 Nov 2014, 6:03 AM PDT

Campaigning under Way in Liberia Despite Ebola

Campaigning is under way for Senate elections in Liberia, another sign that Ebola is loosening its deadly grip on the West African country even as it hits the capital of neighboring Sierra Leone with increasing force. 26 Nov 2014, 5:46 AM PDT

Scientific Proof That Public Debate Is Dominated By Stupid People

Have you ever picked up a newspaper, read a story about the teaching unions and thought: how on earth did these people get into positions of influence? Why is everyone so stupid? Well, you're not alone. And, if a graph that landed on my desk yesterday is right, there's a scientific basis for your frustration: you're probably a lot smarter than they are. 26 Nov 2014, 5:14 AM PDT

'Pick-up Artist' Blanc Banned from Singapore

Singapore on Wednesday banned US-based "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc from entering the country to conduct seminars after over 8,000 people signed a petition accusing him of legitimising "sexual assault and predation". The move by the Southeast Asian city-state follows a similar ban by Britain last week. 26 Nov 2014, 3:55 AM PDT

New Thai Tourism Strategy: 'I Hate Thailand'

It's been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery. The video called "I Hate Thailand" drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last week. 26 Nov 2014, 3:51 AM PDT

Hong Kong Arrests Student Leaders

Student leaders of Hong Kong protests were arrested early Wednesday as police continued clearing the barricades of pro-democracy demonstrators, social media and news reports said. 26 Nov 2014, 3:48 AM PDT

In Britain, U.S. Turkey Dinner is Big for Business

Plump turkeys in butcher shop windows. Harvest displays of pumpkin and corn. Sandwich boards describing groaning feasts. Thanksgiving isn't a holiday in Britain, but you might be forgiven for being fooled. It's not hard to find someone to talk turkey, never mind sell you one. That's because there are so many Americans in Britain these days that dozens of businesses have started selling the goods they need to celebrate. 26 Nov 2014, 3:42 AM PDT

British Third Quarter Growth Confirmed at 0.7 Percent

British economic growth slowed to 0.7 percent in the third quarter of 2014 from output in the previous three months, official data showed Wednesday, confirming the previous estimate. Economic output in the July-September period was propelled by consumer spending, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement. 26 Nov 2014, 3:40 AM PDT

Nick Clegg Admits Migrant Benefit Rules Need Changing

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has admitted that the rules on open door immigration from Europe need changing as his party scored another humiliating result in the latest by-election. In an article in the Financial Times, the Deputy Prime Minister demonstrates how attitudes towards immigration have moved on, following the second victory in a row for Nigel Farage’s UKIP. 26 Nov 2014, 3:14 AM PDT

'Honeypot' Britain Pays Out £5 Billion in Tax Credits to EU Migrants Each Year

Britain pays out £5 billion a year to 415,000 foreign nationals each year, according to figures from the think tank Open Europe. The top-up means that a minimum wage earner from Poland can double their salary by moving to the UK, and a Bulgarian national can see their wages rise by more than 250 percent by coming to the UK. A senior Tory MP said that Britain is becoming a “honeypot nation.” 26 Nov 2014, 2:47 AM PDT

For The Tory Party, May 2015 Will Be an Extinction Event

"Events in the course of the war have today taken a turn not necessarily to the advantage of the Empire of Japan." In those uber-euphemistic words, couched in court Japanese to soften their brutal meaning, Emperor Hirohito broadcast to his nation the news of Japan's surrender in 1945. 26 Nov 2014, 1:05 AM PDT

Six Tory Cabinet Ministers Would Quit an Unreformed EU

At least six Cabinet members are said to favour Britain leaving the European Union on the current terms of membership according to senior party figures. The admission follows a speech delivered by ousted ex-minister Owen Patterson, who has called for a British withdrawal from the EU. His remarks draw a line in the sand between the two factions of the Conservative Party, and have been widely recognised as a bid to lead the “Out” campaign in a referendum on EU membership. 25 Nov 2014

Facebook 'Could Have Stopped Lee Rigby Murder'

Facebook failed to notify authorities of a message from one of Lee Rigby's killers in which he threatened to kill a soldier. Michael Adebowale used the site to contact another extremist, discussing his plans five months before carrying out the murder of Fusilier Rigby on a street in Woolwich, London. 25 Nov 2014

Black Friday Shopping Catches on in UK

Halloween and Mother's Day have become staples of the U.K. shopping calendar. Now Black Friday looks as though it may be the next big retail import from the United States. 25 Nov 2014

Tunisia's Anti-Islamist Essebsi Leads Presidential Vote

The head of Tunisia's anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party, Beji Caid Essebsi, leads the country's presidential election with 39.46 percent of votes, six percentage points ahead of incumbent Moncef Marzouki, results showed Tuesday. Because there was no outright winner, a second round of voting will now be held, with the date depending on any appeals, the head of the ISIE elections body Chafik Sarsar told reporters. 25 Nov 2014

Dewani Honeymoon Murder Case Decision Delayed

British businessman Shrien Dewani will have to wait two weeks to see whether a South African judge throws out charges that he organised the murder of his bride on their honeymoon. 25 Nov 2014

Boy, 13, Rapes Classmate After Sex-Ed Class

A Welsh council is reviewing its policies on sex education after a 13 year-old girl was pinned-down and raped by her classmate on school property after taking a sex-ed lesson together. The attack, in which the 13-year-old boy asked the girl whether she wanted to “try sex” after the class, took place two years ago, but only came to light earlier this month after the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted the crime in a 'youth court'. 25 Nov 2014

Sunday Mornings too Inconvenient for Church… Says Church of England

The Church of England has cast doubt over the ongoing viability of Sunday morning church services in a modern, busy world. Mid-week services are being touted as a more modern-life friendly alternative, as latest figures show that attendances at midweek services in cathedrals have doubled over the last decade, whereas Sunday attendance continues to fall. 25 Nov 2014

Universities 'Must Ban Hate Preachers' Says May

Universities will be forced to ban hate preachers under new rules issued by the Home Secretary. The announcement, reported in the Daily Mail, was part of a package of measures she revealed yesterday to tackle the growing threat of jihadis here in the UK. 25 Nov 2014

MEPs to Vote on Recognising Palestine as a 'State'

Euro MPs are set to vote to recognise the state of Palestine in a move designed to put pressure on EU member nations to do the same. The movement to recognise Palestine as a state has been gaining ground on the continent since Sweden decided to officially recognise it on 30 October this year. 25 Nov 2014

Law Society Apologises, Withdraws Guidance on Sharia Law

Guidance to solicitors on how to draw up sharia wills in accordance with British law has been withdrawn after criticism by the justice secretary and campaign groups, with the body responsible offering apologies for the works which one group said "legitimised sharia law". 25 Nov 2014

Class War: Labour Threatens Private School Tax Breaks

Private school educated Dr Tristram Hunt has said that a Labour government would launch an attack on independent schools claiming charity tax breaks. Writing in The Guardian, Dr Hunt, who went to £18,000 a year University College School in Hampstead, said that "private schools have done too little for too long." 25 Nov 2014

Britain Wins 3 International Emmys

Britain's Stephen Dillane and the Netherlands' Bianca Krijgsman won the top acting prizes Monday night at the 42nd International Emmy Awards in which the honors were spread among eight countries. 25 Nov 2014

Hong Kong Police Remove More Mongkok Barricades

Hong Kong authorities Tuesday tore down barricades at a protest site in Mongkok, the scene of some of the more violent clashes to take place during nearly two months of pro-democracy sit-ins. 25 Nov 2014

Abortions Sky Rocket in Vietnam

At a small Hanoi cemetery, Nguyen Van Thao opens a fridge and pulls out a bag of bloody foetuses to prepare for burial -- a grim reminder that Vietnam has one of the highest abortion rates in the world. 25 Nov 2014

Hundreds of Migrants on Ship Stranded off Crete

A freighter carrying hundreds of migrants trying to enter Europe is drifting in high winds off the island of Crete, and Greek authorities have launched a rescue mission with five ships. 25 Nov 2014

Are U.S.-Style Culture Wars Coming to Britain?

Forever, it seems, Britain has been a divided nation. At least that is what the last two centuries of political discourse in this country tell us, before you accuse me of going all Karl Marx. One of my earliest political memories is reading ‘Sybil’, the Conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli’s novel analysing inequality in nineteenth century Britain. 25 Nov 2014

Owen Paterson makes his bid for the Iron Throne

Today Owen Paterson declared war on the Vichy wing of the Conservative party by telling them exactly like it is: Britain's ongoing membership of the EU is a disaster; we'd be much better off out;  the only reason we ever joined it in the first place is because the founding fathers of the EU lied about their true intentions, aided and abetted by equally mendacious useful idiots like Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath. If we'd known what we were getting ourselves into we would never have given up our sovereignty; and we'd all be a lot freer and richer as a result. 25 Nov 2014

The British War Heroes Who Volunteered to Kill ISIS Jihad Fanatics

Amid claims by one politician that there are now 2,000 British citizens fighting for the Islamic state, the number fighting against ISIS is slowly growing, including former British Army soldiers fighting a “war on evil” on their own terms, and official special forces patrols playing the enemy at their own game. 24 Nov 2014

Former 'Gay Cure' Minister Marries Same-Sex Partner

The former minister of an organisation which said it could cure homosexuality has married his same sex partner. The Metro writes that John Smid, former director of the Memphis ministry 'Love in Action' that claims to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality, married Larry McQueen in Oklahoma. 24 Nov 2014

Price of Marigolds to Rise Thanks to 'Bonkers' EU Law

Meddling EU bureaucrats are determined to push through rules which will push up the price of Marigolds and oven gloves. In a bid to stop people being injured in the kitchen, the Telegraph reports that Brussels will vote on draconian measures which will make manufactures rigorously test products which have been on the market for years. 24 Nov 2014

Husbands Who Shout At Wives Will Face 14 Years In Jail Under New Law

Men who exercise “coercive control” over their partners by restricting their personal or financial freedom, or through overt criticism could face up to 14 years in jail under new laws set to be announced by Home Secretary Theresa May this week. Campaigners, who have been arguing for a change in the law to bring emotional abuse into line legally with physical abuse, have praised the proposals as a “major step forward”. 24 Nov 2014

Former Tory Minister Calls for Britain to Leave EU

Former Environment Minister Owen Paterson has called for Britain to leave the EU and negotiate a new free trade agreement with Europe. Speaking at the Eurosceptic "Business for Britain" think tank, Mr Paterson told the audience that "As they [the EU] move away from us, we should grasp the opportunity to leave the current political arrangements and negotiate a new settlement" insisting that "we cannot follow the Eurozone into a more integrated political entity." 24 Nov 2014

Thousands of NHS Workers Strike for Pay Rise

Thousands of British nurses, midwives and hospital cleaners went on a four-hour strike Monday calling for a pay rise, weeks after walking out for the first time in 32 years. 24 Nov 2014

The True Cost of Divorce: One in Eight Children Turn to Drugs and Alcohol to Cope

The devastating effect that divorce can have on children has been revealed in a major new survey of teens and young adults. The majority reported that their GCSE exam results had suffered as a result of stress due to parental breakup, whilst nearly one in eight turned to drugs or alcohol to cope. With over 100,000 children each year being affected by divorce, parents are urged to consider how their breakup affects their family. 24 Nov 2014

Modern Mary Whitehouses Want to Censor Newspapers, Magazines, Clothes and even Mugs

At what age should children be exposed to the adult world? For the psychotic control freak mummies at campaign group Child Eyes, the answer to that question appears to be: never. Child Eyes has successfully campaigned to have newspaper covers hidden in major UK supermarkets such as Tesco and Waitrose. The covers, they say, "normalise sexualised and sexist imagery" and shouldn't be in a toddler's line of sight. 24 Nov 2014

Jihadi Attack on UK 'Inevitable' Says Home Secretary

Theresa May will today warn that a Jihadi attack on the UK is "inevitable" as fanatics who have been "militarised" by Islamic State return from Iraq and Syria. According to the Daily Mail, the attacks could range from a "lone wolf" beheading in a crowded shopping centre to a fertiliser bomb. With that in mind, farmers have been told to lock up their supplies of the potential explosive to foil would-be bombers. 24 Nov 2014

Advanced Cyberspying Tool Dates from 2008

A highly sophisticated cyberspying tool has been used since 2008 to steal information from governments, businesses and others, security researchers said Monday. 24 Nov 2014

Tory Party 'in Disarray' over Immigration

Prime Minister David Cameron will set out further plans to curb benefits to migrants this week, in an attempt to see off the threat posed by the insurgent UK Independence Party, who won their second MP on Thursday night. His party is said to be in disarray over the issue of immigration, with reports of infighting during a meeting of backbenchers this week. 23 Nov 2014

Senior Conservative and Labour Parliamentarians: Our Parties Are Out of Touch and Need to Change

Just days after the insurgent UK Independence Party made electoral history by winning two by-elections in a row, leading members of both the Conservative and Labour Parties have decried their respective parties as out of touch. Labour Member of Parliament David Lammy said that Labour was “culturally adrift”, whilst his Parliamentary colleague, Conservative David Davis said the electorate had rejected the establishment. 23 Nov 2014

Loch Ness Wind Farm Will Be an Environmental Disaster, Say Conservationists

A giant 67 turbine wind farm planned for the mountains overlooking Loch Ness will be an environmental disaster thanks to the sheer quantity of stone which will need to be quarried to construct it, according to the John Muir Trust. In addition, the Trust has warned that the turbines spell ecological disaster for the wet blanket peat-land which covers the area and acts as a huge carbon sink, the Sunday Times has reported. 23 Nov 2014

'2,000 British Jihadis Fighting With ISIS', Says Muslim MP

There may be as many as 2,000 Brits currently fighting with ISIS, a Muslim Labour MP has claimed. His estimate, based on his experience as a Member of Parliament for the predominantly Muslim constituency of Birmingham Perry Barr, is roughly four times as high as the official estimate released by the authorities before the summer. 23 Nov 2014

Religion and Risk Drive Islamic Finance Boom

When a Muslim cleric told Ahmad Salim that sharia law forbids paying interest, he returned his days-old loan to the bank and turned to the fast-growing industry of Islamic finance. 23 Nov 2014

Egypt Could Send Forces to Stabilise Future Palestine State: Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview published Sunday that he would be prepared to send troops to a future Palestinian state to help stabilise it. Sisi, who begins his first European trip on Monday since ousting his Islamist predecessor, made the comments in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. 23 Nov 2014

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