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Game Developers' Association Calls 10,000 Tweeters 'Harassers'–Including Kentucky Fried Chicken

In a sign of how frenzied, panicky and intolerant the games industry establishment has become over the legitimate concerns of ordinary gamers, the International Game Developers' Association branded some 10,425 Twitter accounts, including those of journalists, as harassment "offenders" in a humiliatingly ill-conceived attempt to provide a "blocking tool" to its members. 22 Nov 2014, 12:00 PM PDT

Staff For NHS West Africa Hospital Fly Out

The first of 1,000 volunteers from the National Health Service (NHS) have flown to former British colony Sierra Leone after a period of intense training to engage in the international effort to contain the Ebola Virus in West Africa. 22 Nov 2014, 8:36 AM PDT

UK Volunteers Fly to Sierra Leone to Fight Ebola

The British government says the first group of National Health Service volunteers has left for Sierra Leone, where they will work in Ebola treatment centers across the country. 22 Nov 2014, 8:36 AM PDT

Islamic State Releases Seventh Hostage Video: Rescue Attempt

British journalist and ISIS hostage John Cantlie has appeared in another propaganda video, the seventh in the series, in which he blasts the uncaring governments of Western nations who he claims sooner resort to violence than negotiation to solve its problems. 22 Nov 2014, 3:22 AM PDT

Save The Great British Pub: Slash Beer Tax

This week in Westminster, MPs voted in favour of an amendment that could see the end of the controversial, centuries old pub-tie that forces landlords into only buying beer at above the market rate from the parent brewery. 22 Nov 2014, 2:34 AM PDT

Rail Privatisation Has Been a Great Success – And Turning a Profit Isn't a Crime

The Independent business section published a shock exposé on privatised British industry today, revealing that after decades of being subsidised by the taxpayer that national infrastructure, including the railways, is now turning a profit. This, they paradoxically claimed would be a “boost” to those who argue the railways should be renationalised. 21 Nov 2014

Thornberry: A Perfect Illustration of the Out-of-Touch Political Class

Emily Thornberry had an absolute howler. Forget Rochester, she’s had a full on Weston-super-Mare. In fact, I imagine she might be the only gleam of light on David Cameron’s dark horizon, after an ill-thought-out tweet by the Labour MP provided the Conservatives with a twig with which to beat Labour and deflect attention from their own woes. 21 Nov 2014

Britain's Ability to Track Terrorists at a Ten Year Low Thanks to Snowden and Google

Technological advances and the leaks by Edward Snowdon have meant that the ability of British intelligence officers to effectively monitor jihadist suspects is at a ten year low, according to Britain’s most senior anti-terrorism policemen. He described his officers at Scotland Yard as operating on a “shaky platform” against an increasingly complex and volatile terrorist threat, the Times has reported. 21 Nov 2014

Top Civil Servant 'Secretly Runs Government' Says Gove's Former Aide

The government is secretly being run by a senior civil servant, according to claims by Michael Gove's ex aide Dominic Cummings. Sir Jeremy Haywood, who was Tony Blair’s principle private secretary between 1999 and 2003 is said to have Prime Minister David Cameron "by the balls", according to Cummings. The claim came during a scathing attack by Cummings in which he accused the Cameron administration of incompetence. 21 Nov 2014

Author Blasts Ladybird Books for 'De-Gendering' Publications

Bowing to pressure from an "anti-gendered" toy campaign, London children's book publisher Ladybird has announced it will be removing all "gendered titles" from its range, bringing an end to books like Favourite Fairy Stories for Girls, but a popular author has hit back, calling the move "po-faced and stale". 21 Nov 2014

Uganda Jails Five for Genital Mutilation

Five men and women in Uganda have been jailed for mutilating the genitals of girls, a rare conviction in the country which is trying to stamp out the often deadly practice. The five, including those who carried out the mutilation -- which can range from hacking off the clitoris to the removal of the entire female genitalia -- were arrested in eastern Uganda's Kapchorwa district last week. 21 Nov 2014

Japan Lower House Dissolved Ahead of Election

The lower chamber of Japan's parliament was dissolved Friday in readiness for a general election, expected next month, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to consolidate his grip on power. 21 Nov 2014

Players' Union Hopes Ched Evans Gets Another Chance

England's Professional Footballers' Association said Friday they hoped convicted rapist Ched Evans would be allowed to return to the sport after Sheffield United withdrew an offer to let their former striker train with the third-tier club. 21 Nov 2014

Killer Gay Paedophile Couple Demand Compensation and Visitation Rights

Two killers who murdered a mother after she threatened to expose them as child abusers have launched a claim for compensation after their feelings were hurt. The two men, Charles O'Neill and William Lauchlan, say that they should have been allowed face to face contact because they are lovers. They are both serving life sentences for the murder of Allison McGarrigle in 1997. 21 Nov 2014

UK Concedes Defeat in Bid to Block EU Bank Bonus Limit

Britain suffered an embarrassing defeat in its attempt to block the European Union's new limits on bank bonuses on Thursday, withdrawing its legal challenge after an adviser to the bloc's top court made clear it was unlikely to succeed. 21 Nov 2014

UK Police Spied on Reporters for Years, Docs Show

In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. 21 Nov 2014

Indonesian Muslim Pageant Challenges Western Beauty Contests

An eclectic mix of women from around the world will compete in the finale of a pageant exclusively for Muslims in Indonesia Friday, seen as a riposte to Western beauty contests. The women, who include a doctor and a computer scientist, are set to parade in glittering dresses against the backdrop of world-renowned ancient temples for the contest in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. 21 Nov 2014

Scientists Study Rare Tapeworm Living in Man's Brain

Scientists in Britain are studying a rare tapeworm that lived in a man's brain for four years, researchers said on Friday. The parasite travelled five centimetres (two inches) from the right side of the brain to the left. The tapeworm causes sparganosis, an inflammation of body tissues that can cause seizures, memory loss and headaches when it occurs in the brain. 21 Nov 2014

Sainsbury's Christmas Ad Stirs Tears and Outrage

Artillery booms. A trench comes into view. Soldiers huddle into their overcoats for warmth. The scene is the unlikely backdrop for a holiday commercial that has many Britons reaching for hankies — and others demanding it be pulled from the air. The 3-minute, 40-second mini-movie from the Sainsbury's grocery chain depicts the 1914 Christmas Truce, when soldiers stopped killing each other for a few hours to celebrate the holiday together in no man's land. 21 Nov 2014

The Activist King: How Charles Will Not Be a Silent Monarch

The heir to the throne of the United Kingdom, and plenty of other countries besides, will break away from the Queen's style of silent monarchy and continue a lifetime of interest and activism in political and social issues when he becomes King, according to sources. 21 Nov 2014

Historic UKIP Win in Rochester and Strood By-Election

GILLINGHAM, United Kingdom – UKIP won an historic second by-election in Rochester and Strood today after one of the hardest fought campaigns the party has ever been through. Initial projections had suggested the so-called People's Army would storm the election but a last minute push by the Conservatives left the result tighter than expected. 20 Nov 2014

UKIP On Course To Win Rochester and Strood By-Election

ROCHESTER, United Kingdom - UKIP look set to win an historic second Westminster by-election when the polls close in Rochester and Stood at 10pm tonight. Despite being ahead in the opinion polls throughout the campaign, Mark Reckless has faced a concerted campaign by the Conservatives to hold the seat. 20 Nov 2014

Report: Obesity Costs Britain More Than War and Terror

A new report has called for the government to impose a punitive tax on unhealthy food, and to subsidise fruit for the poor after it found the cost of obesity, which it claims will affect half of all humans on earth by 2030, is higher for British society than terrorism, armed conflict and war combined. 20 Nov 2014

Snapshot: Labour Snob Shows Why Voters are Flocking to UKIP

What was Emily Thornberry thinking? While campaigning in Rochester this afternoon, Labour’s MP for Islington South, a metropolitan area of London, tweeted a photo of a terraced house with a St George’s flag in the window and a white van parked outside. “Image from Rochester,” she snobbishly told her followers. 20 Nov 2014

Cameron Seeks to Give English MPs Veto Over English Laws

Prime Minister David Cameron said he would aim to give lawmakers from England a veto over laws that do not apply to other parts of Britain, a move that could appeal to voters flirting with a surging right-wing party set to win a second parliament seat on Thursday. 20 Nov 2014

Britain's First Poo-Powered Bus Takes to the Road

Britain's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste took to the road in Bristol on Thursday. The 40-seater Bio-Bus, running on gas generated by waste treatment, can travel up to 300 kilometres (180 miles) on a full tank -- equivalent to the annual output of five people. 20 Nov 2014

Bombshell Memoirs of Hollande's Ex Get English Release

Merci pour ce moment", the bestselling book by Francois Hollande's ex-girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler about her stormy relationship with the French president will be released in English next week, her editors said. The kiss-and-tell that sent shockwaves through French politics will also be translated into 11 other languages including Russian, Italian, Chinese and even Albanian, her French agent said on Thursday. 20 Nov 2014

Ineos in $1bn Bid to Become UK's Biggest Fracking Firm

Swiss-based petrochemical firm Ineos launched plans Thursday to become the biggest player in Britain's fracking sector with a $1.0-billion investment in the nation's shale gas industry. "Ineos has today announced it is planning to invest $1.0 billion (800 million euros, £640 million) in UK shale gas exploration and appraisal," it said in a statement that however sparked anger from environmentalists over the controversial energy extraction method. 20 Nov 2014

Rights Groups Release Anti-Surveillance Software

A coalition of human rights and technology groups including Amnesty International on Thursday launched new software to allow journalists and activists to check if their computers are being spied on. "Detekt is the first tool to be made available to the public that detects major known surveillance spyware," Amnesty said in a statement, providing a link for free downloads of the software. 20 Nov 2014

Royal Mail May Have to End Daily Deliveries Thanks to EU Directive

Royal Mail has warned of a threat to the universal postal service as the company reported falling profits in its half year results. The company, which was privatised by the government last year, said operation profits before transformation costs were 21 per cent at £279m, down from £353m at the same time last year. 20 Nov 2014

Banker Bonus Cap is Valid, Says EU

Last year Osborne was outvoted 26-1 on the issue which proposed to cap bonuses to 100 percent of a banker's annual salary, or to 200 percent if shareholders approve. Syed Kamall, leader of Tory MEPs in Brussels said the legal advice would drive "a further wedge between Britain and the EU." 20 Nov 2014

Senior Tory Liberal Says Britain Could Leave the EU

Conservative MP Oliver Letwin has apparently had a road to Damascus-style conversion and said that Britain should leave the EU if David Cameron cannot renegotiate Britain's position. According to the Huffington Post, the author of the 2010 Tory general election manifesto, who sits so far on the left of the party that he has been dubbed "Oliver Leftwing", told students at University College London he was not "100 percent sure" that David Cameron could secure reform of the EU. 20 Nov 2014

UKIP Set for Landmark Poll Win

Britain's anti-European UK Independence Party (UKIP) was on Thursday set to claim its second seat in parliament a month after gaining its first foothold as voters went to the polls in Rochester. 20 Nov 2014

Britain Begins Review to Speed Access to New Drugs

The British government has launched a review to speed the path to market for new drugs and medical devices in an attempt to improve patient care and make the country a more attractive place for investment in life sciences. 20 Nov 2014

Russians 'Spying on UK Webcams'

The prevalence of IP-enabled cameras on digital devices, such as web cams on laptops, modern baby-monitors and home security kits are handing easy access to bored computer-savvy teenagers, internet perverts and criminals as users fail to change the default passwords. 20 Nov 2014

Julien Blanc Denied a Visa? We Ought to Be Ashamed of Ourselves

On Channel 4 News last night I discussed the denial of American "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc's visa. He can't enter the UK to give men seminars on how to attract women, thanks to an internet campaign and some horrendously poorly-informed people such as Lib Dem MP Lorely Burt, with whom I was debating the issue. Is it me, or is this an illiberal, sinister development in an already censorious climate? 20 Nov 2014

Rural School Marked Down by Inspectors for Being 'Too White'

A school in rural Lincolnshire has been marked down by government inspectors for being 'too English'. Middle Rasen Primary School, which is in market town on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds and has a 97 per cent white population, was told it did not have enough black and Asian children. 20 Nov 2014

The Authoritarian Left is Sending Women Back to the 19th Century

Universities are the marketplace of ideas, or at least they were until the authoritarian left gained the grotesque amount of power it now holds on campuses today, where you can be "No Platformed" for supporting UKIP, for taking the wrong line on transgender women (over ten years ago and despite having apologised profusely several times) and for, well, disagreeing with the far left on any social issue they decide might "cause mental harm". 20 Nov 2014

More Trouble Looming for Beleaguered EU President

A group of MEPs are looking to topple the EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the rest of his team, using the EU's own rules and regulations to do so. A "motion of censure" of the Commission was spearheaded by Euro MPs from the EFDD group, whose membership includes UKIP. 20 Nov 2014

The Lost Franchise: Why Digimon Deserves a Glorious Renaissance

Japanese culture enjoyed unique purchase on the imaginations of children and teens in the 1990s, creating beloved franchises such as Dragon Ball and Yu-Gi-Oh! In addition to significant financial success, these brands left oversized cultural footprints, thanks to the spread of obsessive fandom behaviours sometimes collectively called otaku. 20 Nov 2014

East London School Suspected of 'Trojan Horse' Segregation

A Church of England school is expected to be put into special measures on Friday having previously been given an outstanding rating after an emergency OFSTED inspection found disturbing evidence that it may have fallen victim to Trojan horse-style Islamisation. Sir John Cass's Foundation & Red Coat Church of England Secondary School (SJC) in Tower Hamlets was inspected by OFSTED 2008 but the emergency inspection was ordered after the Birmingham Trojan horse plot was uncovered. 20 Nov 2014

'Sexist' Space Shirt Sales Soar After Feminist Frenzy

The controversial novelty Hawaiian shirt worn by British scientist Dr. Matt Taylor which 'broke the internet' after a furious 'shirtstorm' whipped up by enraged feminists has proven surprisingly popular, selling out on American shirt supplier Alohaland.com. 19 Nov 2014

NHS Hospital in Crisis With 263 'Serious Incidents' in Past Two Years

An NHS hospital which last week failed a surprise inspection has taken the unusual step of reporting 563 of its own “serious failings” in the past two years, an admission of potential avoidable deaths, abuse, and infectious outbreaks, in the latest blow to the reputation of Britain's National Health Service. 19 Nov 2014

Spain Seizes Greenpeace Boat

Greenpeace’s boat ‘Artic Sunrise’ has been seized by Spanish authorities and impounded following allegations that those on board were harassing Spanish oil workers. The vessel is the same one seized by Russia in the Arctic in 2013 during a protest against oil drilling, according to The Local. 19 Nov 2014

Why Green Campaigners Are to Blame for the Philae Probe Failure

The green agenda has claimed a new victim: the Philae comet probe. As the probe lies dormant, unable to recharge its solar powered batteries so far from the sun, it has emerged that green lobbyists were behind moves to bar rocket scientists from using nuclear energy to power the device forcing scientists to rely on solar power instead. 19 Nov 2014

Sorry Dave, but Putin Didn't Start the Ukraine War; the EU Did

Dave bestrides the geopolitical world like a colossus. A new Cold War? Bring it on! Even the Aussies, renowned practitioners of straight talking, were awed when Crocodile Cameron hit Brisbane for the recent G20 junket. Strewth! That bloke Dave really left Vlad up the billabong without a paddle… 19 Nov 2014

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