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Shamima Begum: IS bride ‘given legal aid’ for citizenship fight

Begum left Bethnal Green, east London, in 2015 to join the Islamic State group in Syria Legal aid has been granted for Shamima Begum – who joined the Islamic State group aged 15 – to fight the decision to revoke her UK citizenship. The 19-year-old, who left east London in 2015, was stripped of her citizenship in February, after she ...

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Extinction Rebellion: Climate change protesters block London roads

  Climate change protesters have blocked Waterloo Bridge, sparking traffic disruption in central London. Members of campaign group Extinction Rebellion have also parked a boat at Oxford Circus, and blocked Marble Arch as part of a global day of action. Yen Chit Chong, from Extinction Rebellion in London, said: “This is our last best shot at survival.” Police have advised ...

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Brexit: Warning over Labour’s referendum stance

Jeremy Corbyn has been warned Labour will “haemorrhage” votes in the EU election unless the party explicitly backs a further referendum. MEP Richard Corbett, leader of the party in the EU Parliament, told the Observer Labour risked losing out to parties committed to a public vote.If Labour offered “clarity” on a public vote, it would do “very well”, he said. ...

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Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws

Photo: Protestor flags fly opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Thursday, April 11, 2019. London, Apr 14 : As a symbol of the woes of Britain’s Brexit-era democracy, it could hardly be bettered. Lawmakers had to be sent home in mid-debate last week when water from a burst pipe began gushing into the House of Commons chamber. The image ...

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UK pressured not to overlook Swedish claims to Assange

Photo: A general view of HMP Belmarsh, in London. London, Apr 14 : British lawmakers are heaping pressure on the government to make sure that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape investigation against him. There is mounting concern that Assange should not be allowed to sidestep the Swedish investigation stemming from his 2010 ...

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Ukraine ambassador’s car rammed in London; Police fire shots

British police fired shots Saturday at a car outside the Ukrainian Embassy in London after it rammed other cars parked in front of the embassy. London’s Metropolitan Police said firearms and stun guns were used to stop and detain a suspect who drove a vehicle at a police car when police arrived on the scene.The Ukraine Embassy said its ambassador’s ...

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UK standup comedian Ian Cognito dies onstage during show

Ian Cognito. Photo: Collected London,  Apr 13 : British standup comedian Ian Cognito has died on stage during a gig. South Central Ambulance Service said Friday that medics were called to a club in Bicester, southern England, Thursday night, and “sadly one patient passed away at the scene.” Police said the death was not suspicious. Show organizer Andrew Bird told ...

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The Brexit conundrum is defeating Britain’s political system

Photo: Protestor flags fly opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Thursday, April 11, 2019. London, Apr 13 : As a symbol of the woes of Britain’s Brexit-era democracy, it could hardly be bettered. Lawmakers had to be sent home in mid-debate last week when water from a burst pipe began gushing into the House of Commons chamber. The image ...

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WikiLeaks’ Assange hauled from embassy, faces US charge

Photo: Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019. Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy Thursday, April 11, 2019 for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the ...

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Wealthy families are biggest winners from school appeals

Families in affluent areas of England are much more likely to succeed in getting a school place on appeal, according to research. The Education Policy Institute has examined what happened to 86,000 families who did not get their first-choice secondary school place. About one in seven of those initially missing out go on to get a place from an appeal ...

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