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As drawdown continues, Britain hands over bases to Afghan forces

Britain has handed over all but two of its remaining bases in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province to local forces as part of its planned full withdrawal by the end of 2014, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. In an operation lasting more than a month,the Lashkar Gah and Patrol Base Lashkar…

British Somalis dread ban of ‘herbal high’ khat

When Britain bans the herbal stimulant khat, Mohamod Ahmed Mohamed will lose his livelihood. But he fears most for his small Somali community without the leaf that fuels its social life. “I can switch to another business but what about the youth, where are they going to go — the…

CIA admits to helping overthrow Iran’s democratically elected leader in 1953

The CIA has publicly admitted for the first time that it was behind the notorious 1953 coup against Iran’s democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, in documents that also show how the British government tried to block the release of information about its own involvement in his overthrow. On the…

Anti-vaccination campaign blamed for massive measles outbreak in Wales

Public health officials said Friday they were investigating the first suspected death from measles in Britain in five years, after an outbreak blamed on a campaign against vaccinations. More than 800 people have contracted the highly contagious disease in Wales in the past six weeks, centred around the southern city…

Margaret Thatcher polarizes opinion even in death

Thousands lined the route of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral procession on Wednesday to pay their respects to a prime minister who had a profound impact on Britain, but others turned their backs on her coffin in bitter protest. The woman who ruled Britain for 11 years has aroused strong passions even…

Researchers argue Britain now has seven distinct classes –including ‘new affluent workers’ and ‘precariats’

A new survey of 166,000 Britons found that instead of the three traditional classes – upper, middle, and working – that are prominent in shows like ‘Downton Abbey,’ shown at left, now there are seven distinct strata.(PBS/AP) Britain’s infamous class system has become…  …

Britain pushing to lift European embargo against Syrian rebels

Britain, apparently backed by a handful of European Union allies, is fighting to lift an EU arms embargo barring the supply of weapons to the Syrian rebel coalition battling President Bashar al-Assad. As EU foreign ministers go into a day-long meeting on the issue Monday, the internal row remains unresolved…

Economics has failed us: but where are the fresh voices?

When the history of how a good crisis went to waste gets written up, it will surely contain a big chapter on the failure of our academic elites. Because just like the politicians, the taxpayer-funded intellectuals at our universities have missed the historic opportunities gifted to them by the financial…

Blacks more likely to be unemployed in the UK than in the U.S.

Black people in Britain are more likely to be unemployed than those in the United States, especially during recessions, with successive UK governments “failing to protect minority ethnic groups”, research reveals. A paper presented on Friday at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference in Leeds shows that in the last…

Plan to widen internet snooping laws in Britain slammed

Rights groups slammed British government plans to expand its powers to monitor email exchanges and website visits. Under the new legislation, internet companies would be instructed to install hardware to allow the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) — Britain’s electronic “listening” agency” — to go through “on demand” every text message…

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