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People smugglers offer fishermen ‘25 times’ regular pay to carry migrants across Channel

British fishermen say they are regularly asked by people smugglers to transport migrants across the English Channel and are offered “20 to 25 times” what they usually make in a day. Two men accused of people smuggling are due to appear in court after 20 people, including 18 Albanians, were ...

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Rise of robot workers makes powerful case for universal basic income – shadow chancellor

Labour is mulling the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) in response to the prospective robotization of the workforce, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said. McDonnell, who will appear Monday evening at the launch of a report on UBI by the left-wing campaign group Compass, said the group “makes an ...

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MI5 was bulk collecting public’s data, with little or no oversight

MI5 was allowed to escape regular scrutiny of its bulk collection of communications data by the watchdog charged with overseeing it, newly-released confidential correspondence reveals. Privacy International (PI) has released the documents ahead of Monday’s parliamentary debate on the controversial Investigatory Powers (IP) Bill, known to its detractors as the ...

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Iraq War made Tony Blair ‘defensive, awkward, self-conscious’ individual – ex-PM’s ally

Criticism of his decision to invade Iraq in 2003 has “destabilized” Tony Blair, yet he is expected to come out “all guns blazing” when Sir John Chilcot publishes his long-delayed Iraq War Report on July 6, according to a close ally. The anonymous friend told the Sunday Times Blair is ...

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Anti-nuke activists begin month-long blockade of atomic facility

Anti-nuclear activists are starting a month-long protest against Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons program, arguing it should not be renewed by Parliament later this year. Peace campaigners are descending on AWE Burghfield in Berkshire, where Britain’s nuclear warheads are maintained and go through their final stage of assembly. Throughout June, Campaign ...

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Is Parliament preparing to ignore public vote for Brexit?

MPs who support remaining in the European Union may use their majority in Parliament to sidestep the public altogether and vote to keep Britain in the EU’s single market, meaning free movement of people, goods and services would stay despite a ‘Brexit’. Read more A number of pro-‘Remain’ MPs have ...

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UK special forces fighting alongside Syrian rebels on Jordanian border – report

British special forces are fighting on the Syrian frontline, protecting an embattled rebel unit against ISIS attacks in the first direct military operation that is not merely training squads of fighters in neighboring Jordan. The New Syrian Army (NSA), comprised largely of defectors from the Syrian special forces, has been ...

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Britain’s denial over cluster bombs in Yemen 'wildly implausible' – Amnesty

Ministry of Defence (MoD) denials regarding banned, British-supplied cluster munitions found in Yemen are little more than a “smokescreen of wildly implausible claims,” according to Amnesty International. The human rights charity wrote to the MoD after defence minister Philip Dunne told parliament a UK-made BL-755 bomb found in a village ...

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Downing Street vetoes ‘Boris Johnson in Nigel Farage’s pocket’ anti-Brexit poster

Pro-EU campaign “Britain Stronger in Europe” had reportedly planned to release a poster showing Brexiteer and former London Mayor Boris Johnson in the pocket of UKIP leader Nigel Farage – but were blocked by Downing Street from using it. Two sources involved in the ‘Remain’ campaign told The Times they were ...

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Britain considers banning plastic microbeads unless cosmetic companies 'clean up their act'

MPs have called for cosmetic companies to “clean up their act” or face a full ban of using dangerous microbeads in their products after a damning environmental report revealed the damage done to marine life because of the plastic particles. Research by the Environmental Audit Committee on “Marine Microplastic Pollution” ...

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