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UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation

From The Guardian: Documents show GCHQ (above) has had access to the NSA’s Prism programme since at least June 2010. Photograph: David Goddard/Getty Images The UK’s electronic eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, has been secretly gathering intelligence from the world’s … Continue reading

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UN envoy urges end to plans for battle-field killing machines

From The Independent Ethical groups join call to halt machine-soldiers that identify and kill without human input It’s a scenario that could have emerged from the imagination of a science fiction writer – killing machines stalking future battlefields with heat-seeking … Continue reading

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Leeds council tackles bedroom tax with semantic solution

From The Guardian: Leeds town hall: the council hopes other ‘fair-minded’ officials in other towns and cities will follow its example. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Leeds council has come up with a novel way of sidestepping the controversial … Continue reading

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Ian Duncan Smith to face grilling from MPs over misuse of statistics

From The New Statesman: The work and pensions select committee launches an inquiry after Duncan Smith was rebuked by the UK Statistics Authority for misrepresenting figures on the benefit cap. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith arrives to attend … Continue reading

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Two win sickness benefit test legal challenge

From BBC News: Those with mental health problems can struggle to gather the right evidence for the benefit test Two people with mental health problems have won a legal challenge against the government tests for sickness benefit. Judges at the … Continue reading

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Health and schools cash for defence

From The Telegraph: Hundreds of millions of pounds will be taken from the ring-fenced budgets for health and education and used to protect the Armed Forces from a fresh round of spending cuts, under plans being drawn up in Whitehall. … Continue reading

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Gobbling pâté allowed a nation to scoff at the legacy of Thatcherism

From The Guardian: Did the anti-Thatcher protest ‘fail’? It’s a matter of perspective Illustration: David Foldvari During Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, the bishop of London, boasted to all and sundry of how the late … Continue reading

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No Ding Dong for Big Ben at Thatcher’s Funeral

From BBC News: The chimes of Big Ben will be silenced for the duration of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has announced. He told MPs this would be “an appropriate means of indicating our sentiments” during … Continue reading

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Police detective found guilty for selling seized drugs

From BBC News: A West Yorkshire Police detective has been found guilty of stealing seized drugs and conspiring with his brother to sell them, making at least £600,000.Nicholas McFadden stole thousands of pounds of class A drugs from evidence stores, … Continue reading

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