Monthly Archives: December 2013

Code-Breaker Turing Posthumously Pardoned Over Gay Sex

Alan Turing, the British computer pioneer whose code-breaking work helped the Allies win World War II, has been posthumously granted a royal pardon for his 1952 conviction for indecency over a homosexual relationship.– Delivered by Feed43 service
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U.K. Leaders Thank Volunteers for Feeding Poor at Xmas

The U.K.’s political leaders used their Christmas messages to pay tribute to voluntary groups, at the end of a year that saw the number of food banks, which offer support to the poor, continue to increase.

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Hague Says U.K. Won’t Boost Human Rights by Skipping Trade Deals

Foreign Secretary William Hague rejected allegations that Britain is boosting trade at the expense of human rights, arguing his trip to the signing of a BP Plc gas deal in Azerbaijan this week let him raise concerns about abuses.– Delivered by Feed43 … Continue reading

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U.K. Intelligence Knew of Torture by Allies, Inquiry Finds

British intelligence officers in Afghanistan were aware their allies were torturing prisoners during interrogation and were told it wasn’t their job to intervene, an inquiry found.

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BP-Led Group Signs $45 Billion Deal to Pipe Azeri Gas

BP Plc led a group of companies signing a $45 billion deal to pipe natural gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field to Italy, offering the European Union an alternative to Russian supplies.

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Romps, Tots and Boffins – the strange language of news

Where is drunken vandalism always a “booze-fuelled rampage?” Where is everyone in uniform a “hero” and every thief “heartless”? Where are market towns always “bustling” and villages “sleepy”? Journalese is the language of news. It’s a strange language, a little … Continue reading

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Romps: The Movie

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Cameron Rebuffs Major’s Suggestion of Appointing EU Negotiator

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron rebuffed a suggestion by his Tory predecessor John Major that he appoint a personal negotiator to the European Union as part of his effort to change Britain’s relationship with the bloc.

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U.K. Seeks to Broker Joint U.S.-Chinese Manned Mission to Mars

The U.K. is aiming to broker a deal between the U.S. and China to support a multinational manned mission to Mars, according to Science Minister David Willetts.– Delivered by Feed43 service
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Cameron Tells British Children to Learn Mandarin, Not French

Prime Minister David Cameron returned from his tour of China with a message for Britain’s schoolchildren: forget French and German, it’s time to learn Mandarin.

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