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Day: May 13, 2015

Sadiq Khan announces bid to become London Mayor
ENGLISH, London

Sadiq Khan announces bid to become London Mayor

    Sadiq Khan, the Labour MP for Tooting, has launched his campaign to be the party's candidate for the mayor of London in 2016. Khan's announcement comes just two days after he stood down as Labour's shadow justice secretary and shadow minister for the capital. His announcement also comes on the same day that the party's selection contest for its 2016 mayoral candidate official begins. David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham, who many think is weighing up a leadership bid following Ed Miliband's resignation, became the first Labour figure to announce their mayoral aspirations when he came forward as a candidate in September 2014. The writer and transport expert Christian Wolmar has also officially declared his intention to stand in the party contest. Dame Tessa Jowell and D...
Prince Charles secret letters to the British government are about to be published
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Prince Charles secret letters to the British government are about to be published

    Secret letters sent from Prince Charles to British government ministers will finally be published on Wednesday after a 10-year legal battle to reveal their contents. In 2005, Guardian journalist Rob Evans applied for a Freedom of Information Request to see letters from from the Prince of Wales sent to seven Whitehall departments between 2004 and 2005. The government has fought against publication of the letters because they could  expose Prince Charles' personal views on a variety of topics. This is damaging because the Royal family is expected to remain politically neutral (which is why, for instance, the Queen abstains from voting in general elections even though she is entitled to do so). However, after a decade-long battle between Whitehall and the Guardian, a c...
British jihadi brides on the run
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

British jihadi brides on the run

    The girls, thought to be aged around 16, were married off to IS militants but have since been reported missing, with the terror group now "thoroughly searching for them" after their escape. The exact identity of the girls and their fate is not known. Reports suggest around 600 people from the UK have gone to join IS in Syria and Iraq, including young women. The information on the girls could not be verified. It was released on the Facebook page of Mosul Eye, who purports to be a blogger in Iraq, and set up the page "to communicate what's happening in Mosul to the rest of the world, minute by minute from an independent historian inside Mosul". He opposes ISIL and remains anonymous, writing in detail in both English and Arabic about the inner-workings of the group, thei...