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Day: September 29, 2017

French port as Briton packs WW2 bombshells in his bag
ENGLISH, Europe

French port as Briton packs WW2 bombshells in his bag

    The French bomb squad was called in on Wednesday after a British tourist tried to take a ferry home from France with World War 2 bombshells in his suitcase. The Briton was trying to take the shells onto a ferry from the northern France port of Ouistreham when he was stopped by customs for a bag search. The French police found three bombshells, understood to be from World War 2, inside his suitcase. The potential risks attached ton the war relics were enough for police to evacuate the ferry terminal and to call in the bomb squad. A large cordon was set up around the port, and an incoming ferry from the UK was diverted, reported French media. Outgoing ferries were delayed by several hours, while local police took to Twitter to warn of the evacuation. The British national who...
Leave voters admitted holding racist attitudes over Brexit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Leave voters admitted holding racist attitudes over Brexit

    Brits who voted Leave in the EU referendum are more likely to describe themselves as racially prejudiced than those who voted Remain, according to new research. A survey of 2,220 people found that 34% of Leave voters admitted holding racist attitudes compared to 18% of Remain voters. The study, conducted by the National Centre for Social Research, found 26% of Britons still described themselves as very or a little prejudiced towards people of other races. The study has been conducted annually since 1983 and the number of people saying they are racially prejudiced has never fallen below a quarter. The figure peaked at 39% in 1987 and hit a second peak of 37% in 2011, the report Racial Prejudice In Britain Today said. Also published in the report was new data from the Europe...
Boris Johnson faces calls to be sacked after breaking Ministerial Code with hard Brexit event
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Boris Johnson faces calls to be sacked after breaking Ministerial Code with hard Brexit event

    The Foreign Secretary is accused of breaching the Ministerial Code by arranging a launch event on government property for the Institute for Free Trade a new Eurosceptic think tank being led by Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan. Mr Hannan was a prominent figure in the Vote Leave campaign. He has previously called the NHS a mistake and said the minimum wage should be scrapped. The event was held in the Map Room of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which, as state property, is supposed to be used only for ministers’ official duties. Mr Johnson and Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, both spoke at the launch. The Institute for Free Trade wants to roll back EU regulations, including on safety standards and workers’ rights, and unilaterally scrap all import tariffs, eve...
More than 60 Rohingya feared drowned as US steps up pressure on Myanmar
Asia, ENGLISH

More than 60 Rohingya feared drowned as US steps up pressure on Myanmar

    More than 60 Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar are believed to have drowned when their boat capsized, the latest victims in what the United Nations says is the world's fastest-developing refugee emergency. The refugees drowned in heavy seas off Bangladesh late on Thursday, part of a new surge of people fleeing a Myanmar military campaign that began on Aug. 25 and has triggered an exodus of more than half a million people. International anger with Myanmar over the crisis is growing. In New York, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar over the violence. It was the first time the United States had called for punishment of Myanmar's military, but she stopped short of threatening to reimpose U.S. sanctio...
Britain must prepare for of US war with North Korea
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Britain must prepare for of US war with North Korea

    Tensions between the United States and North Korea are now so high that war is a real possibility that Britain must prepare for, a respected defence think tank has warned. Such a conflict would result in hundreds of thousands of casualties, severely disrupt the global economy, and have profound implications for the political and diplomatic landscape of East Asia, the report for the Royal United Services Institute said. US bombers accompanied by fighter jets flew off the east coast of North Korea on September 23, in a show of force This report is not saying that war is likely. But the probability of war is an uncomfortably real prospect, said Professor Malcolm Chalmers, who authored the report. Tensions between North Korea and the US have escalated over the past year as Pyo...