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Day: October 12, 2017

Queen to skip Cenotaph wreath laying
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Queen to skip Cenotaph wreath laying

    The Queen will break with tradition and not lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday with Prince Charles carrying out her duties instead. Placing the wreath at the base of the Whitehall monument requires the monarch, who is 91, to walk backwards down the stone steps. The Queen will stand with the Duke of Edinburgh on a Foreign Office balcony to observe the service. As head of the armed forces, Remembrance Sunday is seen as a significant event in the Queen's royal diary. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman added: "The Queen wishes to be alongside the Duke of Edinburgh and he will be in the balcony. The Palace also confirmed to Sky News that it is not the first time the Queen has not placed a wreath on Remembrance Sunday. She missed the event while she was pregnant wit...
Routine inspection leads to immediate closure of restaurant with cockroach infestation
ENGLISH, London

Routine inspection leads to immediate closure of restaurant with cockroach infestation

An Indian restaurant owner has been fined more than £40,000 after council officers discovered an infestation of cockroaches and mice. Restaurant Dhaka Biryani in Mile End was closed down immediately following a routine inspection carried out in July 2016. Having established the restaurant was not registered on the Food Safety System, the council's Environmental Health team visited the premises as a routine inspection. In carrying out a full food hygiene inspection, officers found a severe infestation of cockroaches and mice. Environmental Health Officers found cockroaches brazenly appearing in the well-lit kitchen in droves despite typically being nocturnal indicating that the problem had been deep-rooted and longstanding. Closer inspection revealed that a mouse infestation also existed as...
Trump’s anger over Iran deal forced aides to scramble for a compromise
America, ENGLISH

Trump’s anger over Iran deal forced aides to scramble for a compromise

    President Trump was livid. Why, he asked his advisers in mid-July, should he go along with what he considered the failed Obama-era policy toward Iran and prop up an international nuclear deal he saw as disastrous? He was incensed by the arguments of Secretary of State Rex ¬Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and others that the landmark 2015 deal, while flawed, offered stability and other benefits. He did not want to certify to Congress that the agreement remained in the vital U.S. national security interest and that Iran was meeting its obligations. He did not think either was true. He threw a fit, said one person familiar with the meeting. He was furious. Really furious. It’s clear he felt jammed. So White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and other senio...
Britain’s most wanted female terrorist white widow Sally Jones killed in US strike
America, ENGLISH

Britain’s most wanted female terrorist white widow Sally Jones killed in US strike

    The fugitive jihadi, who was once a punk rock singer was killed in June in a US strike close to the border between Syria and Iraq. For more than three years Jones has been the world’s most wanted female terrorist. She fled to Syria from Kent in 2013 to marry computer hacker Junaid Hussain, an Isil fighter from Birmingham, and took her then 11-year-old son, Joe “JoJo” Dixon with her. A Whitehall source last night told the Sun: The Americans zapped her trying to get away from Raqqa. Quite frankly, it’s good riddance. CIA officials told their UK counterparts that a US Air Force Predator killed 50-year-old Jones in June, it reports. It is not known if her son was with her. US intelligence chiefs say they cannot be 100 per cent certain that the strike killed Jones as the...
Gang of moped thieves jailed for 18 years who carried out 16 day rampage across London to targeted 100 victims
ENGLISH, London

Gang of moped thieves jailed for 18 years who carried out 16 day rampage across London to targeted 100 victims

    A gang of moped thieves who carried out more than 100 phone muggings in a 16 day rampage across London laughed and shared jokes as they were jailed for more than 18 years. Claude Parkinson, 18, was the leader of a teenage gang who toured the capital's streets on stolen mopeds snatching phones out of unsuspecting pedestrians' hands. Known to friends as Big CJ, Parkinson was likened to he Artful Dodger as he led one of the raids. The crime spree climaxed on May 4 when Parkinson, two boys aged 15 and 16, and a fourth accomplice who has never been caught, terrorised Oxford Street shoppers and targeting pedestrians outside BBC Television Centre. Evening Standard editor George Osborne was among those who fell victim to Parkinson's crew as they carried out 33 offences in the spac...
Tory splits open after Theresa May slaps down Philip Hammond over no deal
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Tory splits open after Theresa May slaps down Philip Hammond over no deal

    A new Brexit faultline opened up in the Conservative party after Theresa May appeared to slap down Chancellor Philip Hammond over how much the Government will spend preparing for a no deal Brexit. The Prime Minister said she has now set aside £250m to help prepare for Brexit, including a no deal scenario, with aides saying she would spend whatever necessary. But earlier on Wednesday, Mr Hammond signalled he wanted to wait until the last point before authorising spending on no deal preparations and appeared unwilling to discuss further funds. Ms May’s intervention was seized upon by Brexiteers, who accuse Mr Hammond of creating ambiguity over the UK’s stance, with some concerned his words will be seen as a sign the UK is not serious about quitting talks without a deal. But ...