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Day: November 14, 2017

Old £10 notes will be expired on 1 March 2018
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Old £10 notes will be expired on 1 March 2018

    The last date for using the old £10 note featuring Charles Darwin will be 1 March 2018, the Bank of England has announced. After that date only the new £10 notes, featuring Jane Austen, will be legal tender. The plastic notes featuring Austen the first female writer to feature on a banknote were first issued in in September and by early October accounted for 55% of £10 notes in circulation. The Bank of England will continue to exchange the paper Darwin £10 notes, first issued in 2000, after 1 March. The paper £10 is going the way of the old £5 notes, which ceased to be legal tender in May. Both new notes have encountered controversy because they contain tallow, an animal byproduct. The Austen £10 note also contains a quote from one of her books Pride and Prejudice I declar...
Theresa May accuses Russia of interfering in elections
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Theresa May accuses Russia of interfering in elections

    Theresa May has accused Russia of meddling in elections and planting fake stories in the media in an extraordinary attack on its attempts to weaponise information in order to sow discord in the west. The prime minister spoke out against the scale and nature of Russia’s actions during an address at the lord mayor’s banquet, saying it was threatening the international order on which we all depend. Listing Russia’s attempts to undermine western institutions in recent years, she said: I have a very simple message for Russia. We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed. Because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies, the enduring attraction of free and open societies, and the commitment of western nations to the alliances that bind us. The UK will do what ...
The right reason of Muslim woman ignoring picture in Westminster terror victims
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

The right reason of Muslim woman ignoring picture in Westminster terror victims

    The account, tweeted a picture of a woman in a hijab walking past a victim laying on the ground while on her phone. It said: Muslim woman pays no mind to the terror attack, casually walks by a dying man while checking phone PrayForLondon Westminster BanIslam. The sentiment was picked up by far-right activists in the UK and the US and the woman was attacked for her indifference to the scene. In March 52-year-old Muslim convert Khalid Masood, who had been radicalised by Isis propaganda, drove a van in pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before attempting to storm the Houses of Parliament. He killed five people, including a police officer on duty who tried to stop him, before being shot dead by armed officers. The woman was photographed on the bridge in the moments after the at...
Boris Johnson finally apologises for causing further anguish to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Boris Johnson finally apologises for causing further anguish to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

    Boris Johnson has apologised for the distress he has caused Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family after he suggested that she was in Iran to train journalists rather than on holiday. The foreign secretary told MPs: Of course I apologise for the distress, for the suffering, that has been caused by the impression that I gave that I believed that she was there in a professional capacity. She was there on holiday. Labour's shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said: His pride matters not one ounce [compared] to her freedom. Business Insider UK Boris Johnson Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Tehran last March, and since then has been in prison while the Foreign Office, which Johnson leads, tries to secure her release. Conservative MP Julian Lewis, chair of the House of C...
Myanmar Rohingya exodus leaves ghostland behind
Asia, ENGLISH

Myanmar Rohingya exodus leaves ghostland behind

    Torched villages and unharvested paddy fields stretch to the horizon in Myanmar's violence-gutted Rakhine state, where a dwindling number of Muslim Rohingya remain trapped in limbo after an army crackdown coursed through the region. A rare military-organised trip for foreign media by helicopter to Maungdaw district the epicentre of a crisis that exploded in late August -- showed a landscape devoid of people, with the emerald paddy fields scarred by the blackened patches of destroyed Rohingya villages. Myanmar, a mainly Buddhist country, has denied committing atrocities but has heavily restricted access to the conflict zone with the exception of brief government-organised visits More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the area over the past two and a half months, runni...