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Day: December 29, 2017

Fewer Met Police will be working during London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations
Featured, London

Fewer Met Police will be working during London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations

    Fewer Metropolitan Police officers will be working during London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, Scotland Yard confirmed, despite four terror attacks in the capital during 2017. Superintendent Nick Aldworth said the police resources would be proportionate and appropriate, and that those flocking to the sold-out fireworks display on the banks of the Thames would be safe. It comes at a time when police officer numbers across the country are at their lowest level for 30 years, according to the latest Home Office figures, with the current UK terror threat level set at severe. Mr Aldworth said: We are providing a proportionate number of officers based on the threat, number of people coming and the secure environment we’ve been able to build. We have fewer officers polic...
Her Majesty’s fury at Margaret Thatcher for damaging the Commonwealth revealed
Featured, United Kingdom

Her Majesty’s fury at Margaret Thatcher for damaging the Commonwealth revealed

    Queen Elizabeth II attends the Commissioning Ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth at HM Naval Base.  Margaret Thatcher enraged the Queen by defying Commonwealth leaders in a vote over apartheid, newly declassified files reveal. Her Majesty was so furious that she considered scrapping her weekly audience with the prime minister, a Buckingham Palace source told a diplomat. The fallout between the two leaders occurred at a Commonwealth conference in 1987. Files from the National Archives of Ireland show that the former Tory PM sparked international anger after refusing to back tighter sanctions against South Africa. The move had been agreed by 47 leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, but Mrs Thatcher refused, thwarting efforts to end...
Bitcoin falls $1,000 after South Korea promises crackdown on trading
Extras, Featured

Bitcoin falls $1,000 after South Korea promises crackdown on trading

    Bitcoin plunged by more than $1,000 on Thursday after South Korea said it was planning a crackdown on trading in the digital currency in the latest of a string of warnings for investors. In a further illustration of bitcoin’s volatility, it dropped to around $13,500 after trading at about $15,400 on Wednesday. The cryptocurrency has surged in value this year by more than 900%, becoming one of the biggest stories in finance amid a slew of warnings of a pending market crash, hitting a record high of almost $20,000 earlier this month. South Korea, which is one of the biggest markets in the world for bitcoin, said it was preparing a ban on opening anonymous cryptocurrency accounts and new legislation to enable regulators to close coin exchanges if they felt there was a ...
Taiwan forced to destroy around 200,000 passports an image of a US airport
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Taiwan forced to destroy around 200,000 passports an image of a US airport

    Taiwan has been forced to destroy around 200,000 passports after designers accidentally used an image of Washington Dulles International Airport instead of its own Taoyuan International. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mofa) admitted on Tuesday that it would need to recall 285 passports already issued and pulp the remainder. The error came to light after someone on Facebook noticed that the outline of an airport on the document’s pages, intended to be the airport that serves the capital, Taipei, was in fact Dulles International, DC’s bustling hub. The first person to spot the blunder captioned the photo as the “51st state of America”, before the image was widely shared on Weibo, a microblogging site in China. Mofa initially denied the allegation, adding that the ...