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Day: May 3, 2018

EU defies brexiters in leaked plan
Featured, United Kingdom

EU defies brexiters in leaked plan

    The European commission and the European parliament jointly purchased the Westminster building in 2010 for £20m, and renamed it Europe House The European Union is planning to defy Tory Brexiters and retain its offices in London the former Conservative central office at 32 Smith Square as an outpost from which to communicate with British citizens after Brexit, leaked documents reveal. High-profile Brexiters had called last year for the EU to hand back 32 Smith Square, a large red-brick building that was previously Margaret Thatcher’s headquarters and the scene of her general election victories. After 50 years of Tory ownership, the European commission and the European parliament jointly purchased the Westminster building in 2010 for £20m, and renamed it Europe House...
2018 Boishakhi Mela headliners announced
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2018 Boishakhi Mela headliners announced

Feast of music, dance, theatre, floats, cuisine and poetry at July 1 festival expected to attract 40,000. The headline acts at the Boishakhi Mela to be held on Weavers Fields on July 1 have now been announced. The much loved free event, the largest Bengali festival outside of South Asia, returns with a dazzling line-up on the main stage and a fantastic array of activities across the site. Internationally renowned fusion band Chirkutt will be heading to Weavers Field on July 1 alongside folk singer Ashik who will be coming over from Bangladesh to join the stellar line up. With music described as 'Epic Fusion', Chirkutt are one of the few names in the Bangladeshi music scene to explode onto the global scene in a big way with appearances on world class platforms such as SxSW. Ashik is on...
Tower Hamlets prepares to picnic and party for the Royal Wedding
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Tower Hamlets prepares to picnic and party for the Royal Wedding

There will be rejoicing in Tower Hamlets as communities across the borough host street parties and other events to celebrate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markleon Saturday May 19. Bunting will be up in Mile End Park as the council invites residents of all ages to bring along a picnic and join in a Royal Wedding celebration from 12-4pm. Attractions will include fairground rides, sporting activities, arts and crafts and a bungee run. Judith St John, Divisional Director, Leisure and Culture said: "All year round Tower Hamlets events bring our communities together in our parks and open spaces. The Royal Wedding is a great chance for residents from all backgrounds to meet others and strengthen our ties by having fun at a street party, a community event or by coming along ...
North Korea defector may be in Britain
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North Korea defector may be in Britain

    North Korea has launched an international manhunt for one of its most senior counter-espionage officers, who disappeared in late February and is believed to have defected, possibly to Britain, according to a media report in South Korea. The official has been identified as a Mr Kang, a colonel in his 50s with the Ministry of State Security and responsible for monitoring dissident and espionage efforts in Russia, China and south-east Asia. He disappeared from the Zhongpu International Hotel in the Chinese city of Shenyang on February 25, sources in China and North Korea told the Seoul-based DailyNK news website. The hotel was previously known as the Chilbosan Hotel and was operated jointly by the North Korean and Chinese governments. The hotel has reportedly served a...
UK’s local council elections: Voters furious after being denied right to vote over controversial ID scheme
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UK’s local council elections: Voters furious after being denied right to vote over controversial ID scheme

    People have been denied the right to vote in local council elections in a controversial pilot of ID checks that force voters to prove their identities before casting their ballot. A 76-year-old man who has lived in Bromley for 40 years told The Independent he was shocked to be turned away because he did not have a bank card or passport. This is a nonsense scheme, Peter White added. Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking are also running the pilot schemes, which have long raised fears that people will be wrongly disenfranchised. Mr White's wife, Kathleen Milward, said that although she does have the relevant identification, she will not be voting out of principle. I'm angry because I don't believe in carrying ID. Having the vote is a basic human right in a democracy...