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Day: June 14, 2018

Londoners silence to remember the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire
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Londoners silence to remember the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

    A minute's silence to remember the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire has been observed nationally at midday on the one-year anniversary of the disaster. The west London tower was among a dozen buildings that were on Thursday illuminated in green to mark a year since the devastating blaze that killed 72. Around the foot of Grenfell Tower, a sound system and giant screen were erected. A podium was placed in front of the site perimeter where a giant heart sign with Grenfell written across the middle rests. In the streets surrounding the site of the fire which is now covered by scaffolding and banners - lampposts and zebra crossings are festooned with green material, a colour that has become synonymous with the tragedy. Silence fell over the crowds shortly before mid...
LGBT activist arrested near Moscow in anti-Putin protest rally
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LGBT activist arrested near Moscow in anti-Putin protest rally

    Leading human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been detained in Russia, after staging a one man protest against Putin’s response to the torture of gay people in Chechnya. The LGBT rights activist was arrested near Moscow’s Red Square. He had been standing beside a statue of Marshal Zhukov, near the Kremlin, holding a placard which read: Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people. Cops soon approached him and walked him to a police care where he was questioned, and then driven off to a police station. Tatchell’s official Twitter account has confirmed the news, posting: Confirmed. Peter has been detained by Moscow Police and taken to Tverskaya Police Station. #RainbowRussians and #WorldCup2018. His account also posted a video of Tatchell speaking ...
MPs resigning from their frontbench roles over Brexit vote on remaining the European Economic
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MPs resigning from their frontbench roles over Brexit vote on remaining the European Economic

    Jeremy Corbyn has suffered a 90-strong rebellion over a Brexit vote on remaining in the European Economic Area, with six of his MPs resigning from their frontbench roles. Junior Labour frontbenchers Laura Smith, Ged Killen, Ellie Reeves, Tonia Antoniazzi and Anna McMorrin were the first to step down from their roles on Wednesday night. Their resignations were revealed moments before the result of a vote on a Lords Brexit bill amendment which called for the government to make remaining in the EEA a negotiating objective. The government said before the vote it disagreed with the amendment and the Labour frontbench had been ordered to abstain. The House of Commons voted 327 to 126 to reject the proposed amendment, with 74 Labour MPs rebelling against their party's wh...
Number of record level terrorism related arrests in UK
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Number of record level terrorism related arrests in UK

    The number of terrorism-related arrests in Britain hit a record high after a series of attacks were launched around the country last year, official figures show. In the year ending 31 March, 441 people were held on suspicion of terrorism-related activity, the highest number of arrests in a year since data collection started in 2001, and an increase of 17% on 378 in the previous year. The Home Office said the rise was partly due to a number of arrests made following attacks in London and Manchester last year. The number of terror-related arrests in Britain since the 9/11 attacks in 2001 has passed the 4,000 mark, standing at 4,182 at the end of March. The number of prisoners jailed for terrorism-related offences is also at the highest level since records began after...
May seeks meaningful vote of her deeply divided party
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May seeks meaningful vote of her deeply divided party

    Dominic Grieve, the leader of a group of Conservative rebels on Brexit, is locked in negotiations with the government as Theresa May seeks a form of words on a meaningful vote that will satisfy both sides of her deeply divided party. Grieve, the former attorney general, is determined to make it impossible for Britain to crash out of the EU without parliamentary approval. But the Brexit secretary, David Davis, and pro-leave Tory backbenchers are adamantly opposed to anything they believe would tie the government’s hands if talks with Brussels collapse. The government is expected to table its compromise amendment on Thursday, and MPs will pore over the wording. Peers will then vote on it when the EU withdrawal bill returns to the House of Lords on Monday. The discuss...