5 terrorist plots foiled on French Riviera since Nice attack – prosecutor

5 terrorist plots foiled on French Riviera since Nice attack – prosecutor

5 terrorist plots foiled on French Riviera since Nice attack – prosecutor Published time: 28 Sep, 2016 14:33 Edited time: 28 Sep, 2016 14:51 © Remy Gabalda / Reuters   A number of planned terrorist attacks on sporting events, schools and religious sites on the French Riviera have been foiled since the deadly truck incident in Nice that killed 86 people in July, a French prosecutor has said. Authorities in France thwarted as many as five…

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Britain calls on United Nations members to help keep air passengers safe

Britain calls on United Nations members to help keep air passengers safe

Britain calls on United Nations members to help keep air passengers safe From: Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP First published: 22 September 2016 Part of: United Nations General Assembly 2016 and UK Mission to the United Nations, New York United Nations Security Council passes historic resolution on aviation security. The safety of air passengers was the focus of an historic United Nations (UN) resolution unanimously adopted on Thursday 22…

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PM meeting with Defence Chiefs: 22 September 2016

PM meeting with Defence Chiefs: 22 September 2016

From: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street, Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Theresa May MP First published: 23 September 2016 Part of: Afghanistan, France, Iraq, Syria and United Kingdom PM Theresa May met with Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach and Ministry of Defence Permanent Under Secretary Stephen Lovegrove. This morning the Prime Minister met with Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach and…

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Bank of England keeps interest rates at 0.25%

Bank of England keeps interest rates at 0.25%

UK interest rates left unchanged at 0.25% 5 minutes ago From the BBC section Business Image copyrightREUTERS The Bank of England has left its main interest rate at 0.25%. The decision of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to leave rates at their new, historically low, level was no surprise. Only last month the Bank cut its bank rate from 0.5% to 0.25%, as part of its attempts to ensure the stability of the UK’s banking system…

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Hinkley Point: UK approves nuclear plant deal

Hinkley Point: UK approves nuclear plant deal

Hinkley Point: UK approves nuclear plant deal 49 minutes ago From the BBC section on Business   Image copyrightPAImage captionArtist’s impression of Hinkley Point C building proposals The government has given the go ahead for a new £18bn nuclear power station in the UK after imposing “significant new safeguards” to protect national security. The new plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is being financed by the French and the Chinese. In exchange, China wants to use…

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New taxation rules come into force for watching BBC iPlayer

New taxation rules come into force for watching BBC iPlayer

TV licence iPlayer rules come into force TV viewers are being reminded that all users of the iPlayer must now own a TV licence, regardless of whether or not they watch programmes live. Getty Images The new rules, which will close the so-called “iPlayer loophole”, have come into effect this morning. Previously, only viewers who were watching shows as they were being broadcast required a licence. That meant it was legal to watch content after broadcast via…

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Scarborough hit hardest by ‘gull muggings’ – report

Scarborough hit hardest by ‘gull muggings’ – report

Scarborough hit hardest by ‘gull muggings’ – report Posted at09:10 A total of 22 people say they’ve been the victim of so-called “gull muggings” in North Yorkshire’s seaside towns this summer – with Scarborough hardest hit. Thinkstock New figures show 19 of the 22 reported “muggings” by seagulls between March and August this year took place in Scarborough. The figures are contained in a report due to go before Scarborough councillors next week. The report also shows: A further two reports of “gull muggings” came…

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UK net migration remains close to record levels

UK net migration remains close to record levels

From the BBC section on UK Politics Image copyrightPA Net migration to the UK was 327,000 for the year to March, according to Office for National Statistics estimates. The figures – covering the period before Britain voted to leave the EU – are down slightly on record levels of 336,000. Net migration is the difference between the number of people coming to the UK for at least a year and those leaving. The figure for net…

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CMA sets out provisional concerns about ICE/Trayport merger

CMA sets out provisional concerns about ICE/Trayport merger

From: Competition and Markets Authority First published: 16 August 2016 Part of: Mergers The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally found that ICE’s acquisition of Trayport may give rise to competition concerns. Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE) is the largest operator of exchanges and clearinghouses in the trading of European utilities. It has its own proprietary software which allows trading of energy commodity and utility derivatives on its exchanges. Trayport’s software permits the trading of energy commodity and…

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English actor Kenny Baker, who starred as R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died aged 81

English actor Kenny Baker, who starred as R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died aged 81

13 August 2016 From the BBC section Entertainment & Arts Image copyright GETTY IMAGES English actor Kenny Baker, who starred as R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died aged 81 after a long illness, his niece has confirmed. Baker made his name as the robot in the first Star Wars film in 1977 alongside Anthony Daniels’s C-3PO character. Star Wars creator George Lucas paid tribute to a “real gentleman” and Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker in…

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