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Hong Kong leader extends olive branch to pro-democracy protesters
Leung Chun-ying says Beijing will not back down on vetting his successor but election committee could be more democratic Continue reading...






Letter from Italy: a green oasis
A plant-loving shopkeeper in Sicilys Mascalucia keeps alive half a century of tradition Continue reading...






MigrationWatch chairman Sir Andrew Green appointed as a peer
Labour accused David Cameron of desperation over thinktank chiefs peerage, suggesting it was a response to Ukip popularity

Sir Andrew Green, the long-term chairman of the controversial thinktank MigrationWatch UK, has been appointed a peer by David Cameron.

Labour immediately accused the prime minister of desperation, suggesting the move was a response to the rising popularity of Ukip and an attempt to prove their anti-immigration credentials.

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UK to fly military drones over Syria
Government says Reaper drones will be deployed soon to gather intelligence, but insists move is not a military intervention

Britain is to send military drones over Syria to gather intelligence in a move that will deepen its involvement in the campaign against Islamic State (Isis), Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, has revealed.

Downing Street insisted that the flights did not amount to military intervention and said there was a clear legal case for drone surveillance in Syria under the principles of national and collective defence.

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Outgoing GCHQ boss defends agency activities after Snowden revelations

Sir Iain Lobban uses valedictory address to praise extraordinary job of staff with mission of liberty, not erosion of it


Sir Iain Lobban, the outgoing director of Britains eavesdropping agency GCHQ, has used his valedictory address to deliver a full-throated defence of its activities in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations.

In a speech referencing cryptographer Alan Turing and wartime codebreaking efforts, Lobban praised GCHQ staff as ordinary people doing an extraordinary job, and said his agencys mission was the protection of liberty, not the erosion of it.

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Woman killed by falling tree in London during UK storms
Three also injured by falling tree in West Sussex as high winds caused by remnants of hurricane Gonzalo sweep across country Continue reading...






Dumbledore, Satan or Percival? How Chinese media are offering tips for choosing an English name

Its common for Chinese people to take a western name for business purposes. Beijings CCTV have discussed the pitfalls to avoid choosing an inappropriate option

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Ode to Madonna: Singing nun to release Like a Virgin cover
Sicilian sister Cristina Scucci, who shot to fame on The Voice of Italy talent show, says song on first album is secular prayer Continue reading...






Dumbledore, Satan or Percival? How Chinese media are offering tips for choosing an English name

Its common for Chinese people to take a western name for business purposes. Beijings CCTV have discussed the pitfalls to avoid choosing an inappropriate option

Name: Dumbledore.

Age: According to JK Rowling, about 150.

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