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Britain’s law lords reject use of secret evidence

Britain's House of Lords on Wednesday ruled against the use of secret evidence to keep terrorism suspects under surveillance without charge.

UK expenses row ‘a McCarthy-style witch-hunt’

Embarrassing disclosures about the vast expenses claims of British MPs amount to a ''McCarthy-style witch-hunt'', a lawmaker said on Friday.

UK’s BBC, Sky refuse to air Gaza charity appeal

Two of UK's major broadcasters faced down criticism on Monday and refused to air a charity appeal for the victims of Israel's offensive in Gaza.

World leaders urge fast action on financial crisis

World leaders pledged rapid action on Saturday to rescue a weakening global economy from the worst financial crisis in over 70 years

Zimbabweans abroad await post-Mugabe era

Like millions of Zimbabweans living abroad, Leslie Maruziva follows the tortuous power-sharing talks going on at home.

Londoners raise alarm over youth knife crime

Twenty teenagers have been stabbed to death in the British capital so far this year, a toll that is rapidly approaching the 27 killed during 2007.

Star witness fails to show in London ‘Nazi orgy’ case

A star defence witness failed to turn up in a privacy case involving sadomasochistic sex and the head of world motor racing on Thursday.

Experts see big holes in cluster bomb ban

An agreement banning cluster bombs has cheered human rights campaigners, but powerful military states are refusing to join it and experts say the treaty is riddled with holes and could prove unworkable. The agreement commits 111 countries to banning the use of cluster munitions.

Facebook makes MP doubt his existence

A British MP had his Facebook account suspended in December after the popular social-networking site decided he wasn't real. Steve Webb, of the Liberal Democrats, tried to log on but received a message saying his account had been disabled following complaints he didn't exist.

Spending row claims British Auditor General

Britain's Auditor General, the man charged with stopping government waste, announced he is stepping down on Thursday after criticism of his own lavish spending on foreign travel and top-notch restaurants. Sir John Bourn for 20 years served the British Parliament by making sure public money was not frittered away on frivolous projects.

Britain tries to restrict foot and mouth outbreak

Britain moved rapidly to contain an outbreak of foot and mouth, a highly infectious disease that devastated farming six years ago, by isolating a farm west of London on Saturday. Prime Minister Gordon Brown broke off his holiday to return to London and chair an emergency meeting of senior ministers.

UK faces more rain as floods death toll rises

Hundreds of thousands of Britons hit by the worst flooding in 60 years faced further misery on Thursday as forecasters predicted more rain in the areas most badly affected. Two people were found dead in a cellar in the west of England, raising to at least eight the number of people to have died as a result of record rainfall.

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