Aug 28, 2015

UK immigration hits record high, causing headache for Cameron

Long-term net migration to Britain has hit a record high, underscoring the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron faces to dispel voter fears that immigrants are straining public services such as housing, hospitals and schools. As an island nation off northwest Europe, Britain is far ...

Aug 28, 2015

Briton pleads guilty in New York over smuggling North Korean drugs

A British man pleaded guilty in New York on Thursday to conspiring to import 100 kilograms of dangerously pure North Korean methamphetamines into the United States, American prosecutors said. Scott Stammers, 46, was one of five defendants arrested by authorities in Thailand in September ...

UAE says army frees British hostage held in Yemen

Aug 23, 2015

UAE says army frees British hostage held in Yemen

The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that its military freed a British hostage held by al-Qaida in Yemen who had been kidnapped 18 months ago while working as a petroleum engineer in the war-torn country. A statement carried by the UAE’s official WAM news ...

London's Bloomsbury has an academic air

Aug 22, 2015

London's Bloomsbury has an academic air

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Many visitors to London know Bloomsbury as a neighborhood of books, B&Bs and the British Museum. But it’s also a district of elegant architecture, hidden parks and upscale boutiques that’s a pleasure to explore on foot. Much of the area was developed during the ...

Artist Banksy opens theme park at British seaside

Aug 21, 2015

Artist Banksy opens theme park at British seaside

Graffiti artist Banksy announced the opening of a dystopian theme park in a British seaside town on Thursday, featuring boats filled with migrants and an anarchist training camp. The “Dismaland” theme park is located in a derelict outdoor swimming pool center in Weston-super-Mare, a ...

Indonesia court overturns teachers' sex abuse convictions

Aug 14, 2015

Indonesia court overturns teachers' sex abuse convictions

An Indonesian court has overturned convictions against a Canadian teacher and an Indonesian teaching assistant who were serving 10 years in jail for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta, their lawyer said Friday. Neil Bantleman, 45, and Ferdinant ...

Migrant crisis alarms Britain, but facts show fears unfounded

Aug 11, 2015

Migrant crisis alarms Britain, but facts show fears unfounded

This summer, Britain’s headlines have been dominated by one story — thousands of migrants massing in France, aiming to get to England through the Channel Tunnel. Britain’s jingoistic tabloids say it’s an invasion. Prime Minister David Cameron has called the Syrians, Afghans, Eritreans and ...