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European watchdog accuses Britain of shameful rhetoric on migrants – The Guardian

The debate over immigration in Britain has taken a worrying turn and is fuelling stereotypes and hostility towards migrants, Europe‘s human rights watchdog has warned. Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, has said it is simply unacceptable to treat Bulgarian and Romanian citizens like a scourge and says it is time to […]

Easter exodus for warmer climes under way as UK freeze continues – The Guardian

The Easter exodus for warmer climes is under way for long-suffering Britons hoping to escape the record low March temperatures. An estimated 1.2 million passengers are expected to fly out from Heathrow this weekend, and 570,000 are due to leave from Gatwick. The most popular destinations include Spain, Tunisia, Egypt and Florida – but southern […]

How the amazing UK cover for Rapture of the Nerds came to be – Boing Boing

How the amazing UK cover for Rapture of the Nerds came to be – Boing Boing

I’m really impressed with the cover of the UK edition of Rapture of the Nerds, the novel I wrote with Charlie Stross. But it turns out that producing that cover was quite a journey. Designer Martin Stiff was kind enough to share his notes on the process, along with all the proto covers […]

Nelson Mandela ‘making steady progress’ in hospital – The Guardian

Nelson Mandela is in good spirits and “making steady progress” in hospital in South Africa, according to officials. The 94-year-old hero of the anti-apartheid struggle spent a second night receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection. His illness has cast a shadow over the Easter holiday. But Mac Maharaj, spokesman for the South African presidency, […]

Jimmy Savile investigation: officers arrest 82-year-old man – The Guardian

An 82-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual offences by police investigating allegations arising from the Jimmy Savile scandal. The suspect, from Berkshire, was arrested on Thursday and bailed to a date in May pending further inquiries. He is the 11th person to be arrested by officers from Operation Yewtree, which was set […]

Bank of Ireland U.K. Mortgage-Rate Rise Concerns Tyrie – Bloomberg

U.K. lawmaker Andrew Tyrie said Britain’s finance regulator must ensure customers are being treated fairly as a result of Bank of Ireland Plc raising interest rates for some mortgages. Tyrie wrote to Martin Wheatley, the U.K.’s chief conduct regulator, asking for details on how the Financial Services Authority is dealing with the increase, according to […]

UK’s CO2 emissions up 4.5% in 2012 – The Guardian

The UK’s emissions of climate-warming gases surged in 2012 as cheap coal replaced gas in power stations, official data revealed on Thursday. However, 2012 was a record year for renewable energy in Scotland, which produced enough electricity to power all of its homes. Fergus Ewing, the Scottish energy minister, said his government was now on […]

UK stocks gain 8.7% on the quarter – MarketWatch

UK stocks gain 8.7% on the quarter – MarketWatch

By Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch LONDON (MarketWatch) — U.K.’s benchmark stock index posted its 10th straight month of gains on Thursday, with InterContinental Hotels Group PLC and Tate & Lyle PLC […]

Scientists develop new foot and mouth vaccine – The Guardian

Scientists develop new foot and mouth vaccine – The Guardian

Link to video: New foot and mouth vaccine developed Scientists have developed a new kind of vaccine that could prevent devastating outbreaks of foot and mouth disease among livestock. The “synthetic” vaccine was created by taking protein shells that encase the virus and strengthening them, so the vaccine can be used in warm countries without […]

Easter getaway as thousands leave the UK – BBC News

Easter getaway as thousands leave the UK – BBC News

28 March 2013 Last updated at 14:47 ET Heathrow said it was preparing for its “busiest seven days of the year so far” Thousands of Britons are set to travel abroad for Easter following several days of unusually cold weather. Some […]