Britain: Scrutiny of spies ’embarrassing’

(London) The credibility of the security and intelligence agencies is being hit by ineffective oversight, an influential group of MPs has said. Scrutinising the work...

London MetPolice chief urges FGM referrals

(London) Mandatory medical examinations to identify victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) may have to be considered in the UK, the head of Britain's...

NATO eyes ‘defensive’ permanent troop deployment near Russia’s borders

NATO may station permanently additional troops in Eastern Europe, the alliance’s top military commander said, adding that it would be a defensive measure. He...

Canada’s first ‘Cannabis’ vending machine starts operation

(Canada) The first cannabis-dispensing machine in Canada has begun operating in Vancouver, following on from the first machine installed recently in the US state...

Lancaster will wait to pick squad

  Stuart Lancaster will delay finalising England's touring party for June's three-Test series in New Zealand as long as possible to combat club and country...

Thailand: Court removes PM Yingluck Shinawatra from office

BANGKOK: The Thailand’s constitutional court on Wednesday removed the country’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office over charges of abuse of power. In its ruling, the...

End of bank secrecy? Switzerland, Singapore agree to share tax information

Switzerland and Singapore have both agreed to share data and tax information under a groundbreaking new treaty signed by some 47 nations worldwide. “It's clearly...

US aircraft carriers ‘easy targets’ in event of clash – Iranian...

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards says his forces have been holding naval exercises involving the use of replica American warships, while the real...

US won’t allow Israelis visa-free entry amid increased spying on America

While the partnership between the Jewish state and the United States is often characterized as a special relationship, a new report has revealed Israel...

High-tech liquid scanner set to shorten airport queues

(London) ANGRY passengers, long queues and strict guidelines over liquids on planes could be substantially reduced by a new airport scanner for liquids. The scanning...

Royal Gatecrasher: Charles In Wedding Snaps

(London) A newly married couple in Ayrshire were given an unexpected royal surprise on their big day. The Prince of Wales was in Ayr for...

Charity slams NHS on diabetes care

(London) The NHS is wasting billions of pounds of public money by failing to tackle diabetes early enough, experts have warned. The disease costs the...

London: 300 data protection breaches at Met Police

(London) Police officers with the country's largest force have been caught assisting criminals, selling confidential details for cash and making racist and sexist comments...

UK: Young voters ‘to shun ballot box’

(London) About two million young people eligible to vote for the first time at next year's general election will shun the ballot box, polling...

Jobseekers: Concern over zero-hours contracts

(London) Jobseekers face temporary benefits bans if they refuse to take some forms of zero-hours contracts under the coalition Government's welfare reforms. Claimants risk losing...

Pakistan: US allowed to use airspace for military transport

(Islamabad - Agencies) Pakistan has allowed the United States to use its air space for shipment of military equipment to and from Afghanistan, a...

Four dead in US shooting rampage

A gunman shot six people at a US home, killing a man and a teenager and critically wounding two boys, before fatally shooting a...

Rebel infighting in Syria kills 62

Heavy fighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria has killed 62 fighters and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, activists...

Cable ponders takeover test reform

(London) Business Secretary Vince Cable indicated he is considering reforms to the "public interest test" for corporate takeovers as a political row erupted about...

Labour ‘open to railway reforms’

(London) Labour leader Ed Miliband refused to rule out bringing the railways back into public ownership, saying the party was "looking at all the...