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Traumatised witnesses saw two men run down a British soldier with a car on a London street before one of them took a cleaver to his neck, their murder trial heard on Monday. More »Horrified witnesses describe London soldier murder
By Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - A British court saw documents on Monday purporting to show that Bahrain's prime minister had direct influence over the affairs of aluminium smelter Alba when it was making deals now at the heart of a major corruption case. The documents were shown by a lawyer for British-Canadian businessman Victor Dahdaleh, who is on trial accused of paying some $67 million (40.9 million pounds) in bribes to former Alba managers in return for a cut of contracts with suppliers worth more than $3 billion. One of Britain's biggest corruption cases for years, the trial has opened a rare window onto business practices normally shielded from public view in secretive Bahrain and comes at a sensitive time of political unrest in the tiny Gulf kingdom. London-based Dahdaleh, 70, has pleaded not guilty to eight criminal charges brought by Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in relation to events between 1998 and 2006 at Bahraini state-controlled Alba, the world's fourth-largest aluminium smelter. More »Bahrain PM's role in disputed aluminium deals probed at UK trial
British utility Thames Water has submitted plans to increase water bills for its 14 million customers by 11 percent between 2015 and 2020 to pay for a "super sewer" in London, a move that could put it on a collision course with regulators. Thames Water, Britain's biggest water and sewage services provider, has proposed increasing average household bills from 358 pounds a year in 2013 to 398 pounds, plus inflation, by 2020 in a business plan announced on Monday. It said that bills would have declined in real terms in the period were it not for the 2.8 billion pound investment in the Thames Tideway Tunnel, needed to provide additional capacity to London's ageing sewer network. "Much of London's water and sewerage infrastructure dates from Victorian times," said Thames Water Chief Executive Martin Baggs. More »Thames Water proposes hike in bills to pay for "super sewer"
Japanese engineering firm Shimizu has come up with a plan to cover the Moon's equator with a 400km-wide strip of solar panels which would beam power to the Earth More »Could we power the Earth by fitting the Moon with a belt of solar panels?
Britain's newly-appointed envoy will travel to Iran on Tuesday, the first diplomatic visit by a British official since its embassy in Tehran was stormed more than two years ago. The election of a relative moderate, President Hassan Rouhani, has paved the way for a thaw in ties between the two countries. London announced the appointment of Ajay Sharma as its charge d'affaires in November. "In the first step, the British non-resident charge d'affaires will travel to Tehran on Tuesday with a delegation to visit (diplomatic) facilities in the country and have talks with officials at the Foreign Ministry," Mohammad Habibullah Zadeh, his Iranian counterpart, was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA. More »British diplomat to visit Iran for first time in two years
An HIV positive paedophile who groomed teenage boys on the internet and filmed himself having sex with his victims has been jailed for life and told he must serve at least 10 years before he is considered for release. More »HIV paedophile jailed for life
The British public's expectations for inflation over the next 12 months fell sharply in November, according to a survey that will be a relief to Bank of England policymakers. Inflation expectations for the year ahead fell to 2.7 percent last month from a two-year high of 3.2 percent in October, a survey by polling company YouGov showed. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has said that October's rise was pushed up by media coverage of inflation-busting rises in gas and electricity bills. "The MPC may be reassured to an extent by the evidence that inflation expectations have fallen back in November, and this adds support to their view that the surge in October mainly reflected the large energy price hikes announced in that month," said Michael Saunders, UK economist at Citi. More »UK inflation expectations fall from two-year high in November - YouGov
Two "predatory" paedophiles, one of whom kept his HIV diagnosis hidden from his victims, have been jailed for life. Serial offenders Anthony Marsh and Lee Davis have been sentenced to life imprisonment after admitting a string of sexual offences against children they groomed on the internet. Sheffield Crown Court heard that the two men were "predatory and promiscuous" and targeted teenage boys across the north of England through Facebook, Bebo, Skype and specialist gay websites. They singled out "young, naive and immature" children described as "vulnerable because of their dawning sexuality". More »Paedophiles Anthony Marsh And Lee Davis Jailed
Thames Water caused amusement in Fetcham, Surrey, when they placed the safety ring at one end of the village brook which is no more than ankle deep More »Water firm ridiculed for placing two life buoys next to village stream just three INCHES deep
PetChatz is the first-ever videophone that lets pet owners greet and treat their pampered pets from anywhere in the world. More »Furry FaceTime: Pampered pets can now webchat worried owners from anywhere in the world
The authorities must be allowed to deport failed asylum seekers, Nick Clegg has insisted after the Government spent thousands of pounds attempting to send hunger-striking Isa Muaza to Nigeria only for him to be turned away. More »Failed asylum seekers 'must leave'
Sharon Birks underwent a hysterectomy at the Royal Derby Hospital last month. Mrs Birks, who lives with her husband Darren and their children, was given a bladder scan to check for problems and prescribed antibiotics. Mrs Birks told the Derby Telegraph: "I just had this really bad stomach ache and it almost felt like something was wedged in my stomach. Sue James, chief executive of Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust , has apologised to Mrs Birks and said an investigation has been launched into the incident. More »Glove Left Inside Patient After Surgery
The creators of a naked male mannequin who pees into a bucket and a room filled only with conversation are in the running for Britain's prestigious Turner prize for contemporary art announced on Monday. More »Urinating robot leads up Turner prize nominees
A man who strangled teenager Georgia Williams and dumped her body in woodland before fleeing to Scotland has admitted murder. Jamie Reynolds, who previously denied the charge, changed his plea to guilty during a hearing at Stafford Crown Court. The 23-year-old was at the centre of a UK-wide manhunt in May after killing Georgia in their home town of Wellington, Shropshire. More »Georgia Williams: Friend Admits Teen's Murder