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  • Nicholas Winton, savior of Jewish children, dies at 106
    Nicholas Winton, savior of Jewish children, dies at 106 1 hour 21 minutes ago

    LONDON (AP) — He was just a 29-year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange when he faced the challenge of a lifetime. Traveling with a friend to Czechoslovakia in 1938, as the drums of impending war echoed around Europe, Nicholas Winton was hit by a key realization. More »

  • Crowdfunding campaign to bail out Greece raises 1 million euro in 3 days 1 hour 21 minutes ago

    Behold the power of crowdfunding. Over the weekend, Yorkshire native Thom Feeney, frustrated with politicians “dithering” over the Greek debt crisis, started an Indiegogo campaign to bail out the ailing nation. “I’ve received so many tweets, emails and messages of support and thanks,” he wrote on the campaign’s page. More »

  • The Latest: Greek conservatives: Sunday vote is flawed
    The Latest: Greek conservatives: Sunday vote is flawed 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): ___ 9:30 p.m. Greece's conservative opposition leader has raised questions over the legitimacy of Sunday's referendum after the Council of ... More »

  • 'Britain's Schindler' dies at 106
    'Britain's Schindler' dies at 106 2 hours 4 minutes ago

    Tributes have poured in for Sir Nicholas Winton, who was called "Britain's Schindler" for saving the lives of Jewish children during the Holocaust, after he died aged 106. More »

  • 'English Schindler' Nicholas Winton dies aged 106
    'English Schindler' Nicholas Winton dies aged 106 2 hours 11 minutes ago

    Nicholas Winton, a Briton who saved hundreds of Jewish children in Prague from the Nazis in the run-up to World War II, has died at the age of 106, his family said on Wednesday. More »

  • French ferry protest on hold at Calais port
    French ferry protest on hold at Calais port 2 hours 24 minutes ago

    Trucks are parked on the M20 motorway near Ashford in Kent, on July 1, 2015, waiting to board ferries to France More »

  • UK weighs more action against IS in Syria after Tunisia attack
    UK weighs more action against IS in Syria after Tunisia attack 2 hours 26 minutes ago

    By William James and Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is considering whether it could and should do more to help defeat Islamic State militants in Syria after a deadly attack in Tunisia last week killed up to 30 of its nationals, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday. As part of a U.S.-led coalition against IS, Britain conducts regular air strikes in neighbouring Iraq and flies drones over Syria to gather intelligence on the militant group. More »

  • 'Britain's Schindler' Sir Nicholas Winton Dies
    'Britain's Schindler' Sir Nicholas Winton Dies 2 hours 53 minutes ago

    Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of nearly 700 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, has died in hospital at the age of 106. Sir Nicholas was nicknamed Britain's Schindler after he saved the lives of 669 children by sending them on trains from Prague to London. His son-in-law Stephen Watson said Sir Nicholas died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Hospital in Slough. More »

  • Tunisia identifies all 38 hotel attack victims, 30 of them British
    Tunisia identifies all 38 hotel attack victims, 30 of them British 3 hours ago

    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Thirty Britons and eight other foreigners were killed last Friday when a gunman opened fire on holiday-makers at a Tunisian hotel, Tunisia's health ministry said on Wednesday, completing the last formal identification. The bloody massacre at the Sousse resort, claimed by Islamic State militants, was the worst such attack in Tunisia's modern history, delivering a blow to the vital tourist industry just as the North African state consolidates its new democracy. Four years after a popular uprising toppled autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia is facing a growing threat from Islamist militants who the British government has warned may try to carry out more attacks. More »

  • Bank Of England Working On Greece 'Protection'
    Bank Of England Working On Greece 'Protection' 3 hours ago

    The governor of the Bank of England has told Sky News it has been working to ensure the UK is protected from the crisis in Greece. In a wide-ranging interview with Business Presenter Ian King, Mark Carney said the Bank, along with its European counterparts, had made plans aimed at limiting the financial fallout should the Greek financial system implode. He said that while the situation in Greece had "intensified", there was "very little exposure to UK banks" but it was best to be prepared. More »

  • Calais strike clogs British motorway with 3,000 trucks
    Calais strike clogs British motorway with 3,000 trucks 3 hours ago

    Emergency vehicles patrol between hundreds of parked trucks on the M20 motorway near Ashford in Kent, south-east England, on July 1, 2015 as they wait to board ferries to France as striking ferry workers ... More »

  • Britain's Schindler dies aged 106
    Britain's Schindler dies aged 106 3 hours ago

    Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of Jewish children from the Holocaust in 1939, has died aged 106, his family said. More »

  • Heathrow Runway Decision By End Of Year - PM
    Heathrow Runway Decision By End Of Year - PM 3 hours ago

    The Prime Minister has said he will decide by the end of the year whether or not to expand Heathrow. The Airports Commission has named the airport as the preferred site for a new runway after a three-year investigation. In its report, the Commission said a third runway at Heathrow would ensure the UK's "long-term prosperity" while resulting in the loss of fewer homes. More »

  • Pro-Erdogan candidate voted Turkey's new parliament speaker
    Pro-Erdogan candidate voted Turkey's new parliament speaker 3 hours ago

    The defence minister from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party was elected parliament speaker Wednesday in a vote seen as a key barometer of the country's politics after the party lost its majority in June elections. More »

  • Bank of England says primed for action over Greek crisis
    Bank of England says primed for action over Greek crisis 4 hours ago

    By David Milliken and Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England said on Wednesday it stood ready to take any action required in response to Greece's worsening debt crisis, and warned that lack of liquidity left financial markets vulnerable to a sell-off. Greece's troubles were the most rapidly looming threat to financial stability in Britain, the BoE said, but other dangers came from a record current account deficit, highly indebted housing market and threats to banks from computer hackers and misconduct by their own staff. The greater focus on financial markets highlights the BoE's growing interest in areas beyond formerly troubled banks, potentially setting up a clash with other regulators and the asset-management industry. More »

  • Bodies of 8 British victims in Tunisia attack flown home
    Bodies of 8 British victims in Tunisia attack flown home 4 hours ago

    The bodies of eight of the 30 Britons killed in last week's jihadist attack in Tunisia arrived in Britain on Wednesday in a solemn ceremony reminiscent of the repatriation of fallen soldiers. More »

  • The Latest: Merkel says Greek talks only after referendum
    The Latest: Merkel says Greek talks only after referendum 4 hours ago

    The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): ___ 6:24 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is sticking to her position that there can be no negotiations on a new aid package before Greece ... More »

  • France wants Greek deal now, warns of euro zone break-up risk 4 hours ago

    By Mark John and Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - France wants the euro zone to push for a deal with Greece before Sunday's referendum, President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday, in comments that differed sharply from those of German leaders. "(A deal) must be found before the referendum, it wouldn't have much sense afterwards," Hollande said. It's better to be sure than to leap into the void." "It is our duty to keep Greece in the euro zone. More »

  • The Latest: Tsipras slams talk of euro exit after referendum
    The Latest: Tsipras slams talk of euro exit after referendum 4 hours ago

    The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): ___ 6:01 p.m. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said suggestions this Sunday's referendum will determine whether Greece stays in the euro ... More »

  • News of the World ex-deputy cleared over phone-hacking
    News of the World ex-deputy cleared over phone-hacking 5 hours ago

    The former deputy editor of Britain's News of the World tabloid, which media tycoon Rupert Murdoch closed down four years ago over phone-hacking, was on Wednesday cleared of involvement in the practice. More »

  • Concern at child poverty changes
    Concern at child poverty changes 5 hours ago

    Anti-poverty campaigners have voiced deep concern over Government plans to ditch legal requirements to lift children out of relative poverty. More »

  • UK family of 12, with baby and grandparents, believed to have gone to Syria 5 hours ago

    A British family of 12, including a baby and two grandparents one aged 75, are believed to have gone to Syria after the family reported them missing, police said on Wednesday. The family, from Luton in Bedfordshire, central England, have not been seen since mid-May when they failed to return home after a holiday in Bangladesh. "There is a suggestion that the family may have gone to Syria, however police have so far been unable to corroborate that information," Bedfordshire Police said in a statement. More »

  • Britain to decide on new Heathrow runway by end of year
    Britain to decide on new Heathrow runway by end of year 5 hours ago

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will make a final decision on a 23 billion pound ($36 billion) plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport by the end of the year, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday, setting the stage for a political battle over the issue. Few disagree that London needs a new runway to remain economically competitive, but its location has been disputed for over 25 years and the proposal to expand Britain's busiest airport has stoked tensions in the ruling Conservative party. Cameron set the deadline after a government-appointed commission selected Heathrow, in densely populated west London, as the preferred location for expansion, following a three-year study. More »

  • The Latest: Tsipras vows to push on with referendum
    The Latest: Tsipras vows to push on with referendum 5 hours ago

    The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): ___ 5:40 p.m. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has vowed to push on with his plan for a referendum this Sunday on the recent proposals from ... More »

  • The Latest: Bank of England warns over financial stability
    The Latest: Bank of England warns over financial stability 5 hours ago

    The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): ___ 5:23 p.m. Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned that the outlook for Britain's financial stability has "worsened" because ... More »

  • The Latest: Banner against austerity unfurled in Athens
    The Latest: Banner against austerity unfurled in Athens 5 hours ago

    The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): ___ 5.16 p.m. A huge banner urging Greek voters to reject a bailout deal by the country's has been unfurled on the front of the Finance Ministry ... More »

  • The Latest: Hollande urges swift deal with Greece
    The Latest: Hollande urges swift deal with Greece 5 hours ago

    The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): ___ 5:13 p.m. French President Francois Hollande is urging an accord with Greece over its debt before a referendum scheduled Sunday instead ... More »

  • The Latest: Greek Orthodox church leader urges calm
    The Latest: Greek Orthodox church leader urges calm 6 hours ago

    The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): ___ 5:10 p.m. The leader of Greece's powerful Orthodox Church has made an appeal for calm amid concern that public rallies for Sunday's referendum ... More »

  • The Latest: Slovenia criticizes Greek govt debt actions
    The Latest: Slovenia criticizes Greek govt debt actions 6 hours ago

    The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): ___ 4:55 p.m. Eurozone member Slovenia has criticized Greek government's handling of the debt crisis, saying its actions have prevented a new ... More »

  • Same-sex marriage: Will conservative religious colleges lose tax-exempt sta … 6 hours ago

    In his dissent to last week’s epoch-changing decision that declared same-sex marriage a fundamental right, Chief Justice John Roberts worried about the implications of the majority’s rationale for religious colleges and other institutions. “Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage – when, for example, a religious college provides married student housing only to opposite-sex married couples, or a religious adoption agency declines to place children with same-sex married couples,” the chief justice wrote. One of these questions, many legal scholars and others say, may revolve around the tax-exempt status of conservative religious institutions whose policies conflict with the nation’s new public policy on marriage. More »

  • The Latest: Greek retirees march to demand full pensions
    The Latest: Greek retirees march to demand full pensions 6 hours ago

    The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): ___ 4:45 p.m. About 200 retirees have demonstrated outside Greece's Finance Ministry in central Athens before marching to the Bank of Greece ... More »

  • Airports commission recommends expanding Heathrow 6 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Airports Commission unanimously recommended the construction of a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesday in a long-awaited report on how best to expand the country's aviation capacity. More »

  • The Latest: Pope offers prayers for Greeks amid the crisis
    The Latest: Pope offers prayers for Greeks amid the crisis 7 hours ago

    The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local): ___ 3:55 p.m. Pope Francis is urging prayers for Greece and its people as they weather a "keenly felt human and social crisis." The ... More »

  • July 7 memorial 'must be respected'
    July 7 memorial 'must be respected' 7 hours ago

    David Cameron wants to ensure the memorial to the victims of the July 7 bombings in London is treated with respect, the Prime Minister's spokeswoman has said. More »

  • Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws
    Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws 7 hours ago

    Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections. ... More »