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Pro-Russians 'Take Ukrainian Soldiers Hostage'

Pro-Russians 'Take Ukrainian Soldiers Hostage'

Ukraine's defence minister said the two men had been seized "by extremists" near the town of Krasnyi Luch in Lugansk province…

  • British unemployment rate drops below 7%
    British unemployment rate drops below 7% 1 hour 17 minutes ago

    A man demonstrates outside Downing Street in central London on October 20, 2012 More »

  • Food bank users in Britain triple to 900,000
    Food bank users in Britain triple to 900,000 2 hours 14 minutes ago

    The number of people in Britain using food banks has nearly tripled to more than 900,000 over the past 12 months, according to a shock report on Wednesday from food bank operator Trussell Trust. More »

  • Rachel Reeves MP: Shocking food bank stats shame the Government 7 hours ago

    Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves says today's figures showing an increase in the use of food banks prove that the "cost-of-living crisis" is deepening for many people. More »

  • Rachel Reeves: Shocking food bank stats shame the Government 7 hours ago

    Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves says today's figures showing an increase in the use of food banks prove that the "cost-of-living crisis" is deepening for many people. More »

  • Shots Fired As Troops Land At Ukraine Airport
    Shots Fired As Troops Land At Ukraine Airport 10 hours ago

    Airborne troops have seized back a key Ukrainian air base, as Kiev launched an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists. Shots rang out from inside the facility in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, after Ukrainian troops disembarked from two military helicopters. Ukraine's Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov says troops have taken control of the facility. Russian news reports initially said up to 11 people were killed in clashes at the base, but Ukraine's defence ministry says none of its troops were killed or injured. More »

  • UK inflation hits new four-year low, house prices continue rise
    UK inflation hits new four-year low, house prices continue rise 11 hours ago

    Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne said the data showed his coalition government policies were bringing greater economic security, and his civil servants have said that on some measures, living standards are already rising. But his Labour Party opposite number, Ed Balls, said the CPI data failed to capture rapidly rising house prices, and that tax and benefit changes since 2010 meant that the average household was almost 1,000 pounds a year worse off. House prices are rising at their fastest since June 2010, up 9.1 percent on the year, according to ONS data released alongside the CPI figures. Prices in London are up 17.7 percent, the biggest jump since July 2007. More »

  • Players, families honour Hillsborough dead
    Players, families honour Hillsborough dead 11 hours ago

    Liverpool stars joined relatives of the 96 Hillsborough stadium disaster victims as the club marked the 25th anniversary of the tragedy with a solemn memorial service at Anfield. More »

  • 'Crucial moment' in Ukraine crisis
    'Crucial moment' in Ukraine crisis 11 hours ago

    Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned the crisis in Ukraine is at a "crucial moment" after local government forces retook an airport from pro-Moscow militia. More »

  • England lags behind over rail cash
    England lags behind over rail cash 11 hours ago

    A huge disparity between the level of Government funding for train journeys in England and those in Scotland and Wales has been revealed in a report from rail regulators. More »

  • 'Shocking' rise in food banks use
    'Shocking' rise in food banks use 11 hours ago

    Almost a million adults and children received emergency supplies from food banks in the past year, a "shocking" rise of 163% on the previous 12 months amid rising living costs, low pay and welfare problems, a new report has revealed. More »

  • UK tabloid ex-editor says only vaguely knew of phone-hacking
    UK tabloid ex-editor says only vaguely knew of phone-hacking 16 hours ago

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson told Britain's phone-hacking trial on Tuesday he was only vaguely aware of the practice during his time at the Murdoch tabloid. More »

  • House Price Concern As Wider Inflation Eases
    House Price Concern As Wider Inflation Eases 16 hours ago

    There has been more good news for household budgets with confirmation that price growth eased further in March though property costs accelerated. More »

  • Britain's anti-EU leader denies expenses allegations
    Britain's anti-EU leader denies expenses allegations 17 hours ago

    Eurosceptic UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said Tuesday he was considering legal action after a British newspaper reported that he faces an investigation over his EU expenses. More »

  • A Minnesotan's guide to Fargo
    A Minnesotan's guide to Fargo 17 hours ago

    Tonight, FX is set to premiere a limited, 10-episode series based on the Coen brothers' legendary 1996 film Fargo, which scored with audiences and critics alike by infusing a twisty neo-noir narrative with a healthy dose of Minnesota nice. Having seen a few episodes, it's clear that the Fargo series is more than a mere cash-grab attempting to capitalize on the movie's legacy; But however audiences respond to this small-screen version of Fargo, there's one place where it's guaranteed to have a unique impact: Minnesota. Full disclosure: I grew up in White Bear Lake, a self-described "city of lakes and legends" that's roughly 15 miles outside the Twin Cities area. More »

  • Britain Drank Seven Billion Fewer Units of Alcohol over Last Decade
    Britain Drank Seven Billion Fewer Units of Alcohol over Last Decade 18 hours ago

    Britons drank billions fewer pints of beer, glasses of wine and shots of spirits over the last 10 years, a trade body report has revealed. More »

  • Memorial service marks Hillsborough anniversary
    Memorial service marks Hillsborough anniversary 18 hours ago

    LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Scarves donated by football clubs across the world were laid out in the center circle at Anfield, forming the shape of the number "96" beneath a clear blue sky. More »

  • On This Day: Queen launches Royal Yacht Britannia
    On This Day: Queen launches Royal Yacht Britannia 18 hours ago

    Her Majesty named the vessel, which served the Royal Family for 44 years, at an event at the John Brown shipyard. More »

  • China angered by Britain's report on human rights, cancels talks
    China angered by Britain's report on human rights, cancels talks 18 hours ago

    BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) - China accused Britain on Tuesday of interfering in its domestic affairs after the British government criticised Beijing's human rights record. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Britain's annual human rights made "irresponsible remarks...about the Chinese political system, rudely slandering and criticising China's human rights situation". She was speaking a day after China called off talks with Britain on Beijing's human rights record. ... More »

  • UKIP chief defends expenses record ahead of vote
    UKIP chief defends expenses record ahead of vote 18 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) denied wrongdoing on Tuesday after a former party member referred him to the European Union's anti-fraud office less than six weeks before elections to the European Parliament. UKIP, which wants Britain to leave the EU and an end to "open door" immigration, is forecast to poll strongly in the vote, an achievement it hopes will pave the way for it to win its first seats in the British parliament next year. Styling itself as an antidote to the mainstream politicians it says are self-serving, the party has siphoned off support from all three main parties, and its leader, Nigel Farage, has become a regular on British television screens. But on Tuesday, an unnamed former UKIP official queried whether Farage was using the expense allowances he gets as a member of the European Parliament (MEP) to fund one of his offices in Britain, as he says, or whether he uses it for other purposes. More »

  • Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking'
    Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking' 19 hours ago

    Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief said under oath Tuesday that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, though he acknowledged ... More »

  • UN denounces UK's 'sexist culture'
    UN denounces UK's 'sexist culture' 19 hours ago

    Sexism in the UK is more pervasive and "in your face" than other countries, a United Nations (UN) investigator has claimed. More »

  • Diplomat appointed to head UK eavesdropping agency 19 hours ago

    LONDON (AP) — A diplomat who has advised the British government on counterterrorism has been appointed head of the electronic spy agency GCHQ. More »

  • Britain says Russia has pushed Ukraine to the brink 20 hours ago

    Russia has deliberately pushed Ukraine "to the brink" in recent days and increased the risk of violent confrontation there, British Foreign Secretary William Hague will say on Tuesday in a speech in London. Hague's comments, released in advance by his office, come after Russia declared Ukraine to be on the verge of civil war and as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was under way. "In recent days Russia has deliberately pushed Ukraine to the brink, and created a still greater risk of violent confrontation," Hague will say, according to the extracts. "Russia's behaviour has laid bare the danger of the creation of concentrations of Russian economic, political and media power that subvert democratic institutions, particularly in South-Eastern Europe," he will say. More »

  • Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking
    Ex-Murdoch editor says he played no part in murdered girl phone hacking 21 hours ago

    By Michael Holden and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Former Rupert Murdoch editor Andy Coulson told a London court on Tuesday he had not been involved in illegally tapping into the mobile phone messages of murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the incident that ignited Britain's phone-hacking scandal and sent shockwaves through the country's establishment. Coulson, who later became Prime Minister David Cameron's media chief, said he had never engaged in illegal hacking activity, nor had known staff working for the News of the World Sunday tabloid had tapped into Dowler's messages. The hacking of Dowler's phone forms a crucial part of the prosecution case against Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, the ex-boss of News Corp.'s British newspaper arm. The revelation in July 2011 that Dowler's phone had been hacked while she was still missing sparked public outrage and a sequence of events leading to Murdoch closing the 168-year-old News of the World, the arrest of Coulson and Brooks, and Cameron ordering a public inquiry into press ethics. More »

  • Coulson 'Knew Nothing' Of Milly Dowler Hacking
    Coulson 'Knew Nothing' Of Milly Dowler Hacking 21 hours ago

    Former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson has denied he played any part in the hacking of the mobile phone messages of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. It was the revelation the Sunday tabloid had accessed the 13-year-old's voicemail messages, after her disappearance in 2002, which led to the closure of the newspaper. The Old Bailey phone hacking trial has heard how Andy Coulson was the News of the World's deputy editor at that time of the teenager's disappearance, but had taken charge of the paper as then editor Rebekah Brooks was on holiday in Dubai. Giving evidence for a second day in the witness box, Mr Coulson said he had never engaged in illegal hacking activity, nor known about attempts to tap into the Dowlers' messages. More »

  • Britain picks diplomat to head spy agency at centre of Snowden leaks
    Britain picks diplomat to head spy agency at centre of Snowden leaks 22 hours ago

    Britain said on Tuesday it had picked a diplomat to head its GCHQ eavesdropping agency which has found itself under unprecedented public scrutiny because of documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. Britain announced in January that the agency's current chief, Iain Lobban, would be standing down after six years in charge of Britain's equivalent of America's National Security Agency (NSA). The 53-year-old's departure was announced after he had publicly defended the legality of GCHQ's work, denying it conducted illegal mass surveillance. On Tuesday, Britain's Foreign Office announced that Robert Hannigan, a senior diplomat responsible for defence and intelligence issues, would become the new head of GCHQ and would start in the autumn. More »

  • Hillsborough 25th Anniversary: What it Means to Liverpool Fans Too Young to …
    Hillsborough 25th Anniversary: What it Means to Liverpool Fans Too Young to … 22 hours ago

    I was six weeks old when the Hillsborough disaster changed the face of football in both Liverpool and England as a whole. I immersed myself in all things Liverpool, revising our history to the point where I could not only quote Shankly's one-liners but name his first title-winning side one to eleven. The spectre of Hillsborough always loomed large but remained unclear. It took others far less time to comprehend the devastation of Hillsborough and the betrayal that proceeded it. More »

  • FO man is named as new GCHQ boss
    FO man is named as new GCHQ boss 23 hours ago

    Senior Foreign Office official Robert Hannigan has been named as the next head of the UK's eavesdropping agency GCHQ. More »

  • China Cancels Human Rights Talks with Britain after Report's 'Country …
    China Cancels Human Rights Talks with Britain after Report's 'Country … 23 hours ago

    China has condemned Britain and cancelled talks in reaction to Britain's annual human rights report which labelled China a "country of concern". More »

  • Farage Hits Back Over EU Expenses Claim
    Farage Hits Back Over EU Expenses Claim Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is facing questions over allowances he received as an MEP from the European Union. Mr Farage has dismissed claims made in The Times newspaper that he is facing an investigation over allowances received for his constituency office as "outrageous, ridiculous and absurd". However, it claims the property was gifted to him by UKIP supporters 15 years ago. A former office manager, David Samuel-Camps is reported by the newspaper as claiming the offices only cost £3,000 a year to run. More »

  • China condemns British rights report and cancels talks
    China condemns British rights report and cancels talks Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    China expressed anger at Britain Tuesday for a report criticising its human rights record, a day after London said Beijing called off a dialogue between the countries on the issue. More »

  • Average UK House Price Rising at Quickest Pace Since June 2010
    Average UK House Price Rising at Quickest Pace Since June 2010 Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Britain's housing market recovery is accelerating with the average price of a house seeing its sharpest annual increase in nearly four years. More »

  • Hillsborough 25th Anniversary: Our Long and Bitter Struggle for Justice
    Hillsborough 25th Anniversary: Our Long and Bitter Struggle for Justice Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    In March 1990 what were to become the most contentious inquests in recent times - the inquests into the deaths of 95 men, women and children who died at Hillsborough Stadium at an FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest - began. The 96th victim, Tony Bland, died three years later. In a unique move, the coroner, Dr Stefan Popper, decided to open the inquests on a limited basis before a jury and prior to the conclusion of police investigations into criminal liability and possible disciplinary action. These preliminary hearings, or 'mini-inquests', were confined to medical evidence, recording the blood alcohol levels of those who died and establishing the location of bodies prior to death and identification. More »

  • EU is also 'porn without borders': conservative leader
    EU is also 'porn without borders': conservative leader Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Improved access to porn movies across Europe's many borders is one of the merits of the European Union, conservative party chief Joseph Daul said Tuesday. More »

  • Western Leaders Consider Wider Sanctions as Ukraine Raises Interest Rates
    Western Leaders Consider Wider Sanctions as Ukraine Raises Interest Rates Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Western leaders are preparing a new round of economic sanctions against Russia, following further unrest in eastern Ukraine. More »