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A few days ago, I watched Sen. Ron Johnson, chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, in an interview on CNN, wherein he discussed the Islamic State (Isis) threat in the wake of the Texas shooting. The "things" Johnson was referring to in that bewilderingly short fashion were Twitter accounts of IS fighters and recruiters. This statement sadly indicated once again that many powerful officials like Johnson have absolutely no idea what's going on, on Twitter, how little has been done by Twitter, how suspending accounts is absolutely useless, and above all, how they are not trying to educate themselves for the sake of our national security. More »British Isis jihadists openly plotting #Londonattack and still Twitter won't stop them
Prime Minister David Cameron is confident his plan to hold a European Union membership referendum will ultimately give firms more certainty, his spokesman said, after Deutsche Bank disclosed it was making contingency plans for a British EU exit. Cameron's spokesman was asked about Deutsche's decision on Tuesday after a lobby group said a number of banks have put off possible investments in Britain until after the planned EU vote. "The prime minister is the person who is providing certainty, he is the one who has the very clear plan to go and renegotiate our relationship with the European union and then put that to the British people," Cameron's spokesman told reporters when asked to comment on Deutsche's plans. More »Cameron confident in EU vote strategy after Deutsche weighs exit plans - spokesman
(Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to renegotiate Britain's ties with Europe and then give voters an in-out referendum on European Union membership by the end of 2017. Following are the views of business leaders. Vodafone Chief Executive Vittorio Colao: "The decision to stay or to end it is clearly a political decision for the voters and this is for the British citizens to decide. More »Factbox - What business thinks about Britain's referendum on EU membership
By Thomas Atkins and Anjuli Davies FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank is considering cutting its UK operations should the country pull out of the European Union and an industry lobby group said several other banks are mothballing investments until the outcome of Britain's EU referendum is known. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU and then hold a vote by the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the bloc or leave. Deutsche, the euro zone's second-largest bank by assets, has almost 9,000 staff in Britain. More »Deutsche heads the queue of banks prepping for 'Brexit'
By Darren Staples GALWAY, Ireland (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles shook hands with Gerry Adams on Tuesday in his first meeting with the leader of the former political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that killed his great uncle in a bomb attack 36 years ago. The pair exchanged a few sentences at a reception in the west of Ireland city of Galway, a day before Charles is due to visit a nearby site where the IRA killed Lord Louis Mountbatten in 1979. More »Prince Charles meets Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams for first time
By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - British police said they had arrested seven suspects, including three pensioners, on Tuesday over a multi-million pound raid in London's jewellery business district last month, which local media say could have been the country's biggest-ever heist. In the audacious raid, thieves abseiled down a lift shaft at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd over the Easter weekend when businesses in the area were closed, and bored their way through a two-metre thick wall into a vault using a heavy duty drill. There, they ransacked dozens of boxes, taking cash and gems, some of which belonged to businesses in Hatton Garden, which is home to almost 300 diamond, gold and gem dealers and more than 50 jewellery shops. More »UK police arrest pensioners over multi-million pound gem heist
British inflation sank into negative territory last month for the first time in more than half a century, official data showed Tuesday, sparking fears of deflation or prolonged falling prices. More »UK inflation turns negative for first time since 1960
Members of the public are being asked to choose a famous figure from the world of visual art to be the face of the new £20. The Bank of England has launched a consultation to nominate a painter, sculptor, photographer or fashion designer who has made a great contribution to British society to feature on the note. Nominations can be made over the next two months via the Bank's website until the deadline of 19 July, with plans to announce the new face in spring 2016. More »Who Do You Think Should Be On The New £20 Note?
Officials from Wembley Stadium issued an apology on Tuesday after misspelling Middlesbrough's name on tickets for Monday's Championship play-off final against Norwich City. More »Wembley sorry for Middlesbrough ticket gaffe
An 80-year-old British grandfather is hoping to beat his own record of being the oldest person to finish an ultra-marathon in the United States, billed as one of the toughest foot races in the world. More »Grandfather set for Ultramarathon
Evidence has begun in the Scottish perjury trial of Andy Coulson, the former Downing Street Director of Communications. The 47 year-old is accused at the High Court in Edinburgh of lying under oath when he gave evidence as a witness in the 2010 trial of former MSP Tommy Sheridan. The charges against Coulson relate to activities while he was the editor of the News Of The World. More »Coulson Perjury Trial Hears 2010 Recording
By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's finance minister George Osborne is under pressure to spell out how he will slash government spending after getting the green light from voters to finish off what is expected to be, for many, a painful redefinition of the role of the state. After five years of austerity under a coalition government, newly-reappointed Osborne now says he needs to find another 25 billion pounds of spending cuts in the next two years, and more beyond that, to complete what is set to be the most radical shrinking of the state in Britain since World War Two. Many of the most politically palatable cuts have already been made, meaning that reductions to benefits will hit Britons' pockets directly, and already-downsized government departments will need to rethink the public services they offer. More »Hard road ahead as Osborne embarks on mission to reshape state
A bakery that refused to ice a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation, a court has found. The ruling, made by District Judge Isobel Brownlie at Belfast County Court, brings to an end a landmark legal action. Delivering her 90-minute judgment to a packed courtroom, Judge Brownlie called the bakery's cancellation of the order "direct discrimination for which there can be no justification". More »Gay Cake: Bakery Guilty Of Discrimination
Nurse Victorino Chua has been jailed for life with a minimum of 35 years for the murder and poisoning of patients. Sentencing him, Mr Justice Openshaw called his crimes "despicable and odious". Sky North of England correspondent Nick Martin, at Manchester Crown Court, said Chua stared straight ahead and gave no reaction as he was sentenced. More »Killer Nurse To Spend At Least 35 Years In Jail
A Christian bakery in Northern Ireland was on Tuesday found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake advocating gay marriage, in a landmark legal case brought by local authorities. More »Baker found guilty in N. Ireland 'gay cake' case
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said inflation will likely remain at very low levels for the next few months before picking up towards the end of the year, after data on Tuesday showed inflation fell below zero for the first time in decades. Carney also said Britons should enjoy very low energy and food prices while they last. Britain's annual rate of consumer price inflation fell below zero for the first time since the 1960s, official figures showed on Tuesday. More »Carney sees 'very low' inflation in next few months
By Andy Bruce and William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's annual rate of consumer price inflation fell below zero for the first time in more than half a century, official figures showed on Tuesday, though Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said the dip was likely to be brief. British finance minister George Osborne also said the drop did not amount to "damaging deflation", referring to a spiral of falling prices that hurt the economy. The Office for National Statistics said consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in April compared with the same month last year. More »UK inflation negative for first time since 1960; BoE says temporary
Victorino Chua, 49, who said he had a "devil" inside him, injected insulin into saline bags which were then administered to patients on the acute treatment wards where he worked at Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in July 2011. Two of the patients, Tracy Arden 44, and Derek Weaver, 83, died and another suffered a serious brain injury. "It is a striking, sinister and truly wicked feature of the case that he did not personally administer contaminated products directly to most of these the patients," said Justice Peter Openshaw at Manchester Crown Court. More »Nurse jailed for at least 35 years for UK patient murders
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is not facing "damaging deflation" and is well-equipped to stave off the risk of its happening, finance minister George Osborne said on Tuesday, after data showed consumer price inflation fell below zero in April. "We should not mistake this for damaging deflation," Osborne said in a statement, adding that Britons should welcome the lower cost of living, which was driven by a fall in oil prices since last year. "Of course, we have to remain vigilant to deflationary risks and our system is well-equipped to deal with them should they arise," he said. ... More »Osborne says country not facing 'damaging deflation'