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UK to ban ‘unsuitable’ porn to protect children

UK to ban ‘unsuitable’ porn to protect children

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The government is attempting to pass a Digital Economy Bill that would ban certain 'non-conventional' porn websites in the UK.  The new media regulating bill is making an appearance in the House of Lords for its second hearing today. The bill is intended to shelter the children from  improper images/videos and is already becoming a controversial topic within free speech campaigners across the country. What does the bill entail for the online porn consumption by the people? Is online censorship and surveillance going to help protect children? The Digital Economy Bill acts a new law that aims to simply ban any kind of ‘non-conventional’ porn websites. This includes sexual acts of violence, face-sitting, urinating and incest related porn. The government announced that non-compliant sites
Award-winning British journalist deported from Kenya after unexplained detention

Award-winning British journalist deported from Kenya after unexplained detention

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A British journalist working for The Times London was deported from Nairobi, Kenya on Friday after being held for over 24 hours in an airport cell, without any explanation. The expulsion comes days after an American journalist, Justin Lynch was arrested and deported from Sudan. Jerome Starkey, 35, was detained when he landed from Britain in Jomo Kenyatta airport. The journalist had been a resident in Nairobi for over four years following his reporting days from Afghanistan that won him accolades. The African correspondent for The Times has reported on stories such as that of the high profile British aristocrat trial charged with smuggling cocaine worth millions of pounds into Kenya. He also covered a story on a British citizen, sentenced to death, who was denied legal help. Authorit
Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

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LATEST UPDATE: “Customers are advised that stations will be incredibly busy” From tomorrow onwards, there will be several reductions on Southern Rail services, as well as those on London underground and overground which are expected to be busier due to the strike. From 13-16 December, passengers will experience "no Southern Rail service" and were told to expect decreased train services on the Circle and Hammersmith, City, and Piccadilly lines.  The company has advised passengers to avoid travelling at peak times and pan journeys in advanced. During the first three days of the strikes, passengers have experienced massive and according to BBC report, only 50% of the Southern services were available for service. Southern has reported that the former planned date for the strike on
Boris Johnson’s London home in danger, as floods cause havoc in Islington

Boris Johnson’s London home in danger, as floods cause havoc in Islington

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Residents in North London were evacuated this morning as high-end properties worth millions of pounds in Islington were under threat from a deluge of water. Boris Johnson was among those whose houses were submerged in the floods. The water was at a depth of six feet in the basements of properties on Charlton Place in Angel, Islington at 4am, and about 100 people were evacuated, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said. Here's what Upper St and the surrounding areas looked like earlier today pic.twitter.com/c7h5yrAuIB — Thames Water (@thameswater) December 5, 2016 Home and shop owners took to social media, reeling from the effects of the damage, caused by the raging waters to their properties this morning. Twitter went viral with tweets addressed to Thames Water showing the magnitude of destruc
Win for Native American Tribe after US denies key permit for Dakota Access Pipeline

Win for Native American Tribe after US denies key permit for Dakota Access Pipeline

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To the delight of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and many environmental activists, the Army Corps of Engineers will not grant a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River.  The Army has announced its plan to “explore alternate routes.”   This is a long-awaited victory for Standing Rock Sioux tribe after months of camping out and protesting against the Pipeline.   "People have said that this is a make it or a break it, and I guess we made it," Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe, announced to a cheering crowd of protesters. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army Assistant secretary for civil works, said on Sunday that, “The best way to complete the work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeli
China lodges complaints over Trump tweets

China lodges complaints over Trump tweets

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China has launched a formal protest against Donald Trump. It targets his latest criticism of China’s currency manipulation. The complaint also includes Trump’s comments on China’s militarization in the South China sea. Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016 their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016 In a press conference today, foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang says, “Mr. Trump is creating troubles for China-U.S. relationship and the U.S itself.” Meanwhile
Housing crisis: London hosts six out of ten UK areas with more property price increase

Housing crisis: London hosts six out of ten UK areas with more property price increase

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Are you a foreign young professional looking forward to settling in one of the trendiest areas in London? If so, you'd better rush before the prices hit new records, or just quit and pick another zone. A new report by Zoopla property agency shows the impact of the housing crisis. Data reveal that over the last five years property prices in some areas of the capital have increased more than fifty per cent. In East London hotspots Dalston and Shoreditch, for instance, property prices have risen by up to 59.89% and 58.06%, respectively. As for the average growth of housing prices, Stoke Newington (North London) and Tooting (South East) head the list with £672 and £671, respectively. Other conflict zones in the capital in terms of housing prices are Stratford (East) and Stock
Islington Flooding: Dozens forced to evacuate after water main burst

Islington Flooding: Dozens forced to evacuate after water main burst

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About 100 people forced to leave their homes and Upper Street area of north London borough closed. Torrents of water was seen gushing down the streets of Upper Street in Islington, causing severe flooding in North London. Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes and streets after a ruptured water main hit homes and businesses in the early hours of Monday morning. Businesses in the shopping and dining district around Camden Passage were submerged in water. Around 100 people were sent to a nearby pub the Steam Passage Tavern as their homes flooded. A temporary displacement centre has opened at the STEAM PASSAGE TAVERN 44-46 UPPER STREET N1 0PN for residents affected by the flooding pic.twitter.com/Pb3DdnSolC — Islington MPS (@MPSIslington) December 5, 2016 The wate

Is Dancehall music to blame for the surge in young men bleaching?

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Would you do anything to be beautiful? Some people are killing themselves in the pursuit of lighter skin and using skin bleaching products. A trend for young men to whiten their skin is emerging. But, why?   It seems lately more Dancehall artists are singing about wanting to have lighter skin.     There appears to be a growing trend for young men in London from Afro-Caribbean, African, Asian and mixed-race backgrounds to bleach their skin. These Londoners are going to extremes to lighten their skin, risking their health using banned toxic lotions, gulping down dangerous whitening pills and washing with caustic soap. Certain East London shops are currently facing a £20,000 fine for being caught selling toxic skin lightening cosmetics.    

London is the most talk-about travel destination on Twitter

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London has been one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, but now it exceeds rivals such as New York and Paris on social media. The words "London" and "travel" were tweeted together more than 630,000 times in 2015, which is 200,000 more than the next most popular cities, Paris, New York, Rome and Tokyo, according to London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional company. The twitter data also shows the word "London" on its own was tweeted more than 81 million times in 2015, which is more than Sydney, Tokyo and Rome combined. Some of the top words used in association with London include, "art", "travel" and "fashion." Commenting on the data, Rod Favaron, CEO of Spredfast for London & Partners said: “Social data is always a valuab