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Insight into Israel’s strategic and military partners: top 5 countries that supply arms to Israel

Insight into Israel’s strategic and military partners: top 5 countries that supply arms to Israel

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Credits wikipedia The US is by far the biggest supplier of arms to Israel since 1961. Recently, footage appeared on the Internet where some protestors from the Youth Demand Group gathered outside the Labor Party's headquarters in London and sprayed red paint to demand a stop to supplying weapons to Israel. wall sprayed Red of Labor party headquarters in London Credits - PA Media But how many arms does the UK actually supply to Israel? And, apart from the UK, what other nations provide arms to Israel? We delved into how much support military support Israel is getting and who are its biggest partners. The volume of Arms exported by the UK – The UK is the fourth biggest exporter of arms to Israel. The total amount that are exported to Israel by the UK stands at £40
The Rwanda Bill advances despite human cost concerns

The Rwanda Bill advances despite human cost concerns

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https://youtu.be/36j8dyV8EF8?si=6opC3rPW6O0euIMV The Parliament voted through the second reading for the Rwanda Bill. The Bill passed to the next phase, but moral questions remain regarding its implementation. Many times, asylum seekers risk their lives to arrive in the UK, hoping for a safer and better future.  Sadly, a refugee living in the Bibby Stockholm barge died by suicide last night. The specific circumstances surrounding this tragedy are unknown and under investigation. This incident underscores the importance of considering the potential mental health impact on asylum seekers during policy discussions and decisions, particularly those related to immigration, relocation and living conditions. The journalist Hera Kruja discussed with Fizza Oureshi, the CEO of Migra...
Departure from reason: a brief timeline of the Rwanda scheme

Departure from reason: a brief timeline of the Rwanda scheme

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The government's migration policy has been doing the rounds in headlines over the past week, leaving many wondering how we got here.   The scheme has been controversial since its announcement last year, but Robert Jenrick's resignation as immigration minister last week suggests that the Conservatives are more divided than ever when it comes to tackling migration.   We decided now would be a good time for a refresher on the Rwanda scheme, which remains a sobering counterpoint to December's usual festivities. (Credit: @skynews on Instagram)   2022 April:   Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces that the UK has agreed to a Migration and Economic Development partnership with Rwanda. The deal is signed by Former home secretary Dame Priti Pa...
Drug stronger than fentanyl caused over 50 deaths in the UK

Drug stronger than fentanyl caused over 50 deaths in the UK

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Credit: Johnathan Gonzalez on Unsplash A synthetic drug 50 times stronger than fentanyl is believed to have caused 54 deaths in the UK, with 40 more potential deaths awaiting testing.  Nitazenes, a synthetic opioid believed by experts to have been exported from China via Eastern Europe, first made news in 2021 with the non-fatal overdose of an 18-year-old in Birmingham.  Since then, they have been discovered to be laced in heroin, cannabis, cocaine, vape pens, and most commonly in un-prescribed pills marketed in black markets as diazepam.  The rise of the synthetic drug has also been linked to Afghanistan. After the Taliban had successfully clamped down the production of heroin in Afghanistan, which used to account for 95% of the UK drug market, suppliers t...
‘There must be limits’: Worries about job safety ahead of Rishi Sunak’s AI Summit

‘There must be limits’: Worries about job safety ahead of Rishi Sunak’s AI Summit

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'Humanity could lose control of AI completely.' Image by Cash Macanaya from Unsplash Ever since tools like ChatGPT brought generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the forefront, there have been concerns about the technology replacing routine jobs across sectors. As the UK gears to host the world’s first AI Safety Summit in November, Londoners fear an AI nightmare might be on the professional horizon. “I can ask it to define something I don’t understand in school, but I’m starting to look for jobs now, and the prospect of an AI takeover is a bit scary for my future,” a student told Westminster World. “It’s probably going to creep into my day-to-day work,” a software engineer echoed, adding that AI might end up fostering a competitive job market. On the other end of the
Thousands of firefighters and control staff have staged a demonstration, marking the start of the ballot for strikes

Thousands of firefighters and control staff have staged a demonstration, marking the start of the ballot for strikes

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https://youtu.be/4gruXPxilUk Video Credits: Neha Tekawade, Nicholas Dunning. This afternoon in Westminster, firefighters and control personnel held a protest to signal the beginning of the strike vote. Union members are voting on industrial action to demand a 15% salary increase in response to the rising cost of living crisis. Labour MP Zara Sultana addressed FBU members who descended on London today from up and down the country to mark the start of a strike ballot. The potential strike would be the first on pay since 2003. Rejecting a 5% pay offer, members say they have been underpaid for years and that colleagues are suffering. She said, "The politics don’t just stop at Westminster; it doesn’t just stop at Parliament; it’s in the world, and it sends our community wherever there a
Sir Kier Starmer will pledge to abolish the House of Lords if elected as next Prime Minister

Sir Kier Starmer will pledge to abolish the House of Lords if elected as next Prime Minister

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Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has confirmed plans to abolish House of Lords in his first term if he is elected prime minister, following the next general election. Credit: Alaa Abood The decision is part of his plan to restore the public’s trust in politics, which has been undermined by the Conservative government. The House of Lords are the upper chamber of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It is  made up of 800 members, appointed by the monarch as suggestion from the Prime Minister. The House of Lords make and shape legislation and have the power to amend or reject bills, they also scrutinise and challenge the government activity. The Labour leader has told the party members that he wants to strip politicians of the power to appoint the Lords as part of the first –
Beware of “porch pirates” this festive season!

Beware of “porch pirates” this festive season!

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The growing trend of theft of parcels left unattended by delivery drivers raises the question of security in the UK As we get closer to Christmas, postal workers are expected to go on strike. In preparation for Christmas, many people are switching to Amazon and other e-commerce shops due to these impending strikes. If people are not at home, packages can be left on doorsteps to wait for pickup by purchasers, which if left alone for too long, facilitates attempting to steal. From 2021 to 2022, an estimated 10,485 packages were stolen. In the UK, parcel theft is becoming a bigger problem. "porch pirates" are a major issue in the US, where they follow delivery trucks around neighbourhoods and steal packages, as per Ian Caminsky, SVP & MD parcel locker solutions UKI and DACHIT, Q...
NFU issues warning as UK battles with food supply crisis

NFU issues warning as UK battles with food supply crisis

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With rising prices of fruits, vegetables and dairy products, the situation can worsen in the upcoming months. The National farmers union (NFU) has warned that the UK is facing a major food supply crisis and that immediate action must be taken to control the damage in the next few months. According to the union, energy-intensive crops like tomatoes, cucumbers and pears have been affected the most, with the lowest yields since 1985. Prices of milk and dairy products are also expected to drop below the cost of production, mainly due to rising fuel, feed and fertilizers prices. In the case of eggs, several issues like the avian flu, supply issues and cost of production, have resulted in its scarcity. This shortage could also affect other food products, considering the rise in ener...
Drivers complaint: ULEZ expansion will affect us badly.

Drivers complaint: ULEZ expansion will affect us badly.

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Credit: David Hawgood Since 2019 ULEZ has been a program that is helping London in reduce Car Pollution. But how far can this program push people to change? Car pollution has always been a big problem for prominent cities and their citizen. In 2019 the UK Government decided to start a program for the city's centre named ULEZ. Whoever would transit for central London has to pay around £12 a day to transit. Those who do not pay the daily tax could get a fine of about £160. As reported on the government website, central London has raised £174k yearly from this tax, which is used to help London transport. By August 2023 ULEZ Zone will be expanded in all of Greater London. 80% of the consultation is against the ULEZ Zone and members of the movement No ULEZ is ready to